Fine Heirloom Sewing, Smocking and Hand Embroidery

"Baby will be well and smiling in little garments made by Mother, Auntie, Grannie and loving friends!"

Please join me as I teach the old fashioned techniques and skills needed to sew baby clothes. You will find lessons that start at the very beginning and take you step by step as we sew little baby clothes together. May you find much joy and pleasure in making them.
It's easy and it's fun!!

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Monday, January 25

Love That Sugar!!

Displayed in the gift shop of the Port Allen Museum by my own Lorraine of the Sew Sew's.
On Saturday my friend and I went to see a Sugar Exhibit in a nearby town.  Sugar Cane and Sugar production has been a large part of the economy in Louisiana.

The exhibit was all about the sugar industry  in Louisiana but also about the sad world history of Sugar.  The industry  was largely built on slave labor in the early days.

Sugar Sifter Box
Inside this box is a 'cone' of  brown sugar that is being cut.  Sugar was molded into cones and you can see a cone of white sugar to the right of the box. It is very hard and required special nippers to cut it. The particles fall down into the box where there are holes for the finer pieces of sugar to fall through.
We really came to see the pretty Sugar Bowls and Tea Sets.
I was going to give you some history about Sugar Bowls but when you type Sugar Bowl into the computer search engine , you only get Football stuff.  Too lazy to look farther!

Made from glazed porcelain between 1750 and 1850.  I love this classic Sugar Bowl shape!

Most of the sugar bowls on display were huge, including this one. It must have been at  least 7" tall!!  It was quite the status symbol to be able to afford a quantity of sugar.

Of Course, this was an important part of the display! 
And I am happy to tell you that I am doing quite well with my New Years Resolution!! 
And, it is coming very easily this year!  
With a little help from my friends.


Eleanor said...

I enjoy your blog so much! I've learned many things about baby clothes (and still have much, much more to learn). But you have so many neat and interesting things on your blog. It's a real pleasure to read it and look at the pictures. I'm working on the revised pattern for Old Fashioned Day Dresses--the one with the panel and a spray of embroidered flowers down the front. It's just lovely. I'll send you a picture when it's finished. And I want some of that blue voile--will you be selling it???? Eleanor Mefford

Jeannie B. said...

Eleanor, I can't wait to see the picture of the new Dress in Baby Daydresses. Yes, I will have the blue Voile. It is heavenly! I am so pleased you are enjoying my blog.

julia said...

Congrats to LSU! I loved reading about the history of sugar. Gotta love that college football, though!

Robin Hart said...

Jeannie, one of my fondest childhood memories was of traveling with my dad for work one day and stopping at a sugar cane field. There is nothing like sugar from a sugar cane.

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