I'm Charlie. This is my blog Pickled Okra. It's about 2/3 crafting and 1/3 cooking. I am a chronic hobbiest and was a professional photographer for almost 10 years. I blog because I think that anyone can make the things that I make--and with instructions, patterns and easy to follow recipes, you can make it even better. I share bits and pieces of myself and family along the way and usually let you know what is behind the scenes of the pattern, tutorial, or recipe I share. I hope you enjoy my blog and find it to be a joyful and peaceful spot for the time you are with me.
I named my blog Pickled Okra because I feel that my blog is like me, and cannot be separated from my Southern Appalachian heritage any more than I could. Both of my grandmothers can pickled okra and I have too, (though mine wasn't as good as theirs). The words "Pickled Okra" bring memories back to me--gardening, sewing, crocheting, and canning with my mama & grandmothers, playing in the dirt with my brother, running through the woods. I am thankful for my Southern Appalachian childhood and roots. Thankful for the hot summer days spent hiding under cane poles in green bean patches, playing on Saturdays in the fields, pretending that the cows were patrons in my restaurant, watching Sorghum being made in the fall. Thankful for the 100 acres of family land, bought with a mule and a saddle long ago, that I grew up on. My blog, "Pickled Okra by Charlie," is to me an intimate way to share my crafting and cooking heritage with y'all in this modern age.
My husband and I have been married over 13 years and met hiking on the Appalachian Trail almost 15 years ago. We hiked together with my BFF Melissa and her cousin for 5 weeks and fell in love in the Smokey Mountains. We have been blessed with 3 children, so far. A new to middle school boy, a preschool aged daughter and our newest one this past September. My cooking & crafting usually revolve around what I am doing for my family because this is what I do. I love being a stay at home mom. I am wonderfully happy and thankful for what I do. This was not what I had planned for my life, but has joyfully surprised me. God is good!
Here is a picture for y'all of my two older kids and a beloved chicken, looking clean and respectable. (It happens once or twice a year. I laugh every time I see it. Our poor chickens have such a ridiculous existence.) Here is a truthful Christmas picture of all three this year. Hahaha!
I could write much more, but I am afraid that this "About" page is a bit too long as it is. I love telling and hearing stories, so feel free to share any part of yourself on a post you like. I would love hearing from you!
God bless and keep you!
Policies and Disclaimers:
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me, Charlie. For any questions regarding this blog you can contact me via Twitter or a Facebook message. Unless I state otherwise, all the material, ideas, and photos on this site belong to me. I am the legal copyright holder and the content here can not be published, copied, or reprinted without my permission. I have provided ways to share my photos via social media and I would love for you to use them. If you want to grab a photo for a feature on your blog, that is awesome, just let me know in the comments section and I will make sure to announce your post in all of my social media areas as well! My Blog's name may not be cropped out or in anyway removed from the photo without personal permission, please contact me if you have any concerns about your post using my photo. My patterns and printables may NOT be moved to any other blog without full personal permission. Also, please link your project to a pattern or printable if you use one of mine to make something on/for your blog--do NOT grab the pattern or printable itself and post it on your blog. If you do link a post from something you have made, again, let me know and I will let the world know about your post as well! I want to support other bloggers and am happy to provide you extra publicity. I just don't want my work stolen or unrecognized, any more than you would. All patterns are for personal use only and may not be used for commercial purposes. If you would like to buy a limited commercial use right for one of my patterns please contact me. Thank you!