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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!

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Comment by Ellene Meece on October 13, 2008 at 9:57pm
LuAnn, you are indeed a perfect example of someone in our day who can create exceptional "home charm"!

Did you happen to watch HGTV last night on the longest yard sale - covering 450 miles? Anyway, one of the shoppers they videoed found all kinds of vintage handkerchiefs and pieced them together to make the most beautiful curtain panels! I had never seen that before and it was absolutely adorable.
Comment by LuAnn Smith on October 13, 2008 at 7:40pm
Wonderful post Ellene and so true. It doesn't take a lot of money to set the table and I thank God I have sewing skills to assist me in creating that charm for myself and family... As a matter of fact, I worked on some handmade Christmas gifts today....

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