keep your flame strong

A candle lit for safety and swift recovery for all our sisters, families, and friends harmed by storm Sandy.

  1. Terry Steinmetz says:

    Since I am visiting our son & DIL in CT., I’ve seen the devastation. I’ll light a candle too. We were very blessed to be unscathed by Sandy. (Just some rain the wind here.) The pictures are too much to watch, with whole neighborhoods gone! Love & Prayers are being sent from me to all of them.

  2. Laurie Dimino says:

    Here on Long Island, there is devastation all around. I was lucky to escape with minimal damage, but I know many who have lost everything.
    Keeping a candle of hope burning for all of those facing such devastation.

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Good Morning Houston

 View from my room. Cooler temperatures. Some fun, I mean sun:)


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Color Me Happy

Late last night, Holly and Jamie were still hard at work putting up the MODA booth. Round of applause for such a beautifully designed space!

 Color me happy. My favorite color is still MODA.

 Yum, dinner is about ready. Fresh-caught fake filet.


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  1. Laurie Dimino says:

    Looks Fabulous- in fact…I’ll take one of everything! LOL
    Thanks for sharing the pictures with us! Nice work Holly and Jamie, y’all have fun today!

  2. Terry Steinmetz says:

    I can’t wait to get some of the material to make some things for my glamper-which is still in the works, just dreaming now!

  3. Beth Midkiff says:

    Looks like fun!! Hope the best for your show. There’s a lot of glampers out there!!

  4. Shery says:

    How I wish I could walk though the doors of the convention center and make my way back to the Moda booth. So much to see at QM!!!! Best wishes for your new line of fabric being a SMASH hit! The booth looks great. SO GLAD there is an actual camper in the booth. WooHoo…That MAKES it!!!!!!!!!!

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Live from Houston Quilt Market!

Setting up the Moda booth for the grand opening tomorrow. The theme this year? “MY FAVORITE COLOR IS MODA.” The booth is FULL of color! Here’s a photo of the paint sticks surrounding the booth. Adorable idea.

And then, TA-DA! Color me happy. “Madge, looky there. It’s a real live trailer in the convention center adorned with MaryJane’s new fabric collection—Glamping.”

“And I hear MaryJane will be there on Sunday signing her new book.”

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  1. So happy to see the pictures of Glamping on display at Houston Quilt Market!
    Moda fabrics rock, and now even more with MaryJane’s line of fabrics, Enjoy the Houston Market and show,
    Sister # 4595

  2. Leslie says:

    Love your set-up! Looks like a really fun time! Your new fabrics are GREAT!!!

  3. Christine McCombs says:

    This is so such a cute set up! Everything looks great! Hope you have a good time!

  4. Siobhan McBride says:

    The prints & colors of the fabric are fantastic! Everything looks wonderful! Wish I could be there with you!

  5. Carole Day says:

    Mary Jane,
    I was such a happy girl when I found your Glamping fabric. Great job! It’s been hard to find, so hopefully Moda will make more……soon!

    • MaryJane says:

      Thank you!!!! I don’t think they’ll print it again but I do have “Bee My Honey” coming out soon and after that “Milk Cow Kitchen.”

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Hallmark – Home & Family Episode – see it here!

For those of you who couldn’t tune into the show, here are my tips for glamping.

  1. Elizabeth says:

    That was pretty neat, congratulations MaryJane. Your banana splits look yummy. I love Hallmark (their cards, keepsakes & their movies!).

    Switching gears a little bit here but do you write about (or have you written) anything pertaining to your earliest experiences with outdoor foraging, napping & basic survival skills? Before your Glamping days began & new business? What about during the years you worked out in the woods?

    I’m following a train of thought here that may seem convoluted & long but I have an idea?…

    • MaryJane says:

      Have you seen my first and second books? My Ideabook and my Outpost book??????? All about that. But do tell me your idea!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    No, I haven’t read them yet but just did a search & see both books received excellent reviews. So I promise I will read them after I finish the book I am currently reading which is set in the early 1800’s; non-fiction & loaded with important but extremely detailed footnotes.

    As an example: Many things are mentioned in the book I’m presently reading that I’d never heard of before about soil conditioning etc. And again, how surprised & terribly saddened we were (especially my husband) after watching a movie (supposedly true story~which makes it even worse) where an affable, intelligent & financially sound young man decided to quit college & hike across the USA & beyond. The young man went on & carried us through his engaging metamorphosis while traveling, only to be snuffed out by an appetizing Sweet Pea in the end! Why? Why don’t birds & animals get sick from eating Sweet Peas? Is there a secret that desperately hungry hikers should know about like which mushroom or greens are edible? Did you have an emergency kit filled with kind of like an antidote medicine or something natural to counter act a bad foraging decision? Were you schooled in natural medicines for common & uncommon aliments, bites or stings?

    Believe we may be making things too complicated & expensive now days. Hoping more things can be remedied with natural ingredients & more things made with materials on hand?

    • MaryJane says:

      I didn’t go into great detail in my books about the foraging I did while living in the wild (I ate lots of wild greens and some mushrooms–all of it self-taught through books) but we’re currently working on a special issue of our magazine in conjunction with Mtn. Rose Herbs that will have a lot of detail about natural remedies, etc. It will come out next spring; so stay tuned for that.

  3. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Thank you so much for providing us a link to your Hallmark show! It was wonderful to be able to see you and all the fun you had doing this. Congratulations!!

  4. Rebekka Boysen says:

    MaryJane- You are a natural wherever you share your ideas! Thanks for sharing your segment here.

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behind-the-scenes of Home & Family

And here they are. The much-awaited, behind-the-scenes photos from my spot on the Hallmark Channel’s new show, Home & Family, hosted by Mark Steines and Paige Davis. Thanks for tuning in:)

  1. Laurie Dimino says:

    Loved the sneak peek behind the scenes. You Idaho gals really ROCKED the show!
    I had a great time seeing you “Live and in Person” (well as close as I’ll get for now…until I make it to your B&B).

  2. Terry Steinmetz says:

    Thanks for the “behind-the-scenes” photos. So-o-o much goes on that we never know about. I think you made an impression that will last the crew for awhile! And now I want to make a campfire & some of the banana splits. They are so-o-o good!!!!

  3. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Thanks for the behind the scenes photos because we don’t get the channel so I could not watch. It all sounds like a resounding success for both crew and the audience too! Love those glamping rum toddies.

  4. Sandy @ RE says:

    You are so cute, MaryJane. You need to get your friend, J. P., there with you!

  5. Wilma Gilbert says:

    Girl you are getting younger every year. Thanks for sharing. Love you Miss Wilma

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how charming

Hope you all caught my spot on the Hallmark Channel’s new show, Home & Family, last Friday. We had a fantastic time on set with Mark, Paige, and crew discussing how easy and fun it is to glamp in your backyard. For those of you who couldn’t catch it, stay tuned and we’ll post some clips from the show in the next couple of days. Don’t forget, there’s still time to enter to win the Mountain Rose Herbs Pampered Glamper Kit.

And what’s more?

Wine not, my dear readers.

I have swag for you.

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  1. Terry Steinmetz says:

    Yes! More to collect for glamping!!!

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Cute, cute accessories!!

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Home Sweet Farm

You know you’re in Universal City when your hotel decor is all about …

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  1. Terry Steinmetz says:

    Let me see–the farm, of course!!!

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I would take your farm any day over a glitzy hotel in LA!!

  3. Debra Davis says:

    Welcome Home. It is, after all, where the heart is.

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Girl Rising

News flash!

There’s a must-see movie in the works, girlfriends …

It’s called Girl Rising.

The title grabbed me right from the get-go, and the more I learn about it, the more hooked I become. It’ll be an experience that none of us will want to miss. My passion for thinking globally was renewed recently when Oprah aired re-runs of her interviews of young women for her school in Africa. What they said and how they described their lives and talked about the JOY that education brings them had me sobbing all over again. (This time I recorded it for my daughter and grandgirls to watch.)

Girl Rising was created by the 10×10 global action campaign for girls’ education in order to share the extraordinary stories of 10 girls from 10 countries who are fighting to overcome impossible odds on the road to realizing their dreams of education.

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Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, the film was also written by 10 celebrated writers and narrated by 10 renowned actresses, including Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, and Selena Gomez.

That’s what I call star power!

“[We’re] telling a story that might not be captured in a traditional documentary,” says 10×10. “A voice for girls who might otherwise never be heard.”

Girl Rising is scheduled for theatrical release in March 2013, and will also air on CNN and CNN International in May.

But you don’t have to wait that long to get a taste. Head to the 10×10 site today and watch the movie trailer.

Again and again.

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If the trailer whets your appetite for more (and I know it will), then dig deeper into 10×10, and get to know what’s going on behind the scenes of the movie.

This incredible organization is all about building worldwide support for girls’ education by spreading the message far and wide, from corporate boardrooms to rural villages, and changing minds about the importance of educating girls.

Why girls?

As if we have to ask!

Research has proven that educated girls dramatically improve the well-being of their families, their communities, and their countries. 10×10 believes that educating girls:

  • reduces poverty
  • reduces child mortality
  • reduces population growth
  • reduces HIV infection rates
  • changes the conditions that lead to terrorism
  • reduces corruption

Want to get more involved?

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Thanks for all of this wonderful information. On how to help more. And I might add that all of the reasons to support this in Africa apply right here in our own communites where girls weighted down from generations of poverty fare no better. It is the culture of poverty everywhere that must be addressed before families and future generations have an opportunity to advance towards the American dream!

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