Nov 30 2011

Meet Morna McEver Golletz and
build your Creative Arts Business


What do you get when you take a newspaper food journalist with a life long passion for quilting and mix in the quilt industry’s professional magazine?

Why, Morna McEver Golletz, of course, Editor of Professional Quilter Magazine and the Founder and President of the International Association of Professional Quilters, IAPQ.

And what do you get when you take this seasoned professional, our friend Morna, and add twenty years of in-the-trenches business experience to produce a business and life coach worthy of your time and attention?

You get the Creative Arts Business Summit in Dulles Airport, VA, an extravaganza of creative arts business and life mentoring.

Where will YOU be next March 29 to 31, 2012?

Sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee staring at your reflection in the toaster?

Or on the move with like-minded women, loving and learning to create and manage creative arts businesses for fun, and YES! FOR PROFIT!


From the studio of Morna McEver Golletz
Maryland, USA

Hello Creative Women:

When was the last time you spent time working on your business rather than in your business?

I’m the founder and CEO of the International Association of Professional Quilters where I have been helping women – and some cool men – create successful businesses from their passions in the creative arts for more than two decades. For several years I’ve been asked about an annual membership event, a place where members and other creative entrepreneurs can gather, learn how to boost their businesses’ profits and connect with like-minded creative people. That time has come!

The 2012 Creative Arts Business Summit is designed to help you — the creative entrepreneur — build business skills. And, we all know that building business skills is just part of what leads to success. We’ll talk about creating systems for success. We’ll cover how to use technology and social media. Many of our members have told me — and I know first hand — that mindset is a huge part of the picture, so we’ve included that in our agenda. We’re are bringing in outside speakers. And, because this is a member event, we’ll have several member-led panels, so we can all learn from each other. And we’ll have plenty of time for networking.

I’m looking forward to your joining me and other creative entrepreneurs as we work to move your business forward.

This is Morna! Down to earth
and ready to promote you and your business.

The Basics:

Event: Creative Arts Business Summit

Location: Washington, DC, Dulles Airport

Dates: March 29-31, 2012

Meals: Continental breakfast is provided each morning. Lunch is provided each day so that you’ll be able to really network with other attendees. Dinner is on your own and the hotel will provide shuttles to area restaurants.

Hotel: You will receive complete hotel/travel details at time of registration.

For more information, click here:


The minute I heard about the International Association of Professional Quilters I knew I would join”

Membership bestows credibility. Being a member is a signal both to myself and the industry that I treat quilting as business and not a hobby. As a teacher, author and the sole-distributor of TAP (Transfer Artist Paper), I find the information packed Professional Quilter, tele-classes, support and services IAPQ provides invaluable in maintaining and growing my business. (And the membership pin is really gorgeous).”  

Lesley Riley,

The International Association of Professional Quilters offers resources and networking opportunities for you to create success from your quilting, fiber arts or mixed-media arts business. Learn about all the benefits of IAPQ membership and join here.  


“the price of IAQP membership is a bargain”

“When I got the invitation to join IAQP, I didn’t think twice. I took Morna’s Boost Your Quilt Business Profits with Internet Marketing in July, and it was fantastic. Morna helped me understand the importance of putting my blog posts and customer newsletters on a regular schedule – and it works! Our site traffic has doubled and the number of unique visitors is up by 35% – with the bulk of the visits on our blog. In my opinion, the price of IAQP membership is a bargain – it’s less than the cost of the Internet Marketing class. I’m very excited about getting the magazine, the guest interviews, and the coffee sessions at a single price. Now I don’t have to ‘decide’ each time she has a session I’d like to attend.”   

Shelly Stokes,

Professional Quilter Magazine

Sunbonnet Smart says,
“Professional Quilter Magazine is packed with
pertinent articles. I have been a quilting professional
since the mid 1970s and even so, I always find
something of value in each issue.”

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Nov 28 2011

What in the world is all the noise about raw milk
and the Raw Milk Freedom Riders?

Liz and Kevin Reitzig are parents reclaiming their children’s
Food Freedoms as they fight to gain ours as well.

Well, the Raw Milk Freedom Riders are riding for a number of reasons, the most important one being our food freedoms. These modern day Paul Reveres want to alert the public that there are those in government telling us what to eat, not based on food safety, but rather on corporate profits. For example, the NMPF, National Milk Producers Federation, shows a remarkably open self interest in promoting large corporate dairies that pasteurize in opposition to small farmers selling raw milk directly to the public. To access the full article, click here.

In other words, profit making corporations have aligned with those in government to tell us what we can and cannot eat by passing suspect “food safety laws.” Weaving a veil of protection virtue over this outright oppression, the laws they set forth are not always based on health, food safety or nutrition, but rather on encouraging people to eat unhealthy salts, unhealthy fats and chemically saturated foods in place of traditional nutritive foods enjoyed by human kind since primitive times.

Guns drawn to protect us from raw milk, this FDA/LADP Swat
Team throws out thousands of dollars of nutritient dense food.

Did you know sick cows are prodded to stand and be counted in
beef and dairy herds? No wonder industrial dairies have to
pastuerize their milk. It is dirty and not from grass fed cows.

So, enter the Raw Milk Freedom Riders. This group of people who have recognized the health benefits of unpasteurized and non-homogenized natural milk, are angry that people are not allowed by law to buy milk from the farm in every state in the United States. As it is now in many states, milk must go through the hands of large corporate intermediaries who process this natural living product into a dead white liquid that looks like milk, but is completely different in its health benefits and ability to integrate with the human body.

Liz Reitzig is an articulate leader in the movement to
legalize grass fed, naturally pastured raw or real milk.
Here she speaks of the November 1, 2011, Raw Milk Freedom
Riders caravan bringing healthy milk across state lines.

But, the Raw Milk Freedom Riders do not like the governmental message that there is something inherently wrong with raw milk.  They do not like the inconvenience of regularly traveling for hours to get milk for their families. They do not like the fact that buying clubs where one person drives up to the Pennsylvania farms and brings milk back for many families is illegal because the milk in the car is not directly for the driver’s personal use. They believe there should not be such complications for a natural product that, after all, has fed humanity since the shadowy origins of history and even today, is feeding people all over the world.

So, the Raw Milk Freedom Riders got together and decided to go from their home in Maryland, ride up to a farm in Pennsylvania, purchase raw milk and drive it back to the FDA, the Food & Drug Administation, in White Oak Maryland. There, the purchased milk was distributed to any and all who had assembled and wanted to drink it.  Being in direct violation of transporting milk only for personal use, the Freedom Riders hope to bring  the inequity of state laws to the attention of the public and the administrators who make the laws.

And what happened on November 1, 2011? Well, in this age of wonders, you can watch for yourself and read about it all by clicking here.

For your convenience, the video from the above link is shown here.


This book is very informative with references, facts and
figures. To preview, hover your mouse over this link:

Milk – The Deadly Poison

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Nov 26 2011

Last July 31, I took photos of our tomatoes before I
started quartering them and putting them in freezer bags.

Well, it was perfect timing. Today, when I made lunch, I grabbed a bag of frozen tomatoes from the freezer. It was labeled “Soup Tomatoes: July 31, 2011” and whoa, what memories came rushing back. I was thinking, while I added the tomatoes to a skillet of a tomato-grass fed burger-rice-sour cream goulash, that I remember the day I made up these bags for the freezer. I made up freezer bags of soup tomatoes from the zillions of tomatoes in our backyard garden and was wondering how we would EVER eat, can or freeze them all. Thinking about all of this was perfect timing, because after lunch I came upstairs to read e-mails and discovered the TomatoFest Annual Seed Sale is in progress! There was an e-mail in my in-box. Whoa, again! Time to think of next year already…

Gary Ibsen is the founder of TomatoFest and has annual tomato
seed sales. Many gardeners call him “The Tomato Man.”

I really like ordering seeds from TomatoFest because the seed’s quality is guaranteed and they have many different types in their selection. This year, out of the 600 tomato seed varieties they carry, 125 are included in the Seed Sale. The Seed Sale just started on November 23, and runs until January 11, 2012. All of the seeds are fresh, harvested for the 2012 season, but in such grand supply, that the Ibsens can offer them at a discount…for a while. If the seeds start running out, they will be taken off of the sale list, so RUN, don’t walk to your computer and order today to be sure and get in on the sale. BTW, some seeds are as much as 50% discounted! I placed my order this morning, within a half hour of getting the TomatatoFest Annual Seed Sale notice.

Last year’s order from TomatoFest produced a
sumptuous bounty of joyful eating and fond memories.

Tomato seeds are hearty and can last from 3-5 years and longer if they are kept dry, cool and in a dark place. For that reason, I can always talk myself into buying many fun varieties during the TomatoFest Annual Seed Sale. It is interesting that the Annual Seed Sale promotes economic independence by encouraging people to try their hand at backyard food gardening. In fact, Gary Ibsen says, “Our intention is to continue to be responsive to our challenged economy and make it easier for the growing number of folks who are choosing to grow more of their own food.”

Once you get “bit by the heirloom tomato bug,” you’ll
want to try all sorts of different shapes, colors, and
sizes. The number of varieties on TomatoFest’s web site
is simply amazing. To see for yourself, go here.


The secret of companion planting is a hot tip, because
plants can influence each other, positively or negatively.
If you have an interest in this book, hover your mouse over
the link below to preview:

Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion
Planting for Successful Gardening

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Nov 23 2011

Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving brings back
many happy memories and creates many more!

Oh! How I love to think of Thanksgivings at my grandmother’s house. What a big deal they were as she was cooking for days ahead. She was a detail planner and carried off big dinners with clockwork precision. The menu was always the same because there was no way to improve upon it. Besides, everyone counted on it from year to year.

Let’s celebrate this woman’s efforts to provide the
perfect Thanksgiving, half a century ago. Where is she?
In the kitchen, of course!

My grandmother was also a great club woman as she loved to go to meetings and socially participate for the betterment of mankind. Most of her meetings were luncheons, so I remember that every meeting she went to, she would come home and recite the menu and describe the table with its tablecloth, centerpiece and place settings. She kept a hostess book, listing every gathering she gave and the menu presented. And, she kept track of what other ladies in Maryland were serving as well. So, I am smiling to myself when I recite my grandmother’s Thanksgiving menu here because the voice in my head, as I type it out to you, sounds just like hers.

Endless tasks accomplished with seemingly endless energy.
Where? In the kitchen, of course!

On a big table that was “U-shaped” and started in the dining room, ran out through the hall way and up into the living room, she served thirty people roast turkey with dressing, mashed potatoes, homemade giblet gravy, candied sweet potatoes, buttered kernel corn, big luscious pans of macaroni and cheese made with New York sharp cheddar, green beans almondine, homemade cranberry sauce, a relish plate of celery, pickles and olives, AND “Brown and Serve” rolls.

Lots of love on this Thanksgiving dinner table. Just
look how much is heaped in with those mashed potatoes.
And where is this loving cook? In the kitchen, of course!

They had to be “Brown and Serve” rolls, because they were the latest and greatest back then in the 1950s when each labor saving innovation was hailed as an additional blessing for which one should give thanks. I know my grandmother blessed the Brown and Serve rolls. She was the oldest girl of a family of nine children and had made many a pan of rolls, so buying them and popping them in the oven to brown before serving was a treat. Her delight and enthusiasm, as she brought the bread baskets to the tables, was infectious.

“What? Oh no! I don’t need any help. I’m almost done.
I’ll just be a few more minutes…”

The routine of it all was so comforting then. Not boring at all, like it might appear to this sound byte world we live in now. We knew who was going to be there, what we would eat, how wonderful the food would taste and, on top of it all, had the childhood luxury of thinking these Thanksgivings would last forever. We believed they would stretch out in an endless twelve month Thanksgiving cycle, connected like a string of cranberries from one year to the next.

The only problem was, of course, it didn’t last forever. Things changed, as they always do. The older people got even older and then finally weren’t with us. Then parts of the family moved away and some families broke up as the parents got divorced. But, I remember when that wonderful part of childhood, thinking everything was forever, was such a comfort in itself.

If I close my eyes, I can still bring it all back. Everyone is seated at the “U-shaped” table, laughing and talking, eating and getting full. They are all there and all I have to do is take my seat to start joining in.

How about you? Can you close your eyes and bring it all back?

I hope so…

Much love to you and please pass the gravy.


Giving Thanks

If you have an interest in this great book that has
outstanding reviews and is just mouthwatering to read,
hover your mouse over this link to preview:

Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie

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Nov 12 2011

“Unapproved” backyard vegetable gardens could become illegal.

Everyone needs to be aware of what is happening on the organic food front, There are big name legislators sponsoring bills in Congress to allow Americans to eat as they wish, such as Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) sponsoring the Raw Milk Freedom Bill HR 1830, but there are other government entities trying to force Americans to eat toxic, commercial food as their sole source of nutrition. How else would one put it when wholesome, locally grown farm raised food is ordered by a government inspector to be destroyed while fast food restaurants serve chemically saturated foods with governmental approval? Doesn’t make much sense, does it?

All of the food on this plate is organic. Except for the
lemon and grapes, all of the food was raised locally on
small family farms or in our backyard garden.  Therefore,
most of this food would be considered “not fit for human
consumption” because it had not been inspected.

But watch in the following video how a Nevada State inspector asserts a commanding level of authority over a gathering at a farm where people were planning on having a picnic with locally, sustainably grown, organic food. Because the food had been brought in from Utah, even though it was approved as consumable by the Utah state authorities, the food was not authorized as edible by the Nevada authorities and so was required to be destroyed. There was no second guessing this command, in other words, the family that raised the food was not allowed to eat it, nor was it allowed to be fed to their livestock.  The food was required to be destroyed by pouring bleach on it to make it totally unusable. What a waste and what an insult to picnickers who want to choose eating healthy foods.

A Farm to Fork organic gathering in Nevada was raided.

Follow-up and commentary on the news.

What the general public doesn’t realize is that government agencies are primed and ready to go to control the food supply so that everything one eats must be inspected and approved. Well, in light of the e.coli scares of industrially farmed produce, one might think total inspection control is a good idea. But, the public needs to realize all food, including the tomatoes you grow in your own backyard, would have to be approved. And approval costs money…for the inspectors…for the paper work…and some web sites say a backyard growing permit might cost as much as $2,000.00…per year!

Backyard Victory Gardens were encouraged as part of the war
efforts of both World Wars. Now, they may be considered
illegal, if food freedom laws are not put in place.

Think about that for a minute. A small family owned garden plot, much like the ones that got households through the war years, the Victory Gardens of wartime fame, would be illegal. The government would have a right to come onto your property and confiscate your produce as “unclean” and “unfit for consumption.” Without legislation, such as Dr. Ron Paul’s proposed HR 1830, this level of interference in family life is just around the corner. To get an educated perspective on the the implications of food control, click here.

Dr. Ron Paul’s statement on Food Freedom:

“Most Americans understand that if you don’t want to drink unpasteurized milk you simply do not buy it. But the federal government solution is pre-dawn raids which destroy the livelihoods of honest, hardworking families in this time of continued economic hardship.

I am outraged by [the April 2011 FDA armed] raid [on a peaceable Raw Milk producer] and the many others like it, and that is why last week I introduced HR 1830, a bill to allow the shipment and distribution of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption across state lines. This legislation removes the unconstitutional restraint on farmers who wish to sell or otherwise distribute, and people who wish to consume, unpasteurized milk and milk products.

Many Americans have done their own research and come to the conclusion that unpasteurized milk is healthier than pasteurized milk. These Americans have the right to consume these products without having the federal government second-guess their judgment or thwart their wishes. If there are legitimate concerns about the safety of unpasteurized milk, those concerns should be addressed at the state and local level.

I am hoping my colleagues in the House will join me in promoting individual rights, the original intent of the Constitution, and federalism by cosponsoring this legislation to allow the interstate shipment of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption.

If we are not even free anymore to decide something as basic as what we wish to eat or drink, how much freedom do we really have left?”

Many patriots rightly complain that the “Interstate Commerce Clause” of the Constitution has been misapplied to allow unprecedented Federal interventions in our private lives. Dr. Paul shows us where the Clause has its proper, limited application: promoting free trade among the States, rather than prohibiting, licensing and taxing.

Introducing the Natural Solutions Foundation

The Natural Solutions Foundation is very active in working toward Food Freedom. To learn of their concerns, click here. I get a kick out of their tag line saying, “Live dangerously: Garden for Food Freedom.”

“YES! You DO own your own body and ought to get to decide what goes into it! Despite the FDA’s assertion that you have no such right, Dr. Paul and Natural Solutions Foundation know differently!” – Rima E. Laibow, MD

Dr. Rima E. Laibow is a health freedom advocate that I have followed for many years. She is concerned with this latest organic food raid, the one on the picnickers in the first video, because the party goers did not know their rights and destroyed their food even thought the Federalized State inspector did not have a warrant. They were within their legal rights to refuse. Here are Dr. Rima’s comments from her newsletter:


On top of the raids on the Amish Dairy in Pennsylvania and on the Rawsome Food Co-op in California, this latest story of bureaucracy-gone-crazy shows us that people need to know their rights when confronted by naked power emboldened by the newly Federalized state food authorities.

As usual, we see the connection between disparate events and note that state food agents, under contract with the FDA (provided for in the so-called FDA “Food Safety” Modernization Act — the Food Control Law) are acting in an increasingly fascistic manner.

This is bigger than one abusive bureaucrat… this is YOUR future if you don’t PUSH BACK hard!

What happened at the Farm to Fork picnic was that a single bureaucrat cowed the attendees into poisoning their the natural foods on the picnic table, with BLEACH, as a “safety” measure… and NO ONE OBJECTED or forced the bureaucrat off the private property (she displays her badge, but no Warrant!)


A Reader Review from Amazon:

“This book makes a critical contribution to discussions of the current food crisis and what can be done to increase food equality, security and justice. It covers multiple global regions and in particular Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States. I was particularly amazed by the statistics indicating that organic, smallholder, local, polycrop farms are more productive than the intensive monocropping with chemical inputs. This is a critical point. The book would have been strengthened by more expanded treatment of pervasive arguments for GMO and Green Revolution technologies. The value of these agricultural “innovations” is assumed by a large section of those concerned with food, and who are not necessarily convinced by a significantly one-sided argument in opposition. The arguments that resonate with less financially invested individuals must be addressed at their maximum strength in order to prove convincing. This weakness, however, should in no way detract from the invaluable contributions that this book makes to projects for sustainable food security.”

Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice

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Nov 09 2011

Your Family Cow in Chambersburg, PA has a cooperative
arrangement with organic beekeepers who place organic
bee hives on the ecofarm in a win-win for bees and crops.

When I received my e-mail newsletter from Your Family Cow this morning, I was very interested in their link to an article entitled, “Tests Show Most Store Honey isn’t Honey.” Whoa! What did the article mean by that? Hurrying through the link to the article, I read an extensive report about how much of commercially marketed store bought honey has had the pollen removed by diluting the honey to force it through finely pored sieves. Honey without pollen isn’t honey as defined by most of the health organizations in the world. Our own FDA says, “… any product that’s been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen isn’t honey.” However, the FDA isn’t checking honey sold here to see if it contains pollen and unless a jar of honey is purchased on the farm or, in some cases in a health food store, it probably is not really honey.

If your eyes are like mine and you are having trouble
ready this fine print, go to the original article in
Food Safety News to see the chart by clicking here.

The article continues, “Ultra filtering is a high-tech procedure where honey is heated, sometimes watered down and then forced at high pressure through extremely small filters to remove pollen, which is the only foolproof sign identifying the source of the honey. It is a spin-off of a technique refined by the Chinese, who have illegally dumped tons of their honey – some containing illegal antibiotics – on the U.S. market for years.” The pollen in organic honey proves that the honey is unadulterated and has not been processed.  It also allows the honey to be tracked from its location to tell whether the honey is safe or has toxic additives.

Our food supply is totally dependent on pollinating bees.

This morning’s Your Family Cow e-mail also tells of a new movie coming out, Queen of the Sun, that sounds an alert on the important relationship between bees and our food supply. If you are interested in going to the Queen of the Sun web site, click here. If you are interested in visiting the Your Family Cow web site, click here.

“Even though bees are small, unobtrusive creatures, they play large roles in the ecosystem. The connection between bees and humankind also is symbolic of a broader interconnection between humans and the natural world.”

If you have an interest in this book from Amazon,
hover your mouse over the following link:
Bee Pollination in Agricultural Ecosystems

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Nov 08 2011

Laura Hawkins grew up across the street from Samuel Clemens,
known as Mark Twain. She was the real Becky Thatcher.

Samuel Clemens wrote under a pen name of Mark Twain, writing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 1876. Growing up in Hannibal, Missouri. a town located on the banks of the Mississippi River, he had plenty of stories because of the commercial traffic coming from and going to the great port of New Orleans, Louisiana. Everyone who’s heard of Tom Sawyer might have a sneaking suspicion that Tom represents a boyhood Mark Twain, but did you know that the little girl, Becky Thatcher, was inspired by a real person as well? Becky Thatcher’s real name was Laura Hawkins and she and Samuel Clemens grew up across the street from each other in Hannibal, MO.

This Becky Thatcher doll by Effanbee is for sale on eBay.
If you have an interest in her, click here.

Laura Hawkins is so closely associated to Becky, that Laura’s home where she lived across from Samuel Clemens in the 1840’s is now called the Becky Thatcher Home. Laura lived to be ninety-one years old. She married Dr. James Fraser and remembered Mark Twain as “only a common place boy” with a “drawling, appealing voice.” Gee whiz! With such life long adoration coming from Samuel Clemens, one would think she could muster a little more praise.

If you would like to read a delightful PDF sent straight
to you from the Becky Thatcher House in Hannibal, MO,
please click here.

At a time when literary females tended to sit in the parlor and do embroidery after they cooked meals and did the housework, the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher must have been exciting. Along with the runaway antics of Huckleberry Finn, another Mark Twain folk hero, the children displayed a sense of adventure that has captivated the hearts of readers ever since.

Becky Thatcher wants to set the record straight. She was never the weeping ninny Mark Twain made her out to be in his famous novel. She knew Samuel Clemens before he was “Mark Twain,” when he was a wide-eyed dreamer who never could get his facts straight. Yes, she was Tom’s childhood sweetheart, but the true story of their love, and the dark secret that tore it apart, never made it into Twain’s novel.

If you have an interest in Becky, hover your mouse over this link:
Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher

You don’t have to go to Hannibal, Missouri to visit Becky.
Invite her over to your home!

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Nov 05 2011

Tillie was every women’s envy and every man’s dream.

Tillie the toiler was a comic strip created by Russ Westover in the early part of the 20th century. The strip was based on a flapper character and was originally called “Rose of the Office.” After Rose became Tillie, the name change was effective enough to cause syndication in newspapers, which lasted from 1921 to 1959. In our day of working women with many women oriented cartoons and comic strips, such as Sally Forth and Cathy, it is hard to imagine how unusual Tillie was, being a working “girl.” Women marveled at her worldliness, her ability to command herself in business and her ability to keep every hair in place.

Russ Westover created Tillie and oversaw the
production process until 1954. The strip was
drawn by his apprentice, Bob Gustafson, after
that and continued until March 15, 1959.

Until “Winnie Winkle, the Breadwinner,” comic strip in 1921, women were not portrayed in the workplace. But, with the success of Winnie, King Syndicates was open to running Tillie and she soon took her place in the Sunday papers as well as the daily. Tillie was assertive with just the right amount of feminine cunning. She wrapped her guile in the most sophisticated fashions of the day, merging her office performance with modeling the clothing line of J. Simpkin’s women’s wear company.

Tillie, Mr. Simpkins and Mac are touring the USA
with Simpkin’s new clothing line. They meet the
Mayor of a stop-over city. Tillie flirts with the Mayor
while Mac awkwardly tries to say something profound.

Working for Mr. Simpkin’s and watching out for his interests, Tillie had many unusual ways to accomplish the company’s business goals. She usually did less office work than other employees, but brought in contracts and sales in spectacular eleventh hour dramas. Mr. Simpkins actually did fire her on occasions, and then hire her back, but most often she turned his scorn into adulation when she came through for the company, once again.

Tillie was never at a loss for words when handling her suitors.

Many years have passed since Tillie and her comic friends brought happiness to the nation’s children. As with many paper dolls from the 20th century, comics were printed as part of periodical magazines and newspaper. Being seen as temporary, most comics were used as packing or thrown out with little regard for the hours of creative endeavor involved. A few were saved, however, by those who considered comics and their paper doll enticements to be art, therefore worthy of collecting. As each paper doll is a treasure, they are too good to be hidden away. Believing that, Sunbonnet Smart is ready to share their Vintage Paper Doll Collection with you

The comics and paper dolls from the Sunbonnet Smart Vintage Paper Doll Collection have been scanned from the originals, published nearly a century ago. The images have been enlarged to show detail and to help small hands cut them out with more success. Here we begin to share a lifelong love of paper dolls as a tribute to the inexpensive pleasures they bring. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Don’t wait any longer. Invite Tillie into your life.

$1.00 Download.

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Nov 03 2011

Who likes the game of Soccer? I do! Who likes to eat? I do!
Well, how are you going to eat if organic farms are turned
into soccer fields? Duh…Dunno!

Some of the things happening now-a-days are beyond belief! In Potomac, Maryland, Nick’s Organic Farm has been safeguarding our environment, not just since it was fashionable, but for the last thirty years. But, Nick’s is soon to lose its lease, on January 1, 2012. And what is to happen to this farmland owned by Montgomery County, Maryland? It’s to be turned into soccer fields: Montgomery County’s 502nd and 503rd soccer fields, to be exact. What!?!? Am I kidding you!?!? No, I am not. And the clock is ticking…

In September, 2010, Nick Maravell was appointed to the
prestigious National Organic Standards Board by U.S.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

What’s Montgomery County’s recognition?
Refusal to renew his lease!

Nick’s Organic Farm is a heritage farm, one of the few farms in Maryland’s Washington Metropolitan area and the only one to produce genuine organic seed. And now, the Montgomery County government wants to destroy it. The farm, owned by Nick Maravell, has been lovingly and professionally tended as organic for thirty years, benefiting the local community, consumers and our environment, including the world famous Chesapeake Bay. Continued refusal to renew Nick’s lease will create a short sighted loss of what should be the pride of Montgomery County. But no! The Montgomery County School Board, which owns the land, gave Mr. Maravell three weeks notice about a inside decision made without public or community input.

Organic, non-GMO seed is hard to find and
will vanish, if we don’t fight to protect it.

Citizens groups have formed with a vision to insure that Nick’s Organic Farm continues as a down-County educational anchor to provide opportunities for school children and adults to earn about local food and agriculture. At a time when people should be become more aware of their relationship to the soil, water and food that sustains us, ending the life of a generational farm is not condusive to life.

If you are aware of the importance of growing heritage, organic seed and want to add your voice to the growing numbers of unhappy citizens, then go here to sign a petition and/or donate.

Join the uproar of those supporting Nick
in his fight to save his farm.

Time is of the essence!

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Nov 02 2011

Sunday morning comics were a favorite treat in the 1950s.

Times were pretty simple in the 1950s on Sunday  morning. Blue laws required all stores be closed, unless you needed a medical drug prescription for those who were ill. Drug stores were allowed to be open, but all sales areas other than the prescription counter were roped off denying access. Sundays were a day when a child’s world stood still and the only thing there was to do was be with the family. We didn’t see that as a bad thing. It was comforting. It was a day to breathe and recreate, and by recreate, I mean re-create.

In the 1950s, life on Sunday Mornings was pretty predictable.
Reading the Sunday comics while Dad read the paper and
Mom made breakfast was a big deal…every Sunday.

My Dad was a newspaper reporter for The Evening Star. He read two papers every Sunday: The Washington Post and The Sunday Star. In metropolitan Washington, D.C., there were two papers. The morning paper was The Washington Post and, in the late afternoon, The Evening Star was delivered. This delivery schedule changed on Sundays, when both papers came in the morning and The Evening Star mysteriously transformed itself into The Sunday Star.

The Evening Star began printing news in 1852, before
the Civil War. For most of its 130 year history, it was
Washington, D.C.’s paper of record, closing in 1981.

Because Daddy read two papers every Sunday morning, my brother and I figured we were very lucky. We got three sections of comics to read and with which to play.  Two from the Post and one from the Star. So we ran down the stairs before breakfast and before getting ready for Sunday school. We grabbed the comics with gusto, opened them up and placed them on the living room floor. We were too little to vertically hold up the pages to read “like big people,” so we knelt on the rug on all fours to read each word and savor the artwork.

This little girl is reading the comics just like I did. That’s
what “everyone” did before church on Sunday morning.

Once in a while there was a fun game, toy or puzzle included in the comic pages which really heightened the Sunday morning experience. A paper doll with clothes and accessories was the best of all. We would paste the page on shirt cardboard and cut them out.  I was fascinated by placing the garments on the dolls and seeing them immediately “change their look.” But, my once in a while Sunday funnies paper doll experience is eclipsed by the frequency of comic strip paper dolls found in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. That’s when “Tillie the Toiler” reigned supreme. Tillie had paper dolls in her comic strip every week. What heaven that would have been. I was born ten to twenty years too late…

Tillie was ready for any adventure while being
coiffed and fashionable.

So, now you understand that I love paper dolls because of many Sunday morning simple pleasures. I love all paper dolls, any size, gender or age. Most of all, though, I especially love the ones that came “for free” in the pages of newspapers and magazines as they were surprises and intermittent. I thought anyone could buy books of paper dolls at the drug store or Five and Dime if they had the money. I was a non-commercialized purist. I thought having mother call me over to look at a newly found paper doll, hidden in the pages of a magazine, was a special treat and an unexpected pleasure…

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The Golden Age of the Newspaper
by George H. Douglas

“From the arrival of the penny papers in the 1830s to the coming of radio news around 1930, the American newspaper celebrated its Golden Age and years of greatest influence on society. Born in response to a thirst for news in large eastern cities such as New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, the mood of the modern metropolitan papers eventually spread throughout the nation. Douglas tells the story of the great innovators of the American press men like Bennett, Greeley, Bryant, Dana, Pulitzer, Hearst, and Scripps. He details the development of the bond between newspapers and the citizens of a democratic republic and how the newspapers molded themselves into a distinctly American character to become an intimate part of daily life.

Technological developments in paper making, typesetting, and printing, as well as the growth of advertising, gradually made possible huge metropolitan dailies with circulations in the hundreds of thousands. Soon journalism became a way of life for a host of publishers, editors, and reporters, including the early presence of a significant number of women. Eventually, feature sections arose, including comics, sports, puzzles, cartoons, advice columns, and sections for women and children. The hometown daily gave way to larger and impersonal newspaper chains in the early twentieth century. This comprehensive and lively account tells the story of how newspapers have influenced public opinion and how public demand has in turn affected the presentation of the news.”

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