There may not be too many on this blog who remember the last depression in the 1930’s. But, I have read that part of the fortitude and ingenuity that emerged from those hard times came in the form of keeping the home charm alive and well. Resourceful homemakers somehow managed to decorate and entertain with simple elegance. Using inexpensive but pretty glassware that grocery stores and retail vendors included as an incentive to purchase their products– they set their tables with style. Discarded remnants of clothing produced fancy quilts, flour sacks boasting bright patterns turned into cheerful kitchen curtains, and whimsical receptacles for clothespins, sewing supplies, and other small items were made from recycled objects. Today, the economic hard times we may be facing can again spawn resourcefulness and home charm. Set your table with glass, spend time sharing your heart, make home-made gifts for giving and keep a few pieces of vintage charm around to remind yourself that good times don’t come in a box, they are always created!