“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
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.
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!
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.
Stop over at Christie Cottage and enter her give away. Tom Roche Wood Designs is donation one set of coasters to this give away. If owls are not your thing, then you can pick from another set. Here is the link to enter. Remember to follow all the rules.
Please take a minute and visit the three great shops I have found for you today. All three come from Michigan, and all are north of me. The first shop is The Bagg Lady, and is in Flint. Fran the artist of this wonderful shop sho loves to work with recycled fabrics and found items. Her shop has primitive dresses, dolls, stocking and more. She even has some vintage items for sales. Click on the Craft Cult button to visit her Etsy shop.
The next shop is from Westland and is filled with salt dough ornies, tags, fabric and wood pumpkins. Plus some cute wallets. You will find something here for everyone. Here is her link.
The last shop is from Kingsley, very north of me. Jennifer loves quilting, antiquing and just be creative. Her shop is filled with quilted table toppers, bowl fillers, quilted pictures and more. If you love quilts this is your shop. Her is her link.
Michigan is filled with many amazing and talent artist, so get something wonderful to drink and come and visit the mitten state!
I have a prayer request. There's a lady I've known forever. She's very sick. On top of that, she's being abused by those she has given everything to. Lies about her abound, and seem to come from all sides. Just breaks my heart. Seems there's nothing I can do alone. But maybe, if we join in andlift her up together we can heal her. She's well over 200 years old, but way too young to die. Her name is America ... and I love her. And please keep in mind that when you say the pledge and put your hand over your heart or wear a flag pin on your lapel that you are showing pride in your country and not "Taking Sides" - - what would this world look like if all those who lie at rest, under all the crosses across the world, had refused to "Take Sides".
I love to read the Hickory Holler Farm Blog. The can quilted as she calls herself is an amazing women. Not only can she garden, cook and make quilts she is filled with wisdom She posted this receipt about a month ago and tonight we tried it. If you love stuffed cabbage rolls and have no time to make them, this is a wonder quick way to get your fix! I would love to try this in a crock pot for those days when you are out cleaning leaves and putting away the patio furniture. We have also tried her cookies and some other goodies, but this casserole is one that need to be shared with the world. Here is the link to her post and the receipt.
Hello friends! I have two more amazing shops for you to visit from the Dirtroad Team on Etsy. The first shop is Molten Art Studio. Johnnie is an artist who uses pigmented beeswax along with acrylic, water color, pen and ink to create one of kind pieces of art. Her talent includes and not limited to miniature painting, trading cards, prints and keepsake boxes. Johnnie is also a member of the Artist 4 Animals Team and gives 10% of her sales to akitas.org. Not only do you get some wonderful art, but also helping a great organization.
The next shop in Montezumma Mudd. Phyllis who is also our team leader works with clay. She loves turning the ball of clay into something that you can use everyday. You will find wonderful mugs, bowls, casserole dishes, plates and more. Her sister Connie from Life Shades does the pencil drawings that are then turned into decals for her pottery. All of her work is dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. Her pottery will fit into any decor you have, so you will have many years of use from each piece.
You can type "drat dirtroadteam" into the search bar on Etsy and find more shops from artist living in small towns. Do you live in a small town? Then come and join us for some fun on the dirt road!
This last Saturday my niece was married to a wonderful man. This was a very small wedding on a very small budget. Everything was wonderful, after having lots and lots of rain, the rain stopped and the sun came out. Her brother had the honor of giving her away. The bride purchased her dress from a second had store, it was new with the price tag still on it! She made her bouquet of flower and those of her bridesmaids, she also made the boutonnières for all the grooms men She also designed and made all the center pieces for the table! Now on to the fun part of the wedding. My dad used to tell her that if and when she got married he would see her marching down the aisle with combat boots on carrying hand grenades (being the only granddaughter she was used to being around her brother and boy cousins). So to honor her grandfather who was watching from heaven above she found camouflage shoes (the closes she could to find to combat boots) and had two (toy) hand grenade sewn to her garter! My dad would have love this to know end. Many family pieces where used from her great great grandmothers bible, to grandmothers bracelet. The cake server was also her grandmothers. The flower girl also wore a set of pearls from her great grandmother. This wedding had it all something new, something old, something blue and something borrowed. My parents and sister where watching from above in heaven and having their own good times. From tomboy to a beautiful bride!
Last week HGTV house hunter show was all about a lady buying a house in Farmington, Michigan. Well last year HGTV and the lady who is purchasing this house came down to the Farmers and Artisan Market, in down town Farmington. Now when you go to watch this video you have to watch the count down clock and when the clock gets to -20.42 hit the pause button. You can see my lovely back side in the lower right hand corner. The gentlemen I'm talking to is one of the vendor husbands. You can see the rack I use for my quilts, plus some of my baskets. Talk about a surprise that I made the final cut (even if it is for 2/100th of a second). This made my day, plus the lady who came down to the market to tell me is in a wheel chair. Some people are just real special to know. So enjoy the show and seeing where I set up and sell on Saturdays.
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