Wednesday, January 13, 2010

An Etsy Treasury!!!!

The Etsy shop, aprimitivedeason, was kind enough to add me into her treasury on Etsy.

Wanted to share with you her wonderful selctions from Etsy.

Please take a look, and enjoy!


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Old Farmhouse Gathering Marketplace Monday!!!!!

Marketplace Monday is always fun. Sharing the wonderful items made by fellow crafters and folk artists is always an honor!!!!!

Today Carol- the firecracker kid-- is my choice. Always offeriong the best in prim decor, she is a favorite.

A little bit about Carol:

1. What is the name of your Etsy shop and why did you choose that name?
Firecrackerkid Primitives. I chose this name, because I was born on the 4th of July, and my family always called me "the firecrackerkid". My father said when I was born I came out with a bang, jokingly of course. Plus it's Independence Day, and I really love my country, and my freedom so it all fits together nicely.

2. How long have you been on Etsy?
One year and four months

3. What type of items do you offer?
One-of-a-kind Woodcrafts and reproduction woodcrafts of different Early American dough bowl racks and furniture.

4. How long have you been crafting?
Twenty years.

5. Who or What inspires you?
The love of all things Primitive. Plus, the economy is what inspired my husband and myself to make our own Primitives. My husband is who inspires me, because of his hard work ethics, and the fact that he can do just about anything or any challenge put before him. He's a hard working man. A Jack-of-all-trades so to speak. He was a carpenter since he was a teenager, and even built our home along with several other homes locally. Pretty inspiring and impressive to me.

6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
That would be our one-of-a-kind items. We like to come up with unique primitive woodcrafts that are appealing to others, and yet at the same time are functional in the home.

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


Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Items at Praire Harvest Arts

It's time to seriously think about making the home ready for Christmas.Yea!!!!!

New items are being listed daily at my website:

Getting my things out now and turning on the Christmas music.

I know its not Thanksgiving yet, but I am in the mood!!!!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veteran's Day!!!!! WE remember our Veterans with respect and honor.

Written by Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC

It was the Veteran, not the reporter,
who has given us the freedom of the press.

It was the Veteran, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It was the Veteran, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to fair trial.

It was the Veteran, not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to demonstrate.

It is the Veteran, who salutes the flag,
who served under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protestor to burn the flag.

Written by Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC
All Gave Some - Some Gave All

Monday, October 12, 2009

ANother Fun Market Monday for OFG!

OFG is a wonderful group of artisans that I am happy to be a part of.

Today I am happy to share the artistry of Willowtree Treasures.

Extreme Primitive  Witch Pumpkin Head Doll Shelf sitters  OFG Team
1. What is the name of your Etsy shop and why did you choose that name? My shop name is Willowtree Treasures. As a child I had a willowtree that was located in our back lawn. Every time the branches would float in the wind it seemed so magical to me. I thought some day ...if I looked hard enough... I may find treasures nestled beneath the moving of these branches.   2. How long have you been on Etsy? I have been on Etsy for a little over a year.   3. What type of items do you offer? I offer items that range from extreme primitive to primitive with a touch of vintage appeal. I create dolls, doll lamps, pincushions, doll pins, hang tags, door greeters, shelf sitters and much more to aid in home decoration.   4. How long have you been crafting? I have been creating for about 10 years. I started with primitive jar lamps surrounded by a layer of moss and silicone bulbs as the lighting source.  When I began to sew I then began adding the half dolls to my lamp creations. I then graduated to full dolls, ornies and doll pins. My business branched out from there.   5. Who or What inspires you? Life in general inspires me . The life stories people have to share of their triumphs and disappointments I also find as inspirational!    6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why? My favorite item in my shop is Annie and the Clairabelle cow. I found the construction of this set to be very challenging and did a lot of techniques for the first time! This project I truly had a hard time putting down until is was completed because of my interest in seeing the final product when it was finished!   7. Other places where you can be found (Ebay, webstore, blog)  Blog:  Olde Primitive Sister's Marketplace:  FuzzB:  Artfire: Treasures   also twitter and facebook

Take a peek and enjoy the treasures that are offered at Willowtree Treasures.

Hugs, Barb

Monday, October 5, 2009

Scarecrow Time!!!!

PRIMITIVE SCARECROW See Photo for New Fabric for Shirt with Crows, Rusty Wire and Bells, No Crowz Sign OFG Team

Etsy shop of the week is: Pioneer Loft.

The item is described as: I made this scarecrow for a customer. It is smaller than my other one listed, but decided to post this for sale, but will make one like it when you purchase. It will NOT be exactly the same. The shirt will be out of the red & mustard flannel plaid that I've taken a picture of and added to the photo set. I'm in the midst of making this extra scarecrow, but since it's not done yet, I wanted to show you what the shirt will be made out of (I will photograph and replace this one with the exact one as soon as it is finished). Primitizing will definitely come out differently on each scarecrow, so even that part won't be exactly the same, but very close. Please allow three days for me to make and ship your scarecrow. I may have him done in less, but just in case I want to give myself plenty of time to make him for you.

Lots of primitizing to be just PERFECT for you! The approximate measurements are 13.5" tall, 12" wide from tip to tip on the sticks for arms, and 13" round in the body.

This sale does not include the berry pick shown, or anything other than the scarecrow and items attached thereto that are in the photos.

He looks perfect and would be simply fantastic as a centerpiece decoration throughout the entire fall season!

Hugs, Barb

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Labor Day and Back to School

It's that time to plan for a rewarding and productive school year, Public, private, or homeschool, every family could use tips to help have the best yer possible.

School books, bags and sports equipment.

Set aside on place for organizing lunches, backpacks and other items the kids need to use daily. Whether it is a mud room at the back of the house or the front entryway, it is a place to organize.

Make use of baskets, peg racks, shelves or a deacon's bench, use what enhances your decor. Plan your organization needs and discuss it with the kids.

Put backpacks and other school items out the night before-to avoid chaos in the morning. Have the kids help make their lunches the night before or early morning.

Plan breakfast menus for a week to avoid further confusion.

Try to make the first week as smooth as possible and set the tone for a great year.


had a mud room at the back door where each child had a peg for his coat, two small, deep shelves under it for boots and the book bag went either on top of the shelf or hung over the coat. There was a parson' bench there where the seat lifted up for them to store mitts and hats or odds and ends like small balls and whatever little things they took to school with them to play with at recess.

You may not have a lot of room but try to set aside one area where all the outdoor clothing and boots etc can be kept then there is no hunting in the morning.