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Occasionally, MaryJanesFarm magazine sends you here to our website for extra recipes, patterns, and instructions mentioned in our magazine. This section of our website is chock-full of ideas; enjoy spending some serious creative time here!

“April Showers” issue (Apr–May 2014):

Rethinking Easter Eggs (p. 64): Click here to learn to tat with our step-by-step instructions.

“For Whom the Bell Jingles” issue (Dec 2013–Jan 2014):

Wooden Spool Ornaments (p. 74): As promised, click for an up-close and personal look at our wooden spool ornaments!

Gift Buckets (p. 71):

“Best of Show” issue (Aug–Sept 2012):

Why Organic Cotton (p. 78): Click here!

“Folklore” issue (Feb–Mar 2012):

Bone Broth (p. 84): Click here!

“9-5 Inside Outside” issue (June–July 2011):

Dish Drainer Quilt (p. 74): Click here!

“Sister Act” issue (Apr–May 2011):

The Homegrown Wedding — The Wedding Cake (p. 87): Click here!

“Shelter from the Storm” issue (Feb–Mar 2011):

Savory Breakfast Muffins Recipe Correction (p. 93–94; for both muffin recipes):
Each recipe should be baked for 25–30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

“Oh my gosh, girls, I’m SO, SO sorry! I completely omitted the baking time on these two recipes, and our proofreader didn’t catch it. I’m hoping you subscribers will see this message and be able to use our great muffin recipes, and we’ll just hope the rest of the subscribers will write to us. You should definitely try these recipes — they’re amazing! MaryJane worked her little heart out on these recipes in our bunkhouse ‘test kitchen’ for four whole days, resulting in the very best unique muffins we’ve ever tasted!”
Carol

And another correction for...
Build a Barn from Pallets (p. 77): When building a barn from pallets, you’ll need 24 lag bolts to secure the carport feet, rather than the 16 listed. Now, some carport kits require 16, but the kit we used in the photos requires 24. Not a biggy, because actually it will work just fine with 16, but do pick up a few extra lag bolts if you want yours to look like ours.

“Emotional Currency” issue (Dec 2010–Jan 2011):

Tin Can Ornaments (p. 64; originally from the Dec 2009 issue, “Live to Give”) Click here. (PDF format)

MaryJane’s Sweet Christmas Crocheted Snowflake Ornaments (p. 64 & 70) Click here. (PDF format)

Tire Planter (p. 65 & Contents) Click here. (PDF format)

Make Your Own Farmgirl Sisterhood Jewelry (p. 85) Click here. (PDF format)

“Attitude of Gratitude” issue (Oct–Nov 2010):

Recipes for Garlic Scape Pesto (p. 54) Click here!

Make a Moss Wreath (p. 71) Click here! (PDF format)

Make a Rag Basket (p. 75) Additional photos from the rag basket project are here. (PDF format)
Or you can watch Denali and Hallie making a basket on MaryJanesFarm.tv!

Plus! after you’re finished with your rag basket project, Save Your Selvage! (PDF format)

“Lay of the Land” issue (Aug–Sept 2010):

The Art of Hammocking (p. 80–81) Hallie demonstrates how to make your very own hammock using old curtains. Watch it on MaryJanesFarm.tv!

“Sentimental Journeys” issue (June–July 2010):

Recipes for Gluten-free Pretzels (p. 88) Click here! (PDF format)

“Garden Secrets” issue (Apr–May 2010):

Stitching instructions for the twins’ hats (pictured on p. 82): Click here. (PDF format)

Garage-Door Quilts: Share your creations and techniques at garagedoorquilts.org . Below are some pattern ideas:

(To download a full-sized image for each pattern, right-click [PC] or command-click [Mac] on the thumbnail, then choose “Save Target As...” or “Save Link As...” or “Download Link to Disk.”)

Garage Door Quilts: 9 Patch Texas Star Bolack Garage Door Quilts: Antique Album Garage Door Quilts: Crow's Feet Garage Door Quilts: Dresden Plate Garage Door Quilts: Dresden Plate 2
Garage Door Quilts: Fan Patterns Garage Door Quilts: Field of Diamonds Garage Door Quilts: Friendship Star Garage Door Quilts: Medallion Garage Door Quilts: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul
Garage Door Quilts: Sister's Choice 2 Garage Door Quilts: Tennessee Circle      

“Old Fashioned Christmas” issue (Dec 2009–Jan 2010):

Recipes:

Clothespin Apron (p. 82–83): Click here. (PDF format)

An Organic “Twist” on Candy Canes (p. 62–63): Find instructions here in PDF format.

Tie Pillow (p. 46): Click here for a pdf of instructions for our tie pillow.

Tie Quilt Wall Hanging: In addition to the tie pillow, we’re providing instructions for a wall hanging. Click here for the pdf.

Game Wheel (p. 47): Click here to learn how to make an old-fashioned bingo game wheel.

Text for Gift Sprouting Containers (p. 51):
Open me up, remove my plastic liner, and set me on a plate, then gently spray me with water until my soil is moist. Or fill the plate with water and let the water wick up through the bottom. Then shut my lid until I sprout and keep me in a warm place. Once Iíve broken through the top of the soil, leave my top open and watch me grow by leaps and bounds! Keep me plenty moist, and if you have a sunny window in your kitchen, Iíd love to reside thereóbut no biggie, Iíll grow anywhere. Clip me with scissors like you would chives and enjoy on baked potatoes and sandwiches or in soups and salads. You can reuse my soil a dozen times before tossing me into your outside garden or compost and sending my plastic to the recycling bin.

Amaryllis Bulb Kit Template (p. 53): Click here for the pdf.

T-shirt Quilt (p. 85): Click here for a pdf of the instructions.

Barn Animal Templates (p. 67): Right-click (or on Mac command-click) each image and select "Save Picture as..." or "Save Image as...".

Animal Template: ChickenAnimal Template: Sheep
Animal Template: HorseAnimal Template: Goose

“Tried-n-True” issue (Oct–Nov 2009):

Bran Muffins (p. 19): Click here (pdf) for two additional bran muffin recipes.

Farmgirl Fabric Collection (p. 39): My new Farmgirl Fabric Collection is hot off the presses and we couldn't be more excited! We've stitched up a few ideas and given you 5 FREE QUILT PATTERNS to get you inspired. Click here for a pdf.

Scrappy Paper-pieced Hotpad: Click here! (PDF format)

Farm Fair Vendors (p. 59): Click here for the list of vendors that were at Farm Fair 2009 on Saturday at Oakesdale, and Sunday at Settler’s Creek.

Restoring Heirloom Quilts (p. 68): Click here for a pdf of instructions for making a slip stitch and a running stitch.

Shear Delight (p. 76): In our "Simply Bee" issue, we taught you how to felt an old wool sweater and make cute Valentine's Day-inspired felting projects. Click here for a pdf of those instructions, then use them to make pillows like the ones on p. 76-77.

Knit a Sweater Shawl (p. 78): Find two additional patterns for sweater shawls here (pdf file).

FUNctional Chicken Wire (p. 80): Click here for a pdf of instructions for our wire baskets and blackboard.

“Makin’ Hay” issue (Aug–Sept 2009):

Printable compost sign (p. 14): Click here to download a pdf.

Savor the End of Summer by Pitching a Homemade Tent (p. 82): Click here to download instructions in pdf format.

Crafting with Twine (p. 86):

  • Drawstring Bags: Click here for a pdf of the pattern.
  • Crocheted Bun Cover: Click here for a pdf of the pattern.
  • Twine-Trimmed Placemats: Click here for a pdf of the pattern.
  • Twine Scrubbie: Click here for a pdf of the pattern.
  • Twine Belt: Click here for a pdf of the pattern.

“Plum-Easy” issue (June–July 2009):

Watch my milk cow, “Chocolate,” Giving Birth to “Molasses” (p. 44): Click here to view the slideshow.

Plum Leather with MaryJane's ChillOver Powder (p. 67): Click here for the recipe (PDF).

Bunny Pattern (p. 79): Click here to order the pattern.

Tote Bag Pattern (p. 79): Click here for a free pattern (PDF).

Vintage Silhouette Decals (p. 82): Click here to peruse and download some examples.

Knitted Dishcloth with Crocheted Edging (p. 82): Click here for a free pattern (PDF).

Duct Tape Dress Form (p. 84): Click here for complete instructions (PDF).

“Simply Bee” issue (Feb–Mar 2009):

Bee Potholder Transfers (p. 76): Click here for transfers in PDF format.

Hexagon Template for Honeycomb Quilt (p. 86): Click here for template in PDF format.

Pattern Enlargement (p. 34): Click here for simple instructions on enlarging any sewing pattern.

“Live to Give” issue (Dec 2008–Jan 2009):

Memory Pillows (p. 94):

You don’t need expensive photo transfer paper to transfer your own photos or vintage images onto fabric—all you need is freezer paper and a standard color ink-jet printer.

Here’s how:
Cut both the freezer paper and your fabric to standard letter size, 8½″ x 11″ (if your printer prints larger sizes, you could cut to 8½″ x 14″ or 11″ x 17″ as well). The fabric and freezer paper will go through the printer together, so they’ll need to be no thicker than the thickest paper your printer can handle. Place wrong side of fabric to glossy side of paper and iron together (no steam) for about 45 seconds. Be sure the corners are adhered so they won’t get stuck in the printer. Place in printer as you would printer paper, and then print a photo or image from your computer onto the fabric. Peel off paper and use your fabric image to create your own memory pillow.

Yo-Yo Pillow Instructions (p. 86): Click here for complete instructions in PDF format.

Holiday Apron Pattern (p. 88): Click here for a PDF of printable instructions to include with your gift..

Paper Tape Dress Form (p. 90): Click here for complete instructions in PDF format.

Duct Tape Dress Form (p. 90): Click here for complete instructions in PDF format.

“Raising Jane” issue (Aug–Sept 2008):

Make an Embroidery Sampler (p. 28): Click here for a PDF of embroidery stitches instructions.

Raising Jane™ Knickers (p. 68): Click here for a pattern, or click here to order a pair!

Bodysuit Bloomers (p. 70): Click here for a FREE pattern (PDF format).

Drawnwork Instructions (p. 74): Click here for a beginner's drawnwork tutorial (PDF format).

Build a 5-Star Hen Hotel (p. 104): Click here for complete instructions in PDF format.

MaryJane's ChillOver® Powder Jam Recipes (p. 57)

 

Chillover® Strawberry Jam

2 lbs. strawberries, washed, hulled and crushed
   to yield 4 cups crushed berries
2 cups organic cane sugar
2 packets MaryJane's Chillover® Powder

1. Combine crushed strawberries and sugar in a large pot. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.
2. Sprinkle and stir Chillover Powder into liquid and boil rapidly for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
3. Remove from heat and can in sterile jars (refer to a canning manual for complete canning instructions).

Chillover® Raspberry Jam
Substitute raspberries for strawberries.

Chillover® Blackberry Jam
Substitute blackberries for strawberries.

“She’s a Keeper” issue (May–June–July 2008):

To Market, To Market ... (p. 30-31): If you're interested in starting your own "Country Club," see an example of our brochure here (PDF file)

Making a Rag Doll ... Sister Mercy Style (p. 108): click here for an easy PDF tutorial.

Elderberry cluster on the tree Elderberry wine and silver goblet

Elderberry Juice (from the Intimate Picnic, p. 59)

Elderberries are found throughout North America and have a long history of medicinal applications. It is an indigenous tree that can grow to 30 feet and produces small (1/4 inch), round, nearly black berries that take on a dusty white “bloom” when mature. At my farm, they grow wild in the draws and in some of my gardens. It is important to use only fully mature berries when making juice and to avoid getting any of the larger stems or leaves mixed in.

To make elderberry juice, I prefer using a stainless steel juice-extractor/steamer-cooker. I layer at least 4 quarts of clean, ripe elderberry clumps in the perforated steaming basket. Cover and set over the bottom water pan filled to about 2 inches of the top; bring to a rapid boil. Steam the berries for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the berries start to look worn-out and faded. Have clean, hot sterilized canning jars ready by holding them in a 200 degree oven until you’re ready to fill them. Extract the juice through the rubber tube of the extractor into clean, hot jars. Add sugar if desired. Cap immediately with sterilized lids and process in a hot-water bath canner for 30 minutes (both quarts and pints). Makes 8 to 12 cups, depending on the juiciness of the berries. (You’ll generally get 2-3 cups of juice from 1 quart of berries.)

Note: If clearer juice is desired (to mimic the look of wine), let juice stand for 24 hours in a pan in the refrigerator before adding any sugar. Carefully ladle juice into a second pan for reheating without disturbing the sediment. Add sugar, if desired, and proceed as above. For health reasons, I prefer not to add sugar to my elderberry juice. Without sugar, it is super tart, but I merely sip it like you would a fine wine. I always process mine in pint jars. MaryJane