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A Surprise Visit!

A Surprise Visit!

I was walking up to the Dripolator to get a mocha frappe yesterday afternoon, when I spotted Lorraine sitting on the porch of 44 Cherry Street with a frown on her face and a sign clutched in her hands. The sign read, “ Hell No, Wackos! I won’t go!! Find another...

Guess Who’s Coming to Black Mountain?

Guess Who’s Coming to Black Mountain?

Tripp bade me goodbye and said he would return to Black Mountain when the construction on 44 Cherry Street was more complete and the Town Pump had become more “suitable.” He said when he heard “fine bars”, he expected something more like Selwyn Pub in Charlotte. ...

Charlotte Invasion

Charlotte Invasion

Potted Coleus I passed by 44 Cherry Street on my way to the bank and wasn’t surprised to see troops of workmen digging up the yard  and tearing appliances and sheetrock out of the building. Lorraine had told me that the owner wanted to renovate so he could attract a...

New Tempest in Black Mountain

New Tempest in Black Mountain

I was in the shop arranging the incredibly fragrant essential oils soaps I just got it when I I was surprised by a phone calk from Lorraine this week. She was up in arms about the Black Mountain Public Library. “Stephanie, have you heard what’s going on? It’s...

Crazy Changes at 44 Cherry Street

Crazy Changes at 44 Cherry Street

I had a few minutes between customers, so I called Lorraine back to ask about the rest of the crew at 44 Cherry St. Once again it took several calls before she called me back. She was in a crabby mood, too, so I asked her what was making her so mad.  Crow...

What’s Lorraine Up to Now?

What’s Lorraine Up to Now?

Someone asked me the other day about the folks at 44 Cherry Street, and I realized I hadn’t spoken with any of them in a while, so I gave Lorraine a call. It took a few attempts before she called me back. She is one of those people who hardly ever answers her phone...

Julie’s Dreamy Home

Julie’s Dreamy Home

Looking towards the backdoor from the entrance. A Handmade Home is not necessarily rustic or filled with objects handmade by the owner. To me, the Handmade Home is one designed by a person with a distinct sense of style. This home could belong to no one else because...

Getting Pissed Off

Getting Pissed Off

Nothing bugs me more than a whiner. I want to run screaming for the hills when someone with seemingly nothing in the world to complain about comes into the shop and starts whining. So, what am I about to do? I’m going to whine. Feel free to take off running. Cloth...

Get a Load of This!

Get a Load of This!

Sheila repaired these beaded heads from Africa Sheila Martin has what people call “A Good Eye.” She has a divvie’s ability to suss out folk art gold whether she is in an upscale shop or a down-at-the-heels Goodwill. When she finds treasure, she gets her patient...

Sheila’s House: Drop Dead Gorgeous

Sheila’s House: Drop Dead Gorgeous

Sheila and Bill's log cabin I can’t remember how I first met Sheila Martin because she is someone I feel as if I have known forever. She Is one of those creatives who has no choice but to create all the time. She is a collector of beautiful things, some of which she...

So What’s Next?

So What’s Next?

If there’s one thing computers have taught us, it’s that when the device goes haywire, you turn it off, wait a bit, and then turn it back on. Nine times out of ten, your computer glitch has disappeared. My hope is that the same technique will have worked for us flawed...

Mama’s Cooking

Mama’s Cooking

I have been working on a memoir throughout the pandemic, and I’m not sure at this point if I am more tired of face masks or of writing about myself. I have been ruminating about my past, my horrible father, and his influence on my life for too long, and so I have laid...

So What’s Next?

So What’s Next?

Baby Max smiling at his Grandpa Ron! I have been thinking lately about my take-away from this past year. Even though my life has been mercifully untouched by tragedy, I empathize with fellow humans whose lives have been torn apart. The virus has killed over half a...

Peek into Abby’s House

Peek into Abby’s House

Spring comes to Abby's land Abby’s house is still a work in progress, but already it has all the charm of a “Hand Made Home.” It is a place where the fingerprints of the designer are apparent, and it wears its uniqueness like a crown. Abby aided by Ron Davis and crew...

Change is in the Air

Change is in the Air

Daffodils getting ready to bloom Change is in the air! The weather is a bit more Spring-like with days of warm temperatures sprinkled into the gray procession of cold wintery ones. Looking up at the mountainsides, I can spy a hint of pink as the branches get ready to...

Look at Abby’s Handmade Home (so far!)

Look at Abby’s Handmade Home (so far!)

The new floor and subtle wallpaper look great. I love how the accessories add color It’s exciting as a parent when you see your children besting you. All three of my kids far surpass me in many ways, and I am often amazed that they are even related to me. Seth, among...

We’re Getting There

We’re Getting There

We watch way too much HGTV. It started with Chip and Joanna Gaines, a photogenic couple who transformed falling-down shacks into their clients’ “Dream Houses.”. If you like shiplap, white kitchens, and a few shabby chic...

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

The tarot card called The Tower I just know if I were still reading Tarot, the card I would certainly have pulled would be the Tower. This card indicates a crumbling of existing norms and the beginnings of a new order. You have to admit that that describes what’s...

Abby begins Her Reno! Take a look!!

Abby begins Her Reno! Take a look!!

Work has begun in earnest on Abby’s house in Black Mountain. As Friend Fred Morgan told me recently, “We all need partners like RonDavis!” This is true. Ron with the help of his guys has begun a magical transition of what was a cute but rather decrepit little house...

Black Mountain Homecoming

Black Mountain Homecoming

Handmade lamp by folk artist $95 As we enter a bright new year my daughter Abby begins work on her first home here in Black Mountain. She went to college in New York and has been there ever since. Living in New York City has meant living in cramped apartments with...

My Wedding: a memoir

My Wedding: a memoir

I  frequently lose touch with reality, and in the early days of my relationship with Alec I occasionally forgot who I really was and imagined myself a debutante. After all, Alec took me to the best restaurants and when I moved in with him, I became accustomed to...

Lorraine’s Latest Woes

Lorraine’s Latest Woes

Dog in Christmas Finery It was that magical/stressful time between Thanksgiving and Christmas and Lorraine found herself daydreaming about holidays past and anxious about the pressures of Christmas present. She loved the holidays, but wanted everything to be perfect,...

What a Surprise on Cherry St!!

What a Surprise on Cherry St!!

The dust had settled on Cherry Street after the influx of tourists for the Thanksgiving weekend. All that was left was a heap of turkey carcasses, bins of empty wine bottles, and the memory of overeating and falling asleep in front of Netflix. The residents of 44...

Visit Lynette’s Hand Made Home

Visit Lynette’s Hand Made Home

How I made the acquaintance of Lynette Miller is a typical Black Mountain story. I was at the counter reading an article about Lynette in Asheville Made Magazine when a friend walked into the shop.“Wow!” I exclaimed. “I love this woman’s work. These floor cloths are...

Frederick Prepares for the Holidays

Frederick Prepares for the Holidays

It was Halloween Eve and Frederick awoke at 44 Cherry Street with a song in his head, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!” Everyone knew that Halloween was the official start of the Christmas season, even though Walmart had started weeks before. He was...

Brooke’s Sweet Handmade Home

Brooke’s Sweet Handmade Home

An antique cabin stands in front of the larger structure Tenth grader Brooke Bresnan smashed onto the scene at Charlotte Country Day School from Connecticut like a lightening bolt. Her hair was green and she wore huge Jenco jeans, while the rest of her class dressed...

FAKE NEWS!!!

FAKE NEWS!!!

Bittersweet Wreath $35 Elrod was awakened in his sour bed by the sweet tones of Dolly Parton singing “i can see the sun of a bright new morning, I can see the sun of a bright new day, I can see the sun of a bright new morning, and I know everything’s gonna be okay.”...

Elrod Gets Fired Up

Elrod Gets Fired Up

Portrait of Elrod by Ellen Phillips Elrod was saddened and confused by the death of the Notorious RBG thinking it had been The Notorious BIG who had passed. He was confused, because he thought that Biggie Smalls, the Notorious RBG, had died long before in a shootout...

Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise

Our heroes socks $15 Lorraine was concerned about the current unrest in Black Mountain. According to her source the town leaders had declared Martial Law and had grown too big for their boots. When the Mayor resigned, the Aldermen chose one of their own to replace...

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