December 8, 2019

I recently heard some statistics that made me stop and think about how I shop for the holidays.  Did you know that if you shop locally, as much as 67 cents out of every dollar is likely to stay local and enrich your hometown?  Compare that with about 13 cents out of ev...

December 4, 2019

Our holiday memories are often bittersweet.  Though the sights and sounds of the season are generally positive, they are often tinged with memories of those we have lost or of times which were not always joyous.

I love this handmade bowl that my father made when he lear...

December 1, 2019

Having just spent the last few days in the company of my adult children for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of how important the handmade objects crafted by our children remain in our lives.  Our home is full is reminders of the days when their hands were small...

November 27, 2019

I hope that as you begin to prepare your house for the beautiful holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas that you take an opportunity to display and even use handmade objects that have come down through the years and which represent memories of people and places long ag...

November 24, 2019

Next Sunday begins the Christian season of Advent, so I want to follow up on my post from earlier in the week and highlight some of my own recent work that was designed just for this season.

My dear friend Sarah recently became an Episcopal priest.  When she admired my...

November 20, 2019

I would venture to say that there are few folks on the planet more excited about the winter holidays than I.  I have always loved Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve because they are the holidays that evoke my childhood and family.  Since then I have come to un...

November 17, 2019

Most handmade objects have not been made as works of art but as objects to be used.  Too often when we think about art, even art that is very old, we have a tendency to think that it must be put away in a dark cupboard or hidden to protect it.  Handmade objects need to...

November 13, 2019

I wrote on Sunday about my Granny Sligh and her life.  I wanted to focus this post on a gift that she created for our family one Christmas, a handmade legacy of love.

To the best of my knowledge, one year for Christmas Granny worked on one of these framed pictures for e...

November 10, 2019

Mazy Fitzgerald Sligh

When great history texts are written, it is rare that we read about the lives of everyday individuals.  It is especially hard to find the histories of women because so many times their lives and work were considered unimportant.  And yet, if you th...

November 6, 2019

I turned 60 years old in 2018, and while I am blessed with good health and a fulfilling life, I have begun to wrestle a bit with the finite nature of existence.  While I intend to travel as much as I can, there are probably places that I want to visit that I will not g...

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