My Ancestors at Gettysburg 150 Years Ago

As someone who has a peculiar preoccupation with the Civil War, the 150th anniversary has brought many books, magazines, pictures and stories into my life. There is something so sad and magical about this war and time in history to me, and I devour every little bit of information I can get my hands on about it. And I thought this an appropriate time to share a little of my family history.

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  And today, July 3, 2013,  is the 150th anniversary of Pickett’s Charge, a gruesome and bloody battle that took one of my ancestors with it into the pages of history.

Robert and John Hutcherson, soldiers in the 57th VA Infantry, Franklin County, VA

Robert and John Hutcherson, soldiers in the 57th VA Infantry, Franklin County, VA

These gentlemen pictured are my Great Great Great Uncles Robert and John Hutcherson, younger brothers to my Great Great Grandfather Francis Swanson Hutcherson.

Both Robert and John were soldiers with the 57th Virginia Infantry out of Franklin County, Virginia. John held the honorable position as the Color (flag) Bearer for the 57th Virginia Infantry.

This  position meant that John would run head first into battle with a flag! That’s it!  A FLAG! The Color Bearers of the Civil War were some of the bravest soldiers in the war. As the Color Bearer, they could not retreat from battle unless their commander told them to. They had to hold that flag and go where they were directed. That flag kept the units together; the soldiers moved where their flag moved. The flag was a symbol of home in so many ways.

On July 3, 1863, John Hutcherson alongside 12,500 other men, marched across an open field into the onslaught of Union fire. More than half of the 12,500 men marching through that field died 150 years ago today along side John Hutcherson.

The legacy of my ancestor John Hutcherson, Color Bearer for the 57th VA Infantry, has been preserved in a sense. The flag was captured that day, presumably after his death, and shows on the Captured Battle Flags list that General George Meade sent to Washington.

There is also a well-known painting of Pickett’s Charge that depicts General George Pickett on horse back and John Hutcherson and the 57th VA Infantry Flag beside Pickett. (Sorry to say I do not know what that painting’s title is at this time.) The actual flag that John Hutcherson held when he was killed in battle is on display at The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, VA.

So there is my little piece of history, my little connection to the Civil War, the war that pulls on my heart strings. A nation divided, a nation being ripped apart, and an outcome that brought much needed change to the world. Many blessings to all the soldiers who fought and the 620,000 soldiers who died in the Civil War. -Carly

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My Tintype Family Tree

If you don’t know already, I LOVE OLD THINGS! Especially old things connected to my family and its history.

I was blessed with my family’s old photos. And when I say old, I am not kidding. I inherited many Tintype photos, which I love dearly!

I created a “family tree” to show off these beauties. The base of my tree is my grandmother’s nut bowl containing my rock collection, and copper electrical wire creates the branches.


I can’t properly introduce you to these people; who they are has been lost with time. But a moment of their lives has been captured for us to enjoy.









I saved my favorite for last. I love this guys mustache, hat and eyes. He seems like a real character. Which one stands out to you? I would love to hear from you! -Carly

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Williamsburg, Virginia! Here I Come!

The car is loaded to maximum capacity, and I am ready to head to Williamsburg, VA.


Tomorrow will be a tour of Colonial Williamsburg. I am really excited to see OLD stuff  because I LOVE OLD stuff!

Sunday I will be selling jewelry at Art on the Square, right off of Duke of Gloucester Street,  Booth 15, 10am-5pm.

The weather looks like it is going to be perfect! YESSSSSSS!!!!

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Art on the Square, Williamsburg, VA

I am busy putting the finishing touches on some resin set pendants for Art on the Square, Williamsburg, VA.


You will find me and my handmade jewelry there this Sunday, April 28th, 10am-5pm. I will be on North Boundary Street, booth 15.


I have my fingers crossed for a gorgeous day and for many smiling faces!

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Little Orange Visiter

I live in the woods, which I dearly love. Today I was out getting a look at the hillside blooming with Trillium and found this beautiful little guy. Makes me really appreciate what a beautiful world we live in.


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Steal Like an Artist is Awesome

Each year I buy myself a birthday gift because I know exactly what I want, and it is a great excuse to buy myself something. This year I treated myself to a stack of books, really awesome books!

One of the best books in my stack is Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. It is fabulous! It is short, sweet, straight to the point and filled with lots of inspiring information!


My very favorite suggestion in the book comes from a quote by Harold Ramis, “Find the most talented person in the room, and if it’s not you, go stand next to him.” Austin Kleon follows this up beautifully with, “If you ever find you’re the most talented person in the room, you need to find a new room.”

This quote has really made me think about the people I surround myself with. It has reminded me of all the creative people I know, that I simply can not pull myself away from! The people whose minds are on fire with ideas! Wild and crazy ideas that spark a creative fire in my mind!

This little book has made me really appreciate my creative mind and my creative life a little bit more. You don’t have to be an artist to appreciate this book; it is for everyone!

So do something nice for yourself today and buy Steal Like an Artist. Your creative spirit totally deserves it!  -Carly

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Google Reader Will Soon Be No More

I just learned that Google Reader will be shutting down as of July 1st. If you are using Google Reader to keep up with me and other blogs, it will soon be time to find a new way.

Here are two blog posts that may give you a little more information, as I am limited on my knowledge of how all this works. Google Reader Dies and Google Reader is Dead.

I will be back Wednesday to share a book that I am finding crazy inspiring!  -Carly

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Spring Is Showing Her Beautiful Face!

I have spent the afternoon in the sun, walking around my hillside, taking in spring! We have 3 beautiful bloomers right now, some wild and some planted.  And the mountain is getting ready to come alive with more! Yippee!






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Fruits and Vegetables for Breakfast

I had a total of 12 fruits and vegetables for breakfast! And that is just crazy!


Well, it’s not as crazy this week as it was last week. I have found myself in the past few months eating any and everything I wanted. I was eating plenty of junk food and was feeling like junk.

Last week I starting bringing in more juicing, smoothies, and lots of fruits and vegetables.

In just a little over a week I feel SO much better! And I am super glad to be bringing a more vibrant and healthier me to you today!

If you have any smoothie or juice recipes that you love, please share!

Here’s to your health! -Carly

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Spring Is Here! Finally!

After a winter that seemed too long, SPRING IS HERE! Finally!

It is a beautiful day! I have the windows open, it is 70 degrees, and the birds are singing!


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My energy level is soaring. HOORAY FOR SPRING!


Origami Crane Earring

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