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Museum Remembers Coal Mining Tradition in West Virginia

I’m proud of the tiny wrench stamped with “Ford” on it from my grandfather’s tool collection.  It’s a relic from his years of working at the Ford Garage and other garages before that, where he was known for his ability to tinker with automobiles and fix just about anything.  While the Model T went only […]

Continue Reading By on June 29, 2015 in Appalachia, coal, energy, natural resources, travel, with our own hands

From Lawn Mowing to Food Growing

What if you never had to mow a section of your lawn again?  It’s possible, if you can dedicate even a small portion to a food and/or flower bed.  We recently dedicated another portion of our family’s backyard to growing food.  We’ve filled our little fenced-in garden of raised beds (and extra containers) until it’s […]

Continue Reading By on July 2, 2013 in eating better, family, garden, green, lawn, organic, outdoors, sustainable, with our own hands

Flour Sack Mama’s Carrot-Coconut Muffin Recipe

*This post contains affiliate links. Did you know June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month?  The beginning of summer, when gardens and farmers’ markets are bursting with freshness, is the ideal time to appreciate the goodness of real, wholesome foods! I’m raising my kids to appreciate the simple taste of foods like organic carrot […]

Continue Reading By on June 15, 2013 in baking, cooking, food, green, organic, parenting, sustainable, vegetables, with our own hands, yogurt

Frugal Homemade Car Organizers

Ever bought a ready-made organizer for your car and found it didn’t quite work?  We had been underwhelmed with a ready-made organizer purchased a few years ago and just stopped using it.  I wanted something larger and more versatile. Old blue jeans and other remnants helped create extremely frugal, all-cloth organizers to go on the […]

Continue Reading By on March 15, 2013 in craft, frugal, sewing, with our own hands

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

Work by Hand: Healing Worn Soles

Work by Hand: Healing Worn Soles Long-time customer Clark Walker brought a well-worn pair of loafers to the counter, where Barbara Woods closely eyed the soles.  “I’d put a solid rubber heel on that.  It’ll wear a lot better,” she advised. “I’ve been coming here a long time,” shared Walker. Before leaving his shoes, he’d […]

Continue Reading By on December 3, 2012 in craft, green, made in the USA, repair, thrifty, with our own hands