The Last Bit O’ Summer


It’s so hard to believe that summer is almost over, at least by the calendar, but it’s not over yet. As I mentioned before, it’s been a weird summer weatherwise. However, there’s still some summer to be had! 

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  1. Denise says:

    Love your posts. I wrote out a comment but it was too long because captcha timed out. Anyway, it looks like you enjoyed a lovely summer despite the rain. Thanks for making me smile this morning and for the wonderful recipe. Going to try it using almond flour and monk fruit.

  2. Maureen Dassau says:

    I’m originally from Maine and love reading about your trips you have made. Brings “home” closer to me. Thank you for your stories and recipes. Have to try the chocolate chip zucchini bread.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Maureen, aww, that makes me happy that you feel that way about my blog. I love Maine; I have been there a few times and it is just beautiful. Enjoy the recipes! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  3. Marilyn says:

    Hi Nicole Enjoy the remaining days of Summer. Those peaches are beautiful.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Joan, Marion and Marilyn! Hope you all enjoy your remaining bit o’ summer, too! Weren’t those peaches amazing? They tasted as good as they looked. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  4. Deb says:


    What a cute picture of your pup in the raincoat. Thanks for sharing your sightseeing pictures and information with us. They were all interesting places to go to.

    Where did summer go?

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Deb, I hear ya! I feel the same way, that summer just disappeared! I think here it got warm so late, and then it just rained and rained and rained! Oh well – I am looking forward to fall! Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  5. Margaret Hofknecht says:

    Hey, Nicole! Love this post. I’m saving your recipe for the Cherry quick bread. I love eating quick bread for breakfast. And I love cherries! I’ve never been to Sturbridge but I’ve visited Colonial Williamsburg during an extremely hot August. I also wondered how the re-enactors stood the heat in the period clothes they wore. I also thought about the summer in Philadelphia when the Founding Fathers were hammering out the Constitution. That summer was a doozy. Hazy, very hot, and very humid-Philadelphia weather to be sure. And in order to keep the prying eyes of newsy-boxes from peeking the windows of the room where they worked in Independence Hall were covered with dark heavy drapes which I can’t imagine working in that kind of situation without central air conditioning. I also love your photos.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marge! It is so lovely to hear from you! I hope you are doing well! Thank you – I am so glad you enjoyed this post. I have never been to Colonial Williamsburg just yet, but it is on my list of places I want to visit. And oh my! I did not know that about the Constitution and Founding Fathers. The older I get, the more I can’t handle the heat, even though I grew up in super hot, super humid Texas. I am worried about my family right now, as yesterday temps soared once again to 110 degrees! Today, here, it is rainy (again) and cool enough to not have the a/c (for now, that may change by the afternoon). Big Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

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“Collecting Cute” – and a Giveaway!


Have you acquired an “accidental collection” of something? I realized that I have just that – and it’s a collection of “cute”!

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  1. Joan Piercy says:

    Nicole, I have a few of the pot holders made like dresses in different colors. I have a friend who has a big collection of white trimmed in red crocheted pot holders. She has them displayed all around her kitchen. Small world! Joan P.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Joan, love it…I think we Farmgirls think alike! Good luck in the drawing! I will email the winners and announce them in next month’s blog post! Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  2. Jean Lederer says:

    Thank you for sharing your collection! I have two
    chicken -shaped potholders that were my Aunt
    Anna’s. One is perfect to use when pouring hot water from our whistling tea kettle! Two works well for safely gripping the handles of the Corning “Cornflower Blue” patterned casseroles from the oven. They were my mother-in-laws.

    MORE THAN TWO is a collection? I have MANY!

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Jean, your chicken potholders sound so adorable, and I love that they were your aunt’s, and that you have your mother-in-law’s casseroles. I have a Corning “Cornflower Blue” tea kettle in the camper. It’s the perfect size for the wee kitchen, and spot-on for the period (my camper is from 1966).

      I hear ya on the “more than two is a collection”…I am right there with you! Thanks for reading and commenting, and good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  3. Ellen Andersen says:

    Oh my gosh, Nicole! I am head over heels in love with your kitchen! I love retro stuff and have a collection of my own. One can never have enough vintage goodies….never ever!

    And the glamping potholder your friend Grace made for you…..swooooon! My dearest friend Tina just got herself a little retro’ish glamper and a potholder like this would be ideal! I haven’t sewn for a while but I think it’s about time! Thanks to you and to your friend Grace for the motivation!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Ellen, thank you! I love having vintage and retro in the kitchen…it makes me happy and I use most of my pieces. Aren’t those potholders adorable? I am blessed to have such sweet (and talented) friends! Thanks for reading and writing in – good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  4. Sandra Johnson says:

    Such a fun post! I have several of my grandmother’s crocheted potholders–sweet memories.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Sandra, thank you! I am so glad my post reminded you of your grandmother. Good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  5. Vickie says:

    While loving potholders and having a few vintage ones, I also love jars of all shapes and sizes and use them for multiple things. I have a daughter who has inherited my love of jars – ha!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Vickie! I love that you collect jars! I can totally see how they can become addiciting with the colors and shapes, etc. There are so many cool variations in vintage canning jars, too, and there are so many cool ways to repurpose them. Happy Collecting! Thanks for writing in; good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  6. Carol says:

    Hi Nicole … I just love your collection of vintage potholders. I remember them from my childhood and I have been able to find a number of them at local thrift stores. My kitchen is red so my favorite potholders are the little dress and the matching bloomers which I have displayed on a bulletin board. Another tip … those nice round ones make nice, washable coasters! Great post! Carol

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Carol! Sounds like we like a lot of the same things! I love your idea of using the round ones as coasters, as well. They are so versatile and add such a boost of sweet color. Thanks for reading and commenting. Good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  7. Charlene and Charlene Gravely says:

    Thank you sharing !I also have a cute collection going on:)
    It just happens thru the years Love yours.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Charlene, thank you! Yes, over the years those collections do grow! Thanks for visiting the blog! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  8. Margaret Hofknecht says:

    All those beautiful potholders!!! I just love them. My accidental collection is full of teapots. It started with taking home from my mom my grandmother’s teapot. Mom didn’t want the “dust collector” any more. I suppose because of that one teapot my kids thought I should have more and now I have eleven sets, teapots, creamers, sugar bowls, and trays! I enjoyed your post and I just love your kitchen! Wanna trade? Jus’ kiddin.’ Be blessed!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marge! It is so good to hear from you! I love your teapot story! That is how a lot of collections start, hee hee. Teapot sets are a great thing to collect. Hope you are having a wonderful summer! Good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  9. MS Barb says:

    I have a small collection of beautiful tea pots, even though I don’t drink tea, and a small glass bell collection

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Barb, both interesting collections – I bet you have some unique pieces! Good luck in the drawing, and thank you for reading and commenting. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  10. Terry Zignego says:

    Owls comprise my accidental collection. The owl is my sorority mascot, and one of my “sisters” & I started gifting each other with small owls. My thrift store finds are usually the most unique. I decorate seasonally, so my owl collection is on display in fall.
    I love getting reacquainted with my collection every fall.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Terry, I love that you collect owls… I have seen many cute (and vintage) ones! Thank you for sharing, and good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  11. Grace Brown says:

    Luv them all especially the Scotty one
    Some days we will have to have tea and have ‚a show-n-tell‘ of our beloved pot holders… .. I agree, I often wonder who made them .. I can just see a grandma rocking in her chair listening to the radio as she crochets a pot holder, perhaps for a church bazaar or little gift to a beloved granddaughter‘s … what ever the story… love them all.

  12. Ashley says:

    I had an accidental collection of teddy bears when I was a teen. I loved stuffed animals as a kid. I hated barbie. My Great Aunt would make me handmade stuffed dolls, as well. One was a Raggedy Anne and Andy doll set.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Ashley, you sound alot like my daughter! She really loved stuffed animals more than dolls as a kid! I love your memories of your great aunt. Those of us who make handmade items love that we will be remembered for our gifts, made with love! Thank you for sharing, and good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  13. Debbie Fischer says:

    Nicole, I absolutely love your kitchen. So homey and inviting. You are quite the decorator. I too collect everything and am very much an accidental collector. One of my accidental collections is vintage matchbox, l absolutely love them and can never have enough.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Debbie, awww thank you! What an interesting thing you collect, matchboxes! I will have to remember that! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  14. Joyce D Stanley says:

    I too back in my heydays loved my collectables but unfortunately didn’t have any of these cute potholders. I collected the blue/white Delft as my Mother was Dutch, collected the Pyrex bowls but when we moved from Indiana to Florida, I gave most of them away to family but I did keep the original blue/white Dutch pattern set of three. I still love going to antiques stores to browse and bring back childhood memories of my mother’s kitchen.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Joyce, isn’t it something how certain pieces will bring us right back to our childhood kitchens? I hope someday my daughter thinks about all the great times in ours. Thank you for sharing. I still see some of the Delft pieces in antique stores; some is quite old. So lovely. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  15. Crystal Atwood says:

    I collect vintage sewing implements including sewing baskets. I’ve built a shelf on three sides of the craft room above the doors and windows for my collections.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Crystal, I love that! I bet your craft room is dreamy! I was collecting vintage sewing machines, but have run out of room (unless I come across a very unique one, wink wink).Thanks for sharing and good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  16. Joy Howard says:

    I am blessed to have a few potholders. I love to collect anything vintage for my laundry room. Love the photo’s of your collection’s. What a wonderful feeling it is to have thing’s in our home’s to make us smile.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Joy, thank you so much! I bet your laundry room is adorable! Good luck in the drawing and thank you for commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  17. Carol says:

    Hi, I love your collection! I have many of the same ones as you. I think my favorite is your red, white, and blue dress. I think it’s one of a kind. I live in CT too and love to search for more pot holders. Thanks for the idea of double sided tape & candle wax.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Carol, thank you so much! Isn’t that red, white and blue one a cutie? Since we have some of the same pieces and are in the same state, I wonder if some of our pieces could have been made by the same person? Thanks for reading and commenting; good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  18. Rhonda Bowdy says:

    Thanks for sharing. I live in Hawaii and everytime we go to the beach we find coral. They call it stick coral because it looks like a white stick.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Oh Rhonda, I love that you collect coral and did not know that it is called sitck coral! How cool. However, I am saying a prayer right now that you are not near the area with the horrible fires!!! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  19. Dorothy says:

    I love this post. Now I have to go open up the cedar chest and did out some of the treasures that my Mom and Grandmothers have made. I see endless possibilities of how to use them now. Thank you so much for our posts. Love the flowers also.

  20. Carleen says:

    Hi i love your kitchen and i look so forward to your blog my collection is blue n white snowmen my son brought one home from a beach vacation and so it began Have a good weekend

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Carleen, thank you so much! My kitchen is a happy place, for sure. Love that you collect blue and white snowmen, and how your collection started. Thanks for sharing! Good luck in the drawing. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  21. Cathy Waite says:

    Hi Nicole
    I love all your vintage collections. How you’ve added them into your kitchen and home is inspiring. I too have some of my own ‘collections’. Have two of the cutest dresses (pit holders) and two teapots all hand made, still usable and dearly loved. I also have one that is quilted, round, and says Mom’s Kitchen.
    Keep looking for cool items to add to your collections!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Cathy, thank you so much! Your collection sounds so cute, as well! Love it. Good luck in my drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  22. Rochelle Gale says:

    Your collection, front the luxuriosly intricate to the beautifully simple is so fun to see. My favorite digs at thrift store are the vintage handcrafts. It’s amazing the uniqueness you find. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Rochelle, thank you so much! You are so right – the uniqueness of handmade vintage is wonderful to see. Good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  23. Lavern Pease says:

    I love jars. All kinds, old or new. My husband is always telling me that I have too many. However,he never misses the chance to gift some one something special in one of them.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Lavern, jars are a great thing to collect! Love that. Speaking of new ones, have you seen the “rose” colored vintage style Ball jars? I wonder if they are as pretty in person as online? Funny about your husband gifting yours! Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  24. Terri says:

    I found a vintage snack set at an antique store years ago and was head over heels in like with it. I have since collected 18 more sets. I love using them for lunch or desserts with friends.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Terri, ooooo love those vintage snack sets! They are hard to find! What a cool thing to collect! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  25. Maryanne Richards says:

    My accidental collection began with linens from my mom and mother in law. I now love and use all linens that come my way. Damask, block brints from the 40’s and 50’s and embroidered linens. My trailer also has some of theses beauties to use

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Maryanne, love it! They are amazing at how long they last, right? I recently picked up what I thought was a large 1930’s dish towel, embroidered with Scotties. It was dirty and dingy, and had a few worn spots, but for $5 I thought I could do something with it. I soaked it to gleaming white, darned the areas with holes so you can’t see them, and starched and ironed the piece. I realized it is a table runner! It now sits on my dining room table. You just can’t beat linens from the 30’s to the 60’s! And you are so right – they are so at home in a trailer! Thanks for sharing! Good luck in the drawing, Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  26. Monique Colizzi says:

    Makes my heart full to read this post and see photos of all the unique pot holders. Reminiscent of the good ole days! Beautiful work where perfectionist hands put in a lot of time, detail and love. Thank you for sharing.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Monique, thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed this post. Good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  27. Kath Gregitis says:

    I acquired a huge box of vintage hand-crocheted items, which included potholder. They make excellent knee patches on ripped jeans!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Kath, what a great idea! I never thought of that – how adorable to use them as patches on ripped jeans! Thanks for sharing and good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  28. Sue Reichard says:

    I have accidentally ended up with a collection of old tins and coffee tins and a lot of cannin jars from the 30s. I also love old patchwork quilts and all kinds of vintage kitchen textiles. My country dining room is like a trip back in time. I honestly have a little of everything.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Sue, your home sounds dreamy with all your lovely collections! Old quilts are the best…so beautiful and the work that went into them is something. Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  29. melissa waldschmidt says:

    I started collecting collecting chicken everything after having starting a coop when my son was in 4-H. I also love beach glass and rock collecting. I love your collection.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Melissa, there are so many cah-ute chicken items, new and vintage, out there! What a fun thing to collect! I also have a friend who collects beach glass. She moved to Rhode Island and her hobby now is combing the beaches for beautiful beach glass. I also love that you do rock collecting! You don’t hear about that hobby as much anymore – very cool! Thanks for sharing and good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  30. Sara Hartman says:

    Hi Nicole! I really enjoyed this post… I too love vintage potholders and I have a few but I have a collection of the doilies with crocheted flowers. I can’t seem to pass one up when I find them. Growing up my mother had a large one that she starched and hung on the wall in our family room. Sara

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Sara, I love doilies, too! I have a few lacy ones which look so pretty under vintage glass cakeplates, and I love ones like you mention, with the flowers, too. I think sometimes the doilies and potholders were a set. All cute! Thanks for reading and commenting, and good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  31. Marilyn says:

    My maternal grandmother did similar to the ones you have We have a collection of them. They are lovely.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marilyn, what wonderful tangible memories you have in those! Always so good to hear from you. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  32. Beth Getz says:

    Love your kitchen and your potholder collection! I have some old potholders mostly given by family members and others that I’ve picked up at yard sales. My home is a collection of collections, all things collected over the years, all things that I love … I like what I like and it all comes together! ❤️

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Beth, thank you! I love what you have said, which sums us up, too… “My home is a collection of collections…”! I hear ya! Thanks for sharing and good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  33. Marge Turner says:

    Hi Nicole-love your collections! And your kitchen looks like a great place to hang out too. I have a collection of tea cups that were my Mom’s and I also have salt & pepper shakers that started with the ones from my Mom’s. My favorite in that collection is a mouse and cheese. Wish I could share a picture of that one. She had a rabbit and cabbage set that my sister Bonnie got. I treasure them all!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marge! So good to hear from you! What a fun thing to collect – salt and pepper shakers! The mouse and cheese sound adorable. I’d love to see a photo – you can always email me. I think my favorite salt and pepper shakers here are the ones on the Hoosier – they are penguins, made in celluloid. My aunt gave them to my mom, and she gave them to me. They were originally promotions in the 1930s for a cigarette company! Always good to hear from you! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  34. Carol Ontto says:

    I use to collect elephant knick knacks, now it’s lamps. Everytime I am in a thrift store I go for the lamps.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Carol, both awesome things to collect! Happy hunting, and good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  35. Marion O'Neill says:

    I have a large collection of embroidered dish towels and pillow cases. It’s hard to remember, but I think it started with a filthy pillow case found under a bunch of junk in a basket. It was in an antiques and Civil War memorabilia store in Gettysburg, PA. It had little bluebirds and musical notes on it. Since I already had a small collection of bluebirds, I thought I would try saving it. It soaked clean, and the fabric was so soft, I decided to use it and I love how comfortable it is. That started my search for older linens- pillow cases, towels, doilies etc.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marion, such treasure you found, for sure! Isn’t it amazing how soft and long-lasting antique linens are? Textiles were made so much better in the past. I am finding the pillowcases are getting harder to find, but worth the hunt! Thanks for sharing and good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  36. Evelyn says:

    Thank you for sharing your collection with us! I had collected everything strawberry at one time, but no longer do. Now I am collecting granny chic floral plates, dishes,, bowls and pitchers.❤

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Evelyn, what fun things to collect! My mom collected strawberries in the seventies. I have a set of Avon dessert plates I got at the flea market that have strawberries. Most of my kitchen is cherry themed, though. Granny chic is the BEST! Happy hunting, and good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  37. Shannon Burkemper says:

    Hi Nicole! I absolutely love my grandmothers hand-made potholders! I still use them and have held up better than any store bought one.
    I accidentally became a collector of handmade quilts and afghans. My husbands grandmother hand stitched her quilts and I was gifted one many years ago. Since, we have been given more of her work! I mean, I’m not complaining at all! The afghans come from my side of the family and continue to be made. 8 have several both my grandmother and my husbands grandmother made. They are my antique blessings of warmth and love. ❤️

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Shannon, what a wonderful, lovely collection you must have! I love that. I was just out to dinner with friends and someone was saying how they have quilts handed down and made for special occasions. Such heirlooms! Thank you for sharing, and good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  38. Deb Rowley says:

    I have an accidental collection of vintage embroidered dresser scarves and tablecloths. I was in a second hand store years ago and found a dresser scarf with embroidered flowers just the right colors for my bedroom and as a bonus it has a crocheted lace border. I inherited a few more pieces and it seemed very time I was at an antique store I would see more scarves or tablecloths I just had to have!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Deb, I can see how easy that is to do. Things back then were just made so well, and with such love, charm and beauty. Did you notice the cherry themed tablecloth from the 1940s that is draped over the door of the hoosier? Found in a favorite antique store, I just had to have it, so I know what you mean! Dresser scarves are a very cool thing to collect, too. Thank you for sharing and good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  39. Leanne Steffens says:

    I started collecting the potholders when my grandma was gonna toss em….she had and made many….they were tossed to me and I have built my collection from estate sales and garage sales! So many warm memories when I look at them…..I can smell grandmas cookie dough too!!!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Oh Leanne, what a rescue! Isn’t it funny how things our grandmas and mamas tossed are things we see as treasure? I always say to my Mama, “I’m buying what you threw away!” Thank you for reading and commenting, good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  40. Kathy Blue says:

    I have some from my Grandmothers – – precious to me. Since I last wrote to you I have increased my doll collection – – sewing for them is a joy. We have a cottage now, we remodeled our vacation cottage for retirement – – and I kept the cottage look although much is new. Love your appreciation for dear vintage things!!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Kathy, you are so lucky that you have some from your grandmother. I have two crocheted shawls that one grandmother made, and an embroidered tablecloth my other grandma made. Both are precious indeed. I love that you are sewing for your dolls! I just got a pattern for Patti Playpal dresses. I plan on making my favorite Patti a Halloween themed dress with vintage-print Halloween fabric. Your cottage sounds Heavenly! Thanks for commenting and good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  41. Marilyn Williams says:

    Hello…first time here! Accidental collection…old books. It’s hard to pass up an antique book!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marilyn, and welcome! Love that you collect antique books. I have a few, myself, picked up here and there. Sometimes, I have gotten a very old one for free from a library that does a big sidewalk sale in the summer. Some of the very antique books they just gave away. I also love to collect antique children’s books. Some of them are just the cutest and I use them for seasonal decor. Thanks for reading and commenting. Good luck in the drawing, and I hope you will join me again! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  42. Robin Malloy says:

    Love the Hoosier!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Robin, thank you so much! I looked and looked for one…my “unicorn” piece! One day, up popped one in my price range, in the smaller size I could use. My husband and I drove several hours for it. It was my anniversary present that year, and one of the best ever! I love changing the decor with the seasons, and it has so much good storage! Thanks for reading and commenting; good luck in the drawing. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  43. Karen Martell says:

    I love vintage kitchen items. They make me smile. I wonder about the stories these could share if they could talk. 🙂

  44. Ginger Louden says:

    It was fun to read this article. Both of my grandmas and my mom crocheted all those potholders! They also crocheted doilies and tablecloths, quilted, and embroidered dish towels. I just retired and moved out to my parent’s house which stood empty for many years. I have it livable and comfortable. I kept the old sink in our utility room and decorated with pink, which is my favorite color. It’s great to be home. I embroider dish towels and crochet simple dishrags to use as gifts and donations. I like to quilt and hope to do more. It’s fun to carry on the traditions!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Ginger, you sound like a true-blue farmgirl! Love it. How wonderful for you to move back to your parents’ home. What a blessing. Thank you for reading and sharing, and good luck in the drawing. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  45. Myra says:

    I kinda got hooked on tablecloths and real napkins when we had our Bed & Breakfast. We did a 10 year stint that’s over with now but setting a pretty table stuck with me!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Myra, there is nothing as good as real napkins! I bet running a bed and breakfast was a fun and rewarding thing to do! Good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  46. Jane Jordan says:

    Oh Nicole, this blog post really resonated with me.
    My first thought while reading it brought me right back to that day, probably 45 years ago when I helped a neighbor friend clean out her Auntie Sue’s house after she’d passed.
    Aunties Sue’s house was FULL of “accidental collections” she had a few pairs of those finely crochet cotton clothing pot holders. All startched and faded but in excellent shape. She hung them in her kitchen on small metal seafoam green hangers. I can still see them after all these years. Auntie Sue had LOTS of finely crochet cotton potholders; kitty cats, owls, chickens, Christmas bells. I came home that day with a cookie jar of hers with hand painted cherries on it. It lost it’s lid years ago but still sits on my counter as a handy utensil holder. But oh how many times I’ve wished I took just one pair of those cotton crochet clothing potholders home with me. Perhaps it was that day that started me on my own collections of all things old, colorful, crafted, quirky and loved.
    Thank you for writing such a a beautifully descriptive piece that was able to bring me back to such a wonderful day spent with an old friend with sweet surprises inside every cupboard and around every corner. I will share this blog post with that same neighbor friend, now in her 80’s herself. I’m sure it will do the same for her. And I will cross my fingers, hoping to be the lucky winner and have the chance to finally have my own set of fancy crochet cotton potholders to remind me of that day filled with magic and wonderful treasure.

  47. Teresa Lass says:

    Hi, Nicole!
    I inherited many crocheted doilies & potholders from my beloved Nana & my great-aunt Neva, which I cherish. I also collect antique Valentine postcards & ephemera & Fitz & Floyd vintage teapots. After we got our sweet rescued hens, I started collecting chicken pottery & sculpture. I really enjoy your blog.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Teresa, how lucky that you have inherited such special pieces. I have an embroidered tablecloth made by one grandma, and a crocheted shawl made by the other. They are precious to me. Your collections sound like fun treasures, too! Good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  48. mary pitman says:

    Hello! Love reading about your collections

  49. Bernadine Graham says:

    Used to go on monthly antique trips with my bestie. My mantra then: I need this! Now: I know I don’t this, but I’d feel better if I had it!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Bernadine, love it! Also, rememeber “Nothing haunts you like the vintage you did not buy…” Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  50. Lori says:

    I love all the potholders! I think my favorite are the sugar and creamer set, I have never seen any like that! I love saving little tea things:cups, mugs , teapots. I have kind of a mish-mash!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Lori, thank you! I love the sugar and creamer set, too. It is really old, and I have never seen another pair. Can you believe I got them for $2 for the pair?! I was doing a happy dance when I found them. And I think mish-mash is awesome! Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

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Summer – FINALLY!


Hi Dear Readers! I hope this finds you having beautiful, warm summer weather and that you are staying cool! Here in New England, it is summer – finally! Still, it has been sort of a “strange” summer so far. However, in true farmgirl spirit, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade (or strawberry jam)! 

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  1. Margaret Hofknecht says:

    Twenty-One is such a special birthday! Hope you have a lovely day!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Dear Marge,thank you! It is a very special one. Have a happy fourth! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole (and Audrey)

  2. Margaret Hofknecht says:

    Have a lovely birthday, sweet lady!

  3. Patricia Maiolo (Patty) says:

    I enjoy your farm girl blog. So Sincere wishes for a Happy 21st Birthday Audrey!!!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Patty, thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoy the blog. Thank you for the birthday wishes for my daughter. I can’t wait to show her all the comments! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  4. Bonnie Iscrupe says:

    You have definitely grown into a beautiful young woman. It is so nice that your Moma shared your growing up with all of us. Happy 21st birthday, and many many more!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Dear Bonnie, thank you so much. It’s been fun having a “farmgirl” as a mom! Your wishes mean alot. Farmgirl Hugs, Audrey

  5. Denise says:

    A very happy 21st birthday to you Audrey! May your years ahead be happy, healthy and filled with adventures!

    Your strawberry excursion looks like so much fun Nicole! Have a wonderful summer. Can you believe it is the end of June already? This year is going by fast.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Dear Denise, that is so sweet. Thank you so much for your well wishes! Farmgirl Hugs, Audrey

      Hi Denise! I hear ya! It seems that we should just be in the start of June; I guess because the weather has been so different this year. Time sure does fly by. Have a Happy Fourth! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  6. Terry Steinmetz says:

    Happy 21st Birthday, sweet Audry. May God bless you today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your journey. ❤️

  7. Julie says:

    You have been BUSY…
    So interesting to hear your tips and tricks.
    Wish we had a Michael’s close, so I could check out those paints your using on your cute signs!
    Love the wildlife around your home. It’s so inviting like a park…
    The mother deer and her twins are adorable.
    It’s nice to have Summer here…

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Julie, thank you! I am glad that summer has found you all, now, too. The weather this year has been strange, but today the sun is shining and it is warm and perfect! I wonder if other craft stores have similar acrylic paint? Maybe Walmart, in the craft section. It is acrylic craft paint in little bottles. Works so well on a variety of things. The wildlife is such a big reason I love living in New England! The little twins are so cute, they make my day whenever I see them. Happy summer to you, sweet friend. My Prairie Pin Pouch is getting lots of use now that it summer! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  8. Lise says:

    Happy Birthday to an awesome daughter of an awesome mom. Enjoy 21!

  9. Susan Burbank says:

    Happiest of birthdays Audrey!!!

  10. Diane Ryan says:

    Thankful I was able to see you growing up from 13 to today, Audrey! Time flew from when I met you, your Mom and I and my friend all toured gardens together with fellow Master Gardeners! You are a beautiful talented and sweet young woman with a love for family, music, reptiles and fashion among other things. It’s wonderful to see your close friendship with your Mom. Hope you have fun celebrating your 21st Birthday and a blessed year ahead!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Dear Diane, thank you so much. That’s so sweet! Hope we see you at this year’s Christmas bash! Thanks again. Love, Audrey

  11. Marge Turner says:

    Happy Birthday Wishes to your sweet daughter Audrey! I haven’t been reading your blog that whole time but I feel a bit of a connection since you lovingly cared for my little Ginny doll for me. We’ve had the smoky days here in Wisconsin too and not enough rain but I’m loving summer anyway, strawberry and raspberry jam this week made life sweet. Our little farm is providing for us again. Farmgirl blessings to you.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marge, it is always so wonderful to hear from you! I wish we could send you some of our rain! We have never had so much as we have the past two weeks. Audrey’s birthday was great, but it has been raining almost every day this entire month! Between that and the smoke, it has been a bit more effort than usual with the garden, but on the bright side, I am not outside watering as much! Much love your way (and to Ginny)! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  12. Tammy L Thomson says:

    Happy Birthday 21st Birthday Audrey!! Stay sweet–like your Mom 😉
    Thank you both for letting us into your lives and to Nicole for sharing your always inspiring and uplifting blogs
    My fav this time is the photo of Trooper smelling the daisy.
    Love to you all! Tammy

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Tammy! Thank you for the birthday wishes, and the nice words! We are both glad you enjoyed the blog. Hope you are enjoying your summer! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole and Audrey

  13. Pam says:

    Great pictures and beautiful jam, enjoyed your blog.

  14. Amy says:

    New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae): Its a Connecticut tall plant with cheerful purple daisy-like flowers is a favorite for fall gardens. It can grow up to 5 feet tall and blooms from late summer to fall. Worth a look, supercolors! Nice blog.

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A Merry Month of May

09B869CE-B95A-47DF-81C0-9BB38EB60A6FWelcome back, Readers! It is hard to believe, but the month of May is almost over! I hope you have had a good month since our last visit. From a road trip to foraging, to redoing my sewing room and more,  it’s been a “merry” month!

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  1. Zoe Siperly says:

    I’ve missed the bloggers newsletters and this makes me want to get back into the life of life with MaryJaneFarm. I have subscribed for well over 10 years and had my own Glamper “Fiona” 10 years ago. I was able to be empowered with several gals and check off something on my bucket list. Do to health issues I sold Fiona to another gal in our original glamers group here in Wisconsin, she lives!!
    I was also blessed to meet MaryJane and her daughter during that time. She is more than you can imagine and is a great inspiration to us Glampers and glamper want-a-bees!!
    Thank you for sharing your memories to us women!!
    Zoe Siperly

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Zoe, thank you for this nice comment. I am so sorry to hear that you have experienced health issues, and hope that you are doing better. I love that even though you sold your Glamper, you keep up with her, and that she is still glamping!

      I agree with everything you said about our beloved MaryJane! She is an amazing inspiration to us all. I am glad you enjoyed the post. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  2. Susana says:

    Love the photos. Nice swallowtail butterflies…and a praying mantis. We seen them very seldom. Almost stepped on a praying mantis two years ago. And it was huge. I thought it was a stuck at first. You have ai lovely greenery and flowers. And what kind of bird was that. It looked like one that was under my awning. I see hummingbirds nest with four eggs you go the next day and they are hone. I think the dam snakes eats them I wish I knew how to keep the snakes away as the hummingbird puts their best in bushes and it’s so easy for the snakes to get at them. I wish I knew how to protect the birds . I know when a snake us around as the birds will fly back and forth and won’t land even on a house. They told me if a powder but it doesn’t work. If any one knows how to keep snakes out if my garden I’d appreciate it.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Susana, thank you! The insect you refer to is actually not a praying mantis (state insect of Connecticut), but a zoom in on a tinier creature, a green assassin (Zelus luridus) bug. They are great beneficials, but you don’t want a bite from them, as it stings worse than anything! As far as hummingbirds go, their nests can be raided by all sorts of predators, including spiders, lizards, other birds, and bats. The best thing you can do is to leave their nests, as they build them where they are camouflaged. Removing snakes from your area will cause your rodent population to explode, and you don’t want that!

      Hope you have a wonderful start to summer, and that you will visit me again, next time! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  3. Terri says:

    I really enjoyed this post and all the beautiful pictures from the New England area! When you live in Arizona you don’t see all the lush, green colors like the eastern part of the US. I was fortunate to visit the New England area a few times years ago and would love to go back! Until then, I look forward to your posts!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Terri, thank you so much! I have been to Arizona, as friends of ours live there. It has its own charm, too! I loved seeing all the cacti. Thanks for reading and commenting. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  4. Grace Brown says:

    Oh Nicole, where do I begin?? Luv the Lilacs,, Luv your sewing buddies, Your Trailer, your Apron,,,, and your Blogg…

    Happy Spring my friend…

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Grace! Awwww, thank you so much sweet farmgirl friend! Wishing you a Happy Spring and start to summer! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  5. Donna Kozak says:

    Love your blogs – always so beautiful…now I have to go out to my garden and do some watering so I can enjoy beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables (but first I need some ice cream !)

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Donna, thank you so very much! Enjoy your garden (and ice cream – it’s always a good time for ice cream)! Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a good Memorial Day weekend! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  6. Marilyn says:

    Hi Nicole What a nice Mother’s day gift from your daughter. The machine is lovely. The apron is so cute. Your garden is doing nicely. The Lilacs are gorgeous. We have our annual Lily Of The Valleys blooming,the pansy is striving as are the azalea bushes,. We just purchased four Geraniums. They are hearty and do not mind the heat. Our red roses have bloomed. The white ones have buds but no flowers yet. We did have to buy a lawn mower, The old one did. Fortunately, we have great neighbor and they have mowed our lawn until we get the new set up. Nicole enjoy your garden an new sewing machine. Have a safe Memorial day.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Dear Joan, Marion, and Marilyn, send some of that nice heat! It is still not warm enough for “summer” yet. I heard the heat is on its way though! It is still cold here at night and in the morning, warmer during the day. My roses have not bloomed yet. Sounds like you have nice neighbors…priceless. Have a nice Memorial Day! Farmgirl Hugs to you all, Nicole

  7. Tammy L Thomson says:

    Hi Nicole, can I move in with you? Ha ha! Your home and your part of Connecticut look and sound so wonderful! Though I know it all takes a lot of work. Something tells me that you have boundless energy. You are an inspiration with your upbeat attitude and clever tips and crafts….speaking of which, what do you find works best for a deer deter.? Have you tried pure essential Peppermint oil diluted in water? I have been using that after not wanting to deal with the stinky Liquid Fence.

    And thank you so much for taking the time to take all of the photos and write your blog to share with us 🙂


    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Tammy, thank you so much for this nice comment I love the idea of pepperment oil in water. I will have to try that. The deer are very persistent here, lol! We also use an organic oil with pepperment oil in it for our yard – keeps the ticks and fleas away! Thanks for the tip. Have a great weekend! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  8. Sheila LaPoint says:

    Nicole, I do love your blog. I too live in New England and it is nice to read about this area. I am in Vermont and have always wanted to visit Mystic CT you have just encouraged me, I will have to see how long of a drive it would be. Do you get those biting black flies we get here springtime in Vermont? if so what do you do about them, I swear bug spray is my perfume of choice this time of year, LOL. Keep up you great blog & pictures.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Sheila, thank you so much! This was such a nice comment! I love Vermont…I have been a few times. We do get the awful, biting flies, but it seems they show up here a bit later in the summer. I have two things I swear by – citronella plants on my patios (keeps biting mosquitos away and the plant is pretty), and the other is an old trick I learned growing up in Texas, that the barbeque companies would do: hang up clear plastic bags filled with water, tied at the top. I have one hanging on my back patio/porch, one inside the chicken coop, and a couple on the fence in the garden. I swear it works. The idea behind it is that it confuses the flies’ eyesight, so they avoid the area. Have a wonderful summer, and thank you for commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

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Finding Joy in A New England Spring


Hi Farmgirl Friends! This time of the year in New England, things get busier than ever. There are festivals, restaurants put their patio tables out, kids play outdoor sports, things are bustling all around, and each day brings new blooms. There’s a lot of joy to be found in a New England spring, something I have lately needed a big dose of! 

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  1. Sharon says:

    So thankful for your joy-filled words! It truly is the little day to day moments that provide a burst of happiness & continuous contentment.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Sharon, thank you. I do think that the saying is true, happiness is a choice. Have a wonderful spring, and thank you for commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  2. Lori Fresina says:

    Wonderful blog! Sorry about you bb. It sounds like your daughter is doing well and that’s makes a mom and all moms happy! Happy day!!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Lori, thank you ever so much. Yes, I am so very proud of my daughter and all that she has accomplished. She is my heart! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  3. Denise says:

    Thank you for sharing your springtime with us! Love this post Nicole.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Denise, thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed the post. I hope you are having a wonderful start to the spring season. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  4. Marge Turner says:

    My heart goes out to you having to say good bye to your little Pip.Our pets bring us so much joy! I love your posts and the photos are beautiful. We have had an unusual winter/spring with weather and health issues in our family. My tulips may not bloom as they’ve had so much snow on them as they tried to push through! I think the garlic will survive. God is so good to us we are reminded by sweet spring ‘firsts’ that hope abounds! Thank you for these reminders.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Dear sweet Marge, I am so sorry to hear that you have also had a less-than-perfect spring. I hope things become sunnier in the coming months. Sending warm thoughts and big hugs to you! Much love, Nicole

  5. Jacqueline says:

    What a wonderful Spring article. I am so sorry for your loss. Our pets are so ingrained in our family structure that the loss is truly a difficult time. We grieve to the level we love!
    I live in PA, but I have always thought I would end up in New England. I adore and love everything about Maine and Vermont and well all of New England. Cape Cod, Providence Town, Bar Harbor, Salem, Portland, Freeport are just a few must sees on our trips.
    I envision a time when I will have a fruit orchard that I may grow my own and make my own jams, fruit syrups, pies, frozen fruits, etc. Sending out positive energy that your peach seedlings will bear amazing fruit 🙂 Warm Blessings, Jacqueline

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Jacqueline, thank you so much. I love what you said – “We grieve to the level we love”. So true! You did not mention where in PA that you live, but we used to live in PA, too. I always found everyone so nice there. Maine and Vermont are two of my favorite states, as well, but Connecticut has so much beauty, too. And Rhode Island, another favorite spot. Thanks so much for dropping by! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  6. Hi Nicole☀️
    Happy Springtime. You are truly an inspiration and I enjoy reading your blog. I would very much like to see a yard full of dandelions among the manicured yards in the neighborhood. My backyard hen flock would love dandelions also. Blessings to you and yours!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Karen, thank you for the nice comment. I am so glad you enjoyed the blog. We do not put any kind of weed killers on our lawn because we have well water, dogs, and chickens! I don’t mind the dandelions – they actually sell dandelion greens in Whole Foods! When I see that, I just shake my head. Happy spring wishes to you and your flock! Thanks for dropping by! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  7. Dorothy says:

    Thank you for your posts. For sharing you sorry and your joys and the wonderful pictures so we can enjoy what is happening in your part of the world.

  8. Grace Brown says:

    Dear Nicole… Hugs for your loss,, Sweet Pip…
    I agree,, the pain is tearing at our hearts, but we would/will gladly open our hearts again to the pain, to have the love of a sweet devoted fur & paws child as well as loved ones..

    Hugz-n-squisches always

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Dear sweet katmom, thank yoiu. So true. I am so happy to have my two big doggies and little one to make me giggle again. They are so sweet. I appreciate the nice card you sent. I also have the embroidered face you sent of Pip. It is on my sewing table now to make a special pillow. It looks just like him. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  9. Marilyn says:

    Hi Nicole, Sorry for your loss of Pip. He was a cutie! Spring has sprung in New York. We cleaned up some of the back yard,but there is a lot more to do. The front has blossomed. The forsythia bushes are starting to lose their yellow. Our azalea bushes have bloomed. We wanted to mow our front yard,unfortunately the mower died. We have bought a new one. In the meantime a neighbor used his mower to cut our grass. Our pansies are not too good. One is striving nicely. Hope to get out next week and do some more cleaning up. We had a lot of leftover leaves from Autumn. Have a good week end and enjoy your gardening.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi dear Joan, Marion, and Marilyn, thank you for your kind words about Pip. Sounds like you are on your way to a busy spring, too. We had a lot of leftover leaves from Autumn, as well, remnants of some of the crazy storms and wind we had in winter. Pansies have had issues the last few years, but so far, mine are doing okay. I am happy to see the carrots peeking up this week. Next, pototoes will go in the ground. I can’t wait for summer and a full garden! Happy spring to you all. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  10. Judy says:

    Hi Nicole,
    I am so sorry for your loss of Pip. I know that horrible emptiness our amazing friends leave. I agree with you while the loss is so hard, the gifts our fur babies give us make the loss bareable. Finding joy is the key, as you point out and joy is what our fur babies teach us. Thank you for your joy filled post.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Judy, thank you so much. I agree, and I would not trade one moment I had with that little dog. My furbabies are such a happy part of the family. I hope you are having a wonderful spring. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  11. Ruth Farmer says:

    So sad to hear about your loss. It’s so difficult to lose one of our fur babies. Thank you for the lovely pictures and looking forward to your next reading. Greetings from Colorado! Ruth

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Ruth, thank you so much. I am betting that Colorado springs are beautiful, too. I have never been there, but it looks so pretty in every photo I have ever seen. Thank you for dropping by! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  12. Tammy L Thomson says:

    Hi Nicole, First of all, I’d like to say how sorry I am for the loss of your dear little Pip. It is one of life’s hardest things, to lose a pet who has become part of the family….I am glad to hear that you are being inspired by the beauty and business of Spring. Your photos are beautiful. Thank you so much for taking the time to take and share those, And to be so gracious as to lift the rest of us up with your positivity despite the pain. You are an inspiration. 🙂 Blessings, Tammy

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Tammy, thank you ever so much. Your comment means so much to me. I hope you are having a lovely spring! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  13. Deb says:


    I am sorry to hear about your dear Pip. Our pets are always a special part of our lives.
    I enjoyed the spring photos and the reminder that warmer and more colorful days are coming. I can’t wait to see my hummingbirds at my feeders.

    Blessings to you and your family

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Debbie, thank you so much. I will never forget the many special moments we had with our little chihuahua.

      It is raining today, but that means more blooms when the rains stop! I can’t wait for hummingbirds, either. They are not here yet, but soon! They love my bee balm and we enjoy having breakfast at the kitchen table and watching them eat from the feeder outside the window. So sweet!

      Happy spring to you and yours! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  14. Denise says:

    I’m so sorry about your sweet Kip. They are worth the joy! Your blog post does bring me joy too. Thank you for that joy even with a sad part to share with us. Loved his pictures over the years.

  15. Mary Murray says:

    Nicole, I’m so sorry to hear the sad news…the animals we have in our homes & hearts are such a part of our family. There’s a trust and a bond there like no other…I know how hard it is. After we lost Annie years ago, I never wanted another indoor dog…we had outdoor ones, and I loved them, but there was a distance that made it a bit easier when they passed. Now Bailey, another rescue, is so sweet she’s indoors most of the time, head on my lap or curled up as closely as possible. I’d forgotten how sweet that bond is. I hope the beauty of spring is helping to lift your spirits a little. Mary

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Mary, thank you ever so much. I totally understand how you feel about your “Annie”. I have been so grateful that I have my other rescued pups…they have been so sweet and they have been grieving, too. Spring is here finally, and the “busy” it brings has been such a help. I miss my little boy pup so much, and almost everyday, still, one month after, I find something that was his, or reminds me of him, and it stings, but I am okay. Pets are one of the best blessings ever! Thank you for reading and for your sweet comment. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

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Moving Through March


Here we are in March, “officially” spring. “In like a lion, out like a lamb” is the old saying. That especially holds true in New England. Here in Connecticut, our first real taste of snow was just recently. It was one of the warmest winters on record here, with very little true snowy weather. It always gets stormy and cold around St. Patrick’s Day, however. No matter where you live, March is a good time to “spring clean” and “spruce up” indoors and out. Once the nicer late spring weather arrives, it’s outside that I will be! Still, the “lull” of  March is something I enjoy as I “tinker” about. Join me as I share a few  “Suburban Farmgirl” tips!

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  1. Kiki says:

    Thank you for your March post! I am from Connecticut and currently live on Long Island. I love your outdoor photos! Also, you might like Dr. Sheffield’s certified natural toothpastes. They are vintage!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Kiki, happy Spring! Thanks for “dropping by” and for the tip! I will check it out. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole


    Love your blog!! First time reading it. Enjoyed all of your March cleaning tips for inside and out.
    Looking forward to April’s. God is good all the time!! May your Easter Celebration include Him.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Deborah, and welcome to the Suburban Farmgirl Blog! Thank you so much, and I hope you will visit me again! Have a wonderful Easter! Thank you for commenting. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  3. Kathy Marx says:

    Lots of great ideas! Thanks so much!

  4. Karen says:

    Greetings from New Hampshire,

    One of my favorite ways to start the day is with a cup of coffee and one of your posts.
    As a fellow New Englander I completely relate to this one(as well as your others).
    Enjoy the the rest of March and Happy Easter to you too.
    Looking forward to next months post.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hello Karen! Thank you so much! Hasn’t it been a nice winter? Hopefully spring continues with lovely weather. Yesterday I was in the garden. In the shade, there are a few piles of snow still waiting to thaw, but in the sunnier area of the yard I saw leaves “move” – then I realized it was not leaves I was seeing. Several Mourning Cloak butterflies had hatched and were drying their wings in the sun. Now I know spring is on the way to us, for sure! Happy Easter, and thank you again for “dropping by” for coffee! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  5. Kimberley Schnitker says:

    First time I have taken a moment to read your blog. Loved it. Love the tips and the style of your delivery. Awesome job. My time is always so limited, but I will be sure not to miss future blogs. It was a nice way to spend a few moments with a “friend”.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Kimberley, Thank you so very much and welcome! Glad to have you join me here. I hope you have a lovely start to spring, and will “visit” again! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  6. Denise says:

    I can’t wait to really get out in my backyard & do some cleaning up. We had a drastic temp drop about a month ago & everyone is watching all bushes & trees to see if they will make it or not.
    Once again, I so enjoy reading your posts!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Denise, I hear ya! I was outside a little bit yesterday. I know all about those drastic temp drops. We have had that in previous years. The best you can do with your plants and trees is to wait it out. Hope you did not get too much damage! Happy start to spring, and I will “see” you next month! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  7. Aileen Haynes says:

    Hi! Always like reading your blogs! Keep up the good work!

  8. Julie says:

    Love your great tips and beautiful photos…
    The garbage can “hack” is genius!!!
    Look forward every month to your uplifting blog.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Julie, thank you so much! My trick worked like a charm, nothing is worse than coming home with garbage all over. Hope you have a nice start to spring! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  9. Marilyn says:

    Thank You for the tips. That coyote is big!. Be careful.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marilyn, thank you! Isn’t that a big coyote? So healthy looking and beautiful, I just don’t want to see it around when I am out with my pups! We have been very careful when going outside. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  10. Cathy Gordon-Hallman says:

    Our weather here in North Carolina has been so unpredictable but I am excited its getting warmer. Only problem there’s more to be done and only one of me! Flowers have multiplied and I have got to sell some much to my dismay. Too I need to start getting my garden ready. I love those fresh veggies!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Oh Cathy, I hear ya! I feel like that sometimes, so much to do, so little time and only one of me! But once all the chores are done, it is so nice to sit back and look at how great all the hard work makes things look. I have started my indoor seeds and can’t wait to have a full garden. Happy spring! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  11. CJ Armstrong says:

    Loved your post Nicole. It has been quite the winter for us with LOTS of snow. We have been in extreme drought for the past few years so it’s great to see the moisture. It’s more like it was when I was growing up here.
    We just hope that spring runoff isn’t too rapid, causing flooding. It will be great to see our lakes fill up again.
    Take care . . . have a great spring!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Dear Friend! Thank you, CJ, I am glad you enjoyed this month’s blog. I have seen all the snow you have had this year. Glad you are getting the moisture…are you all officially out of the drought? We were in a bad one for awhile, too. It seems that Mother Nature always catches up, eventually. Always good to hear from you. Big Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  12. Ruth Farmer says:

    Springtime in Colorado is also unpredictable. One never knows what the weather will bring. I’m looking forward to warmer days and working outside. I’ve been hiking a bit this spring too.Thanks for your blog.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Ruth, I bet it is so pretty where you are. I have yet to make it to Colorado…someday! It has been all over the place with our weather this week – sun, hail, snow flurries, rain…I am dreaming of being in my garden on a warm day. SOON! Hang in there! Enjoy your hiking trips, and thanks for leaving a comment! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  13. Corina Moser says:

    Salutations from Ottawa, Illinois! I will be buying Bar Keepers Friend for sure. I have been spring cleaning since March 1st.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hello Corina from Illinois! Thank you for joining me here! I use the Barkeepers Friend on vintage metal, too. It is a great, classic powder, and I am glad they advertised it for oven doors. I am so happy how sparkling they look! Happy cleaning and Happy Spring! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  14. Tammy L Thomson says:

    Thank you Nicole! I agree that your blogs are always fun, uplifting and include great tips and finds! And, yes; I remember Wild Kingdom 🙂 Ha ha. Happy Spring to you….

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Tammy, thank. You so very much! It means a lot to me to hear that you like my blog. I really appreciate when readers reach out and say things like that. Happy Spring! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

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End of Winter Pick-Me-Ups


Hello readers! I can’t believe we are already almost through February. Maybe it’s because in the Northeast, we have not had our usual share of snow, and have been teased with spring-like weather, despite having gone through a weekend at the beginning of February with record-breaking, arctic lows and wind chills that only a polar bear would feel comfortable in. February is that month, once Valentine’s Day passes, that feels “in between” with everything. That’s why I appreciate winter “Pick Me Ups” – little things – from “treats” to recipes, new or fun finds that make the end of winter a bit more enjoyable.

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  1. Tammy L Thomson says:

    Hello Nicole,
    Thank you for taking the time to share a fun newsy letter and some great finds! I always enjoy your uplifting notes 🙂 I am considering trying the hand salve with a milk base. I have found those to be some of the best–Archipelago has a line of body care products with milk protein added, and these are wonderful too. Your waldorf salad sounds delicious. Now I will have my eye out for those Honey Bee apples. As for Winter fading….we are in the midst of a BIG snowstorm/blizzard in central Wisconsin. I actually like Winter and snow (yes; an oddball), so I am content with it. Not so much when it lasts into April though! Take care and keep writing fun blogs!!! 😉 Tammy

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Tammy! Thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed the post. We are getting some cold weather this weekend, too. No “big” snow – yet. Of course, we always get snow around St.Patty’s Day! I saw your snow – stay warm and cozy! Thanks again for the nice comment! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  2. Kathy says:

    Such a good positive outlook! It is a ‘weird’ time of year!

  3. Julie says:

    Thank you so much for your information on Starting garden seeds.
    I enjoyed reading about the Sugar Bee Apple and can’t wait to try the Waldorf Salad!
    I’ve found a great apple recently that sounds similar to your apple called Envy apple.
    Your blogs are always uplifting and happy. Can’t wait for Spring…

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Julie, thank you! I found those apples by accident, and am sure glad I tried them! They are so tasty and sweet! I will look for the Envy apples, too. Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  4. Marilyn says:

    Thank You for the recipe. It is amazing the mild winter here in the East.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marilyn, glad you are experiencing a mild winter. For the most part, we are, too, but I am ready for some sunshine and gardening! Can’t wait! Hope you enjoy my recipe! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  5. Gayle Baskin says:

    Thanks for great tips…loved your salad w/honey bee recipe…and knitted soap dress”.
    Great ideas…thanks for sharing

  6. Jobi Herrera says:

    Thanks for sharing your article.
    Looking forward to your waldorf salad.
    Spring is just around the corner 🙂

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Jobi, thank you! Let me know what you think of my salad. I hope you like it. Thinking spring! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  7. Denise says:

    Love your bright cherry letter! We are having heavy rains. To be honest I’d prefer it was snow. Didn’t get much this year. Thanks for the great ideas.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Denise! Thank you! Yes, we did not get much snow this year. We had a bit at Christmas, but it did not last long, and a few storms since. The most we received was pretty recent. However, I am ready for some spring warmth, myself. Have a great start to your spring. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

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Storing Vintage


Hi everyone! I hope your January is off to a great start! It’s good to be back behind the keyboard! 

My 2023 has started off super busy, and it already feels like the year is moving at warp speed. I’m hoping this year will be as good as 2022 was for our little family. 

We marked several great milestones last year, attended a wedding, had visitors from Texas, a terrific summer, a beautiful fall, and had a wonderful, stress-free holiday. I know this year won’t be as exciting as last, but I want to start it off on the right foot. I leave my holiday decor up until New Year’s, but after New Year’s, it all has to come down! I want to start my year off uncluttered and organized! I’m often asked, “How do you store it all?” Especially when it comes to vintage, very carefully! 

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  1. Carol Slater says:

    I love these ideas and that little girl figurine for Valentine’s Day is beautiful.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Carol, thank you! Isn’t she cute? She is from the 1940’s, and is actually a vase. I was lucky to find her – I got her for a song! Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  2. Denise says:

    Where do you buy your acid free products? I have a collection of old post cards from one of my grandmothers.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Denise, I like the archival acid-free clear postcard pouches. You can buy them on Amazon. Just make sure it is archival, acid free. Always good to hear from you, dear farmgirl! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  3. Helen Rice says:

    First time reading this blog and I enjoyed it
    I’m always keeping leftover containers, never know when they will come in handy

    So paper products should be stored in acid free sheets? Are they easy to find?

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Helen, Welcome! I am glad you enjoyed the post. If you are storing vintage ephemera such as post cards, you really should be using archival products. You can buy acid free archival pouches for post cards, archival paper, and acid free tissue paper for a pretty good price on Amazon. Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  4. CJ Armstrong says:

    Love seeing all your decorations! I also love vintage and have several vintage decorations myself. I have, over the past few years, been giving away many of my Christmas things as I just need to scale down from what I used to do.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful year in 2023.
    Hugs and Love to you!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi CJ, Dear Farmgirl! So good to hear from you. I hope you are staying warm with all of that snow! We have not had much this year at all, but winter is just getting started here so we will see. Thanks for reading and commenting. Wishing you and your beautiful family a Happy 2023! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  5. Shirley Melges says:

    Thanks for so many storage tips…I lack in the labeling department and can see how much easier it would be as the next season approaches. I don’t always put everything out each year and it would better simplify in my search for specific items. Recyclable containers are great. I use plastic, 2 liter bottles with the tops cut off for my larger bottle brush trees…no fun when they get crushed or tangled.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Shirley, thank you for reading and commenting, and oh my! Your tip for storing bottle brush trees is GENIUS! I have quite a few of them. They are one of my favorite things to decorate with – even new ones are full of charm. I love your tip, and will do that from now on. Thank you!!! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  6. Marilyn says:

    Thank you for the tips concerning packing up any vintage. The Valentine Dresden lady is beautiful. We have the house decorated for Valentines Day.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Joan, Marion and Marilyn! Happy New Year! Don’t you love Valentine decorations? It makes the bleakest part of winter here cheery. Glad you enjoyed the post…always great to hear from you! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  7. Suzanne Tyte says:

    I too, love the little Valentine figurine. She was quite the find. Don’t know if you get citrus fruit shipped to you, but I re-use those boxes for many of my decorations since the trays and padding make safe spaces for ornaments and the boxes themselves are sturdy. I always know they are Christmas because of the oranges on the boxes!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Suzanne, thank you! And another great idea for storing! Thank you for sharing your tip! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  8. Grace Brown says:

    Nicole,, I am such a ding-dong.. I kept typing in the “WC Captcha, and it coming back as invalid.. then I realized,, I needed to read and do what it said! LOL!
    Hope my 1st attempt posted… fingers and eyes crossed… heeheehee!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      LOL, Grace. I know, captchas can be a pain. But your comments went through. And you are JUST THE CUTEST! Luv ya, Farmgirl Friend! ~Nicole

  9. Grace Brown says:

    Ok, my comment didn’t go through, so here is another try… lol!

    “Nicole, I agree with you,, using old fast food containers, and coolie tins are great for storing those sweet ornaments.. I also use the ‘gift bags’ for soft items like table cloths,towels etc..
    I use to take photos of the items packed in the plastic bins, and taped it to the top of the bin, but last year I sorted through a lot of stuff that i no longer needed (went to donation or passed onto family) and have not updated my photos,, Hmmm, mighyt be a good summer project…
    Happy January sayeth the Kat…”

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hello My Dear Farmgirl Friend! I am glad your comment has gone through. I apologize, but the captcha had to happen as we were getting too much spam. Anyway, love your idea of using gift bags to store things, as well! And taping pics of what’s in the bins to the outside- brilliant! I will try that next year. I have done that with my shoe boxes before. Great idea for the big bins. Stay warm! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  10. Cat Ransom says:

    I’m new to your site and can’t wait to see and hear more… We’re neighbors, I’m west of you between Chewelah and Colville, living offgrid in a 12×32 Hickory Shed… Looking forward to learning more ideas from you…

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Cat, and welcome. I had to look up your area…I believe you are in Idaho, where our dear MaryJane lives. We farmgirl bloggers are all in different states. I am in New England. Your area sounds wonderful! Welcome to all things MaryJanesFarm. Hope you will visit again soon! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  11. Karen Schmitt says:

    Wonderful ideas and helpful hints!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Karen, thank you so much! I have packed and unpacked Christmas at this house for over 25 years now, so I feel like a pro at it, LOL! Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  12. Terri says:

    Hi Nicole, I have never commented before but I just love reading the blogs from Mary Janes Farm magazine. I really enjoyed this blog and love your Valentine girl so wanted to comment on it.
    Terri Sansoucy in AZ

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Terri, A Big Farmgirl Welcome to you! Thank you for visiting, and I am honored to receive your first comment! I am so glad you enjoyed the blog, and I hope you will visit again. I see you are in Arizona – I love it there. Friends of ours moved there many years ago, and I loved visiting. Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Thank you for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  13. Ann Bailey says:

    I didn’t put up a tree this year because I was nostalgic for the old bubble and snow cone lights. But I did display all my lovely vintage blown ornaments in large glass terrariums. So it’s nice to read your entry and see I’m not alone in loving vintage ornaments, they’re ever so much more classier than modern day baubles.
    P.S. packing vintage in Florida is super duper ever so tricky, plastic wrapping is really bad in our humidity, so I wrap mine in paper napkins and left-over tissue paper.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Ann, your collection sounds awesome! I also have a few 1940s blown glass ornaments that I display in bowls as opposed to on the tree.

      I hear ya about Florida. I grew up in high-humidity, high-heat Texas. When I moved to New England thirty years ago, we really did not get that kind of weather, but now, our summers are very Florida-like for several weeks. That’s when we use our dehumidifier and/or air conditioner. Vintage pieces need temperature-controlled, humidity controlled conditions, so kudos to you on keeping your collection in good shape! Keep it up! Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  14. Isabelle says:

    I also use the clear plastic boxes from salad greens for storage of small items. I use a hair dryer to loosen glue then peel off label or put another label over the original. Thanks for the storage tips.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Isabelle, thank you for sharing a great, clever tip! What a good idea; some of those labels are really hard to remove. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  15. Roberta says:

    Nichole, you are sooo inspiring! Just love your 1940 – 50s collection! Keep it going!
    Happy Valentine’s Day

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Roberta, thank you ever so much! Happy Valentine’s Day! Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  16. Mary Murray says:

    Nicole, such terrific advice & ideas for keeping holiday decorations safely stored until next Christmas. It made me smile to know that you tuck away decorations in plain sight (sort of!) too…I keep Santas in an old copper boiler that’s sitting by a window and glass bulbs and garland are in a trunk in the dining room. I even leave a couple of small Santas out on shelves to try and remind me to keep a spirit of Christmas year ’round. I’m guessing you decorate your vintage camper, too…I’ve always wanted to do that! Thanks again, always fun to see you’ve posted, and we appreciate you taking the time…I know how busy the days can be. Mary

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Mary! I love this – you have some great storage in plain sight ideas, too. Just like you, I do have a few little pieces that are in a curio year round. 😉

      Thank you so much for the nice comment! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  17. Janice says:

    Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed your organizational skills! Loved all the vintage decorations and advice on storing. Thank you, again.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Janice, thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed the post. I like to keep things organized…it is a task that always feels so rewarding, and keeping things organized saves time in the long run! Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

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Steadfast Christmas Traditions


Hi All! Wishing you the happiest of holidays! I hope you are finding your “happy”, wherever you are, with whatever it is that makes your heart filled with joy.

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  1. Merry Christmas, to you and your family, have a wonderful holiday.

  2. Lisa says:

    Merry Christmas to you. I love reading your blog. We are almost neighbors.. as I live a couple of small towns over from you.

    I agree with you about loving the old traditions. They say “nothing stays the same”, but that is not true in my house!!

    Thank you for keeping the memories alive.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Lisa, Thank you so much! Nice to “meet” you, “Neighbor”! I think we are lucky to live in New England, don’t you? There is so much “classic Christmas” here. When we went to our town’s tree lighting last weekend, it was like being in a real “Hallmark movie”, and everything looks like a Currier and Ives illustration when it is the holidays. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Merry Christmas to you! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  3. Colleen says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, from the great Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
    Our ground is white, the north winds are blowing off of Lake Superior, and we are counting our blessings, as well, that we can finally relax a bit with loved ones again.
    May we all begin the New Year, healthy, happy and helping each other.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Colleen, thank you! Merry Christmas! Sounds lovely at your home. We got snow for the first time last night, and I am LOVING it! I love snow (not ice). Right now, everything looks like a “marshmallow world”. Enjoy your holidays! Happy New Year and Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  4. Nancy Ruth Haberman1 says:

    I was sooo glad to see your story about your friend Judi and her tatting hobby. Its been years(50)since I watched a coworker work on a tatting article. I only worked with her 2vyears and had forgotten about the tatting craft. The wreath pin is absolutely beautiful and would feel priviledged to receive one. Thank you for that lovely article!!! It rought back many happy memories. Marry Christmas and have a very happy New Year!!!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Nancy Ruth, isn’t tatting a sort of “forgotten” art? I love that Judi brings it back, with her wonderful modern twist on it. Thank you so much for leaving a comment. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  5. Deb says:

    Merry Christmas Nicole to you and your family.

    You have such cute decorations.

    I always dream of living in a Hallmark town and enjoying the decorations, scenery, and music of the season. I have small santa decorations from the 1950’s that I put on a fake tree in my kitchen. It reminds me of childhood and simpler times.

    I always smile when I look for our cat, Fifi. She is sleeping under our artificial tree in the living room. Maybe she is dreaming of a hallmark movie set too.

    Take care

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Deb, It sounds so wonderful and cozy at your home with your kitchen 1950’s tree, and Fifi under the larger one. Sounds like you are doing a good job of creating Christmas magic. Enjoy your holidays! Thank you for reading and commenting! Big Farmgirl Hugs to you and yours, Nicole

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My Friend, “The Mad Tatter”, and a Giveaway!


Don’t you just love beautiful, handmade items? Something that I have always loved about “all things MaryJanesFarm” is  the devotion to sewing, knitting, embroidery, and other homesteading “arts”. I myself am an expert knitter, and have taught classes for over a decade. I love keeping the art of knitting alive. My dear friend, Judi, is an expert of another art, bringing her “modern “spin” on an “old world” craft. Let me introduce you to my friend, the “Mad Tatter”!

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  1. Joan Piercy says:

    Nicole, Judi’s tatting is just beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us. And she sounds like a wonderful friend to have and so do you! Love your blogs. jmp

  2. Lori Fresina says:

    Tatting is beautiful. We have a quilt member who does this also. She does strawberries for door prizes for our meetings. They are so beautiful framed as my friend did hers but what Judy has done to recycle touch my heart because I love recycling old items in my sewing.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Lori, what a great idea – to frame tatted pieces! Sounds like some talented members in your quilt guild! Judi certainly has made some amazing pieces using recycled materials. She has a great eye! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  3. Bonnie McKee says:

    My mother in law used to tat, before she lost her vision. What a beautiful, delicate craft! ❤️

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Bonnie, I am sorry to hear your Mother in Law lost her vision. I hope you have some of her pieces she made! You hit the nail on the head – it is a delicate craft, what a great way to describe! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  4. Carol Slater says:

    I love that wreath pin. All of her work is amazing!

  5. Laurel Anne Pries says:

    I sooo love the beautiful art of tatting!! I think I will “give it a go”, at least a try….. lovely post Nicole. I look forward to it each month….keep up the good work!! Laurel

  6. Thanks for blessing us with the eye candy of Judy’s Tatting. Just beautiful photos & story!
    ~ Binky, Petaluma, Ca

  7. Sabrena Orr says:

    Such beauty in tiny stitches! I am in awe of those that can tat and would love to learn some day. My mom has my great-grandmom’s shuttles…I REALLY need to learn this beautiful art. Very talented lady your beautiful friend is!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Sabrena,
      I am in awe of Judi’s handiwork, as well. She makes such beautiful things and makes it look effortless, though I know it is not! You definitely should learn to tat – especially if your great grandmother was a tatter! What a great heirloom your family has. Thank you for reading and commenting! Good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  8. Denise says:

    I love the art of tatting. I have many items that my grandmother made and I have her tatting shuttle to use as well!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Denise,
      How wonderful that you have your grandmoter’s shuttle and pieces she made! What a wonderful heirloom! I hope you display her shuttle! Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  9. Karen Martell says:

    Such beautiful and delicate works of art! I would love to learn one day!! 🙂

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Karen, thank you…isn’t it an amazing talent? I am so in awe every time I watch my friend tatt. Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  10. Hello Nicolle, enjoyed reading and seeing Judi’s tatting talent. My mother taught me to tatt when I was a young girl growing up no our Northern Minnesota farm. I am almost 83 years old and I still tatt today, but my tatting has changed in that I combine it with watercolors and make (what people say) are absolutely beautiful greeting cards and bookmarks. I would love to send you and Judi one of each if you let me know where to send them. I also watercolor bookmarks for kids to encourage them to pick up a book and read rather than using technology. These do not have tatting. I am a Minnesotan, but in Florida for the winter, but guess what……my tatting is with me…………Anne

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Anne, I love that you tatt and take it with you! Your work sounds so beautiful and I love that you are encouraging children to read instead of use the tech. Wonderful!

      I would be honored to receive a tatted piece. Please watch for my email (it will come from my personal email), and please email me your address as I would like to send you something I have made, too. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  11. Colleen says:

    Nicole, I love your blogs and I’m so happy you introduced us to Judi. Her pin cushions are amazing!! The tatting on the top is the icing on the cake.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Colleen! Thank you ever so much! I just realized reading your comment that Judi’s adorable pin cushions resemble little cupcakes! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  12. Gail Telecky says:

    Tatting is certainly an art and these pieces are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Gail, right? Such an artisan skill! I am glad you enjoyed the blog. Good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  13. Love this blog on tatting. So pretty. My grandmother and great aunts also tatted. I think it’s almost a lost art. You are fortunate to have a wonderful talented friend.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marlene! Isn’t she amazing? She is so creative and has such a good vision with the pieces she creates. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

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