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

Monday, April 30, 2012

Please stop by and vote

My orange tote basket was placed in a wonderful treasury on Etsy.  Here is the link

This treasury was then entered into a contest.  Please stop by and vote for your favorite and hopefully it is the one my tote basket is in.  Here is the link to vote

This has been so much fun.  Thank you  Maya Wyler for including my basket in your treasury and then taking me on this fun trip on the web.  You can visit Maya shop here

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Old Winery Market 4-28-2012

31505 Grand River Ave
Farmington, MI
Open from 9AM to 2PM
Across the street from ZapZone

Sadly this is the last day for the winter market.  Next Saturday many of us will start our summer markets , some in Farmington or else where in the state.  So for the last day we will have many new vendors and some returning vendors for you to visit.  Some will be outside and others inside.  Their will be ribs and pulled pork off the grill, outside.  Inside a new soap maker, candy, sauces, eggs, bread, produce and a lot more.  Make sure to stop by and stock up on your favorite vendors that will not be at the summer market, or get a card and phone number.  It has been a lot of fun to see new faces and getting to know them.    

Thank you all for making my Saturdays at the market so much fun.  It has been fun meeting customers for the first time, and telling them about the summer market just down the street.

Mother's Day is just a couple of weeks away and it never to early to start shopping for your mom, grandmother or wife (the mother to your kids).  

Walking around this grand old build and enjoy some history and share with your children, the fun of living before electric lights, and meeting the new local vendors.  See you all tomorrow!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dirtroad Team - Forest of Jewels and Melbecreations

We have another new member to our team on Etsy.  Please stop over and visit with Marybeth  from Jewels of Forest.  She comes to us from Florida.  Marybeth is also new to Etsy and is busy filling her shop with her jewelry.  Each piece is designed and made my her using natural stones, wire and some crystals.  Make sure to add her shop to your favorites.

Then stop over and visit with Melissa from Melbecreations. Melissa comes from Minnesota and does some amazing work with the photos. Each one is turned into a kaleidoscope, which is then turn into another art form. Melissa makes pendants, paperweights, framed art, note cards and more. Make sure to look at the tables she is making using her photos. Melissa also does custom work and will make a kaleidoscope out of your favorite pet. This then can be a framed piece of art or a pendent. Melissa will work with you to get what you would like.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Gifts for Mothers

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Old Winery Farm Market Update

This is a quick update for tomorrows  market.  There will be vendors outside plus 30 more inside.  Next Saturday will be the Garden Talk with Jean Smith from Garden Gate.  Registration is still open, so if you would like to learn more about gardening sign up.  See you all tomorrow!

The Winery Farmers Market 4-21-2012

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

Hard to believe that we only have two more weeks at The Old Winery Market.  Starting in May we will all be going to our Summer Markets.  Plan on stopping out for fresh food, handmade items and more.  The cafe will be open for breakfast and lunch.  This pictures is from last week and the beautiful trees that where in bloom.

This week I'm the featured vendor.  Stop over and watch has I weave a basket or work on chair.  I re cane chairs besides weaving baskets.  Do you have a corner cabinet or storage unit that needs some baskets?  Bring your measurement and I can make custom made baskets to fit your unit.  Love working with customers to make sure they get a basket that will work for them.  You get to pick the size, shape and color for your basket.  Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dirtroad Team - Tinker Bead Design and Sakura's Blossoms

Welcome friends, please come and visit with two of our new members.  The first shop is Tinker Bead Design, from PA.  Robin is the designer who has fallen in love with polomyer clay.  Three years ago Robin started playing with polomyer clay first to relieve stress from her job, then she found she could make beads to match her outfits.  Once she started wearing her art, then it all began.  Friends and family where interested in buying her designs and talked her into doing a local craft show.  From craft shows to now on Etsy, Robin is offering her one of kind designs.  Take a minute to see if you can find something to wear and update an outfit in your closet.

The next shop is Sakura's Blossoms, where Toleka works her magic with fabric. Making Kanzashi Flower for hair and brooches, you will find something for a baby (head band), to little girls and then us big girls. Check out her cute model showing us how to wear these wonderful creations. Wonderful way to dress up an outfit for you or your little girl. Each flower petal is handmade from fabric with the centers made from glass beads. Toleka is another amazing designer on this team.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Holocaust Remembrance Day 4-19-2012

April 19, 2012 is Holocaust Remembrance day.  Never forget the six million Jews and other that where killed in the late 30's and early 40's.  There are some that will tell you that this never happen, but we must remember and never let this happen again.  Please take a minute and say a prayer for all those that lost their lives.  Then say a prayer that this will never happen again.

Welcome to another what is it Wednesday.  This is an old pump that would have been out in the yard, somewhere. and only where water could be found.   It might be close to the house or a hundred feet from the house.  The pump was put in where water could be found on your property and not where you would have like it. Each time you needed water you would have to go out and get it.  Sometimes the water would come up easy and other times you did have to work for it.  In the winter straw and an old blanket would keep it warm during the night and keep if from freezing.  If the water did not come up you would have to pour water down the pump to help prime it.  Today we have it so easy, turn on the faucet and the water comes out, both hot and cold.  Remember our great grandmother had to go out pump the water, heat it on the stove, then do the laundry, dishes, bathe the baby, and cook!  But these old pump are a lot of fun to turn into a water feature in your yard.  A little pump from the hardware store and some plastic hose and you are good to go!  I love the sound of the water running and never filling up the tub below!  Sometimes I have added goldfish, or just let the frogs take over.

Monday, April 16, 2012

PAFA Monday Merchant with Simple Thyme Prim

Primitive Punch Needle Home Tweet Home Pin Keep

On this wonderful Monday please take minute to visit with Rhonda from Simple Thyme Prim.  Rhonda always found time to do some crafting in between her job and family.  Once when she was done working outside the home she fell in love with rug hooking and punch needle.  She even has turn counted cross stitch into prim items.  Rhonda loves to work with linen, osnaburg, prairie cloth, reproduction civil ware fabric and thread.  Each item in her shop has a little of her heart into each piece.  Once you place a order with Rhonda, she will then begin to work on your item.  Currently she is running behind and will need a six week lead time on your order.  Each of her items is a work of art and a work of art can not be hurried along.  Take your time and visit each item that she has made and enjoy your visit to her shop.  You will be so happy you did!  I did!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

One of my baskets has been featured in a great article

This basket has been featured in a article for Mothers Day.  All about great gift ideas for Mom.  Stop over the basket is 3/4 of the way down the page.  Happy Sunday.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Old Winery Market 4-14-2012

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

With the weather warming up, we have added vendors outside.  Garden items, plants and more will be at the market plus the 37 vendors inside.  Stop out this Saturday and watch brooms being made, and then come inside and watch as I weave some baskets.   Nothing like looking a plant, rain barrels and other garden goodies after winter. The market will be open till the end of April, then the Summer Market will open the first of May.   One stop shopping breakfast, lunch, garden items, fresh food and more.  See you tomorrow!

Remember to shop local and keep your money in the local community.  

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dirtroad Team with Dixie Dreams and Montezumamudd

Please take a few minutes to visit with two of the shops from the Dirtroad Team.  The first shop is Dixie Dreams, where Robin lives on the island of Kodiak in Alaska.  Robin a Army Veteran and her husband fell in love with the island when they first laid eyes on it.  Always carrying a camera, she never runs out of pictures to take, thanks to the wonderful wild live around her.  Robin photos Eagles, whales, bears and flower.  Plus she has some amazing pictures of the Northern Lights and some clouds.  If you need to take a quick trip this is the shop to visit.  I would love to visit Alaska, but her shop will have to do in the mean time.  Someday I will make this trip. The next shop Montezumamudd and is in Mancos, Colorado. Phyllis the owner and one of our team leaders and love to play with clay. Each piece of pottery is made by hand. Using simple forms they make for great everyday use. The decals that Phyllis uses are from her sister Connie who hand draws them for Phyllis to use. You will find casserole dishes, pie plates, mugs, crocks and more. From a soft green to burnt clay brown and most with two colors of glaze. You will find a wonderful piece or two of pottery for your home. If you live in small town, come and join us. We love all forms of art and love living in small towns.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What is it Wednesday - Feed Sack Fabric

Feed sacks have been around for a long time.  First sewn by hand from muslin fabric, they where used to store grain, seed and flour.  The early bags where returned to be filled again, but it was easier to have them filled sitting on a shelf for purchase.  So the first sacks where turned into linens, towels, and some clothing.  After the invention of the sewing machine the feed sacks where mass produce for use.  Then in 1920 the idea was to use some very pretty fabric, to help sell more grain.  The pretty fabric was a hit with farm wives who began using the sack for clothing, aprons, and curtains.  During the depression of the 1930 the feed sack filled a need for fabric, when there was no money for this luxury.  It was very popular to wear clothing made from feed sacks and continued into the 1940 during the war.  Each sack would open to a 37 x 43 piece of fabric.  If you had enough seed purchased with the same fabric you could make a could of matching dresses for you and your daughter, or you girls would match.   Sadly in 1950 is was cheaper to use heavy paper bags for grain, flour and seed.  

You can still find reproduction feed sack at fabric stores or on line.  I found some last month and looking forward to making some aprons out of them.   If you shop garage sales, or resale shops you can find some quilts made from feed sack fabric.  These old quilts no longer good for a bed, can be turned into some wonderful items for your home.  

Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday Merchant with Ninnas Attic

Please come and met Kathy from Ninnas Attic. Kathy comes to us from Western Pennsylvania and so does my husband, what a small world.  Kathy works with fabric and wool making bowl fillers and ornies.  Her husband does wood working and carves Uncle Sams, and Santa.  They sell at a local shop plus they attend many festivals in the area.  Both are trying to figure out shipping on the wood items, before adding them to their Etsy shop.  I would love to see them myself.  So to the wood workers out there maybe you could help them out.   Kathy mother was the artist in the family who inspired her work.  Even though her mother can no longer see, she still keeps Kathy going with ideas for her work.  This is truly a family with talent!  Enjoy your visit and stop back next Monday for another feature on one of the shops from the PAFA Team.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Food Video for The Old Winery Market

Make your own slideshow with music at Animoto.

The Old Winery Market 4-7-2012

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

Stop in for you Easter Dinner shopping.  Farm fresh eggs, bread, meat, vegetables, fruit, Easter Candy and more.  Shop local, get to know the farmers and vendors  while keep your money in the community.  Please stop by and say hi to the vendors I'm featuring this week.

Sweet Twist offers candy, and this week will have Easter Candy for your table and Easter Basket.  Kathy and Melissa offer chocolate covered pretzels, jumbo marshmallows dipped in chocolate.  I will be stopping by for some candy to decorated my Easter Dinner Table.  If you have a up coming wedding, or party talk to them about the favors they have.  Add some fun and good food to your party.

Down from them is Gold Wheat.  They offer wonderful fresh baked bread and sweet rolls.  My favorite is the coconut rolls.  Specializing in the lost art of French Baking, using much less sugar letting the natural ingredients of the baked good come out.  Here is the web site for more information

The next vendor is Green Toe Gardens. They specialize in honey and bee candles.  This table smells so good.  

With the weather warming up there will be vendors outside also for your enjoyment.  Remember you can have breakfast or lunch at the cafe.  Great way to spend your Saturdays with good food and friends.

See you tomorrow!

Happy Easter

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dirtroad Team with Pabsiesgeometrics and Bella Coas Art

I'm happy to have you check out two great shops from the Dirtroad Team.  The first shop is Pabsiesgeometrics, where Paul is our newest team member.  This retired school counselor is busy not only with art, but with music.  Trained in classical clarinet, he now play bass with a cajun/zydeco band.  When he is not playing bass he is busy with his color pencils.  Each work of art is a one of kind matted and ready for a frame.  Take time to visit each one and while you are enjoy his work, enjoy the titles he has given them.  Love the wonderful use of color and I see some quilt designs in his work.

The next shop is Bella Coas Art, where Deana paints not only in oil but acrylics.  She also has work ready to be frame or cards that could also be framed as well.  Deana paints in abstract and still life, plus some art work is on recycled items.  Both shops offer something different to enjoy, and both have their own style. If you live in a small town, please come and join us. We are open to all forms of art and enjoy not only small town life, but each others art form.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What is it Wednesday

Our Grandmothers and mothers where not part of the green thing, they just lived each day green.  We could all step back in time and learn some lessons from them.  The generation that fixed, repaired and respected what they owned.

The Green Thing

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, 'We didn't have the green things  back in my day'.
That's right, they didn't have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But they didn't have the green thing back her day.
In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks. But, she's right. They didn't have the green thing in her day.
Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts, and wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right, they didn't have the green thing back in her day.
Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house and not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have electric machinesto do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used wadded up newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right, they didn't have the green thing back then.
They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But they didn't have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
Back then, we took shoes to the shoe repair shop instead of buying new ones. We REPAIRED torn clothing and broken refrigerators and washing machines when they broke. Everything wasn't battery operated and replaceable. 
But that old lady is right. They didn't have the green thing back in her day.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday Merchant withThebagglady76

Welcome to the first Monday in April.  Spring is here, flowers are blooming and the sun is out, what a great Monday it is.  Before you run out to play outside, take a break and visit with Fran from Thebagglady76.  Fran named her shop for the bag ladies she is fascinated with and the year she graduated high school.  Fran lives just north of me in the great state of Michigan.  Once you step into Fran's Etsy Shop you will find her love for fabric, both new and vintage.  She also does some upcycling giving her work a very unique look.  You will find some wonderful for gifts  either for giving or for yourself.  The vintage spoon pin cushion caught my eye, what will catch yours.  Make sure to add this shop to your favorites before you leave.