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, May 31, 2010

First called Decoration Day

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day.  It was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers where place on the graves of the Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  New York was the first state to recognize this holiday, with the rest of the Northern States following.  It was not until World War ! the the Southern states, stated to recognize this holiday.  In 1922 VFW post started selling red poppies. 1950 soldiers started placing flag on the gravies of soldiers.  Starting in 1998 on the Saturday before Memorial Day, Boy Scouts, started placing the flags on the graves.  In 2000 we have been asked to stop for a moment at 3:00  to remember what this day is about, because to many have forgotten, so sad, that many still have no idea.. Please stop and remember those who have given their lives for our freedom, then those who have worn or are wearing the uniform, so we may keep our freedom.  Below are some pictures from the parade in Dearborn, MI, I belong to a wonderful group called Michigan Military Moms.  We support all branches of the service, and all ranks. 

Friday, May 28, 2010

Inside Nanas Head Give Away

Hurry over to Inside Nanas Head to enter a give away.  Some luck person will win tomorrow!
  Have fun, and enjoy!

The Pleasures of Homemaking Give Away

The Pleasures of Homemaking is have a great give away.  
Follow the link and enter.  Good luck to everyone!

Dirtroadteam on Etsy - Horny Critters

Welcome friends.  I have another wonderful artist from The Dirt Road Team for you to visit today.  Please come and meet Frank from Horny Critters.  Frank finds antlers and wood on his property and carves on them, letting his humor come out.  When his hands get tired he picks up his camera for some wonderful photography.  Please spend some time reading about his work, and enjoy his humor.  When you are done please type in drat dirtroadteam into the search bar for some more art from artist living in a small town, and on dirt roads.  Have a safe and wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What is it Wednesday

Do you remember your mother and grandmother mending underwear?  From bra and slip straps, to pink and blue elastic for ladies, and girls underwear!  Monday was wash day, and Tuesday was ironing and mending day.  From sewing buttons back onto shirts, to new elastic, and sock darning.  My mother would spend the day fixing and ironing our clothes.  I'm old enough to remember when everything had to be ironed.  From sheets, to shirts, pants and blouses.  It did take time to all of this.  Today we throw them out and buy new.  Maybe if we fixed what was ripped we have a little extra spending money, or a little to save.  The bigger question is can you buy this stuff any more?  I'm lucky to buy a spool of white thread!  Times have changed.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

Welcome to my blog, and thank you for everyone who has been following, and visiting.  I have three more shops from the Old Farmhouse Gathering for you to visit today.  The first shop belongs to Susan from The Country Store, where you will find some wonderful vintage items. Take a minute to check out the hog scrappers.  The next shop is The Craft Cabin, where Doris makes hand painted items, love the painted glass blocks.  The last shop today is Cave Creek Studio, where Laura makes primitive dolls, rabbits, and witches.  She also has two other shops on Etsy, one of them has vintage buttons.  All three shops have wonderful items, so please visit them, and all the other great artist in the Farmhouse.  Just type OFG Team into the search bar, for more shops, and many one of kind items.  Please come back next Monday for some more wonderful shops from the Old Farmhouse Gathering Team.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Country Heart and Roses

Country Heart and Roses is have a wonderful give away!  Please stop by her blog and follow the rules.  Good luck!

Dirtroadteam on Etsy - Mudezuma Mudd Pottery

Welcome blogging friends.  I have another artist from the Dirt Road Team for you to meet.  Please come and visit the Mudezuma Mudd Pottery, where Mudd make wonderful stoneware pieces.  From mugs to soap and lotion bottles, plates, and casserole pieces.  Before you leave her shop check out the stoneware basket, if you love baskets you will love this for sure.  Then type in drat dirtroadteam into the search bar for more wonderful shops from artists that live in small towns, and sometimes on the dirt road.  Have a wonderful weekend and be safe!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I have been featured!

This morning I found a very nice surprise, I was featured on another blog.  Please stop by By Your Hands Blog and have a visit.  It is so nice when others notice your work and take the time to do a nice feature.  Thank you so much Deena and Bette for doing this.  Please take sometime to read their blog and the many wonderful articles.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What is it Wednesday

Many a home had a milk box, and not for planting flowers in.  Twice a week the milkman came with milk, eggs, cottage cheese.  In the summer he would have ice on hand to keep the milk from going bad.  Growing up a big treat was to get a big chuck of ice to cool off with.  Somehow that big ice cube was better then ice cream, it was so clear you could see through it.  Some homes had a milk box build in by the side door, or back door, and there was a door inside so you could get your milk with out having to step outside.  Milk in glass bottle, milk man, ice on trucks, are just memories of growing up.  This milk box belonged to my parents when we lived in Detroit.  Twin Pines Dairy would come on Tuesday and Fridays.  Do you have a favorite story of the milk man coming to your home?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

Welcome to Monday with the Old Farmhouse Gathering.  I have three more shops for you to visit today.  The first shops belongs to  Gail from Prim Thyme.  She makes bookmarks, shop banners, and signs.  Gail also has two web site for you to check out.  The next shop is Catnap Inn Primitives, where Gina makes machine embroider, prim dolls, quilts, aprons, and has some vintage items. The last shop for you to visit is mine.  Basktsbyrose.  I weave baskets, make quilts, stitchery, and some other items.  Sorry I had to promote my shop after months of featuring others.  Please take a minute to visit these wonder shops, and start thinking of what gifts you need for the rest of the year.  Great way to make your budget stretch!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Blog Party with By Your Hands Blog

Stop by the blog of By Your Hands and join in the party!  How many fun shops can be found!

Wonderful way to find some new shops, or visit some old shops with new items.  Have Fun!!!!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Dirtroadteam on Etsy - Coffee House Suds

Hello and welcome to my blog.  Today I have another wonderful member of  The Dirt Road Team.  Please stop by and say hello to T.A., the owner of Coffee House Suds.  You will find lip balm, lotions, handmade soap like tomato, and zucchini.  But before you leave check out the cupcake bath fizzy.  This would make a cute birthday gift to someone.  Please type in drat dirtroadteam into the search bar, and find more talented artist from this team.  Have a great and wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What is it Wednesday

Dunham Water Weight Roller
Mfg. by the Wilder Strong Impl. Co.
Monroe, Mi
Wilder Strong made shredding machine for silo filling and dry fodder, plus the lawn roller.
In a newspaper ad (Deseret News 3/25/1916) fill with water to weight between 75 and 300 pounds,  Fills in mole holes, and kills worm!  Keep you property well manicure.  This lawn roller belonged to my Grandfather. The Wilder Strong Impl. Co, Monroe Michigan, was around also in 1905, the ad is from 1916, but nothing more, could be found on them.  Does someone in your family own one of these beauties?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

the Old Farmhouse Gathering giveaway

The Old Farmhouse Gathering is giving away patterns.  Please follow the link below to enter.  Did you every wanted to try something new but was afraid to spend the money on a new pattern?  Well here is your chance to win some new patterns, and try something new!  Come join in the fun!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Firecrackerkid Primitives Give away

Firecrackerkid Primitives is having a give away!

Please follow the link below to the Firecrackerkid  Blog and enter to win this wonderful give away.

  Please follow all the rules and have fun.  You have untill 5/30 to enter and the winner will be pick 5/31.

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

Hello everyone!  I hope you have had a great weekend.  We had a lot of wind over the weekend, with frost, forecast for this morning.   I have found three more shops for you to check out.  Get something warm to drink and lets go for a visit.  The week I have one artist, who has three shops. Jessica is a busy lady who makes folk art and angry dolls for the shop Pocomedio, weaves rugs for the shop Snug As A Bug Rug company, and has Clutter Junkie filled with vintage items.  Each shop is filled with wonderful items, for your home or would make a wonderful gift.  Enjoy your visit with Jessica, and then type OFG Team into the search bar for more wonderful artist from the Old Farmhouse Group Team.  Have a great week, and will see you next Monday!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day

May you have a day filled with joy, and good memories!

Pray for the mothers who lost a love one in the war!  
Say a special pray for the gold star mothers this year!

By Your Hands Giveaway

By your hand is having another giveaway.  Please follow the link to enter this wonderful giveaway.
Please follow all the rules, and good luck to everyone.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Dirtroadteam on Etsy - Joyful Art Studio

I happy to feature another member of the great Dirt Road Artist Team.  Joy from Joyful Art Studio, makes jewelry from glass and stone, does fused glass, and mosaics.  Working from her home in a small town in Michigan, she has been selling for 25 years.  You will also find her work on E bay, plus Etsy.  Please stop by her Etsy shop, then type in drat dirtroadteam into the search bar for more small town artist. Enjoy your visit with all these wonderful artist.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Heaven has another Prim Artist

I have just found out that heaven has another Prim Artist.  Kimberly lost her battle with cancer April 27.  She had an Etsy shop called Irish Rose, founder of Primitive Peddler Cafe, and graphic artist.  Kimberly will be missed by many.  Please keep her mother and two son in your prayers.

National Day of Pray

Harry Truman signed a bill on April 17, 1952 for the nation to come together in a day of pray, the day would be picked by the President of the USA.  Ronald Regan in 1988 changed it to the first Thursday in May.  All religions are asked to come together and pray for our nation, and those in it.  Pray that we are on the correct path of freedom.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

What is it Wednesday

Welcome to another what is it Wednesday.  Today I have three glass containers.  These used to hold yogurt, sour cream, and cottage cheese.  The tall one in the middle had a 3 cent deposit, the one on the right did not, and the Dannon yogurt does not say.  These containers after the continents where used up, where reused has drinking glasses, storage, jelly could be added with a wax seal.  From the glass container, to a paper wax container, to plastic.  All three could be found in the 1940 to 1950 time line.  Our grandparents where more green then we are today.  We need to go back!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Stoney Hill Cabin Giveaway

Please stop by the Stoney Hill Cabin, and enter this wonderful giveaway.
Someone will be very lucky to win this wonderful group!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

Welcome to the first Monday in May, time to plant flowers, garden, graduation party's, and of course Mother's Day.  To get you get ready for all the wonderful times we have in May please come and visit the three shops I have found for you today.  The first shop is Adorable Country Classics, where Jody hand paints on frames, glass, and wood.  The next shop belongs to Ashley, where you will find many key fob wristlets.  Her shop is called Ashley's Trinkets.  The last shop is Fanciful Stitches, where Marilyn makes fine pincushions.  They go far above the tomato pincushion you are using.  All three shops offer wonderful items for Mother's Day or any of the gifts you will need this month or next.  After your visit please type OFG team into the search bar and you will find more items from the talented artist at the Old Farmhouse Group.  Get your gift giving list ready, and buy some handmade items, and support your local artist this year.  See you next Monday!

By Your Hands Blog Hop

By Yours Hands is having a blog hop, showing off what everyone has been working on.  Last week I was busy making aprons out of vintage fabric.  I have all of my mother fabric, trim, etc, plus mine, so I have been working on making aprons, from 60's and 70's fabrics.  Lot's of fun with the old tags that was still on the fabric.  When I can I also including the labels off the fabric for a blast from the past.  I will be adding these to my new web site.