Nov 22, 2010

Ready for Thanksgiving?


"Note to housewives: your turkey-baking troubles will be over and the bird you serve for dinner this Thanksgiving will be tender, juicy and flavorsome if you follow the method used by the expert cooks at the Bureau of Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Continual testing and experimenting with various recipes has taught Uncle Sam's cooks that many a prize bird has become a 'ham' when improperly prepared.  The turkeys on the table will go into the ovens at regular intervals, and be tasted and judged by a group of experts who are determining which diet and feeding program will produce the best flavored meat.“      USDA, 1937

Looks just like the scene in your kitchen, right? I know this is how we always get ready here at the farm.  And you can only imagine the Pie baking!

Wishing you the best and happiest Thanksgiving!  From the Dog and Me.

Nov 16, 2010

Santa's Vintage North Pole Stationery

A Letter from Santa!

Written on Santa's own Letterhead!  Wouldn't you be impressed to receive a note from the big guy himself?
I love the designs of business letterhead from long ago, and I couldn't resist creating these eight designs. I had such a lot of fun combining all the antique printer's ornaments and learning a lot more about 
fonts and lettering.

Did you realize the Elves had their own stationery?

There's special stationery for the Reindeer Barn, and of course Santa gets two kinds, formal and notepaper.

There are Victorian Ice Skaters on one design.

 Two more fun designs - sleds and stockings.

All these designs come in one Digital Download, that you can print as many times as you wish.  Make a book or journal, use for Holiday party invitations, tuck a special note in with a gift, and  just have fun with them all.  
The set is available in my Etsy shop, Digital Antiques

Have fun this Holiday Season, from the Dog and me!

Nov 14, 2010

New Offerings on TDIPT Mercantile Tonight









Details and prices at TDIPT Mercantile.

Be sure to browse the work of all the artists there, you won’t be sorry.

Thanks from the Dog and me.

Nov 7, 2010

It’s Still Fall, Right?

I wanted to have this finished a while ago, but you all know how that goes. 


I fell in love with the Pattern for this  when I saw it on Diane Knott’s Charming BlogShe and her daughter Holly are offering patterns as well as finished items in their Etsy Shop, Cottage by the Pond.   I can highly recommend the quality of their patterns and especially the pattern instructions, which are very easy to follow and very complete.  My version differs quite a bit from the original, but I’m pleased with it, and it was a good size for me to practice my free motion machine quilting.

Here’s the original Version, as shown in the pattern:


The Dog is somewhat amazed that I finished this, and so am I!  Happy Sunday to you all.

Nov 6, 2010

Christmas Past

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More delightful Christmas tags, this time taken from turn of the century photos.  Such fun, especially all that fake snow, and the painted trees, but very sweet at the same time.  Eight big tags, in the sepia tones we all love, with just a touch of color hand painted back in, and a few snowflake overlays stamped here and there.  These would make wonderful tags, just punched and strung, but also think about using them as the front of a Christmas card or gift enclosure.  These are available in my Etsy Shop, DigitalAntiques.

We had some real snow last night, though it didn’t last,and today is very cold, so far only up to 40. 

The Dog and I hope you are all snug and warm, and thank you for visiting.

Nov 4, 2010

A Change of Seasons and a Little Gift

Although it’s not yet Thanksgiving, plans for the Christmas season are well underway here at the farm.  I’m sure that all of you who craft decorations or gifts are on the same track.  I am continuing to add Holiday downloads to my Etsy shop, Digital Antiques.  Here is one of the latest that I’m quite pleased with.
postcard2web postcard3webThere are six different designs in this set of Vintage Christmas Postcards, and you can find them in my Etsy shop.  They can be used as Postcards, or for tags, gift enclosures, and scrapbooking.

I enjoy offering a free download for you, and I do try to keep it seasonal.  Here’s a new set of Christmas tags, based on an old volume of “A Visit from St. Nicholas”.
N_B_Christmas_webClick on the tab in the sidebar to download your own copy, full size and high resolution, and ready to print.
Have a great day, from the Dog and me.

Nov 2, 2010

Don’t Miss This!


It’s the 3rd Annual Open House for TDIPT Mercantile!

What I don’t want you to miss is your chance to win one of the wonderful original, hand made pieces in the big Door Prize Drawing.  All the details, along with photos of all the prizes are on the TDIPT Blog. 

There are 18 prizes, and the drawing will be held on Nov. 21.

Here’s what I am offering:


A set of 5 big tags, ready to tie on a package, or use for an ornament.  If you’d like a bit more information about how I made these, just in case you don’t win, leave me a comment.

Have a good day, from the Dog and me!