Red Tractor Girl Winnie & Wall Tent Kellie

Finally. I beheld our dear Winnie with my own two eyes. Hugged her with my own two arms. Winnie (redtractorgirl) flew to Idaho from Florida to meet up with Kellie Falconer (accordiontokellie) who she’d met on our chatroom. (Winnie recently retired from a career as a health care professional. Next up? Yellowstone Park and the Tetons.) I dashed from my farm up to our retail store two hours north in Coeur d’Alene to take them out to lunch, a loooooong leisurely lunch. So very much to discuss!!!!! In person. For the first time.


If you’re ever in Coeur d’Alene, make sure you dine at Tito’s. The food is excellent and their sweet potato fries are the best. They come with … get this, huckleberry dip.


Kellie lives in N. Idaho on a homestead with her family, her creativity spilling forth into the world from a wall tent studio. I kid you not. The photos that she and her sisters take are fantastic. Check it out:

And her Etsy shop:

And once you’ve feasted your eyes on all things Kellie, make sure you order a custom farmgirl button from her.


And our dear, sweet Winnie managed to bring a jar of her backyard, homemade marmalade all the way from Florida. Sadly, the jar didn’t last but a day once it arrived back home with me.


Here’s a post from 2011 when Kellie first visited our store. How adorable is this girl???!!!!!

Life is good. Friends are golden.


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Hi Mary Jane from Yellowstone ! Oh my, the scenery just keeps getting more beautiful every day. Gosh, our visit with you in Couer d’ Alene was a dream come true for me and Kellie! All the way home we kept talking about how wonderful it was to meet you in person and talk about so many topics (over some fabulous food and to die for sweet potato fries!). Your store is just like a stroll into the MJF magazine. It is full of fabulous Farmgirl must haves and the sweetest store attendants ever.

    I too was so excited to meet you and hug you after these past years of embracing your outreach to so many of us and providing us with ideas for better living and encouragement to seek a more intentional lifestyle. You have inspired us to reach a little deeper and take a few risks all while being in a community of friends to support and help us along. It has been fun and meaningful to me!

    I am very grateful that you were able to arrange your busy days and come up for a visit! You are so correct. Life is good and friends are Golden!! Glad you enjoyed the marmalade too. Don’t you agree that the Chillover Powder did a perfect job in the recipe?

    Make new friends, but keep the old. One is Silver and the other Gold!!

    Than-you Mary Jane for 3 wonderful hours of your day in beautiful Coeur d’ Alene!!

  2. Mary Beth Schwarz says:

    Coeur d’Alene looks so interesting! Thanks for showing us this adventure with the ladies MJ! Have a great trip sisters!

    Again this summer I am a volunteer (my 22nd summer there) at Old Faithful Visitor Center and I would love to meet Kellie and Winnie.

    In early September my “twin” sister Cynthia from Yakima WA will be here and we will have a “Danger Sisters” tour of part of Yellowstone. Whenever we are together, things just happen!

    Mary Beth

  3. Debbie Fischer says:

    How wonderful that Winnie and Kellie got to have lunch with Mary Jane, y’all had so much fun I can tell.
    That is on my wish list, dream list, bucket list whatever you want to call it to meet Mary Jane and to thank her in person with a big ole hug for bringing so many wonderful women into my life. Oh I can not forget Papa Brian:-) I have met a few of this very special farmgirl and hope to meet so many more in the years to come.
    So, thank you Mary Jane and I hope to meet you soon.

  4. Laurie Dimno says:

    Oh how I loved seeing this post Mary Jane! I knew Kellie and Winnie were coming to meet you, and what an amazing experience it would be for them. I feel forever blessed to have been able to meet you and hug you too. You have had such an impact on life, words just can not explain. I discovered your magazine at a very rough time in my life, and I have to say that both the magazine and the chat room and all of the wonderful friends that I have made have had such a positive impact on me and the way I live each and every day. I have been involved in so many great swaps and barters, and have taken trips of a lifetime glamping in Arizona, and Idaho with friends I have met and made from the chat room. Farmgirl sisters are truly priceless, and we have YOU to thank for bringing us all together. These pictures are yet another example of genuine friendships and true blessings. I look forward to more adventures and reunions with my farmgirl friends, and continuing to count each day as the blessing that it is. Thank you, simply for being YOU! You ROCK!!!!!

  5. CJ Armstrong says:

    What fun! It was such a pleasure to meet Kellie and her friend Tasha while we were on our Glamper-ific Gathering at Kathy’s house in Hayden, Idaho. We just didn’t have a lot of time to get to know them very well or do much. But it was such a refreshing treat!

    And, I too, am soooooo totally grateful and jazzed beyond description that we were able to meet with you, Mary Jane and Megan, at your store while there. It was such a fun time sitting around the table in the store, chatting, laughing and getting to know one another better. What a priceless time that was! Seeing Jordan again was a treat and meeting Patsy as well . . . they were so fun and funny!!!

    And, thank you for all you do for us farmgirls! What a community! What a network of wonderful friends!
    THANK YOU!!!

  6. Linda Shorb says:

    We have been friends with Kellie for a decade. Thank you for sharing your time with her and Winnie. Would love to know more about you and your exploits!
    John and Linda

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