Nolichucky West

What I Learned in December

I first learned how to use a sewing machine in junior high home economics class. Mother then produced my grandmothers’ little black Singer. It was charming little machine. It went forward and backwards, just enough for me at the time. I thoroughly enjoyed junior high home economics courses. Being in the presence of a great […]

Button Collecting

I was the lucky one to inherit Grandma’s button box. I can spend hours sorting through and picking buttons for special projects.           As a teacher I read books about buttons, my favorite being The Button Box by Margarette S. Reid. It’s about  little boy exploring his grandma’s button box. There […]

My Home, My Hobby

I consider caring for and decorating my home as one of my hobbies. There is an occasional huge renovation going on but always a daily round of assuring my surroundings are comfortable and beautiful for me and mine. Here is a little poem I ran across. This book One For Life is from 1902 and […]

Catching Up On My Reading- Books about Books

  I came from a line of readers, you can read more about that here. I grew up loving books, Nancy Drew, Beezus and Ramona, Laura Ingalls Wilder were some of my childhood friends. I got so busy later on I neglected my own needs and wants as far as my reading life was concerned…until […]

Snail Mail Project

Mother moved out west , far from home and family. She regularly corresponded with her brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, and Grandmother. She saved so many of her letters and I am still trying to read them all. Recently I ran across a letter from my father to his mother, my Nana, narrating the story of […]

What I Learned in November

Two years ago my daughter gave me a book, Blog Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho. Along with the book she gave me encouragement to tell the story of my Etsy shop in a blog, to let folks know why it is the way it is. I have read Blog Inc.  twice now. It took two […]

Book Collectors

  I agree with John Steinbeck about books. (I did enjoy reading some of the ones he wrote.) I’m going to write a lot about books. I read them daily and I reading aloud daily to my children and students was an essential part of our routines. I can still picture my father in the […]

The Corner Cupboard

The Corner Cupboard I mentioned Mother’s corner cupboard in an earlier post. We did find a perfect corner, spot created when the former owner’s home addition went awry.  I’d take a picture for you, but I’m sure it would be too dark. I pass by the corner cupboard everyday, it’s in a little hallway right […]

More of the Story-Vintage Linens Thrift Store Rescue

I discovered decades ago as a teacher I wanted my classroom to be beautiful and unique. I wanted my students to be able to explore different textures and materials. I wanted them surrounded by books, hundreds of them, the best ones. Interesting things to count, puppets, wooden cups and bowls to measure with, and baskets […]

Monday Washday-Vintage Linens

One of the things I now regularly schedule in my week is caring for  vintage linens. Mother often told stories of her life by the Nolichucky and the lovely gatherings she would help prepare. Beautiful linens, dishes, centerpieces, candles as well. She continued collecting and entertaining as she went out on her own. I remember […]