living in the past

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For months, we've been preparing for a very special family trip.  For those of you that are mothers to young girls, throwing out the name "Felicity" should give you an idea.  Yes, yes, Colonial Williamsburg.  We've read the books, and read countless other colonial library book.  We've written a list of colonial projects we wanted to try and one by one, have checked them off.

One morning we attempted to step back into the past yet again by making marbled paper and trying our hand at writing, colonial style.

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The process was fascinating.  As you dropped the ink into the water, you could then spread it with a tool, blow on it, and watch it change the movement of the ink.  I used a marbling set (thank you, Eriko!) with thick watercolor paper.  Every marbled paper-pulling turned out beautifully different from the last.

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We each eagerly awaited our turn with the quill pen and inkwell.  It took some time to know how to hold the quill pen just right to avoid blotting.

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Although colonial children would rarely have had paper (let alone marbled paper) to practice their penmanship, we pretended to be masters of calligraphy and practice our penmanship.

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I'm so proud of mine I'm still looking for a place to hang it.

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Two weeks remaining until the trip.  There's something magical for me, as well, sharing the history of colonial Virginia with my children.  We'll be oh so close to my childhood setting, just a hop, skip, and a jump away, or in other words, right over the river...