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A Salute to John Flood

Somewhere in Kentucky, sometime in the past, a man carved an exquisitely detailed  beard comb out of a hunk of wood.  We stumbled upon it in an antique shop in Arizona, with a tag that said only, "Wooden Comb. Kentucky." We were struck not only by the resemblance to our beard combs, but by the detail in the relief--the hooves, the bridle, the stirrups. Did the carver make it for himself? For his brother? His son? We'll never know. Every piece of history about the carver has been lost. Except his name. John Flood, you were a helluva craftsman. And...

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Creative Ways to Save a Memory

Creative Ways to Save a Memory

No, not THAT kind of memory. 'Fraid I  don't have any real solutions for that. But I do have creative ways of saving mementos from our trips together before storing them in my precious Stagecoach Box. For example,look how I dress up the notes I take while we travel.   I tuck them into  envelopes I fold from handmade paper and decorate them with paper ephemera and the occasional chimpanzee. I get the ephemera at flea markets or at online suppliers like Regina's Studio. The chimp was just here. Paper emphemera also comes in handy for more free-floating storage in...

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Hey, We're Famous!

Or our Bison Tooth Box is, anyway. We're pleased to learn that it is featured in this colorful Black Friday Gift Guide 2016. And it is in very good company there, too!

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No Chicken Left Behind

We pick up vintage quilt blocks at flea markets and turn them into potholders. So its only fitting that we ship them to you with more flea market finds: copies of our favorite vintage photos. Look closely at today's shipment: its the "No Chicken Left Behind" Family!

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1897: A Very Good Year for Gift Wrap

Old papers always catch our eye. We don't even know where we picked up this one. It is a ledger sheet from Felix Brothers, from 1897. According to the entries, the attorney's fee for "Felix v Campbell" was $5.00. And the "scholarship for Myron" set them back $50.00.  1897 was not only a very good year for Felix Bros... ...with a good color copy on some lovely archival paper, it makes a great wrap for the two beard combs we shipped out today!  

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