Friday, December 21, 2012

Old Fashioned Christmas Recipes

Christmas, as most of us know, is steeped in a rich traditions and history, and these translate into some amazing recipes.

Below, we've compiled some recipes from Olde Europe, for a proper Old Time Christmas with authentic recipes.



                                                                  Christmas Stollen
                                            This is a traditional German Holiday sweet bread.


                                                Traditional British Christmas Pudding
                                                       A bit of work, but well worth it!

                                                              Christmas Eve Beef Stew

                                                             Roasted Chestnuts

                                                   Traditional British Christmas Mince Pie

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Let The Holiday Baking Begin!

Folks, let's face it--it isn't quite the holidays without at least a little bit of baking involved, right? At least around here, there's quite a bit of nostalgia to be had with Mama (or our best Aunt, or Grannie) knee deep in dough, sugar, and the magic of the oven, making those wonderful, time tested sweets that we know and love.

At Folk Wisdom, we're all about it--but with a slight twist! So here are some great sweets with a new take...most of these are easy, and they are definitely different AND tasty!

So enjoy! And be on the look-out TOMORROW, when we share old-fashioned Christmas recipes and a bit of history!!

Apple Pie In A Jar
(this recipe calls for pre-made dough, but you can use your own homemade version, as well)

                                                Christmas Crunch Funfetti Popcorn

                                                            Chocolate Yule Log Cake

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

7 Last Minute DIY Christmastime Projects

Merry Christmas!

With roughly  a week for Christmas holidays, we've decided to compile have a wide variety of last minute holiday projects that you can give as gifts, or enjoy, yourself. Here are 7 fun, cool, interesting and hopefully joy-inducing projects to brighten the holidays!

Just click on the red links! Enjoy!

                                                       Cute Felt Gingerbread Houses
                         Have some basic sewing skills...then skip the calories, but not the magic!

                                                Tiny Winter Terrarium In An Ornament

  Lavender Syrup

             (use it in cooking, great for sweets and pancakes or roasted pears or peaches!)

                                                                 Live Flower Ornament
                 Love live plants? Here's a way to keep 'em that way, and get 'em on your tree!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Folk Wisdom Food: NO BAKE Treats


We are hoping you are enjoying this holiday season! With warm wishes to you and your family--we will spend this month celebrating the creative, inspiring and--most certainly--old/new ways living of Folk Wise Traditions that you know and love...with interesting new twists, of course!

Today--by request--we're giving you a tasty "break" of sorts--with the busy holiday season, sometimes it's good to get away from the oven, without sacrificing some seriously yummy food! So if you have a sweet tooth, here is a collection of some tasty no-bake goodies!

                                              Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

No Bake Cheesecake

No Bake Fresh Strawberry Pie
                                                 Homemade English Toffee

                                               No Bake Butterscotch Treats

No Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake

White Chocolate Cake Batter Fudge

                                          No Cook Pumpkin Chocolate Icebox Cake

Chocolate Butterscotch No Bake Cheesecake


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Folk Friday HOLIDAY Shopping List!

GREETING FOLK WISE FRIENDS! We wish you an AMAZING Thanksgiving and Holiday season and we are proud to jump in with our own contribution---

We have always loved the hand crafted, professionally created small business, art, or farm created product!

So, below, find a bevvy of these wonderful businesses--by state--but CLICK on the RED LINKS and you can shop ONLINE at their sites!

You can start with our own sponsored site! Click below to find a passel of lovely folk art, beeswax items, old time handcrafted items, and more!

SEE our sponsored store.........................Vagabond Creations



Southern OOAKS - Fine crafted sculpture, jewelry design, and art by Regina. Enter CODE: CHAZMAN for free shipping when you buy!


Hardcastle Folk Art - Fun and Funky Fiber Art by Vicki Hardcastle.


Kitty Kink Artwear- artful, fun, show-stopping clothing and accessories.

Possible Impossibilities Studio - Whimsical, one of a kind art by Deborah Adams.

Mandolin Babe's Pickin Parlour - Old Style musical instruments, musical accessories, handcrafted items and more!


Cherished Cabin Quilts - Quality one-of-a-kind, handmade quilts and quilt items

FolkyArt Candles - Heavily scented gourmet candles since 1999.

Twisted Thystle - Specializing in organic herbal teas, true aromatherapy body care products, and pure herbals.

Faerie Moon Creations - Whimsical Handmade Jewelry and Art.

The New England Girl - Handmade, handcrafted, reconstructed and repurposed furniture and designs by Nicole Goncalves.


Ellen Durkin - amazing wearable steel attire, and other metal flights fancy.


Southern Revivals - Giving new life to vintage, neglected and discarded furniture. Custom restorations with loving care.


Cottage Garden Studios - Whimsical, Unique art and more by Sarah Sullivan.

Moon Willow Art Studio - The Art and Photography of Karmen Naccarato.


Kitsch and Caboodles - Upcycled Vintage linens and other fun finds!


Crafty Ridge
- Fun, Unique and Modern Crochet.


Miss Effie's Country Flowers and Garden Stuff
- farm fresh items with farm charm! Homemade jams and sweets, aprons, jewelry, gifts and more in The Summer Kitchen.

Onion Grove Merchantile
- One of A Kind, professionally lettered, handmade signs for all occasions by Jen Van Oort.

Prairieland Herbs
- luxurious herbs and herbal care products in Woodward, Iowa.

Willow Avenue Pottery - one of a kind, unique pottery by Rebecca Brandow.


Blueball Mountain Spindle and Needleworks - a unique shop for the yarn and crafting enthusiast! A variety of natural wools, fibers, yarn, crochet and knitting items, plus classes in knitting and crocheting!


Loopy Boopy - One of A Kind unique strange, unique, and dark dolls by Colleen Downs.


Whimsical Bohemian - Needful Things for the Boho Soul.

Autumn Rozario - Faerie and Whimsical Art.


Dee's Transformations - Upcycled art, wearables, and works of whimsy.


Farmhouse Chic Prim Antique -  features prim, shabby chic, and whimsical gifts and decor by local artists, and authors.

Under The Pines - Artesian soaps, herbs and gifts.


Silbury Hill Alpacas - Yarn and other items, handmade on a family farm.

The Ol Farm Hatchery - Chicks, and farm items for sale. 4541 Sheller Rd 3.5 miles east of Sunnyside,Washington.


Ginnymae/Handcrafted at Wit's End - Handcrafted, one of a kind vintage feed sack purses, totes and aprons. Custom work happily considered. Use coupon code WISDOM for 15% off regularly priced items.

Jersey Made - featuring gifts, handcrafted items, and more from artists, artisans, and craftspersons in New Jersey

Maplehurst Forge - A true modern day forge specializing in custom forged furniture, belt buckles, and more!


Belly Dance And Yoga Wear
- Luxurious tops, pants, skirts and other dance wear

Clayworks Pottery - Hand kilned and unique pottery by master potter Helaine Sorgaine, with over 30 years expert experience.

Crimson Gypsy Designs - Stunning corsetry, skirts and more  based on Renaissance costuming.


Create My World - Handmade polymer clay jewelry, upcycled jewelry, fabric handbags, purses, totes and more.

King of Mice Studios - One of A Kind Wonder Works of Whimsical art by Carolee Clark.

Under The Sycamore Tree - A wide selection of mindful, educat and beautiful toys...proceeds benefit
local schools.


Southern Grace Jewelry
- Unique Handcrafted Jewelry Designs

My Sweet Folly--Unique one of a kind pen and ink art by Lori Crace

Pizzazz LLC -
in Historic Downtown Prosser (WA); functional art, gifts & greeting cards by American artisans.

Silbury Hill Alpacas - yarn, gifts, and other goodies made on a family farm


Under A Rock Farm - a bevvy of farm fresh and farm made items for your home. Handmade goat milk soaps, lotion bars, shampoo bars, and more.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Vintage Thanksgiving Images, and NEWS!

Alrighty Folks!  We're celebrating Thanksgiving in a variety of ways, around here....first...because we love the old fashioned, here are a few lovely vintage images we've found for you. It's a plethora of sweet, interesting and perhaps weird vestiges of old-fashioned Thanksgiving...

But before that, THERE'S MORE NEWS:

See, we're not fans of the DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING, known via the giant box stores as BLACK FRIDAY. No siree!  What we're doing instead, is honoring local, handmade, artisan, and small know, the way it USED to be, when you supported your neighbor and community directly by buying for the regular Joe (and Jill)....

So...we've launched a FOLK WISE HOLIDAY list--and we'll put it up on THANKSGIVING DAY. These are small businesses, farmers, artists, craftsmen, and more--listed state by state, and via their you don't even have to walk out your front door!

IF YOU ARE AN OWNER of such a business...and you haven't already, GET US YOUR INFO by posting it in the comments HERE or even in the comment section of this blog BY THIS WEDNESDY. And we thank you!

In the meantime...some cute Thanksgiving wishes...

Really energetic Thanksgiving wishes...

Strangely cute AND creepy Thanksgiving wishes...

And of course, Colonial Thanksgiving Wishes...


Friday, November 16, 2012

Folk Art Fridays: JACKIE EBERLY

Welcome again to Folk Wisdom's Folk Art Friday!  Each week we feature an artist whose style reflects the Folk Art ethos and tradition.

THIS week, we are featuring JACKIE EBERLY, a talented artist who creates dolls in the old styles, using vintage materials and sometimes capture the look of a doll from another time. Using lace, old buttons, old felt, metal, period correct jewelry, hairstyles, dress styles and more..her dolls evoke a bygone feel....

From Izannah Walker dolls, to Queen Anne dolls, Jackie puts many hours and details into her vision...

 1.Give us a bit of background on you and your art. What type of art do you do?
I make paper clay over cloth dolls,  I love the Victorian era cloth dolls, I especially like the Izannah Walker dolls. I started making dolls in 2000, and felt really compelled to create my vision of an old doll.  To be honest I really couldn’t say how many dolls I have actually made, as it truly is a labor of love. I enjoy making them, even though it gets to be tedious at times. The outcome is overwhelming, when to see a pic of a doll or to hold a doll I have made in the past, it strikes me with joy and happiness to know that I actually created something that someone else cherishes and loves!

2. What inspires you?
What inspires me now--and I say now because it’s an ever changing subject-- are old photographs, antique fabric and lace, "make-do’s" from days gone by, and the best inspiration of all is camaraderie with other doll makers.

 3. What, if any, art pieces/dolls of yours are your favorites?

I think my fave is the one my mom still has to this day, its the one i call "soldier girl' in blue with the brass buttons on the bodice. My daughter helped in the dollmaking process!

You can find more of Jackie's work at: