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, 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.

To enter:

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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.