Appalachia Chatter and Chitter

2 Jewelers Moved In Last Week

Two jewelers move in appalachia

Every year when the month of June rolls around, I start expecting a couple of strange characters to show up around the Blind Pig house. One year it was 2 Blacksmiths who left black smudges in the bathroom; another year it was 2 knitters who dropped pieces of yarn all over my house. This June-it was 2 Jewelers who moved in.Little middle folk school jccfs


The John C. Campbell Folk School’s Little Middle Folk School was last week-the 2 jewelers were Chatter and Chitter.

Making jewelery at jccfs

The girls learned so much from their instructors-Susie, Lynday, and Cindy; they had a great time; and…

Jewelery making at the folk school

they made some amazing jewelry to boot!

Felting at the folk school jccfs

Chatter and Chitter also took a felting class where they made the prettiest bags and cushions. They so enjoyed their instructors: Becky and Delaura (who happen to be the funnest contra dancers ever!)

Little middle folk school in brasstown

Along with the felting and jewelry making, the week was full of music, dancing every night, old friends, and new friends. The girls even got to debut their new song Give The Dog A Bath.

Though the week was fun packed-it was bittersweet for Chatter and Chitter too. This is the last year they’ll get to attend Little Middle Folk School as a student. Yep they’re growing up-faster than me and The Deer Hunter would like most days. But the girls already have big plans for graduating from a little middle student-to a little middle volunteer next June.

As always, I’m sure I’ll let you know how it goes.


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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    June 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Tipper: Those lovely girls make beautiful jewelry! I am looking forward to a JULY visit and a stop at the Folk School. I know that shop contains some of the most creative ‘things’ ever!
    Are the girls performing in the area on the 20th of July? Maybe something exciting is happening on that weekend at the Court House in Union County.
    Thanks, Eva Nell

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    June 23, 2013 at 9:27 am

    What talented children you have there! Was just introduced to the Blind Pig & the Acorn blog and it’s amazing! When was the blog started and what was the very first post? I’m going to be spending lots of time reading through all the posts!

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    Rev. RB
    June 23, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I love finding and rehabbing old jewelry! My favorite is vintage rhinestone earrings that have screw-back fixtures; I remove the screw-back fixture, clean and shine the item up, put new ear-wire or post fixtures on them, and resell them. It’s especially satisfying to do around the holidays or prom time because so many people are looking for shiny sparkles then and because what I rehab and sell is vintage, is prettier than the modern rhinestone earrings, and when they wear my rehabbed vintage jewelry, rarely will anyone else have anything like it, so it all goes to good homes where it’s appreciated. And what’s more, it’s fun!!!
    God bless.

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    June 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Those pretty girls can do most
    anything. I’m proud of ’em too.

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    June 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

    How wonderful the end products look! Maybe next year the girls can learn how to make goats’ milk soap with some sort of a home grown fragrance. I wish I lived closer to try some of those wonderful classes. I am very self taught with my crafts. Sometimes I need to seek out help. Your family is so blessed!

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    Ron Perry, Sr.
    June 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I love to be able to watch your girls growing up. They appear to be wonderful individuals and that is due to the loving family that they are being raised in. You should be proud.

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    Mike McLain
    June 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I think it is great that Chitter and Chatter are exploring all sorts of things. Learning is a wonderful gift. I am happy that I am like Bradley’s friend, always trying to learn new things. I am 65 years old, but I don’t expect to ever stop trying to learn.

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    Ed Ammons
    June 22, 2013 at 8:49 am

    It is you and the Deer Hunter that have created a couple of precious jewels.

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    Miss Cindy
    June 22, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I think it’s about time for me to come for a visit so I can see all the pretty things they made. Chitter has been the most interested in making jewelry but I bet they both loved this week. I can’t wait to see everything!
    I can’t believe this is their last year. They can’t be growing up, they are my precious little granddaughters!
    The John Campbell Folk School has certainly been and continues to be a wonderful experience for the girls and their mom

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    Sheryl Paul
    June 22, 2013 at 7:12 am

    What a wonderful experience for both of them to have though, the jewelry is beautiful along with the purses.

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    June 22, 2013 at 6:15 am

    The way the girls are always learning something new amazes me Tipper. Puts me in mind of this fella I used to know at work. He once said, “I know I will never know everything but, you know, I wish I could know a little something about everything.” I guess we all should look at life like that. The girls seem to be doing just that. Bet the jewelry will be great.

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