House Keeping

Spiffing Up An Old Butcher’s Block

Sanded & Waxed Butcher Block

“A tree made into something useful continues to live.” – Old Puritan Proverb For the past few years I’ve been pestering my husband (and all of his male relatives) to move an old and extremely heavy butcher’s block, from my mother-in-law’s basement to my kitchen.  It was finally moved this summer with great difficulty. The…

Cleaning Wool Rugs & Blankets with Snow

Wool Rug In Snow

Did you know that the very best way to clean a handwoven, hooked, Persian or braided wool rug or wool blanket is with fresh snow? It’s true. Cleaning wool textiles with snow is an old-fashioned cleaning method that is very safe, gentle and completely non-toxic. It works better than sprays, steam cleaning or dry cleaning.…