Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #171 & a Giveaway!

Hello to all and welcome. Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop seems to always be a little more exciting when there is a giveaway! Wouldn’t you agree?? Deb and I really love the wonderful artwork of Sarah Hudock of Lighthearted Art. AND Sarah is also a farmgirl sister! She is obviously talented, but also is a chicken keeper, gardener and more.

Her artwork is hand-painted in watercolor, gouache, and sometimes acrylic paint, and she loves to digitally play with her work as well. Her paintings are sometimes wholly hand-painted, and sometimes done with a combination of digital effects and scans of odd materials she finds visually interesting. She’s a girl living her dream, sharing her HEART and her ART with the world and us!  ” I am the luckiest person in the world “, says Sarah.

This week,Sarah is generously giving away one of her darling tin signs, titled:  Blessings ( see top photo ) This sign is beautiful enough to hang inside your home and yet durable enough to weather the elements and hang outdoors on your chicken coop or next to your front door. Sign measures 11.25″ x 11.25″. The corners are rounded and holes are already drilled for easy hanging.

See Deb’s blog this week for more on Sarah and also keep you eyes open for an article in MaryJanesFarm Magazine where we will learn more about here. And visit Sarah’s website to see more of her whimsical chicken art.

Do you want to know how to enter? It is easy:

1. Simply leave a comment here on my blog or over at Dandelion House.

2. Head over to Sarah’s Facebook page and give her a new like.

I know you will enter this contest right away.  When you are done, don’t forget to come back for Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!


We would love to see what you are up to this week. Visit Deb also over at Dandelion House. I never tire at looking at her gorgeous photos-right now so many of colorful blooms! While Deb has been making eye popping with color bouquets, I have been bringing in the harvest and have been sharing lots of photos and recipes. So stop by and say hi to both of us!

What are you up to farmgirl??? Share on our hop so we can be inspired. We thank you for joining in!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart- MaryJane Butters

Laundry Day

I have been making my own cleaning products and one of those is laundry detergent. The “recipe” is based on one from DIY Natural and is super easy.  After doing it one time, I can whip it up without reference to the recipe.  It cleans great and is CHEAP and is without all those toxins and artificial ingredients.

You may ask “what do you mean by cheap?” I mean it is .04/TBL and most loads only take 1 TBL; for really, really dirty outside garden clothes I use 2 TBL.  Compare that with an average of .21/load if you are buying a commercial brand.  AND when you are running low, you don’t have to wait until you hit the store; in 10 minutes you can refill your supply.  So are you ready? Here we go:

These are the ingredients; pretty simple and basic wouldn’t you way.  I get mine in bulk using either Sam’s or Amazon.  If you have better sources, let me know!


Step 1: Grate one bar of soap; I use Fels Naphtha but there are others.

Grated Soap

Step 2: add 1 C of washing soda and 1 C of baking soda.  Sprinkle a few drops of your favorite essential oil and mix.  I use Bergomot (citrus) oil.  It smells so good!  Then I take it for a quick spin in the food processor.  Some people use a dedicated food processor for this, but I do not.  I just wash it really well afterwards.

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Now you are done!  Pour it into a cute jar with a tight fitting lid.  I use a canning jar:

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1 C Baking Soda

1 C Washing Soda

1 bar of Fels Naptha soap

few drops of your favorite essential oil

Give it a try!  You will love it and love the idea that you made it yourself.