my bandit b-day

For my 60th b-day, my daughter, Megan, and I traveled with Ace to Kansas to join up with a Farmgirls on the Loose event. I’m still sorting through all the photos we took and promise to share every detail of our fabulous time very soon.


Upon my arrival back home, there were plenty of b-day surprises awaiting my arrival.

On the doorstep stood a pair of cowgirl boots just busting at the seams with succulent succulents and the note, “We thought you’d get a kick out of this little gift we planted up for you!” Your Store Girls, Patsy, Sue & Jordie


We recently doubled the space of our store, so I know they’ve been super busy, but even so, they still found the time to send some love my way.

I love and appreciate YOU so much, Patsy, Sue, and Jordie!

If you haven’t made it to our store yet in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to meet these three women, there’s a treat “in store” for you. They’ve turned being in the business of retail into an absolute joy.


And the CARDS!!!! Lots and lots of wondrous cards along with tea and hot chocolate and seed packets.


And CJ Armstrong’s hubby made a hand-turned wine stop for me. Awesome craftsmanship! And don’t I love it that CJ makes cards using the labels from our chocolate bars?


And hubby bubby gave me new, precious adornments. And my dear friend Bobbie (whose b-day is this week also) remembered me. My brothers called to say they love me … still. No matter what. (I’ve given them a few whats over the years.) My grandgirl, Mia Marie, showed up with lunch and a smoothie. We played several games of hopscotch, drawing the squares right on my floor using chalk. (I still haven’t erased it.) My SIL brought me a bouquet of lillies and a hug. My employees brought chocolate cakes, brownies, and cupcakes. (I ate WAY too much chocolate.)


And my daughter is modeling a handmade poncho I received from Jan Doran of Michigan. I LOVE it. How thoughtful! Meg made me promise I’d lend it to her on occasion. “Maybe,” I said. It was at this point my husband piped up to say, “Wow, you’re making out like a bandit.” Guys. They say the darndest things.


And as if that wasn’t enough, I received another gift of clothing from my favorite apparel designer, Robin of Magnolia Pearl. It’s a stunning piece. Stunning.  Stay tuned for a magazine feature on Robin and husband John Gray.


Sooooooooooooooooooo much love.


And more cards!!!! And so many good wishes from our chatroom. Thank you Janet, Deborah, Diana, Teri, Mary Beth, Annika, Mel, Nini, Denise, Dawn, Nicole, Darlene, Justine, Margo, Shirley Jean, Tamara, Kelly, Jenne, Katie, Kelly, and Kristina. It meant a lot to me that you remembered!


Am I feeling it? I sure am. Call me blessed. Blissed. What an awesome 60th!


  1. Elizabeth says:

    Looks like your 60th Birthday celebration was indeed a Happy Birthday, filled with love & appreciation. I’m looking forward to seeing all of your celebration pictures:-)

    You are most certainly cherished MaryJane. And I hope you always carry/feel those special gifts of love in your heart, mind & spirit. Happy 60th Birthday to our MaryJane Butters!

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday Mary Jane!! What a lovely and deserving celebration you had for your 60th milestone. It will be very fun to see more photos of the Kansas trip as you have time to re-group and post us a few. I am so glad that you were able to plan and experience that perfect Glamping weekend with friends and fabulous glampers to make it the awesome 60th! WhooHooo!!! A good time was had by all.

  3. CJ Armstrong says:

    Yup, made out like a bandit! Good for you!
    Happy Birthday Hugs!

  4. CJ Armstrong says:

    P.S. I see you, too, received one of “Birdie’s” awesome Zentangle cards! YAY
    AND, Laurie’s lavendar hot chocolate . . YIPPEE!!

  5. melyssa says:

    Happy birthday, MJ!! xoxoxo!

  6. Debbie Fischer says:

    Oh to be loved is the greatest feeling in the world. I am so happy you had such a beautiful day and received so many wonderful cards for your birthday.

  7. Terry Steinmetz says:

    Happy birthday, MaryJane!! I’m so glad that you are part of my life as a friend via email & The Sisterhood. You deserve even more hugs. So HUGS, HUGS & MORE HUGS!!!

  8. Darlene Ricotta says:

    Mary Jane

    Well you sure had an awesome birthday and I am really glad I could help you to celebrate it. The farm is the best thing I have been involved with besides having God in my life, and I am pleased and thankful to be a part of it.
    You have a very good month as well because it is your birth month.
    blessings and hugs and thanks.

  9. Laurie Dimino says:

    Oh Mary Jane- Happy Belated Birthday to you! My tail is between my legs that I missed your special day, but I am sending you smiles, and hugs, and love and good wishes. Happy 60th Birthday to our Queen Bee- you are a woman who has enriched the lives of so many simply by being you! You look FABULOUS! Heck, you ARE FABULOUS. I feel so blessed to have discovered all things Mary Jane over 3 years ago and want to say thank you for all that you do.
    Enjoy your Birthday Month!

  10. Grace Higbee says:

    Eve though I don’t know you really well, I feel that in a way I do. Happy 60th Birthday. May you have many more just like it. God Bless You always. A friend Grace

  11. Kathy says:

    What an awesome birthday! May you be blessed with many more.

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