Nothing More Beautiful

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The artists at our little co-op go to great lengths to make their masterpieces.  Today we’re looking at one of our photographers, Eric Dyck, and the way he finds the beauty on the prairie.  The above photo is one of Eric as he photographed a prairie burn just a few months ago.

Eric has been known for his compositions of the Chase County Courthouse, and for his hours-long timelapse of the solar eclipse.  He uses natural talent mixed with a touch of Photoshop to bring his pictures from photography to art.

Eric began taking photographs just a few years ago, starting with documenting his trips to Mexico and family reunions.  It’s only recently that he joined Prairie PastTimes in the hopes that others would appreciate his view of the world.  He always seems to know exactly how to catch the perfect shot of the beauty in our state.  There really is nothing more beautiful than that which nature creates.

2016 Bison Mother and Calf, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Chase County, KS 2015

Come in today to see some of Eric’s work!  You can take it home in full-sized form, framed (in hand-made frames Eric also made!) or in notecards.  If you want to see more of what he can do, visit him at

A Fantastic 4th of July

Now that summer has truly started, barbeques, parties, family reunions, river rafting, camping, and other exciting activities have begun to take over our lives.  The best one (at least we think) is the 4th of July!  Fireworks, family, friends, good food and drinks, and a celebration of our country.  What could be better?

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Well…We at Prairie PastTimes don’t think we can best a good 4th of July celebration, but we do have items in the store that could make it a bit more festive!

With family possibly spending the night, why don’t you freshen up your room with a red, white and blue quilt made by Margie Dyck?

Margie's star spangled quilt

Or some Kansas-themed hand towels in your bathrooms?  Made by the amazing Bernie Dette?


If you’re more focused on being outside, what’s a better way to make your wine selection available to your guests than a hanging wine rack?  This one was made by our own Dave Edwards at Persimmon Forge!

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And for the more subtle among us, there’s some fantastic jewelry!  Gabi Dyck, with Gamer Girl Jewelry, is always making new an interesting pieces.  A lot of them are holiday-themed!


So, while we won’t be open on Monday July 4, 2016, we do hope you stop in for some amazing decorations and holiday spirit any time before that (Tuesdays-Sundays, 11-5)!

Raise your glasses and May Freedom Ring!

Exciting Events at Prairie PastTimes

As May draws to a close, we in Chase County like to begin to really celebrate summer.  There are a ton of fun events to bring you down to visit us.  Visit the Chase County Chamber page to find out all the fun details for this summer.

In the meantime, come down this Thursday-Saturday (June 2-4) for the Flint Hills Rodeo!  It’s an exciting event, held every year in Strong City, with dancing, parades, trade shows and, of course, bull riding and horses! It’s an incredibly fun and exciting event, and Prairie PastTimes is getting involved!

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While we won’t have a physical presence at the rodeo, our store is (literally) just down the road, and it’s the perfect place to stop in to pick up a souvenir!  Our artists have been creating all kinds of special items with rodeo and horse themes.  Check out a few of them below!  We are open 11-5 Tuesday-Sunday, so we’ll definitely be open during the rodeo.  It’s going to be a very special time to stop in and pick up a one-of-a-kind, locally-made item to celebrate the start of summer!


Persimmon Forge


There’s little beauty in the world like that of a talented blacksmith working away over his hot forge, and Prairie PastTimes is lucky to have our very own man of talent–Dave Edwards, owner and operator of Persimmon Forge!  Dave has been working in black iron for a long time, and his art shows his long-forged (pardon the pun!) talent.

He says he chose to work in iron because: “A famous artist blacksmith once said that iron has great strength and yet also has the capacity to appear light, graceful and delicate.  “It has this capacity — but no desire.  It will do nothing by itself except resist you.  All the desire, and all the knowledge of how to impart this desire to the iron, must come from the smith.’’  It is a stubborn material.  The smith learns to use fire and force to encourage the metal to move.  At a high heat steel has a plasticity similar to glass and clay but still requires a lot more force to shape.”

He takes pride in what he does and doesn’t stress about getting the “perfect” look.  Dave is someone who truly understands that good art is created, not perfected.


Today, his beautiful wife, Betty, is working in the store!  She can answer all your questions and show you some of the articles and interviews we have on-hand that go a little more in-depth on Dave’s work.  Stop in today from 11-5!

June is here!

Well, sort of!  While today is still May 17, June is in the building at Prairie PastTimes, manning the register and spreading her wide smile to all of you who come to visit!

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When you first walk in the door of our lovely co-op, you see a beautiful “Welcome” stained-glass sign hanging in the window.  June made that sign, and it IS for sale!  Everything she does is a masterpiece, and each item can be custom made!

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June also makes the lotions that are near the register and knows all the secrets to getting truly soft skin!  Stop in and see her, today!  She’s there until 5!

Wet Wednesday

On a day when the weather disagrees with you, it’s hard to get up and get going, sometimes.  But there’s nothing better to chase away the rainy-day-blues than to head out to a place that is just as much a museum of art as it is a store!  We at Prairie PastTimes are all artists, and we love having the medium to show you our talent, as well as see it go home with someone who appreciates it.  So come on down, today!  We opened at 11, and we’re here until 5!

Today, one of our most talented ladies is commanding the register!  Judy Dodson does some of our amazing stained glass work, and she loves to talk about her techniques as she shows you the sparkling pieces in the windows.


Judy’s bluebird (below) has been featured on our Mother’s Day posts and on our Facebook page quite a lot, recently!  You can see just from the movement in the piece how much love and dedication she’s put into her craft.



Judy calls her pieces “Glass Post Cards” because they are usually smaller than your average stained glass piece, and give a unique insight to the beauty of the prairie.  She has also begun studying a new technique called “copper foil overlay” and it’s creating quite the new level to her art!

Stop in today to ask her more about her technique and her inspiration (or click on her name, above, to see her artist page!).  She’ll be there until 5 and she would love to tell you all about the beauty of the prairie, even on a wet Wednesday!

Today’s Mother’s Day!

Today is a very special day for all mothers around the world, and Prairie PastTimes doesn’t want you to miss out on an amazing gift!  Today, Janice Glanville, who makes some of our amazing stained glass pieces, is running the store!  She’s given up her own special day to help you make your mom feel loved, and who better to do it?

Janice has been making unique stained glass designs for years, and using it in very innovative ways such as this amazing trinket box!

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It’s perfect for placing jewelry in, or those special keepsakes, like shells Mom’s collected from her trip to the ocean, or those special presents of leaves and flowers that her grandchildren have given her.

If you don’t have the time to wrap up something so delicate, or you need something that will travel a long distance as you catch Mom for dinner, Janice also makes wonderful cards by hand!  You know that they’re special when someone like Janice has put effort into it!

Of course, there are lots of other items in the store, as well!  Paintings and photographs, shawls and books!  The best way to find mom the best gift is to go in and look around!  Janice will be glad to help you out!  She’s there from 11-5 today!



Mother’s Day

Prairie PastTimes is a store created by families, designed for families.  From jewelry, coloring books, dolls clothes and stuffed animals for children, to stained glass, classy hand-dyed silks and beautiful photographs for adults, we’ve really tried to capture the feel of growing up on the Kansas Prairie.

As Mother’s Day nears, we see our art as the perfect gift for all moms.  Each item was crafted with love and attention to detail, and each is one-of-a-kind, just like the amazing women who raised us and put up with our stubborn artist streaks.  Each month we try to display a selection of items we feel would best fit the upcoming holiday.  Here is this month’s:

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Beyond that, though, we have so much more to offer!  So here are a few examples of the other wonderful items that could belong to your mom this Sunday!

What mom doesn’t love new jewelry?

What mom doesn’t love soaps and lotions?

What mom doesn’t love new utensils for the kitchen (dads, keep this in mind for Father’s Day, too!)?

What mom doesn’t want a beautiful piece of stained glass in her window, to brighten her day?

These are just a smattering of the amazing items we have available for that special woman we all have to thank on May 8.  Won’t you stop in and take a look at what unique piece your mom would like?  We’re open until 5 pm today!