Country Crafts From the Farm started back in 1974 on a small farm in Northern Indiana. We raised and showed horses at that time and making crafts was just a hobby.
My hobby decorated our home and the homes of many family and friends. It was with the encouragement of family and friends that we decided to take this hobby into something more. We started going to small shows and bazaars to sell my ever increasing inventory of handmade items. In 1976, we had an Old World Santa featured in a Country Sampler magazine and sold several around the world.
In 1981, our daughter Amy was born and her love of hand making items blossomed as she helped us at shows. It seems whenever Steve and I were in the wood shop or the craft room working, Amy was not far behind.
Over the years we continued to make handcrafted items and we chose to increase our shows, both in the size of the show and the growing show line up that filled the calendar. The horses were sold and replaced with sheep, which Amy showed in 4-H. As a family we have shared many memories while living on the farm, maintaining busy schedules by being very active in 4-H and many other community groups, and spending great times creating handmade crafts and meeting all of our customers along the way.
Let's meet each person individually, shall we?
Steve: We usually call him our "Transportation Chairman and our Project Engineer. Steve will be the one you see driving us to the shows and back home again, making sure the trailer is hooked up properly and the lights working.
Once at the shows you will find him helping to set up the booth, customer service and tear down. Our project engineer can be found in the woodshop where he is an expert on the power tools he has. As we come up with new ideas, Steve is the one we turn to, to make it go together correctly.
Steve is our master at stain glass, but it seems that we have kept him so busy doing other things that he hasn't spent time with this. Keep posted, hope he can get back to this soon!
Marvene: "Jill of all trades". We laugh at this term we have coined for Marvene, however we realize just how true it is. Marvene is the master designer of all our handcrafted items and works hard to find new locations to take the family and craft business. Marvene's talents allow her to design many different crafts, this comes in handy especially with custom orders.
Marvene also serves as our custom embroidery and heat press designer where she enjoys interacting with customers to provide that special one of a kind item. In addition to the above Marvene serves as the supply purchasing agent, the fabric cutter, pattern draw person, decorative painter, seamstress, part of the booth setup/tear down team, customer service rep., back up transportation personnel....and of course we need a bookkeeper, and who better to do that than the person who knows everything in and out of the business!
Amy: The one that keeps us on track by being the map quest expert. Primitives are her expertise and does excellent work on her pieces she makes for the shows. Amy is part of the supply purchasing support team, helps with booth designing and set up/tear down, as well as customer relations while at shows.
Amy has in the past been our jewelry maker and loves to work with candles and potpourri and holiday decorations. One of Amy's hidden talents from her Girl Scout days is her ability to pack the inventory trailer. We also look to Amy to get the pictures on the website for us.
Sabre': Our "Craft Puppy" is a 7 year old Rottweiler that was adopted by us out of a bad situation. She came to us with a few issues, while we do not know all the details we are sure that her life before arriving at our house was less than desired.
Sabre' came to our house with a history of abuse but still had a loving disposition and a bright orange skateboard. When we are packing the trailer to go to shows you can find Sabre' and her skateboard in and out of the trailer to check on our progress.
We feel she does this out of fear she will be forgotten. While at the shows Sabre' can be found laying in the front window of the RV acting like a minature poodle watching the happenings around here.
Thanks for getting to know us, we look forward to working with you. Since we are a family owned and operated business, keep in mind if you have any ideas, we can help make it a reality.
Just because we don't have something on our website doesn't mean we can't help make your idea or dream come true. You can find a schedule of our shows on this website - just click the "On The Road" button. We hope that you will come see us when we are at a show close to you and don't forget to bookmark our site and come back often.
Jill of all trades
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