Before getting on to the serious matters of this post about a WWII related event, just regale in this video of Gene Kelly tap dancing on roller skates!
Sometimes things don't go as planned for this event as this picture testifies. I was not planning on wearing my glasses to this event, nor having to wear a sling, but that is how life goes, and no matter how authentic I want to get, I needed to learn the lesson of going with the flow and doing the best I could around the circumstances. I was hoping to wear my contact lenses, my new seamed stockings, and go as all out authentic as I could, but it just wasn't possible. I wasn't willing to try to put my contacts in one handed, and I had no way to keep my stockings up, nor the ability to physically figure out how to.
Before you ask what I did to warrant a sling, I will give it to you plain and simple. I fell and injured my elbow July 5th roller skating. It wasn't until the next day that I found out I had a minor break in my elbow. I had just gotten up and kept skating! It is more an inconvenience than anything else. Pain has never really been involved on a major scale. I don't have a cast, but I do have to behave myself with only minor activities allowed. No lifting and such things at all. My family won't let me drive, and I won't be playing piano for awhile either. I really should have asked about how soon I could, not that my elbow would currently allow it, (it does make its opinion known about my activity levels!) Not much sewing will be happening either. :( So for the next four weeks I have to wear a sling when I am out and about and to a certain extent at home. It is going to be a big struggle to behave towards the end of the four weeks! (Now you know the humor behind the Gene Kelly video.)
Anyway, the event last weekend was about remembering the sacrifices and offerings made on the home front during World War II. This wool mill, now a museum, was producing various wool fabrics and blankets during the war. It was a good day interacting with the public, and especially the veterans from various wars that came. One veteran that I got to listen to was a veteran from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He was actually shot down over Germany during WWII and evaded capture for six days before being caught trying to steal a boat to cross a lake into Switzerland.
I had this picture taken with my brother without my sling and I stuffed my glasses into my purse. I wanted one picture that we could post process for a vintage look. I think it turned out pretty well, and looks a lot like a period colored photograph. I may not have the most natural pose, but I didn't want to move my elbow around. I am going to miss doing these events with my brother when he leaves for grad school this fall.
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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