Seems here lately that folks in the shop have been asking me a lot
about the area and about my connections to this area. So it has got me
thinking back. Now I think today’s young folks (30’s & under) don’t
think much about their past, they don’t look back, they are all about
looking forward and forward thinking. Maybe that is just youth but
I think it’s a different world. So to those folks who say “Don’t look
back, it does no good”, I say “now hang on there”. Looking back
can be a good thing also, look back and remember those folks who
have gone on to be with the Lord. Look back and remember those
treasured childhood memories, look back and see where you come
from and who brought you to where you are. I LOVE my childhood
in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee and growing up in Wears
Valley. I have said it before and I don’t mind repeating it, GOD planted
me here and here is where I will stay. If I had any advice for young
people today it would be to treasure your time with family and friends
and store up all kinds of wonderful memories that you can LOOK BACK
on someday. Come to think of it, Looking Back is also some of what
we do here in the shop, with the crafter’s who make things that have
been handed down for generations in their families. Like the 2 sisters
that do the weaving, they, like me, were raised here in the Smoky
Mountains in the Gatlinburg/Glades area and the weaving they do
was taught to them by their mother so on going back 6 generations
now. Now that is something worth LOOKING BACK on!
I know there are lots of folks out there that like to do “crafting” these
days and they do have all kinds of things they do and they are really
cool and all, but Doll Making, by hand everything about the doll, I think
is not something a lot of folks do anymore. These two examples of dolls
are from ladies that have been doing their dolls many, many years and now
due to health reasons they can’t do them. Miss Elly is still doing a few of
her Hickory Nut Dolls, but Miss Mildred can’t do her Raggedy Ann & Andy
dolls at all. This makes me sad because there is no one in their family
that will be picking up the craft and do it. I believe these ladies had
a true talent for making their dolls and I will surely miss having them
in the shop and for anyone that has one of these dolls, treasure it.
PS: If anyone reading this makes dolls or knows someone that makes
these dolls in Appalachia, tell them to contact me.
CAM Cabin Crafts
865 448 5940
I have a new quilt in the shop from one of local ladies.
Mrs. Ann S. from Greenback,TN She loves to quilt and
sew and she is very good at it. Now I would like to test
the quilter’s that follower this blog on your quilting knowledge.
If you know the “name” of this quilt let me know by email message
and the first person to get it right, I will send you a certificate for a
on any item on our new web page. And I will announce the name of the
quilt, your state and your name on here and on our Facebook page.
Curious what names I will get!
PRICE–$599.00** + p&h
CAM CABIN CRAFTS
1329 Wears Valley Rd.
865 448 5940
It’s Spring and that’s the time of year to think about hanging up a new bird house.
Here are a few of the different kinds of bird houses I have here at the
craft shop. I have ones to hang, ones to put on a post, ones to put on
side of barn or house and ones to just look nice setting on a porch rail.
This was the picture I
showed last week, this
is a bush that was in
full bloom and still
has some blooms.
Now this is yesterday
Snow on the mountain
in Wears Valley. Yes the calendar
says March, daylight savings time
says March, I want it to be March!!!
but God had other ideals. It is 22
here today and with a wind chill
it feels much colder. Are we ever
happy with the weather? I may
have whipped out the flip flops
to soon. If it’s 80 and humid
by Friday I am sure I will find
something to say about that also.
But maybe not much, my feet will
be to happy to whine a lot.
I love spring in the Smoky Mountains!!
I will let these beauties speak for
themselves, I just wanted to share.
Hey all, I just thought I would remind everyone
what we are about. CAM Cabin crafts is an outlet
for handmade and handcrafted items from folks
throughout Appalachia. The CAM Cabin Crafts Ministry
provides low income Appalachian Crafter’s with an outlet
for selling their crafted items, which help to supplement
their incomes. We have a wide variety of items, from
Quilts, Dolls, Wood crafts, Wood toys, Wood bowls, Jams,
Jellies, Relishes and much more. I encourage you to check
us out on Facebook at CAM Cabin Crafts or our new web page
for the crafts. http://www.camcabincrafts.com/. Above all
we are here to help.
Spring is getting close here in the Smoky Mountains and
I can hardly wait!!!!, I am not a winter person. New things are
coming for CAM Cabin Crafts. A web page for the craft shop
I hope you will check it out.
Enjoy this picture of Daffodils in bloom in Cades Cove. 2017 seems
to be moving fast already to me, I hope that you will visit our craft
shop if you are ever in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, TN area. Just
give me a call 865 448 5940 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org I will be
happy to give you directions to the shop. I love my Smoky Mountains.
Well like it or not Winter is here in the Smoky Mountains and
the year is almost over. I for one will be glad to see the last of
2016 and I am praying 2017 is going to be a better year.
I know I have not written anything in a while for this blog,
but this year has been long and yet not, and I just never seem
to have the time to get to everything, and as the year is winding
down I feel like I am winding down also. To say that 2016 has
been a rough year is the mildest term I can use, and as much
as I would like to whine I will try not to. Because I know that
GOD has been good to me and my family even in the midst
of all ours trials and troubles. One thing that stands out to me
for 2016 was learning how many folks cared about me and
CAM Cabin Crafts, the love and support I received was so
outstanding and will never be forgotten. Just as my family
has gone and is going through changes, CAM Cabin Crafts has
also gone through some changes and more are coming. Now
we all know sometimes we like changes and sometimes we don’t.
Some of the changes at CAM Cabin Crafts did not go over well
and others I am hopeful about. HOPEFUL is my word for 2017,
I am HOPEFUL for so many things in 2017. One of the changes
I am most HOPEFUL about is the new Web Page we have opened
for CAM CABIN CRAFTS. Below is the link for the web page,
I hope you will check it out and consider shopping with us,
for your birthday, wedding, baby, anniversary and everything
in between gifts. Making a purchase with us does make a
difference for the person that made the item.
CAM Cabin Crafts is part of the Coalition for Appalachia Ministry,
and the purpose it is still serving almost 20 years later is to
provide a free market place for the hand crafted and hand made
items from folks throughout Appalachia. The CAM Cabin Crafts
shop provides a setting in which the values of Appalachia are
affirmed, the Appalachian culture is respected and God, family
and country are loved. I hope that you will be a part of our
HOPEFUL 2017 year.
CAM Cabin Crafts