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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 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

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Small Town Art Show

Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Merchant with Paint Spots and Splinters

Please join me in visiting this wonderful shop on Etsy.  Vicky from Paint Spots and Splinters paints primitive with some whimsy to create her own style.  Her love of painting on wood helped with her shop name, Paint Spots and Splinters.  Not only does she paint on wood, she also paints on fabric.  Most of her work is done with acrylic paint, but she can also paints with oil.  This busy mom of six (with a set of twins) is always willing to help her team mates.  Vicky is always their to help answer a question or point you in the direction you need to go.  Become a fan of Paint Spots and Splinters on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paintspots-and-Splinters then hop over to her blog and become a follower - http://vicky-myart.blogspot.com/.  You will enjoy your visit with Vicky today.



Friday, January 27, 2012

Krafty Max Originals Blog

This morning I was featured on the Krafty Max Original Blog.  What a wonderful way to wake up and start the weekend with.  Here is the link to read more, http://kraftymax.blogspot.com.  Enjoy your visit!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dirtroad Team - By Nana's Hands and Melbecreaions

Happy Wednesday to everyone!  Looks like parts of this wonderful country are getting some wild weather today!  Please be safe!  I have two more amazing shops from the Dirtroad Team for you to visit.  The first shop is By Nana's Hands.  Melana is the artist of this shop and join the team yesterday!  A Big Welcome to the team. Did you get a new kindle or e reader for Christmas?  Then you need to stop over and check out all the wonderful covers she makes.  They are washable and will keep your reader safe.  Beside the wonderful covers she sews toys, eyeglass cases and bibs.  Make sure to check out the Frog Pond toss game.  Great for toddlers to learn about numbers, colors and counting.  When you are done it rolls up for easy clean up and storage.  Stop over at her blog and become a new follower - http://wwwbynanashands.blogspot.com/





The next shop for you to visit is Melbecreasions.  Melissa is our team cheerleader!  She is always willing to help promote your shop and new items, by Twitter and Facebook.  Come and follow us - Twitter - https://twitter.com/dirtroadartist and Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/DirtRoadArt.  Besides helping us, she is an amazing photographer.  Her wonderful pictures are turned into Kaleidoscopes.  These are then  turned into notecards, charms, pendents, paperweight, coaster trinket boxes or framed for wall hanging.  Look very close at each picture and find the bird or flower in the Kaleidoscope.  Stop over at Melissa blog and become a follower of her also - http://melbecreations.blogspot.com



Remember you can type "dratdirtroadteam" into the search bar on Etsy and find some more shops. Do you live in a small town somewhere on this wonderful plant then come join us for the fun.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Merchant Circle with Barb Heartstrokes

Welcome to another Monday Merchant with the PAFA team.  Hope you are all doing well today.  Grab something to drink and spend some time with Barb from Heartstrokes.  The name of her shop came about from her job has a cardiac nurse and painting.  Barb loves to paint on black screen using acrylic paints, and her dad cuts her frames from old barn wood.  Barb started off learning how to paint at a local craft store while her husband was deployed overseas.  She has branched out into designing her own patterns and is now starting to sell them.  Barbs paints for all seasons and holiday.  You will also find some supplies in her shop for you to try your own painting on.







Enjoy your visit with Barb and come back next monday for another member from the PAFA team.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Give Away over at Jennifer Sonja Art and Design


Follow the link to enter this wonderful give away!  One lucky person will win this wind-chime on January 28, 2012.  Good Luck!

The Old Winery Market - Farmington, MI 1-21-2012

The Old Winery Market for 1-21-2012
31505 Grand River Ave
Farmington, Michigan 
9AM - 2PM

This Saturday is Pet day at the market.  Due to the health codes no dogs or cats inside the market, but there will be vendors selling special treats for your cats and dogs.  So stop out and pick up some special goodies for your pets.  Also coming in in a few weeks will be a book sale.  So clean up your bookcase and donate some books to help the local library out.

This week I have three more vendors for you to meet.  They will be at the market each week and offer a verity of items.  The first vendor is Theresa from Willow Ridge Farm.


 Theresa offers produce, baked goods, jam, jelly, eggs, and more


You can find out more about Willow ridge Farm Market at -

The next vendor is Tracey from Tracina's.








Tracey sell gnocchi, pastas, and tomato basil sauce.  Made with organic ingredients from local farms.  Visit there web site for more information www.tracinas.com on where you can find them during the week.

Next is Lara and Becca from Kapnick Orchards.


  Each week these ladies bring in apples, apple cider, apple butter, jelly and a host of bake goods.  They had a great crop of apples in 2011.  All baked goods come fresh from the on site farm bakery.  For more information on the farm, farm actives, or dates for picking (summer and fall) please visit them here  www.kapnickorchards.com.  




You will find all your shopping need in one place each Saturday.  Stop for breakfast or lunch and get to know each vendor and their product.  See you this Saturday for another wonderful fun day at the market.  Come hungry and leave full and happy!



Thursday, January 19, 2012

Valentines Day Collection on Artfire

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dirtroad Team - Four Winds Farm Maine and Fine Old Things

Please take a minute to visit two shops from the Dirtroad Team.  Jan comes to us from Gorham, Maine.  Her shop Four Winds Farm Maine is filled with wool items.  Jan has a big love for animals, and does give back to two animal protection shelters.  Her needle felted dog is so real.  If you love him you can order one to look like your dog or cat.  Plus she knits, making stockings, scarfs and she does sell some yarn.  Jan is also a teacher who shares with everyone around her.






The next shop is from Itasca, Illinois. Karen the owner of Find Old Things, love vintage and the hunt for each item. Who does not love to go to estate sales, and shops to find that perfect treasury for your home. Karen has her shop filled with many of these wonderful finds. She does research on each item before she listed them. You will find china, boxes, pitchers, cups, figurines,planters plus much much more. If you love vintage then mark her shop and come back see what new old items she has added.





Enjoy your visit with these two wonderful shops and remember you can type "dratdirtroadteam" into the search bar for more amazing shops. If you live in a small town come and join this small friendly team. We are here to help each other not only with Etsy, but life! Friendship served daily!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Saying Thank You

This is a first for me and my shops.  I have been featured on two blog by two different people.  First thank you to Dragonflyridge.  Lyn lives on a small farm in Saskatchewan, Canada twenty miles from town.  They make their own power and are learning to live off the grid.  Her wonderful handcrafted jewelry can be found on Ebay, Etsy and Artfire.  Stop over at her blog and follow along has she and her husband live off the land and are learning how to make do.  http://fireflyridge-dragonflyridge.blogspot.com/







The next big thank you is to Yorkie's Primitives. I found out this morning that she also did a feature on my Etsy shop. Valerie is a very talented primitive artist come from Rockford, TN. She has been crafting most of her live and has done just about every kind of craft. Her is the link to her blog - http://yorkiesprimitives.blogspot.com





You will love your visit to both shops and getting to know these two wonderful artist!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Merchant Circle with Rusty Thimble

Welcome friends.  The Primitive and Folk Art Team has some amazing talent and this week I would love for you to visit Brenda from The Rusty Thimble.  Brenda lives in a small town in Oklahoma and has been creating her work for over 30 years.  The last three years has been under the name The Rusty Thimble.  Her style covers primitive, country and folk art.  Working mostly with fabric, and little paint, plus adding something vintage makes her pieces one of kind.  Brenda has been busy filling her shop for spring and Easter.  You will enjoy your visit to her shop.  Remember you can type PAFAteam into the search bar on Etsy for some more wonderful shops.



Friday, January 13, 2012

The Old Winery Market - Farmington, MI - January 14, 2012


The Old Winery Market - January 14, 2012
31505 Grand River Ave
Farmington, MI
Open from 9AM - 2 PM

Lots of fun will be had this Saturday at the market.  First George the Knife Sharpener will be back.  Bring down your knifes, garden and wood working tools and bring them back to life.  Also Destiny Catering will be doing cooking demo with the products found in the market.  Are you looking for something new to fix for dinner then make sure you stop and see what their are fixing!

Stop over at the Garden Gate Booth and meet Neil and Jean Smith.  Jean is our market master and makes the market at wonderful fun place to sell at. They run a small farm with their 5 children and sell organic produce, meat and eggs.  Check out what they have in the freezer this week, or make sure to try their sausage of the month.

Also while you are at their booth check out the mixes that their daughter Taylor has made.  Beside the mixes Taylor can be found cooking in the cafe and selling her wonderful baked goods.  From pumpkin rolls, to muffins you will find something for your sweet tooth.


Now that I have you over by the cafe stop and say HI to Alex from the Cheeky Monkey Foods.  Alex roast and grins his own coffee and makes and serves sandwiches.  His wife Martha makes some wonderful scones, shortbread, muffins and cookies  to take home and enjoy.  All made from recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation.  They never use artificial colors, flavors or preservatives in their baked goods.




Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Some wonderful shops can be found on Artfire

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dirtroad Team - Glass Paradox and Montezumamudd

Please welcome out new team member Amy Rouse from Glass Paradox.  Amy lives in Maine and paints on glass.  She has been painting for 20 years, starting out at the kitchen table like most of us.  Each piece is hand painted by her and she paints the entire piece.  Her work not only can be found on Etsy but in galleries, boutique and small shops throughout the  United States.






Next stop is over at Montezumamudd. Phyllis (our leader) comes from Colorado, and makes some amazing pottery. Each piece is hand thrown by her and becomes a functional piece of art. From pots to mugs and everything in between. Her sister Connie from Life Shades does the drawings for her decals that she uses. Phyllis uses some beautiful glazes on her pieces and you will enjoy them for years.

Firecracker Kid Primitives Give Away




Follow the link over to Firecracker Kid Primitives and enter to win with lovely nesting box!  This would look wonderful  in the kitchen or on a desk.  Good luck everyone!