Thursday, March 26, 2009

$10 Shoppes Listings

For A limited time you can have your primitive website listed in our shoppes directory for the next 6 months for only $10. Visit to see who is advertising with us.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Get A Free Category Listing In Our Directory

When you buy a 3 month featured ad you will also receive a free directory listing in one category of our Shoppes Listings for 3 months. This offer is good through March 10, 2009.

Monday, February 23, 2009

6 month Shoppes Listings $12

Now you can get your primitive site listed in our Shoppes Directory for $12/6 months.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sale! Sale! Sale!

Beacon ads at Olde Village Depot's Primitive marketplace are now on sale, when you buy the 3 month ad, for $18.00. With our beacon ads you will get to place a 150x150 button, you'll get a text link to your primitive website, as well as a short description, all placed on our home page. Visit our website at and get your beacon ad today, offer expires on February 8.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Plug Our Plugboard

Come on over and plug our plugboard. You can find us at

Plug boards are a great way to increase traffic to your website, and we highly recommed setting aside a couple of hours a month to plug. And the best part of plugging is that it is FREE!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Welcome Nutmeg Hare

Since we began Olde Village Depot, January has always been our biggest month for adding new crafters. We love to see new faces and our primitive marketplace offers affordable advertising for everyone. So today we are welcoming Nutmeg Hare to our marketplace. Nutmeg Hare provides a variety of stitchery patterns just for you. You can visit Nutmeg Hare at

Thursday, January 08, 2009

New Partnership

Over the last couple of years Olde Village Depot has partnered with several online marketplaces. Our latest partner is Prim Street. A partnering link is an exchange of links with a similar business in order to promote each other. Partnering with other marketplaces has helped us cross promote our primitive online marketplace and is way for us small businesses to support each other. You can find our business partners on our home page in the left hand column near the bottom of the screen. We recommend that our advertisers visit these links to see what they have to offer.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Notice About Shoppes Listings

Beginning January 1, we decided to make our Olde Village Shoppes Listings a 6 month listing. Previously a membership to our directory was for 1 year. Changing this to a 6 month membership will allow our members to make updates to their listings, such as new banners and new descriptions, more frequently.

A 6 month membership is $15.00, if you are not yet a member of our primitive marketplace you can join us by visiting

We welcome all online primitive crafters to join us.

Friday, January 02, 2009

And The Winner Is....

Laura! Congratulations, you win 1 free Beacon Ad for 1 month on Olde Village Depot. Thank you to everyone that played along, and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tell Us Your Resolutions and Win A Free Beacon Ad!

To start off the New Year, we are giving away 1 Beacon Ad at Olde Village Depot. To win all you have to do is comment on this post with your New Year's Resolution. Our winner will be chosen by a random number generator. The deadline for posting your resolution is Jan. 1 at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be chosen on Jan 2. Good luck!

The Old Glory Company would like to share this free pattern with our readers. Please visit their site for more wonderful grungy patterns. They are also having a Trick or Treat Giveaway going on and have new Fall Patterns available.
To access the Grungy Pumpkin Head Scarecrow click on this link.

The Grubby Doll Look

The Grubby Doll Look

“Grubby” is the word I kept hearing around the craft circuit. To me grubby meant grimy. So I decided to get to the bottom of this and find out the big deal with grubbing a doll and what it really meant in crafters terms. So I decided to ask a fellow crafter “What Is Grubby? To my surprise I found out that it’s another word for aged or old and that it gives your dolls that dirty look. Now at first I thought to myself “Why would I want to make my dolls look dirty”. Then I did a few of my dolls and realized they are not really dirty looking but a bit more primitive.

So to get “The Grubby Doll Look”, you can use a tea mixture, coffee or Walnut Ink. I decided to go with Walnut Ink, since I seem to drink too much coffee or tea to keep any left over for my dolls.

Where do you purchase Walnut Ink? Try various craft sites and also E-bay sells them. Now this does not mean to go out and make all your dolls look grubby, has you may or may not like the look. Trust me; I was skeptical in the beginning so it’s best to start out with 1-2 dolls at a time.

Once you have grubbed up a few dolls, try selling them at your next craft show. This is a great way to introduce a new doll to your customers and also find out if they are acceptable. It is always good to test your market before going overboard with a new product.

Now of course I don’t listen to my own advice and have done well with making these sort of dolls. I even sold a few on Ebay. So if you decide to jump in and just go nuts with making grubby dolls, remember I warned you.

Also know that each target market area is different and some people may not know what grubby is so be prepared to answer the question “What is Grubby”.

Author: Talena Bacon

Bio: © 2008 –All Rights Reserved~~~Talena Bacon is the owner of Sew Cute Dolls & More and Mulberry Creek Mercantile She is a doll maker, pattern designer and advertising specialist. Talena specializes in Primitive/Country dolls, home d├ęcor and low-cost advertising for all businesses.

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Digi Scrap Kits - Trina Clark Designs!

Primitive Country Clipart, MySpace Layouts, Printables (labels, hang tags, & gift tags), Digi Scrapbook Papers/Kits, & More - All for Immediate Download! Use my primitive country graphics to create many different types of crafts, web graphics or desktop publishing projects for personal and commercial use - all without any extra commercial fees!
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Linda's E-Books

I get asked a LOT - "How do you design a doll e-pattern?" So, a few months ago I wrote a FREE 4-part series of articles on "How to Create A Print Pattern and E-Pattern" and thought that maybe all of you might like it if I created a FREE .PDF E-Book from that series of articles. So, I did. Now everyone who wants to try and design their own doll or craft patterns or e-patterns can find out how to do it. I hope you enjoy my FREE Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Create A Print Pattern and E-Pattern E-Book and hope it motivates you to create your own e-patterns. Linda

Old Fashioned Rag Balls

by Mary Roberson

Ragballs are fun and easy to make! They look great displayed in Mason Jars or in Baskets, Bowls and Small Buckets. Add them inside a Glass Mason Jar Lamp instead of Rosehips, or in addition to your Fixins, for a unique twist!

Click here for directions on making Old Fashion Rag Balls.