Monday, September 19, 2011

Warm Winter Wishes from the Farmhouse OFG

The OFG team, (Old Farmhouse Gathering) is kicking off it's Warm Winter Wishes Celebration today!  Wonderful things made by wonderful people!

If you swing by Etsy and put WWHOFG in the search box , you will see all the wonderful things made especially for this celebration.  Bring something wonderful to your home for the season!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Great State of Minnesota

I got this cutie in an email today....I'm afraid that I cannot honor the original writer, but it's too cute not to share!  If anyone does know the author, I'd be more than happy to share that knowledge with everyone :o)

Just in case ya didn't know...
Minnesota became the 32nd state on May 11, 1858 and was originally settled by a lost tribe of Norwegians seeking refuge from the searing heat of Wisconsin 's winters.
Minnesota gets it's name from the Sioux Indian word "mah-nee-soo-tah," meaning, "No, really...  They eat fish soaked in lye."
The state song of Minnesota is "Someday the Vikings will...  Aw, never mind."
The Mall of America in Bloomington , Minnesota covers 9.5 million square feet and has enough space to hold 185,000 idiot teenagers yapping away on cell phones.
Madison, Minnesota is known as "the lutefisk capital of the world." Avoid this city at all costs.
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show"  was set in Minneapolis , Minnesota , and was Mary's first real acting job since leaving the "Dick van Dyke Show.  The show about a single woman's struggle to find happiness in the big city was originally titled "Life Without Dick," but that was changed for some reason.
Downtown Minneapolis has an enclosed skyway system covering 52 blocks, allowing people to live, work, eat, and sleep without ever going outside.  The only downside to this is that a Norwegian occasionally turns up missing.
Cartoonist Charles M. Shultz was born in Minneapolis , Minnesota and grew up in St.  Paul.  He was the only artist to accurately depict the perfectly circular heads of Minnesota natives.
The Hormel Company of Austin , Minnesota produces 6 million cans of Spam a year, even though no one actually eats it.  Spam is a prized food in Japan & Hawaii--Spam sushi!!
Frank C. Mars, founder of the Mars Candy Co. was born in Newport, Minnesota . His 3 Musketeers candy bar originally contained three bars in one wrapper, each filled with a different flavor of nougat -chocolate, Spam and lutefisk.
Tonka trucks continue to be manufactured in Minnetonka, Minnesota, despite the thousands of GI Joe dolls killed by them annually in rollover accidents.  No airbags, no seat belts.  These things are deathtraps, I tell ya!
Author Laura Ingalls Wilder was raised at Walnut Grove, Minnesota, and was famous for writing the "Little House" series of books, as well as inventing the "Spam diet" which consists of looking at a plate of Spam until you lose your appetite.  Much like the "lutefisk diet"
The snowmobile was invented in Roseau , Minnesota so as to allow families a means of attending 4th of July picnics
Minnesotans are almost indistinguishable from Wisconsinites.  The only way to tell them apart is to ask if they voted for Mondale in '84.
Cold is a relative thing ya know....
At 65 degrees, Arizonans turn on the heat. People in Minnesota plant gardens. 
At 60, Californians shiver uncontrollably. People in Minnesota sunbathe. 
At 50, Italian & English cars won't start. People in Minnesota drive with the windows down.. 
At 40, Georgians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, wool hats. People in Minnesota throw on a flannel shirt. 
At 35, New York landlords finally turn up the heat. People in Minnesota have the last cookout before it gets cold. 
At 20, People in Miami all die. Minnesotans close their windows. 
At 0, Californians fly away to Mexico . People in Minnesota get out their winter coats. 
At 10 below zero, Hollywood disintegrates. The Girl Scouts in Minnesota are selling cookies door to door. 
At 20 below, Washington DC runs out of hot air. (Ya think? Nah.). People in Minnesota let their dogs sleep indoors. 
At 30 below, Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Minnesotans get upset because they can't start the snowmobile. 
At 40 below, ALL atomic motion stops. People in Minnesota start saying..."Cold enough for ya, eh?" 
At 50 below, hell freezes over. Minnesota public schools will open 2 hours late.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Studio: Inspiration?

Getting ready to take some product shots, and had to stop and smile at my little studio friends!!  Aren't they sweet?  The darling little black cat on the end is my Ralphy...a gift from the talented Theresia of StrawberriesandCream on Etsy.  

Hello!  This is a bit of a wider shot of what I look at when I sit on the craft side of my studio (the other side is for sewing, but it's so piled up with STUFF right now that I can't even look at it! lol)  I'm always inspired by all the little goodies in those drawers and containers.

~~ Imagine ~~
Lately I've been inspired by some wonderful old magazines and catalogs that I found while cleaning my studio (well, some might call it cleaning, or attempting to clean ...we'll just leave it at that! )!  I usually start cleaning and then find something cool and have to stop and create something with it!  You know, strike while the  iron is HOT!  (it's my excuse and I'm sticking with it).  Like this great line drawing of two people dancing that I found in an old 1914 issue of Modern Priscilla magazine and this scalloped chipboard.  Pretty cute, don't you think?

1914 Pattern for Girl's Frocks

AND these wonderful pattern illustrations were also found in that same magazine!!  OH MY GOSH I love these!   I mounted this to a black matboard and added some pretty punched sheet music borders.

Well, I guess I had better go and finish "cleaning".  *big silly grin*
Have fun with your inspired ♥♥♥

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