Saturday, August 30, 2008

Peafowl Fraktur Book Mark and what is a Fraktur?

I being the Grandmother of 4 of them ( you can see the male all the way to the bottom of the page) loved this bookmark.
But what is a Fraktur you ask?
I asked Leann of The Lion and Lamb Studio and she told me this.
"In the 1600's and 1700's wealthy citizens of Germany and the Low countries would celebrate the birth and baptism of their children by having elaborate certificates drawn up by a scholar learned in the art of FRAKTUR writing. Fraktur is taken from the same root word as our word for fracture; each letter is made up of several, or "broken" strokes of the pen, unlike the flowing script we teach our children today, where you don't life the writing instrument until you reach the end of the word.

Poor folks couldn't indulge their children this way---it was expensive. But when the Moravians, Mennonites, and other Annabaptist groups came to America, they worked hard at their land holdings and businesses---and discovered that life was a bit more prosperous in this New World. The idea of equality took firm root. One of the ways that they showed themselves and others that they were just as fine as the noble class in Europe was by commissioning a birth and/or baptism certificate for the new babies being born free Americans. The schoolmasters (never overly well paid) gladly accepted the bit of extra pocket money and crafted these FRAKTURS, using their best fraktur German calligraphy, and decorating the edges with the designs they remembered from the Old Country, and from the flowers and birds they saw around them (or, in some cases, a pretty piece of Calico fabric, fresh off the boat from India...!).

Today, the term fraktur art applies to both the writing and the stylized artwork decorating the certificates, little student awards, and painstaking valentines, book nameplates, etc. It was very popular on furniture too (check out the Pennsylvania Blanket Chests and Kaas' in museums, books, and websites!), and stylistically you can see the connection with alot of tole art in Sweeden and other parts of Northern Europe."
I feel to be able to draw like this is to be really talented in your art.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I received a Prim Excellence Award

It was so wonderful to get nominated for this award from a great person like Sam of Gollywobbles Primitives! Thank you Sam! I also was nominated for this award from Annette of Huckleberry Arts and Candace of Howling Moon Designs. Thank you guys it means alot to me I am trully humbled!

I know I need to nominate 7 more so here goes:
Jan of Coffey House Collection
Susan of Prim and Proper
Denise of Sassafras Hill Primitives
Helena of Helena C. Studios
Kathleen of The Carolina Weaver
Patty of Swan Valley Bears
Casey of Fields of View Photography

Cornbread Teddy Tales Primitive Coloring Book

Each doodle was drawn originally for this book ...kids will love it. Each coloring book is a collectible item/ or usable.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sneaky Peeky

This scarecrow goes up on A Time for Primitives on the first of the month. Great table sitter and its a gourd actually two of them because the hat is one too. Handpainted by Inez of The Primitive Pineapple.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Webset made from a Template

I just love this graphic artist. Here is a webset Eleasa did from a template. Click on the picture of it to see more of her websets.

Friday, August 22, 2008

New Halloween Pattern

Click on the picture and go there to check it out. Bottoms up!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Drawing on Skunk Hollow Country Store

Starting September 1 you can sign up to win 6 mini candle muffins in different flavors. All packaged up in a bakery box these are great just to sit out on your counter in a serving tray and decorate with. All the flavors of fall, apple, gingerbread etc...be sure to check the site and sign up to win them.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Prim Fall Breadboard

Isn't this a great bread board for fall? Wow what a good job Vickie of Momma b's front porch did...this one is about 12" high.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Enchanted Pattern

Here is a good Halloween project for you...make enchanted! You'll love it!
Click on the picture to go check out some more of Lucy's Lazy Dayz Primitives patterns.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Belindy & Annie Pattern

This is a great pattern by Julie G of My Raggedy Dolls. Just 7.50 to buy and available on A Time for Primitives...just click on the picture to see the rest of her patterns.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Snows

Free formed with Das Clay and Hand painted by Annette of Huckleberry Arts.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Tags

These tags are so darn cute...these are small 1 1/2" x 3" grungy stained tags, by Out on a whim. She is one of my most favorite altered artists.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Kosher

Kosher was found abandoned on the side of a country road a victim of a cruel owner. Trust me when I say he is now in a happy home where he is well loved.
A Wonderful Picture taken by Fields of View Photography. Click on the pictue to go there and check out more of her work.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Jethro Tall and Mr. Boo's Wild Ride

The guys are patterns from Skunk Hollow Country Store and were recently seen in Country Sampler Magazine. Click on the picture to go to Country Samplers Website.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Ghost Whistle

Remember those old fashioned whistles from days gone by? You guessed it. This is a wooden whistle with a pumpkin face. He has a spider web on the side of him. A bat is flying on his back and a black cat sits at the bottom. He stands 4 1/2” tall. Great to have for any color available. Barn red is shown. 42" long x 16" tall x 15" deep. Wonderful huh? By Inez of The Primitive Pineapple.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Witchy Fence Picket

Is this not the cutest thing? I think I am in love! With fall and Halloween around the corner, this rustic witch is perfect for your Primitive/ Folk Art decorating inside or out. Made by Helena of Snow Pond Primitives out of a fence can you believe it? And, being a hairstylist I can appreciate that wire hair she gave her...too funny! Great job Helena!

Friday, August 1, 2008

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Gorgeous handmade bear by Patty of Swan Valley Bears. she is an original design and made of the softest pinky/beige mohair.
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