My latest flea market find… a back-to-school desk!! WOOT!!

katie desk

Katie wants a desk for her bedroom apartment when she returns to E Lansing in the fall. At home, it’s not unusual to park and do homework at the kitchen table! [ Our kitchen has always been a beehive of activity! ]

The desk is in excellent condition and the price was R I G H T !! The difficulty will be agreeing on a make-over design. I defer to Barb Blair at Knack Studios. Her book and portfolio provide loads of inspiration!

I’m feeling pressured :: with the Armada Fair less than two weeks away :: to get all my projects completed in time. YIKES!!

Hurry. Hurry.


You’re Invited…

A huge THANK YOU to ALL the folks who visited Sheepy Hollow’s ~ Christmas in the Country Holiday Open House!


It was great to re-connect with old friends & make many new acquaintances!

I hope you enjoyed your farm visit too!

In case you need more of a ‘ewe’-nique, off-the-beaten-path

holiday shopping experience,

we’re happy to oblige!

You’re cordially invited

 to a bevy of local farms, artisans, keepers-of-the- hearth


Saturday December 3, 2011 & Sunday December 4, 2011.

Shop hours vary; phone ahead.

Plan a day trip & visit them ALL!

Participating farms, shops & studios include:

Brookwood Fruit Farm – 7845 Bordman Rd.  Almont, MI 48003, (810) 798-8312 

Brookwood Fruit Farm is a 5th generation family farm that grows over 40 varieties of apples, peaches, tart cherries and raspberries.  Fresh apple cider made weekly with their own special blend of hand-picked apples. 

 Cabbage Rose Antique Shoppe – 8540 E. Hough Rd.  Almont, MI 48003, (810) 798-3671

Look for their blue Pure Michigan sign on Van Dyke.  Our barn is filled with vintage furniture, architectural items, artwork, primitives, jewelry & cleaned linens. Call for an appointment.  Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Circa 1843—Historic Briggs Wool Carding Mill  622 S. Main  Almont, MI 48003,  (810) 441-3695 

Experience handcrafted coffees like Cinnamon Dolce or Eggnog Latte, nosh on some delectable cheesecake brownies and raspberry oat jam bars. Stroll the grounds and explore all that’s there for you to see!   Thur. – Sat. 9 – 5, Sun. 11 – 3

Fort Fisher Suri Alpacas – 5841 Secord Lake Rd. Dryden, MI 48428, (248) 628-8151                                                    

Our alpacas are friendly and silky to the touch. Our farm store carries alpaca fleece and rovings for hand-spinners, Michigan handspun yarn and alpaca products.  Field trips can be arranged and tailored to your group, at $4/person. 

Green House Pottery 5681 Secord Lake Rd. Dryden, MI 48428, (810) 796-2438

Functional and decorative high-fire and soda-fired stoneware. Pottery that is pleasing to both the hand and eye, made within a creative context. Work from recent firings available. Open year round. Call to schedule an appointment.

Hill Top Farm — 7320  37 Mile Rd. Romeo, MI 48065, (810) 343-3759

Family owned and operated orchard producing fruit from heirloom trees.  10-inch deep dish pies hand-rolled with no preservatives.  Jam, breads, cookies, caramel and strudel also available.  Pies make great gifts for the holidays!

Keller’s Maple Syrup & Honey Products – 6209 Bordman Rd.  Almont, MI  48003, (810) 798-8695


Maple syrup and maple syrup products (sugar, jelly & candies), honey and honey butter from our hives.  The Keller family has made sweetness their business for over 30-years. Open most days 9-5. Spring festival April 28 &29, 2012.

Miller’s Medley Stained Glass Studio – 6841 Hough Rd.  Almont, MI  48003, (810) 798-3795

Our showroom features glass art: fused glass, stained glass window jewelry, mosaics and panels.  You are invited to cross the threshold into our workroom and watch as we cut, grind, foil or solder glass.  Antiques and peculiars abound.

ReLiteration Used Books – 610 S. Main Almont, MI 48003, (810) 706-0220

Finding new homes for books for more than seven years with over 45,000 unique titles in all genres.  Gift certificates available.  Tue, Thurs, Fri and Sat 10:30-6:00, Wed 12:00-6:00.  First & third Sundays from 12:00-4:00. 

Sheepy Hollow Herbs, LLC – 73910 Coon Creek Rd.  Armada, MI  48005, (586) 784-8328     email

Sheepy fiber art, crafted woolens, goat’s milk soap and herbal sundries. Farm-produced from our own dairy goats and Shetland sheep.  Organic lavender and other herbs for culinary, floral and medicinal use. Shop Hours: Fri, Sat, Sun 11 – 4, April thru Dec. Additional shop hours, year-round by appointment.

Teemie’s Country Blooms – 4265 Kidder   Almont, MI  48003, (810) 310-0711

Specializing in seasonal all-natural offerings.  Handcrafted wreaths, potpourri, herbal milk baths, dried bouquets, organic potted herbs and hand-stitched artwork. Thursday through Saturday 10 – 5, Sunday by appointment.

Thanks for supporting local businesses!


photo credit

More than a druggist…

The word ‘apothecary’ is derived from apotheca, meaning a place where wine, spices and herbs were stored. Later, it came into use to describe a person who kept a stock of these commodities, which he sold from his shop or street stall.

In colonial times, the apothecary was more than simply a druggist. An apothecary often:

  • Provided medical treatment
  • Prescribed medicine
  • Trained apprentices
  • Performed surgery
  • Served as man-midwife


The apothecary sold patented and proprietary medicines as well as medicines he made from imported ingredients. These ingredients included plant, animal, chemical and mineral materials. Liquids were the most common form of medicine and included tinctures and spirits (alcohol based), syrups (sugar and water based), and decoctions and infusions (water/oil based).

Apothecary jars have a long history in the world. Glass and ceramic containers by the hundreds were used to store simple ingredients and compounds for sale. Prepared medicines were stored in jars of various sorts. (Unlike today, prescriptions were not required for purchasing any medicines.)

Today, apothecary jars are popular storage containers for a variety of items. They come in various sizes, styles, and made from a wide variety of different materials. Some of the most popular ones are made from hand blown glass. Apothecary jars can hold basic household essentials such as herbs and soaps, or if they are clear, they can be filled with decorative items and displayed.

I have an assortment of antique, vintage glass and apothecary-like jars that I’ve collected over the years. They’re used for storage of dried herbs and misc herbal goods and concoctions (bath salts, vinegar, infused oils, etc). I prefer glass over plastic (although plastic is practical at times) and amber/colored glass (to protect herbs from exposure to sunlight) versus clear/transparent glass. I also look for large mouth/clear glass gallon ‘pickle jars’ for infusing herbs into oils for salve and soapmaking.

Whatever ‘style’ apothecary jar you prefer, they all require labels! Here’s a simple DIY label-making project. There are many ‘free’ labels available for download, but one of my favs for free graphics for artists’ use is  The Graphics Fairy.

Here’s another ‘free’ download for pretty labels from Eat Drink Chic.

photo courtesy eatdrinkchic

Hope you have fun creating labels for your storage containers!