Archive for February, 2013

Penners and Jiggers

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

I got a email from my customer from Ireland early this morning. He purchased this traveling inkwell from me recently. When I first read the email, capsule I had him confused with another customer also from England, but this customer purchased a early pastry wheel, which he refers to as JIGGERS.

The email read, “Thanks ever so much for the PENNER which I received this morning.  Better than what I expected.  A real piece of history and a marvelous addition to my collection. The packing was excellent too.”

I am always happy to get feedback from my customers, and of course since this inkwell was sent to Ireland I was happy to know that it arrived safely.

I wrote back thanking him for his feedback, but questioned the word penner. Remember, I have him confused with my customer that purchased the jigger. It’s 6 a.m. and my coffee is not done perking. (I should have waited until I drank my coffee and the caffeine kicked in)

I asked him, ” did you mean jigger instead of penner? Now I’m laughing.

This is what he said, “Well, we call them ”penners” here and in England. This is the common name for ”writing compendia”. This is exactly what I bought. They are more commonly in the shape of a ”shell” or tower, with parts which unscrew: in the bottom compartment you find a pounce pot, then the inkwell, and then, on the top part a compartment in which quills are kept. There are of course several models. There is a book, it’s the ”bible” for reference to early writing items written by Michael Finley, called ”western writing implements in the age of the quill pen”.  A must if you are interested in these.”

Michael Finley! What! That’s my customer! He is the one I had him confused with!! So Michael is the author of the book he is referring to! He is the one that purchased the JIGGER from me, and told me he is currently writing a book about jiggers!

I told him I had him confused with my customer that just happens to be the author of the book he referred me to, and that he purchased a early jigger, or pie crimper, from me and that he was currently writing a book about them.

He asked me what a jigger was. Laughing still.

I sent him this photo. He wrote back, “now I know what a jigger is.”

So now I too know I know all about jiggers and penners, and perhaps you have learned something too.

I hope I have explained this without confusing you.

We were both blown away by the coincidence. Are you?


Early Homes Spring/Summer 2013

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

They’re here! Email me to get your copy before they run out.

Spring Issue A Simple Life Is Here

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

I just got a shipment of the new Spring issue of A Simple Life magazine. I have not put it on my website, pharmacy but will later today. If you would like me to hold a issue for you, email me at

Spring is coming!


My Day In Court

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

I just had to share this story with you. Back in September it was necessary for me to became power of attorney for my brother, cialis sale and now it is sadly necessary that I become his guardian. On Thursday I had to report to the Lancaster County Courthouse to allow a judge to hear my case. We got there a bit early so Bill and I walked across the street for a cup of coffee and pastry. The bakery looked so beautiful all decked out with beautiful treats all ready for Valentine’s Day.

So much to look at but so little time!

Now it was time to go to the courthouse.

We took the elevator up to the third floor where we met our attorney, viagra and walked into the courtroom. My attorney turned to me and said, check “are you nervous”, to which I replied, “no, not at all.” After all, what’s there to be nervous about?

There sat the court stenographer. In came the judge. My brother’s doctor would not appear in court to testify to my brother’s condition, so they called my brother’s social worker, and had her testify by phone. I became very emotional as I listened to them talk about my brother and his mental and physical condition. It was heartbreaking, and it was impossible for me to control my tears. When that testimony was over I was asked to take the stand. What!!!!!! Take the stand!! Me?  Oh, no!! I have never done this before! Ok. This is fine. I can do this. No problem, but it would have been nice if he actually told me that I would have take the witness stand!

Ok, so I get up out of my seat and walk to the witness witness stand. I raise my right hand and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I am seated. I am asked to state my name, and relationship. Ok. No problem.

Then a series of questions begin. All of a sudden my head feels like it’s on fire! Like it could could explode!!!!! I am trying to calm myself down, but it’s not working. I look around and all eyes are on me!! Yikes!!! I am so nervous I have to strain to hear the questions that I am being asked. I try to pull myself together, but it’s not working! I look at my husband who is seated right behind our attorney, and he had this puzzled look on his face, like, what is wrong with you!

Finally,it was over, no more questions, and I could go back to my seat. There were a couple of steps, and I heard someone say, watch your step. Oh, please, Lord, do not let me fall! My knees felt like jelly, but I made it.

The judge was kind. I think everything will work out.

As we walked out of the courtroom we were all laughing about how nervous I looked. Our lawyer told me many of his clients react the same way I did, which made me feel a whole lot better. He said there is a chemical in your brain that takes over and clouds your thoughts, making it hard to think.

Bill and I laughed about it all the way home, and we’re still laughing.

Welcome New Doll Artisan Cindy Gray

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

A few weeks ago while antiquing in a shop in Paradise, hospital Pennsylvania, clinic I noticed a woman purchasing some wonderful early fabrics. I was curious and asked what she was going to make with them. She told me she made dolls. We talked for a few minutes and I told her about my website and my American Artisan Store and how I was looking for someone that makes dolls with early fabrics for my Artisan store. We exchanged email addresses and a week later Cindy sent me photos of her wonderful folk art dolls.

Cindy Gray has been stitching and creating since she was a child. Influenced by her grandmother, rx a strong willed wife of a farmer. That Luzerne County, Pennsylvania farm sparked a passion for learning about the past, a love of the land and nature. Cindy continues seeking bonds with day to day life in the 18th and 19th centuries. The folk art, needlework, and toys made by inspired women, by candle light, for necessity, made for art or for love continue to inspire. All of her pieces are her design. Each is one of a kind, made from antique and vintage fabric. Each doll is all hand stitched.

Cindy Gray’s work appeared in Collector’s Magazine, Country Home, Southern Living, Home For The Holiday, Early American Homes, and Early American Life. Early American Homes, working with prominent museums, seven times listed Cindy Gray among the top 200 traditional work artisans. Cindy had the honor of making an ornament for the White House Christmas tree in 1999. I am so proud to offer Cindy’s creations in my American Artist & Artisans store.

I am so happy and honored to offer Cindy’s wonderful folk art dolls to my customers, so be sure to visit my website.

Welcome Cindy!