1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Lovely old violin! I learned to play the instrument is elementary school and played through the first part of high school. It is a hard instrument to learn and make pretty music on. Fiddlers make it look easy, but don’t be fooled! LOL!

  2. Karlyne says:

    So right, Winnie! Just listen to a first year student, and when your ears quit bleeding, you realize what those pro fiddlers do!

  3. Terry Steinmetz says:

    This looks like my violin! I love it!

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Giveaway: Project F.A.R.M Rocking GT Designs

Congratulations to Tammy Trayer, sister #4170, who has been added to Project F.A.R.M (First-class American Rural Made). Tammy, one of our GirlGab bloggers, has been a Sisterhood member since May of 2012.


Tammy and her husband create homemade goat milk soaps, 100% soy candles, hand-forged metal art, horseshoe art, and leather items from their home in Idaho. And today, you have the opportunity to win some of their wares.

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    It looks like the clue is that you both spent a year living in the Idaho wilderness in a wall tent. Amazing story of her family start to pioneer living but just as compelling as the story of your year near the Moose Creek Ranger station. Both of you started your adventures as the winter began and quickly learned the steps needed to be taken daily to survive! True Farmgirl Grit! Tammy’s soaps are beautiful and artfully crafted.

  2. Barb Langlois says:

    You both have a love for the Idaho wilderness and are constantly exploring, building, repurposing, growing, raising off the land. Awesome. I’d be thrilled with Tammy’s soaps!

  3. Karlyne says:

    You know what this article makes me? It makes me proud to live in the same state as MaryJane and Tammy! When I get overwhelmed by all of the “conventional” farming that goes on around me (I swear those farmers drink Roundup for breakfast!), I can remember you two and be comforted.

  4. Terry Steinmetz says:

    You both lived in tents in the mountains & maintained a simple life. You both reuse everything. You can,bake from scratch & on/in cast iron pans. Most of all you both like to be strong women & are doing what you love! I would love to receive anything that Tammy or family produces! Way to go, sister!

  5. Deborah Granay says:

    With Tammy Trayer having so much in common with your views on non-organic farming and just plain love of the wilderness, it is no surprise that she is blogging on GirlGab!
    The iron candle sconce pictured above is a beautifully simple thing. I will have to look at their wares and decide what I’ve got to have here in my log abode. Thanks for introducing me to another purely American source of ingenuity!

  6. Vivian V says:

    As others have mentioned, you both have lived lives as outdoorswomen, have a dedication to a simple, sustainable lifestyle and practice what you preach. I admire both of you, what great role models!

  7. jaylyn morehouse says:

    You two seem very similar in that you’re both outdoors women, homesteaders, and live the simple, yet self-sufficient lifestyles! I’m totally right there with you ladies! Love goat milk soap and would love to try some out!

  8. Cheryl Schuh says:

    You are both adventurous outdoor women that have both braved life in a tent in Idaho.

  9. Cheryl C says:

    You have so many things in common, but I believe you both shared an upbringing by wonderful parents that instilled in you both a love of the outdoors and creativity among many other things. You both are strong women, love the outdoors, enjoy being creative, have an organic attitude toward life and so many other interesting and wonderful attributes.

  10. Victoria Parry says:

    You both like to bake your own bread…in cast iron!

  11. Tess Sole says:

    MaryJane and Tammy both spent time in the Idaho wilderness and living in tents. I absolutely love the pdojects that Tammy and her husband made. I would love to live the creative, back to the land life they life! Thank you for the opportunity to enter!!!!

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WINNER!!!! Chenille Bedspread Giveaway

Ready to find out the winner of our MaryJane’s Home chenille bedspread?


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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Barbara, what a fabulous gift for remembering your Grandmother! wouldn’t she be so excited for you today? Congratulations!!

  2. Jenny Williams says:

    What wonderful memories! Congrats Barbara! I bought the entire set in Ecru and LOVE it! It not only gives the room a touch of nostalgia but a really romantic feel. My husband said its not only pretty, but reminds him of where we stay at Disney World. Enjoy!

  3. Barbara Torres says:

    I can’t believe I won the bedspread. It will be a reminder of my grandma and how blessed I was to have her in my life.


  4. Linda P says:

    It couldn’t have gone for a lovelier memory – cherish it in your grandmother’s memory. Congratulations, and hope you are wearing the scarf!! xo

  5. Barb Clausen says:

    Congrats Barb! Chenille bedspreads bring back memories for me also. I use to take my naps on my Mom’s. I would wake up with the imprints on my cheek. When I grew up a friend made a jacket out of an older spread and I always thought it was the coolest

  6. calle says:

    Oh Barbara, you are richly blessed. Chenille is like heaven. It is a lovely bedspread. Little girl memories are so precious. Your Grandmother would have loved it, so make a pillow from one of her items and join today with yesterday.


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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Traveling used to have a more “dressy” standard. People always wore their best clothes when they left home on a trip. Today when I travel, it is rare to see anyone, except business class M-F, dressed in anything but comfy clothes. No ladies hats and gloves anywhere!!!!

  2. Donna Starks says:

    I remember as a young child riding the trains to go visit family. I was very youn but I remember the sounds and also the soldiers that were traveling by rail. Now the old suitcases are being sought after for all kinds of refurbishing.
    Each old suitecase has memories and secrets that on only the owners will ever know.

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