National Tooth Fairy Day??

Boy, did I luck out? Apparently, according to Nanny Jane and my mom, today is National Tooth Fairy Day. What a close one! Guess who visited two days ago? But what if I’d lost it last night and she’d been on vacation? Is it like the garbage truck that sometimes takes days to catch up after a holiday or does she just skip the day all together?

Either way, it was awfully good timing to jump on that trampoline at the birthday party. Although we did almost lose my tooth in the birthday balloons, my tooth made it safely under my pillow and the wonderful tooth fairy did sneak in and leave me a gold dollar coin and a trail of her glitter dust. So on her day today, I am still covered in glitter and my smile is missing a tooth, but I just wanted to say thanks, Tooth Fairy. Hope you are having a grand day!

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FOUND: glamping project in the making

Lookie what we found—someone meeting up with my glamping fabric for the first time …
Have you met GLAMPING?
Glamping is the debut line from MaryJane Butters for Moda Fabrics.
She mixes glamour and camping in this fabric line.
So, remember a while back when I showed you my fabric crush … Glamping by MaryJane? I just couldn’t let it sit there! I really intended to stop with that because it was late and I had a long day ahead of me, but I just started to cut:

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Love those colors! I bet some campers are going to be sporting some very cute pillows, quilts, and other accessories this summer from your new line!

  2. Terry Steinmetz says:

    I’m wondering where I can get some of the fabric?! Our stores in my area haven’t heard of it. I will be checking around the country as I head to Florida this next week.

  3. ace says:

    Hi Terry,
    The Fat Quarter Shop will have what you need online:

    Woo-hoo for glamping fabric!!! 😀

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Freebie Quilt Pattern

Below is a freebie quilt pattern for my Glamping fabric. If you want to print this out, it’s quite lovely! Click here to be taken to the PDF.

Come on over here for more of my Glamping patterns! Soon to be in a fabric store near you.

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Very pretty patches, thank you for sharing!

    Just want to say that I sewed my very first patch yesterday…on a (already made but deteriorating) quilt. I had no idea what I was doing as it all was kind of happenstance b/c the tiny little hole in the quilt grew exponentially after I washed it. But I was so proud of myself for saving one of our favorite quilts with this cute & soft, hand sewn patch.

    This is something I probably never would have tried had I not started following your lead MaryJane Butters:-) Thank You!

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glampin’ tote … like tote-ally

Check out this tote that Pippa, of Pippa’s Patch, made out of my glamping fabric.
Just fab, darlin’!

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  1. Laurie Dimino says:

    Absolutely LOVE this lil tote! Its just fabulous!
    Thanks for sharing all of these wonderul projects with your new glampin fabric.
    Now if only I knew how to sew well enough……

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Lasso Yourself Some Shoes

Get out your lariats and round up this whopper of an idea right along with me.

Lasso shoes combine sewing and ingenuity to give us inexpensive footwear made of 100% natural materials: wool, cotton, and natural leather.

I’m thinking Lasso shoes will be a great project for my grandgirls, DIY style.

The kits are made in France by people with disabilities. They’re part of KickStarter, a website that helps start-ups get funding. They’ve already successfully reached their goal (and then some!).

So head on over to their KickStarter page to pre-order your Lassos at a discount price by choosing “back this project.” Hurry, pre-ordering at a discount is only available until March 1.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Very fun and such a good cause!! They do look challenging to fit for someone with a long skinny foot and heel like myself. But I love that they are all natural materials !

  2. Tammy says:

    HI MaryJane,

    I love this product idea. My kids would think it’s great to make their own slippers and supporting a small business like this that helps those with unique gifts is awesome!!!!! However…..I have no idea how much do “support” with. I feel a little stupid, but is France still using the Franc or are they with the Euro. And any idea if they even ship to the US. Can’t imagine what that will be. LOL!!!!!


  3. ace says:

    Hi there Tammy,
    No worries! Glad you asked as I am sure others may have the same questions.
    When you visit KickStarter via the link above it will take you to their page with their product. There is a “back this product” option you will click on. Then, it will give you a variety of donation options that vary with the type of “gift” you will receive if they are funded. Lasso has reached their goal and so their project will be backed.

    MaryJane went through the process here and donated £5. This qualified her to receive: 2 Kickstarter Lasso Green Laces + 1 personal handwritten Lasso postcard + her name on their website credit page.

    Once you choose your amount to donate and click “continue to the next step”, on the right-hand side, you will see the general conversion amount, in this case $8. They give a general amount because the value of the dollar vs the currency, whether it be Euros, etc. may change by the time they charge your card.

    If you were to donate to a project that had not been successfully funded yet, your money would be refunded if they do not reach their backer goal by their pledge date.

    Great news! Shipping cost is included in your donation amount. Hope this step-by-step cleared some things up. 🙂 -ace

  4. Ronda Meckley says:

    I work in a nursing home and we have residents that have problems wearing shoes as their feet swell during the days. It would be a great activity for them to make their own slippers. I now have 42 residents, are there any discounts for large quanitites as the residents are on fixed incomes.
    Thanks for a reply,
    Ronda Meckley

    • MaryJane says:

      You could send them an email and ask about group discounts. You’re right. It would be a great project for residents of a nursing home.

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Crazy Woman Creek

I bet you’ve had a day like this: you accidentally cut a guy off while driving, so he sticks his unforgiving fist out the window and yells something like “Are you crazy, lady?” or maybe, “Go back to crazy town!” or my personal favorite, “Get off the crazy train!”

Well, now you may politely inform him that you were actually on your way to Crazy Woman Creek.


Crazy Woman Creek, courtesy of Wikipedia; Asiir

What a hootenanny of a place to get your glamp on! Below is one man’s recount of how the creek and campsite were given their names in the Bighorn National Forest.

The most persistent and credible explanation for the creek’s name has to do with a trader and his wife. According to Crow stories, in the mid-1840s, a man who was half Native American and half white built a small trading post with his white wife on the stream and were carrying on a successful business with the Indians. For some reasons, the trader began to give liquor to one of the older chiefs, a dignified man, who would then act strangely after his visits with the trader. The Crows soon figured out what was going on and the trader was compelled to provide all of the men in the village with plenty of “fire water.”

Once they had formed a dependency on the liquid, he began charging them more and more for drinks. Finally, he claimed to be out of liquor and said he would leave to obtain more. Since the trader had virtually all of the village goods by that time, they didn’t believe him. Rather, they suspected that he would now go to trade with their enemies, the Sioux. They killed and then scalped him in front of his wife and she was struck in the head with a tomahawk and left for dead, but not scalped. After the warriors had departed, a Crow woman saw that she was not dead and secretly nursed her back to health.

Thereafter, the trader’s wife lived in the area but was deathly afraid of the Crow warriors and would hide at their approach. Some of the Crow women continued to feed her for a time, but eventually she was never seen again and presumed dead from starvation or animal attack. The Crow annually returned to the area of the trader’s post and with time, the stream became known as the Crazy Woman’s Fork and then later Creek.

The preceding story has been attributed to a George P. Belden, a Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Cavalry, who was stationed at Fort Phil Kearny in 1867-68 and had lived with the Crow Indians in the years prior to his military service.

Click here for more legends on how the area was given its name.

There is also a book titled Crazy Woman Creek-Women Rewrite the American West and swag for sale on Zazzle! Wouldn’t a Crazy Woman hat be a great gift for a white elephant gift exchange? Or to wear while towing your glamper headed for a certain campground in Wyoming?


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Now, that is one story! Thankfully, visiting this beautiful part of the country no longer harbors an uncertain ending!

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pared cheese paired with a pear

Momma Butters (meemaw in her pinafore) has been churning away on her next book, Milk Cow Kitchen. That means we’re getting in on some serious cheese tasting. Manchego paired with pear anyone?


It can be delicious work, but I guess somebody has to do it. Not to be too cheesy, but who’s paring the cheese paired with pear, pared to the rind?

  1. Eileen Stone says:

    GO MARY JANE!!!!

  2. may I preorder Milk Cow Kitchen Yet? Yummy!

  3. Laurie Dimno says:

    Oh how exciting! Can’t wait til we can get our hands on your next book!

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Downton Abbey

Gather ’round, Downton Abbey fans …

It’s time to dish!

Julian Fellowes, the Academy Award-winning fellow who created and writes Downton Abbey, has just offered up an interview about the series’ next season. (Here’s some fun trivia: In addition to playing numerous acting roles as English royalty, Julian is actually royalty himself—his full name is Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford.)

You may have a titch more self-control than I do,

and I totally respect that,

but if you are desperate to savor a few savory snippets of the season to come,

then surrender to temptation and read on …

“I’m not giving anything away by saying that one of the main themes is the rebuilding of Mary, that Mary has to rebuild her life in a society which is changing,” Fellows says. “We would see women’s roles in the ’20s as being very much behind women today. But it was a big advance on what it had been 30 years before. And that’s all explored in the show.”



Fellowes also alludes to his plans to write a new period drama for NBC.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    I’ll admit, I didn’t read the rest of the interview just because I want to be surprised. But I will share my take on how I believe the Downton story will end…?…

    Seems as if some major characters are getting sick & passing away in the story. I suspect we will see most of the Downton Abbey characters meet a similar fate…that is, all, except Edith? In real life, it often seems to me that everyone except the wealthy spinster is left to live out her life alone, on an aging estate. Ending up with everything & nothing all at the same time?

    How do you think it will end?

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I read this article in the New York Times and it made me sort of sad. Julian Fellows is so brilliant as writer of this series that his leaving has me worried about a premature end of it all after season 4!! My questions revolve around Branson’s child, and now the heir of the estate from Matthew. Surely, there will be much drama about these new comers? And I agree we have to have some resolve regarding Lady Edith. It rings of the prodigal son parable a tad.but whatever is in store, this Farmgirl will be glued to PBS for season 4!!!!

  3. Eileen Stone says:

    Thanks! I LOVE this show & am specifically in love with the womens’ fashions!

  4. CJ Armstrong says:

    It’s sad to have to have someone “die” when they leave a show but it makes sense as far as the story/plot goes. Edith?? Hmmmm . . . Elizabeth makes a good point.
    I love “Grannie” and all the quips she makes . . cracks me up! Dame Maggie Smith is a great actress!

    My hubby and I were watching those two vehicles approaching each other and were saying “Oh NO!” Guess we knew kind of what was coming. My hubby also says, there has to be loose ends left to lead into the next season. Will be interesting to see what happens indeed!

  5. Brandy says:

    I have been drooling over this series for a while now. I don’t want to watch it until I can get the beginning dvd’s. I MUST do it SOON!!!

  6. Terry Steinmetz says:

    Thanks for the updates. I try not to make my own thoughts of what is coming–it spoils what really happens when I do see the series. I love the way the ladies are strong. This farmgirl will be tuning in to season 4 as well!

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The Rest of the Story

Happy Monday morning my dear friends!!!! Here’s what I’m hoping will be a fun exchange between us. Can you help me write the ending to my “story” (adventure, yarn, whopper, taradiddle, mare’s nest, fabrication, concoction)? It can be three words. Or many. A smiley face without any ending at all. A total dud, fall flat on its face idea. (Oh, the embarrassment.) Here goes my first attempt. But wait. My future alert is this: I hope to sometimes drift into Garrison Keillor territory with a yarn or two. Maybe the occasional fable of yore. Maybe a pretend game of “you’re about to cowgirl up your milk cow when up drives …”


It’s happened before. But this time, she does it in an even larger group setting. She’s someone you care about a lot, enough so, you can’t bear the thought of correcting her privately, let alone publicly. What’s a girl to do?

Send her an anonymous note? You consider her reaction and embarrassment and that idea stops you dead in your tracks. You begin to weigh the consequences. When she finds out she’s had it wrong all along, she’ll spend time trying to replay all the many times she’s done it and who was there to witness it. It might affect her confidence. It might make her retreat. If she retreats only a tiny amount, that’s never a good thing. Worse yet, maybe she’ll retreat from you if she even suspects you’re the one …

“Silly. Just tell her the very next time it happens. You’re over-thinking it. On second thought, maybe I’m guilty of something similar and no one’s ever told me. Now, this is ruining MY confidence. This is starting to be too much …  

Say nothing …  

Oh, for heaven’s sake, just say it! Tell her point blank …  

No, don’t. Who do I think I am anyway? Little Miss Blunder Director Corrector?  She’s only a dear acquaintance, not a BFF … 

I got it! Tell a close family member of hers so they can tell her … “

Never mind. That is WAY too manipulative and underhanded.

But. BUT. Every time she says …

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I have a hard time with this one because I find myself getting caught up in the worry that , who am I to decide how a person should be? If she isn’t hurting someone, then let the rest of the world draw their own conclusions about her quirks. The question is , am I the one embarrassed because I think it not correct? If others blow it off and not me, then the problem is mine and not hers. My take is just tell myself to not take myself so seriously and let the person be who she is. Washed pot and all!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Then you realize it’s your pal’s adorable accent from yesteryear resurfacing as a glimpse from the past…?
    And decide it “all comes out in the watch” after-all;-)

  3. Karen says:

    Why can’t I see that her malapropisms are part of her charm? After all, in the scheme of human foibles, it is endearing. What is my problem?

    Why do I fondly remember that boyfriend of old who called geraniums “Geronimos” and Sweet Allysum plants “Lisa Breath” but my skin crawls when a friend washes that never-to-boil pot?

    My grandmother would know what to do if she were here. If only I were more like her.

    It if funny how one woman’s simple mistake has led me to remember an old beau and yearn for my grandmother who is sorely missed.

    Maybe what I should say to my friend, the next time I see her, is “thank you”.

  4. Sheri says:

    The next time she said it, I would casually say , “My mom would always say that a Watched pot never boils but silly me will always watch it anyway. It seems like it’s even worse when I’m in a hurry. Isn’t it funny how those old sayings apply to so many things!”. And then, I would never give it a second thought if she continued to say it the same. It’s such a minor thing and I love her more than wanting to embarress her. After all, we all have our little quirks!

  5. Kristi says:

    I have a dear friend who always tells me she has “come to a consensus” over a problem, and I have to giggle inside every time. She must have many parts. I don’t know why she never can “come to a conclusion.” I told her about it once, a long time ago, but she hasn’t changed, and I don’t want to change her.

  6. Mary phillips says:

    Maybe I should just go the whole 8 yards and tell her it’s not “lick” the bucket, either!

  7. Grace says:

    Even though the habit makes you cringe inside, you also smile just a little knowing that the flicker of confusion she sees on everyone’s face when she uses the wrong word is one of the ways that she makes sure that people are paying attention. 🙂

  8. Emily says:

    You play like Andy Taylor, the Sheriff of Mayberry, and with a smile and a great dose of humility, avoid even thinking about correcting the Barney Fife in your friend. (Barney, if you do not know, was frequently mispronouncing words and misquoting sayings.) Especially do this if your friend is the humble type herself.

    If your friend is a pride peacock, always looking to be right and correct others, it might serve her right to be put in her place. As unfriendly as that might seem, it also wouldn’t be a bad choice just letting her go on embarrassing herself is she is the proud type. I’ve spent many a time in company with what my grandfather referred to as “Know-ies”. . . you know, the sort of people who know everything and believe you know nothing. Sometimes it’s easier to just sit back and let those sort run on and run off everybody around them.

    But a humble friend, innocent of such behavior. . . just let her be. Chances are she’s beloved by those around her, and they accept her wholly despite her linguistic imperfections.

    And if it’s bothering you THAT MUCH that she keeps saying “a washed pot. . .”, then perhaps you’re taking life just too darn seriously. Just sayin’.

    (Of course, the “you” in this doesn’t really mean “you”. . . it means the “you” who is discussing these things in her own head. No offense meant whatsoever! This is getting complicated, haha!)

  9. Judy says:

    Maybe she’s deaf. My husband is and you should hear the words he sings to songs on the radio. Just lol a lot.

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This looks both delicious and healthy. Wish I had a bowl right now!

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