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I did a Christmas in July gift exchange on MaryJanesFarm.org.  I got paired up with StarMeadow from Michigan.  We emailed and exchanged ideas about what we might like but decided we would basically surprise eachother with a box full of stuff.  My box came from StarMeadow earlier this week.  All I can say is WOW!!!

Here is my box of loot!

Fist off the box itself is beautiful. It is one of those photo storage type boxes with an herb print on it.  Also included was a cute little bunny, a dishcloth hand knit by StarMeadow, a little handbag with a chinese fan pattern, a bar of handmade lavender peppermint soap (smells SOOO good), a little finger pincushion complete with some cute pins, a Rada Cutlery Pairing knife, a ball of Magic Stripes yarn, some fabric with different bluework designs on it, a bag of beads, a little book called Girlfriend Gumbo, and an antique ice cream/shortening spoon because I collect antique kitchen tools. This was such a great gift!  I truely enjoyed this exchange.  StarMeadow hasn’t gotten the box I sent her yet.  I hope it gets there by monday!  Thanks so much T.!  I really had fun!

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I received several REALLY great entries for the Name the Hen house Contest!  The winner selected was Mary G. of Heavenly Angels in Need.  Her suggestion was Outback Chicken Shack!!!  I Just love it!  So Outback Chicken Shack will be painted onto the Hen house and Mary will be receiving a lovely chicken prize from an Etsy seller. (To be announced soon!) 

Here is some info about Mary’s Organization that you might like to check out.

The following except is taken from Mary’s website http://heavenlyangelsinneed.com.  You can also learn more about them from this PDF file http://heavenlyangelsinneed.com/Media/MEDIA%20Kit.pdf.


Heavenly Angels in Need’s mission is to serve all babies,children and their families in need. We knit, crochet, sew, craft and more to try and fill every need possible. We serve Children’s hospitals, Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), Pregnancy Crisis Centers, Shelters, Foster care situations, emergent situations and more.

We also help grieving families by supplying them with much needed burial and memorial items and offer resources and a place to come together and talk and share.

 We give clothing, blankets, hats, booties, Special Kids Bags, and more to all babies and children in need. We are reaching out to the World sharing the love of God through giving.


Heavenly Angels in Need’s mission is to help every baby and child who need.


 Thanks to everyone who entered and took a look at my blog!

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The week 6 topic of the Farmgirl Blog-A-Thon is “Furry and Feathered Friends”!  I love my furry and feathered friends!  My dogs and cats are like my children! 

My love for animals began when I was a small child!  As a little girl my parents had a cat named Tycoon.  I don’t remember her a bit except from pictures but Mom and Dad always talked like she was a really special cat.

Once my sister came along and we got a little older we got a dog named Scruffy.  Eventually Scruffy went to “stay at the farm” and we missed him.

We went on to have pet birds and fish. All staying with us varying amounts of time.  One rainy and cold evening a little gray cat wandered up on to the back porch.  My sister and I begged and begged dad to let us keep her.  Finally he caved and we got to keep the cat we named Precious.  Precious even made the move to Vermont with us and lived happily wandering our seven acres until about the time I got ready to go to college when she went to “Kitty heaven”.

In 1990 my sister and I convinced mom and dad that it was time to get a new dog.  On January 10th, 1990, Brandy was born and shortly after she came to live with us.  Brandy was the first dog I really fell in love with. Brandy lived about 14 years and my parents finally had to have her put down.  I was already married and moved away but it was still a terrible heartbreak when she died.

Living on our “farm” here in Arkansas I have had so many pets I can’t even count or remember them!  We have had tons of cats over the years.  5 of the pet dogs we have had have since died.  Currently we have 3 horses, 4 dogs, 4 cats and 5 kittens.

Here are a few pictures of the “kids” that I haven’t posted before.



Obama and BB


Eggnog (In a box?!)

Eggnog (In another, different box)

Thunder, Lily and Eggnog

I love my pets!  I am getting my chicken on Saturday! So be watching for some pics of my new feathered friends!

To learn more about the Farmgirl Blog-a-Thon please check out http://gardengoose.blogspot.com/.

To learn more about being a Farmgirl please check out www.maryjanesfarm.org.



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The week 5 topic of the Farmgirl Blog-a-thon is “getting crafty”.  I am all about crafty but something always seems to happen during the months of April and May and I do VERY LITTLE crafting!  Maybe it is because things get so hectic at school, maybe it is because it is warmer and I spend more time outside.  Last night was the first night I came inside before 8:30 PM and that was only because it was raining!

Of course I have my own crafting “business” through my website www.willowtreecreek.com.  I make a variety of different things for that.  I also make and sell Wine Glass Charms to the Orchard House Bed and Breakfast in Lovingston, VA! (In light of full disclosure I should mention that the Orchard House is owned and operated by my parents!)

Last summer I was filmed for an episode of “That’s Clever” for HGTV.  The episode will air sometime in 2009!  I made a toy tote and an MP3 player cover for the show.

I teach K-12 art so I am constantly doing “Crafty” things at school.  My second graders are in the process of making Chilean Rainsticks right now as part of our year long look at “Art Around the World”.

Personally, 2 projects have been consuming my life in the last few months and I guess they fall under the category of “getting crafty.”

Project #1 – Prom “Lost in Paradise”

As Junior class sponsor one of my duties is to help the students prepare for the prom.  That includes decorating and as the art teacher often includes MAKING decorations!  Most of March and part of April was consumed with building things for Prom.  Our theme was “Lost in Paradise” and the dance, along with a dinner baquet, was held in our school cafeteria.  Here are some pictures of the things we made.

In this picture is the “Tiki Hut”. I designed it and the Agri Classes actually put it together.  We painted it and added the grass skirts to the top.  The plants at the bottom came in a kit but had to be assembled.  I painted 2008 and the Hibiscus on the window in the background.  One of the Juniors boyfriends made the surfboard.  The little swimming pool held the drinks.

In this picture you can see the beautifully decorated tables.  Each setting had a brightly colored imprinted napkin, a program which I designed on my computer and a little tropical umbrella.  Each chair had a flower lei draped over it.  I the center of each table were candles and little fish bowls with real live goldfish!

The waterfall kit was a pain to put together. It took a team of about 6 of us over 5 hours to assemble!  You can see more of the grass kits in this picture as well as one of the four palm tree kits we built!

As the students came in they crossed over the “swinging” bridge.

Flowing from the waterfall was this river.  It snaked across the cafeteria floor.  We even added real rocks to the water!  The Prom was REALLY nice but was quite an undertaking!  I was very thankful to the 6 kids that actually showed up to help decorate!

Project #2 – Chicken Tractor

I have been wanting to get chickens for a while. I finally convinced my husband it would be cool and set out to build a chicken tractor.  A chicken tractor is a movable chicken coop and hen house.  It allows the birds to be “free range” while still confining them enough to protect them from predators (like my dogs!).

I built the chicken tractor almost completely by myself! I drafted my own design and then purchased all the supplies.  I measured all the pieces.  Learned how to use a skill saw and then put the whole thing together!  My mother in law nailed the roof on the hen house because I hit my thumb with the hammer on the first try and got “gun shy” after that!  The rest was done by ME!!! I am really proud of myself!  All that I have left to do is paint the hen house, build a roost and get the chickens!

To learn more about the Farmgirl Blog-a-Thon please check out http://gardengoose.blogspot.com/.

To learn more about being a Farmgirl please check out www.maryjanesfarm.org.



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Gardening is one thing I would really like to learn more about and get more involved in.  I have had a vegetable garden a few times but when I went back to school to get my masters degree I couldn’t find the time to keep it up.  This year I am pledging to get back into it.  I am spending this summer and fall preparing a garden plot for next years garden.  I will be planting a few tomato plants as well as doing some potted herbs this summer to tide me over. 

Eventually I would like to plant enough fruit and veggies over the summer months and learn to can so I am able to preserve the bounty for use during the winter months.  I am taking it one step at a time though.  Here are some of the carrots I grew a few years ago.

Last year I finally took time to put in a flower bed in the front of my house.  I planted rosemary, lavender, sunflowers and a Chinese wisteria.  I have another lavender plant ready to go into it this year. 

Here is how it looked last June.

Here is how it looked at the end of July.

Sunflowers in Bloom last August!

I need to do some work in the bed this year.  The edging needs to be backed up about 6 inches because of where the water drains off the roof.  I need to add a few more bags of soil and some compost to the beds because of water runoff and I need to add some wood mulch.  This is how the bed looked this morning:

My lavender plant looks like it is just about ready to put out some flowers! I am so excited!

To learn more about the Farmgirl Blog-a-Thon please check out http://gardengoose.blogspot.com/.

To learn more about being a Farmgirl please check out www.maryjanesfarm.org.



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