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

Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Freebie

Stop by the Primitive Peddler  for the Friday Freebie.  This week Michelle from Rocking Chair Stitches is the feature artist.  Check out her web site with penny rug, and some wonderful Christmas Tree skirts.
Here is the link to the Primitive Peddler
Good luck to everyone who enters!
Happy Weekend!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Stop by the Old Farmhouse Blog to enter the give away.  Some luck person will win on Monday March 1, 2010.  Good luck to everyone!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Pioneer Loft give away

Please follow the link above to another wonderful give away!  Please follow the rules and good luck to those who enter!  Winner will be pick 3-31-2010  You could win this handmade stitchery and the log cabin candle mat.

Homefront Artfire Team - Beans Things

Good morning and welcome to another Wednesday with the Homefront Artfire Team.  This week please stop by the Artfire Shop - Bean Things.  Jeanna makes pendants, earrings, rings, and magnets.  Most of her work is ooak, but will custom make something to your liking.   Follow the link below to her shop and find all of her wonderful work.  Then type Homefront Artfire Team into the search bar for more great artist.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

Good morning, I hope everyone had a great weekend.  We are having a lot of snow here today, and so this makes a great day for some on line shopping.  I have found three more shops for you to check out today.

This Hopi Indian Weave can be found at Yorkie Primitves.  You will also find dolls, and some stitchery.  The Hopi Indian Weave can be used for hot pots, plants, candles, or prim rug for your prim dolls.

The fun sign and many more can be found at Soshabbyand Prim shop.  This sign fits me all to well.    Add a little bit of humor to your home, and remember to laugh.

 The last for you today is Rusty Thimble.  You will find prim rabbits and Annies.  All handmade by Brenda.

Type OFG into the search bar on Etsy, for more wonderful shops.  The talented artist have many items for you to look at, and to make your home wonderful for spring.  Everything is handmade by the shop owner and not from China.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Primgals Primitive Palette Give Away

Follow the link above to Primgals Primitive give away.  This box is to cute!  Someone is going to be very very lucky!

Friday, February 19, 2010

February 19 The Battle of Iwo Jima

 To the Marines who found to over take Iwo Jima starting on February 19 and for the next 35 days of battle thank you.  Most are long gone but not forgotten.
It was 5 Marines and one Navy Corpsman who put up that flag on that far away land.

To those serving today a big THANK YOU!

Thank a veteran, they are the ones who know the taste of freedom that  we do not understand.

Friday Freebie


Please follow the link below to The Primitive Peddler.  The Rusty Thimble is the feature artist, and you have a chance to win the patriotic rabbit.  Good luck to everyone!

Question - What does handmade mean to you?

My question to you and please let me know your feeling on this, what does handmade mean to you?  Is it someone working at the kitchen table, garage, basement.  Spending hour making something, and then trying to sell it.  Or is handmade in China ok with you!!!!  When someone lists an item or say that it is handmade, I picture them making it, and not someone in China making it.  Yesterday while surfing the web I came across a site that was listed as handmade, and then I found something, and I know deep deep in my heart this was made in China.  How do I know?  I'm a basket weaver and can spot a basket made in China a mile away.  Yes all baskets along with glass blowing are made by the artist, and not a machine.  So yes the basket is handmade, but not in the USA.  I spend hours working on a basket, and do not get paid for my time.  I just make a little extra money from it.  I have lost all faith in this person.  To me buying a basket from China and adding some dry flowers is not handmade, and should not be advertised has such! Please check with the artist how they make their product, how long they spend working on it, and just some general questions.  Someone who has made something can and will answer all questions on it.  Please tell me how you feel on this question!!!!!!!    Thank you for helping me clear up this mess in my mind.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Homefront Artfire Team - Shawna from Unlimited Clay Creations

Good Morning!  I have found another talented member of the Homefront Artfire Team for you to visit.  Shawna makes clay snowmen, Elvis, guinea pigs, and coming soon cake toppers.  She loves to make special ornaments, maybe something made with your family names, or what ever you would like on it.  Shawna said she may need a picture to help her get what you are looking for, but you will have something that will last a life time.   I love the clay Army snowman myself.  What will you find in her shop?  Remember you can type Homefront Artfire Team into the search bar on Artfire and find more very talented artist.  See you next Wednesday with another member of the Homefront Artfire Team.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fat Tuesday and it is Paczki day in Michgian

It is Fat Tuesday, and here in SE Michigan we celebrate with Paczki  (Punch-key) a Polish Tradition.  Germans call them Berliners and in Austria they are called Krapfen.  What is a Paczki - jelly filled dough balls  covered with several types of sugar or glaze.  Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday the start of Lent and fasting for the next 40 days.  How do you enjoy Fat Tuesday?  Please let me know!  Yes I still get my milk in glass bottles.  I live very close to Calder's Dairy Farm, and they put their milk in old fashion glass bottles.  We need to support our local cows. 

Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

Good Morning!  I hope everyone enjoyed Valentines Day with the one they love.  I have found three more artist, that have 5 shops between them.  So get something warm to drink and have a great visit.  The first shops belong to Bette.  She has three shops, Tomorrows Treasures, Thrift Notions, and Handmade by Bette.  You will find prim dolls, pot holders, e patterns, and notions.  Next we have Linda from Warmth.  Linda makes the cutest mice.  Her mice cover all season, and just about everything to do with everyday life.  All comes with a little red heart on there foot.  If you do not see a red heart they are not from Linda.  The last shop today is Whiskers N Whimsy.  Mary makes snowman, each one is different then the last.  Check out the snowman made from a mitten.  After your visit here please type OFG into the search bar on Etsy and find some more artist, and enjoy the talent they all bring.  Please remember to go to the Old Farmhouse Blog and enter the give away they have going.  One lucky person could win over $400.00 worth of goodies. 

Good luck to everyone who enters.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day!  The day of love!  Keep love in your heart for your family and friends today, and all year long. 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Please follow the link below to the Old Farmhouse Group give away.  One lucky person is going to win over $400.00 worth of handcraft spring and Easter items.  Good luck to everyone who enters.

Friday Freebie

I'm please to let you know that I'm the feature artist on The Primitive Peddler.  Please follow the link below to the Friday Freebie.  You will have a chance to win one of my baskets.  Also you will find a little more information on me and what I love to created.  Have a great and wonderful day.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Homefront Artfire Team - Grandma Crafts

Welcome to a shop from the Homefront Artfire Team.  I usually feature a shop on Wednesday, but between the snow, and finding I had tree roots in my drain line, I'm behind.  Please check out Grandma Crafts, for unique handmade soft sculpture cloth dolls.  You will also find doll clothes, handbags, patterns from the Dinky Baby LLC, plus some craft supplies.  Enjoy your visit, then type Homefront Artfire Team into the search bar on Artfire.  Stay warm and safe everyone.           

Monday, February 8, 2010

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

It is Monday the day after the Super Bowl Game, and congratulations to the New Orleans Saints on winning. I'm learning about the "Who Dat", and all the fun from New Orleans. Today I have found two more very talented artist, and they have more then one shop. So on this cold and snowy Monday you will have a great trip to these shops, in your slippers, so get something warm to drink, before you have to deal with the cold. The first shop is by Phyllis who has the Village Weaver on Etsy. Her husband also has an amazing shop called the Scottish Lion Wrought Iron. Please also visit their web site for more wonderful creation from this talented couple.     The two of them weave fabric into bedspreads, homespun fabrics, blankets, lampshades, table clothes, runner, and then all the wrought iron to go into your home.  You will be spending a lot of time check out all the items they have made.  The next shops belong to Joy who also has three shops.  The first one is Vintage Verses, where you will find hand written calligraphy scripture, and Joy will do custom work for you.  Her next shop is Beejoyfulquilts, filled with patterns for your quilting needs, then the last shop is Joyfully Yours.  This shop is filled with stationery, prints, cards, and calendars. It is amazing how talented this people are, and the joy they find in doing what they love.  When you are done please type OFG into the search bar on Etsy, and you will find more artist to visit with.  A link to all of these wonderful shop is to the right of this posting.

Please stop by the Old Farmhouse Gathering Blog to sign up for the great give away, the talented artist have put together.   

Have a great and safe day!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday Freebie

 Follow the link below to another wonderful give away.  Each Friday The Primitive Peddler has a feature artist and a give away from that shop!  FUN FUN FUN!  Please leave a kind comment follow the rules then visit the shop of Huggins Haven.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Give away from The Rusty Thimble

Some lucky person are going to have a wonderful Spring winning these!  Rusty Thimble is having a double give away this month.  Follow the link below and enter to win!  Good Luck!  

Bette's Tomorrows Treasures Give Away

Stop by Bette's Tomorrows Treasures blog and sign up for her spring give away!  The chocolate eggs and bunny are made from fabric!  One luck person will have this to add to their spring decor!
Good luck to everyone!
Remember leave a nice comment and follow the rules Bette has stated!

Homefront Artfire Team Chrissy Chrissy Artisan

Good morning!  On Wednesday I feature a member from the Homefront Artfire Team.  So get something warm to drink and visit the shop of Chrissy Chrissy.  You will find some wonderful candles, tarts, tea light, and a few other wonderful items to make your home smell wonderful.  Chrissy learned from mom who was a stay at home mom, and she is now the stay at home mom.  We need to support the stay at home moms, the military, and those who support the military.  Chrissy is doing all of that plus learning how to crochet, knit and sew.  Have a wonderful visit with Chrissy, then type Homefront Artfire Team into the search bar on Artfire to  find                                        some more wonderful shops.  This team has some great artist in it.  Have a                                                     great  day!   


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ground Hog Day

Happy Ground Hog Day!  Yes we are having six more weeks of winter.  Let's hope they are short, and Phil is wrong!  The bright side we have six more weeks to clean and organize the insides of our home.  Then we can go outside and do some yard work!  So for the next six weeks, we can clean more closets, cupboards, plan our gardens, and look for some new canning recipes.  Also this is the time to look over your canning equipment and see what needs to be replaced.  Some of the stores around here sell canning lids all year round, so this is a wonderful time to stock up.  Does your lawn and garden equipment need some work, then take them in before everyone else does.  Lots to do and six week is way to short in someways!  Well we are on the down side of winter, the days are getting longer, and spring will be here!!!! YEA!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

Welcome to Monday and the first day of February!  The month of love!  If you are looking for some wonderful gifts for a love one, the Old Farmhouse Group has a lot to offer.  Everything offer in this group  will last a lot longer then flowers, and for a lot less money.  So for some one of kind gifts please visit the three shops I have found for you today.  The first shop belongs to Dorothy of Thymeless Treasure, you will find e-patterns, bowl fillers, and primitive decor.  The next shop belongs to Natalie of Tin and Treasures, where you will find painted tins, knitted goods, and lots of seasonal goodies for you home.  The last shop today belongs to Michelle of the Ugly Duckling Design, where you will find soy candles, electric candles, and tarts.  When you are done visiting these great shops type OFG into the search bar on Etsy, and you will find more wonderful shop to look at and do some shopping.  Shopping in your slippers with something warm to drink, will beat going to the mall any day.  Plus you are supporting artist here, and not something imported with who know what in it.  See you next Monday with some more wonderful shops from the OFG team, and on Wednesday I will feature another shop from the Homefront Artfire Team.