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, March 30, 2012

The Old Winery Market 3-31-2012

Open from 9AM to 2PM
31505 Grand River Ave
Farmington, MI
Across from Zap Zone

The Winery Market is open every Saturday till the end of April.  Stop out for your fresh produce, eggs, meat and more.  Visit with the 35 plus vendors and get to know them and their product.  Easter will be here soon and there are great items to add to your Easter Basket, or to make your Easter Dinner Special.

Please visit with Nicky's Family Recipes, Linda and Diana make season package for Italy food, seasonings for sauces and butter spreads.  They both where featured on Fox 2 Detroit March 18, 2012, here is the link  You can find out more from their web site, and follow them on Facebook

If you love to cook this is the spot for you.

Then the next aisle over is Sunflour Bakehaus.  This bakery is located in Downtown Farmington, and they also sell at the market.  They have a table filled with different kind of breads, cookies and other baked goods.  Become a fan on Facebook

The first vendor when you walk into the Market is Relic Soap.  Make sure you stop to smell all the wonderful handcraft soaps this family makes.  Ryan will help you with your questions or needs.  You will find them on Facebook, and they have a shop on Etsy

Go green by shopping local and keeping your money in the community.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dirtroad Team with Enchanted Spas and Mountain Home Pottery

I would love for you to visit with the two shops I have today from the Dirtroad Team.  The first shop comes from a small town in West Virgina and Melissa is a new member to the team.  Enchanted Spas is filled with organic goats milk soap,  Not only will you find soap, but shampoo, lip glass, balms and shaving soap for the guys.  All of Melissa soaps are hand blended from scratch using only organic ingredients.  Her goal is for you to have soft, hydrated clean skin.  Make sure to read her shop announcement about her sale and the story she has written.  

The next shop comes from a small town in Arkansas.  Come and met Liz from Mountain Home Pottery.  Liz learn how to throw clay on a potters wheel at age 50 and now is a professional pottery.  Each piece with the glaze and fire turns out difference.  Making them all wonderful art pieces that you can use each and everyday.  From bowls, dishes, mugs, vases and more.  Each shop has they own style and art work and both are worth stopping in for a visit.  Remember Mother's Day is coming up so add these shops to your favorites.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Picture of a Custom Order

I love to see what my customer have done with my basket once I send them out.  Caitin is going to have a baby in June and order three triangle shaped basket for a corner unit.  She asked that they be plain no color or stain.  Her and her mom where going to cover them with fabric and make curtains for the babies room.  So my basket made the trip across the country safe and they worked their magic on them.  Love the colors and the fabric they have picked out.  The plain corner basket are no longer plain, just beautiful and waiting for the baby to come.  They will hold all the wonderful goodies you need for a baby, and then they will hold toys and items while the baby grows up.

The family cat is giving them a good look over and making sure they past inspection!

Thank you so much Caitin for sharing pictures with me!

Monday, March 26, 2012

PAFA Monday Merchant - Prims Gone Wild and Country Lane Folkart

Hello friends, today I have two amazing shops from the PAFA Team for you to visit.  This week I'm doing two shops, my kids where home from Afghanistan and school last week.  So this mom was busy enjoying the short time I had with them.  So pull up and chair and enjoy your visit with them.

The first shop is Prims Gone Wild with Karen.  Her name for her shop came about one day while in the middle of a room she looked around at all the prim dolls she made.  Karen comes from a very artistic family with her father being the best  She started selling her art work at age 9 to family members and now has a shop on Etsy.  Her inspiration comes from books and other artist.  You will find her shop filled with prim dolls from Annies to seasonal dolls.  You will find something to fall in love with.

The next shop is Country Lane Folkart with Becky.  This amazing self taught painter love to paint on items she finds in her travels or cuts from wood.  She paints in Folkart, country and prim styles and does special orders.  If you are looking for a one of kind item contact Becky and she what she can do for you.  You will find her shop filled with one of kind items for your home or gift giving.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

One very blessed week

This last week has been very blessed week for my family and I.  First I won a challenge On Fire For Handmade Challenge.  I won some free advertising and a new banner for my shop.  Anne from Made for me by Oaklie sent me four banners to pick from, and it was so hard just to pick one.  Then my kids came home from Afghanistan for a few days, this was part of their two week R & R.  Then my other son came in from school, so from total quite the noise level was turned up.  It was fun, family and friends.  Wonderful to see them, get lots of hugs, see their friends from school and watch the next generation grow up.  I'm very proud of my kids and their friends are also doing so well.  It is a blessing just to see how well they have grown up and becoming wonderful young men and women., it gives one great hope for our country.  Then sadly they all leave.  Like a giant vacuum the noise level is gone!!!!!  But the birds returned and are sing again.  It is hard to sing over trucks, cars and motorcycles!  Then I remember I won this wonderful banner and forgot to get back to Anne.  This wonderful lady said she would be dancing in 7th Heaven if it where her kids.  So I have my new banner up in my Etsy shop and I love it.  Each week their is a new theme and they are a lot of fun to be part of.  Please take a minute to visit with Anne and her wonderful shop on Etsy.  Not only does she make banners, she loves to knit and to crochet scarfs, jewelry and bags.  

Treasury Challenge

This treasury is part of a treasury challenge. Follow the link to view more wonderful treasury.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy Birthday West Point - The United States Military Academy

Happy Birthday to West Point
 The United States Military Academy
 210 years young

Here is to the long grey line, may God bless you all!

Here is link for a time line for West Point

The Old Winery Market 3-17-2012

Come out and enjoy St. Patrick's Day with us
Open from 9AM to 2PM
31505 Grand River Ave
Farmington, MI

This Saturday is a Tea Party with Gingers Tea House.  There are a few tickets still available for the tea party.  Like always you will find fresh produce, meat, eggs and bread.  Plus all the other wonderful goodies the market has to offer.  While you are visiting the market stop and talk with each vendor on the items they are selling.  Learn how the grow, make and what goes into each item.  Something Walmart can not do!

Stop over and visit the Carol who runs Pottery by the Piece.  Carol makes her pottery on on wheel or by rolling the clay out flat.  I have a couple of her mugs and they are so wonderful to have my morning coffee out of.  Plus I have added a couple of the button she makes to my baskets, what a wonderful addition they are.  Carol does not have a Facebook page yet, but we are working on her.

Then stop over and visit with  Michelle from James Creek Sutlery.   Michele and James blend all of their spices, and will work with you in blending some for you.  Check out the flavored salt and vanilla they have for sale.  Have something special in mind they have spice books and will work with you. You can find out when they are at the market by visiting their web page - 

While you are at the market take sometime and walk around this great old building.  Build in 1898, to provide power for the Detroit United Railway.  The power from the plant ran electric street cars and interurban cars, and the street light in Downtown Farmington.  All this before the residents had power in their homes.  The power plant rand from 1900 to 1928.  The LaSalle Winery acquired the building in 1930 adding cement vats for their wine making.  The winery ran from 1930 to 1970 and was the largest winery in Michigan.  The winery was purchased by the St. Julian Winery in 1970.  In the mid 70's the White Family purchased the building and still owes it today.  While you are outside walking around check out the arch doorway on the old loading docks.  Look up high in the sky at the chimney with the staircase running around the outside of the chimney and the doors at the top.  I would not like the job of  inspecting the chimney!  I love how we can re purpose old building for today's use and keep the history of the building alive.  This building gave my Grandparents light and transportation from Detroit to Farmington and now I sell my baskets here on Saturday.  One old building but a part of my family history. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dirtroad Team with Valentine Fiber Art and Big Fat Art Barn

Welcome to another feature of two members from the Dirtroad Team.  Each living in a small town and having very different forms of art.  The first shop is Valentine Fiber Art, Donna lives in a small town in New York.  Donna learned how to sew from her Mother and  Grandmother.  Her Dad taught her the wonder of clay and making paint.  Now that she is retired she is filling her shop with some wonderful crochet items.  From flowers to add to your own craft project, to needle cases, and facial scrubbies.  Some of her items have part of the profits going to an Animal  Rescue unit in Massachusetts.  Take a minute to check out the cute cowboy owl she has made.  You not only will find some great items, but a shop filled with bright colors.  

The next shop comes from a small town in Georgia.  Sherry name her shop Big Fat Art Barn, after her and her husband renovated the barn on their farm.  Sherry is lucky to work in the loft and can look out all the windows at her horses, chickens and garden.  Sherry loves to work in  all mediums and does combined them for a different look. She is self taught with a few lessons from a retired art teacher, her work is totally amazing.  You will enjoy looking at all of her work, from oil painting, to mosaics and everything in between she can do it all .   If I remember this correctly her art barn is painted purple and everyone can find it.  

If you have a shop on Etsy and live in a small town comes and join us. This wonderful team is open to all forms of arts. Enjoy your visit and come back next week for two more shops.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What is it Wednesday - History from the Cemetery

When you visit a cemetery to bury a love one or place flowers on the grave site have you notice the carvings on the tombstones?  They all mean something and I found this great web site that answers some of the questions about what has been carved into the tombstone.

In my morning trip to our local cemetery I found a lot of tombstone with the same shape and size.  Most all came from the same period.  The style can also help you find the age of the tombstone.   

The big round glob was on top of a lot of tombstone and sad some on the ground.  From the size of them I would think kids where up to no good.

 This style is from 1880 to 1910.  Most of the writing has been removed from weather.  

 To really understand what was carved into the tombstone take some plain paper and a soft pencil to you can do some rubbings.  Please be respectful the cemetery and the grave site.

You can find veterans from all the wars.  They have a bronze star or wreath next to their graves.  DO NOT steal them, they belong to the veteran and his or her family.  I found Civil War Veterans to WWII veterans this morning.

You will also find other flowers and symbols on tombstone.

The one below with the  draped means morning. This side was in great shape, but the other side has been worn away from time.

The bronze stars by the veterans all have different markings.  So I will have to find out what each marking means and do another post.  So if you have more information on the bronze stars for the veterans please share with me.

Take a history listen at the local cemetery.  When leaving say a prayer for those who have gone before you.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday Merchant Circle with My Stitches to Treasure

Happy Monday!  Each Monday I'm featuring a member from the PAFA Team on Etsy.  So pull up your chair and enjoy your visit with My Stitches to Treasure.  Deb the owner of this wonderful shop has been in business since 1996.  Starting out making wedding, bridesmaid, flower girl and prom dresses, when the fabric stores all closed she went in another direction.  Not only can she use a sewing machine she now as a line up of saws.  Love it, I just purchased my first saw myself.  Her first love is fabric and her shop is filled with spring and Easter items.  Love all the bunnies she has in her shop.  Deb does some custom work, so if you are looking for something special, contact her.  Her work can be found at 3 local craft shows in the fall, and in a local gift shop.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Old Winery Market 3-10-2012

The Old Winery Market 
Open from 9AM to 2PM 
31505 Grand River Ave
 Farmington, MI 
Across the street from Zap Zone

Make your own slideshow at Animoto.

Spring is in the air and this Saturday you will find some great finds at the market. George the knife sharpen will be back and long with the chiefs from Henry Ford Museum will be doing a cooking demo. Mark your calendar for 3-17-2012 for a Tea Party by Gingers Tea House. Come join us for tea, scones, sandwiches, pasties and candy from 12:20 till 2:00. Besides all the fresh eggs, meat, produce, and baked goods you will find Handwoven Easter Basket, and goodies to fill it.

Stop and meet the vendors and talk to them about how and when the make their product.  Learn from them and enjoy your Saturday with us.  Remember you can have breakfast and lunch while you are shopping and still have time in the afternoon for some yard work.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dirtroad Team with Johnnie Belinda and Sweetgrass Valley

Please join me in a wonderful visit to the shops I have featured today.  Each an amazing artist and works in a different art form.  The beauty of the Dirtroad Team is we all live in small towns and are open to very different forms of art.  The first shop is Johnnie Belinda, who loves to paint.  Johnnie can paint anything and everything from abstract to shabby chic.  She has even painted using lipstick!  Her love of color comes out in her work.  From small to large you will find something to love.  Johnnie has been busy filling her shop with blue birds for spring.

The next shop is Sweetgrass Valley where Debbie makes chokers and other art. Debbie comes from a long line of artists who not only taught her art, but the love of nature. Debbie only uses handmade items in her work and no plastic items are added to her work. Using hand cut leather, bone or horn hair pipe beads each piece becomes a one of kind work of art. Check out her Sweetgrass baskets, she made one for me and I just love it. The wonderful smell coming from this basket takes you outside even on those cold winter days. Enjoy your visit with both Johnnie and Debbie today If you are on Etsy and live in a small town, please come and join us. We love small town life and all forms of art. Type in "dratdirtroadteam" in the search bar for more shops or visit out web site

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What is it Wednesday

 I love old things.  A couple of years ago I started What is it Wednesday.   So for about a year I would post something old, or new to us.  Well life get is the way and I was going on another path with my blog.  With in the last month I had a couple of people ask about the What is it Wednesday and how they enjoyed it.  So I will repost some of the older posting and do some new posting.  Let's travel back to simple time!

This week let go back to cleaning rugs with the old rug beater.  Once a week the rug where hung out and beaten to remove dust and dirt.  Spring and Fall the big heavy rugs where dragged from the house for a good beating.  What a great way of getting your anger out with out hurting anyone.  We need more rug beating today!  After a good beating the rugs where left out for a good airing in the sun.

In 1909 Fred Wardell, started the Eureka Vacuum cleaner company, in Detroit, Michigan.  I'm not sure of the exact date of the one I have, but have they come a long way.  The old vacuum does have attachment, but no HEPA filter.  I did plug this in once with dust going everywhere and a lot of noise.  In 1909 the vacuum was made in American, today they are made in China.  What will the next 100 years bring to cleaning rugs?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday Merchant Circle with The Barn Hollow

Welcome to the first Monday in March, and spring will be here soon.  For those who have been in the wild weather of last week, prayers going out to you.  The loss of life and homes is unbelievable.  Please take some time on this wonderful Monday to visit with Kim from The Barn Hollow.  Kim named her shop after her love of old barns, their history and the great treasury they store.  Kim's never leaves home with out her sketch book and gets ideas from  antiquing and driving down the interstate.  She even designs quilt blocks and makes e-patterns.  You will find some wonderful prim, country and folk art goodies in her shop.  Working mostly with fabric, she makes angels, Christmas stocking, Raggedy dolls, bunnies and more.  You will enjoy your visit with Kim and her shop on Etsy.  Stop over at her blog when you are done

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Collection from Artfire

Friday, March 2, 2012

One of my basket is being featured on Great Finds

My basket with lid in orange has been pick to be included in a contest going on this week over at Great Finds.  Starting tomorrow 3-3-2012 and running till next Friday 3-10-2012 you can vote for your favorite item.   Follow this link and vote  The theme this week is a Touch of Sunshine and we where asked to post our items made in yellow or orange.  What a great honor to have my basket included.  What a wonderful way to end the week and start the weekend.  So please stop over tomorrow and vote!  Happy Weekend!

The Old Winery Market 3-3-2012

The Old Winery Market
31505 Grand River Ave
Farmington, MI
Open 9AM to 2PM

This Saturday is the Hog Roast at the market.  Make sure you come hungry for some great food and fun.  This is the best place to get some fresh produce, bread, eggs and more.  The cost for the hog roast is $9.50 a plate, with Garden Gate cooking the hog and Cheeky Monkey doing the side dishes.  I'm hungry already!

Please stop by and visit with the vendors and get to know them and their product.  Each offers something different and all are made in Michigan.  Say HI to John from Grassfields Cheese, and taste some of the wonderful cheese he brings to the market each week.  John drives down from Coopersville, Michigan bring with him cheese made from grass feed organic cows.  He brings many flavors for you to sample before your purchase.  Here is the web site and more information about Grassfields Cheese

Then wonder over and talk with Jozef about his wooden bowls, rolling pins, and yarn spools.  Jozef does not have a web site or fan page on facebook, so make sure you spend some time with him.  He can tell you where and how he has found his wood, and how each piece is made.  A wonderful working piece of art.

The next vendor will not be here this week, but next week.  So remember to visit with Karen and Renee from Nahnees Nibbles.  The make dog food and dog cookies. Bring home a special treat for you dog.  They  rotate with Cookie Cutter Treats. Pamper the best family member with something from each of these great vendors.

Do you have someone moving into a new home?  Here is a great house warming gift, one of my baskets with a loaf of bread from Fostoria Bread Factory, they make some yummy sour dough bread.  If you know a head of time the colors they have you can order a basket to match their kitchen or dinning room, then add a loaf of bread and some spices from some of the other vendors.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!  I'm still taking orders for Easter Baskets in the colors of your choice.