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, February 28, 2011

Old Farmhouse Gathering on Artfire - Warmth

Welcome to the last Monday of February. Winter is starting to wind down, and spring will be here before you know it. Today I would love for you to visit Linda from Warmth on Artfire. She started her business in 1981, so she could be home with her small children. Today she sells on Artfire, still making her wonderful mice. You will find over 80 mice to pick from. They come dressed for every season, and holiday. They can be an artist, doing needle point, baking, and more. You will find the perfect mice for someone in your life, and all of them are under $20.00. Great addition to your Christmas tree or sitting on a shelf. You will have one steal your heart. Enjoy your visit today at the Warmth shop on Artfire.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dirtroad Team - ML Danforth and Moose Haves

Welcome to the last week in February. Today I have two shops from the Dirtroad Team for you to visit. The first shop is ML Danforth. Michelle lives self sufficinetly on a farm, but still finds time to take some amazing photos. Her shop is filled with photos, prints and raw wool. You can also request to have the wool cleaned, carded and spun. Please contact Michelle for all special request. The next shop is Moose Haves. The fun filled shop comes from Alaska. This busy mother of girls has her shop filled with hairties, toddler aprons, dresses. You will also find some earring, necklaces and more for yourself. There is also a sale section in her shop with some great bargains. Check this out for some gift giving in the months ahead. Remember you can type "drat dirtroadteam" into the search bar on Etsy and find more great shops. If you are an artist living in a small town, come and check out the dirtroad team. We share coffee in the morning from across the world. Enjoy your visit.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Old Farmhouse Gathering on Artfire - Quilt tops

Welcome friends. I have a new member to the group on Artfire that I would love for you to stop over a visit with. Quilt Tops is filled with aprons, wall hangings, mini quilts, pillow cover and much more. Everything is handmade and ready to ship, usually the same day or the next. Selling on line for over 10 years she is not only new to Artfire, but to our group. Please show some love and visit her great shop. Below are some of the items you will find in her shop.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Baskets by Rose now at Pioneer Loft - Millersburg, Ohio

Hello friends!  I so happy to tell you that my baskets can be found at Pioneer Loft in downtown Millersburg, Ohio.  Denise the proud owner has let me bring in some of my baskets.  The building she owns was build in 1873, and the other building in this town also have some very old dates.  Stop for a minute and look at the roof lines in this charming town.  The history these building have seen is amazing.  When they where build everyone used horse and buggy, and today many still do.  This town and the towns around Millersbury are home to the Amish community in Ohio.   Denise has her shop filled with antiques and handmade items.  The handmade items must be made in the USA and by your hands, not someone else overseas.  The front of the building is filled, and the back section of the store getting ready for more items.  Come spend the day with fun shopping, great places to eat, and bed and breakfast if your day last to long.  This is a very  family friendly area to go too!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Dirtroad Team - Melba Creation and Pixie Kids Toys

Hello friends.  I have two wonderful shops and great artists offering totally different art today.  The first shop is Melba Creations.  Mel is a wild life and landscape photographer who has taken her camera and pictures to a different level.  Mel takes her beautiful pictures and make kaleidoscopes out of them.  From the kaleidoscopes comes pendants, paper weights, sun catchers, coaster and much much more.  Take a look at her items and then look at the original picture, her creative touch has turn them is some amazing kaleidoscopes.  The next shop is Pixie Kids toys.  Melisa works with Eco-felt, making play time so much fun.  All the toys are made by her, with her kids giving her ideas for play time fun.  The land of pretend teaches children small and large motor skills, plus the gift of words, and numbers.  Playing is the first lessons on learning that will get them into college and the world beyond.  Her toys are unplugged and ready for lots of fun.  Enjoy your visit with these shops and remember you can type "drat dirtroadteam" into the search bar on Etsy for more amazing talented members of this team. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Old Farmhouse Gathering on Artfire - Kathleen Robinaugh

Welcome and Happy Valentine's Day.  Hope you are having a wonderful day of love.  Today I would love for you to come and met Kathleen of Kathleen Robinaugh on Artfire.  Focusing on primitive and whimsical altered art this busy mom of 4 boys does a lot.  Her shop is filled with wonderful prim tags, labels, and pendants.  Her work as been in County Marketplace, Mercantile Gathering Magazine, and the cover of Ohio Country Register.  Here is a link to her shop:  Below are some of the wonderful items that Kathleen makes for her shop.  Enjoy your visit with Kathleen and come back next Monday and met another artist from the Old Farmhouse Gathering On Artfire.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Dirtroad Team - EcoCessory & First Fruit

Welcome friends.  I have found two more wonderful shops from the Dirt Road Team for you to visit on this cold February day.  Nothing like shopping with your warm slippers on and something warm to drink.  The first shop is EcoCessory.  Having a child allergic to petroleum and  petroleum by products she had to find many things that her child could live with.  So this knitter has in her shop filled with scarfs from plain to ruffles.  Working with yarns made from plant fibers like cotton, soy and bamboo, these totally organic yarns are then made into wonderful items with many years of  life in them.  Take a good look at the workmanship in her products and the care that goes into them. You will find more wonderful items in her other shop Log Cabin Creation.  Next stop is over at First Fruits.  Filled with flavored marshmallows, cookie, brown mix.  The baked goods and marshmallows are only ship on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday so nothing is sitting in the Post Office over the weekend.  You will also find jelly, jams and butter.  You can pick the ones you would like with many combined package specials.  Get some for yourself or to share with a friend.  Now that you are hungry stop by and look at the natural hand warmers and fingerless gloves.  Remember you can type "drat dirtroadteam" into the search bar on Etsy for more talented artist from this team.  If you live in a small town somewhere in the world stop by and check out this team, we would love to have you.  We can not visit over the fence with coffee but by computer.  Small town life on the big web, life is good!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Amy Dacyczyn of “The Tightwad Gazette”

Amy Dacyczyn of “The Tightwad Gazette”

Old Farmhouse Gathering on Artfire - Bedlam Country Crafts

The Old Farmhouse also has many members on Artfire.  Please join me in visiting the shop of Bedlam Country Crafts.  This shop specializes in wood sign.  With about 100 signs to pick from you will find some to fall in love with.    From family, funny, family names, pets, and many more.  All signs are made just for you and will take about 7 - 10 business days to finish.  Enjoy your visit and remember we have many great artist on this team for you to visit.

Follow this link to find more signs from Bedlam Country Crafts

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Collection of Eagles on Artfire

Friday, February 4, 2011

Dirtroad Team - Art by G and Dogzillalives

Welcome friends, hope everyone has recovered from the snow. Please come with me and let's visit two members of the Dirtroad Team. The first is Art by G. Georgia loves to work with fiber, paper, clay, paint and much much more. She makes everything from custom journals, original art, portraits, and art clocks. The next shop is Dogzillalives. Karen is a self taught artist. You will find embroidery beading plus bead weaving. She also does wire wrap and original art work. Both shops are filled with great finds. I hope you have enjoyed your visit with them. If you are an artist living is a small town come join us on the Dirtroad Team!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Phil said a early spring - stop over and visit some spring flowers

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Farmhouse Collection on Artfire