Nolichucky West

A Simple Vintage Button Craft

I just finished reading Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini, the story of a former slave whose talents with a needle, thread, and fabric along with her dedication to her craft, led her to freedom and a place in the White House as the dressmaker to First Lady Mary Lincoln. Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker tells the […]

A Small Guide to Vintage Hankies

A recent goal of mine was to learn more about textiles. I do have so much to learn about all of the different types of fabric and vintage handwork, but because I am continually amazed when I examine some of the handmade lace, crocheted edges, or tiny rolled hems on vintage handkerchiefs, I am continually […]

Little Paper Nests

The air is scented with orange blossoms, it has been sunny, breezy, and warm for weeks now. On the top of the arbor a little dove has decided to build her nest. She startled me with quite a ruckus when I went to trim the faded rose blooms.  She flew out quickly from her refuge […]

Snail Mail Project – Wishing On A Star

The grandchildren are going on a special trip to Disneyland for their Spring Break from school. I will be staying home to continue to supervise all of the renovations happening around me so I am mailing the grandchildren a vacation memory of mine along with a little spending money. I started this snail-mail project by […]

Vintage Buttons and Bracelets

I am feeling discombobulated from the hectic mayhem at our home due to renovation projects. I am always keeping in mind however that no matter how my calm daily existence is disrupted I am so fortunate to be able to have these kinds of projects underway. I recently explained the pool renovations, and now we […]

Snail Mail Project- Valentines

I love this quote from JRR Tolkien . His books are on my list of titles to read next, although I am holding out for the day I discover an older thrift-store copy. I continue to look back fondly on Valentines’ Day from when I was teaching. It was always one of my favorite days. All […]

A Little Vintage Yellow Tablecloth

A little yellow tablecloth and four matching napkins recently found their way to me from an estate of a dear friends’ mother. This little tablecloth came from a home in a nearby tiny town that is boasts of a river, a multitude of pecan and cottonwood trees, and a population of about 2000 people. The […]

Snail Mail Project- Hello There!

Time and time again I believed I finished my search for written treasures in Mother’s old trunk. Then I discover a new one. This time there was a letter inside an accordion envelope along with old documents and newspaper clippings. It was from my father while stationed in Hawaii during Word War Two, to his […]

Repurposing Vintage Linens- Doily Snowflakes

I just finished reading a post from Mary at Home is Where the Boat Is. Mary is across the country from me and in bitter cold winter weather. I have on a light sweater, it’s raining, and I just finished sweeping the porch while listening to the rare sound of the rain drops on my […]