“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 down...build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence...help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves." -Abraham Lincoln
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.
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