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Welcome! Glad you stopped by and hope you stop by often as I celebrate my Appalachian Heritage.

I am Tipper a mother, wife, daughter, sister , artist, and hopefully a friend to many. I consider myself a mountain girl (even though my husband, The Deer Hunter, likes to remind me the mountains here are not nearly as big as the ones he came from a whole three counties away).

A common theme that arises when thinking of past times is a longing for a simpler lifestyle. An unhurried time when families pulled together because hard times demanded they do so. A time filled with joys and bittersweet memories. For me there is something more. I believe part of the longing is related to the fragility of life-to those loved ones who have long gone on. Another part is a primal instinct instilled in each by the Creator passed along to each generation to learn the ways of old as a direct map to our future.

I have always had a love for history, antiques, vintage finds,-basically anything old. As long as I can remember I have craved a connection with my heritage and the creativity that abounds in it. My hope is that through this blog I can begin to understand how the love for the past can be woven into a hope for the future as well as an appreciation for the present.

The unique name of this site comes from an old saying "Even a blind pig can find an acorn every once in a while." When I first started out in March 2008 the saying behind the name was often in my thoughts-as I didn't really know if I could accomplish what I wanted too-but sincerely hoped like the blind pig-I'd find the acorn.

Appalachia is a haven for artisans of all genres. I believe historically this shows the independence that is often associated with mountain folk. They depended on themselves or their neighbors to supply the necessities of life: clothing, quilts, food, soap and even entertainment. Whether someone is detailing how to can green beans, plant corn, quilt, or simply telling about their life, there is a wealth of information to be gathered from the people of the Appalachian Mountains. You can see some of the profiles on the Mountain Folk page.

Just saying the word "Appalachian" brings to mind music. I grew up in a musical family and was blessed to hear traditional Appalachian music on a daily basis. Pickin & Grinnin is a regular spot here and will feature my family's music.

For some Appalachia might bring to mind The Beverly Hillbillies and the quirky, feisty Granny. I think Grannies have been, and still are a tremendous asset to the world. Both my Grannies (although one was called Mamaw) were a huge influence in my life-after all they each raised people who went on to become my parents. My mom is now Granny to my girls, niece and nephews. I must admit some of The Beverly Hillbillies' Granny characteristics, though exaggerated, are true. I have a Grannyisms page where you can read about funny, quirky or inspiring things said or done by my Grannies and leave posts about your Granny and the influence she made on your life.

Generosity is a trait that comes to mind when I think of my life in Appalachia. I am continuing the tradition by hosting various giveaways. In most cases, to be entered in a giveaway all you have to do is post a comment to a specified blog post.

I hope you stop by the Blind Pig & The Acorn often to visit with the past, the present, and gain a hope for the future. Most of all-I hope you stop by to help me celebrate and preserve my rich Appalachian heritage and culture.

Email me: tipper@blindpigandtheacorn.com