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Inside the Bowed Psaltery Maker’s Workshop

Rick Long tells me his mother was a musician and his father was a woodworker.  Although he spent years in road and utility construction, when he and his wife decided he should work from home, Long already had the skills to start his second career.  He’s been using master woodworking skills to construct bowed psalteries […]

Continue Reading By on February 12, 2013 in Appalachia, crafts, education, music, with our own hands, woodworking

Store and Studio Liven Rural Hollow

A few of Curt Vancel’s relatives have been back now to visit since the latest owner reopened his old general store. New owner Beth Bohnert enjoys seeing them and always has tea made for visitors.  Vancel Mill is long gone, but much of this East Tennessee hollow looks like it never changed. When you open the […]

Continue Reading By on May 22, 2012 in agriculture, community, crafts

Simpler, Greener Holiday Resources

Can you get festive this season, give gifts and celebrate while still being mindful?  With so many consumer issues of concern, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and just give up on making better choices. If you’re looking to save money like I am, maybe you’ve made some homemade gifts this year.  At our house, we’re […]

Continue Reading By on December 8, 2011 in conscious consumerism, crafts, frugal, green, sewing, sustainable, thrifty, with our own hands

Crafting Reusable Halloween Costumes

Courtesy:  Simply Natural Mom Guest post by Rebecca of Simply Natural Mom. Halloween is a fun time to get creative. For me, the entire month of October is a busy time, with two of my three daughters (ages 2,4 and 7) celebrating birthdays. While I’ve always loved the idea of sewing them costumes from scratch, […]

Continue Reading By on October 21, 2011 in crafts, frugal, green, guest post, parenting, sewing, thrifty, with our own hands