1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    That is one beautiful vintage door knob. I love the craftsmanship and detail.

  2. My last house altho in disrepair was full of wonderful vintage iron. The hinges and doorknobs were little works of art not unlike the one in the photo. And the iron ceiling fixture/candelabra ( fitted for electricity) was a sight to behold.

  3. Deborah McKissic says:

    This is such a beautiful knob..the metal detail is wonderful! When my oldest daughter lived in Philadelphia for a brief period of time, I visited her and went to the flower show…and, her neighbor was re-doing their home..and threw out some crystal doorknobs..old, with beautiful metal work plates..and, of course, I salvaged them from the trash and took them home! My husband installed one on our bedroom closet door, and then there was one leftover knob, crystal, with no matching plate….so, it now sits on my desk as a paper weight…with its brass fitting intact…and, I am on the search for more….

  4. calle says:

    Pure Art and Fine Craftsmanship. Lovely

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Motherly Love

I love witnessing tender moments between mother and child.

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I had always heard what good mothers cows were to their calves but these photos are proof positive! We can take lessons from their example.

  2. Deborah McKissic says:

    Oh, so sweet! A mother’s love! I wanted to have chickens and our borough said “no” we are not zoned for them…what a “cow” they would have over this request! I need to move out to the country where it is all zoned “agriculture” and get my heart’s content! They told me I could have rabbits…hmm..Mary Jane, do those lay eggs or give milk? ha ha
    P.S. I did have a nice day of gardening yesterday, thank you..and a nice soak in my tiny clawfoot tub with my favorite bath salt…”zum tub” (by Indigo Wild) in lavender/mint…I get mine from a nonprofit to help women in poverty build businesses through micro-loans.

  3. Debbie Fischer says:

    Awwww!!!!! Just so darn cute!

  4. Cowabunga! Calf love! It doesn’t get any better than this to start my day on a happy note !

  5. Daniele says:

    There’s nothing like mama’s love

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Apple cozy for a beautiful delicious looking snack! Pretty cute if I do say so myself!!

    • MaryJane says:

      Apple cozy courtesy you! Love my apple cozy Winnie. Girls, you might want to see if she can make one for you. I love throwing an apple in my purse when I go to town, protected from bruises.

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Two summers ago, I found the apple cozy pattern and went nuts making them. Everyone I knew got one and the one shown here was saved for “that special gift” and seemed perfect to send to you last summer following my visit. So, girls , if you want a cozy, send me a message over on the Connection under RedTractorGirl. I am one apple loving girl and at my house, it is always apple season!

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Sticker Man

How many times have you picked and scraped to remove one of those pesky produce stickers?

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I hear you!

But the next time you have a sticker stuck under your nail, you might look at it a little differently. You might—who knows?—even smooth it out, strip away the pieces of peel that cling to it, paste it to a piece of paper, and mail it to the Sticker Man.

That’s right—Sticker Man.

Once he has your sticker, it’s anybody’s guess where it could end up …

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Look closely. Yes, those are ALL produce stickers stuck by “Sticker Man” Barry Snyder.

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Why produce stickers, Barry?

His reply, “It’s so stupid, it’s neat.”

Neat, indeed. The 60-year-old, self-proclaimed Almost World Renowned Food Sticker Mosaic Artist has had a penchant for produce stickers, reports Modern Farmer, since he was teenager in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Over the years, he has refined his hobby into a singular sort of produce-inspired pointillist pop art.

This one might just be my favorite …

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Or, well, who wouldn’t love this colorful interpretation of American Gothic?

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Something about Barry’s art just makes you smile.

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You can actually purchase prints of Barry’s brilliant work, but you’ll probably have to call him (he prefers the telephone to newfangled computer chat).

Of course, he also welcomes produce stickers via his (tongue-in-cheek) Save Our Stickers Foundation.

In Barry’s words, “The Save Our Stickers Foundation provides a new home and a meaningful purpose to these unassuming stalwarts of our supermarket lifestyles. Won’t you please help? If you could find the compassion in your heart to simply peel these valiant warriors off the skins of your preferred produce and then place them, sticky side down, on a piece of notepaper (paper, not plastic), they can live as artwork (united with thousands of fellow food stickers as part of a symbiotic visual presentation), bringing joy to young and old alike.”

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He asks that you send your stickers to:

Barry Snyder
POB 301
Erie, CO 80516


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how creative people can come up with the most fascinating projects. These art works are beautiful and just plain fun with all of the colors and graphics. I just love how you find people doing extraordinary things that make our world better and more interesting everyday. Inspiring!

  2. CJ Armstrong says:

    My goodness! Talk about recycle art! WOW!
    I’d be happy to send him stickers!

  3. Karlyne says:

    You go, Sticker Man Extraordinaire!

  4. Jami says:

    WOW !!! How awesome and interesting was this MaryJane !!! and his website is great………he ACTUALLY wants ya to call on the phone 🙂 Thanx for such unique and interesting posts !
    Luvya much………….Texas size farmgirl Hugs from # 5876 🙂

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May Day Flowers!

We made hanging baskets a few weeks ago (featured in the online Sister Issue of MaryJanesFarm) and have been patiently (some of us a little impatiently) waiting for the first day of May to arrive.

We woke up early Thursday and carefully cut our bouquets.

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It was a beautiful day and the girls were so excited!

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Off we went to ring seven doorbells and run as fast as we could (the best-est fun-est part)…

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Megan, I love how you are teaching your girls the May Day basket tradition. I bet the recipients of their bouquets were thrilled as well!!

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