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FACSessorize It Friday

Facsessorize logoHappy FACSessorize Friday, Everyone!  Today our FACSessory topic is log cabins.  Everyone is familiar with this symbol of Americana, but here are a few FACS facts the you and your students might not know.  Feel free to share! 

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Fascinating FACS Fact:  2016 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most iconic and enduring of all American toys, Lincoln Logs.  Did you know that Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, John?  Who knew, right?  This would obviously be an interesting fact to share in a child development or parenting class, but it has connections to other FACS content areas as well.

Here are some related FACS facts:

  • The log cabin is one of the oldest forms of shelter.  Historians believe that the earliest log cabins were built in Northern Europe around 3,500 B.C.  This sturdy structure was probably brought to America by Scandinavian settlers.  History of the log cabin.
  • Several American presidents claim to have lived in a log cabin.  This list includes Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, James Buchanan, Ulysses S. Grant and James Garfield.  Of course, the president most closely associated with the log cabin is Abraham Lincoln.
  • The Log Cabin Quilt block became popular in the 1860s.  A simplified version of this iconic quilt pattern is a great introductory sewing project because it uses all straight, short seams and can be constructed from fabric scraps.
  • The Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder was published in 1932.  This book and the others in the series that followed it are an excellent depiction of home life on the American frontier.  This would be a good novel to incorporate into a FACS literacy program.
  • Cooking in a log cabin presented many challenges.  Many of the recipes from this era produced  colonial recipes that have become American classics.

Hope you will share some of this information with your students! 

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This blog entry is an example of the content you will find in FACSessorize!, the latest resource from Fresh FACS, available January 2016.

In Stitches

FACS Summer Reading List

Since Lynn Visible by Julia DeVillers has gone out of print (Drat!), I’m back to reading teen novels searching for a replacement in our FACS reading curriculum, A Novel Approach to FACS.  The thought occurred to me that some of you might enjoy reading some of the novels I’m considering.  With that thought the FACS Summer Reading List was born.  I’d love to get your feedback on any of the novels I mention over the next few weeks.  It would also be great if you would share suggestions for novels to include on the List. 

 going vintage I’m only a few chapters into this book, but so far it seems great so I’m starting the FACS Summer Reading List with Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt.  Have any of you read it? 


When Mallory discovers that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is cheating on her with an online girlfriend, she swears off boys and modern technology.  Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to “go vintage” and return to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat on you online).  She sets out to complete grandma’s list:  run for pep club secretary, host a dinner party, sew a homecoming dress, find a steady, do something dangerous.  But list is trickier than it looks.  And obviously finding a steady is out.  But with the help of her sister, she’ll get it done.  Somehow.

I’m hoping that two of the list items have good FACS connections.  (Care to guess which ones?  LOL)  I’ll let you know how it turns out.

For the Love of FACS, In Stitches

Friday FACS Word of the Day

Supergraphics:  Bold design motifs used in fabric design that measure more 4-inches square or larger.

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Today’s FACS Word of the Day is associated with the content area of textiles, apparel and fashion merchandising. 

Whether you do it consciously or unconsciously, when you select fabrics for any garment or other application scale is one of the things characteristics you consider.  The scale of the motif or pattern on the fabric is very important in relation to its end use.  Motifs can range from miniscule in scale to large-scale:  greater than 4-inch square.  Motifs that are larger than

In the mid-to-late twentieth century, supergrahpics were popularized by the Finnish company Marimekko.  In addition to the large scale of the motifs used in the Marimekko fabric designs, the company’s designers use very bold and bright colors.  The supergraphics that typify Marimekko designs make the company’s fabrics very recognizable.

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The supergraphics used in Marimekko designs make their fabrics appropriate for use in home furnishings.

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The history, company philosophy and design methodology of Marimekko is fascinating.  Learn more at