WINNER!!! Giveaway: “Art Quilts of the Midwest, Magic Happens”

The winner of my “Art Quilts of the Midwest, Magic Happens” giveaway is: Heidi Worthington, who said:

“My favorite quilters are my friend Angela and my friend Dixie. Several years ago, they started a quilting group at our church. At the time, I had never sewn on a machine before. Angela convinced my to try quilting. I was very skeptical. I completed my first quilt in about 5 months. Angela assured our group of beginning sewers it would be easy. It was an Irish chain. I designed the next quilt that I made with both Angela’s and Dixie’s help. The Upper Room Quilters still get together every week in Dixie’s sewing studio.”


And the original post for the GIVEAWAY was (thank you to the 27 women who shared their favorite quilt story!):

In the Dec/Jan issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Magic Happens” (on newsstands Nov. 10), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win the book Art Quilts of the Midwest, by Linzee Kull McCray.


The 20 artists featured in this beautifully illustrated book have created a community of original art forms that bring new life to an old tradition. For a chance to win the book, tell me about your favorite quilt or quilter in the comments below by Dec. 1. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner the second week of December. 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:

    Congratulations Angela and enjoy more hours of fun and beautiful quilting!

  2. Janene hosch says:

    I’m an avid quilt from the midwest (MN) and would love to win this book for our city library. P l ease consider me for this. Thanks Janene

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I wouldn’t mind having a sweater like this to wear for the holidays! Too cute!!!

  2. Bonnie ellis says:

    How absolutely adorable. I love miniatures of any kind.

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WINNER!!! Giveaway: “Canteen Wall Vase, Magic Happens”

The winner of my “Canteen Wall Vase, Magic Happens” giveaway is: Toni Fenton, who said:

“I wasn’t even shopping, and happened to glance up and saw a vintage glass measuring cup with a beater contraption inside. The beater has a wood-type knob “holder,” and beneath the wood knob handle to turn the beaters inside the bowl is a metal cover that sits atop the glass measuring cup. The glass is an 8-cup measure. I had to buy this. When my grandchildren visit every other weekend, Saturday is our “egg” breakfast day, and my 4-year-old granddaughter goes after the glass measuring cup with beaters and she beats the eggs for our scrambles. On Sunday, my 7-year-old grandson uses it to help make the batter for our waffles. This beautiful piece, which I’m sure was not given away, but saved, has found its way into my home, and is creating cherished memories for our next generation.”


And the original post for the GIVEAWAY was (thank you to the 24 women who shared their favorite vintage finds!):

In the Dec/Jan issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Magic Happens” (on newsstands Nov. 10), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win my canteen wall vase shown on p. 59.


In my article, “Holiday Décor from Vintage Finds,” I gave you ideas for creating unique décor using secondhand-store bargains. For a chance to win my canteen wall vase, tell me about your favorite vintage find in the comments below by Dec. 1. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner the second week of December. 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:

    Congratulations Toni! This is going to be a perfect addition to your home. Let us know where you decide to place it.

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WINNER!!! Giveaway: “Lost Ocean, Magic Happens”

The winner of my “Lost Ocean, Magic Happens” giveaway is: A.Rose, who said:

“Winter is my time to cozy into my heavy homemade blankets and closer to my husband and children! My favorite pastime is crocheting, catching up on cross-stitching, and sharing hot chocolate that we made on our wood cookstove with my family.”


And the original post for the GIVEAWAY was (thank you to the 111 women who shared their favorite winter pastimes!):

In the Dec/Jan issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Magic Happens” (on newsstands Nov. 10), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win the beautiful coloring book, Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure & Coloring Book, that appears on the back cover.

Written and illustrated by Johanna Basford, creator of Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, Lost Ocean invites kids and adults alike to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color, and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopuses, and delicately penned seahorses; visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks; and discover intricate shells and pirate treasure.

For a chance to win Johanna’s book, tell me what your favorite indoor winter pastime is in the comments below by Dec. 1. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner the second week of December. 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:

    Rosie, congratulations!! Just in time for lots of Winter coloring with a cup of hot tea and a cozy rainy day.

  2. LeEtta says:

    Favorite indoor winter past time.. is baking for the Holiday’s. The aroma it brings seems to set the atmosphere for family, friends, and neighbors. During this time volunteering to help others always seems to bring smiles.

  3. Nola Jungeberg says:

    Curling up inside my electric blanket and listening to audio books OR going through magazines (Your MaryJanesFarm was a Christmas Gift to me this year) and checking off all the ideas in it I plan to implement into my own life…(once the weather favors the projects enough that my dreams derived from them really can come true!) Thank you for the memories and the motivations found within the pages of your magazine!

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WINNER!!! Giveaway: “Girl Ran Away, Magic Happens”

The winner of my “Girl Ran Away, Magic Happens” giveaway is: Susie Maass, who said:

“My favorite farmgirl artisan is my mom. She grew up on a farm in Washington State and learned to can, sew, cook, and bake from her mother. She made most of our clothes, which I didn’t truly appreciate until I was in high school and found that my mom could recreate just about any piece of clothing I wanted and make it uniquely mine, rather than something that came off a rack! She cut out recipes from the newspaper and magazines and came up with creative meals for our family, even when times were hard. She made loaves of bread and pans of cinnamon rolls every week, and even though I envied my classmates’ sandwiches made with Wonder Bread, I knew that mine were made with love, which made them oh-so-much better.”


And the original post for the GIVEAWAY was (thank you to the 37 women who shared their favorite farmgirl artisans!):

In the Dec/Jan issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Magic Happens” (on newsstands Nov. 10), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a beautiful spoon-handle pendant from Erin Thormosdgard’s jewelry business, Girl Ran Away with the Spoon.

Girl Ran Away with the Spoon creates handcrafted artisan jewelry and gifts in the heart of historic downtown Miles City, Montana. For a chance to win one of Erin’s spoon-handle pendants, tell me about your favorite farmgirl artisan in the comments below by Dec. 1. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner the second week of December. 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:

    congratulations Susie!! Look what Santa will be dropping off at your house next week!

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WINNER!!! Giveaway: “Welcoming Winter’s Birds, Magic Happens”

The winner of my “Welcoming Winter’s Birds, Magic Happens” giveaway is: Jacqui, who said:

“I have enjoyed watching birds all my life, but even more so the past two years. My grandson, Ethan, loves to sit outside on my back porch and listen to the birds in the yard. He calls the Cardinals “Red” when he hears them. He points in the direction of their calls from one side of the yard to the other. He is also fascinated with a Red-tail Hawk that frequents a neighbor’s yard and flies around mine.”


And the original post for the GIVEAWAY was (thank you to the 51 women who shared their backyard bird sightings!):

In the Dec/Jan issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Magic Happens” (on newsstands Nov. 10), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a 10-pack of organic, vegetarian suet to help welcome winter’s birds into your back yard.


If you’ve ever paused beside a window in wintertime, warm coffee cup in hand, and watched a sprightly flock of songbirds flitting among the branches of your back yard, you’ve been blessed. For a chance to win a 10-pack of assorted organic, vegetarian suet to welcome them (from the aptly named company, Birds Don’t Eat Cows), tell me about the winter birds in your area in the comments below by Dec. 1. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner the second week of December. 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:

    Congratulations Jacqui! I hope your new suet will create some magic in your backyard this Winter.

  2. Bobbie calgaro says:

    I love watching the birds in the winter. We have cardinals, juncos, chickadees, and woodpeckers. The bluebirds hang out too. This will be my first winter of retirement and I am really looking forward to watching them throughout the day.

  3. Sandra Seymour says:

    I am from Lewiston Idaho but now live in Central Oregon. In the winter we have flocks of Robins that over winter here. It is a amazing site!

  4. Mary Pitman says:

    my husband and I love watching the birds in the winter. We have a cedar tree where he hung our bird feeder. Last year we had a Scarlet tanager, beautiful bird. Supposed to be from Arizona. Don’t know why it was in Oklahoma, but we enjoyed seeing it. Plus we have cardinals, juncos, woodpeckers, sapsuckers, bluejays, chickadees and a few others.
    We are retired, and love watching the birds on the suet feeders, too.

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Farmgirl gifts

If you’re on the lookout for last-minute farmgirl gifts, try my favorite farmgirl general store, Lehman’s. Lehman’s is located in the heart of Ohio Amish country, and specializes in “simple products for a simpler life.”

You’ll find everything from the original “sock monkey” socks (every kid loves a sock monkey, and each pair comes with instructions for making your own):

to old-fashioned calendar towels:

to these ultra-cute Mason-jar light covers:

to this beautiful Amish-made paper-towel holder:

to Lehman’s exclusive Shortbread:

and an exclusive book of household tips from founder Jay Lehman’s daughter, Glenda.

Visit Lehman’s online hitching post for more great farmgirl gifts and hard-to-find household helpers from yesteryear.


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I never thought of Lehmans for gifts but you have a great idea here. A few years back, I found some of those little mason jar light covers and have them on my permanent “everything tree” which sits on an old cast iron laundry stove and has seasonal decorations ( and well apples all of the year!! wink).

  2. Cindi says:

    My mom saved every single calendar towel she got for years and years. They made the best dishtowels ~ especially for glass. Thanks for reminding me of such a great shopping place.

  3. Linda says:

    What a super idea, MaryJane. And they have such neat “antique-y” things for gifts. I love the store. Those Mason jar light covers are perfect – love your idea, Winnie!

  4. I am so lucky as my local Mennonite ( sect similar to Amish) owned general store has nearly everything Lehman’s has. they cater to the same “Plain People “. Their cast iron cookery is the best, especially the Corn Bread maker, which makes little ears of corn, just like from my childhood. They sell the cast iron ware much cheaper than Lehman’s and they are the same quality brands too.
    I do my shopping there year round and their old fashioned toys are the best of all. (It’s where your dancing bees came from, MaryJane ). I find that grownups love the toys as it reminds them of their Christmas’s past. I was a huge hit the year I gave everyone “potato pistols” ( remember them? you push the end of the “gun” into a potato that cuts off small pieces as pellets/ammo-harmless endless fun ) Kids like all the kits and old fashioned potholder looms and such. All the old board games like ” Candyland” and “Uncle Wiggly” .( with the old graphics not the newer versions) And real china teasets for little girls. You get the idea.

    Speaking of gifts. Yours is on the way MaryJane- supposed to arrive on Thursday. Be on the lookout for it.

  5. Bobbie Holmes says:

    Does the Mennonite store have a web page? If it’s in the vicinity of Nauvoo, Illonios, then I have probably visited it. Lisa is right about the great many unusual and nostalgic merchandise available – including fabric since these wonderful people sew nearly all their clothes and make lovely quilts! Need the name of the store!

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GIVEAWAY: “Milk Cow Kitchen, Hearts a-Flutter”

And our winner is … Nikki Hurlbut (see winner’s post here).

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For a chance to win a free copy of my Milk Cow Kitchen book, tell me the name of your milk cow (even if it’s still only a fantasy) in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-February.


My book gives you how-to details for keeping a pet milk cow on your suburban half acre, a backyard lot in town … or at least, it’ll help fuel your fantasy of a someday cow grazing outside your kitchen window. Milk cow fantasy aside, my book is chock full of recipes using dairy—75 to be exact—along with 15 step-by-step cheese-making recipes.

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. Alyce Kremer says:

    Skye is my Jersey/Hereford milk cow.

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This book is a must have even if you are a city dweller. There are recipes for using milk and making them most delicious things. Plus, the photos are beautiful and inspiring like all of MaryJane’s book. If you love to sew, there are adorable prints in her store to match some of the graphics of the book too! This would be an awesome gift for yourself or anyone who loves fresh, tasty and beautiful.

  3. Lisa A says:

    Bossy. When I was a kid, my grandpa called his cows saying “come boss, bossy, bossy, bossy, bossy”!

  4. CJ Armstrong says:

    I don’t currently have a MILK cow, but when I did, my favorite was a Jersey named “Lucy”. Why that name? Because when you looked her straight in the face, with her reddish tufts of hair and big eyes, she reminded of Lucille Ball!

    Our current cows are Longhorns and they aren’t milk cows, but my favorite is the youngest heifer calf, born in May of this year and her name is “Beautiful”. She truly is beautiful with very unusual markings!

  5. Deon Matzen says:

    My virtual milk cow is “Bossy.” I purchase milk and make ricotta, yogurt and from the cream we make creme fraiche. Delicious. I hope that I can also find some fresh goat’s milk to make chevre as well, but that is in the future. For the time being Bossy will have to do. We have always had beef cattle, never a milk cow, though we have bought lots of raw milk.

  6. Sara Knight says:

    I don’t have a cow now but as a child we had Bossy. Guess back then most cows were called Bossy. If by chance I would somehow acquire one I would name her after one of my favorite herbs, ‘Sweet Annie’.

  7. Meredith Hinds says:

    I dont have one but I would name mine Daisy…maybe some day! 🙂

  8. Nikki Hurlbut says:

    My (fantasy) milk cow’s name is Myrtle. I am a young mother to 4 so hopefully one of these days we’ll be able to have one of our own!!

  9. Sue Carrero says:

    Buttercup of course!!

  10. Christina says:

    Paisley! I would have to have a Jersey cow because of the cream. Oh how I love cream, perfect in coffee and tea. I love to make homemade whipped topping, the kids love it, it’s great in hot chocolate.
    I can’t wait to get this book, whether I win it or buy it. I love all Mary Jane’s books! Thanks for the chance to win. Have a Merry Christmas all of you!

  11. Vicki Campbell says:

    Olivia is my someday milk cow. She’s the most gentle and good natured milker around 🙂

  12. Teri Schneider says:

    Many, many years ago we had cows. I wanted to name one of them “Curdle” but my husband didn’t think that was funny. They ended up getting traditional names like Bossy. Miss having them around!

  13. Lisa B says:

    Well, I don’t personally have the space (though one day I hope to!) One of my Farm Girl Besties has a lovely lady named Lou Lou who currently provides our lovely raw milk 🙂 Her Jersey Girl Cha Cha passed on almost 2 years ago, I love both their names and appreciate their hard work for us! 🙂

  14. Karen says:

    My cow would be named Maybelle. One day she will be real.

  15. Mary johnson says:

    I don’t have a milk cow, someday that’s something that’s on my bucket list. But I would like a couple. I love Christmas time so there names would be chestnut and fig.

  16. CJ LaRose says:

    My milk cow’s name is Betty Lou.

  17. Marci Dodd says:

    My 4-H dairy cow was named Sherita.

  18. Gaye says:

    I don’t have her yet but my first would be named Bessie of course!

  19. Rebecca says:

    I live on a farm that had milk cows. The one that I was in charge of was called Betsy. It was my first interaction with a milk cow and I shall always remember the closeness I developed with Betsy as a young girl of 13.

  20. Cathy R says:

    This is fun! Seems like we played this game before and I can’t remember what I wrote so I asked my husband what he would name a cow and he said Utter Delight! HA! Merry Christmas!

  21. Sheryle G says:

    I have a goat I milk named Weezy.

  22. Charla Kennedy says:

    Don’t have a milk cow as of yet. When I do get one I shall name her Cocoa. My grandkids are always asking for chocolate milk. I really need to get a cow. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  23. Camela says:

    If and when I get one would love Bessie! Someday I hope!

  24. Micki says:

    If I had a Cow her name would be something cutesy like Buttercup or Moolissa I guess it would depend on her looks and traits!

  25. Sandra Seymour says:

    I would call my cow Bessie after my mother be caused she got teased about her name. Bessie the Heffer queen of all the cows.

  26. Queenie, She was my uncle’s cow. We always enjoyed going to see her.

  27. Dianne Heins says:

    Bessie—-and I loved her and the fresh milk she gave our family!!!

  28. KayC Butler says:

    I want a cow so much. Working on getting one for our small farm. I have decided which breed yet. I believe I would name her Elsie.

  29. Donna Stone says:

    I would love to have a milk cow but can’t, so if I could I would name her MJ for my favorite magazine. MaryJanes Farm.Thanks for all you do.

  30. Annette Carpenter says:

    Her name will be Tennessee..

  31. Cristy Marxsen says:

    Someday I’ll have a cow with the name of Newhope. It was on a class fieldtrip with Newhope Elementary that I saw my first cow, so the name seems appropriate.

  32. Cristi says:

    If I had a milk cow I would call her Dotty, short for Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.

  33. Cathryn Harjung says:

    My future cow will be named Elsie.

  34. Debi Reimers says:

    Cows name is Daisy Duke

  35. January G. says:

    MooMoo.Like MoMo,with an ooh.
    (The whole thought just tickles me.)
    My hubby was raised on a farm, im so excited to start a hobby farm of our own one day soon.

  36. Phoebe Baker says:

    Delilah or May Bell 😊

  37. Jean Nakano says:

    My fantasy cow’s name is “Sweetie.”

  38. Marion O'Neill says:

    Buttercup is my fantasy cow.

  39. Janice Ward says:

    My cows name was Baby. I miss her however my Hubby’s promised me a new jersey! I may name her Clemintine.

  40. Sherrie says:

    My milk cow’s name ….Myrtle

  41. Joan H says:

    I would name my girl Elsie!

  42. Brenda says:

    Phillamina Cowell 😍

  43. Jill Yelland-DeMooy says:

    I would name a cow Lindy Lou after the heifer I had back when I was in 4-H.

  44. Sandy says:

    I would name her caramel.

  45. Sarah Roundy says:

    Two beautiful girls named Honey and Taffy 🙂

  46. Virginia Meyer says:

    As a young girl growing up, my mom would tell me stories of her brothers and sisters, working in the barn, milking the cows by hand, and singing their favorite hymns from church. Singing you see, because there was no such thing as ipods, nor was there a radio, and singing would keep the cows calm as you milked them. And yes, she had her two favorites, Bessy and Bossy, wouldn’t you know. I always loved to hear mom tell her stories, of how her siblings, (there were 7 of them all together), would love to squirt each other when one of them would walk by. Or how, if you weren’t careful, you could get swatted in the face with a cow tail that had “muck and gunk” on it. (And you know what I mean by “muck and gunk” if you grew up on a farm!)
    I’ve heard my mom and her siblings sing together, and let me tell you, those cows really got a concert! Man can they sing!

  47. Gina says:

    My milk-cows-to-be are twins, Anna and Elsa..named by my three daughters who of course love Frozen!

  48. Angela Kapitanski says:

    Our milk cow Vivian Lee is a short legged Irish Dexter. We Love her and her baby Jubilee Sooo much!

  49. Debbie Christin says:

    If I had a milk cow, her name would be Abby. That is a grand name for a sweet cow that provides such sweet, nurturing milk to all the little children and cream to my coffee!

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GIVEAWAY: “Do Unto Animals, Hearts a-Flutter”

And our winner is … Denise (see winner’s post here).

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For a chance to win a free copy of the book Do Unto Animals by Tracey Stewart, tell me about your favorite pet animal (real or imaginary) in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-February.

You’ll find out more about Tracey’s book in the Feb/Mar issue of MaryJanesFarm, along with a step-by-step project. Part practical guide, part memoir, and part testament to the power of giving back, Do Unto Animals includes 300 charming illustrations by artist Lisel Ashlock, tons of facts and advice about both domesticated and wild animals, and lots of homemade projects.

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:

    My current best Fur Friend is my kitty, Mr. Bump. He is just the best cat ever! We have had many kitties over the years, but this one has so much personality and he is so darn smart. I swear he can almost talk with this variety of meows that he uses in all sorts of ways. Not to mention, he is also such a pal and keeps up with what I am doing all day long by checking in, twirling around and bumping my leg and talking.

  2. Daizy says:

    Ohhh, wow….I have had so many amazing animals in my lifetime!! I suppose my most cherished friendship was with a horse. I just could not be with him enough!!! I never wanted to leave the barn and then when we got him and his other horses to our own ranch then that was all I needed. Just let me stay there and I was fine! He was 3 when I got him and we went to the woods and to friends homes and even had a bunch of years in the show ring (and he was really good)!! I miss him terribly and there will never be another one like him……but I keep searching…..and have found several that are almost as amazing. When it thunders I just know its Dell and all the rest up there running with their heads and tails held high.

    Thinks for allowing me to remember the good times.

    Hugs and prayers,
    Daizy #1093

  3. Bobbie calgaro says:

    My favorite pets are our cats Lucy and Bud. They make our lives so much fun.

  4. Cindi says:

    I don’t think I can pick a favorite so I will go with my very first dog ~ that I remember. (They tell me there was a pup before, but he had a liking for TV antenna wires and clothes drying on the line.) On my 8th birthday Dad took Mom and me for a ride, parked outside a building and left us in the car while he went inside. To my shock and delight, he returned with a small English bull/boxer mixed puppy. It was love at first sight. She hid behind my back the entire way home as I giggled. She outgrew that fear of cars quickly ~ any time someone left the car door open, you would find her sitting in the driver’s seat. She held suckers between her paws and licked them like a child and rested her paw on my hand whenever I cried. She stayed by my side until she passed when I was 20 years old, but our bond is forever.

  5. Beth says:

    When my husband and I met we had 5 dogs between us. Over the last 5 years we lost them all. Some to old age, some to cancer. Our hearts were broken. So, after some time,we found that something was missing in our lives. So to pet finder we went. And there she was , my Lucy, a Great Pyranese border collie mix. She is my constant companion, and the sweetest dog … She is my heart

  6. Judy Adair says:

    While growing up I received a duck for Easter. He grew up at our home in town. I used our galvanized tub filled with water for a mini-pond. He bonded to me and followed me everywhere. His name was Dr. Quack. I am 69 years old and people still say to me, “Aren’t you the little girl that walked around town followed by a duck?”. Yes, I am. Eventually Dr. Quack was taken to my Aunt’s farm where there was a real pond with other ducks.

  7. Linda says:

    My favorite pet was my cat Jake, who is no longer with us. He was the best furball friend you could ask for – he loved to ride in the car and would sit on my lap and either look out the window or rest on the console. I would put him on his leash at rest stops when I traveled with him and he’d get some of those strange looks when people realized he was a cat and not a dog. LOL!

  8. Chrissy says:

    Bonnie was my dog of a lifetime, (even though Molly-beagle poodle mix, is nestled beside me as I type this) a blue heeler. She was good at barking only when necessary, very protective of me, had no other vices, Except.. she was not fond of children. She had been slightly tormented by her previous owner’s children and since I live alone, she came to me. As a cattle dog she felt it her responsibility to herd children back to their mothers by nipping at their heels. I had one mother of three ask if she could borrow her.

  9. Denise says:

    I just lost my favorite girl on the 9th of this month. Her name was Shelbyanne and she was a sweet little Boston terrier. I had her for 13 years. Would love to be entered for this. I’m an avid animal lover and would love to learn all I can.

  10. Shannon Hudson says:

    I have had numerous fur babies over the years, but my favorite was Stephie, who is no longer with us. Stephie was a shepherd mix we got from the SPCA shortly after we were married. She was a perfect protector, as my hubby was gone a lot on missions, due to being active duty military. She was also my “big teddy bear pillow” after each miscarriage. My hubby and I have lost numerous babies, which doesn’t stop the military… so he would be gone, and I would have to deal with it alone… but I found that Stephie seemed to sense that loss, and I could curl up and lay my head on her, as I cried. I really miss her!

  11. Jill Yelland)-DeMooy says:

    It would be a toss-up between Jack the dog I got when I was fifteen and a holstein heifer which I had for my 4-H project that year. My dog was such a great farm dog always warning us of any dangers for our livestock and such a loving and loyal companion. My heifer Lindy Lou was extremely bright and always found ways to make sure she was front and center and getting all the attention, she found ways through gates, and would come when she was called. A year or so later when she had been grazing out on a wooded hillside, I could still call her name and this great big cow would come galloping through the woods to me. They are both long gone, but very cherished memories.

  12. Pearl Maxner says:

    My favorite animal is my miniature Nigerian Dwarf goat Rosebud. She is such a trooper leading our little heard! She cares about each of the other doe’s birthing processes, standing by with sniffs and gentle goat words of encouragement to the mom’s-in-labor.
    Always the best Mom herself and our champion milker for such a little gal, she is gentle and loves to be loved.

  13. Phyllis says:

    Sparky was my dearest, sweetest, greet everyone tuxedo cat. Although he had many health issues, he never complained. He left us too soon, and as my vet said, “he was almost human, and held a special place in the hearts of everyone at the practice”.

  14. Marion O says:

    My favorite pet ever was my cat Boots who died two years ago. I have loved all my pets but there was something special about Boots. Even my best friend, who is not a cat person, appreciated Boots’ unique personality. I miss him so much!

  15. Cheryl Bull says:

    My favorite pet was my big, scary looking dog baby. He was such a friendly and obedient boy. It didn’t matter who got up in the house first in the morning, he got up when I got up. It was just like that. He loved people and was a gentle giant but he was my special fur baby. Sadly, he had a brain tumor in his older years and declined very quickly. Which I guess was a blessing. At the end, I was the only person he seemed to recognize and he would only sleep when I was with him or touching him. He taught me good things in the years I got to be his mommy.

  16. Michelle R says:

    Tippy is my most beloved pet. She is an amazing cat, who talks to me when she wants things. She will use different tones and sounds to assure that I pick up on the different things she wants. She has a tone for me to pick her up. I know when she wants food or treats. She also informs me when she wants the electric blanket on the bed to be turned on. We have been communicating for 6 years now, and I hope to continue the communication for many years to come!

  17. deb church says:

    dogs must be my favorite. we have three lively boys. as if that isn’t enough, i volunteer at the animal shelter.

  18. Julie Kram says:

    My favorite furry friend is Louie, my chocolate lab. Louie came into my life with a long story attached to his five-week-old scrawny brown tail. Louie’s parents were neighborhood dogs. Although an older gal claimed to own them, they pair was seldom anywhere but loose, roaming in the woods. Louie’s mom delivered a litter of roughly 12 puppies on Thanksgiving day, alone in the woods. Before she and the newborns were found, a hungry predator had eaten all but 4 of the puppies. Of the remaining 4, 3 were shaken and damaged, one was near death from predator attack, Louie. Louie was torn and scrawny. He was the runt, had shaken baby syndrome and his nose was torn up. Being underweight, neurologically damaged, slightly blind in one eye and prone to repeated seizures didn’t give him much chance, according to the vet. I told the vet we’d do the best we could for him. Six years later, Louie is one of the best dogs I’ve ever had. His crooked nose and sideways glances make him absolutely adorable and beautiful to me. He’s always happy and is fabulous with our grandbabies. Louie is healthy and smart and well-trained. He has defied the odds and shown what love can do.

  19. Pat Prarce says:

    I adopted a darling chihuahua from the local shelter a few months ago. It was frustrating for both of us when I would talk to her and she would just cock her head and look questioning at me. It was later I found out she had lived in a Hispanic household and didn’t understand English! She’s learned English very quickly!

  20. Christine says:

    It is hard to choose a favorite, but I think a jewel among them was named Kelly. I wasn’t planning on getting another cat, but I was at PetSmart watching my mom’s Schnauzer graduate from obedience class and turned around and he was starring right at me from the cat adoption area. When I went to go look at him and say “hello,” he started talking up quite a storm. He was a very sweet flame point Siamese and I ended up filling out the adoption application before I left that night and spent the next three days visiting him several times a day until I got the approval to take him home. I’ve never had a pet who got along so well with all the other animals but also would chat-up any human visitor and my non-cat liking friends. He charmed dog, cats, rabbits and even the doves. He was amazingly gentle and was a great comfort. He got me through some very rough times in my life and it was a very sad day for me when it was time to say good-bye after a terminal illness.

  21. ann brand says:

    My wonderful 16 yr. old black Lab Dukey is going to be put down today because of a “massive abdominal tumor” which has appeared and grown very quickly. We have had him since he was an adorable, quirky puppy acquired from a rescue group. We had an old Subaru wagon which he thought was his exclusively, so he slept on the hood! No one could leave the farm in it without his knowledge or permission. When we drive to the vet’s office today, he can again enjoy his dogmobile.

  22. Alice Pugh says:

    My favorite pet is Sir Pablo Stevenson. He’s a purebred long-haired chihuahua. I found Pablo in an ad and went to visit the farm. He was so small he didn’t even fill up my hand and when he started sucking my thumb I knew I had to have him. Waiting three months is hard but did and I went to pick him up. That was 7 years ago and he never leaves my side. He’s a constant companion and soon to be my therapy dog. I am losing use of my hands from arthritis and mornings are the worst. Just petting him makes everything better. He makes me laugh when he burrows into the warm clothes just out of the dryer (he just can’t resist), has his favorite toy “Lambie” and curls up next to me no matter where I am. He also drives a car by helping turn the wheel. At 5 1/2 lbs he’s my animal love of my heart.

  23. Leisa Joan says:

    Right now we only have 2 pets, a Standard Poodle named Spencer, who’s the most cuddly and friendly dog, who also thinks he’s a lap dog. And we have a chinchilla named Baby, who loves me best since I give him lots of treats & scratch behind his ears & chins, just the way he likes it!

  24. Helen Dunn says:

    I’ve been blessed with so many wonderful companion animals it is almost impossible to name just one. We have raised Golden Retrievers for over 35 years. I would suggest my first one, Shasta, a present for our first anniversary, cemented my love for goldens for life!

  25. Kelly Seymour says:

    I have had many wonderful, four-footed furries in my life. A most recent one went home about a year ago. He was a Siberian Husky named Zeus. He was the biggest clown, the chattiest, sweetest goofball I’ve known, in a while. He left a huge hole in my heart when his time came to go. I loved him dearly and he visits my thoughts often. : j

  26. Vicki says:

    I didn’t want another cat. But exactly a year after I adopted my puppy, a tiny kitten appeared in my back yard with a snotty nose and eyes crusted shut. I vowed to get her healthy and find her a home. She traveled to work with me for two weeks and soon was the picture of health. I had reached out to many people to adopt her but once she was out of quarantine my dog decided to adopt her. They became fast friends with the tiny kitten sleeping on her back and batting her with tiny paws. Now Martha is one of the household and plays fetch better than the dog because she will actually give up the ball!

  27. Susan Campbell says:

    Our dog Prince. He was a mutt that electrocuted himself when he chewed on a plug and burnt his tongue and the roof of his mouth. He lived for another six years before we had to put him down because he had cancer.

  28. Vickie says:

    My favorite animal of my entire lifetime has been the horse. A magical surprise came into my life when I partnered with a man who had two horses. What a beautiful extension of my fantasy to live with these gentle animals at my back door! Every day I was blessed with their love and grace with us and all of our varied visitors. Both horses are no longer with us due to age and illness, yet the memories of their love still lingers here.

  29. Vicki Lee says:

    I moved from town to our ranch 45 years ago. I had the usual pets growing up..dogs, cats, birds & goldfish, but living on the ranch gave me the opportunity to become an animal whisperer. I tamed down a sow, named her Penny, and she was my pet. We raised Angus cattle, but I always looked for a heifer calf that was different.. a spot on her head, different hair coat, etc. and tamed them down so they would eat cow cake from my hand. Fancy, the bantam rooster would come when we called. My house cat was Ming Leah, a beautiful Siamese who lived to be 19 yrs old. And, now my sweet baby is our 12 yr old Australian Shepard (with 3 legs). He is there for me every day and I didn’t think I could love an animal so much. Animals have a special place in my life and I can’t imagine life without them.

  30. Amy szabo says:

    I have a hard time picking between my best friend, wesson who is my 2 yr old Australian shepherd, and my long time companion, winchester, my horse. I am not sure how I would get through life without the constant comfort of my dog. He is always there for me and I truly mean it when I say he is my best friend. Winchester (aka chessy, chester, or cheese) has been with me for about 12 years now. I have worked with her since birth and trained her myself, we have become such amazing partners together sometimes she almost feels like an extension of my own body. Both of these animals are so very important iny life and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

  31. Carol in NC says:

    Our first Newfoundland dog, L’Anse. He was an absolute gentleman and perfect nanny for our child with special needs. He was completely devoted to her, and treated her very differently than he did our other children, though he loved them too of course.

  32. Rusty was a golden retriever. We adopted him when he was only a few weeks old. He was well mannered loved our children and was always happy to see us. A great companion.

  33. Kat says:

    My favorite animal has to be my orange tabby Paco. I think he is part dog! He comes to bed with me every night, showing up from unknown parts of the house. If he feels I need to go to bed NOW, he will meow until I show up. He is my best friend in the whole world.

  34. Idamarie Settlemyer says:

    My Scottie Dawg Cutty, a very sweet boy. this scottie likes to talk and sing. no matter how long you have been away he greets you with his special dog talk and makes everything better, sweeter, happier. He naps with me and rests his head on my legs. Not a more precious boy in the world!

  35. Kyla H says:

    My best animal friend is Fancy, a beautiful horse with a wild streak. She was sold to my father because she was considered too difficult to ride. My father granted me a ride on her a year and a half ago. She and I connected, but my father was warned that she wasn’t to be trusted. It took me 6 months to get a another ride with her. My father saw that she enjoyed her time with me and started encouraging us to do more things together. We found our stride and she showed me her favorite petting spot. She loves to graze in a the wildflower section of the field but during the fall and winter the area has lots of burrs. She isn’t a fan of having her mane combed out! But she almost always comes when called and greets me with a kiss. Surprised my father when she started that and letting me halter her with feed or treats. Her bestie Cassie started letting me as well just a month or so ago. I haven’t lived on the farm with my parents since I got married but I take my kids to the farm as often as I can and last summer my daughter overcame her fear of the horses and has enjoyed many rides. My son enjoys helping with the feeding of all the animals and one of his favorite chores is helping to clean the stalls! Fancy has taught my whole family many things; one of which is patience!

  36. Glenda York says:

    My black cat Crowley (named after the King of Hell on Supernatural). He is a little demon, but he’s the first cat to really capture my heart. I always think of myself as more canine oriented, and dogs will always be close to my heart. But he has managed to make deep footprints on my heart nonetheless.

  37. Marcia says:

    We rescued a very young kitten in our hometown. While coming home from the grocery store my husband saw something in the road he opened the door scooped it up with a t shirt he had in the car he didnt know what he had until he arrived home. To his surprise
    a tiny orange kitten eyes were hardly opened he bottle fed it until he could eat on its own. orange fluff ball we named him MAX. He gets along well with our 3 dogs very loving
    stands on his back feet and begs for a snack if you dont respond he streches on your clothes and hangs there until you give him just a taste of what you are eating. Then he goes away. When we go to the bus stop in the am we have a trail of the 3 dogs and the cat. They have an inner clock if it gets time for the bus in the afternoon they all let me know its time and like a trail we all go to the bus stop.



  38. Cindee Pisani says:

    My very favorite pet was a little yellow chick I tried to win at a homecoming when I was about 8 yrs old. The chicks were all together in a box. Where was their food, their water I kept asking my dad. I tried and tried to win one by tossing pennies into a floating paper cup in a barrel but kept missing. My little heart was breaking. The chicks had to be thirsty and hungry. I had to save one. I asked the man if I could buy one. “That will cost a quarter.” he said. Would my dad give me a quarter for a chick? That was a lot of money to an eight year old. I asked and he pressed the quarter into my hand. A chick was placed into a brown paper bag for me and I proudly carried the little bird home. I put him in a box right next to my bed. He had a towel to sleep on and food and water. I went to sleep that night with my hand hanging over the bed. The chick went to sleep in my cupped hand. He was warm and protected. He followed me around peeping and flapping his little wings. His name was Whitey. Whitey grew into a fine white rooster and I gave him to our neighbors. They had a fine chicken coop and a flock of chickens. He was king of the coop and would flap his wings at me when I went to see him. He decided he liked his girls just fine.

  39. Celine Blais says:

    My favorite pet is my Siamese cat Baby.She is sweet,and very doglike.Baby doesn’t stalk squirrels,birds or other live things.She will chase butterflies or grass hoppers.Sweet all the way through.

  40. Fran Rhodes says:

    I have had a number of pet cats and dogs over my years. Everyone of them were my favorite during their time. I’m looking for my next favorite right now. When we find each other, we will know it.

  41. RobinAnn says:

    My German Shepherd, Penny.

  42. Amy Brooks says:

    One of my rescue cats is extra special! She is a bob tailed calico and we taught her to walk on a harness and leash when she was a kitten. Now she goes hiking in the mountains with us and our dogs. She loves it and she especially loves the attention she gets from people wanting to pet her and take her picture!

  43. Diane Wagster says:

    My favorite memories are having cats since early childhood. Grew up on a farm with lots of cats in the barn to catch the mice. However, I names them all and watched having kittens in the hay loft. Early sex education I guess. Now I have Marley, a ragdoll, who is the delight of our lives that now we are older to keep us on our toes. Dogs were also a part of my life as there were my guardians when I would take hikes in the woods. Feel so grateful that I experienced that life which is a tribute to my parents.

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GIVEAWAY: “Annie Sloan, Hearts a-Flutter”

And our TWO winners are … Jona Newcomb and Carrie (see winners’ post here).

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For a chance to win a free copy of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint Workbook, tell me what your favorite color of lipstick is and at what age you think you first painted your lips in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-February.

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  1. Kim Rountree says:

    My favorite color lipstick is a coral pink. I think I first used lipstick at age 17! Always too busy in the barn with my horses to worry about such things!!

  2. Cindi says:

    Oh what a fun memory!! My very, very first lipstick was red. 1950s red – pretty bold stuff. Since I performed in many a dance recital I was allowed to wear it for the performance. I remember being surprised and excited when mom first dabbed some on my lips, which I didn’t move again until the lipstick was removed after the dance. I must have been about 6 years old. I’ve toned the color down a lot since then to a light pinkish plum – and I’ve learned it’s okay to unpurse your lips while wearing it.

  3. Gigi Thompson says:

    At the age of 14, I discovered lipstick. The color was a bluish burgundy which suited my smallish lips. On my first day of High School I wore it proudly to the dismay of my sweet Mother. Today as a grandmother my choice is toned down a bit. If you did it once don’t do it again. Oh, I still have the memories.

  4. Kathleen says:

    My favorite is a true red without any blue tones to it. Not dark but a bright true red. I first used lipstick at age fourteen (a nude color) in high school.

  5. Bobbie calgaro says:

    I love a peachy colored lipstick, sugared grapefruit is the Clinique name. I can remember wearing lipstick for the first time. I was I high school because mom wouldn’t let me wear it in junior high. I was crushed. Probably 10th or 11th grade. Mom believed and still does that kids grow up too soon.

  6. Linda says:

    My favorite color of lipstick is candy apple red. I think I first wore lipstick when I was a Sophomore in high school and went to my first dance. I would have been 14.
    Thanks for offering this book. I have several things I’ve been wanting to paint with chalk paint and this would help me a lot.

  7. Joan H says:

    I can still remember the smell of my first memory of make-up. My Nanny had a drawer for me in her bathroom. Inside was an old handbag, used (practically empty) compact with puff(Coty?), lipstick, comb, brush, hand mirror, bracelets. I was very young, like 5 maybe, and I loved that stuff! Nowadays my favorite lipstick color is a brick shade called Sarah in my favorite brand. It makes me look alive but not over-done!

  8. Bonnie ellis says:

    I think I first tried lipstick when I was 3, 70 years ago. A little friend and I got into mom’s makeup. That red was so hard to get off mom was mad at me a long time. My favorite color now is pink. It looks great with silver hair.

  9. Gaye says:

    My fave colors are in the coral family. I’m actually not a big lipstick fan, I tend to stick to tinted balms and such. I don’t remember my first lipstick experience, we used to wear lip gloss, kissing potion! I guess starting about 13.

  10. victoria says:

    My favorite shade of lipstick is a soft peach. I think partially because I’m a Georgia girl and because of my skin tone that tans well. I first painted my lips at age 13 with a soft pink from Avon for Easter.

  11. Kristen says:

    I started wearing a burgundy-red lipstick when I was 15. I would love to win this book. Thank you for the giveaway!

  12. Daizy says:

    A medium tawny tan brownish yet a hint of pink…..that’s usually the lipstick I grab most. I have all colors!!! I can remember running down the hall being chased by my momma after she put some of hers on me. It must have been of the reddish color. I remember it was the house I was born in and we moved before I was too old so I was a very young lip stick user. I like something on my lips all the time but the cows don’t care so I can wear any color I want !!!

    Hugs and prayers,
    Daizy #1093

  13. Cristi says:

    My favorite color lipstick has always been Rose Beige. I think I was 13 the first time I painted my lips. My father promptly sent me to the bathroom to remove said paint ;).

  14. Glenda (Doll58maker) Young. says:

    I was allowed to wear lipstick when I turned 13. The only color I could wear was called Tangee. It was a natural color that turned pinkish on your lips. The color of the day was a beautiful red called Cherries In The Snow, and I finally got to wear that when I turned 16. I loved it for years. BTW, THE perfume of the day (maybe the era) was called Evening In Paris.

  15. Debbie Christin says:

    Berry is my favorite color! I was around five and got caught with lipstick and a self haircut!

  16. Paulette Bray says:

    My favorite color of lipstick is soft mauve.
    My father didn’t think I should date or wear make up until I was sixteen. My best friend shared “bubble gum pink” when I was about 14.

  17. Rachele says:

    My favorite lipstick color is blu-red by LipSence. It’s that true “Taylor Swift” red. It’s beautiful and lipsence doesn’t come off so it last alllll day long! I love it! I believe I got my first lipstick for my 13th birthday. As a birthday gift my step-mom took me Merle Norman to get the whole make up set up. I was matched with a natural, light, maroon color to give my lips some color but not make me look like I had a ton of make up on.

  18. Sharon Scheidt says:

    My favorite lipstick color is a natural tone, I think that I started wearing a little lip color at the age of 15 or 16. I wear it more now that I am older! I was always wearing some kind of Mauve when I was younger.

  19. Joni stein says:

    It had to have been a mix of pink and red. I never could just use anything just as it came, I always had to make it my own. I had to have been about 14 at that time as I wasn’t allowed to use makeup until at least then. Next came mascara, by Mabelline, and
    It came in a little cake in a sliding plastic case with a little brush. I remember that we spit on the brush to use it!

  20. Jona Newcomb says:

    My favorite color lipstick is fuchsia! I love a pop of color. I was about 12 years old when i discovered lip gloss, but once I found lipstick I never looked back. I’d love to win this book, Ive been contemplating redoing my kitchen cabinets and would love to learn more about this fabulous paint.

  21. Barb Klyczek says:

    My favorite color of lipstick is mauve. I remember I was finally able to wear lipstick to my first prom at the age of 16.

  22. Pearl Maxner says:

    My favorite color is coral blaze, saved for special occasions and outings.

  23. Phyllis says:

    As I don’t wear lipstick, ( fear of the lead and other toxins and natural hard to find), I don’t have a favorite color. But I’m sure my next door neighbor, ( 4 years older), first had me pucker up for a trial around the age of twelve.

  24. Linda Dart says:

    At age 73 my favorite color is RED – bright beautiful shiny RED. But my first lipstick was “natural” – purchased at Woolworths in Silver Spring, Md. with babysitting money (which paid 50 cents an hour) in 1954. I was 12, in 7th grade, and allowed to buy and use this – and only this – lipstick. I could apply one coat, which was checked carefully by mother on the way out the door. Somehow by the time I arrived at school my lips were a lot thicker than normal, and prone to sticking together – from the many coatings of “natural” that had been added. But it felt so good – and I felt so beautiful. My, how things have changed since the 50’s.

  25. Cheryl Bull says:

    My favorite lipstick is Ulta’s plum. It goes with everything and layers beautifully. I first painted my lips at about the age of 5. My mother let me “makeup” for a tea party with my stuffed animals and it was a lovely 70s shade of orange.

  26. Dava Vincent says:

    My favorite lipstick color is red. However, my first color that I used was a beige. It had sparkles in it! I was 11 years old and was trying everything my sister was, her being six years old, she was my hero! I l learn so much from her and still do. And she absolutely loves to paint!

  27. My favorite shade of lipstick is nude. I prefer subtle colors and more of a gloss. I didn’t wear lip stick until junior high.I’m more of an outdoorsy type of person, so rarely wear lip stick or make up while gardening.

  28. Beth Carey says:

    Avon’s Cozy Mauve was my first lipstick. In high school I wore a variety of lip glosses, whatever was trending. Today, lipstick is my go-to source for color as I seldom have time for other make-up. I have prefered a burgundy color of lipstick for many years-Neverending Merlot. I must add I was extremely excited to see Annie Sloan in your current issue. Some idolize rock stars, sport teams but for me, I am a Mary Jane and Annie Sloan addict. Your magazines and her books line my shelves and are inspiring to me. I would love to get my hands on her Workbook as it can’t be bought! ~Wishing while painting! Dreaming while farming! Hugs to both!

  29. Sandy Koenig says:

    My favorite color of lipstick is a pink and I would have gotten it from my mothers old tube around the age of 8 when I played dress up with my girlfriends, we would use old sheer curtains as shawls.

  30. I don’t wear lipstick so don’t have a fave. Nor do I remember way back when, when I did use make up What the first color was that went on my lips. I do remember that at one point I used a soft rosy pink to enhance my natural coloring. I pretty much go with my raw natural beauty now, as my husband doesn’t care for kissing my made up face and I pretty much just would rather not bother with it. I’d rather be getting dirt under my nails than painting them!

    Thanks Mary Jane!

    Mary Ann S

  31. Rhonda Bowdy says:

    My favorite color lipstick is just a clear shine. I like the natural look.

  32. Jeri-Lyn Walsh says:

    I loved a plum colored lipstick for a long time. Now I stick to tinted lip balms that are more shear. I don’t remember specifically wearing lip stick in school, but I had my fair share of lip gloss during high school, kissing potion, I think it was called.

  33. Liz says:

    Light shades of pink work best for my complexion. I remember playing dress up around 7 or 8. Back then reds were about the only color around and in fashion. Could not wear any liostick in public till i was 16. My mom was strict when it came to wearing lipstick.

  34. Elizabeth White says:

    My favorite lipstick color is Crimson Red. I was a late bloomer so I did not start wearing lipstick until I was nearly 17. Since then I have made up for lost time. I just discovered your magazine last year and dearly love everything about it. Thanks so much for all you and your staff do to make each new issue even BETTER than the one before.

  35. Karen Utley says:

    My favorite lipstick color is coral. I probably started wearing lipstick at 13

  36. Karen Utley says:

    My favorite lipstick color is coral. I probably started wearing lipstick at age 13.

  37. Fran Barker says:

    I honestly don’t remember what age I was,but I’m sure I was very young playing dress up probably,wearing mom’s dresses and jewelry the whole bit . My favorite color is a nice coral shade or a pretty pink!

  38. Jean Sims says:

    Raisin is my favorite lip gloss color. Guess I started using it when I was about 45 years old!

  39. Alice Pugh says:

    I love any color of lipstick as long as it matches what I’m wearing. I have everything from clear lip gloss to mood changing lipstick. My first time wearing lipstick was around 14. I was with a girlfriend and we were getting ready to meet some boys. I wasn’t allowed to wear any makeup at home so she made up my face for me. It was such a thrill and I’ll never forget it or her. Thanks Tami for everything you ever taught me.

  40. peg horn says:

    Pink, 14 years old.

  41. Penny Dietrich says:

    My favorite color of lipstick is raisin. My skin color is pale and it makes me feel like my face brightens up when I put it on. I probably started at age 13 and I NEVER leave the house without my makeup on to this day.

  42. Leisa Joan says:

    It was probably pink, and when i was 11 or 12. My older sister & I got into makeup about then.

  43. Susan Campbell says:

    It was probably red and I was 13.

  44. Colleen says:

    My first memory of lipstick was when I was about 13. My cousin came to visit and brought along her Yardly makeup to share. It was a pale pink. We had such fun applying it.

  45. Ice Bloom…..this month.. I tend to change around… I think I was 14 before my mother
    said “Let’s go to town and buy some lipsticks one for you and one for me” I love the
    lipsticks that give me a lift… and I never leave the house without lipstick..

  46. Paula says:

    When I was a kid…probably starting at the age of 8…I enjoyed trying on my mom’s Avon lipstick samples. They came in tiny white plastic tubes and she kept them in the medicine cabinet…easily accessible for me to swipe on and experiment with different colors! From there, Bonnie Bell fruit scented clear lip gloss became a favorite. I mostly wear rose tinted lip balm today with the occasional swipe of red lip gloss to spice things up!

  47. Vicki Lee says:

    I started wearing lipstick when I was about 12 or 13 and have worn it ever since. The first was Tangee and I loved it. Now I wear Clinique brand alternating between “Ripe Raisin” or “Sweet Honey”.

  48. Kim Martinrz says:

    If I had a milk cow, I would name her ‘Mary Beth’ because that is the name of an old, dear friend. She lives on the opposite side of the country than I and it would be so comforting to call ‘Mary Beth’ and get a response back. I think cow sounds are so soothing!

  49. Fonda L says:

    First color was peach/coral and it was probably in 7th/8th grade. Growing up on a farm lipstick was not high on my list.

  50. Carol in NC says:

    I’m not too much of a lipstick person, but I do love and use Burt’s Bees Rhubarb. my first lipstick was probably Dr. Pepper lip gloss. I used it all through high school!

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