Stories

Whether it’s dueling neighborhood snow cone stands or the time potato peels shot from the roof while prepping Thanksgiving dinner, we love each town’s stories and the people who make them great.
House Tour: At Home Magazine

House Tour: At Home Magazine

By: Sommer Tate (co-owner of Folkway Design & Wares Co.) Earlier this year, I chatted with Carlee Baigrie on the phone for an article for the fall edition of At Home Magazine. She put together a lovely article and we are excited to share it with you now that is...

Check Us Out In FLEA MARKET STYLE Magazine!

Check Us Out In FLEA MARKET STYLE Magazine!

By: Sommer Tate (co-owner of Folkway Design & Wares Co.) Last December I had the pleasure of hosting stylist/writer Denise Gee (www.denisegee.com) and photographer (and husband) Robert Peacock (www.robertmpeacock.com) for the day at my home for a photoshoot and...

The Well Behaved Cows of Four Wire Road

The Well Behaved Cows of Four Wire Road

Growing up we were taught the precise way to get through a barbwire fence without getting pricked. Place your right hand in-between the barbs on wire 3 and press down into wire 2...grab both wires together to support your weight.  Your left arm and left foot go...

Meet The Maker: Manuela

Meet The Maker: Manuela

MANUELA seamstress and maker (Padova, Italy) "I love textiles...and I want all of them, from burlap to velveteen, from white to black and all the colors in between, and each one...can become a prima donna if you find the right place for it..."    By trade Manuela...

Calling All Floret Flower Farm Lovers

Calling All Floret Flower Farm Lovers

Have you heard of Floret Flower Farm? We believe you are either a fan....or a soon to be fan once you check them out! Erin Benzakein and her family run a flower farm in Washington's Skagit Valley that looks straight out of a storybook. She frequently posts photos of...

Meet The Leathermaker: Stephanie

Meet The Leathermaker: Stephanie

STEPHANIE leatherworker (McKinney, TX)   As we mentioned in our last post,  we went on a bit of an adventure to find the leatherworker who could make the item we wanted for our winter BROWN BOX. However, when we found Stephanie we knew we found the right person. She...

A Mix Of Geppetto And Santa’s Workshops…

A Mix Of Geppetto And Santa’s Workshops…

One of the most common questions we are asked is how we find the craftspeople who make the items for BROWN BOX. At Folkway Design and Wares Co., we love the stories behind each maker as much as their items, and this one takes the cake.  We were in need of a...

Meet The Maker: Marybeth

Meet The Maker: Marybeth

MARYBETH woodworker and craftsperson (Grand Marais, MN) "My process begins by walking into the woods along the dogsledding trail near my cabin wearing snowshoes and mukluks, carrying a saw in my hand and pulling a sled. My background as an ecologist and forester and...

There’s Only One Way To Start A Proper Fire…

There’s Only One Way To Start A Proper Fire…

There's only one way to start a proper fire...at least that's what our grandfather taught us growing up. Three pieces of rich pine with newspaper in the middle...very calculated...almost as if it was a formula. The process lasted about the length of time it took to...

The Time Potato Peels Rained From The Roof

The Time Potato Peels Rained From The Roof

Growing up, we always had Thanksgiving dinner at our grandparents’ ranch. They had 300 acres dotted with cattle, ponds, and rolling hills in East Texas. Upon pulling down the long driveway, the smell of pine trees and chimney smoke would make you close your eyes and...