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

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What is it Wednesday

Welcome to another what is it Wednesday.  The item on your left is an old plow, pulled by man, horse, or mule.  The item on the right is a tiller, pushed by mankind.  Great tools to use in a garden.  We are all getting our garden ready for planting (and yes some of you have yours in already).  In the 1900 Sears catalog the plow would cost between $9.95 to 12.95 new.  I could not find a price for the tiller.  Both are made from iron and wood, and in the USA.  So when you work in your garden, remember how it done 50 to 100 years ago. Then enjoy                                             your gas power tiller, and  how easy it is to use.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

Good morning and welcome to Monday Market with the Old Farmhouse Gathering Team.  This week I have found three more shops for you to check out.  The first shop is For the birds and more, where Duke makes bird houses.  Southern prim in style, all handmade by him in is workshop.  The next stop is a Primthyme, where Gail makes banners, hang tags, and printable s.  The last shop today is By way of Salem, where Jeannine make ooak Christmas and Halloween items.  Most taking up to two weeks to make.  Stop by all three shops, and have a look, remember we have Mothers Day coming up, along with bridal showers, and graduations.  So do some shopping with Made in the USA products.  You will find their Etsy shops to the right of this posting, click on the Etsy mini and you will go to their shops for a better viewing of the wonderful talent I have found for you today.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Meet a member of the dirt road team

Good afternoon!  I would love for you to come a visit Natasha at Greenhouse Glassworks.  You will find stain glass votive candles, spring flowers, Easter Eggs, and frames.  If you see something you like, but need it in a different color, please contact Natasha to see if she has the glass.  Everything handmade in her studio in Colorado.

Handwoven Tote Basket

New basket listed on Etsy and Artfire.  Handwoven tote basket medium size, with brown reed, and shaker handles.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

English Rag Basket

New listing on Etsy and Artfire.

What is it Wednesday

Welcome to another what is it Wednesday!  Today we are looking at some items to help you do laundry.  Starting on the left side of the picture the glass bottle (that has a blue tint) where for bluing.  Bluing was added to the rise water to help your whites look there whitest  The two tall brown glass bottles where for Clorox bleach.  Next to them are the small brown bottle that held Lysol. All of these bottle would have used a cork stopper.  You had to be very careful that you did not spill anything.   The metal square item is for grating soap.  All small pieces of soap where used in washing clothes.  .Our grandmother and great grandmothers did not waste a small piece of soap.  The glass bottle where made in the USA, along with the product.  Today we use plastic bottles, that somehow end up in a land fill.  Glass bottles where reused after being clean out.  Broken glass was put down a rat hole, or another bury animal to keep them out of your home.  They would get cut, and just leave.  No poison just broken glass. The clothes pins belong to my mother and most are from the mid fifties.  Follow the link I have added to another blog ( Sew on and sew fourth)  with some how to make laundry degerent.  Have fun, and come back next Wednesday for another what is it.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

Good morning, I hope everyone had a wonderful week, and enjoyed some spring weather.  Today I have three more wonderful shops from the Old Farmhouse Gathering Team for you to look at.  So get something good to drink and come visit with me.  The first shop is Nannie Bears.  You will find handmade mohair bears, something wonderful to place inside a Easter Basket.  The next shop is a team made up of two talented Old Farmhouse Group members, who combined their talents.  Paint and Sew is the talent of Bette and Deena  they have e-patterns, print and sew on fabrics.  You can make some altered art recycle jean pockets, to fabric hang tags.  You could have a lot of fun making something using you printer, and some fabric.  The last shop is Amelia's Parlor.  This shop has primitive candle sticks, candle sconces, e-patters and hang tags.  Amelia's shop is new to Etsy and the Old Farmhouse Group, so stop by and give a big heart.  Type in OFG into the search bar on Etsy, and find great items to add to an Easter Basket.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Faithfulness Farm give away

Follow the link below to another wonderful giveaway.  Some lucky person will win the cookbook, stand, towel, and breakfast set.  The towel has been hand stitched, and would look wonderful in a kitchen.

Sunday Surprise

It is a great day when you see the earth coming to life.  Wonderful to watch the flower and weeds greet you in the sun.  Enjoy each day and what it brings!


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Dirtroadteam on Etsy - Cottontailquilts

Good morning!  I am so happy to tell you that I'm part of the Dirt Road Team on Etsy.  This team is all about living in a small town, and off the beaten path.  So get something wonderful to drink and come visit this group, and the shop I have featured today.  Cottontailquilts is the shop I would love for to stop at today.  If you love quilts, this is the shop.  Grab a napkin for the drool you will have.  Quilts hand quilted from crib size to queen, and some of crib size can be personalized for the new addition to the family.  She also has fabric art, clothing to grow into, and fabric sculptures.  My personal favorite is the Wild Flowers of Michigan.  We both live in the mitten state. YEA!  When you are done drooling over the quilts, type Dirtroadteam into the search bar of Etsy, and fine some more wonderful shops.  The dirt roads in life take us to places very few have traveled.  Enjoy!

Friday, March 19, 2010

New basket add today

Handwoven napkin basket.  One with an apple woven into the side, and the other just plain fun.  Also can be used for fruit and bread.  Please check out Etsy and Artfire to find more.  Made in Michigan, USA

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New Baskets that are being listed

Handwoven basket with a round masher for a handle.  The masher is woven into the bottom of the basket.  Great addition to a kitchen, or can be used has a gift basket. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What is it Wednesday

I love old things, and every time I come home with something new to me, I would hear "what's that"!  So I am starting something new, and please let me know if you have something like this, or a story to share.  I would love to pass on the knowledge I have and that you have to the next generation.    So this week it is about cleaning rugs, before everyone had wall to wall carpet.  The first item is a rug beater.  Each week you would take out your throw rugs hand them over the clothes line, and beat them with this beater.  You would get the dust and dirt of them, but each spring and fall the large area rugs would come out and those would also get a good beating and airing out.  


In 1909 Fred Wardell, started the Eureka Vacuum cleaner company, in Detroit, Michigan.  I'm not sure of the exact date of the one of have, but have they come a long way.  The old vacuum does have attachment, but I can not figure out how they go on.  I did plug it in once, and what a noise it made.  I think more dust came out of it then went in it.  No HEPA filter back then.  

Sad to said that in 1909 it was made in the USA, now in China.  Once made from fabric and metal, to all plastic.  What will the next 100 years bring?

Happy Birthday West Point

Happy Birthday West Point
United States Military Academy is 208 today.
To the long gray line, that has given this country great leaders, continue to do so.  Who the next great leaders are time will tell.  

To those who serve it is Duty, honor, country.  
Thank you!
Cadets Honor Code:
"A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do."

This honor code should be instilled in all of us.  I'm tired of people not following the rules.  I would love for everyone to said the honor code, and practice it everyday in your own life.

Long gray line enjoy your cake, and celebrate the future, and remember all those who's footstep you follow.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What are the stars saying about you?

fun quiz for myspace profile and blogLets101 Quizzes - Online Quizzes

Click on the picture and find out what the star have to say about you!  Just some fun stuff!  All we all need a little fun in our lives!  Have a great and wonderful day!

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Simple Life Magazine

Today I received my first copy of A Simple Life Magazine.  What a wonderful magazine.  If you are into primitive homes, living, and the old ways please check this magazine out.   Eye candy for those who enjoy this way of living, or just dream of it.  Some of us have to live with bigger then life TV, and sports show of some kind.  My favorite stores from this issue are A settlement of Pioneer cabins from Michigan, and the story of Dollie Turnbill, and her basket.  Baskets are a very big part of my life, and I am so happy that Dollies basket found a good and loving place in the Museum of Appalachia.  It is a good day when you read of people taking care of our past, and pass they knowledge on to the next generation.
Here is link to the magazine so you can order your copy!

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

Good morning!  I hope everyone had a good weekend.  We had rain, but not like some folks. So get something good to drink and visit the three shops I have found for you today.  The first shop belongs to Allison of Simon's Country Candles.  Allison makes candles that look like food!  You will find blueberry, strawberry cheesecake, milkshakes, cupcakes, pies, and bread.  All with no calories, just some wonderful smells. The next stop is with Beth, from Raggedy Angels.  Beth makes room and linen spray.  Wonderful scents, with vintage looking labels.  The last shop belongs to Dawn of Pip Berry Tree.  Dawn makes soap, painted wooden words, painted slate, and dolls.  Please read her profile, for each doll that she sells a percentage goes to the German Shepard Rescue.  All three shops have something that smell wonderful, and would make a great addition to your home, or for a gift.  With graduation and wedding showers just around the corner, these would be wonderful gifts to receive.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Irish Corkies Primitives give away

Please follow the link below to another wonderful give away.  Some lucky person will win this great checker board.  Please follow the rules, and be kind.  Good luck to everyone who enters!

Applogy for a listing on Monday

I'm hear to say I'm sorry. On Monday's I feature three shops from the Old Farmhouse Group, I have just found that one of them does not make what they are selling.  I think the shop I had listed was handmade, but they have another shop with buy sell items.  My blog is to help those who sit at the kitchen table, corner of a bedroom, down the basement working on the items they love to create.  Those who work long hours, because they love what they are doing, not after the fast buck, just a love of their art.  I have removed the shop, and what I have written about them from the post.  I am really sorry that the wool was over my eyes, and they are getting away with this.  If anyone who reads this and see that something is not handmade please please let me know.  I do have shops from my sisters in Canada, and these ladies work long and hard on their art.  My blog is for those who take the time to make something from nothing, and not from a wholesale catalog.  Etsy and Artfire are a place for those of us who take the time to make something.  Both have a policy of handmade only, but there are some who cheat and think they can a way with it.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Old Glory Company give away

Follow the link below to a new blog and a new give away.  Some lucky person will win the autograph book by Jill Peterson "The Settlement".  Please read and follow the rules to win, and good luck to everyone.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Print and Sew Spring Giveaway


Please follow the link below to Print and Sew Spring Giveaway.  Some lucky person will bin the fabric basket with feed sack, light and Sweet Annie.  Please follow the rules.

Yorkie's Primitives give away


Please follow the link below to Yorkie's Primitive give away.  Some lucky person will win this!  Please follow the rules for this give away, and good lucky to everyone who enters.

Harvest Moon Primitive giveaway

Please follow the link below to another wonderful giveaway.  Harvest Moon Primitives is giving this wonderful spring door hanger away.  Please follow the rules and you could be the lucky winner!

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

Good morning!  I hope you have had the start of some spring weather.  We should be in the low 50's later this week.  I have found two more shop for you to check out today.  The first is Nikki who has Country Primitive.  Nikki makes bowl fillers, old spring creations, plus primitive Christmas tress and snowmen.  The next shop is Dry Branch Primitives, where Connie makes stitchery, prim hearts, and eggs and bunnies for Easter.     So please enjoy your visit with them today, and find something wonderful to brighten your home for spring.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Cozy Country Home Fixins Give away

Follow the link below to the Cozy Country Home Fixins give away.  Some lucky person will win the lovely wooden Liberty plate.  Good luck to everyone!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Kountry Bumpkins Second give away

Please follow the link below to win this great sign.  This Army mom would love to win, but if not I hope another military mom get to win.  Good luck to everyone!  

Kpuntry Bumpkins Give Away

Follow the link below to the Kountry Bumpkins give away.  Some lucky person will win this wonderful sign.  Hope it is me!  Good luck to those who enter.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Old Cupboard Door Give Away


Follow the link below to the give away that the Old Cupboard Door is having.  Please leave a nice comment, and help by posting on your blog.  Good luck to everyone!

The Old CountryPorch on Artfire - Prairie Harvest Arts

Today I would love for you to take a peak at this team member shop on Artfire.  Barb from Prairie Harvest Arts has hang tags, e patterns, painted prims, and prim bowl fillers.  This talented lady takes fabric, and turns it into food.  You will find something for every season, or you can purchase a pattern and try this yourself.  She also has an Etsy shop for you to check out.  Follow the link below to her Artfire shop, or her Etsy shop on the right hand side.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Homefront Artfire Team - Old Glory Soldiers

Today I would love for you to visit Old Glory Soldiers.  This is an Army family that makes military, patriotic and primitive signs.  They also make blacken beeswax, and chalkboards.  You will find them on Artfire and Etsy.  Plus you can follow them on their blog.   I have one of their signs and love it.  I'm a proud Army Mom, to three.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Privies & Prims Blog give away

Privies & Prims is having a give away.  Follow the link below to another great give away!  This will explain my kitchen!  Some one will be lucky on winning this!  Good luck to those who enter!

The winner of the OFG give away is ..................................

Congratulation to Ladyhightower in winning the Old Farmhouse Giveaway!

Today was your lucky day!!!!!

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

Welcome to Monday and the first day of March.  Spring is just around the corner, and with all of the snow, we all could use a little warmer weather.  I have found three more shops from the Old Farmhouse Group for you to look at today.  The first shops belongs to Vickie from Crows Ridge Hollow.  Vickie is a very talented painter, and does a lot of custom work, so if you would like something special for your home please contact her.  She paints for all season, and you find something for the spring season.  The next shop is Mamaws Creations, where Marie hand sews dolls.  Marie also has e patterns for you, and some doll blanks so you can make your own.  If you are thinking of making a doll, great way to start.  The last shop is another Marie from Primitive Season.  You will find felted Easter eggs, wooden bunnies, and some wooden birds.  Three shop to get you started on your spring decorating.