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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dirtroad Team - Melbe Creations and ML Danforth studio

Hello friends.  Please take a minute to visit the two shops I have for you today from the Dirtroad Team.  The first shop comes from Minnesota.  Mel is an amazing photographer who turns her wonderful photo's into kaleidoscopes.  She then makes paperweights, trivets, coaster and note cards out of them.  You can also purchase a wonderful photo of the great outdoors and some of the kaleidoscopes come matted, framed and ready to hang on a wall.  The colors are just amazing in her work!  You will be very happy that you stop at her shop for a visit.

The next shop comes from New York. Michelle lives on a farm called Crystal Spring Farm and her Etsy shop is ML Danforth Studio. Beside raising sheep and sell wool, she is a photographer and artist. You will find custom portraits in her Etsy shop. They can be done in graphite, oil, water colors, or acrylic. You will need to send her a couple of good picture with good lighting so she can make you a custom piece of your favorite person or dog. If this is something you would like to give has a Christmas gift please order early. It does take between 2 - 4 weeks to finish, plus drying time. So order early and give a gift that will give a lifetime of enjoyment.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Give Away over at Christie Cottage

Stop over at Christie Cottage and enter to win this wonderful wooden trivet by Tom of  TRoche Wood Designs.  Please read all the rule and follow along for some wonderful ways to win.  Good luck to everyone.

Farmington Farm and Artisan Market - August 27

I will be at the market Saturday.  So come down to get your farm fresh vegetables, fruit, bread, meat, eggs, milk and more.  Located on Grand River and Grove St in the Riley Park.  Open from 9 till 2, you will have the enjoyment of listening to the group The Two Timers performing their acoustic rock and country.  Plus Chef Tony Shushtari from Alfoccino Restaurent will be making pasta salad.  If you are a scarecrow builder stop by the market tent to pick up your form for the annual scarecrow contest.  This year theme is "America Pop Culture" .  All scarecrows must be turned in by October 8, 2011.  Good times will be had by all at the market on Saturday.  Remember to support your local farmers and artist.  With the holiday season being a few months away get some ideas for gift giving and watch the artist make something wonderful and special for your gift giving.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor Michigan

Last Sunday Mighty Ice in Ann Arbor, Michigan celebrated their new Fairy Doors.  Fairy Doors are all around the downtown area of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Here is a link to read more on the fairy doors - 

The picture above is the newest door.  
Young and old came out to enjoy a wonderful summer afternoon.  

Young fairies enjoy fairy art.  They where drawing fairy doors, making fairy wands, and fairy masks.  Glitter and glue was in high demand for their master pieces.
After all the art works was finished up, they continued to have fun with fairy games.  It was wonderful to see children enjoy their imaginations both with art and games.  From handmade wings to wings bought at a store memories where made by a lot of young ladies! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Dirtroad Team - Lorris Things and Missojai

Welcome friends.  I have two more great shops for you to visit from the Dirtroad Team on Etsy.  The first shop belongs to Lorri from Lorris Things.  Lorri has been making jewelry since 1999.  She learned the art of silversmithing at J.C. Campbell school in Basstown, NC.   While there she also learned the art of blacksmith.  Lorri follows her husband around (he is an artistic blacksmith) at shows and also sells her jewelry.  Beside blacksmithing and silversmithing she knits.  Check out her wonderful hat both for adults and babies.  This talented couple live in Virginia.

This next shop comes from the other side of the country.  Missojai Jewelry and Ceramics comes from CA.  Victoria works with beads and makes ceramics.  She is new to Etsy so give her shop some love.  She learned how to make ceramics both in high school and college.  Both shops have a lot to offer and it is never to early to plan ahead for the holidays.  Remember you can type "drat dirtroadteam" into the search bar on Etsy and find more amazing artist from small towns around the world.  Enjoy your visit.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The first time since 2005

This is why I have not done a lot of blogging lately.  Beside getting ready for a Art show.  I was going to have my family all in one place, for one weekend.  We had a great weekend!  My niece is getting married so I hosted a small shower for her, while the guys either hung out or went golfing.  On Sunday we all meet at The Waltz Inn, in Waltz MI.  Very small town and this place is filled with charm, plus great food.  It was wonderful to have everyone in one place for a couple of hours.  My son and daughter in law will be leaving for Afghanistan in a few weeks.  My other son goes to school and has the chance to go to France next year to study.  My niece lives on the other side of the state, and my nephew might be moving.  So before the wind could blow us around the world we had a few moment together as family.  My goal is to have all of us in one time zone in the year 2013.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dirtroad Team - Joyful Art Studio and Life Shades

Welcome friends, it has been a long time since I have done a post on the Dirtroad Team.  Why - I will post on that later.  Please take some time and visit the two wonderful shops from this team.  The first shop is Joyful Art Studio.  Joy is a very talented lady who not only makes jewelry she does mosaics and works in fused glass.  Joy and her husband live in a small town in Michigan.  Make sure to check out her special 25% off using the coupon code listed in her shop announcement.

The next shop is Life Shades, Connie is an amazing artist.  Her original pencil drawings capture the emotions in people and animals.  My personal favorite is the grandmother kissing the soldier.  Connie is also the sister and daughter of our team captains, and lives in a small town in Arizona.

If you live in a small town come and check out this wonderful team. All forms of art and excepted and loved.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

OFG Turkey Trot Contest

The Old Farmhouse Group is having a give away by way of the treasury on Etsy.  Stop by and leave a comment on the treasury and you are entered to win the whole thing.  A value of $240.00 winner takes all.  You will have all your Turkey decor ready for Thanksgiving this year.  Here is the link to the treasury and enter!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Entwined Vines did a feature about Baskets by Rose

Emerald Lampwork Puff Square Earrings

This is just some of the wonderful work you will find at Entwined Vines Artisan Shop on Artfire.  Not only do they make some great items they also do features on different shops.  I was lucky to have them do one on my Artfire shop.  Here is the link:

Here is a link to their shop:

Please stop by and pay them a visit.  You will be happy you did!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Dirtroad Team Contest


Thank you all who stop over at the Dirtroad Team and voted.  Shawn and her wonderful pincushion won first place, and I'm happy to say I was second.  Carol from PA won the corn and this will be mailed out today.

Have a wonderful and blessed day!