All information from this website, including text, photos, jewelry, and artwork are the property of Amy Hanna and are protected under U.S. copyright laws. No portion of Amy Hanna’s works or statements may be duplicated, downloaded, reproduced or altered in any way without prior explicit permission. Please free to link to this site.
I have always been a big fan of Architecture and history, even when I was a little girl. So I thought my kids would be so happy when I told them that I was going to take them to Greenfield Village for the day. Unfortunately they do not share my love for either architecture or history and made my happy day of visiting one of my favorite places an afternoon of listening to three Wendy Whiners. They could not find the joy. I tried to make the best of it and loved revisiting a world unlike any other. Greenfield Village is a beautiful park founded by Henry Ford, or as they call it an “80-acre time machine”. Inside the park you will find the home that Henry Ford grew up in, the Wright Brother's home and their bike shop, Thomas Edison's workshop, The Firestone Farm, and list goes on with a total of 83 authentic historic structures. The farms are still working farms, this is pretty impressive considering some of the farm houses are from the seventeen hundreds. There are men and women dressed in outfits from the time period and they demonstrate how the meals were made in the farms kitchens. By the end of the day I think they came away with some valuable knowledge of your histories past. My son has always been fascinated with Henry Ford so seeing his childhood home was interesting to him along with many other things. They did inform me that they were bigger fans of the museum which is also on the grounds and is just as amazing. This whole place is a most see for history fans.
Pictures above and below are from Thomas Edison's workshop.
The art of photography is my new love! It is so fun to see how one item can look so different when placed next to or on top of another object. I love the way the crunchiness of this very old tin type accents the details of the vintage French sterling cherubs. I have had a lot of fun treasure hunting over the last couple of weeks. I was so sad when my favorite small flea market closed up a couple of summers ago. It was in a field in front of a small red barn. I loved going there and I always found wonderful treasures. I am very excited to finally be able to attend the Ann Arbor Art Fair. I have heard wonderful things about this event. I will share more in a couple of days...............
Thought I would share some snap shoots of some beautiful buildings. I have always been a big fan of these old buildings and the stories that go with them. The top building is going to be restored and turned into a big restaurant and bar. I was so sad to here that the brick was going to be stripped of its writings. The hardware store has been closed for a while you can still see all of the goods inside along with all the vintage displays that are original to the store. I was dying to dig around in there. It is so sad to see the history leaving the buildings.
Michigan is so beautiful in the summer. It feels like
the summer nights never end. I am watching the sun set right now and it
is 9:30 at night. It almost feels like you experience two days in
one. It is refreshing to be surrounded by people that you love and have known
your whole life. Family is a beautiful thing and a blessing to
have. I am trying to cherish every moment I am here. We are never
guaranteed tomorrow and I am trying to remember that every time my mother
starts nagging me about silly things. Tractors, cousins and puppies
are what a good child hood memory should hold. I am very blessed.