Friday, March 18, 2011
Have you ever seen this magazine, "Mary Janes Farm"?
I came across it last evening in my local Kroger. I don't usually purchase mags from the Krog as they don't have my usual selection (i.e.Somerset Studios, Interweave Knits, Spinning, Threads, Ornament, etc) but a magazine I had never seen before stood out among the slick covers in the racks. Mary Janes Farm. It was the matt finish that caught my eye first. I like this finish on a magazine's cover, always have. Somerset Studio's first ran with this look and I have always loved the look and the touch. The masthead contained the words, Sanctuaries: Shelter from the Storm. Well, they had me at Sanctuaries. I had to see what other issues were out there and discovered that Mary Jane's Farm is a broad and delightful experience. She has TV shows, chats, books and a huge website.
Mary Jane herself. You will delight in her words and feel like you are with her as she invites you to her happy farm life that she infuses with "farmgirl flair," a generous enthusiasm for her lifestyle and just beautiful and natural things. For me, this magazine was love at first page turn. I may have been born a city girl, but I have held gypsy feet and a heart that goes with them. I am the woman who would walk through the mud and the muck to feed her children or get over the next mountain on foot if necessary. My "threads" may be worn to shreds, but I will still put together a big, sassy hat and shove a found pheasants tail feather in it for good measure before I serve you what humble fare I could put together. I have always said that I may not be pretty, but I clean up well and when you need someone to fight the good fight with and then sit next to you as we are waiting for bail, then I'm your gal. Mary Jane's Farm is my kinda gal.
I love thirsty bath rugs and natural sponges.
I love clotheslines. They tell a story of society, the family and they are intimate peeks into lives around you. Textiles are a personal love of mine and I probably wash and hang more vintage/antique clothing, linens and quilts then I do my own, everyday clothes. I have had neighbors come over to tell me personally that it is always a show for them to see what I hang up next. (personally, I think they get a kick out of when I hang nothing but vintage unmentionables in between dive gear)
Mary Janes Farm has fun, kicky clothing that makes a statement without saying they are making a statement. Fun, Fun, Fun.
She had me at lavender and garlic. LOL Lavender is my favorite floral scent and the color is just glorious. I toss garlic into just about everything so this screen shot of her garden category utilizing the color lavender and showing the fists of garlic just made be smile.
What a jewel of a magazine and it has been out for quiet some time. Who knew? Not me and I wish I had. This is a real feel good read from cover to cover. A showcase of repurposed ideas, inviting recipes, gardening, personal growth and all wrapped up in ethereal and warm photography. I hope you can find issues at your local newsstands, bookstores or grocers. If not, check out her many websites from this LINK. Wise words from Mary Jane...it's not where you live, it's how you live. Blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch