GIVEAWAY: One World Family Calendar

I recently picked up two of these handy “family calendars” with the intent of gifting one. Plus, I wanted to support the organization behind it. The One World Family Calendar features beautiful photography of people from around the world, along with space for daily schedules for up to five people. It’s a beautiful calendar that will help you plan the rest of your family’s year.


This calendar comes from the New Internationalist: People, Ideas, and Action for Global Justice.

With new technologies, the whole wide world is at our fingertips, and we can help those in other countries as well as our own by shopping with a global responsibility in mind. And if you don’t think you support buying things from overseas, take a closer look around … that melon purchased in December probably came from South America, and that cell phone positively came from the other side of the globe. And wait … before venting about buying American-made, please realize that it’s an opinion typed on a computer that was most certainly made in China, Japan, or Taiwan. Sorry, Dorothy, but we’re not in Kansas anymore. We’re all part of a bigger picture, and that picture involves supporting workers around the world—not governments, but workers, people like you and me. So my stand is, I support workers, wherever they happen to live. Made in the USA, awesome. Project F.A.R.M. (First-class American Rural Made), love it. And yes, Made in the World. For me, they’re no longer mutually exclusive.

To win this beautiful calendar, tell me why you’ve decided to embrace the whole wide world and ALL the working people in it. We’ll put your name in a hat and pull out one lucky winner sometime in the next week or so. Stay tuned!

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Yes, MaryJane! We are all one big community here on this planet. And like you said, when we support each other, we all do better and we all have a happier life. While I am not in agreement with trade laws that directly hurt our own workers here at home, I believe we have to find ways to work together so that nobody gets left behind. It gets tricky, but when we can apply our creativity and fairness to trade, supporting others does not end up in Americans losing out. One good example that comes to mind are all of the Fair trade items, like coffee beans for example, that we can purchase and create our own products and business here in the US.

  2. Cindi says:

    It seems over time the line between Made in.. and quality has been muddled, fueled by producers who want the most return for the smallest cost (a logical but badly abused business practice). Little care for quality, has caused such a division that it seems to bleed out into other parts of our lives and affect deeper issues. For myself, I don’t care as much about where it is made as how well it is made. It is the craft, the art and the care put into it that I crave. 🙂 You have chosen a hot topic for the day MaryJane. Good morning!

  3. Karlyne says:

    You’re right (as usual)! We need to support the worker and not the grossly-inflated, huge, profit-driven corporations that may be local but are certainly not a good bang for the buck. Thanks for reminding us that family and community businesses are the best.

  4. These herder woman look like masai tribeswomen. I support small business people in emerging nations by donating small amounts to which is a micro lending organization. They loan like $100 or so to small businesses usually run by women, and then that allows them to make huge changes in their lives. They have a 95% repayment log. I urge you to go the site and look at the people you can help make a living directly. I chose my latest person, a cobbler in Burkina Faso, the poorest nation in the world, and he paid back my loan in less than a year, that is equivalent to double his yearly salary! This is the way I think and help globally.

  5. Penny says:

    Baker’s Creek Seeds has exposed me to many beautiful images of plants and people in other countries. It is incredible what these incredible hardworking people are doing to make their life sustainable. I thank them for be willing to share their seed stores, letting us grow some of their native varieties, and investing in our food futures.

  6. Toni H says:

    I find the diversity of the world beautiful. I think all cultures have a lot to offer and I love them all and love the art and items they have to offer.

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GIVEAWAY: Magic Pillowcases, Bee My Honey fabric

In the Dec/Jan issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Home for the Holidays,” we taught you how to make “magic pillowcases.”


Now, you can win a set of the pillowcases featured in that article, made from my Bee My Honey fabric collection. The body fabric is my “Colony Hum” print, the cuff fabric is the “Honey” pattern in “Gold” color, and the trim fabric is “Multi” in “Grey.” The giveaway includes two standard-size pillowcases and a pretty, pinked-edged poinsettia bow made from another of my collection’s patterns.

To win, tell me your pet name for your favorite honey (guy or gal) in the comments section below. We’ll put your answers in a pillowcase, shake them up, and draw one lucky winner. Come back sometime next week to see who wins.

  1. Faith DuBois says:

    I absolutely adored the magic pillowcases but never found time to make them between work, school, the holidays and caring for our rambunctious 10 month old black lab siblings, Maggie and Izzy (together, we refer to them as “MaGizzy”)!

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    These pillowcases are so pretty in the Honey Bee collection! My favorite animal is my KitKat Mr. Bump!

  3. Mary Jo Boyd says:

    Poofy looper

  4. Michelle Kirby says:

    Honey or Sweetie

  5. Virginia Meyer says:

    I call my “honey”, ” Hey, Handsome!! ” (because he is! He takes my breath away! Lol! AND he’s the one who introduced me to MaryJane! Isn’t he awesome?!)

  6. Vivian V says:

    My significant other is my dog, Bink – aka Binker
    The Stinker 🙂

  7. Alice - Farmgirl #12 says:

    My pet name for Brian is “Handsome”, because he is!

  8. MaryLou says:

    Thank you for the chance to win these lovely pillowcases. My pet name for Dave, my honey of 35 years, is ‘Babe.’ 🙂

  9. Kathy Davis says:

    I call my husband, “honey bear” or “sweet pea”.

  10. stella says:

    I call my husband “My Dear”.

  11. amy says:

    Love those pillowcases! and that flower is just so pretty.
    Nickname would be “hon”.

  12. it’s always been ” Honey Bunny ” appropriately enough !

  13. Dara Bell says:


  14. Cathy R says:

    What a delightful giveaway! Love the colors and design! Call my hubby ‘sweet pea”.

  15. Jenna says:

    The pillowcases are lovely! I call my partner, querida or mi reina.

  16. Kristine says:

    Hunny munny

  17. Sarah says:

    My favorite name is probably Honey. I was at the dr.’s yesterday, and she kept calling me that!

  18. Bobbie calgaro says:

    Swewty cause when I was typing him an instant message I spelled it wrong his other nickname is sweetie-honey cause I love bees and honey!

  19. CJ Armstrong says:

    My hubby’s name is Bill but when I want to be sweet to him I call him “Sweet William”, when I want to be feisty I call him “Bad Billy”. 😀
    We’ve been married 46 years!

  20. Lisa @1countrylovinmomma says:

    My husband and I call each other Sweetie Pie. Or just Pie, for short. ♥

  21. Heather (nndairy) says:

    I call my husband sweet pea or love.

  22. Karen(old cowgirl) Montoya says:

    My husband passed away 2 years ago. When he was alive I called him Sweetie-pie as well as Honey-bun. They were interchangeable.
    Farm/Ranch girl hugs,

  23. Eileen Stone says:

    I call my husband, “Goog” or “Googie”. His name is Greg. Our nephew, Mikey, called my husband “Uncle Goog” when he was little. We liked it & it stuck.

  24. Holly-Mae Carver says:

    My hubby is Todd and I call him my “Hotty Todd-ie” ❤️

  25. Monika says:

    Since I went through a very nasty marriage and worse divorce, my best guy now is my puppy. His name is Sir Raggs, Duke of Mountain Menagerie. (because we are starting at the bottom and moving up) I call him dude for short. Hope we will win and start new blessings.

  26. Patty Byrd says:

    I love the pillowcases! I call my honey, honey! Traditional, nothing special though he is very special!

  27. sue hill says:

    Sugar britches!!!

  28. melissa says:

    I may or may not sometimes call him poopies. I may deny this publicly.

  29. Chrissy says:

    My sig o is my beagle/poodle friend. In my head, I call her shuga-buga, out loud it’s Molly-girl.

  30. Cheryl Fiske says:

    That is such a creative bow!
    I call my little dog PD, short for puppy dog. Pronounced “Petey”

  31. Molly Welsh says:

    the DH is Mike, but the nic’ is Mr.Mikey. :~)
    So cute cases!

  32. Sandy K says:

    I call him ‘Honey’

  33. Vicki H says:

    I love the pillowcases. I call my man ‘sweetie’.

  34. Dot H says:

    My hubby is gone now but I lovingly called him babe.

  35. Kathy E. says:

    I’ve never made Magic Pillowcases, even though I’ve heard about them! I need to add them to my list of projects. I call my husband of 32 years “Ol’ Honey” or in writing, it’s just OH. He is simply the best!

  36. Joan H. says:

    “Honey” or “Sweetie”

  37. My husband is my “WUBADUB”! God bless!

  38. Jeanne E says:

    Celebrating 48 years marriage and calling my wonderful husband “Honey Bunny”…

  39. April says:

    I always call my husband ” my sweetie man “……….20 yrs of sweet days

  40. Pam S says:

    My hubby is honey bun! Thanks for the chance to win these delightful pillowcases!

  41. Daizy says:

    Called him Babe…

  42. Dolly Sarrio says:

    After marrying my husband twice I do now call him “My Chuck”, guess I love the man…

  43. pauline davidson says:

    the “lar bear” he is the best of the best “bears” one could ever find he was named my my granddaughter and is not the “lar bear” to her daughter… does not get any better than that

  44. Bernadette Saliski says:

    My pet name for my sweetie is Lily-Bug. My sweetie it a 13 yr old cat. She is pure black with bright yellow/gold eyes and when she looks at me she looks like she is “bug-eyed”.

  45. Glenda Dolan says:

    I call my hubby “Fig”…not that he resembles
    But he loves fig newtons 🙂
    I just love your magazine! G

  46. I call him “Hubster”

  47. Chris says:

    There is a story behind it but my husband is Hey You. Only he will understand.

  48. Nancy Lynn Hilderbrand says:

    I love your pillow cases and the fabrics. I call my husband of 40 years honey to him and my better half to everyone else.

  49. Susan Moore says:

    I call my sweetheart Big Daddy because of his Big Heart that reaches out to anyone!

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Love this photo of the family well beside the homestead. I can imagine a woman dressed in her apron pumping water early in the morning to bring indoors to start the pot of coffee on the wood stove and begin heating up the pan of water on the back burner for dishes after breakfast.. Know how I have this vision? I watched my own Grandmother do this at their farm when I was very young. We had a large white enamel ware pail with a red rim that was our water for the kitchen use.

  2. Cindi Johnson says:

    I would not be able to walk passed that without stopping to give it a try. Those old dreams of living a wilderness sort of life come bubbling back up to the surface. Common sense did eventually set in. Still, I would love to have that in my yard – and I would use it!

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