WINNER!!! Giveaway: Glamping Rug

The winner of my Glamping Rug giveaway is Becky Davies, who said:

“Love your rug and your blog. First time I’ve found it. I have a small ’61 Terry, red and white that I’m fixing up. Had my eye on it awhile and when the owners contacted me to buy, I jumped on it. Love it! That’s my dream … Finishing her new curtains soon. Then an awning is my next big purchase for her.”


And the original post for the GIVEAWAY was (thank you to the 131 glamporific women who shared their passion for glamping with me!):

While we’re still in the throes of glamping season, I thought I’d share one of the throw rugs we sell in my store in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (log onto Facebook to get to the store page). It’s wool. It’s well-made. It’s adorable. And I have one for all of my glampers (yup, that’s plural, as in several—two Shastas, one Airstream, one Yellowstone, one Tabitha, and one teardrop). Recently, we took most of them out of town for a family vacation to the same campground we stayed in last year. It made for a head-turning caravan going down the road, kind of like the scene in the rug.


And here’s my cat, Jasper Tomkins, right after he told me that if I took a photo with him on the rug, it would look more purrfect. You think I’m kidding, don’t you? I put the rug down on the floor to take a pic of it and he promptly walked over and posed just so for you. See, even cats get the glamper thing.

rug_6406 The 2′ x 3′ hooked wool rug was created by Carol Eldridge Designs. In order to make it yours, tell me in a comment below all about your trailer (or tent), along with its name. If you don’t own a trailer or tent, tell me what your fantasy glamper would look like. I’ll put your name in my glamper train case and pull out a winner to be announced here next month. Stay tuned!

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Becky, congratulations! This rug sounds like it will be perfect for your current glamper renovations on your Teri red and white trailer. So perfect for you!

  2. Yolanda Solferino says:

    I absolutely love our Trailer. I haven’t thought of a name yet, but my favorite thing in it is the quilt I made from your glamping fabric on the bed!

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WINNER!!! Giveaway: “Farm Girl Vintage, The Experiment”

The winner of my “Farmgirl Vintage, The Experiment” giveaway is: Michele DiMeo, who said:

“I get so excited when the magazine is in the mailbox, and I know I can relax for a little and enjoy some quiet reflection. I feel a connection to MaryJane; she must be after my own heart. I used to live in the mountains in Colorado and now enjoy my mini-farm/garden in Oregon. MaryJane, and the magazine that represents her lifestyle, are inspiration to my heart; we must be kindred spirits. I love seeing how she went from modest beginnings to embracing a full abundant life, obviously living life to the fullest. Just an aside note: I too am about the same age as MaryJane and embrace my long blonde hair. Thanks for being an inspiration!”


And the original post for the GIVEAWAY was (thank you to the 134 inspirational farmgirls who left such heartfelt comments about how inspirational my magazine is!):

In the Aug/Sept issue of MaryJanesFarm, “The Experiment” (on newsstands July 14), we led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a free copy of the quilting book, Farm Girl Vintage, by Lori Holt.

Rooted in sweet remembrance of childhood days on her family’s farm, Lori’s Farm Girl Vintage boasts a bumper crop of farm-fresh projects, including nearly 50 quilt blocks with ultra-cute designs like Mama Hen, Apron Strings, Milking Day, Baby Chick, and Pie Cherries, whose step-by-step instructions you’ll find inside the book. And that fabulous quilt on the cover? It’s Lori’s signature Farm Girl Sampler Quilt, comprised of 45 of Lori’s blocks. You’ll also find instructions for more quilts, table runners, and potholders. Find even more inspiration on Lori’s blog at

For a chance to win a free copy of Farm Girl Vintage, tell me how MaryJanesFarm inspires you in the comments below. We’ll toss your name in a hat and draw one lucky winner in mid-September, when the Aug/Sept issue expires on newsstands. Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways!

If you’re not yet a subscriber to MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95 for one year.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Congratulations Michele! I am another “older” blond about the same age who found MJF and inspiration to my heart too. Enjoy quilting up some fun for your Farmgirl Home!

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WINNER!!! Giveaway: “Apothecary, The Experiment”

The winner of the “Apothecary, The Experiment” giveaway is:

Carmen Anthony, who said:
“This is a great organic recipe. I have started to turn my life around by paying attention to ingredients in what I buy and have started making all my own cleaning supplies and soap. I have started buying a few essential oils as I can afford. This Milk Cow Kitchen recipe is so easy and I think I could use it on horses and maybe even on myself since flies like me as well. Thank you for the wonderful site and information.”


And the original post for the GIVEAWAY was (thank you to the 47 women who left such wonderful feedback about my Milk Cow Kitchen book):

In the Aug/Sept issue of MaryJanesFarm, “The Experiment” (on newsstands July 14), we led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a free sampling of products from our favorite apothecary, Mountain Rose Herbs. While I enjoy many of Mountain Rose Herbs’ bath, body, and kitchen products myself, I’m also glad to report that they’re one of my cows’ favorite suppliers, too. “What do herbs have to do with cows?” you may ask. Well, I make a non-toxic homemade fly spray for my herd using MRH essential oils.

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Congratulations Carmen! What a great win for your farm and animals too. Pesky flies be gone!

  2. Ann Marie says:

    Haven’t tried it yet
    Get your magazine from a great friend

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WINNER!!! Giveaway: “Gel-plate Printing, The Experiment”

The winner of the “Gel-plate Printing, The Experiment” giveaway is:
Carol Jo Primus, who said:

“My newest craft discovery is papercrafting. I have always loved office supplies, art supplies, etc. Now, I have found a way to make creative gifts for loved ones without breaking the bank. I get so many compliments on taking the time to create something from the heart. I can’t wait to discover gel printing!”

And the original post from the GIVEAWAY was (thank you to the 47 crafty readers who want to try Gel Plate Printing the MaryJane way):

In the Aug/Sept issue of MaryJanesFarm, “The Experiment” (on newsstands July 14), we led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a free sample of our ChillOver Powder. Over the years, we’ve given you lots of ideas for yummy concoctions using ChillOver Powder, my gelatin alternative. Looks like gelatin. Tastes like gelatin. But it isn’t. It’s better! My innovative ChillOver Powder is for all the people who grew up loving gelatin desserts but gave up on them, knowing their animal origin.

But recently, Megan discovered a new craft using ChillOver Powder: gel-plate printing. “After purchasing a commercial gel plate and spending some time ‘printing’ with it,” Megan says, “I quickly understood what folks-in-the-know were raving about. But I couldn’t stop thinking how easy these plates might be to make myself, so I took my newfound craft to another level: the kitchen. With a sense of adventure, I tied on my apron and experimented with MaryJane’s ChillOver Powder, our gelatin substitute. The result? Well, let’s just say the proof was in the printing.”

Find step-by-step instructions for gel-plate printing in the “Farm Life” section of the Aug/Sept issue. And for a chance to win a pouch of ChillOver Powder, tell me about a new craft you’ve discovered in the comments below. We’ll toss your name in a hat and draw one lucky winner in mid-September, when the Aug/Sept issue expires on newsstands. Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways!

If you’re not yet a subscriber to MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for only $19.95/year.

  1. Lydia says:

    OMG. One of my readers (B) sent me over here. This is FANTASTIC! As an avid gelli printer and animal lover, this is fantastic. I’ve made homemade gel plates and the gelatin (which has always grossed me out) stunk to high heaven! No wonder, given what it’s made from. Artists don’t really like to use products that make them want to throw up 🙂

    So I’m very happy to learn of your invention. And happy to see art and your work crossing paths.

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Congratulations Carol! This project sounds like a lot of fun and you will love using ChillOver powder for all of your cooking needs that require a gelatin like ingredient. It works awesome for canning and preserving too! No more pectin and you can adjust the sugar down so you have a better fruit flavor come through.

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WINNER!!! Giveaway: “The Perfect Clothespin, The Experiment”

The winner of “The Perfect Clothespin, The Experiment” giveaway is:

Jean Clarkson, who said:

“The memory of pinning a wet sheet on the clothesline with the sun warming my shoulders takes me to our old farmhouse, where I helped my mother and grandmother wash. The breeze lifted the wet clothes and dried them, leaving a sweet smell when we folded the sheets and shirts into the wicker laundry baskets. After the wash was pinned up, there was always time to flop in the old hammock and stretch out in the shade before the next batch came out of the wringer. Carefree days!”


And the original post for the GIVEAWAY was (thank you to the 158 women who, like me, love to hang laundry on the line):

In the Aug/Sept issue of MaryJanesFarm, “The Experiment” (on newsstands July 14), we led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a free sampling of “the perfect clothespin,” featured in our “Home Safe Home” section.


You probably know that we love clothespins here at MaryJanesFarm. You might have seen the article, “The Humble Clothespin,” in our “Celebrating 15 Years” Feb/Mar 2015 issue. And recently, we discovered another small company that makes old-fashioned wooden clothespins by hand. Albert Crooks and his 15-year-old son, Al, craft beautiful, sturdy clothespins from ash (the perfect hardwood for clothespins) and heavy-duty, stainless-steel springs manufactured in the U.S. “No more using four or five cheap clothespins to hang a wet towel to line dry. Our clothespins are tumble sanded and are finished with tung oil, which will not leach out and stain your laundry.” For beautiful clothespins that will last a lifetime, visit

For a chance to win a sampling of “the perfect clothespin,” tell me how hanging laundry on the line makes you feel in the comments below. We’ll toss your name in a hat and draw one lucky winner in mid-September, when the Aug/Sept issue expires on newsstands. Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways!

If you’re not yet a subscriber to MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for only $19.95/year.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Jean, you are going to love these quality clothes pins!! Congratulations and enjoy the upcoming cool fall days of perfect laundry drying outside.

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WINNER!!! Giveaway: “Camp Like a Girl, The Experiment”

The winner of my “Camp Like a Girl, The Experiment” giveaway is: Amelia Duluccio, who said: “Part of the joy of glamping is creating a creative and inspiring environment without spending a lot of money. I haunt garage sales, flea markets, and auctions for special vintage finds. If the color doesn’t match, I paint it or cover it in fabric. I keep a stock of matching spray paint and vintage fabrics on hand to beautify my finds.”

And the original post for the GIVEAWAY was (thank you to the 76 glamperific women who participated): In the Aug/Sept issue of MaryJanesFarm, “The Experiment” (on newsstands July 14), we led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a free copy of Glamping with MaryJane, featured in our “Camp Like a Girl” article. In our article, we give you lots of ideas to glam up your camping experience. For a chance to win a copy of Glamping with MaryJane, tell me one of your glamping ideas or tips in the comments below. (If you haven’t picked up a copy of Glamping with MaryJane yet, order your autographed copy here.) We’ll toss your name in a hat and draw one lucky winner in mid-September, when the Aug/Sept issue expires on newsstands. Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways! If you’re not yet a subscriber to MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for only $19.95/year.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Congratulations Amelia!! You are going to love all of MaryJanes tips and ideas to enhance your glamping fun. Enjoy!!

    • Amelia Duluccio says:

      Thank you so much! I love Mary Jane’s Farm and I love glamping. I am so excited. I can’t wait to receive my book. It will live in a special spot in my vintage glampmobile.

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WINNER!!! Giveaway: “On a Farm Above the Sea, The Experiment”

And the winner of the “On a Farm Above the Sea, The Experiment” giveaway is: Mona Tucker, who said: “My farmgirl hero is my friend Shelley. She is a single mom of three teenagers, working an 8-5 day job, and gardening in her off-time. She loves to put together pretty little baskets of her fresh produce—tomatoes, peppers, squash, whatever is ripe at the time—and top if off with a flower and maybe a jar of jelly, and present it to friends on their birthdays. She has taught her children to respect the Earth and each other. She has supported and encouraged them as they raised chickens and goats for school projects, and they have willingly worked long hours in the hot Texas sun to help her in her garden. Shelley is the one who introduced me to MaryJanesFarm magazine.”

And the original post for the GIVEAWAY was (thank you!!!! to the 66 who left such inspirational comments about a woman farmer in their lives who inspires them): In the Aug/Sept issue of MaryJanesFarm, “The Experiment” (on newsstands July 14), we led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a free sampling of Kuaiwi Farm’s products featured in our “Every Woman Has a Story” section. Kuaiwi Farm is a five-acre organic farm in Hawaii, where owner Una Greenaway grows Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, cacao, bananas, avocados, pineapple, oranges, lemons, limes, passion fruit, and more. I didn’t get a chance to meet Una in person, but for my 62nd b-day and Mother’s Day this past year, my daughter surprised me with tickets to Kona for just the two of us. Visiting Kona was life-changing for me, especially because now I’m hooked on Kona coffee and fresh macadamia nuts:) It’s time for me to share my newfound joy in life. For a chance to win a 16-oz bag of Kuaiwi Farm’s Kona Old Style Medium Roast Organic Coffee AND an 8-oz bag of her Raw Macadamia Nuts, tell me about a woman farmer you know (or know of) and why you admire her in the comments below. I’ll toss your name in a hat and draw one lucky winner in mid-September, when the Aug/Sept issue expires on newsstands. Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways! If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for just only $19.95 a year:)

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Congratulations Moma!! What a lovely story you tell about your neighbor Shelley. She sounds like a wonderful person to have in your life! Enjoy this great prize.

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WINNER!!! Giveaway: “Secret Garden, The Experiment”

When I got the bright idea to do giveaways in my magazine, I wasn’t entirely sure they’d be successful. Two hundred and twenty-seven wonder-full comments later (on this giveaway alone), I’m confident it’s as much fun for you as it is for us. So, stay tuned for more giveaways in each issue of MaryJanesFarm. The Oct/Nov issue just went on sale on newsstands, so it’s time to announce the giveaways for the Aug/Sept issue, “The Experiment.” For the next seven days (except for Friday, which is always our recipe day), I’ll reveal the winners for each of our giveaways. Be sure to come back each day to see if you’re the “won.”

And the winner of the “Secret Garden, The Experiment” giveaway is:

Sheri Puls, who said:

“I absolutely love MaryJanesFarm! My mother brought an issue when she came to visit several years ago, and I subscribed soon after reading it. What do I love most about it? Lots of things! The recipes, crafts, gardening tips, stories about enterprising and creative women all across the country and even around the world—very inspiring! Thank you, MaryJanesFarm!”


And the original post for the GIVEAWAY was (thank you to all who participated):

In the Aug/Sept issue of MaryJanesFarm, “The Experiment” (on newsstands July 14), we led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a free copy of a wonderful book, Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book by Johanna Basford, featured in our “Farmgirl Finds” section that has sold more than a million copies worldwide. Tumble down the rabbit hole into an inky black-and-white wonderland in Secret Garden. This interactive activity book takes you on a ramble through a secret garden created in beautifully detailed pen-and-ink illustrations, sheltering all kinds of tiny creatures just waiting to be found and brought to life through coloring.


For a chance to win a copy of Secret Garden, along with a box of 24 Prismacolor Colored Pencils and a Prismacolor Premier Pencil Sharpener, tell me one thing you enjoy about MaryJanesFarm in the comments below. We’ll toss your name into a hat and draw one lucky winner in mid-September, when the Aug/Sept issue expires on newsstands. Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways!

If you’re not yet a subscriber to MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for only $19.95/year.

  1. Melissa Bennett says:

    Just started my own little homestead this past spring. Over the years I’ve been collecting items I would need. We moved this past Feb. and it’s been great. So far 18 chickens and 2 ducks for the grandkids. My garden is great and next year I will start my flower gardens. I started selling my eggs already. It’s been hard work, but a great time. Thanks for the advise in your magazine it’s been so helpful.

  2. Marina Tyson says:

    I grew up in farm country and Mary Jane brings me back to a very happy time in my life.

  3. Love Mary Janes Farm magazine because it reminds me that there are people all over the world who think like I do!

  4. Anne Peters says:

    Mary Janes Farm magazine allows me to feel relaxed when I read through it. Its focus on the simplicities of life enable me to remember what life was like when I was young. Chasing the chickens around the yard on the farm; white eyelet bed linens and pillow covers; and the satisfaction of sitting with my aunts in the evening, while they were either quilting, hooking rugs or simply knitting scarves. What a refreshing experience your magazines offers and I thank you for it.

  5. Tracey Dunkelberg says:

    The thing I like most about MaryJanes is that it shows women ways to do things they thought were out of reach. These women can also brainstorm in the forums with others who live totally different lives but share a common denominator.

  6. Nancy Bugliosi says:

    Love your magazine Mary Janes Farm! Nothing better than relaxing on the couch, a fire going and reading Mary Janes from cover to cover!

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GIVEAWAY: “Stained Class, Hanky Panky”

In the Oct/Nov issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Hanky Panky” (on newsstands Sept. 15), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a beautiful, vintage, coffee-stained tablecloth, made with my coffee staining instructions on p. 74.


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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This is a pretty little tablecloth. I do love the crocheted edge. My favorite vintage linens are the ones that also have embroidery on them as well. I love old pillowcases with embroidery and colorful crocheted edges the best.

  2. Chrissy says:

    I’m partial to crocheted doilies or dresser scarves. I also like huck cloth guest towels especially with monograms or the jacquard ones with patterns that pop when ironed just so.

  3. Lisa Carnahan says:

    My favorite vintage linens come from my grandmother and her sister (great aunt)
    they were passes to my mom and now I have them, most of them are used on a daily basis.

  4. Therese Clouse says:

    My favorite vintage linens are handkerchiefs. Whether from a flea market or thrift shop, I can’t resist them.

  5. Sue Sirman says:

    My favorite vintage linens are the ones I inherited from my mother and mother-in-law. Not only are they beautiful, but they are priceless with their rich family stories and history. Each one tells of a different event or tradition.

  6. jaylyn m says:

    For our wedding we received a doily with our last name crocheted into it. We keep it on our dresser in the bedroom. That one is my favorite, but when my mother was cleaning out the attic, she gave me a whole tote of doilies from my great grandmother! I was so pumped!

  7. Diane Adams says:

    I enjoy thrift store shopping and antique malls, and love to collect doilies, tablecloths, tea cozies, dish towels, and Halloween potholders. I also have a big collection of cloth dinner napkins. Your coffee-stained tablecloth is just beautiful!

  8. Stephanie Guevara says:

    My favorite is the colorful vintage tablecloths I use for setting an old-fashioned breakfast table with china, a toast rack, salt and pepper shakers, a butter crock, and a jam pot. Bacon and eggs, hashed browns, toast, coffee, and fresh-squeezed orange juice, anyone? My inspiration came from old ’30s movies. I wanted to recreate that look.

  9. Cara says:

    I love the colorful vintage embroidered kitchen towels! 🙂

  10. Linda says:

    My favorite linens are 3 pairs of hand embroidered pillowcases that my mother and grandmother made; they have southern “belles” on the open edge. Also two large crocheted tablecloths that my grandmother made; one was for my mother when she was married. One is the pineapple pattern and the other is a medallion pattern.

  11. I am privileged to have inherited my grandmother’s linens, many with her embroidered initials on them as they did back in the day. My personal favorites though were the 1920-30s cocktail sets, of placemats, tiny napkins, and even little petticoats for bases of the glasses, all intricately embroidered with what else, Roosters aka Cocks where the beverage’s name came from . Just so sweet.

  12. Mandy Brewer says:

    I am a preschool teacher and have to wear a uniform shirt each day. I love vintage handkerchiefs, they remind me of the delicate way of life. That each day is unique and beautiful which inspires me with my 24 preschoolers. They always ask what I have in my smock pocket. i love to show them the beautiful flowers.

  13. Carol Vagher says:

    My favorite linens are all the doilies I have from my Grandmother and also my Husband’s Grandmother. I inherited a bag from each of these ladies after their passing. What a real treasure and wonderful memory of each of them. Someday my daughter will have two of her Great Grandmother’s family treasures.

  14. Denise says:

    Oh me, oh my! I love vintage linens. A favorite, hmm, I would have to say the tablecloths and pillowcases that are stitched and done with crochet or tatted edging. I have a few things that belonged to my mother, and great grandmother. I love using them. At first I was afraid to but then thought they were made to be used.

  15. Deborah McKissic says:

    ohh…vintage linens…I collect and repurpose them into aprons, pillows and the such… I love the vintage pillowcases with embroidery, and if I find a single pillowcase at an antique store, etc., I will purchase it and repurpose it into an apron.. I never break up a set…those I would use on my bed! I have some of my mom’s and grandmothers linens that I use everyday….and, I tea dye linens to age them…my favorite would be the linen one on my bedside table made by my great grandmother…woven by her and intricately embroidered…I have a basket full of linen napkins on my kitchen table and one on the dining room table that are always in use at my house..even on “pizza day at Grammie’s”…stains soak out easily from vintage linens without harming them in oxyblast and cold water…overnight…the table cover pictured is really pretty!

  16. Denice Webb says:

    I love the table runners and doilies my mother gave me before she passed away. There is no way I could “repurpose” any of these precious memories. I safely tuck them away and wish we could sit together one more time to share and reflect. They will forever be a precious reflection on a “time sealed in my heart’.

  17. Cathy R says:

    When I was young, I enjoyed watching my Grandmothers, one loved to crochet doilies and the other favored embroidering on pillowcases, dresser scarves and tea-towels. Such sweet ladies, I treasure the linens I inherited from them!

  18. Judie says:

    I’m collecting card table size vintage 30-40’s cloths found at yard sales and from my grandmother’s hand sewn collection. Want to have a 40’s tea party in my back yard next summer.

  19. Christine Erdman says:

    I love to collect vintage doilies, tablecloths, pillowcases, actually anything vintage…

  20. Terri Senecal says:

    I try to scoff up any doilies at yard sales to try to bring them back to a new life.

  21. Jamie-Lynn Hazzard says:

    I have tried tea staining in the past, but never coffee staining. The results are lovely!
    My favorite vintage linens are the ones that my great grandmother gave me. They were made by her and her mother. The have graced our family homes for well over a hundred years. Each stitch reminds me of her, and her love of our family and the care she showed to keeping a beautiful home.

  22. Kristi Erck says:

    My favorite linens are the candle-wicking embroidery pillow cases made by my grandmother who was the light of my life.

  23. Nancy Coughlin says:

    I search out my vintage linens at yard sales, rummage sales, online auction sites, flea markets, etc. Unfortunately, my Mother did not hang on to the linens passed down to her and all I have are the things my grandmothers gave to me directly. Luckily, my Mother stayed out of my Hope Chest and my “findings” were safe while I was in the Air Force until I married. I remember my Mother writing and asking if I “really want me to send you all these old things I found in your Hope Chest?” Have been building on those early beginnings ever since.

  24. Dusty Cannon says:

    I love to find vintage ticking- whether it’s fabric remnants of used to make throw pillows. Blue is my favorite!

  25. Pamela Shearer says:

    Love the tea-stained tablecloth. I love all vintage things. I have many of my grandmothers and great-grandmothers.i have made two of my daughters quilts with hand-worked pieces from four generations past, their mother (me), grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. I framed pieces in barnwood frames for my third daughter. There were crocheted doilies, embroidered pieces, yo-yo squares, appliqes. Better to be displayed or used instead of hidden in a cedar chest.

  26. Sharon Wegmeyer says:

    I have kept all of the doilies, tablecloths, and bedspreads that my mother crocheted. My 1939 home are filled with them!

  27. Ashley Christensen says:

    I have this beautiful tablecloth that has fruit on it! It’s nice and heavy with peaches, blueberries, apples and strawberries. I’m drawn to things with fruit on it!

  28. Dawn Overholt says:

    I have several vintage tablecloths, dresser sets and hankies. Picking one is hard. The master bedroom uses the vintage items the most. My favorite ones would be the ones that have handwork on them.

  29. wanda says:

    I love the look of vintage fabrics and would like to incorporate them into my scheme of things! Thanks for the many ideas!

  30. Joan H says:

    Somehow I can’t let go of a pile of vintage doilies, dresser scarves, chair arm covers that my mother had. Most were made by her mother and aunts! Wish I knew of fresh ideas for displaying them!

  31. Teresa Stiner says:

    Vintage tablecloths are beautiful. I really like the coffee/tea stained product. I tried once with an old chenille bedspread. Not as nice as yours.

  32. Kylie Booth says:

    My favorite vintage linens are the ones that are handmade because each beautiful detail in the stitches reminds me of how much love and hard work goes into creating something special.

  33. Donna Flory says:

    I love vintage pillowcases with embroidery and crocheted trim. My daughters used pieces of my grandmother’s unused crocheted trim around their bridal bouquets.

  34. Donna says:

    Vintage linens add so much to any table. I even put a linen on a patio table and it makes look more welcoming.

  35. Renee Chastain says:

    My favorite vintage linens are beautiful tone-on-tone ones (i.e. ecru linen with ecru embroidery, white crochet on white cotton, etc.) especially if the patterns originated in the “Old Country”. There is something so sentimental, historical, and meaningful whether you know the person who made the piece or not. To me, vintage linens represent the interconnectedness between women and also generations.

  36. arlene wilder says:

    I have a few of my Mother’s Vintage linens that were left to me. I treasure them because she put her embroidery on them.

  37. Joyce Huber says:

    My favorite vintage linens are the old crochet doilies and hankies that belonged to my mother & mother-in-law.

  38. I love all the old hankerchiefs I have from my Grandmothers and mother.

  39. Lynnette Dodge says:

    i have a beautiful embroidered doily that my husbands great grandmother created. We were all recipients of one when my husbands grandmother passed away. My dear husband made oak frames for each of his siblings with a description and gave one to each of them. what a beautiful memento for them all!

  40. Idamarie Settlemyer says:

    I have a collection of old linens, making pennant banners and adding buttons. Making handbags out of old flour sacks, and using potholders and hankies for pockets inside. and buttons too! I love the old linens no matter how stained or worn they are

  41. Christine says:

    My grandmother and her sister and husband all crocheted so I have tablecloths and doilies and kitchen towels that they made that are dear to me. The tea stained tablecloth would look lovely on the claw footed parlor table that inhabits my living room.

  42. Donna McKeown says:

    Hello from Ontario Canada
    Love your magazine!
    I collect vintage table squares and would love to add this one to my collection

  43. Mary Frances says:

    The family trunk is full of little trinkets and heirlooms wrapped up in the old linens that protect them. The linens themselves are a work of art. I have a collection of my own now and can’t pass them by at thrift stores or auctions. Each piece makes me think of all the work someone did (I don’t sew or crochet). Thankfully someone else does! I’d love to add another piece to my collection. Thanks!

  44. Lauren Akridge says:

    This takes me back to the treasures made by my grandmother- she loved making things when she had a little free time on the farm and shared those treasured pieces with her family.

  45. Tammy says:

    Beautifully crochet works always remind me of my dear grandmother and the beautiful things she created over the years.

  46. Joan Price says:

    My favorite vintage linens are from my great grandmother, grandmother, great Aunt and my favorites are from the Aunt that helped raise me. But I always have room in my heart for one more. Thanks for the chance to win.

  47. Sandy Koenig says:

    I am picking up all kinds of linens and doilies and pieces of lace to piece together for a bed skirt to put on our antique twin bed. As I pick these up I do wonder what home they came from. I like them tea/coffee died also.

  48. My favorite vintage linens have to be my pair of pillow cases. Over fifty years ago my mother embroidered the pillow cases with beautiful red roses and green leaves, then she crocheted a lovely wide band on the bottom. Mother worked full time all of my growing up years and had little time for needlework, so this is an especially a sentimental item for me as she died last year at the age of 98.

  49. Anita Halpern says:

    My favorite? That is a tough one! But I think one of the most beautiful things ever was an apron made from an old, linen, toile blouse dropped in rit dye that was supposed to be red but turned out to be fuchsia:)=joy!

  50. Paula Kimmich says:

    I’d love to win this tablecloth! Reminds me of the large crocheted cloth that was all scrunched up on the reception table when I got married 20 yrs ago. Beautiful effect! Thanks for your generosity!!

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GIVEAWAY: “Hanky Apron, Hanky Panky”

In the Oct/Nov issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Hanky Panky” (on newsstands Sept. 15), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win our cute half-apron made from vintage hankies on p. 79.


We also provide instructions for making your own hanky apron in the Oct-Nov issue, so be sure to pick up your copy when it hits newsstands on Sept. 15. But if you’d like a chance to win this one, using unusual fall-themed vintage hankies, just share what aprons mean to you in the comments section below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner in mid-November, when the Oct/Nov issue expires on newsstands. Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways!

If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95/year.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    These little aprons are pretty and fun. My entrance to wearing aprons started with my first copy of MJF with the Dec/Jan 2009 issue. Slowly, I am building a collection which I now wear every day when I am cooking or outside if I am doing clean-up. I love aprons that have nice big pockets too.

  2. stella says:

    I just love a pretty apron! I feel feminine and somehow protected when wearing one..

  3. Terry Steinmetz says:

    I’ve been in love with aprons since I was a little girl. My grandma always put an apron on me when she let me “help” in her kitchen. My mom wore them when she baked. I’ve continued to wear them throughout my married life. And now I’ve passed on the tradition to my daughters & grandgirls by making them ones for birthdays & Christmas. I simply love aprons! I even hate going to any fabric store, as I usually end up finding something to make a new one!

  4. Chrissy says:

    I love the domestic feel aprons give when they are worn. I wear one especially when making holiday cookies. I also like to wear one when gardening to carry produce. Its nicer for the neighbors than using the bottom of my shirt 🙂

  5. Sandy Rees says:

    I don’t wear them all of the time, but aprons make me feel special when I do. There’s such a homey feeling to put one on when I start baking and cooking.

  6. Christine Erdman says:

    I love aprons and have many of them. I also made my one year old granddaughter her very first apron this summer and she loves it. It is hot pink with daises, ruffles and a pocket of pink and white polka-dots for contrasting material. Now my grandson would like one so I got him some John-Deere material and will make him a manly apron (boys need to cook also).

  7. Teri Schneider says:

    I’ve adored aprons since being a little girl and helping my grandma in the kitchen. She was a real farm woman, making everything for her family. My mother followed the tradition of apron wearing and growing a garden to provide for her family. I’ve made a few for my own use and taught my daughter how to sew so that she could make hers. She’ll be getting married next April, and I may be rushing this a bit (lol!), but I can’t wait until a I have a granddaughter that I can make a little apron for!

  8. Linda says:

    I love aprons. I remember my grandmothers always wearing aprons in the house and yard. My mother almost always wore an apron in the kitchen. When she came home from work she had to start dinner before changing clothes and the aprons kept her clothes clean because she could wipe her hands on the apron, which was washable. I like wearing aprons with large pockets because I am always picking things up to put someplace else, and I can put them in the pockets until putting them in their proper place. Otherwise, I may put that item down and then can’t find it again. LOL! I’ve been making recycled jeans aprons for quite a while. I sell them at craft fairs and give them away as gifts.

  9. love aprons..they make me think of my grandma..the old days..old fashion ways..i like to make and wear my aprons..i want to introduce them to my grand-daughters when they are old enough..aprons are fun!

  10. I wore old fashioned pinafores that my mother made for me when I was a little girl. These days I’m a very messy cook so I never prepare a complicated meals without an apron on. If there is a chance to spatter grease I will do it – gotta protect myself.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Aprons make me think of home, food, family and traditions.

  12. Dawn says:

    My love of aprons comes from watching my grandmothers and step mother cooking in the kitchen. My grandmother even wore them when she was in the garden. I love collecting them and have them all over my kitchen!

  13. Therese Clouse says:

    Aprons bring back memories of helping my mother can fruits and vegetables or helping grandma cook in the restaurant back home. I still wear an apron when I cook and bake and especially when I can vegetables.

  14. Carol Vagher says:

    My Grandmother’s sister was a seamstress and made the most beautiful aprons. My Grandmother had a wonderful collection and all the years we washed the holiday dishes we all got to wear one of the’s aprons. My sister and I both hav ed h ad such a thing for aprons since we were kids. I now sew them too!

  15. Deborah McKissic says:

    This is such a cute apron…from hankies! I have an old MJ back issue magazine with apron patterns in it…love those patterns…I love to craft aprons from vintage materials…and, I collect aprons…just can’t resist them in the antique stores…and, the ones that are embroidered along the check lines….I think how someone made those and now there they sit in the antique store for sale…all that time to make them…so, I have to buy them, ha ha! ….my grand girls have aprons to wear when they help me in the kitchen and even my grandsons…with camo trim, for sure!

  16. jaylyn m says:

    I can do things better and more efficiently when I’m in my apron. It makes me feel tidy and ready to attack the project at hand.

  17. Denice Webb says:

    If you mention the word apron, I immediately think of the apron that holds my mother’s clothspins. To me it is the embellishment of a woman that loves the outdoors and the smell of fresh air. I can’t hang my laundry outside but I can still have the enjoyment of the memory and imagine the smell associated with that apron.

  18. Cathy R says:

    How adorable! Aprons remind me of my grandmothers, they always had one on except when they went to church or town. I love all of your patterns Maryjane! Thanks for keeping the love of aprons alive! And thanks for a great giveaway!

  19. Dawn Overholt says:

    I have a couple of aprons on a hook in the kitchen. My prettiest one is white with battenburg lace and embroidered flowers. I keep meaning to wear one since I drop and spill stuff frequently. I don’t think about them until it is too late. Started early today dropping a piece of pancake with syrup on my lap. Maybe it’s a bib I need.
    Since I use cloth handkerchiefs, It would be nice to have one made of hankies and maybe this one would be worn.

  20. Theresa Koch says:

    Oh my goodness they mean so much since my mother passed away she always wore them, and had special ones for each Holiday. How I love them and wish I had gotten hers. These are so very beautiful, fingers crossed you consider me.

  21. Nancy Coughlin says:

    I started wearing an apron when I helped the Women’s Association at Church serve one of their many fund-raising dinners to support the Building Fund. We (the waitresses) all had to wear an apron to be allowed out of the kitchen! Discovered when I was pregnant that I had to tie my apron strings under my armpits, to protect the few maternity outfits I had during my first pregnancy. That is a habit that has been hard to break until I discovered the full length aprons. The early training I received from those ‘church ladies’ about not being dressed correctly without an apron has certainly hung on. My collection today is not very large, but love finding aprons whenever I can, particularly if they are vintage aprons.

  22. Dusty Cannon says:

    I have a two hook chicken rack full or aprons. I love their connection to the past and how each one has a story to tell!

  23. Judy k says:

    Reminds me good ol days and Gramma! When things were slower and better……

  24. Sharon Wegmeyer says:

    Aprons bring memories of my mother and grandmother! Good memories of great smells in the kitchen. I miss them both . . .

  25. Ashley Christensen says:

    Wearing an apron transports me back to a time that I would love to be in! I just feel like so much more housework gets done once it’s on:)

  26. Rhonda Bowdy says:

    Aprons always reminds me of my grandmothers and great grandma’s. They always wore aprons every day all day long. When I would help them cook, bake or can they always tied one of their aprons on me. It was big but I didn’t care. I loved helping them. I still wear aprons to this day.

  27. judy says:

    Aprons are wonderful cherished items in my home. I have memories of my grandma wearing one everyday, as we would walk through her vegetable and flower gardens. I have them hanging in my kitchen. I also have some from my grandpas bakery ones he didn’t even get to use. I added lace and hankies on them and gave as Christmas presents to the girls in our family. My father (84) was just smiling as he realized these were the ones from the bakery. From generation to generation with a small story made these extra special. My daughter wears the one I made in my school home ec. class years ago and she has several of my mothers in her collection.

  28. Beth C says:

    Aprons remind me of mom cooking. Mom grew up during the depression and family meant the world to her, so when there were holidays mom invited everyone over and she cooked a feast. It was loud, full of love and so much fun. What great memories of mom and her apron.

  29. karen sanford says:

    I’ve worn aprons that were either my grandmothers or my mothers since I was old enough to walk! My love for Aprons is at least 60 years old!!!

  30. Donna says:

    Aprons remind me of my grandmother and mother cooking. I have one apron from my mother, and I often put it on when cooking dinner. I feel more efficient when wearing it. Maybe because mom always was always organized and that was her “business attire” doing her job. If you get a chance find the poem “Grandma’s Apron” It will stir up a lot of memories for everyone.

  31. arlene wilder says:

    I remember in High School taking a sewing class and having to make an apron. I did it but it wasn’t exactly as perfect as this one. I used my Mother’s she had some special aprons from my Grandmother. I loved the personal touches on them it makes them very special.

  32. Kathleen says:

    I love aprons and putting them on while baking. Now that my daughter is older she joins me in the kitchen and wears her favorites too.

  33. Idamarie Settlemyer says:

    These hankies look much larger? but I love using old embroidered pillow cases. Hankies make good pockets. I have a drawer full of old hankies, beautiful colors and prints. I’ll have to see if I have any larger ones to make apron with.

  34. Donna McKeown says:

    My daughters and I have apron themed tea parties
    And have made our own aprons out of vintage tableclothes as well as hankies.

  35. Esther Doerksen says:

    I have fond memories of cooking with my mother with both of us wearing aprons. Now I love to sew aprons for my daughters, son-in-law (for grilling) and granddaughters!

  36. Heather (nndairy) says:

    I’m very messy in the kitchen. Aprons to me are more than just a way to protect my clothes though. Not only does a pretty apron help to brighten the kitchen and my mood – but every little stain or snag reminds me of all the love I’ve put into baked goods, meals, loaves of breads, jars of canned goods, etc. My aprons are an extension of me!

  37. Jessica says:

    After slimming down by 50lbs in the last year, I suddenly want to wear feminine aprons again and celebrate my accomplishment! The aprons in the latest issue of MJF are so beautiful and inspiring! What I wouldn’t give to find my own pile of those hankies!!

  38. Lauren Akridge says:

    So uniquely beautiful!

  39. Norine says:

    Aprons, remind me of going to my Grandma’s Farm and she always wore one baking,canning,and working around the house. She would even let me wear one when I came to her house. She made all her aprons out of old flour sacks and leftover fabric she had from her quilting and sewing projects. So many good memories……

  40. Susan Capela says:

    I love aprons. My daughter just gave me one for my birthday. It is a full apron and I would love to win a half apron. The half apron is so pretty. My mother was such a great
    cook and baker. We wore aprons when cooking and baking. I still have half aprons that I
    made in Home Ec. in high school, they are 45 years old.

  41. Brenda Winskey says:

    Aprons bring back memories of my maternal grandmother (called her Granny). She always worn an apron, even when she wasn’t cooking. I think sometimes when she had hers on outside she would put the “little chicks” in the pockets. Just kidding!!! I did put the chicks in a basket and tote them around myself. Seeing her in her apron meant she was doing something important, mainly cooking (on her wood stove-when I was really young) for her family. And, if I may mention, she was an awesome cook.

  42. Sandy Rees says:

    Putting on an apron gets me in the right mood to spend some quality time in the kitchen. It’s kind of like a baking uniform to me. Ready for business when I put it in n.

  43. Robin Darling says:

    I enjoy making aprons and wearing them! I have made so many for friends and family! They just make everything cozier!

  44. Bobbi C says:

    I don’t own a apron but that one is soo cute

  45. Cindy Jacobson says:

    My first aprons were made by my grandma. I have several aprons hanging in my kitchen. From ones from my grandma to ones from friends. I have even designed children’s aprons and given them away. Besides having some for sentimental reasons, I use some to keep my clothes from getting stained. I’m a messy cook.

  46. Deanna Cox says:

    Aprons can be pretty but they are also practical, if I would only remember to put one on before I start cooking ! Anyway, I have a couple that were made by my Grandma McMillan, very old. One my mama made is very special to me, after she made me that one and one for my little girl at the time, I then started making some.

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