My friend Tina over at Garden Goose is sponsoring a Farmgirl Blog-a-thon. You can check out her page for all the specifics but the basic idea is to encourage all the Farmgirls over at Mary Janes Farm to post on their blogs and to let the world know a little bit more about what it is to be a farmgirl.
If you have read my blog at all then you know that I value the concept of “getting back to my roots”. My “hero” is Laura Ingalls Wilder and lately I have by trying to do things that bring out the Pioneer or Farmgirl spirit within myself. For me, being a farmgirl is a way to better appreciate the wonderful resources that God has given me. It is a way for me to do something in my own little corner of the world to help protect and improve the environment. It is my way to help keep a plastic bag out of the landfill or to free some field of the chemicals that have poisoned it for so long.
I know some people think what I am doing is crazy. I can’t possibly make that big of a difference. True, maybe that one plastic bag I refuse at the grocery store each week won’t make a huge difference but I feel a difference in my own life. Maybe I can convince 1 person, through my actions, to do the same. Now I am not keeping 52 bags out of the landfill but 108. If that person persuades one person to use a reusable bag once a week it is now 160 bags that don’t go into the landfill. Maybe my actions alone don’t make the difference but I am part of the collective that does and to me that is important!
Being a farmgirl is about simplification and love for our surroundings. It’s about embracing a simpler way of life. I am PROUD to be a farmgirl.
This week’s topic is “Tie One On”! An apron that is!
I have three special aprons!
My Southern Dairy apron is my FAVORITE! I made this apron about 2 years ago. It is entirely hand-stitched! I made it one Sunday afternoon just for the fun of it. It is a little wrinkly because I just took it out of the wash and haven’t ironed it yet! I didn’t us a patter I just made it up as I went along.
My next favorite and most used apron is my school apron. I am an art teacher. This apron stays in my classroom. It is just a plain green canvas apron but it tells a story when you look at it. It is covered in stains from paint, ink, glue markers, clay, you name it! The pockets contain pencils, markers, paintbrushes, paperclips and usually an assortment of random things I have found laying on the classroom floor. I have had this apron since I studied art in college so the history of the paint marks on the apron is something I will not be willing to part with for a long time.
This last apron was given to me on New Years Eve by my mother in laws best friend Judy. I love this apron because it is a full apron so it is great for when I cook things like bacon or spaghetti sauce that have a tendency to splash on my shirts!
So there you have it!
If you want to participate in this blog-a-thon be sure to check out Tina’s post at www.gardengoose.blogspot.com.
To share with other farm girls and to learn about the Farm Girl way of life visit: http://www.maryjanesfarm.org/