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

Friday, April 29, 2011

Dirtroad Team - Art by G and Bad Cat Creation

Welcome friends, hope you are all safe from all the storms of this past week.  I have two more great shops for you to visit from the Dirt Road Team.  The first shop is Art by G, where Georgia is listening to her inner self making a variety of art.  Working with pastels, watercolors,  and acrylic paints, she offer original art, custom journals, art clocks are more.

The next shop is Bad Cat Creation by Christina. She is a self taught artist live in Northern MN with her three bad cats.  Her jewelry is wonderful, offering necklace, earrings, and bracelets.  Both shops have something to offer for Mothers Day.  So get a pencil and paper and take some notes on what you would love to get for Mothers Day or do some shopping for your Mother.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Michigan Shops - Flying Thread and Phoenix and Dragonfly

Hello friends!  Michigan is filled with many great artists.  Please stop and visit these wonderful shops that I have found for you.  The first is Flying Threads, where Barbara has her Etsy shops filled with items she has sewn.  Barbara learn how to sew at age 8 on a pedal Singer sewing machine and never looked back.  After working for 20 years she is back doing what she loves, while taking care of her 90 year young mother.  You will find wonderful eye glass cases, table runners, pot holders, quilts and much much more.  Great shop to look at for Mother's Day.

The next shop is Phoenix and Dragonfly owned by Karen.  Working with her camera and glass this shop is filled with photos, plus art glass.  Karen fell in love with glass twenty years ago doing stained glass windows, then found  kiln glass work.  Today she make functional art glass, from bowls, plates, vessels and more.  Her other love the camera has been in her hands for 35 years.  She has wonderful photos of flowers and Street Rod cars.  Some of her photos have been turned into cards.  I love the great photos of the Street Rods, she has captured the art work on the cars in her photos.  What a wonderful Father's Day gift for the men in your life!  Perfect for the Man Cave they all need!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easy Cream Cheese Pie

Cream Cheese Pie

8 oz. cream cheese room temp.
8 oz. sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix together with beater.

Fold in 8oz. cool whip, spoon in graham cracker crust, chill in refrigerator 4 hours or over night.

Serve with chocolate, strawberries, or blueberries.  

Great to serve in the summer months.

Therapy of handmade by Lehmans

Follow this link to a great article on why we make things!  Yes we can all go and buy what we need but it is something to put your hands to work and have something in the end that you could use!  Enjoy!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dirtroad Team -Allie Cat Beads and Aristo Cards

Welcome friends!  Have a blessed Easter with family this Sunday.  May your table be filled with good food, fun and some chocolate bunnies.  Take a minute and visit two more great members of the Dirt Road Team.  The first shop is Allie Cat Beads.  Gina is a busy stay at home mom, who make jewelry and cards has her outlet. You will find wonderful cards and jewelry for adults and children.  Plus not only does she make rosary's she also repairs them.  Do you have one that has been in the family, have her fix it and past it on to the new baby in the family.

Our next stop is of at Aristo Cards.  Andrea is a collage and video artist living outside of  New York.  Her shop is filled with collage, original collage, and special feature collage.  Her work starting May, 2011 will be in the State of Art Gallery in Ithaca, New York.  If you are in the area stop by and see her work in person.

Enjoy your visit and come back next week for two more amazing artist from the Dirt Road Team.

If you are an artist living in a small town, come over and check out this team!

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I won

I won this wonderful note card from Melissa at Melbecraions!

Her shop is filled with great pictures that she make into kaleidescope.  From there they become note cards, sun catchers, pendants, spoon rest, coasters, trivets, and paperweights.  Melissa work is amazingly beautiful!


Earth Day Challenge

The Dirt Road Artists are celebrating Earth Day with a "recycle" contest. Participating artists have created "new" art pieces by recycling/repurposing everyday household items. Please visit our website to view all the entries and cast your vote for the most creative Earth Day piece. Also, register in our drawing to win a great prize! Hurry, the contest ends April 23, 2011 at 9:00pm Eastern.  Here is the link to vote and enter our contest to win a prize:  

This is the wonderful prize you could win!


Good luck and have fun!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Old Farmhouse Giveaway

Follow the link above and enter a winner takes all give away.  This is put on my the Old Farmhouse Gathering on Etsy.  Good luck and please share this wonderful give away!

The Simple Dollar

I came across this jam pack web site.  From cooking, living simple, and getting our of financial trouble.  This site has downloadable e-books and more.  Follow on Facebook or twitter get up to the minute tips on how to live  with little money.  Listed are something your Great Grandparents, or Grandparents did not have and could live with out.  How many could you give up.  Out of the list I would still need 5 on most days!
Tanning Salons
Cell Phone
Credit Cards
Digital Cable
Health Ins
Plasma TV
Sirius XM Radio
X Box
Health Clubs
Student Loans
Disposable Items 

It is fun to read and remember a time before we had these gadgets in our lives.  Enjoy your visit!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mother Nature is at her worst!

Last week we had temps in the 70's!  It was wonderful to bring out the patio furniture, clean up the flower beds, and enjoy the great outdoors.  Below are pictures from last week.

I was busy filling up old basket and metal dishes with eggs, enjoy how the squirrels have replanted my tulips bulbs.  I had the doors and windows open airing out the house and live was good.  Then this morning I woke up to this!

Now I know this is just snow, and many are cleaning up form a lot of storm damage, but this is just rude!  

How can mother nature go from this 

 to this

I'm grateful not to be cleaning this up.

This is my son and daughter in law sub division Saturday night!

Mother Nature is just being rude to everyone this last week!

Be safe no matter what you are cleaning up this week!

Take a minute and pray for those who have it worst, and for better weather!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

Dirtroad Team - Missojai and Montezuma Mudd

Hello friends, I would love for you to visit two more great shops from the Dirt Road Team.  The first shop is Missojai, where Victoria makes jewelry and ceramics.  She is new to Etsy and the Dirt Road Team.  Please stop over and welcome her!  We all have been the new kid on the block, and it is wonderful to know that there are kind and caring people to help you along.  Here is her shop!

The next shop is Montezuma Mudd. Phyllis not only makes wonderful pottery she is also our team leader. Finding the love of throwing pottery and how clay can take on different forms, she has filled her show with some lovely pottery. Take a close look at the colander, mugs, bowls, and casserole, spoon rest and more. Her sister Connie from Life Shades makes pencil drawings, that Phyllis turns into decals and fires into the piece. Take a quick peek at Connies shop -

Remember you can type "drat dirtroadteam" into the search bar on Etsy and find more shops. If you are an artist living in a small town, come and check out this great team.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

April 16, 2011 

You will find wonderful food, and art for your home.  All locally made here in Michigan.  Fresh bread, jam, jelly, chocolates, dog treats, handmade soap, noodles, baskets and pottery.  Fresh spices, herbs, tea, and coffee, plus much much more. Come and met the vendors and support local businesses
. Located at 23020 Power Rd, Farmington, MI  Time from 9-2
Come out and enjoy the fun!

You will also find seeds for garden, plus potato and onion sets.  If the weather is with us some plants for your garden and home.

Here are some of the vendors that are at this wonderful market
Elderberry Heaven
George's Cutlery
Relic Soap
Earth Legacy
Pottery by Carol
James Creek Sutllery
 Photography by Vicki
Kapnick Orchards
Olive Groove
Cheeky Monkey
Arline Soy Candles
Tracina's Gourmet Specialties
Cookie Cutter Tweets
Baskets by Rose
Garden Gate Farms
and many more

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Baskets by Rose Selling Blog

I'm starting a selling blog for my baskets. The cost of having a web site has gone up a lot over this last year, so I will have my schedule and baskets on the selling blog. I'm still working on uploading baskets and the other items I make, but please stop over and be come a follower.  Deena from Ewe-N-Me Printable is working on some buttons for me, and we all know she does a wonderful job on her graphics.  I will be having a give away soon to start my new blog get off the ground.

Look at what I won!

I won this wonderful handpainted Easter bunnies from Barb over at barbsheartstrokes.  Barb is a amazing painter making everything she paints come to life.  I have purchased from her before and was amazed at her work.  Here is a link to her Etsy shop, please stop over and check out all her work.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Michigan Shops - Little Bettie Creation & Scarecrow Cabin

Being from Michigan I'm going to start featuring some wonderful shops that you can find on the web, either on Etsy, Artfire, or Zibbett. So get something wonderful to drink and let's visit some amazing shops.  The first shop is Little Bettie Creation. Located in Petersburg, Michigan, this busy stay at home mom makes some really fun items.  For both girls and adults you will find headbands, key chains, totes, wallets, make up bags and more.  The next shop is Scarecrow Cabin located on the shores of the Great Lakes.  Kelly makes quilts, table runners, penny and candle rugs, and recycles wool into her work.  You will also find some primitive items for your home.  Till the 15th of this month she is having a anniversary sale with 10% off.  Great way to start shopping for Mother's Day with both of these shops.  Stop by next week for more great shops in the Mitten State.  Enjoy!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Dirtroad Team - Homeschool Hats and Designs by Baerrels

Hello friends!  I have found two more amazing shops for you to visit today.  The first one belongs to Joni from Homeschool Hats.  Joni is a homeschooling her 3 kids and makes hats.  Great way to find a name for your shop.  Besides knitting hats you will find fingerless gloves, cowl neck warmers and she dyes wool.  Check out her new listing of of diaper covers.  These can be used from birth to toddlers, saving you a lot of money.  They are made from fisherman's wool.  The knitted ribs allows for them to be stretched to fit over a diaper.  The next shop is Designs by Baerrels.  This family has been working together for 40 years, making many unique designs from wood, glass, paint, prints and clay.  This shop is filled with puzzle boxes, treenware utensils, hair forks and comb sticks.  Plus some knit and crocheted hats.  Remember you can always type "drat dirtroadteam" into the search bar on Etsy and find more shops by artist living in small towns.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Going Green

I received this last week and love it.  I've been green for a very long time.  I'm just cheap!!!  Love to save money and find new ways of doing so.  So in being cheap you are on the first steps of going green, they do go hand in hand. My question is could we go back 50 years and still be happy?  I think so, but can I take my microwave oven?   I would miss it!  Just read and enjoy and remember your grandmother and mother they where the first to go green!

The Green Thing

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, 'We didn't have the green things  back in my day'.
That's right, they didn't have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But they didn't have the green thing back her day.
In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks. But, she's right. They didn't have the green thing in her day.
Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts, and wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right, they didn't have the green thing back in her day.
Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house and not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have electric machinesto do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used wadded up newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right, they didn't have the green thing back then.
They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But they didn't have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
Back then, we took shoes to the shoe repair shop instead of buying new ones. We REPAIRED torn clothing and broken refrigerators and washing machines when they broke. Everything wasn't battery operated and replaceable. 
But that old lady is right. They didn't have the green thing back in her day.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Farmhouse Gathering on Artfire - Joannas Collection

Welcome friend! Today I have a member from the Farmhouse Gathering on Artfire for you to meet. Come and visit the shop of Joanna Collections. This shop is filled with wonderful handwoven baskets. Taking a class in 1991 at a church camp in Northern Wisconsin, she became hooked on the art of basket weaving. I can so relate to this. This wonderful basket weaver is bless to live on a 20acre hobby farm in Eastern Minnesota. She has not only raised food but nine children. She not only weaves but teaches basket weaving to adults at different public schools. Nothing better then sharing your love of basket weaving with others. Below are some of the baskets she has in her shop. Enjoy your visit and remember you can type AFG into the search bar on Artfire to find more great shops from this talented team.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

New collection on Artfire

Friday, April 1, 2011

Dirtroad Team - Aristo Card and In My Cups

Welcome friends I have two more wonderful shops for you to visit from the Dirtroad Team.  The first shop belongs to Andrea.  Living in the countryside outside of New York, this collage artist makes some very unique cards.  You can purchase an original or a print.  The cards are blank inside and can be used for any occasion.  These are not your run of the mill cards and can be framed later in life.  A card and a piece of art work all in one.  The next shop is In My Cup, where Sue makes windchimes and suncatchers out of punchbowl cups, with glass beads, beach glass and silver.  The can be used outside in your garden giving is instead class, or hung inside in a window.  Enjoy your visit to their shops and their unique art work.  Remember you can type in "drat dirtroadteam" into the search bar on Etsy and find some more artist living on the dirt road!  If you are an artist living in a small town come and join us and have some fun!