A Little Bit of Trivia….

A little bit of trivia…. Did you know that over 1700 years ago, the Chinese developed solid ink, in the form of sticks or cakes? They used soot and animal glue to produce it. They then shaved off bits of it and mixed them with water, to produce instant ink whenever they had to write […]

A “penny” for your thoughts – All About Penny Rugs

In the 1800’s, around the time of the Civil War, thrifty homemakers would use scraps of wool from old clothing, blankets and hats to create designs for mats or rugs. Using coins as templates, they created circles and each piece was then stitched in place using a blanket stitch. Thus, the name “penny” rug was […]

American Folk Art Furniture

Early American folk furniture reflected European furniture style that would first emerge at an English or Continental court and almost immediately be adapted by those associated with the ruling classes. It would then filter down to the lesser nobles and ultimately to the lower classes. Immigrants then brought these styles with them to the New […]

Canning Confusion: History of Canning Jars

  As Summer gives way to Fall and our garden yields its final crops of the season, preparations begin to preserved the harvest.  Over the years we’ve collected several boxes of canning jars. While unpacking them for cleaning we discovered our assortment of canning jars have not only different names, but different sizes, shapes, and colors too! […]

A Stitch In Time – History of Embroidery

One of my fondest childhood memories is of watching my Grandmother stitch embroidery patterns while sitting on her lap in the rocking chair. I was fascinated by the rhythm of the needle as she worked it around the pattern, every so often Grandma would let me pull the thread through the fabric. Little did I know […]

History of American Folk Art Paintings

Recently I had the honor of visiting with an American Folk Artist who paints and recreates Colonial Signs as well as other works of the Colonial Period to include painted furniture, blanket boxes, and many other painted items. These works help to preserve our heritage and allow new generations to discover these wonderful pieces of […]