Archive for May, 2012

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

For the past couple of months I have been trying to deal with a horrible tragedy that happened to our family. On April 4th, buy cialis my son William James Holt, Jr., passed away suddenly at the age of 49. He was our only son. Our family loved him more then words can say. I am trying to continue to live my life as normal as is possible, but it is extremely difficult, and I am not there yet.

I am thankful I have  my website to keep me busy during this very difficult time.

Soon I hope to begin blogging again.

Hope to be back in mid June.


Sharon Ascherl’s Brides Boxes

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Most of you have probably received your new Early American Life magazine by now. There is a wonderful article about early German brides boxes.

In the eighteenth century, decease boxes made of wood shavings, ed usually oval in shape, were given as wedding presents. It is believed that most brides boxes arrived in America when the German settlers came to Pennsylvania. It is said that many of these beautiful boxes were made in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, after the arrival of the Germans that settled there. Often these painted boxes were given as wedding gifts, used for holding the keepsakes of new brides as they sailed to their new homes in America. This beautiful brides box was hand painted by Sharon Ascherl, one of the talented American artisans, and is available in my American Artisan Store. If you know of a couple that soon will be married, this would make a wonderful and unusual wedding gift.