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MaryJane
Queen Bee

13655 Posts

MaryJane
Moscow Idaho
USA
13655 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2007 :  05:44:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Alee had a great idea this morning for our next contest since our Pinkeeper contest was such a huge success. Let's do it now with our Christmas trees!!! (Rose from the Mountain Farmgirl Chapter in Idaho City gifted us an entire box of handpainted hand-shaped clay ornaments that she had made. I can't imagine the hours that went into them.) Alee: "Ideas for decorating could be yo-yo garlands, the traditional popcorn and cranberry garlands, homemade ornaments, and sewn things. It would be really cute to see someone make a garland of mini aprons or something!"

We'll get the necessary legal rules posted within the next two weeks and tell you how. Alee@maryjanesfarm.org can be on call if any of you have trouble posting photos.

When we are in GA and KY we get to stay one night with the extraordinary Miss Wilma. Miss Wilma does a lot of sewing for us and was featured in one of our magazines and also my Stitching Room book. For several years, she's been making the Christmas stockings we sell in our online store and at our Farm Fair. This year, she's been hard at work on a variety of Project F.A.R.M. (First-class American Rural Made) tree ornaments. Those will be posted in our store sometime in October. I think you'll love them.


Look for my new book, "MaryJane's Stitching Room," in bookstores now. Coming next in 2008: "MaryJane's Outpost Guidebook - for Cultivating Your Inner Wild."

Mumof3
True Blue Farmgirl

3890 Posts

Karin
Ellenwood GA
USA
3890 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2007 :  05:59:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh my gosh. :)

Karin

Wherever you go, there you are.

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nitere
True Blue Farmgirl

482 Posts

Amy
Hickory NC
USA
482 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2007 :  06:19:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yay!

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Libbie
Farmgirl Connection Cultivator

3579 Posts

Anne E.
Elsinore Utah
USA
3579 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2007 :  07:00:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a great idea!!! I can't wait to see what farmgirl trees from all over the world look like!!!

XOXO, Libbie

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idcityrose
True Blue Farmgirl

202 Posts

Rose
Idaho City Idaho
USA
202 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2007 :  10:45:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh this is something the Mountain Farmgirls will embrace! We have a festival of trees in Boise each year and have been discussing donating a tree from us (for Christmas of 08') decorated entirely with hand made ornaments from our chapter members.

We definately will become busy crafting up fun stuff for this!

Thanks for keeping the creative juices flowing!

We are never alone in the forest of Sisters! We "Mountain Farmgirls" are outstanding in our field!
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Alee
True Blue Farmgirl

22856 Posts

Alee
Worland Wy
USA
22856 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2007 :  10:57:46 AM  Show Profile  Click to see Alee's MSN Messenger address  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I am so glad you ladies are excited about this too! I am very excited and am already trying to think of things to pose at the chapter meeting of the Near and Far girls if they want to participate!

Alee
The amazing one handed typist! One hand for typing, one hand to hold Nora!
http://home.test-afl.tulix.com/aleeandnora/
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therusticcottage
True Blue Farmgirl

4439 Posts

Kay
Vancouver WA
USA
4439 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2007 :  11:22:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
YEAH!! This is going to be such fun! Something to discuss at our Chapter meeting tonight!

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Annika
True Blue Farmgirl

5602 Posts

Annika

USA
5602 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2007 :  11:30:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
YAY! I'm a Christmas fairy, this is going to be so much fun. I'm attempting to make handmade felted wool folkloric ornaments this year.
Oh my heavens this is going to be so fun. I love showing off my projects, even if they aren't perfect.

=)
Annika
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junebug
True Blue Farmgirl

2421 Posts

Sue
West Plains, Mo.
USA
2421 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2007 :  12:26:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't wait to hear more on this!! YEAH!!!

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Aunt Jenny
True Blue Farmgirl

11381 Posts

Jenny
middle of Utah
USA
11381 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2007 :  3:38:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How fun!!! I LOVE Christmas!!!

Jenny in Utah
Inside me there is a skinny woman crying to get out...but I can usually shut her up with cookies
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Carol Sue
True Blue Farmgirl

4033 Posts

Carol Sue
Washingtonian
USA
4033 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2007 :  4:30:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yeah Alee, yes siree girl put that thinking cap on for the Near and Far, Hmmm just what I need more ideas running through this crazy brain of mine....lol

Enjoying life.
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Alee
True Blue Farmgirl

22856 Posts

Alee
Worland Wy
USA
22856 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2007 :  5:24:50 PM  Show Profile  Click to see Alee's MSN Messenger address  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Oh Carol Sue! Don't you worry! I have ideas brimming over!! :D And I think you will LOVE some of them!

Alee
The amazing one handed typist! One hand for typing, one hand to hold Nora!
http://home.test-afl.tulix.com/aleeandnora/
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kissmekate
True Blue Farmgirl

890 Posts

Kate
Delano Minnesota
890 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2007 :  10:05:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I LOVE Christmas!

But, what if you can't craft a stick person, let alone cute ornaments or darling apron garlands, and have to rely on your checkbook to make your tree pretty?

Please bear that in mind when you make up the rules...some of us aren't crafty/creative, at all. Really.


Don't miss out on a blessing, just because it isn't packaged the way you expected. ~MaryJo Copeland
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Alee
True Blue Farmgirl

22856 Posts

Alee
Worland Wy
USA
22856 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2007 :  11:49:37 PM  Show Profile  Click to see Alee's MSN Messenger address  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Kate-

Do you remember cutting out snowflakes out of paper when you were little? Maybe you could get some pretty paper and dress it up with glitter and such and then cut out pretty snow flakes? Or perhaps I can help you find some fool proof craft ideas- what do you think?

*hugs*

Alee
The amazing one handed typist! One hand for typing, one hand to hold Nora!
http://home.test-afl.tulix.com/aleeandnora/
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kissmekate
True Blue Farmgirl

890 Posts

Kate
Delano Minnesota
890 Posts

Posted - Sep 28 2007 :  7:20:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Alee, you are so sweet. I can't even do that!!!! I did strand my own garlands out of beads, does that count? That I could handle. LOL

Actually, my tree is really pretty, it is mostly white, silver and clear ornaments. "Joy" is the main theme. There are a few colored ornaments (family ones) and Krinkles from Dept 56. My tree and some stockings for the kids and doggie is about all I do for decorating because my house looks too cluttered otherwise.
I wouldn't enter it in the "contest", but I would post a picture to join in the fun.



Don't miss out on a blessing, just because it isn't packaged the way you expected. ~MaryJo Copeland
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Tina Michelle
True Blue Farmgirl

6948 Posts

Tina
sunshine state FL
USA
6948 Posts

Posted - Sep 28 2007 :  8:10:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
this sounds like lots of fun. I plan on making a "homespun" Christmas tree this year with all ornaments being handmade.

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Alee
True Blue Farmgirl

22856 Posts

Alee
Worland Wy
USA
22856 Posts

Posted - Sep 28 2007 :  8:18:56 PM  Show Profile  Click to see Alee's MSN Messenger address  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Kate-

Wow! Yes! I think stringing your own garland beads would certainly count as a craft! Don't get disheartened! Stay tuned for more information as the contest going!

*hugs!*

Alee
The amazing one handed typist! One hand for typing, one hand to hold Nora!
http://home.test-afl.tulix.com/aleeandnora/
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Pearlsnjeans
True Blue Farmgirl

248 Posts

Vicki
West Haven Utah
USA
248 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2007 :  5:05:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yippie! This sounds like fun..looking forward to getting the rules. Christmas will be here before we know it.


Farmgirls are elegant
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DeepsouthMamma
True Blue Farmgirl

1454 Posts

Autumn
Southwest Louisiana
USA
1454 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2007 :  8:34:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My kids (adults & teens)all make fun of my tree cause it looks a bit primitive. They call it the Charlie Brown look. That's how I know it's a success!!!
Mostly wool & rusy tin - I love primative.

This will be fun!!
Autumn

Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
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kydeere40744
True Blue Farmgirl

1132 Posts

Jessica
Kentucky
USA
1132 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2007 :  9:05:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just got back from a trip from my aunt (Miss Wilma)'s house. She has just spinning up some very creative ornaments that are just adorable. I won't spill the beans on what they are but I think you guys will enjoy them. :)

Jessica~
Capturing Memories of the Bluegrass at http://www.jessicacornettphotography.com

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Photobugs
True Blue Farmgirl

363 Posts

Pamela
Post Falls Idaho
USA
363 Posts

Posted - Oct 04 2007 :  10:52:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chritmas is right up my alley. I usually put up 8 to 10 trees in my house, all with varying themes. It is a ton of work, so I do not know how many more years I will do this. But still love to create MORE ornaments every year...and I am sure I will never stop doing this!
Can't wait to read the rules and get started!

Pamela

http://homesteadmercantile.blogspot.com/
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Nancy Gartenman
True Blue Farmgirl

8647 Posts

Nancy
West Seneca New York
USA
8647 Posts

Posted - Oct 04 2007 :  11:02:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
MY GOODNESS PAM!! I think I'm doing good getting one tree up. You better show some pictures on your blog this year, I would love to see your house all decorated.
NANCY JO

www.Nancy-Jo.blogspot.com
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Photobugs
True Blue Farmgirl

363 Posts

Pamela
Post Falls Idaho
USA
363 Posts

Posted - Oct 04 2007 :  11:25:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can do that. I have not posted to blog very much lately...all my time has been spent on research and posting headstone photos on findagrave.com
It is a place to leave memorials, post photos of family members and voluteer to take photos of requested headstones. In other words, say you want a picture of the headstone of Aunt Martha, may sound morbid to some, but if you work on genealogy you know this can be very informative for your research. If Aunt Martha is buried on Idaho and you live in Virginia, how are you going to get a picture of that headstone? Post a request on findagrave.com and someone in that area will 'claim' it for you and go take a photograph of the headstone and post it on the website for you. So I get requests to photograph headstones in my area and so off I go with my camera. I do like cemeteries, so this is fun for me and I am doing something to help someone else further their research or connect to their heritage.
So blogging has been left in the dust sometimes for days at a time. I do have good intentions to post every day or so, but it just does not happen that way!
But I will keep it in mind for Christmas.
I personally can't wait until the snow flies! Bring it on!

Pamela

http://homesteadmercantile.blogspot.com/
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Nancy Gartenman
True Blue Farmgirl

8647 Posts

Nancy
West Seneca New York
USA
8647 Posts

Posted - Oct 04 2007 :  11:55:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pam,
That all sounds very interesring. I like cemeteries too, very peaceful, don't want to be in one anytime soon to stay, but I do like to visit. Richard and I find old ones and walk around in them.
NANCY JO

www.Nancy-Jo.blogspot.com
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elah
True Blue Farmgirl

349 Posts

Emily
SW Michigan
USA
349 Posts

Posted - Oct 24 2007 :  09:01:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Any updates?

I know that I'm excited about the contest. Not just making something fun like this but seeing what others will create with the own farm girl twist!

Blog: http://thelahs.blogspot.com/
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Alee
True Blue Farmgirl

22856 Posts

Alee
Worland Wy
USA
22856 Posts

Posted - Oct 24 2007 :  9:38:57 PM  Show Profile  Click to see Alee's MSN Messenger address  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Everyone! The full "skinny" on the contest can be seen here!
http://www.maryjanesfarm.org/contest-xmas/


Alee
The amazing one handed typist! One hand for typing, one hand to hold Nora!
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