A few nice Gift Ideas images I found:
Owens-Thomas House Savannah
Image by denisbin
James Oglethorpe was the founder of the Province of Georgia and the town of Savannah in 1733. Oglethorpe’s plan for the colony included no slavery, small but equal sized farms for everyone and well planned towns based on Roman ideals with town squares for open spaces and a grid pattern of streets. Savannah still shows vestiges of Oglethorpe’s plan with city wards based on a set number of houses (about 40) for each town square. Town families were also to be allocated five acres beyond the town boundaries for a small farm. Above all his plan was for the “middling” strata of society and it was designed to foster egalitarianism. Some historians claim the Colonel William Light was influenced by Oglethorpe’s plans and ideas when he planned the city of Adelaide. But Light was also influenced industrialism and the need for open parklands. Edward Gibbon Wakefield was also possibly influenced by Oglethorpe for his pan was also designed to equalise the price of farm lands, stop land speculation and use funds from the sale of land to subsidize the passage to SA of workers and servants. Similarly Oglethorpe’s plan used funds from the colony Trustees to subsidise passages to Georgia for intending migrants. Thus both the Oglethorpe and the Wakefield plans sought to replicate the best features of British society in a far off land. Both plans were expected to be a refuge for Protestants and Dissenters, with the Oglethorpe plan forbidding emigration of Roman Catholics to Georgia .Both colonies encouraged persecuted German Lutheran emigrants. Both were designed to encourage small scale farming, create a viable sustainable economy and produce an ordered society. Both plans were centred on a large well planned capital city (Adelaide and Savannah) which was to be the focus of all economic activity in the early years. In the end both plans were modified and then largely ignored as attempts of using colonisation systems for social engineering were not greatly successful. As early as 1738 colonists petitioned the colony Trustees and Oglethorpe for permission to own slaves. The Trustees did not give in on this until 1750 but two years later Georgia became a Crown colony under direct control of King George II anyway. Slavery then expanded and prospered as the favoured form of cheap labour rather than English labourers on assisted passages from England. Oglethorpe left Georgia for good in 1734 and other Trustees continued to control Georgia until it became a Crown colony.
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace House Oglethorpe Avenue.
Juliette Gordon was born in 1860 and married William Low in 1886 a wealthy cotton factor or merchant who inherited his father’s house, Andrew Low House in that year. We visit Juliette Low’s Birthplace House in Oglethorpe St, (Wayne-Gordon House) which was built in 1823 for James Wayne a US Congressman and Savannah mayor before purchase by the Gordon family. After her marriage Juliette’s husband William Low upgraded the Lafayette Square mansion. But when William Low died in 1905 he left his estate to his mistress including the Lafayette Square house (built 1848). Juliette contested the will and got the Andrew Low House back whilst still living in England. In 1911 in England Juliette had founded the Girl Guides Movement. In 1912 she returned to Savannah and established the movement in the United States. Juliette lived in Andrew Low house from 1912 until her death in 1927. The Girl Scouts of America purchased the Wayne-Gordon House in 1953 to turn Juliette’s birthplace into a museum, and her Andrew Low house carriage house for the First Girl Guide headquarters.
Some recommendations for your free afternoon in Savannah.
1. So much is possible because General Sherman spared burning Savannah when he reached it on 10th December 1864. General Hardee of the Confederacy had 10,000 troops entrenched in the city. After a short battle Sherman opened up his links to the Union navy near Savannah and obtained guns and ammunition for an attack. Sherman surrounded the city and then advised General Hardee to surrender or be attacked or face slow starvation as all supplies in would be cut. Hardee fled with his troops up the Savannah River and the mayor of Savannah went out to Sherman and surrendered the city without a shot fired. Sherman entered the city and established his headquarters there. On 20th December he telegraphed President Lincoln "I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the City of Savannah, with one hundred and fifty guns and plenty of ammunition, also about twenty-five thousand bales of cotton." You can visit Sherman’s headquarters in Green-Meldrum House (1853) in Madison Square next to St. John’s Episcopal.
2. Harper-Fowlkes House, on Orleans Square built in 1842 for the Gardiner family. It has had numerous owners. The last owner Alida Fowlkes restored and redecorated the house and left it to the Society of the Cincinnati upon her death in 1985. They still run it and the tours are less formal than those by the Savannah Preservation Society. You can touch things! The Society was formed in 1783 to preserve the ideals of the American Revolution (it has nothing to do with the city of Cincinnati). To join the Society one of your male ancestors has to have been an Officer of the Continental Army for at least three years or have been an officer killed in battle during the War of Independence.
3. Davenport House on Columbia Square (1820). This red brick Federal style house was built for a builder as a show case of his skills. It was saved from demolition by the Savannah Foundation in 1955 which was formed for this purpose. Since then they have saved dozens of historic houses. It is good to hear the story of the Savannah Foundation. Davenport died of yellow fever and his wife took over. During the Civil War she had three sons fighting for the Union and three for the Confederacy.
Stone Soup Flower
Image by Mona Loldwoman (Look for the good)
Such flavor it would add to the kettle of stone soup.
One day a week a church close to me does a Stone Soup day. No matter how tight my budget, I take a cabbage &/or 2 onions , &/or a bag of carrots. Someone else brings a bag of potatoes, another brings bacon, or polish sausage and so it goes, everyone brings something. They feed 40-60 people on that day with their Stone Soup. And everyone gets a 16oz. cup to go.
How easy it is to forget how even a single head of cabbage or bag of carrots can make a difference in feeding so many. Support your local food bank. Don’t let the size of your donation keep you from adding to their “Stone Soup”.
You might wonder What has this got to do with “Mondays Challenge” group.?
We are open posting for two weeks. ITS about the heart. , the assignment is:
"share the love and show us your heart . . . through pictures share the many things in your life that you love and those people that hold special places in your heart or illustrate this special occasion we call Valentine’s Day! It is all about LOVE!"
So there, I’ve given you a piece of my heart. Fertilize something with it, spread it around.
The Fable of Stone Stoup
Once upon a time, there was a great famine upon the land. Three soldiers, hungry and weary of battle, came upon a small and impoverished village. The villagers, suffering a meager harvest and fatigued from the many years of war, saw the three soldiers come upon them. Quickly they hid from sight what little they had to eat..
They met up with the three at the village square. "There’s not a bite to eat in the whole province," they told the soldiers. "You’d better just keep moving on to the next village."
"Oh, but we have everything we need," one soldier said. "In fact, we were thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you. You, sir, look hungry. Would you like some?"
"Stone soup! What a ridiculous thing!" the villagers exclaimed. "You can’t make soup from a stone!"
But the three soldiers gingerly reached into their pockets, and each of them in turn slowly pulled out a smooth, round stone. They inspected their stones closely and nodded to one another in assent. "We have brought with us some wonderful stones that should make for a great and hearty soup. Do you have a large cauldron we might borrow to make our stone soup?"
Overcome with hunger and unable to feed the guests staying at his inn, the local innkeeper was intrigued with the idea of making soup from stones. With help from the soldiers, he pulled a large iron cauldron from the kitchen of his inn and placed it in the center of the village square. The three soldiers filled it with water, and built a roaring fire under it.
Then, with great ceremony, the three soldiers took the three stones they had collected on their travels and placed them into the water one at a time. They waited for their stone soup to come to a boil, stirring occasionally with a large wooden spoon.
"Do you know what would really help this soup?" asked one of the soldiers. "A hefty dash of salt and pepper! You can’t have a good stone soup without salt and pepper, after all."
Timidly, one of the villagers said, "Well, I think might be able to find some salt and pepper that have you might have, if I can share in your stone soup!"
The soldiers quickly nodded and assured the villager that there would be plenty of stone soup to go around, with such a large cauldron of soup on the boil.
By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come to the square or were watching the events of the village square attentively from their windows. As the soldiers fastidiously stirred and sniffed at the "broth," they licked their lips in anticipation. The hunger of the villagers began to abate their initial skepticism.
"Ah," one of the soldiers said rather loudly, "I do like a tasty stone soup. Of course, stone soup with cabbage is hard to beat."
"Oh, yes," added another soldier, "Cabbage really adds flavor to stone soup."
After a few moments, a villager approached hesitantly, holding a cabbage he’d retrieved from its hiding place, and added it to the pot.
Another villager came up and inspected the pot and said, "You know, I have some carrots. That would really add flavor and color to this soup, too!" He ran off to his home to fetch the colorful vegetable.
"Yes, yes, this will be a fine soup," said the third soldier; "but a pinch of some parsley would really make it a soup fit for a king!"
Up jumped a villager, crying, "What luck! I’ve just remembered where some has been left!" And off she ran, returning with an apron full of parsley and with a turnip, too.
As the kettle boiled on, the memory of the village improved. In short time, barley, salted beef and rich cream had found their way into the great pot. A grand keg of beer was rolled into the square as the entire village sat down to a great feast. They all ate and danced and sang well into the night, refreshed by the feast and delighting in their newfound friends.
In the morning, the three soldiers awoke to find the entire village standing before them. At their feet lay a satchel filled with the village’s best breads and cheeses.
"You have given us the greatest of gifts: The secret of how to make soup from stones," said an elder. "Rest assured that this is something that we shall never forget and that we shall forever cherish."
The third soldier turned to the crowd, and said: "Whereas there may be no real secret to stone soup, one thing is certain: It takes many and all to make great feast." And with this, the soldiers kindly accepted their satchel of breads and cheeses and went on their way, never to return.
It is said that soon after meeting these soldiers, the village quickly returned to its former prosperity, and has thrived ever since. The soldiers are said to still walk from town to town collecting stones along the way, and sharing their secret recipe for their famous stone soup.
a Winter Flower DSCN6048 9-22-09
applique ornaments for Julie
Image by tizzie
A set of felt ornaments I made for my aunt Julie. She is my favorite and very funny and when I saw this snowman ornament with a typo on it, I basically called her a nut and said I wanted to get her one and one thing led to another, and that’s family for you.
I didn’t use patterns for these, but they were all modeled after photos of other projects on the internet which are very awesome. It was Emmy’s idea to stuff them, especially the little bodies. I’ve got stuffing! I’ve had a vial of white beads sitting around a while for absolutely no reason. I’ve got three different sizes of sharp scissors. And I have enough felt that I can almost make one mini anything now. I am mad with power.
The snowman was the first one I made, so I picked a cute simple image to try emulating. (The originals are currently for sale on Etsy.) He looks so happy! I gave him little happy arms. And swapped french knots for the beads, because this is Christmas and we are fancy.
The snow globe for her husband came pretty much straight from this project, for which there is actually a free pattern! Which I did not notice or follow, because I’m a loon. I made mine real fat and put a million billion snowflake beads on. It was a pretty great night, everybody.
Little Ella’s fox was modeled after a picture of the project found here, WHICH ALSO has a free pattern (plus other animals!), and I was obviously not paying any attention at all. Though I really enjoy just playing with my little scissors, you know? Okay.
Ana’s snow angel is the GREATEST. I am proud. I knew I wanted to try the brilliant, brilliant snow angel idea I found here (the originals of which do not seem to be for sale any more). I used different materials, obviously, but that cutout trick is just the BEST. The best! I love the styling of the little girl in the original piece, but I wanted to go crazy, so I made my aunt send me a photo of Ana modeling her winter gear so I could copy it into felt. Because that’s what a normal person does. It was by far the most gratifying, though! I had the best time doing it.
I enjoy sewing little tiny pieces of felt together so much, guys. SO MUCH.