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

Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday morning with Old Farmhouse Gathering 10-12

Today is Monday October 12, Columbus Day!  On Monday I feature some great talent from the Old Farmhouse Gathering Team.  A great group of very talented artist, that I'm very lucky to be part of. So get something to drink, and put on your favorite slippers and check out the following shops.  The first is Barbara King from Prairie Harvest.  She make the most amazing ornies, primitive and Americana Folkart I have ever seen.  Something for each season, to add some wonderful prim charm to your home.  Also she has a couple of blog filled with wonderful stories and information for making a house a home.  You will sign up to follow all of them for sure.

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

Prairie Harvest Arts is the name of my Etsy shop as well as my website. I am so lucky to live on a farm and the harvest time is when we see the fruit of our labor. I love seeing the leaves turn color, the scent of autumn in the air and the few quiet moments when you look at the harvested fields, the full pantry and the feeling of accomplishment, knowing that you did the best for your family. SO I live on the prairie and love the harvest and art, thus Prairie Harvest Arts.

2. How long have you been on Etsy?

I have been a member since February 1, 2008.

3. What type of items do you offer?

I enjoy offering primitive and Americana folk art, sometimes in a form to what our predecessors created and sometimes with my own interpretation of what they did, appreciated or how they lived.

4. How long have you been crafting?

I have been sewing and painting since I was a child. We were always encouraged to be creative, play outside or at least “do something.” Sitting around was not part of our way of life.

5. Who or What inspires you?

I am so lucky. Every generation has been an inspiration to the following members of the family. Great Grandma Amelia came to the US at age 11, in the 1800s, by herself, worked hard and eventually married Julius Kringle (As in Santa Claus). As homesteaders, they worked hard and she was known for her beautiful handwork. She also made the best soap, from what I was told. Her daughter, Alice was superb knitter and did crocheted items we still enjoy. My mom was and is incredible. She encouraged us to create and always to gain new skills. She considered every part of life to be a piece of art that deserved your greatest attention and effort. She’s a od mom and my best friend.

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

Right now my favorite item is the Pumpkins and Bittersweet. I think it would be considered to be a fabric sculpture. There are three pumpkins with a quilted crow sitting at the top. Bittersweet (which used to grow along the roadside everywhere-but no more) is made from hand painted muslin and beads. There is a great deal of detail on every part of the sculpture.

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

I can also be found at:



Old Primitive Sisters Marketplace:


The Pattern Cupboard:

Crafty Avenue:

And I enjoy blogging at:

The second shop I would love for you to visit is Dorreen from Privies and Prims.  Dorreen make dolls, rugs, patterns, stitchery, and anything she can think of.   One very talented lady who enjoys everything she makes.  More wonderful prims for you to use in your home. 

When you are done looking at there sites on etsy, please type OFG into the search bar, to find some more great artist.  Also keep checking the Old Farmhouse Gathering blog for the new giveaway that will be happening soon.  It will have a great collection of Christmas items for you to use in your home

. What is the name of your Etsy shop and why did you choose that name? Privies & Prims has been my business name for about a year. I started out in a shed at my home on Blue Rock Rd., so I named my little shop Blue Rock Country Crafts. I had my first storefront in Burnsville, NC in 2000 and named the store Privies & Perches. I was making lots of outhouse bathroom decorations and my dad was making lots of prim birdhouses, so I changed the name. Inspired by God is all I can say. It just popped into my little brain!

2. How long have you been on Etsy? Had to go look at my profile for this question.  Seems I started in February 2008.

3. What type of items do you offer? Penny rugs, prim stitcheries, primitive & folk art dolls, punch needle embroidery & patterns, outhouse stuff, candlemats, prim wreaths, Americana prim t-shirts, wood signs, ornaments, & photographs of old barns and outhouses. I think that’s it. 

4. How long have you been crafting? As long as I can remember. I used to sit at the kitchen table and trace the designs on the napkins. In high school, I made a macramé hanging large enough to cover a window! We also did pottery and leather working. My special leather project was a framed image of a Michelob beer bottle ad. We used wood carving tools and I stuffed the “bottle” from the back with sawdust to give it dimension. At the time, it was my boyfriend’s favorite brand. Personally, I can’t stand the taste of any kind of alcohol. Just give me my McDonald’s sweet tea!

5. Who or What inspires you? First, I must give God the credit for my talents. He puts ideas into my head as I go along. I start out making a doll like the pattern photo, then God gives me ideas to make it my own. Sometimes, I think it’s a curse.  I’m always seeing stuff and thinking, “I can make that!” So, that’s why the list of things I make is so long. I just recently added punch needle embroidery to my list and I’m “hooked”. I’m designing patterns that I will sell as kits and will soon be designing prim doll patterns also that will be modeled after the mountain folk where I live.

I get inspired by’s monthly newsletters, looking at others creations online, visiting prim shops, looking through catalogs, and the list goes on and on. Gosh, everything I see inspires me! I look at people in restaurants and think of making a doll to look like them!

6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why? My favorite creations are my primitive dolls cause I love giving each one their own personality. The favorite ones I’ve made are 46” dolls from a Prim & Proper folks pattern.

7. Other places where you can be found (Ebay, webstore, blog) I don’t sell on ebay too often. Seems I just pay them money and don’t have much luck there anymore. For Privies & Prims, my main website is, my etsy shoppe is, blog-, and at my brick & mortar store located at 110 West Main St., Burnsville, NC 28714.

I also do wedding photography,, and sell photographs of old barns and houses that I find here in the mountains. My pattern blog is, and I’ll soon be teaching classes in my store, so I have a blog for that.

And yes, I do find time to sleep.

My name is Doreen Brannan and you can contact me at

Have a blessed one!

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