Monday, August 31, 2009

It is OFG's Monday Marketplace! Welcome!

Good morning readers. It is Monday once again and here is another fabulous artist from the Olde Farmhouse Gathering Team! Today my featured artist is a crafter of all talents and has a shop that is to die for! I could take everything she/ and her husband create and find many places to put in all of the rooms of my home and still wouldn't get enough. From their wooden bowl shelves to their rustic stacking boxes and country stitcheries and tyme of olde signs, rolling pins and handcrafted shelves Carol's shop is any primitive/ handcrafter lover's dream! If you LOVE things in your home that say primitive perfection she must have it because this is just a small taste of what you will see! Her husband is the mind behind the wonderful wooden items and Carol is the artist that puts that fab primitive finished look to everything her shop contains! Come take a look at some of my favorites:

Isn't this all candy for that true primitive lover's eyes?! Not only is Carol a very talented artist she is also a wonderfully delightful person to chat with! I'm sure you will enjoy her shop and truly have a wonderful experience becoming a customer of hers! Follow me now and learn about the person behind the art! Enjoy the questionaire that she filled out and hope you learn some about what makes her tick!LOL

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)

Again her name is Carol Anderson aka Firecracker Kid! You can see much more of her art by visiting her shop today!

Firecracker Kid's Etsy link:

(Copy and paste the above link into your task bar and ENJOY!)

Join me next Monday for another shop/artist that will be featured on my blog from the one and only OFG Team in Etsy! Search OFG and see all the artists that make up this great group in Etsy! Bye for now!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Welcome to OFG's Monday Marketplace!

Hello everyone! Today's featured Etsy store designer/artist is Appletree Cottage Designs. Her shop is full of gorgeous wooden delights that she has created herself from a block of wood to a work of art and then adding special touches with the beautiful paintings she has given each item! Talent is such a small word when looking at the finished products...each creation has that special something that makes them stand out and make them so special! All of her items are true works of a "master" from the formation of the wood in her anything that she casts her magic over to act as a canvas for her WONDERFUL painting ablility! Each item would look beautiful in any primitive, rustic, olde world home...or ANY home for that matter! The country/primitive feel is so appealing that I can see you going back many times just to be able to make your choice of what your favorite item in her shop would be ..and would be taking home to become part of your home decoration. ( I can see some of those items in my kitchen on a primitive old cupboard, in my livingroom as a centerpiece for my coffee table, or on my antique dinner table!) They all would add to any room or any piece of furniture they are so lovely and perfectly prim! The following is an example of some items she has available and you'll see what I mean:

Now that you have seen what she has in her shop...spend some time and learn about the artist behind the creations!

1. What is the name of your Etsy shop and why did you choose that name?
When I was a little girl, my family moved. I was very lonely but found a library near our home, so I would walk there every day and spend hours browsing at books. I found a book titled Apple Tree Cottage and I was absolutely swept away by it. The cottage was a magical place where peace and love was found. I decided if I would name my shop in honor of this book that has such an impression on me when I was young.

2. How long have you been on Etsy?
I joined Etsy in January, 2008.

3. What type of items do you offer?
I offer an eclectic mix of vintage, folk art and primitive items. I love to paint on old pieces that have a story to tell when they come my way.

4. How long have you been crafting? FOREVER!
I have been fortunate to be surrounded by people who have encouraged me since I was small. My husband and my daughter are my two biggest fans.

5. Who or What inspires you?
I love things that come to me with a history. Old boxes, drawers and coffee pots have a story to tell and I like to add just a little “prim” icing on the cake when I find a piece that longs to be reinvented.

6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
I can’t say I have one favorite piece. I love everything I paint… each item in my store is something that I would place in my own home.

7. Other places where you can be found (Ebay, webstore, blog) I sell only on Etsy.
You may visit my blog at

Be sure to check on this shop for there is something in her shop I just know that you will find today that is EXACTLY what you have been in need of!

You can find Appletree Cottage Designs by going to the following link:

(Copy and paste this link into your taskbar and ENJOY!)

Come back next Monday for another featured Etsy Shop from the OFG Team!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Welcome to the Second Marketplace Monday of the Olde Farmhouse Gathering Team!

Good morning all and welcome to the second Marketplace Monday of the OFG Team! Today's featured shop is called "Artbyme". Her name is Cindy and she is a self taught creator and is very very talented! She can even make those wonderful round headed dolls that look so amazing! I went into her shop this morning and looked at all of her great offerings and just have to share some of what she has to offer in her Etsy shop...although she can be found in many other forums as well! The following is a sampling:

Her shop is filled to the brim with some Halloween items that would look great in a cottage, ranch, rustic, primitive or any home put out to be admired by visitors!
Here is a little about Cindy:

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

Artbyme That is my name on Ebay and wanted to keep everything the same.

2. How long have you been on Etsy?

Little over a yeay

3. What type of items do you offer?

Primitive Folk Art Dolls

4. How long have you been crafting?

Over 20 years
5. Who or What inspires you?

I can get inspiration from just about anything. I do get a lot from other creative people.

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

Halloween items. I love creating Halloween items.

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

Come in Etsy today and take a look for yourself! Her items can't be beat and would look wonderful in YOUR home this holiday season!

Here is a link for easy access to her shop!

Copy and paste this link into your taskbar and Enjoy!

Next Monday is another featured shop from the OFG Team so be watching!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Marketplace Monday for the Olde Farmhouse Gathering group in Etsy!

Aren't these snowmen, santas and Christmas items GREAT! It takes a very talented artist to make such a variety of fantastic works of art! Where can you find such an artist? Well Etsy is filled with artists that have great talent and specialize in everything handmade! One group to reflect this wonderful talent is the Olde Farmhouse Gathering Team!

Welcome to Olde Farmhouse Gathering's first Marketplace Monday! Otherwise known as starting a new promotion where different artists are being featured in our blogs every Monday! This group is filled with very talented artists from painters to sewers, sign designers, many more crafts that are made by hand. The styles range from extreme primitive to shabby chic.

It was very hard to decide who to choose for my first shop to promote, since every artist is just so talented, so I dug right in and started with someone that shares a love of snowmen and Christmas items like I do! These items caught my eye and just had to feature the creator of the selection of items shown above! I hope you enjoy learning about this designer and looking at their items! First take some time and learn about the artist!

Her name is Shelia and her business name is : Snowman Collector

1. What is the name of your Etsy shop and why did you choose that name?
The name of my shop is SnowmanCollector and if you have a look around you will see that the reason I chose that name is obviousļ I have developed a great love for all things Snowman!

2. How long have you been on Etsy?
I have been on Etsy only since April, 2009. I am fairly new but am learning more every day and loving it!

3. What type of items do you offer?
I offer mostly seasonal items ¡V stuffed snowmen, santas, ornies, etc. I also have a few wreaths and wallhangings mixed in to keep it interesting, both for those looking at my shop and for myself as a crafter.

4. How long have you been crafting?
I have been crafting for close to 20 years. I started doing quilting and things just kind of evolved. I started doing local craft shows about 10 years ago. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to branch out a little but didn¡¦t know how or where (I live in a very rural area) and then I discovered Etsy!!!

5. Who or What inspires you?
What inspires me? Everything! There are so many ideas floating in my head, I will never do them all. Plus there are so many new things I want to learn, like rug hooking.

6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
I can¡¦t pick. Usually whatever I am working on at the time is my favorite item.

7. Other places where you can be found (Ebay, webstore, blog)
At the moment I am only on Etsy. But I am trying to overcome my fear of CyberSpace and hope to at least be on Facebook shortly.

**Come view more of her wonderful creations today! Be sure to wear your boots and a scarf before going to take a look. You just may feel a winter draft by just going in! Believe me it is a Winter Wonderland! Christmas and snowmen have never looked so good!

The link above will send you to many more creations that I'm sure you will just LOVE! Copy and paste this link into your task bar and Enjoy!

Be watching for a new upcoming artist next Monday for Marketplace Monday!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

New place where you can follow my items!

Hello everyone! Enjoying the wonderful sun and warm weather? Can you believe that school is going to be starting soon! All I can say is how has the summer slipped away and I don't remember alot of what happened ? I really can't say it has been that great of a spring or summer with all of the rain but I guess we move on regardless and just hope our colder months are more forgiving!

I'm here today to tell you of yet another artist site I have joined. Again, I am doing this on a trial basis so I'm starting off with a free shop to see how I do and then ..if it pans out will look into paying the fee for an upgraded shop. I have just joined Artfire! By going to the following you'll be able to see the items I am using to see how things go here. Just click, or copy and paste this link into your task bar and take a look!:

A friend of mine in the APSG , an ebay group of artists, brought this forum to my attention and I thought I'd check it out! For free what does anyone have to lose but find out that the forum is not for them or may be pleasantly surprised and find out that this is the answer that you have been looking for! The trouble is when you don't try new things ... you end up cutting yourself off from choices that could be very good and help your growth as a person and as an artist! So until I've had a GOOD taste of this selling forum I'll be staying put! Come see me and my shop and send me an email of what you think! I hope you have a wonderful day and it is a great final days of summer for you! See you soon!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

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