Saturday, November 28, 2009

IN MEMORY OF LINDA FOSTER Passed 11/26/09

Our Angel On Earth Has Gone Home


LINDA FOSTER PASSED 11/27/09

In loving memory of our friend and cherished OFG Group Leader
Our Prairie Rose,
Linda Foster

NEW ETSY OFFERINGS from VINTAGE KEEPSAKE TRUNK

EBAY OFFERINGS from VINTAGE KEEPSAKE TRUNK


PRIM PILGRIMS "William & Mary" sold to Jason Katz in Hudson, OH.

Monday, November 16, 2009

MONDAY'S MARKET PLACE FEATURED ARTIST

Each Monday, I'll be featuring a member from The Old Farmhouse Gathering Team on Etsy. These are some very talented artisans who create everything from Primitive to Shabby Chic, with an old fashioned flair!


This week it is truly my pleasure to introduce to you my fellow OFG sister, Doreen Brannan of Privies and Prims
Below is a sample of her work and you can see everything on Etsy at:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/priviesandprims


~INTERVIEW with Doreen Brannan~

1. What is the name of your Etsy shop and why did you choose that name?

Privies & Prims has been my business name for about a year. I started out in a shed at my home on Blue Rock Rd., so I named my little shop Blue Rock Country Crafts. I had my first storefront in Burnsville, NC in 2000 and named the store Privies & Perches. I was making lots of outhouse bathroom decorations and my dad was making lots of prim birdhouses, so I changed the name. Inspired by God is all I can say. It just popped into my little brain!

2. How long have you been on Etsy?

Had to go look at my profile for this question.  Seems I started in February 2008.3.

3. What type of items do you offer?

Penny rugs, prim stitcheries, primitive & folk art dolls, punch needle embroidery & patterns, outhouse stuff, candlemats, prim wreaths, Americana prim t-shirts, wood signs, ornaments, & photographs of old barns and outhouses. I think that’s it. 4.

4. How long have you been crafting?

As long as I can remember. I used to sit at the kitchen table and trace the designs on the napkins. In high school, I made a macramé hanging large enough to cover a window! We also did pottery and leather working. My special leather project was a framed image of a Michelob beer bottle ad. We used wood carving tools and I stuffed the “bottle” from the back with sawdust to give it dimension. At the time, it was my boyfriend’s favorite brand. Personally, I can’t stand the taste of any kind of alcohol. Just give me my McDonald’s sweet tea!

5. Who or What inspires you?

First, I must give God the credit for my talents. He puts ideas into my head as I go along. I start out making a doll like the pattern photo, then God gives me ideas to make it my own. Sometimes, I think it’s a curse.  I’m always seeing stuff and thinking, “I can make that!” So, that’s why the list of things I make is so long. I just recently added punch needle embroidery to my list and I’m “hooked”. I’m designing patterns that I will sell as kits and will soon be designing prim doll patterns also that will be modeled after the mountain folk where I live. I get inspired by PatternMart.com’s monthly newsletters, looking at others creations online, visiting prim shops, looking through catalogs, and the list goes on and on. Gosh, everything I see inspires me! I look at people in restaurants and think of making a doll to look like them!

6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?

My favorite creations are my primitive dolls cause I love giving each one their own personality. The favorite ones I’ve made are 46” dolls from a Prim & Proper folks pattern.

7. Other places where you can be found (Ebay, webstore, blog)

I don’t sell on ebay too often. Seems I just pay them money and don’t have much luck there anymore. For Privies & Prims, my main website is http://www.priviesandprims.com/,

my etsy shoppe is

http://www.priviesandprims.etsy.com/,

blog-

http://www.priviesandprimsblog.blogspot.com/

and at my brick & mortar store located at 110 West Main St., Burnsville, NC 28714.

I also do wedding photography,

http://www.affordablememoriesnc.com/

and sell photographs of old barns and houses that I find here in the mountains. http://www.thenandnowartphotos.etsy.com/.

My pattern blog is

http://www.simplyprimpatterns.blogspot.com/

and I’ll soon be teaching classes in my store, so I have a blog for that.

http://www.stitcherspunchersandhookers.blogspot.com/

And yes, I do find time to sleep. My name is Doreen Brannan and you can contact me at

PriviesAndPrims@yahoo.com

What a talented and busy gal!

Monday, November 9, 2009

NEW FALL & THANKSGIVING OFFERINGS


Prim Pilgrims "William & Mary"

Prim Thanksgiving Pilgrims & Turkey

Prim Fall Scarecrow Doll

Prim Fall Pumpkin Art Doll

Prim Pumpkin Art Doll "Punkin Pye"

Prim Pumpkin Pie & Visiting Pilgrim Crows

Prim Turkey in the Straw "Crosby"

Prim Thanksgiving Turkey

Prim Turkey Ornie Bowl Fillers

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MONDAY'S MARKETPLACE at OFG on ETSY - FEATURED ARTIST

Each Monday, I'll be featuring a member from The Old Farmhouse Gathering Team on Etsy. These are some very talented artisans who create everything from Primitive to Shabby Chic, with an old fashioned flair!


This week it is truly my pleasure to introduce to you my fellow OFG sister, Barb King of Prairie Harvest Arts.

Below is a sample of her work and you can see everything on Etsy at:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/prairieharvestarts










~INTERVIEW with BARB~




1. What is the name of your Etsy shop and why did you choose that name?


Prairie Harvest Arts is the name of my Etsy shop as well as my website. I am so lucky to live on a farm and the harvest time is when we see the fruit of our labor. I love seeing the leaves turn color, the scent of autumn in the air and the few quiet moments when you look at the harvested fields, the full pantry and the feeling of accomplishment, knowing that you did the best for your family. SO I live on the prairie and love the harvest and art, thus Prairie Harvest Arts.


2. How long have you been on Etsy?


I have been a member since February 1, 2008.


3. What type of items do you offer?


I enjoy offering primitive and Americana folk art, sometimes in a form to what our predecessors created and sometimes with my own interpretation of what they did, appreciated or how they lived.


4. How long have you been crafting?


I have been sewing and painting since I was a child. We were always encouraged to be creative, play outside or at least “do something.” Sitting around was not part of our way of life.


5. Who or What inspires you?


I am so lucky. Every generation has been an inspiration to the following members of the family. Great Grandma Amelia came to the US at age 11, in the 1800s, by herself, worked hard and eventually married Julius Kringle (As in Santa Claus). As homesteaders, they worked hard and she was known for her beautiful handwork. She also made the best soap, from what I was told. Her daughter, Alice was superb knitter and did crocheted items we still enjoy. My mom was and is incredible. She encouraged us to create and always to gain new skills. She considered every part of life to be a piece of art that deserved your greatest attention and effort. She’s a od mom and my best friend.


6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?


Right now my favorite item is the Pumpkins and Bittersweet. I think it would be considered to be a fabric sculpture. There are three pumpkins with a quilted crow sitting at the top. Bittersweet (which used to grow along the roadside everywhere-but no more) is made from hand painted muslin and beads. There is a great deal of detail on every part of the sculpture.


7. Other places where you can be found (Ebay, webstore, blog)


I can also be found at:Website: http://prairieharvestarts.comArtfire: http://www.artfire.com/users/PrairieHarvestArts



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Friday, November 6, 2009

I AM A WINNER!! INDIAN SUMMER BLOG GIVEAWAY

Look what I won!
Carol Anderson of Firecracker Primitives had an Indian Summer Blog Giveaway and I won this wonderful Punkin Patch Stitchery. As an added bonus I recieved a pumpkin-vanilla candle tart and a personalized calendar.
Thank You, Carol!





You can visit Carol and see all her wonderful offerings at these sites:

http://www.firecrackerkid.etsy.com/
http://www.firecrackerkid.blogspot.com/
http://www.oldfarmhousegathering.blogspot.com/
http://www.myworld.ebay.com/carolafirecrackerbaby

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"Ma & Pa" Primitive Folk Art Dolls


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These two are a real "hoot" and were so fun to make!

HOLIDAY BASKET GIVE AWAY from OLD FARMHOUSE GATHERING on ETSY

It's time for another Wonderful Gift Basket Drawing from the Girls in the Old Farmhouse Gathering! The Elves have been busy working to fill another Handmade Basket by Rose Clawson. That by its self would be a wonderful treat! But look at everything that goes with it! Woo-Hoo!


OFG HOLIDAY GIFT BASKET
Click on "Comments" and enter to win.
Drawing will be held Nov.27th !
This drawing will be done with random.org