• General

    Ladyville, USA

    Ladyville is the brainchild of founder Danette Lopez. It is her depiction of a fictitious western style town set in the United States of America in the years between 1930 and 1960. Our founder who has always been enamored with the simply beauty of this era created this folk town in hopes of showing off the beauty she has always known to be in those simple moments in life. The diorama depicts a time that life was simple without a lot of traffic and people spent quiet time, social time, and me time just sitting at the train station to watch the trains and people. Homes were close but on…

  • History

    Celebrating America

    There are stories of the first Thanksgiving, known then as the Celebration of Harvest that we grew up with and what they teach in school. When I found out just recently that I did have an ancestor that actually came over on the Mayflower I was thrilled even though I know it wasn’t like we were taught (Familysearch.org) After a 66-day voyage, the Mayflower arrived in New England on November 11, 1620. The Pilgrims had originally intended to settle near the Hudson River in New York, but the ship was forced to seek shelter at Cape Cod. It was late in the year and traveled around Cape Cod had been…

  • Education

    The Abacus

    History and Use ABACUS stands for: Abundant Beads, Addition and Calculation Utility System The Abacus is an ancient way of learning math and doing calculations. The Greek abacus was a table of wood or marble with small counters made of wood or metal to slide along rods for mathematical calculations. There was a tablet found on the Greek island of Salamis in 1846 that dates back to 300 BC, making it the oldest counting board discovered so far. It is said that the abacus was invented in China, around 1300BC. It was made popular during the Ming dynasty, and has been popular calculating device ever since. In the ancient world…

  • Education,  General

    History of Furniture Styles and Types

    There are many, more than a dozen, different Eras of furniture and as many styles of the different eras. The next segments of this blog will be about the different eras and styles of household furniture. We will start with the oldest and work our way to the modern although most popular furniture these days are vintage or antique. The different eras are: Elizabethan 1560-1603 Jacobean 1600-1690 Pilgrim 1620-1700 William & Mary 1690-1735 Queen Anne 1700-1755 Pennsylvania Dutch 1720-1830 Louis XVI 1760-1789 Chippendale 1750-1790 Hepplewhite 1780-1810 Federal 1780-1820 Sheraton 1780-1820 American Empire 1800-1840 Victorian 1840-1910 Arts & Craft 1880-1910 Scandinavian Contemporary 1930-1950 The Elizabethan Era Queen Elizabeth I belonged to…