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Looking for Inspiration?

I gather blogs that I enjoy and here is a link to one interesting farmgirl blogger
http://willowtreecreek.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/farmgirl-at-heart/.

Wonderful Resources

While I don't think I will be hanging up cowboy boot planters any time soon, the bottom of this particular piece has quite a few interesting links to other articles attached. Enjoy.

http://www.maryjanesfarm.org/SimplyMJ/articles/column32.asp

Redwork

Part of being a farmgirl is being creative when it comes to some sort of needle craft. 

Sewing was an essential skill for women in the centuries leading up to ours. Even for woman who didn't need to be sewing household linens and clothing or mending, they always had some needle craft to work on at hand.

One aspect of sewing I have always liked is redwork. It was not done just on quilts,  but on a variety of useful household items. Embroidered tidies were used to protect chair backs while embroidered splashers were hung behind the sink. Napkins, tea towels, dresser scarves, chair cushions, sofa pillows were some of the other ideas for stitching with red floss.

Last year this project was one some creative and talented farmgirls participated in:
http://shopping.maryjanesfarm.org/s.nl/it.A/id.144/.f



One needn't buy a kit to make a redwork quilt though. I prefer to purchase some white fabric and use online free patterns to make this project fit my frugal lifestyle. Here is some links I found which might provided inspiration:
http://www.patternbee.com/FREEPATTERNS4.html

http://www.quiltersmuse.com/Splasherhistoryandorder.htm



 

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Farmgirls Enjoy Their Aprons

When I was growing up all the woman I knew wore aprons.
Vintage aprons are one of my favorite items to collect, although due to issues of limited storage space and a frugal budget, I'm rather picky about which ones I'll purchase.
A wonderful gift for any ocassion is a home made apron. Here are a few links which might inspire an hour or so of sewing.

http://tipnut.com/56-free-apron-patterns-you-can-make/
http://www.craftygal.com/archives/402/table402.htm
http://www.craftyplaces.com/733/how-to-make-an-apron/


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Slate Article

A nifty article on Mary Jane
 http://www.slate.com/id/2090894/entry/2091037/

                                                    

What Is A Farm Girl?

From Mary Jane herself:

"A farmgirl believes in the strong arms of friendship, community and the just plain fun of being together. A farmgirl takes joy in the quiet satisfaction of making things with her own hands. She exudes kindness, grace, humility, gentleness, patience and generosity, and loves the simple pleasures in life. A farmgirl is loyal and caring, especially when it comes to her family, friends and community. She gives generously of her time and talents. Farmgirls love to get together to share their ideas. She can be with or without fields and stock. Farmgirl is a condition of the heart."

                                               

                        Being a farmgirl is not about where you live, 
                                       but how you live.

                                       

Intro To Community

I''ve been looking for a community which other woman can discuss the Farm-girl philosophy as expressed by a long time Farm-girl Mary Jane Butters but didn't find one. So I decided to make one myself.

 I hope it turns out to be a wholesome place to discuss and promote old fashioned values and homemaking. 

So for those who may not be familiar yet with Mary Jane here's a link:

http://www.maryjanesfarm.org/farmgirl-connection 

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