As promised, I am so proud to announce our first Artist of the Week, Linda Foster, of Prairierose! Linda is not only a talented artisian, she also works tirelessly to head our Etsy Street Team Old Farmhouse Gathering! To view more of Linda's incredible work visit PrairieRose on Etsy soon. Now a little more about Linda.......sit back and enjoy!
I have loved to draw and sew since I was knee high to a grasshopper. My Grandma taught me to sew on her old Treadle machine (which I now own) when I was 8 yrs. old. I have always loved old things as long as I can remember. My "art" has always reflected this. I cherish all things that have been loved and well used through the years. I have been very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. I have had a series of cards made by Hallmark Cards featuring my handmade bears. I have also had one on the Front cover of Early American Life. Country Living magazine has purchased a set of the bears that have shown up under and around trees almost every Christmas since 1989. I have also has some of my dolls showing up in various articles in Country Decorating. I have also worked the National Gift and Home Wholesale Markets for 12 years ( That was WORK!).Today I work mainly with "Trash to Treasure" pieces, and do a lot of furniture and trunk restoration. I have always had a brick and mortar shop until a couple of years ago. I decided to close it and try on line selling, in hopes it would give me more time to spend with my Grandchildren (10), and to paint, and create. It has been a new learning experience for me, and has been very rewarding in many ways. I joined Etsy for the same reasons and time as everyone else. I really felt like a grain of sand in a big sea of shops. I had the thought of starting a sellers group --the Old Farmhouse Gathering, in hopes of "gathering" other like artists and being able to help one another find our way. It has been a bit more work and time consuming that I thought it would be, but it has been extremely rewarding at the same time. I have met some fantastic ladies and made some wonderful friendships that wouldn't have happened if not for this group. For that I will always be forever thankful. I am so proud of what this group has accomplished, and I am just blown away by the Art that is produced by the members. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by so many lovely, caring, and talented Ladies. I Thank each and every one for making OFG what it is--the Best Prim Team on Etsy! I am truly Blessed! Linda Foster ~~ PrairieRose