Abe Lincoln

“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich...strengthen the weak by weakening the strong...bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift...lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves." -Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, December 31, 2009

I made the Newspaper

 This articular was written by Lisa Allmendinger from The Heritage Newspaper in Ann Arbor, MI.  What a great way to end the year, and start a new year!  YEA!

By Lisa Allmendinger, Heritage Newspapers
Rose Clawson of Carleton took a class in basket weaving in 1992 and got hooked on the art form.

In her seventh year at the Ann Arbor Artisan Market with her Baskets By Rose, Clawson started selling her work in 1994.

With items from potpourri for $3 to $80 for a large basket, most of her items range from $20 to $50.

There are small baskets that can be used for salt and pepper shakers and larger ones for afghan blanket storage.

She even sells step baskets, a pretty alternative to a small step stool.

"I dye my own reed," she says and also offers cookie cutter baskets complete with rolling pins.

"As long as it's not below zero," she says she'll be at the market.

Lisa Allmendinger can be reached at 1-877-995-NEWS (6397) or at

Happy New Years

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a blessed New Year!
May 2010 be the best for you and your family!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Monday morning with OFG

Good morning, and welcome to another Monday!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  As you know each Monday I ask you to visit some Old Farmhouse Group Etsy Shops.  So please get something warm to drink (it is cold here), and check out these wonderful shops I have found for you today.  The first shop is Plow and Pony, where Toni capture's the feeling of horse and buggy days.  You will find handmade items and vintage pieces to make your home have the old fashion charm of gone by era.  The next shop is by Kathy from the Red Barn Primitive.  Kathy makes penny rugs, dolls, crochet dishcloth and sells fabric if you would like to make something for yourself.  The last shop for you today is by Sara from the Redneck Candle shop.  This is family run business that makes soy candles, and soap.  You can find laundry soap, along with glycerin fun shape soap.  Fun soap for kids or the kids at heart.  All three shops have something to add to your home.  From making your home smell great, to doing laundry, a wonderful vintage piece, and a handmade items, with out breaking the bank.  Then please check out the other wonderful artist from the Old Farmhouse Group (type in OFG) into the search bar.  Pick a room in your home and you will find something to change the look for 2010.  Have a Happy New Year, be safe, and see you in 2010!  I will be back next week, next year with some more great artist for you to look at.  Till then Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to the Military

It is Christmas in the middle east, and I would love to wish my son, daughter in law, and the rest of the military a  Merry Christmas.  You may be far from home but not from our hearts.  Be safe and return home soon.  To the other military mom's  may God watch over our sons and daughters, keep them out of harms ways, and may you get a phone call from them!  Merry Christmas!

A Soldier's Silent Night












































Merry Christmas

  Merry Christmas

Remember your Christmas past, and make memories this season!
Enjoy family and food!
Be safe in travel!
Bring out the 5 year old in all of us!

Merry Chirstmas

Monday, December 21, 2009

Monday morning with OFG

It is Christmas week, and we all have more to do then time allows!  How do we tell ourselves that next year we will start early, only to be in the same mess!  I think this question has been asked for the last hundred years!  So get something to drink and take a break, and visit some more wonderful shops with the Old Farm House Group.  The first shop I would love for you to look at is Painted Panache by Joann Y. Wheeler.  Joann is a china and porcelain painter.  Check out the teapots, and dishes she has painted.  Truly an artist, something from her shop can be handed down from generation to generation. Joann also has many other items to pick from and you will find yourself amazed with her work.  The next shop is Painted Kreations.  Kris paints snowmen and gingerbread men and women.  Many wonderful items for the collector in us or a family member.  Gingerbread people for Halloween and each season, not just Christmas.  You can start looking for upcoming Birthdays and Christmas gifts for next year.  Never to early to start.  The last shop of you today is Pioner Loft, Denise makes quilted mats, table runners, stitchery, and bowl fillers.  If you are looking to change the look of your home in 2010, this is the shop to look at.  You can get a new look with out breaking the bank.  One table runner can give a room a new look, and you will have it for many years to come.  I will have more shops for everyone to look at next Monday.  Till then I wish you and your families a Merry Merry Christmas.  Make some memories this Holiday season, and be safe!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

More Christmas

I have some more Christmas trees to share with you and some simply ideas for that last minute Christmas punch!

When you walk into my back door, you are in the laundry room/ mud room!  So in this room I have added some garland and poinsettia on top of a cupboard!  Then on top of my drier I have added a small tree decorated with wash board and clothes pins.  I have the tree sitting on top of an old crate so you can see it from the window!

The tree in our bedrooms has old spools that belonged to my Mother and Grandmother.  They are on jute cord with some wooden beads left over from an other project, with some wired ribbon added to the mix.  Next to the tree is an old chair that I found this last fall, with some greenery tied on! I also have a silver bowl ($2.50 find) that I have ornaments that belonged to my Grandfather and my Dad.  My Dad loved the plastic deer on his gifts, and we now own a herd!  Simply and fun ideas, plus it keeps the memories of Loved ones long gone, still close to your heart.

My mother loved pink Christmas decorations!  It never came to my mind till after she passed away.  Where did she find all of these pink ornaments?  So I  have a pink bathroom still from the 50's and most like for another 10 years plus.  I have added a small tree, with some of her pink ornaments.  My Mothers pink ornaments makes this room very festive! 

To show you how much she loved pink this Christmas stocking was made by my mother.  Yes pink and all of the beading was sewn on by hand.  This Christmas stocking I know is over 50 years old!  It does need to be clean, but I'm not sure how to clean it.  Does someone know how?


This plastic Santa on his plastic reindeer, was in the bedroom I shared with my sister growing up.
How can something from the dime store mean so much, and bring back so many good times.  My dad had to rewire him twice (this is how old he his)!  Christmas is about making memories, and not gifts.  The sweater will be out of style, or to small in a few years.  But how we celebrate this season goes on for years, and becomes memories for the next generation!

Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Etsy Treasury BNR

Follow the link below to an Etsy treasury of BNR under $20.00, if you purchase one of the items, one of the items from your Etsy shop will replace it.  Great way to help promote your shop.  Lots of wonderful gifts that are under $20.00, handmade, and nothing like you would find at the mall.

This is what they have from my little shop on the web!

Christmas Swap and Blog Winnings

First to the wonderful Christmas Swap ornaments I received!

The lovely group of hang tags is from Audrey's Country Crafts.  Hand painted wooden tag to hang in your tree.  They are just a wonderful addition to my big tree.

This hand painted gingerbread ornament is from Cindy Beaubouef.  Another wonderful ornament to have for the big tree for everyone to see.  I love to have a tree filled with ornaments that mean something and can tell a story.  Christmas memories a part of the season of love, and family.

Here are the wonderful hearts that I won from the Farmersatticblog.  I will add these to a sled a wove that is filled with ornaments from my childhood.  I have lost my family over the years and these hearts represent my sister, mother and father.  They are gone but the memories I have will last a life time.  I love letter that only a family can write.  Great addition to my home.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Money saving tip!

 First buy or reuse real ribbon.  Do not buy the paper stick on bows.  If you buy some ribbon after the season you can get it for 50% to 75% off the price.  Check you local fabric or craft store.  This ribbon lasts from year to year, and will not end up in a land fill.  Yes it does get a little wrinkle have you have stored it for a year.  But...............

If you get out your curling iron, you and fix it quick and not burn your fingers.

Run the ribbon through the curling iron a few times, and it will look just fine.  Some of the ribbon I reuse is about 10 years old.  The new ribbon with the wire in it can be fix sometime just with your hand, and a little heat from the curling iron.  If you do not curl you hair, and ask someone to use theirs or pick one up at a garage sale.  Keep it with your ribbon, and you are all sent.  Even if the stick on bow are a couple of dollars, times 10 to 15 years that adds up fast.  Or you can tell your family like I tell mine, the money I save will get us a free pizza!!!!

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday morning with OFG

Welcome to Monday morning!  Christmas is coming fast, and if you have some gift buying to do please check out the three shops I have for you today.  Then type in OFG into the search bar of ETSY and you will find some more great shops.  Shopping in your slippers and coffee beats the malls any day.  No icy snow covered roads, no rude shoppers, etc.  Just you and your computer shopping, while the gifts are being shipped you can get something else done.  I love it!  So today I would love for you to visit The Glory Soldiers shop, this active military family are the makers of fine military, kids and sportsman signs, they also have cupboard prints, and black bees wax, a long with candle boards.  I love the baseball tickets sign myself.  The next shop be longs to Stephanie who makes vintage chenille ornaments for every holiday.  Do you have a tree that you leave up to show off all the holidays?  Then this is the shop for you!  Plus she makes primitive folk art dolls.  The last shop is Olde Country Cupboard, where you will find a good variety of holiday signs, hang tags, and mug mat coasters.  Shopping is so easy with the OFG team, something for everyone, and all handmade.  Happy shopping to you!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Some more Christmas from my home

Yesterday I was going to take pictures of my kitchen, but the camera was dead!  So I had to recharge the battery.  I hate that!  LOL  Today it was a much better day, the sun is out, no snow, just a lot of wind.  This afternoon I will go out and redo my outside decoration, that the wind blew around!  So it is off to the kitchen, where I have my tree done up in cookie cutters, and some are from my mother when she first got married in the 40's, some more she had from the 50, and the rest garage sales.  This year I found the little rolling pins to go on the tree.  I have the tree in a big crock with white lights.

Eighteen years ago I worked in a ceramic shop, and one of our customers purchased this Santa Claus cookie jar, cleaned him, and glazed the inside.  Paid for the whole thing, and never came back, so after a few years, the owner was going to throw this out, but I took him home.  Finished the outside of him, and now he has a home.  I did spent a lot of time painting him, but he was so much fun, and still looks good.  The cost was very little, I had the paints, just my time spent, and something we will have for a while.

This is one of the many old dish pans I have.  I have filled it with some red ornaments, and apples with a red candle.  Looks great in the middle of the table, and now we have to keep the papers off of the table.  That is very hard for the family to do.  Everything we do is at this table, and some days the table is under a lot of stress! 

This is one of many quilted Santa I have made.  He has coffee with me in the morning!  Does not talk a lot!  He is busy keep an eye on the coming and goings of the house.

This stain glass piece is new this year, it was made by Tina from Bello Art Glass.  Adds a lot of color to the window!  If you are interested in one please contact Tina at for more information.  Tina also make wonderful stain glass Christmas ornaments.

That is all for today, I will add some more pictures in the next few days.  Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Bittersweet Prims Giveaway

Stop by Bittersweet Prims and enter her wonderful giveaway.  You could win both of these wonderful prim Christmas dolls.  Follow the link below!

Irish Rose creations give away

Irish Rose creations is have the most wonderful give away, a change to win one of her wonderful afghans!
Follow the link below to this wonderful blog and enter! You can get four chances to win, and if you buy something from her Etsy shop you get five more!  Someone will be very lucky on New Years Day!

Christmas time is here

Good afternoon!  I would love to share some of the Christmas items in my home, I have enjoy looking at everyone wonderful home this year.  The wonderful thing about a blog is that you find out that there are lots of people out there that enjoy the same things you do!  The number one item we have in common is family.  Every blog I read loves their family, and the good times, and the memories that are being made.  It is so much fun to look and read how everyday people decoration, celebrate the seasons, cooking that brings everyone to the table, and remembering those who we lost.  We live in a very blessed country, and need to keep the simply things in life important.  I have been blessed with some of my mother linens (some are hanging up on my quilt rack), the Christmas beaded ornaments that my Dad made, the old ornaments from when I was a kid, and some that belonged to my Grandparents.  Some are over 60 years old, not very shinning anymore, but they are the glue that holds the past to the future.  Share the stories of your childhood with your kids and grand kids,  

Please note that this year I have a red, white, and blue tree up for my son and daughter in law who are in Afghanistan and will not be home for Christmas.  The tree will be up till they come home, and we can do Christmas all over again.  It looks like it will be Christmas in July, for real.  Maybe I can add some 4th of July items to the tree and no one will know!!!!!  Please enjoy my living room and front door today.  Tomorrow I will show off another room!  Thank you for taking the time to read this blog!

My Grandmothers old sewing machine, with a mirror my mother in law was going to throw out. The silver on the mirror need some work, but I love the way it looks.

Both pieces work well together!

  Looking into the living room dinning area.

  I love Christmas trees and lights!  Old ornaments that we have collected over our long marriage, some my dad made, sister, and I.  No one will have the same thing, plus we purchase a Hallmark ornament each year for the tree.  We have been married so long that they could have their own tree.

Some of the ornaments from our military tree.

Some of the old ornaments from my childhood, and from my grandparents.  The picture on the left has them piled up in a old punch bowl, and the group on the right are on a silver tray that I found for $3.00 at Goodwill.  This tray is dived into three sections, for meat and vegetables

Thank you for stopping by!  Please come again!


Monday, December 7, 2009

Monday Market with OFG

Welcome to Monday and shops that I feature from the Old Farmhouse Group.  Today I would love for you to visit three more great shops.  So get something wonderful to drink and visit all three shops.  The first shop is Kattwhompus, Rhonda is the artist from this shop making one of kind stars, pin keepers, baskets, bees wax cones, with some vintage in for fun.  The next shop Kindra's Kreations that belongs to Kindra who is a busy stay at home mom, that makes wooden signs, and custom orders are always welcome.  The last shop is Oakleaf Hallow where Julie is the artist.  This wonderful artist take softballs and makes them prim!  Everything in the shop is hand painted by Julie.  Julie does have another shop that is filled with vintage fines.  When you are done please type in OFG into the search bar on Etsy and you will find many one of kind, primitive, shabby chic, art for your home, or for a wonderful gift.  Happy Monday, see you next Monday with some more wonderful shops from the Old Farmhouse Groups.

I am the winner of ................

This morning I found out that I won the Hearts and Letters from Farmersattic

What a great and wonderful start to the week! 

12-7 Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 1941 Japan attached Pearl Harbor, starting the US going into World War II.  If you are lucky enough to have a family member or friends of the family, that are veterans, talk to them about that day.  What where they doing, how they felt, and what they did.  Then go and talk to the women of that time period, who became Rosie the Riveters.  Others who rolled bandages for the Red Cross, knitted socks for the troops, sold war bonds, and collected items needed for the war front.  Learn how to cook with ration stamps.  Yes you where limited to how much you could buy.  Food was needed to feed the military.  When my parents where getting married, people gave ration stamp as wedding gifts, so they could have a wedding.  My mom's wedding dress was made from my Dad parachute, and her Dad (my Grandfather) was a tailor and was the one who made it  History was made by your family and friends.  We are losing are Veteran fast, so take some time today to find out about our history makers.  If someone in your family is the collector of the family history, they still might have a ration book, then look for some old recipes, good food made with very little sugar.  This is the greatest generation, they lived during the Depression of the 30's, fought for our freedom in the 40's, returned to work, and raised their families in the 50's and 60's.  We could learn so much from them, the way the lived, the faith they had, and how to have a good time with very little.  It was all about family, and we need to get that back.

Please honor are Veterans everyday of the year!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Free shipping at Basketsbyrose

I have free shipping on most of the items in my Etsy shop and Art Fire shop.  Please stop by and take a  peak at what I have to offer.  Thank you!   If you would like to put something in lay away please convo me, and we can work something out.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Farmers Attic is having a giveaway

Follow the link below to enter to win a wonderful give away.  The Farmers Attic blog is giving away some prim hearts and a love letter.  Who couldn't use a love letter!!!  This will be in time for Christmas and could be used all year long.  Easy to do just sign up and leave a nice comment, and you could win this!

The winner is................

The Old Farmhouse has a winner of the basket giveaway and it is ...................... Jill from Lake Zurick, IL.

Thank you everyone who joined us in the great giveaway.  The ladies at the Farmhouse are working on the next one.  Please start looking after the first of the year for what we have to offer.  The Farmhouse is back and regrouping after the loss of Linda.  She is now our Angel and keeping us on track.  Congratulation Jill your basket is on its way to you.

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Old Cupboard Door Giveaway

Please go to the follow link to enter this wonderful giveaway

These would look wonderful on someones Christmas Tree

Monday morning with OFG

It is Monday again, and I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend.  The Farmhouse lost a wonderful member on Thanksgiving Day, and we at the Farmhouse continue to pray for the family.  So the Angel on the web is now an Angel in heaven, making sure we are still on track  With that said I am asking you to join me in looking at three more shops from the Old Farmhouse Group.  The first shop is Heidies Designs 2 shop, where you can find wonderful aprons, pin cushions, Olde World Santa Elf, and cards.  The next shop is Homespun Annie where you will find primitive and country tucks and bowl fillers.  Annie has some everyday items, but her shop is filled with Holiday items.  Pick up a few things for your prim home, or for a gift for someone on your shopping list.  The last shop is Janes Folk Art where you will find oil painting, water colors, home decor all hand painted just for you.  When you are done checking out these shops please type OFG into the search bar on Etsy and you will find some more wonderful shops.  The OFG teams offers everything you need for yourself, home and family.  This time of year it is all about family and friends.  Happy shopping today!  See you next week!

Enjoy this time of year, and do not let it overwhelm you, take a break from all the rushing around, and enjoy a cup of tea, and listen to some great music.  

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Linda best on line buddy


On Thanksgiving Day the world lost a wonderful person
Linda was a great and wonderful leader of the OFG
Heaven is a better place today because of Linda
Linda joined her sister and left behind family and friends who have broken hearts
We have her spirit to keep us going
Someday Linda will help welcome us home also!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Sad news from the Old Farmhouse Group

Our beloved team leader Linda Foster passed away yesterday.  For all of those who signed up for our Christmas give away, please post on your blog, that we will need a few more days.  I do not know how to let everyone know of this great loss, but with a blog posting.  As soon has we regroup we will pull a name and let everyone know of the winner, but in the mean time we need to keep Linda's family in our prayers.  Linda was a very kind person to everyone at the Farmhouse, and will be missed beyond words.  The flame on a great and wonderful person has been put out, and all to soon!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thankgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a great and wonderful day with family and friends!
Count your blessing and not calories today!
Remember our military who are not home with us today!

Fun time for kids!

If you have kids coming tomorrow or over the weekend here are some quick and fun things to do.  This is fun for your kids, grand kids, or others that show up for Thanksgiving, or Christmas.  Even the very old kids can join in and have some fun.  The first is home made play-doh, and the second is math with M & M's.


2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 teaspoons cream of tarter
2 cups water
2 tablespoons salad oil
food coloring of your choice or what you have in the cupboard

Cook over medium heat until soft and lumpy and form a ball (happens quickly).  Knead a few minutes until smooth.  Store in air tight container.  Can be frozen and refrozen.  Tip wear some plastic gloves when kneading the play-doh or your hands will be the same color as your play-doh.  Kids and play with this using their hands, rolling out and cutting with cookie cutters, building something.  This is made by you in your kitchen and not in China.  If they eat some it won't kill them, (believe me with that much salt they spit it out before they swallow it).

The second fun thing to do is practice math with M & M's.  You can use single serving bags (the small ones) or get a large bag and place some in a plastic bowl or sandwich bag.  Try and use the ones with multiple color M & M's and not the holiday kind.

First have them count out how many they have, and write this down on a piece of paper
Second have them sort them out by color, and write down how many of each colors they have.
Third have them add some of the colors together.  How many red, and yellow do you have?  How many blue and brown do you have?  You get the idea and work with some of the very small children or have some of the older kids help the younger ones.
Fourth Have them write on paper the color M & M's using the great or less signs< >.
Fifth have them make a graphic using the numbers and color M & M's they have.
Six See if you have have them solve for the under number using some of the color M & M's you have.  Basic Algebra.

After they are done and the math is correct, the fun part is they get to eat their M & M's (but not before dinner).  M & M's are user friendly and everyone likes to eat their homework.

Mostly have fun with your family, and enjoy the day!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday morning with OFG

Each Monday I feature and ask you to visit some wonderful shops from the Old Farmhouse Group.  This Monday I have three more for you to check out. The first is Crows Nest Primitive Shop, Andrea makes tarts, candles both soy and tapers, lip balm, salve, and soap.  Andreas home must smell wonderful with all of the wonderful things she creates  The second shop for you to look at is Curvednoodles.  Kerri makes signs both primitive and whimsical, .all made to order.  If you are ordering something like this please be kind and allow enough time for the artist to work on it, let it dry, pack, and ship it to you.  This sometimes takes a couple of weeks.  The last shop today is Harvest Moon Prims.  Marilyn makes everything for a primitive home.  There are dolls, jars, hang tags, and journals.  One stop shopping.  When you are done visiting these wonderful shops, please type OFG into the search bar of Etsy, and find some more talented artist.  Shopping made easy, with out  having to go to the mall.  Shopping in your slippers is always best!  See you next Monday with some more wonderful shops for you to check out.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Harvest Moon Primitives Give Away

Stop by the Harvest Moon Primitives for the wonderful give away!  You could be the winner of the Lovely Winter Snow Angel.

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~Drawing will be held on Dec 5th

Monday with the Old Farmhouse Group

It is another Monday, and we have some grey skies here.  So it is a good time to check out three more shops from the Old Farmhouse Group!  Get something wonderful to drink and visit the three shops I have for you today!  The first shop is Country Signs by Diane, who make country signs for your home, plus she has another shop called Signs by Diane, she has country,primitive and shabby chics for all of your needs.  The go over to check out CountrySideSayings by Lara.  Lara also makes signs but using block letters with different fonts.  You will find signs for every holiday, kids rooms, bathrooms, laundry and for just everyday living.  The third shop is Cricket Hallow Primitives where you will find shop banners and some primitive work.  I will have all three etsy shops listed to the right of this posting.  When you are done visiting these three shops, please check out the other Old Farmhouse Groups shops by typing in OFG in the search bar on etsy.  With the holiday coming faster and faster this wonderful group of artist has something for everyone on your list, and will not break the bank.  Everything is handmade by the person selling it.  So enjoy some shopping with  us.  See you next Monday!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Basketmaster's Weavings

One of my baskets has made it to Nancy blog Basketsmaster's weaving's.  Please check out her blog and some of the other great weavers out on the web.  You will find some wonderful hand made baskets, made here in the USA.  I am blessed to be on Nancy blog.

Sunday Artisan Market

Good morning, and Happy Friday!  On Fridays I ask you to read and in some cases visit the etsy shops of some of the talented artist from the Sunday Artisan Market in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The first group is three ladies who love nature, and show their love of nature in their art work.  Marie Rust does drawings, photograhy, Lori Taylor works in mixed media while Lisa Ramlow does some amazing wood working.  All three ladies also volunteer to help with our environmental issues.  The next artist is Kristin Perkins who does glass jewelry, making her own beads to use in her own jewelry designs.  Kristin was also a featured artist on etsy, so when you visit her shop you can read some more on this wonderful talented artist.  Then visit with Jorie who makes Feathbees.  Feathbees are whimsy, magical, ooak.  From sculpture to original watercolors, they live in land rich in culture, color and history.  I have their wonderful works to the right of this posting.  Shop on line with everyone or come down to the market on Sunday and visit all of them in person.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Firecracker Give Away

Carol is doing this again, what a great person she is!  Leave a kind message and you could win one of her pin keepers!  This would look good in my kitchen, or under my Christmas Tree, with a tag for me! I have included a link for you to use.  Carol has a wonderful blog and take a minute to read it.  Someone is going to have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Veteran Day 11-11-2010

On the eleventh  month, the eleventh day on the eleventh hour we honor those who have serviced this country.  Take a minute to thank them young and old.  Spend sometime talking to a World War II veteran and learn something that no movie can show us.  Show support to the ones coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Make peace with the veteran from Vietnam, all they did was the job given to them.  Are freedom would not be here if it was not for them.  I would like to take this time to thank the veterans of my family and my husbands family!
Grandfather John - Army - World War I
Grandfather Thomas - Army
Grandfather Patrick - Army - World War I
My Dad - John - Army Air Core - World War II
Father in law - Harry - Army - World War II
Uncle Eddie - Army Air Core - World Was II
Uncle Cliff - Army - World War II
Uncle Charles - Army - World War II
Uncle Jack - Army - World War II
Uncle George - Army - World War II
Terry - Navy
Gary - Marines - Vietnam
My Husband - Barry - Marines - Vietnam
My Son - Matt - Army - Afghanistan
My Son - Dan - Army - Iraq
My Daughter in law - Bethany - Army - Afghanistan and the first female in a war zone

I am very proud of my family and what they have given to this country and our freedom. With out them our freedom would not ring!

Happy Birthday Marines

Today is the Marines Corps Birthday, stop and thank a Marine for your freedom.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Share a Little Comfort

Go to this site and click on the button to share a box of mac n cheese.  Easy to do and easy to share with others.

Monday with Old Farmhouse Group

Welcome to Monday and some more wonderful shops with the Old Farmhouse Group.  Today I would love for you to visit three more shops.  The first is Choose Moose Primitive Design, Margo makes wonderful snowmen, candy canes and hang tags, all for your Christmas and Holiday shopping.  All very prim and waiting for a home.  After you have visited Margo, please check out Mike and Donna from Brown Country Orginal.  The husband and wife team make chalkware and paper mache animals, Belsnickel, and Mr Claus.  This couple is amazing and very talented too!  The last shop for you to check out is Ginger from Alberta Country Primitives, she make fabric painted gift card holders.  When you are done check out these three wonderful shops please type OFG into the search bar on ETSY, and find more wonderful shops, filled with primitve products to decorate your home or give as a gift.  Also check out the Old Farmhouse Blog and enter the wonderful giveaway that is going on.  Christmas is coming fast so put on your slippers get something wonderful to drink and do some shopping with out breaking the bank.  Listed below are links to these three shops and an Etsy Mini to the side of this posting.

Stop by for some more wonderful shops to check out.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

WD - 40 for cleaning

Who would of thought to use WD-40 in cleaning.  If you read the back of the can this is very handy to have in the house to clean with.  It removes grease, crayon, soap film.  Yes soap film, it makes the old and nasty shower doors look like new again, and with out a lot of work.  Spray on the shower door let it set for a minute and wipe off.  After the shower doors look like they just came from the store, and sprayed it on the walls of the tub, and they looked new!  Plus the shower door rolls back and forth, like when they where new!  When you are done with the bathroom, sprayer the rollers on your door wall, then spray the rollers on your garage door.  For a few pennies you can clean and make your home look new again.  WD-40 can be found in the hardware section of any store, or check out the garage there could be some hanging out for you to try before you buy your own can.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Winner Is????

Joan won the Firecracker Indian Summer giveaway.  Joan is lucky lady!

Old Farmhouse Basket Giveaway

Nov 27 is the magic day when some lucky person will win the wonderful basket filled with goodies for the great artist at the Old Farmhouse Gathering Group.  Value on the give away is a $145.00, so enter and share with everyone you know.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Old Farmhouse Gathering Artist

Good Morning and Happy Monday!  It is that time of week, where I would love for you to visit some great etsy shops from the Old Farmhouse Gathering Group.  The shops are filled with some wonderful Holiday items, for you or  for a gift.  Get something good to drink and check out each of the following shops.  After you are done please type in OFG in the search bar on etsy to find more shops, also filled with wonderful items.  One stop shopping, OFG has it all.

The first shop this morning is Wilmas Wimzees.  Alice make prim Santa's, snowballs, dolls, and e patterns (if you would to make your own). Each made with love!  You will find her etsy mini to the right of this posting.

. What is the name of your Etsy shop and why did you choose that name?

Willmaswimzees, it is the name of my pattern line. Although I made a mistake and used two L’s in Wilma, but it’s after my grandma.

2. How long have you been on Etsy?

Since February 2008

3. What type of items do you offer?

Mostly prim dolls and e patterns. I have started making sweaters for small dogs.

4. How long have you been crafting?

About 12 years.

5. Who or What inspires you?

If I can’t find a pattern for what I am looking for, for a reasonable price, I design one myself.

6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?

Oh that’s tough. I love the snowballs, they don’t melt. But I like the Santa with his list too.

7. Other places where you can be found (Ebay, webstore, blog)

Snowman Collector is the second shop I would love for you to visit today.  Sheila shop is filled with snowman, Santa's, wreaths, everything for your Holiday's.  Does someone on your list collect snowmen, Santa's?  This is the shop of you.

1. What is the name of your Etsy shop and why did you choose that name?

The name of my shop is SnowmanCollector and if you have a look around you will see that the reason I chose that name is obviousļ I have developed a great love for all things Snowman!

2. How long have you been on Etsy?

I have been on Etsy only since April, 2009. I am fairly new but am learning more every day and loving it!

3. What type of items do you offer?

I offer mostly seasonal items ¡V stuffed snowmen, Santa's, ornies, etc. I also have a few wreaths and wall hangings mixed in to keep it interesting, both for those looking at my shop and for myself as a crafter.

4. How long have you been crafting?

I have been crafting for close to 20 years. I started doing quilting and things just kind of evolved. I started doing local craft shows about 10 years ago. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to branch out a little but didn¡¦t know how or where (I live in a very rural area) and then I discovered Etsy!!!

5. Who or What inspires you?

What inspires me? Everything! There are so many ideas floating in my head, I will never do them all. Plus there are so many new things I want to learn, like rug hooking.

6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?

I can¡¦t pick. Usually whatever I am working on at the time is my favorite item.

7. Other places where you can be found (Ebay, webstore, blog)

At the moment I am only on Etsy. But I am trying to overcome my fear of CyberSpace and hope to at least be on Facebook shortly.

Then our third shop is Artpotstudios, Carolee only has two items listed, but she will have more to come.  Both made with love, from her hands and hearts.

1. What is the name of your Etsy shop and why did you choose that name?

Art Pod Studios ~ First of all, I love art so I knew that word needed to be

in my business name, secondly, I make such a wide variety and

styles of art that I needed a word that said "serendipity or all kinds"

so I used a trendy word that I thought conveyed that ~ Pod. That is how

the name Art Pod Studios was born.

2. How long have you been on Etsy?

Since May 2009

3. What type of items do you offer?

Right now I am featuring my Halloween Items, but I am what you would call

a Serendipity Artist. I love to work in a large variety of mediums and

styles. Creating to me IS art, so everything is a potential art project

waiting to happen.

4. How long have you been crafting?

I have worn many hats during my 24 plus years of art experience.

Designer, Artist, Craftsperson, Vendor, Mentor and Teacher.

5. Who or What inspires you?

The world around me, Family, Friends, Music, Nature and even current

events. Sometimes even a sound or color can cause me to snap into a

creative mood. I have also been using a book called Caffeine for

the Creative Mind. It's a great book with creativity exercises. I have

been awed at how this really does help me put on my creative thinking cap.

6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?

Can't say I have a favorite. All of my art is like my little children

being sent out into the world, I could never pick a favorite, each one

is unique and different, but I love them all!

7. Other places where you can be found (Ebay, webstore, blog)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Traveling Crafter Giveaway

Please stop by Alice's blog and check the wonderful give away she is having!  Leave a nice comment and add to your blog for added fun!

Oh yes, don't you just love to give. In honor of the season, and My birthday in Nov. I am giving away this sweet Christmas raggedy. She was the model for the pic for my pattern. She's about 12 inches tall and would look so sweet on that train hubby insists on putting under the tree every year. Just comment on this post, become a follower, link my give away to your blog. Each place you post will give you an entry. The limit is 5 though. Everyone who is a follower already will be entered too. Entries must be in by Nov. 15, 2009. Drawing held on November 16. Check my blog to see if you are the winner and contact me through this blog with your info for mailing.

She can be shipped in a bubble envelope, so even those not in the US can enter.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

 Happy Halloween, have fun and be safe! Enjoy the day, and enjoy your family!

Country Primitive Shop giveaway

Follow the link below for another wonderful give away!

These would look wonderful on someone's tree.  I hope it will be me!