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

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Old Winery Market - Farmington, MI

The Old Winery Farm Market will be open tomorrow 12-30 from 9AM to 2PM.
31505 Grand River Ave
Farmington, MI

Stop out and get some fresh produce, meat and snacks for your New Years Party, bowl games, etc. Try some made in Michigan Potato Chips, pretzels,  fresh cheese and more.  If you come early stop in the cafe for some breakfast and coffee, or later in the day some lunch.  Good food, friends and a friendly market make for a wonderful way to spend the day.  See you all tomorrow.

Happy New Year!  
May 2012 bring you blessing and good health!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

May you enjoy it with family and friends.

Christmas hugs from the basket weaver!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Last Minute Shopping tonight at The Old Winery Farm Market

The Old Winery Farm Market will be open this evening from 5PM to 9PM for your last minute shopping.  Stop over for some fresh bread, fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat and gift shopping.  Do not know what to buy stop over at the Made In Michigan area and purchase some wonderful items all made in Michigan.

Located at 31505 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI

Remember we will be open this evening, and closed on Saturday 12-24 so we can enjoy our family and friends.  

Friday, December 16, 2011

Old Winery Farmer Market December 17, 2011

If you are in downtown Farmington, Michigan on Saturday December 17, 2011 between 9AM and 2 PM make sure and stop at The Old Winery Market, located at 31505 Grand River.  Parking is on the east side of the building and enter the market in the front of the building.  First thing first stop by the cafe for some breakfast and coffee with Alex and Taylor.  If you are shopping later in the day how about lunch!  They will be serving sandwiches, salads and soup.

Then do some shopping  with one of the many vendors who offer food and locally made art and crafts.

You will find coffee, dog cookies, bird treats, soap, fresh baked bread, spices, eggs, meat and a lot more all under one roof, plus lunch or breakfast.  See you all tomorrow.

Also The Old Winery Market will be open on Friday 12-23 from 5PM to 9PM, for some much last minute shopping.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Old Winery Farmer Market Opening Day

Untitled Project  click here for a look at last years market.

Tomorrow is the opening day for the Old Winery Farmers Market.  Located on Grand River between Power Road and Orchard lake Road in Farmington, Michigan.  There will be around 37 vendors selling food of all kinds and art for your shopping enjoyment.  Watch as broom are being made with 100 year old machines with crazy handles. Check out the shelves filled with made in Michigan products.  Do you have a loved one living outside of Michigan, this would make a wonderful gift or care package for them.  Looking forward to putting a care package together and shipping to my son and daughter in law deployed in the Middle East. The market will open up at 9 with breakfast and lunch being served during the day along with coffee and other wonderful goodies.  Great place to visit with family and friends all while supporting Michigan growers and small businesses.
Old Winery Farmer Market
31505 Grand River
Farmington, MI

Open 9AM till 2 PM

See you tomorrow!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Holly Days in Downtown Farmington, Michigan

Holly Days this weekend in Downtown Farmington, Michigan.  Located in Riley Park (Farmer Market) on Grand River between Farmington Road and Power Rd.

Lot of fun things to do this weekend in Farmington, Michigan.  First the man of the hour Santa will be at the market from noon till 4 on Saturday.  Get a family picture taken for free with Santa.  Shop for your greens and gift giving.  Watch the students from Oakland Community Collage demonstrate ice carving starting at 10 o'clock.  Listen to the Salvation Army Bank playing from 12 till 3, or the carolers walking around singing.  

Enjoy the movie Polar Express for free at the Farmington Civic Theater at 10 or 1 on Saturday.

The market will be open on Saturday from 10 till 4 and noon till 4 on Sunday.  Lot of great family fun to be had this weekend.  See you all at the market this weekend.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Old Farmhouse Token of Thanks

The Old Farmhouse Gathering Team is have a token of thanks to our loyal customers.  Below are the shops that are offering a discount during the holidays.  Stop at each shop to find some amazing handmade items.  Nothing better then shopping in your slippers and not running to the mall and fighting the crowds!
Remember these shops are open 24 hours, shopping in your PJ's and slippers welcomed.  Just bring your favorite drink and have some fun.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Farmington Farm and Artisan Market - November 19

This Saturday November 19 will be the last day of the Farmington Farm and Artisan Market.  Come down for your produce for your Thanksgiving Day Dinner and shop for Christmas with the many artisan.  Tina's Coney Island will at the market serving hot dogs and chili.  Early in the morning the Broken Yoke Cafe will be cooking egg sandwiches.  So stop out for breakfast or lunch while you are shopping.  The market is located on Grand River in Farmington, Michigan.  Open from 9 till 2pm.  See you tomorrow!  Thank you all for a great and wonderful season.  I will be back for the Holly Market, then on to the Winter Market located in the Old Winery on Grand River.  I will have more information on both markets soon.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Kitchens - Where families gather daily

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dirtroad Team - Wild Lilac Design and Crafty PA

Welcome friends!  It has been a long time since I have done a post for the Dirtroad Team.  I have been very busy with basket orders and re cane a rocker for a lady.  The rocker was her great grandmothers, so this was one project you did not rush on.  So enough about me and please visit our new members.  Pamela from Wild Lilac Design she is out newest member to join the team.  Her creativity has been in sewing, painting, pottery and the latest is jewelry.  She says her creativity goes in cycles.  That is the best part of being creative it just flows from one form to another.  Check her shop announcement for specials that she is offering.  Enjoy looking at her wonderful lampwork beads and chainmaille work.


The next shop is also a new member. Come and met Carol from Crafty PA. This creative lady uses what is around her to make her art. Her quill aluminum cans are turned into snowflakes, sun catchers, and picture frames. Her rugs are made from recycled plastic bags. She even has one that looks like a sock monkey! They can be used indoors or out, and the best part they can be washed with the hose. You can wash them in the machining machine, but I like the idea of using the hose in the summer!

They are many great and talented artist living on a dirt road or small town. If you are one of them please come and join us. Type "drat dirtroadteam" into the search bar on Etsy for more shops.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Farmington Farmer and Artisan Market - November 12

This Saturday the Farmington Farmer and Artisan Market will be open from 9 till 2.  Located on Grand River between Farmington Road and Grove St. in downtown Farmington, Michigan. Stop out for fresh produce for your Thanksgiving Dinner and do a little Christmas Shopping.  With 37 vendors you will find lots of goodies to take home with you.  Next Saturday will be the last day the market will be open, so make sure to stop out for some family fun.  The market will return the first Saturday in December for Holly Days.  Santa will be at the market to listen to all good boys and girls.  So mark that date on your calendar.  Then on Saturday December 10 the Farmer and Artisan Market will move indoors at the old power plant on Grand River.  About 1 1/2 miles east of the summer market.  I will be listing all the fun family things planed for the winter market soon.  See you all tomorrow the weather is going to be great this weekend, so lets enjoy it before the snow shows up!

Veteran Day 11-11-2011

Today is Veteran Day, please honor those who have protected our freedom this 11th month, 11th day, at the 11th hour.  I have many in my family who have served, but his year I need to give a big shout out to my kids.  Two are in Afghanistan serving, and one is out of the service and going to school.  All three are outstanding kids, and it sadden me that they can give up their life for the ones on Wall Street.   The picture of  the Wall Street gang going to the bathroom on the American Flag (sorry) is just beyond words!  But my heart and prayers are for those serving or have served - THANK YOU!  There are more good people out there then evil.

Some one sent me this link - please take minute to watch.  Grab a tissue first!  This will remind you  the love others have for their country and for each other.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Christmas Gifts under $50.00

Let see what everyone is making. Please only handmade items, limit of three and under $50.00. Let get some Christmas shopping done and support the handmade community.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Old Farmhouse Giveaway links

Below are the two treasury that four people will win.  Each winner will get half of the item in the treasury.  Come alone and enjoy the fun.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween fun this weekend in Farmington and Ann Arbor, Michigan

Halloween Fun can be found all weekend, in and around Michigan.  First at the Farmington Farmers and Artisan Market on Saturday, located on Grand River between Farmington Rd and Grove St.  The market is open from 9 am till 2 pm.  Starting at 10 there will be face painting, decorate a pumpkin.  At 11 am there will be gourd tossing!  Music will be Larry Arbour and cider will be from the RB Miller Farm.  Great day to spend with family, have some fun, while shopping with your local farmer and artisan.  Start or continue your holiday shopping with some wonderful hand made goodies you will find at the market. 

Then on Sunday The Sunday Artisan Market in Ann Arbor, located in the Kerrytown Area, will also have some Halloween Fun.  Come down and decorate a pumpkin, scavenger hunt, a custom parade with trick and treating.  Great time to meet the artist and their work.  Bring your Christmas listing and get some ideas, or start your shopping.  

Both areas will be a lot of fun, plus you are supporting your local artist, and farmers. See you this weekend at one of the markets.

Please note Farmington Farmer and Artisan Market will be open till the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  The Sunday Artisan Market is open till the Sunday before Christmas.  Both are outside, so dress warm and enjoy the day.

Giveaway with The Old Farmhouse Group

Starting tomorrow and  you can click on a special treasury (like two) and have a chance to win one of them.  There will be two winners pick from all the comments.   The Old Farmhouse Group had 32 shops donate something to hang on a Christmas Tree, yes that is 32 shops.  Please as you look around at all the wonderful goodies that have been hand made, visit the shops of those who have donated something to this give away.  It is never to early to shop for Christmas.

I will be back sometime tomorrow with a link to the treasury you can pop over and visit, leave a comment and have a chance to win all the goodies from one of the treasury.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Made in Michigan with Sew Enchanted and The Grand Crayonyon

Welcome friends as October slips away from us.  For those of us in Michigan we have had some wonderful fall weather, ok not all weekends have been wonderful.  Please sit back and visit some great shops and artist from the great state of Michigan.  The first shop is Sew Enchanted.  Mercedes is a wonderful clay artist who has a love for mushrooms and fairy's.  You will find whimsical fairy house, robots and some beaded bell earrings.  A delight for young and old.  Do you have someone on your list this holiday season who is into fairy's, then this is the shop for you to visit.

The next shop is Grand Crayonyon. Matt and Colleen are new to Etsy, but have a very unique art form. They work with crayons and stencils. By melting the crayons and letting them run down the stencil they have a one of kind art form. This would make a wonderful gift for both male and females, from young to old. Very different, and very affordable. I can see this hanging in a child's room, or a art studio. Who does not love to play with crayons and make art? You will enjoy your visit with them and there art.

You can shop all the shops from Michigan on Etsy, by shopping local. Many shops do custom work and will love to work with you. Just remember to leave enough time for them to make you something and for it to be shipped by Christmas.

Friday, October 21, 2011

How did Jefferson Know? Something to think about........

 This is amazingly true....
Especially read the last quote from 1802. 

When we get piled 
Upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, 
We shall become as corrupt as Europe .

Thomas Jefferson 


The democracy will cease to exist 
When you take away from those 
Who are willing to work and give to those who would not. 

Thomas Jefferson 


It is incumbent on every 
Generation to pay its own debts as it goes. 
A principle which if acted on would save 
One-half the wars of the world. 

Thomas Jefferson 


I predict future happiness for 
Americans if they can prevent the government 
From wasting the labors of the people under the 
Pretense of taking care of them. 

Thomas Jefferson


My reading of history convinces me 
That most bad government results from too much 

Thomas Jefferson 


No free man shall ever be debarred 
The use of arms. 

Thomas Jefferson 


The strongest reason for the 
People to retain the right to keep and bear arms 
Is, as a last resort, to protect themselves 
Against tyranny in government. 

Thomas Jefferson 


The tree of liberty must be  ;
Refreshed from time to time with the blood of 
Patriots and tyrants. 

Thomas Jefferson 


To compel a man to subsidize with 
His taxes the propagation of ideas which he 
Disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. 

Thomas Jefferson 


Thomas  Jefferson said in 
1802:'I believe that 
Banking institutions are more dangerous to 
Our liberties
 than standing armies.
If the American people ever allow 
Private banks to control the issue of their 
Currency, first by inflation,
then by 
Deflation, the banks and corporations that will 
Grow up around the banks will deprive the people 
Of all property -
until their children 
Wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dragonfly Ridge

Please join me in a visit with Lynell from Dragonfly Ridge.  Living in North Saskatchwan, Canada on a small farm where they make their own power.  Her love of nature and mother earth has her learning something new everyday.  Lynell is part Blackfoot Indian and she does have some Blackfoot Jewelry in her shop.  Check out the turtle rosette that she has made.  Today I learned that turtles are mothers to all creatures.  Below are link to her Etsy and Artfire shops.  Enjoy your visit.


DragonflyRidge - ArtFire Seller Shop

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dirtroad Team - Scorpion Moon Design and Shawnz

Welcome friends.  Can you believe we are in the middle of October.  I'm still working in August!  Please take a minute to visit two more great shops from the Dirtroad Team.  The first shop is Scorpion Moon Design.  JoAnn comes to us from Easter Connecticut, and her love of metals and precious, semi precious stones make for one of kind pieces of jewelry.  JoAnn does custom work either for something for you, or a up coming wedding.  Great way to make that special day go over the top.

The next shop Shawnz comes from Tennessee. Shawn loves to sew plus loves to be with her daughter. So her two loves come together to make some wonderful quilts, fairy pillows, crayon bags and much much more. Shawn is also going to have a new baby in her life very soon. Her daughter is going to be a big sister and I can see some new work coming from this great next chapter in their lives. We wish them all the happiness in the world.

Remember you can type in Drat Dirtroadteam into the search bar on Etsy for more amazing art from small towns around the world. If you live is a small town come and join us.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Farmington Farmers & Artisans Marker 10-8-2011

Hope to see everyone tomorrow at the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, located on Grand River Avenue, between Farmington Road and Powers Road, in Downtown Farmington, Michigan.   The market will be open from 9 till 2:00Pm.  The weather is going to be great this weekend so plan on coming out for your pumpkin, apple cider, plus your other fresh vegetables, and fruit.  Remember you can get fresh meat, eggs, and milk.  This is the weekend to drop off your scarecrow, judging will be next weekend, and the winner will be announced on October 22.  This week Chef Michael Christy from the Huron River Hunting and Fishing Club will be cooking Mozzerella Brushetta.  Music will be by Bob Monteleone.  Enjoy some great fall weather with your family and friends.

Some upcoming events on Saturday October 15, 2011 bring in your best apple pie and enter to win a prize. Watching the judging on the scarecrows, and enjoy the day with your family and friends.

On Saturday 10-22 Oakland Community College Culinary Studies  will be doing pumping carving demo.  Stop over,  watch and pick up some tips on carving your pumpkin.  

See you all tomorrow for great fall weather and good times.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dirtroad Team with North to Alaska and PW Originals

Please come and check the two shops that I'm featuring today from the Dirtroad Team. Both come from a small town and are very far a part not only in where they live but in their art. The first shop is North to Alaska, where Debra and her husband live on a boat, in Kodiak, Alaska. Debra has gone from being a conductor in a large church to bus driver, and from stain glass to beads. Some things have to change when you decide to live on a boat. Because her stain glass would not fit on the boat, she has found the world of beading. Her wonderful bead work can be found in bookmakers, match box covers, key fobs, cuffs and more. You will also find some patterns if you would like to try the art of beading yourself. How fun would it be just to spend a little time living on a boat up in Alaska! The next shop is in Woodstock, Virginia, called PW Originals. Pam has turn her life love of sewing and fabric into making some wonderful, and one of kind items. She has the knowledge of knowing which fabric will drape or can be pleated correctly. You will find wonderful pillows to add to your sofa, couch, bed, wristlet, scarves, and shoulder bags. I have one of her wristlets and love it. Her bright and cheerful pincushions will make a wonderful addition to your sewing or craft room. When you are done visiting these two wonderful shops, type "drat dirtroadteam" into the search bar and find more amazing artist living in small towns around the world. Each has their own style and art form. Something for everyone is offered in this team. Do you live in a small town somewhere, please pay this team a visit. We meet in the morning for coffee (very informal), or sometimes we share a glass of wine in the evening. Come and join in the fun, and the stories from around the world.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Michigan Mondays

Grab something to drink and come with me to  visit two wonderful shops here in Michigan.  The first shop is Hip To Piece Square.  Share the shop owner calls her sewing machine her best friend.  Once you step into her on line shop you will see why.  It is filled with beautiful Kimono House shoes, pouches for art and sewing supplies.  Plus mini quilts and journals for quilting.

The next shop is BarbaraPortraits, Barb is a self taught artist who has 15 years drawing people, pets and homes.  Her Etsy shop not only carries some of her drawings, but is fill with ornaments for each holiday.  She has hand painted each one and added just the right amount of glitter.  You will also find some unpainted so you can add your owe artist touch to them.  They are all handmade with gypsum stone for many years of use.

There are many more amazing and talented artist on Etsy and many from Michigan. Have fun shopping in the mitten state.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Saying Good Bye

Late last night I received my last phone from them in the US.  The next phone call will be from Afghanistan.  Where  they will be station is still unknown to me.  This is my 5th and 6th deployment and it is still not easy to say good bye.  You understand the process of what is going on, but not the why.  Please keep them in your prayers for a safe return sometime next October.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Harvest Happening at Farmington Farmers and Artisan Market

It is Harvest Time at the Farmington Farmers and Artisan Market.  Open on Saturday 10-1-2011 from 9-2:00 PM, located on Grand River between Farmington Road and Powers Rd. This week not only will you still find fresh fruit and vegetables, there will be eggs, bread, meat, pumpkins, apple cider, milk and more.  Chef Jason from the Claddagh Irish Pub will be doing a Demo on cooking Braised Short Ribs, music by Sheila Landis and Rick Matle.  Bring the kids for face painting  from 11 - 1:00.  Sign up the the Scarecrow contest, all Scarecrows are due by October 8, 2011.  Farmington fit will be doing demo on Tai Chi and exercises for older adults.  Fun times will be had by all, all day long.  Table and chairs will be in the park for a quick snack, or lunch.  Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dirtroad Team - Mountain Home Pottery and Mudd Puppy Pottery

Yes today I have two pottery artist from the Dirtroad Team. Even though they both work with clay each has there own look and style to their pottery. The first shop is Mountain Home Pottery. Liz comes from Mountain Home, Arkansas and uses a wheel to throw her clay on and makes mugs, plates and more. Some of her dishes have leaves or a design made from a piece of a vintage dolly. The clay and the glazes give each piece a different and unique look. No two match and have there own characteristics and a wonderful piece of art to own.

The next shop Mudd Puppy Pottery is from Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania. Debbie pottery is made from ceramic clay and is turned into skull, castle and dragon mugs. Take a minute to check out the egg shakers, they are a musical instrument that can be play. If you can not play them they would look so cool sitting on a dish or in a bowl. They you will find Ocarinas that are a ancient vessel flute, that can also be played. They come with some music sheets and directions on how to play them.

Each shop has something very different in them, like the Dirtroad Team each shop has some very unique art that come from small towns across the world. If you live in a small town please check out the Dirtroad Team and the wonderful artist that live on a dirtroad!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Sesame Street

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Contest with the Dirt Road Team

The Dirt Road Team is having a contest called "Falling in love with fall".  Please follow the link and vote for your favorite fall item.  The items are amazing and it is very hard to pick just one.  Please leave your name and email address to win a prize.  Voting ends 9-24 at 9:00 PM.