In the Best of Company….

Since 2008, we have been very privileged
to be part of an incredible group of
Traditional American Folk Artists…

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We have met so many of them in person over the years
at period craft fairs, and also through our family’s store…

… And they truly are a wonderfully down-to-earth group of folk artists.

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And we’re always amazed that we can be included.

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Thank you, Early American Life Magazine
for giving so much encouragement and support
to Traditional American Artists!

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A very special “Thank you!” to Early American Life magazine for once again including us in their Holiday Directory! EAL has been my favorite magazine since I was a young girl… my Mom subscribed to it, and it was the one “grown-up” magazine that had Things To Do in it!  I can remember trying to make things from the craft patterns it included way back when…

How very exciting it is, many moons later, to see
something we made nestled within its pages.

And keeping company with the likes of Presidents! Huzzah!

Moms and Dads, you never know what things you do with them now will influence what they do later in life… family trips, craft projects, books and movies, hobbies, and sometimes just the magazines lying on the coffee table. Share your interests with them, even if they don’t seem interested. (This Early American Vintage Farmhouse girl went through a phase as a teen, when I decorated my room with clowns and metallic blue Art Deco furniture. My poor mother.) Someday, something from their childhood will show up in how they make their house a home, or maybe in a career path they choose. And you’ll be thrilled to pieces!

Anyway… stepping down from the soapbox…

We the People and United We Stand
are two new designs in our shop!

Stay inside a sturdy building.

Well. I was getting ready to hang a small load of laundry on the line, and heard a distant rumble. A long way away ominous sort of rumble. So, I decided to check the weather to see what was coming. It was a storm, and our entire county was under a severe storm warning until 9:30 a.m. Not unusual. However, I don’t think I’d ever seen the warning to…

Stay inside a sturdy building.

That was quite impressive and thought provoking. So I did. Stay inside that is. The laundry will have to wait. However, it is now 10 a.m., and nothing too severe happened. The rain is gently and steadily coming down, and the thunder is thundering in a rumbly sort of way. 

While on the subject of weather, the other day we had the most wonderful breeze all day long. The windows were open so we could enjoy it, and we actually were serenaded… Kate’s harp was sitting by the window, and every time the breeze blew in just the right direction, we heard a heavenly sound! It’s a very quiet sound, but it’s as if somebody strummed their fingers across the harp strings.

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And lastly… before I go… we’re very honored to be able to change the logo on our sidebar for Early American Life’s Directory of Traditional American Crafts from 2008 to 2009! Our copy of the magazine came in the mail yesterday, and it’s wonderful. I cannot say enough about this magazine. If you love Americana, please subscribe… it’s worth it!

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Thought for the day…

If you pray for rain, be prepared to deal with some mud.
~ Mary Engelbreit ~