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

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Prairie Flower Farm Christmas Cookies

Prairie Flower Farm Christmas Cookies Cookbook

Follow the link to download this wonderful cookbook filled with great cookies for this Christmas Season.

Last day to sign up for my give away

Last day to sign up for my give away.  If you have not signed up you still have sometime to do so.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving! 

Friday, November 19, 2010

I'm having a give away

I'm having a give away!  Long time coming.  The holidays are always special, and this year all the kids will be home.  I'm not sending any boxes to a war zone!  YEA!!!!!  So please enter to win the handwoven Christmas Stocking filled with flowers, pine picks, ribbon, dry branches, and yes grapes.  Please become a follower, share the info with others, post on your blog, facebook, twitter, etc.  You get one chance for following, one for leaving your email address, and one for a family member in the service.   So that is three chances to win.  Lets have some fun! The winner will be picked on Wednesday December 1, 2010.  The contest ends at midnight on November 30, 2010.

Dirtroadteam on Etsy - The Rusty Thimble

Welcome to Friday and the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Time for some shopping and today I have a wonderful prim shop for you to check out.  The Rusty Thimble and is filled with prim items for your home or gift giving. Brenda loves to work with rusty and vintage items in her work.  Do you have a snowman collector on your list this year, then check out all of the snowmen she has made.  One of my favorites in her shop is the prim Reindeer.  Brenda is a artist with fabric and has many wonderful items for you to look at.  Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Save your local economy

The 3 50 project

This is very easy to do and can save jobs and your local economy.  Just shop a little each month at independently owned stores.  This would be the local hardware, baker, farm market, or artist, spend a little money with them each money, and make a difference.  For every $100.00 spent at in independently owned store, $68.00 stay in the community, where with the big box stores only $43.00 stays.  Follow the link below to read more.  It starts with one person, is that person you?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What is it Wednesday - Joyland Tavern, Seward PA

Joyland Tavern Cramer
Seward, PA

My husband grew up down the road from the Joyland Tavern Cramer, in Seward, PA.  Last labor day weekend we went home for a family wedding.  Stopping to get a twelve pack of beer (in PA you can only buy beer from a beer distributor, saloon, or bar), I noticed the side of the building, Ladies entrance.  In talking to the owner of the bar, Terry Naworol, she told me that at one time ladies could only enter through the side door, and could  not sit at the bar, they had to sit at a table. No walking in the main part of the bar with brass footrails, and spittoons, and mustache towels. In reading the about women and public drinking I found out that ladies would come in the side door, they could get a beer, or a bucket of beer to take home.  The bar keeper would fill the bucket for the cost of a pint of beer, no matter what size the bucket was.  Children could also come in the side door and purchase beer for their parents.  For the price of a beer you could get a free lunch, great deal if you where a working class lady.  The use of ladies using the side door stop when saloons and bars reopened after prohibition was repealed in 1933.  Here is the link that is fun to read and little history of the side door and women.
Enjoy this mini history listen about our great grandmothers, and grandmothers!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Punkin Seed Give Away

Punkin Seed Productions Give away

Follow the link below to Punkin Seed and enter to win the oh so cute salt dough ornament bowl fillers!  Some one is going to be very lucky!  Please read and follow all the rules.  Good luck!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

Welcome to Monday and the middle of  November. I have found three more shops from the Old Farmhouse Gathering team for you to visit today.  So grab your Christmas list and let see if we can not cross off some names today.  The first shop is Signs by Diane.  This lovely shop is filled with shabby chic signs.  Custom made signs are her specialty.  Do you have a wedding coming up next year?  You will find signs for the wedding, wedding tables, and gift for the bride and groom.  Place a custom made sign for the special day under the Christmas tree for the happy couple.  The next shop is for the snowmen collector on your list.  Please stop by and visit the Showman Collector shop.  Filled with all kinds of snowmen you will also find ice skates, Raggedy Ann and Andy, angels, stocking and top hats  Snowmen can warm your home all winter long.  Speaking for warming your home stop by The Snug as a Bug Rug Company shop.  Filled with handwoven rugs in many sizes and colors.  All made on a loom built in 1919.  WOW!  Love it!  Handmade rugs on a vintage loom, it does not get any better.  Enjoy your visit, and come back next week for three more shops from the Old Farmhouse Gathering Team. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Dirtroadteam on Etsy - New Season Craft

Welcome friends and please take a minute to visit another great artist from the Dirt Road Team on Etsy.  Lauren is going to school for counseling and plans to graduate in the spring of 2011.  Just around the corner!  YEA!  She works as a graduate assistant plus some arts and crafts during breaks from school.  She recycle wine bottles into lamps by painting on them and adding lights.  She also paints wine glasses.  Lauren can make custom glasses for wedding, or graduation gifts.  What a wonderful gift for the graduate having beautiful wine, champagne,  beer, margarita, or juice glasses in their school colors.  She can also match your dishes for a complete custom look to your dinning or kitchen table.  Come back next week and meet another artist from the Dirt Road Team.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What is it Wednesday


Today is the U.S. Marines Birthday.  Founded on November 10, 1775!  
I would live to thank my husband, brothers in laws, and friends who have serviced with the Marines.  Once a Marine always a Marine!

Semper Fidelis
Means "Always Faithful"

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Barb's Heartstrokes Give Away

Barb's Heartstrokes is having a give away!  Just fun is the title and what fun it would be to win some Tom Turkey magnets.  Follow the link below and have some fun and enter.  Good Luck!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

Welcome friends!  I have three more great shops from the Old Farmhouse Gathering Team.  So grab something warm to drink and your Christmas list and lets see if we can not check off some names, or maybe all of them today.  The first shop is Scaredy Cat Primitives.  Carrie has filled her shop with signs, candles, dolls, bottle caps, and bookmarks.  Take a close look at the wonderful candles in vintage tea cups.  Great gift and wonderful way to make your home smell wonderful this holiday season and next year.  The next shop is Sherri Berry Crafts.  The name of her shop came from a nickname from her Grandmother.  You will find hand painted tags, center pieces, and hand sculpted snowmen.  Check out the Sheriff Smart and Black hat Bart snowmen.  This would make a wonderful gift for the snowmen collector on your list.  The last shop today is Signs of Patriotism.  This retired military family loves all who are serving and America.  You will find military signs for all branches of the military, plus everyday and inspirational signs.  Do you have a military mom on your list this year, then this is the shop for you to check out.  Enjoy your visit and come back next week.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Dirtroadteam on Etsy - Sarah's Sharp Image

Welcome friends!  Come along with me and lets visit the shop of Sarah's Sharp Image.  You will find wonderful photos of old buildings, historical buildings, nature.  They come in color, black and white and sepia tones.  You can also get different sizes to fit your needs.  All of her photos will make wonderful gifts for the men and their man caves that are on your list this year.  The colors just pop in her work and you will agree with me after you visit her shop.  Enjoy your visit and come back next week for another shop from the Dirt Road Team.
Mommy's Kitchen Give Away

Stop over at Mommy's Kitchen Blog and enter to win this wonderful cookbook.  Simply Suppers is all about comfort food for you and your family to enjoy!  Good Luck!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Yorkie's Primitives Give Away

Yorkie's Primitives is having a give away!  Please stop over at her blog and enter.  Read all the rules and have some fun!  Someone will win on 11-16-2010.  Good luck to all those who enter!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday Market with Old Farmhouse Gathering

Welcome to the first day of November.  We have 54 days to shop for Christmas, so grab something good to drink and lets get this list taken care of.  I have three shops from the Old Farmhouse Gathering  so lets get started.  The first shop is Rock River Stitches, where Tammy has pincushions, coin purses and lots of e-patterns.  Make something for each season of the year, or to give as a gift.  She also was featured in the Patchwork Quilting with a special quilt she made for her daughters high school graduation, what a honor to have.  The next shop is Rocking Chair Stitches - also filled with wonderful patterns and table runners.  Save some money and make some gifts this years and this shop is a great place to start.  The last shop today is Sawdust and Stitches.  They are having a huge sale going on so another great shop to save some money with.  There is a sign for everyone on your list, but please order early for Christmas giving.  Come back next Monday for some more great shops from the Old Farmhouse Gathering, enjoy your visit this week.