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, February 29, 2012

Dirtroad Team - Shawz and From Victory Road

Welcome to leap day of leap year! What will you do with your extra day? I will be doing the same old thing! Take a minute and visit with the two wonderful shops from the Dirtroad Team. The first shop is Shawz where Shawn learned how to sew as a little girl making dolls with her grandmother. Her grandmother is now 98 and still going, must be the sewing! Shawn learned how to quilt in 1999 and this has now turned into a nice little business for her. Shawn loves colors and her shop is filled with bright colors. You will find quilted pillows, tooth fairy pillows, cup cozy and crayon bags. The crayon bag comes in a small and large size and would be a great addition to a Easter Basket. Everyone loves to color and crayon to go will help keep a child busy while you are on the go. Shawn does do some custom orders, but please remember she has a small daughter and a new baby so leave enough time to get the order done. Shawn comes to us from a small town in Tennessee. The next shop comes from Kansas, called From Victory Road. Don and Kayann have their Etsy shop filled with repurposed items. They make refillable journals, ACEO cards and more. You will also find refills for the journals. Check out the hand bags that have been hand painted, made from quilts, or the one made from fussed plastic bags. The robot lamp made from lamp parts is so so cute. This is the shop for very unique one of kind items. If you have someone who is hard to shop for this is the shop for you, they have something for everyone. If you live in a small town this team is for you. We are open to all forms of art and here to help and support each other selling on Etsy. Stop over and check out the members on the team page and then come join in on the fun!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday Merchant with The Lil Prim Cabin

Welcome to Monday Merchant with the Primitive and Folk Art Team.  Please stop by and visit with Brandy from The Lil Prim Cabin.  Brandy is a high school teacher from Nebraska who loves to hunt for vintage and antique items.  Her Etsy shop has some vintage items, you will also find blacken bees wax, and hand poured soy candles.  Love the candle with the vintage photos. My favorite is the mother and her kids.  The mother and daughter dresses made from the same fabric, love it.  You will love what she has done with her candles and the pictures on each one.  Enjoy your visit and come back next Monday for another shop from the PAFA Team.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Old Winery Market 2-25-2012

31505 Grand River Ave.
Farmington, MI
Open from 9AM to 2 PM on Saturdays

This Saturday is Kids day at the market.  Bring your kid or kid at heart to have your face painted get some balloons, a scoop of ice cream and enjoy story hour.  While your kids are having fun you can shop for fresh eggs, bread, meat, vegetables, fruit, plus the many other wonderful vendors.  Please stop and say hi to the vendors I have feature in the past and the ones I will feature today.

First stop and say HI to Pam from Cookie Cutter Tweets, located in Farmington, Michigan.  Pam makes dog cookies, bird seed feeders and cat toys.  A special treat for your special members of your family.  Follow Pam on Facebook and become a fan of her cookies.

Then stop over and visit with Gwen from Elderberry Heaven, also located in Farmington, Michigan.  Learn all about the benefits of  Elderberry and how the can help with fighting off flu and colds.  She was featured in the Detroit News about the amazing fruit -

You will also find Gwen on Facebook, so become a follower and a fan.

Then stop over and visit with Jamie from Alines Soy Candles from Burton, Michigan.  These are 100% triple scented soy candles handmade in Michigan.  She has many wonderful scents in candles, tarts, plus room spray and more.  Soy candles do burn clean and last a long time.  Great way of making your home smell good while the windows and doors are closed this winter.  Jamie has a web site -

This market really does support the food  and artist vendors from Michigan.  Shop local and keep the money in your community and the state of Michigan.

I have Easter Basket made or you can order a special one.  Easter will be here soon so order your special Easter Basket either for the Bunny to fill, or taking your Easter Dinner in for blessing.

Plan on spending sometime with all 35 plus vendor, have some lunch or breakfast and enjoy part of your Saturday with us.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday Merchant Circle

Welcome friends, hope you all had a blessed weekend.  Please take a minute to stop by and visit with Donna from Countryside Cottage.  Living on a dead end road Donna can see the Wisconsin country out each window.  Her hope one day is to have a little cottage to call her studio.  Painting on upcycled finds, fabric, and wood her shop is filled with both the folk art and primitive style.  I have to show off the wonderful book I won from her blog  Stop over at her blog and have a visit also.  You will find something for each season to make your home warm and inviting.  Enjoy you visit and come back next Monday for another shop from the PAFA Team.

The wonderful book I have won.  Love it!

Here is a quick way to visit Donna and her shop!

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Old Winery Market for February 18, 2012

31505 Grand River Ave.
Farmington, MI
Open from 9AM to 2PM

This week is our book sale.  The market along with the library will share in the money being made from the sale of books.  While you are picking up your fresh produce you may find a good book to read later in the afternoon.  Nothing better then curling up with a book on a cold winter afternoon.

The market offers fresh produce, bread, eggs, meat, coffee, tea, milk, cheese and more.  While you are at the market please stop by and visit with these vendors and get to know them and their product.

When you walk in the door you will find Kim from UP Pasties.  For those who live outside of Michigan meat pasties started in the very upper part of Michigan (then part above the mitten).  The are a pie crust filled with meat and vegetables folded over.  The miners in the UP used to carry them in their lunch pails.  Plus Kim has  Chicken Pot Pies and Yooper Toast!  You will be so happy with them you will be back.  Come early because Kim sells out most weekends.  Here is Kims web site for information and where you will find her Pasties

Then stop by and meet one of my neighbors Marilyn from Chartreuse Organic Tea.  Located in Trenton, Michigan they offer herbal tea with no sugar, no caffeine or additives.  They have 12 blends of teas to pick from and have four to five for you to try each weekend.  Here is the web site for more information on the company and the benfits of drinking organic tea.

My other neighbor is Thomas Organic Creamery.  Each week they have organic milk, ice cream, and yogurt plus frozen yogurt.  Their milk and ice cream are very rich in flavor.  The milk comes from grass feed Jersey cows located in Henderson, MI.  Here is there web site for more information and where you can find them on the weekends and during the week

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dirtroad Team - PWOriginals and LorrisThings

We are in the middle of the month, and time is fly by fast.  Both shops I have for you today come from small towns in Virginia.  This team is all about helping artists that living in small towns.  Please stop over and visit with Pam from PW Originals, where you will find some wonderful purse and totes for both young and old.  Her eye for fabric and how it will turn out is amazing.  Sewing for herself and family since she was a preteen she has learned a lot about fabric and placement of the fabric design.  You will also find pincushions, scarfs, pillows and more.  Pam also does custom orders and will work with you and your needs.

The next shop is LorrisThings.  Lorri has been making and selling jewelry since 1999.  She has learned silversmithing at the J.C.Campbell school in North Carolina.  Using different hammers she gets a lot of different texture to her jewelry. Take your time while going through her shop.  Plus Lorri knits and will also take custom orders.  Her new item in her shop are cup cozy, nothing better then keeping your coffee warm on cold winter days.  Lori also follows her blacksmith husband around to the different shows and sells her jewelry while helping him out.

Remember if you live in a small town, please check out this wonderful team on Etsy.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

May you day be filled with old fashion love and fun!
Happy Valentine's Day

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday Merchant with the Firecracker Kid Primitives

Each Monday I have been posting about the wonderful talent on the Primitive and Folk Team and this week I would love for you to visit the Firecracker Kid Primitives.  Carol name her shop for the wonderful fact she was born on the 4th of July.  She works along side of her husband Tim in make some amazing wood products.  They have their shop filled with cabinet shelves, bowl racks, noodle boards and more.  I love the quilted cranes that they make.  Each item is lovely made by hand from their own patterns, with Tim cutting the wood and Carol painting and finishing each piece   Care is given to each piece to make sure you are getting exactly what you have order.  They do have some item ready for shipping, but each order takes about two weeks to finish.  You can not rush paint into drying!  

Stop by next Monday for another shop from this talented team, or type in PAFATeam in the search bar on Etsy for more shops.

I have been award the Liebster Award

I have been bless by receiving this award from the Wicked Faerie Queen.  She has pick my blog along with  four other blogs and gave us each our award. Please stop over and visit her blog

This was such a wonderful surprise to receive.

The Liebster Blog Award. Liebster is a German word which means “dearest” or “beloved”, but can also mean “favourite”. The aim of the Liebster Blog Award is to draw more attention to some really lovely blogs with 200 or less followers.

If you happen to be a recipient of this award, you must do the following:

Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.

Share your top 5 picks for the award and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

Post the award on your blog.

Hopefully the 5 lovely people you choose will give the Liebster to 5 blogs they like as well.

Here are the 5 sweet ladies I have given the Liebster Blog Award to

I hope you lovely ladies display your Liebster on you blog. I also hope that the rest of you stop by and visit these ladies because their blogs are worth the stop.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Old Winery Market 2-11-2012

The Old Winery Market
February 11, 2012
31505 Grand River Ave.
Farmington, MI

Open from 9AM to 2 PM

This Saturday there will be a cooking demo with Door to Door Organic.  Plus George will be back Fixing and Sharpening cutlery and garden tools, it is never to early to get your tools in shape for the season.

Each week you will find fresh bread, eggs, vegetables, fruit and more.  Here is the link to the market for a  list of vendors that will be at the market this week..

Please stop by the three vendors I have this week and say HI and get to know them better. The first stop  is Springbrook Garden, located in Farmington and family owned since 1932.  Meet John and his wife Sue.  They have fresh fruit, potatoes, onions, apples, lettuce, flowers and more.  They are the only ones allowed to sell Benjamin Twiggs Jelly from Traverse City, Mi.  They get really fresh oranges from FL and they are so good.  Here is the web site so you can check them out for yourself

Across the isle from them is Sandy from Emma's Sugar & Spice also from Farmington.  Sandy makes Mediterranean, Middle Easter Food, plus fresh Hummas.

Next to Sandy is Anna from Bon-A-Rose Foods.  She is the co-owner of this family run business.  They cook and bottle authentic Italian dressing and sauces.  Check out their web site for more information on where to find them and their product.  Also they have a 19th century banquet facility for your special parties.  While at the market take home dinner in a bag from them for some of their other goodies they have for sale.

I have been able to move my booth down from these wonderful vendor into a little bigger spot.  Stop by and see me.  Order that special Easter Basket  in the color and size of your liking.

See you all at the market!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dirtroad Team with Joyful Art Studio and Greenhouse Glassworks

I have two more wonderful shops from the Dirtroad Team for you to visit today.  All members on the team live in small towns, and are on this team to help and support each other.  If you live in a small town come check out this amazing team and the members.  We are open to all forms of art.

The first shop is from a small town in Michigan called Joyful Art Studio.  Joy works in mosaics, glass and jewelry.  Currently she has her shopped filled with wonderful jewelry pieces for you to check out.  My favorite piece is the copper brick pendent necklace, love the texture on the setting.  What will you find to become your favorite? You can also find Joy on ebay for more wonderful items for sale.

The next shop comes from Colorado. Natasha is the artist behind Greenhouse Glassworks. The name of her came to be from working at the back of a greenhouse. How cool is this work on your art and grow tomatoes and herb at the same time. What a lucky lady! This shops is filled with fused and stain glass. Natasha also makes some cute tags to add to your project or tie on a package or gift. If you need a larger piece you will find her at You will enjoy your visit to her shop also.

Monday, February 6, 2012

A collection of my baskets - Thank you Refined Vintage