GIVEAWAY: “All American Clothespins, Out on a Limb”

For a chance to win 20 FREE beautiful, handmade clothespins from All American Clothespins, tell me how long you’ve been reading MaryJanesFarm in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-September.

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Albert Crooks and his 15-year-old son, Al, craft beautiful, sturdy clothespins from ash (the perfect hardwood for clothespins) and heavy-duty, stainless-steel springs manufactured in the U.S. “No more using four or five cheap clothespins to hang a wet towel to line dry. Our clothespins are tumble sanded and are finished with tung oil, which will not leach out and stain your laundry.” For beautiful clothespins that will last a lifetime, visit AllAmericanClothespins.com.

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WINNERS!!! Giveaway: Picnic Quilt

The winners of our “Busy Bee Quilt, Le Picnic” giveaway are:

DeAnna Hoyt-Zoeller, who said in response to our question, “Tell me all about your favorite picnic experience.”:

“Our favorite picnic is at the beach. Blanket spread out on the sand, not too far from the waves, with our favorite sandwiches and iced tea to go with it. Of course, having the beach umbrella is always helpful. The kids love to gather shells and sea glass while the hubby and I soak up the rays. Such a gorgeous quilt! I love the idea of a bassinet for a picnic basket, fabulous!!”

and Dolly Sarrio, who posted:
“Love the quilt and pillow! Let’s see a picnic that stands out in my mind. As teenagers, a group of us decided to go to a state park. Guy and girls, and it was a fun time. I fried chicken and made potato salad, of course. One of the girls decided that her boyfriend was paying me and my picnic basket too much attention. (Little did she know he just loved my fried chicken … lol). She brought boiled eggs, so she politely walked up to us and threw a few of her boiled eggs in the shell at him …. Funny stuff! Truthfully, the most important picnics were held underneath a Weeping Willow in our back yard with my babies and the kitty cats. We did that almost daily when they were young.”

Congratulations, DeAnna and Dolly! Watch for an email from the farm.

Thank you to the 391 women who responded with such lovely comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them!

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GIVEAWAY: “Busy Bee Quilt, Le Picnic”

Thank you for dropping by my Raising Jane Journal to participate in my giveaways! We’ve chosen a winner for this giveaway already (click here for details), but don’t be afraid to leave a comment anyway. I love reading them. And stay tuned for more great MaryJanesFarm giveaways.

In the Apr/May issue of MaryJanesFarm, on newsstands March 6, you’ll see how Megan converted an old wicker bassinet into living-room picnic-gear storage that now holds a picnic quilt, a couple of pillows, and board games for the perfect indoor picnic.

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In the photo above, you’ll see my MaryJane’s Home “”Busy Bee” quilt and pillow with my favorite patchwork shape, the hexagon. Why a hexagon? The hexagon, a shape that speaks the zen of the busy beehive or the wired manors of chickens (the oldest domesticated animal on Earth), symbolizes the unity and structure of the farmgirl life—a framework for the proper order of things, a pattern for life. In unwritten feminine language, it is a standard for farmgirls, or for that matter, the ordinary honeybee or the hen, rank and file workers that move the work along. It says that all things are to be done decently and in order, and that small things add up.

For a chance to win one of our “Busy Bee” twin quilts and matching 16″-square pillows, tell me all about your favorite picnic experience in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-May.

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Winner!!! Giveaway: MaryJane’s Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook

The winner of our MaryJane’s Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook giveaway is Jeannie Keeffe, who said in response to our question, “Tell me what at MaryJanesFarm has inspired you … magazine, books, products, chatroom, or journal”:

“Am hoping not to be judged by MY cover, too.

I’ve been a country girl (a red-dirt girl) all my life. Growing up with parents that grew their own rabbits & chickens both for the freezer, show, and of course, eggs. Some years we’d have a cow for milk, but the goats were easier to keep, would eat the poison oak, and the milk … MmmMmm good … oh, and they loved to show off at the fair. Pigeons for squab which I thought everyone ate until later in my life. Ponds to swim and fish in, horses to ride & show, 1/4-acre garden where dad would be found sitting and watching—a place I would enjoy a one-on-one with, a place I learned to eat fresh foods that tasted so marvelous (before cooked by mom, who often cooked things to death). Looking back at my life with Mom & Dad is heartwarming. So a book with an Old Look that is filled with surprises would be wonderful to have.”

Congratulations, Jeannie! Watch for an email from the farm.

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GIVEAWAY: MaryJane’s Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook

Thank you for dropping by my Raising Jane Journal to participate in my giveaways! We’ve chosen a winner for this giveaway already (click here for details), but don’t be afraid to leave a comment anyway. I love reading them. And stay tuned for more great MaryJanesFarm giveaways.

This copy of my first book, MaryJane’s Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook: For the Farmgirl in All of Us, was in our store window and ended up with a sun-faded cover.

But its insides are like new, and as every farmgirl knows, it’s never good to judge a book by its cover. Better to judge it from some of its online reviews, like this one from Amazon’s “Never Enough Books”:

“I’ve been a farmgirl, citygirl, tried the Mother Earth News route years ago, so it was with some skepticism that I checked out this book from my library. Don’t be put off by the reference to “Martha Stewart of the West” because the only similarity I can see is that both Martha Stewart and MaryJane Butters are hard-working women. I don’t think I have ever before read any non-fiction book as closely and with as much pleasure as MaryJane’s Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook. I couldn’t be satisfied with the library’s copy, but had to have my own, plus ordered one for my daughter-in-law. The pictures are beautiful, from antique implements to happy people. The verbal sketches of family, friends, and helpers is uplifting.

What struck me most about Butters was her positive attitude. She advocates organic farming and living, but rather than trying to force others to conform to her way of thinking and doing, she found ways to work with local farmers. In using local products, she has connected growers with consumers and built a business for herself, family, and friends.

I’d rate this right up there with Aldo Leopold and Sand County Almanac.”

To lay claim to this (sun-faded) copy, tell me what at MaryJanesFarm has inspired you … magazine, books, products, chatroom, or journal. We’ll put your names in a basket and pull out a lucky winner sometime soon. Check back to see if it’s headed your way.

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Winner!!! Giveaway: MaryJane’s Stitching Room

The winner of our MaryJane’s Stitching Room giveaway is Susanne, who said in response to our question, “Tell me why you’re a farmgirl”:

“Even though I’ve lived in town for over 30 years now, I’m still a farmgirl at heart and dream of living on a farm again someday. There’s just a deep satisfaction in going out to milk on frosty mornings, picking fruit from your own trees and storing it for later, harvesting loads of veggies from the garden, making meals completely from homegrown ingredients, and enjoying the beauty of creation all around me. In the meantime, while waiting for a farm again, I enjoy my little garden beds, herbs, and flowers outside, and sewing, knitting, and cooking from scratch inside. I’d love to have this book to create from! Thank you for the giveaway!

Congratulations, Susanne! Watch for an email from the farm. Thank you, everyone, for your lovely comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them.

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Winner!!! Giveaway: “Seamwork, I’ll Be Home”

In the Dec/Jan issue of MaryJanesFarm, “I’ll Be Home,” I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a FREE one-month, premium Seamwork membership (Seamwork.com). Seamwork is all about designing and creating your own wardrobe, piece by piece, with approachable patterns that match both your style and your schedule.

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The winner of my “Seamwork, I’ll Be Home” giveaway is …

Carol, who left this comment in response to “Tell me about one of your favorite sewing projects.”

“I was the girl in high school who made many of my own clothes. Now I’m a quilter and a thrifty clothes shopper. BUT, I think I should revert to my earlier self. At my age (59, no really, I am 59), I am finding it harder and harder to find clothes that are ME. I would love to give this a try. My favorite project was all the clothes I made for my trousseau in 1980.”

Congratulations, Carol! Watch for an e-mail from the farm. Thank you, everyone, for your lovely comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them.

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GIVEAWAY: MaryJane’s Stitching Room

Thank you for dropping by my Raising Jane Journal to participate in my giveaways! We’ve chosen a winner for this giveaway already (click here for details), but don’t be afraid to leave a comment anyway. I love reading them. And stay tuned for more great MaryJanesFarm giveaways.

This copy of my book, MaryJane’s Stitching Room, was in our store window and ended up with a sun-faded cover. But its insides are like new, and as every farmgirl knows, it’s never good to judge a book by its cover. Better to judge it from some of its online reviews, like this one from Elaine:

“Awesome book filled with tons of crafts and sewing ideas. I bought this as a gift for someone who loves lace and she just loved it. I have been getting MaryJaneFarm magazine for years now and this is a more in depth look at things she crafts.”

To lay claim to this (sun-faded) copy, tell me why you’re a farmgirl. We’ll put your names in a basket and pull out a lucky winner sometime soon. Check back to see if it’s headed your way.

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GIVEAWAY: “Seamwork, I’ll Be Home”

Thank you for dropping by my Raising Jane Journal to participate in my giveaways! We’ve chosen a winner for this giveaway already (click here for details), but don’t be afraid to leave a comment anyway. I love reading them. And stay tuned for more great MaryJanesFarm giveaways.

In the Dec/Jan issue of MaryJanesFarm, on newsstands Nov. 7, you’ll find a feature about a great website and online magazine called Seamwork (Seamwork.com). Seamwork is all about designing and creating your own wardrobe, piece by piece, with approachable patterns that match both your style and your schedule.

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A monthly membership to Seamwork offers patterns, hacks, ideas, and inspiration to help you craft the clothes you want to wear. For a chance to win a FREE one-month, premium Seamwork membership, tell me about one of your favorite sewing projects in the comments below (I recently taught my grandgirls how to use an electric sewing machine and they made doll blankets–I loved every minute of it). I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-December.

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