“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 down...build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence...help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves." -Abraham Lincoln
Welcome to another what is it Wednesday. This is an old pump that would have been out in the yard. Each time you needed water you would have to go out and get it. Sometime the water would come up easy and other times you did have to work for it. In the winter straw and old blanket would keep it warm during the night and keep it from freezing up. Today we have it so easy, turn on the faucet and the water comes out, both hot and cold. Remember our great grandmother had to go out pump the water, heat it on the stove, then do the laundry, dishes, bathe the baby, and cook! But they are a lot of fun to turn into a water feature in your yard. A little pump from the hardware and some plastic hose and you are good to go! Does anyone have a picture of a pitcher pump that would sit on the side of the sink? If so would you share a picture and story about it. I would love to feature it and you on my blog.
Welcome to the last week of September! This month has gone by so fast, and fall is here. Time for some apple cider, and donuts. So get a glass of cider and enjoy your visit to three more wonderful shops from the Old Farmhouse Group. The first shop is Old Glory Soldiers, this active duty Army family makes military and patriotic signs, plus primitive beeswax. Great place to shop for your military member, or something patriotic for yourself. The next shop is Old World Primitives. Stephanie makes primitive folk art, primitive dolls, and vintage inspirited ornaments. In 2009 her chenille angel ornaments where featured on the cover of Celebrate 365 magazine. What an honor for her. Last shop for today is Olde Country Cupboard, filled with hand painted signs, handmade tags, wooden bowl fillers, and crocheted dish clothes. These are great for stocking stuffer. Remember you can type "OFG team" into the search bar on Etsy and find more wonderful shops. Come back next Monday for three more great shops.
Welcome friends and please take a moment to visit the shop of Bellacosaart. Deanna is a self taught artist living in Montana. Her love of art is pasted on to her children, and she also teaches art in their schools. Inspiration for her work comes from her family and the Rockies in Montana. Always pushing herself to try something new like the palette knife work. You will find her work also in greeting cards, pocket mirrors, magnets and prints all made from her original work. You will also find her work on recycled items like boards, or brown paper bags! Wonderful shop to visit and to read her profile section. Come back next Friday for another shop from the Dirt Road Team on Etsy.
Welcome to another week friends. Fall is in the air, and soon the holiday season will be here. I have three great shops for you to visit and maybe start that holiday shopping. I started last weekend myself. The first shop is Mamaws Creation, this shop has doll bodies already made up for you to dress, patterns and some finished pieces. Have you every wanted to make a doll, with one of her doll bodies you could add some clothes and start off easy and slowly down the path of doll making. The next shop is Natalie's Notion, this shop has patterns, trims all ready for you to start on some gifts. Dress patters for all the young ladies in your life, add a new dress or outfit under the tree for them on Christmas morning. Last shop for this week is Oakleaf Hollow Primitives, where you will find hand painted items for sale. One of her goodies has made it to the Christmas Tree in the Library of Congress. Check out the softballs that have been painted up so pretty. Have a great day and come back for a visit.
Hello blog friends! Please take a moment to visit the shop of Sweetgrass Valley. Debbie make the most amazing Native American style chokers. Shopping at pow wow's for materials, each piece becomes a individual work of art. She makes her own leather spacer and lacing, and let's the beads tell her how they are to go together. None of the beads are machine made. All come in a handmade bag for storage or gift giving. Debbie uses leather, artificial sinew, bone hair pipe, white heart crow, glass and some stone beads. You will have a wonderful time visiting her shop and the other shops of the Dirtroad Team. Just type "drat,dirtroadteam" into the search bar on Etsy for more shops from a talent group of artists.
Welcome to What is it Wednesday, a day late. Yesterday was just gone before I knew it. Have you ever had one of those days? Well I was cleaning out the cupboard where I store my cookbook, and found this gem. Published in 1943 it is how to save food in the kitchen, and help the war (World War II). Fun to read, and how to eat, while on ration stamps. During WWII everyone did there part to help win this war. Imagine everyone saving aluminum, fat, scrap metal, either for ammo, or to feed the troops. So here are some of the tips from 1943. One pound of ground beef serves 4 to 5 persons. Butter all rolls in the kitchen, not at the table (you controlled how much butter was on them), or make the butter pats smaller (you made these). Stretch milk with grown ups drinking 2 cups, and children drinking a quart a day. Now if you did not drink the milk use it in cooking. Everyone had a victory garden, and ate from them or canned for the next year. Towards the back of the book is a section on hospitality in war-time. Some of the topics cover are Victory Garden Suppers, Basket Social (to raise money for the red cross, community sing (for all ages), and the Walking supper table (picnic), and the last having a Wedding during war-time. You learned how to eat well with out using all of your ration stamps Great tips of all of us to use in these hard times, our grandmother and great grandmother, made it thought the depression of the 30's, and the war years of the 40's. If they could do it we can also!
Welcome friends and please visit the wonderful shops I have found for you today. The first shop is Kattywhompus Primitives, the name means imperfect, or slightly off center. Rhonda learn to sew at an early age from her Grandmother, and offers many items made from old bits and pieces. She also has patterns for sale, plus make dos and pin cushions. The next shop is KeepSakeKorner, where Susan learned to sew from her Grandmother also (we love these Grandmothers). You will find quilt wall hangings, candle mats, and primitive dolls. Made mostly from her own designs, each is a work of art. The last shop for you to visit is Kittredge Mercantle. Kathy has a love affair going with Americana, and paints flags on anything. She also has fabric, vintage, supplies, everyday and seasonal items for sale. Each shop has something different to offer, and each are wonderful artist. Enjoy your visit and come back next week.
This is the ninth anniversary of our country being attacked. Remember how you fled that day, and the day after. How we came together as one country. Fly you flag tomorrow, and honor those who lost their lives that day, and those who serve in the military, to protect our freedom.
'MEET ME IN THE STAIRWELL'
You say you will never forget where you were when
you heard the news On September 11, 2001.
Neither will I.
I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room
with a man who called his wife to say 'Good-Bye.' I
held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the
peace to say, 'Honey, I am not going to make it, but it
is OK..I am ready to go.'
I was with his wife when he called as she fed
breakfast to their children. I held her up as she
tried to understand his words and as she realized
he wasn't coming home that night.
I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a
woman cried out to Me for help. 'I have been
knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!' I said.
'Of course I will show you the way home - only
believe in Me now.'
I was at the base of the building with the Priest
ministering to the injured and devastated souls.
I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He
heard my voice and answered.
I was on all four of those planes, in every seat,
with every prayer. I was with the crew as they
were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the
believers there, comforting and assuring them that their
faith has saved them.
I was in Texas , Virginia , California , Michigan , Afghanistan .
I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news.
Did you sense Me?
I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew
every name - though not all knew Me. Some met Me
for the first time on the 86th floor.
Some sought Me with their last breath.
Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the
smoke and flames; 'Come to Me... this way... take
my hand.' Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me.
But, I was there.
I did not place you in the Tower that day. You
may not know why, but I do. However, if you were
there in that explosive moment in time, would you have
reached for Me?
Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey
for you. But someday your journey will end. And I
will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may
be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are
'ready to go.'
I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.
During the next 60 seconds, stop whatever you are
doing, and take this opportunity. (Literally it
is only 1 minute.) All you have to do is the
Welcome friends, and take a moment to visit the peacefully shop of Cheryl. Living in the New England area, she finds her inspiration for oil painting, and fabric collage from her surroundings. Mostly landscapes you are taken quickly to the New England area of this great country. You will journey from spring to fall, and all the wonders that New England has to offer. You will find that each item is a wonderful piece of art. So take a few minutes visit her shop and go on a mini vacation.
Welcome friends. I have a wonderful shop from the Dirt Road Team for you to visit today. Please come and visit Fiddleheads for Frona. Rebecca comes from a small town in Vermont, and works with paper. She makes collage (mostly for nursery decor), note cards, and place cards. Her love of the brightly color paper shows up in her amazing work. Rebecca work is all done by hand in a smoke free studio. Plus she also makes jewelry her site for that part of her talent can be found at http://www.rebeccahaas.com/. Enjoy your visit and come back next week and visit another shop from the Dirt Road Team.
These are some of the dishes my Grandmother collected during the Depression of 1930. Because of the depression not many would go to the movie theaters, so they started giving out dishes to get people to come in. Around here Wednesday was dish night, and for a nickel you could see the news reel of what was going on in the world, get a dish, and see a movie. During the summer it was a better treat, the movie theaters where air conditioned! Today we hide in our homes with our air conditioner, and cable TV. Do you remember your mothers collecting glasses from laundry soap, or maybe a new towel? Do you have some of your Grandmothers dishes from dish night? Let me know, and lets share some stories. Have a great weekend.
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