Archive for January, 2013

More Folk Art Pages

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Last Friday I met a dealer friend of mine, physician someone I have been buying from for many many years. She always has the most interesting items, and I love that she always tells me a little about everything I purchase from her. She knew that I loved the Mennonite folk art ledger pages, and how much my customers loved them too. She promised to let me know first hand if and when the collector ever decided to sell the rest of her collection. I was surprised to hear from her and excited to see what she had for me.

I purchased 4 folk art pages. I should have them on my website some time today, along with a few other nice early antiques. I hope you will stop by, you just might find a treasure that you can’t resist.

Have a blessed day.


Tuesday, January 1st, 2013


I know Christmas is over, treat but I was looking at a book I have owned since 1993, cialis called Christmas Collectables. Inside I put away a piece of paper entitled Keep Christmas. I don’t remember where I got it, for sale but after reading it I know why I kept it.

I want to share it with you. It’s a bit long, but please read it through, it’s worth it. Here is what it says–


It is a good thing to observe Christmas Day.

The mere marking of  times and seasons, when men agree to stop work

and make merry together, is a wise and wholesome custom.

It helps one to feel the supremacy of the common life over the individual life.

It reminds a man to set his own little watch, now and then,

by the great clock of humanity which runs on a sun time.

But there is a better thing than the observance of Christmas Day,

and that is keeping Christmas.

Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people,

and to remember what other people have done for you;

to ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world;

to put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance,

and try to look behind their faces to their hearts hungry for joy;

to own that probably the only good reason for your existence

is not what you are going to get of of life, but what you are going to give to life;

to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe,

and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness–

are you willing to do these things even for a day?

Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and the desires of little children;

to remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are growing old;

to stop asking how much your friends love you,

and ask yourself whether you love them enough;

to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts;

to try to understand what those who live in the same house with you really want;

without waiting for them to tell you;

to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke,

and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you;

to make a grave for your ugly thoughts and a garden for your kindly feelings,

with the gate open–

are you willing to do these things even for a day?

Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world–

stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death–

and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago

is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love?

Then you can keep Christmas,

And if you can keep it for a day, why not always?

But can never keep it alone.