Now, Coming to You from 1941……Part One

A fond memory from my childhood is traveling to Shipshewana, Indiana with my grandparents to spend a day at the flea market. It was a lively place, full of antiques and tools and Amish. It is still a fun day trip, but has now turned into a mix between a dollar store, yard sale, antique shop and craft show. But somehow, the flea market hasn’t lost its charm or nostalgia, even though the merchandise has changed quite a bit over the years.

While attending the Shipshewana flea market this past fall, I found a building that I never knew existed and was difficult to leave. It was stuffed with antiques. There was a certain section that was beyond stuffed. Picture overflowing.

Among the piles, I found four copies of a magazine called Capper’s Farmer. Farming runs strong in the blood of my dad’s side of the family. My grandpa farmed corn, beans and wheat and milked cows. My dad and his three brothers are still  continuing the farming tradition. Today, my uncle has one of the last family dairy farms in county.

I intended to give these as a gift to my grandma or my dad at Christmas, but I couldn’t part with them after I got them home and looked through them. They are so intriguing and wonderful. The pictures, the writing and the ads all help me to imagine what it would have been like to be a rural American woman in 1941.

Capper's Farmer 1941

I’d like to share with you my favorite things from this issue, November 1941.

Capper's Farmer Advertisements

Do I know who Kate Smith is or why I should listen to her about baking powder? No, I do not. But I do know that I love everything about this ad and I do wish I could lasso it for that price!

Capper's Farmer Advertisements

As far as I can tell, this woman would be the image of trouble in 1941!?!?! Or she is the 1940’s version of an auto industry model? I really like her hat, and judging by the look on her face, I think we would have been friends.

Capper's Farmer Advertisements

“This is Marjorie Woodworth, Chesterfield’s Girl of the Month in the Hal Roach hit “All-American Co-ed” a United Artist’s Release”. I guess if I was a rural American woman in 1941, I would be carrying a dead turkey on my back that I relieved from it’s duties with my shotgun and I would want to celebrate by enjoying a definitely better-tasting and cooler-smoking Chesterfield cigarette. Hhhmmm.

Capper's Farmer Illustrations

And lastly, an insurance policy and a cartoon.  I would like to know what injuries caused by farm animals are actually covered under this policy. How can I get my hands on one of those?

I’d like to hear what you think you look at these pictures. Are they funny? Inspiring? Crazy? Leave me a comment below.


Create Daily Review

This week, we were sent outside to take pictures of nature to inspire us. Of course, that landed on a day that we got several inches of snow. I put my snow pants and boots on and headed out to find something interesting to capture. Here are two of those shots.


Going Organic

Another day we were to take a self portrait. Sissy got in on the action. She seems to think that the purpose of this camera is to take cute pictures of her. She’s partly right.

self portrait

self portrait

Working with words was another assignment. I used a watercolor page covered in paint drips that I did for a previous assignment. I needed motivation and decided to make a sign for my office.

just do something

I am loving this class and have learned that it isn’t so hard to be creative everyday.

Click on the links below to see my previous posts on this class.

Create Daily #1

Create Daily #2 part 1

Create Daily #2 part 2

Free Download: Kid’s Valentine’s Cards


Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and I’m happy to offer a new free download for the kids.

Click on the link below to download a high-resolution PDF. There are four cards per sheet. Print them off and let your child write their greeting on the back. I attached a sucker to the back with duct tape, but masking tape would work just as well.

Boy Valentine Card Free Download

Girl Valentine Card Free Download



I’m linking up to:

Michelle Paige’s Valentine Link Party

The DIY Show Off


I haven’t made soup yet this winter, and I had myself a hankering for it last week. This soup recipe uses simple ingredients, is quick to throw together, and tastes perfect with french bread and real butter. Even our picky eaters like this recipe. So if you are also hankering a hearty soup, throw this on the stove some afternoon and enjoy! (Note: This is also a great recipe for the crockpot. Set it to low in he morning and it will be ready when you return for dinner.)

Create Daily – Part Two

One of our assignments this week for the Create Daily class was to organize a collection and take pictures of it. I was rummaging around my office for ideas and I came across a plastic bag filled with an assortment of items I collected from a remote beach on Lake Superior. Last summer we rented a house on Lake Superior for a week’s vacation and on the last day, Jer rented a pontoon boat and we went exploring.

The ride was fine until we got out of the bay. That was when the large swells would come over the edge of the boat spraying us with a fine mist. In an attempt to stay dry, I moved to a “safer” position on the boat. Within minutes we hit a swell that sent enough water straight into my lap to soak the front of me. Was I angry at the audacity of that water? Yes. Did I overreact? In the spirit of the upcoming elections, let me answer that by asking you this. Would you?

We turned west and headed for a beach that was tucked away in a little bay. The wind died down and we were able to enjoy a little time exploring the beach. We were the only one’s there and the kids had fun running around. Sissy helped me collect these items as we walked along. It turned out to be one the best memories I have of that trip.

I took my little baggie outside and found a piece of pallet wood stuck in the ground by Jer’s shop. It served as a perfect background for my collection.

Lake Superior Collection

Lake Superior Collection

Lake Superior Collection

Lake Superior Collection

Lake Superior Collection

I wanted to end this week by sharing some of my favorite pics of my classmates work.

Love this sketch by Megan Carroll – Click here to visit her blog.

New Shoes

This sketch by Shannon Miller was inspiring.


And this photo by Angie Allen…I swear this made me salivate (is this really a word?). You can see the recipe for Blueberry Breakfast cake on her blog by clicking here.

Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Create Daily Review – Part 1

I have finished day 12’s assignment for the online class I am taking with Alisa Burke called Create Daily. I want to review what I have been working on, but I don’t think I can fit it into one post with all the pictures I have. So here is part one of my week in review.

I played with paint drips. I used the kids watercolors to create this. It’s an easy way to make your own backgrounds and patterned paper to use in scrapbooking, card making, journaling, etc.


I took pictures of feet as we were traipsing through the woods around our house.

create daily - shoes

create daily - shoes

I doodled borders and frames and used my Tombow brush markers to add some color.

doodle borders

doodle borders

doodle borders

Look for part 2 tomorrow!

You can see my review of week one by clicking here.

January Blues

january blues

Marilu Henner is right. It is normal to feel a little blue in January, especially if you live in a colder climate and even more especially when you spend way too much money the month before and you’ve already failed at your new year’s resolution.

We were outside exploring in the woods around our house, and my husband pointed out these cute blue berries on our tree. Thankfully I had my camera with me, and I found some other colorful things. They improved my January blues, I hope they help yours too!

january blues

january blues

january blues

january blues

Ignoring the Naysayers

Everyone has critics. And worse yet, probably every person on the planet is their own worst critic.

Critics are those who frequently use words like can’t, shouldn’t, won’t, or why. Naysayers are people who can’t look past their knowledge or use their imaginations to see possibilities, a hope for the future, or beauty. Instead of letting unique and imaginative ideas inspire their own creative abilities, they doubt or judge.

History has proven that this is simply human nature. Whether in art, science or technology, it’s probable that most great ideas have encountered criticism and doubt.

For example, in 1943 Thomas Watson, the chairman of IBM stated, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” Ken Olson, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation said, “”There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” That was in 1977. But criticism didn’t begin or end with computers. Long before that, intelligent people were criticizing scientific advancements in medicine and aerodynamics.

“The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon”. –Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.

“Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction”. –Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872

“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” –Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.

Anyone who dares to invent or create will encounter critics and naysayers. It becomes even more difficult when the person who dares to be creative lets self-doubt, the words of others, the unwillingness to fail, and the fear of imperfection quench their creative abilities and limit their imaginations.

How do we move past the naysayers? How do we get past our own self-criticism?

First of all, ignore it. Adhere to this strict rule: “If they can’t say anything nice, DON’T listen to them!” Constructive criticism is an important tool for creative people. defines it as: criticism or advice that is useful and intended to help or improve something, often with an offer of possible solutions. Constructive critics are never rude or mean, and they never make fun of you, your ideas, or your work. If this happens, ignore it. Don’t dwell on their words, and certainly don’t give their words power over you or your work.

Secondly, grow thicker skin. Most people do not intend to harm you with their criticism. Some people lack tact, and they simply don’t think about the words they use and how those words may affect others. A few critics you will encounter are bitter and rude. They let envy and unresolved anger in their own lives manifest into criticism and judgment towards others. For these few, commit to memory one of my husband’s favorite sayings, “Jimmy cracked corn, and I don’t care.”

Lastly, try, then try again, and then try again. Not everything you create will be a masterpiece. Some of your ideas will be bad. A few (or more) times your process will lead nowhere. Those who exercise their creative abilities are always learning from these missteps and using the lessons to improve their knowledge and techniques. They ask questions like:

What would I do differently next time?

What is something I would change about this?

How could I improve it?

Now be encouraged by these closing quotes and then go do something creative!

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams

“It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.” — Edward de Bono

Color Here, Color There

Color Quote

I’ve recently discovered the website COLOURlovers.  “COLOURlovers is a creative community where people from around the world create
and share colors, palettes and patterns, discuss the latest trends and explore colorful

A fun feature that they have is the ability to make color palletes from photographs. Any registered user can use this feature. Below you will find some samples I have made from a couple of my recent photos.

This tool would be fun for creating your own paint samples, creating pallets for graphic and logo design, illustration and more. If you have used COLOURlovers, I’d love to hear what you love most about it. Leave me a comment below.






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