Wiki Photo Challenge

Fancy yourself a photographer?

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Well, then, focus your lens on the Photo Challenge at Wikimedia Commons.

“Monthly thematic competitions encourage participants to try new subjects, new photographic or processing techniques, and to develop skills while improving the Commons repository of free images,” explains the Wiki Foundation, which I smilingly support.

Monthly challenges (there are often more than one) are based on unique themes and run for a month. For example, June’s themes are “Eyes” and “Collections, Collecting and Collectibles,” which is right up farmgirl alley.


Wikimedia welcomes everyone to participate in challenges. You simply need to choose one or more current challenges, read the rules associated with each challenge, upload your photo(s), and submit as instructed here.

After a challenge has closed, photo submissions will be assessed by popularity voting in the subsequent month. You can get in on the voting, too, if your Commons account is at least 10 days old and has more than 50 edits or if you participated in a challenge.

The top three photos will be awarded first, second, and third place and displayed as winners on Wikimedia Commons.

If you win, be sure to post a link for us to follow to your photo!

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Karine definitely should enter some of her farm photos!

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Look what I got!

I was astonished, amazed, bowled over, and yes, downright blutterbunged when I opened an unexpected package the other day from Magnolia Pearl’s Robin Brown. Robin had remembered that I admired a hat I’d seen in one of the gorgeous photos from our Magnolia Pearl feature in the Oct/Nov 2013 issue of MaryJanesFarm.


In the box was that very same, gorgeous, handmade, vintage, well-worn hat, along with a lovely note from Robin: “I’ve loved this hat for many, many years, but I have not worn it in a long time. I’m gifting it to you because you like it and will be gorgeous in it.”


Needless to say, I’m pleased as punch, tickled pink, happy as the day is long, jumping for joy, on cloud nine! Thank you, Robin!!!

If you haven’t yet discovered Magnolia Pearl’s one-of-a-kind clothing, you’re in for a treat. In the middle of Texas Hill Country, Robin “Pearl” Brown has created a magical recipe she calls Magnolia Pearl. With a dash of inspiration from a grandmother known for her delicate handmade lace and intricate quilts; an eye for antiques from her other grandmother, who owned “the most eclectic antiques shop in San Antonio”; a spoonful of enchantment from her interior designer great-aunt; and a heaping cup of encouragement from her artist parents, Robin has whipped up a style that’s uniquely her own—part Victorian splendor, part hippie chic. With her love of vintage fabrics and finds, each of Magnolia Pearl’s layered and embellished garments is handmade and hand-embroidered, making every one a unique work of art. Visit Robin’s truly gorgeous website, for a whimsical journey through the fun, funky, flamboyant style of a life lived in layers.

And if you haven’t seen our feature on Magnolia Pearl, you can still buy a copy of the “Turning the Page” issue in our Back Issues Bundle #10.

  1. Sheena says:

    I am so jealous! She is the BEST EVER! When I discovered her in your magazine, I was captavied and inspired! I then took to the sewing machine! I do hope you enjoy your new breath taking hat! Peaches and Hugs~ Sheena

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    What an adorable hat! Yes, it will be perfect for you. So totally MaryJane and what a wonderful gifted surprise. Enjoy wearing it on your next outing to town.

  3. Cindi says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful new adornment! And thanks for the links to two very wonderful sites.

  4. Bonnie ellis says:

    You look so very great in hats Mary Jane. This one is just perfect for you. Isn’t gifting great. Everybody’s happy.

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farm babies

This past week, we had two new arrivals at the farm …

Welcome Elsa O’Mally (with her mother’s trademark Tinkerbell ears–cute as pixie dust). 

and Sweet William!!!


Elsa O’Mally is the daughter of Sally O’Mally, born at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 14th. Sweet William is the son of Miss Daisy, born June 10 at 11:59 p.m. Our new little ones gave a whole new meaning to burning the midnight lamp oil. Calf watch for me meant a cot in the barn.

Here are the new babies exploring their domain:



  1. terry steinmetz says:

    How wonderful! They look so cuddly. WooHoo!

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Ohhh, look at Daisy’s handsome boy!! And Miss Sally, with her star, is a darling. It looks like your Spring babies are all here and thriving which must be a welcomed relief that all is well. They all have such nice big green pastures to enjoy this summer too. With extra milk, will you be making cheese again? Thanks for sharing photos of your beautiful new farm babies!!

  3. CJ Armstrong says:

    Awwwww! Cute as can be! Love those little ears too, how adorable!

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