Friday, January 28, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Here's a little folk song for you. I wanted you to be able to hear the tune, but the closest I can get is this YouTube version, played in an Irish pub in Hong Kong, complete with Chinese girl dancing a jig in the background. I'm not even sure if it's the right music, but how could I resist? Hee hee! More tomorrow.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Tah-dah! Here's the finished sketchbook, along with a little video of the whole thing. In addition to the stories I've already shared with you, it includes some text about how the balloons were launched, steered and landed, plus some recipes from the Atlanta Woman's Club Cook Book (1921.)
Why recipes? Around 1910, Carlotta and her husband moved to Atlanta to live with their daughter Bessie, who had married a businessman named Newton C. Wing. If you click on the link above and browse through the cookbook, you'll see why I decided to include recipes--not just Bessie's, but some of Carlotta's favourites as well:
- Johnny Cake - page 43
- Mixed Mustard Pickle - page 88
- Clam Chowder - page 136
- Succotash - page 165
- Cauliflower - page 166
- Escalloped Ham and Eggs en Casserole - page 244
If the embedded video doesn't work, you can view it here.
It is deliciously true that Bessie's middle name was Aerial--so her married name was Elizabeth Aerial Wing. Isn't that just perfect?
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
That's the last page of the Carlotta stories. I have one more tidbit to share with you tomorrow, along with some pictures of the finished sketchbook. I mailed it today and will be watching the Sketchbook Project website over the next few weeks. I hope they'll post some photos of their mail room. More than 28,000 sketchers took part! I'm so glad I was able to join them. I loved it.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
When Elizabeth Aerial grew up, she demonstrated one of her father's inventions at the St. Louis World's Fair. A bicycle seat suspended from a balloon, it was called a Sky Cycle, and she pedalled it with great skill around an indoor arena, never once bumping the walls or ceiling. But they say she never made another outdoor ascension!