The Farmer’s Wife

There is no gilding of setting sun or glamour of poetry
to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers’ wives.
~ Hamlin Garland

Have you seen the cover of The Oprah Magazine this month? Oprah’s got a new farm in Maui. She says: “It’s been a real aha moment to discover how delightful it is to create something fresh and fulfilling with you own two hands.”



Shoot, Oprah should have spent a week with my Grandma Black. And my Aunt Calita. And my Mom’s Cousin Helen Luth.

By the time I came along Grandma had leased the acres out on her farm and she had just a few chickens. I was so little, I only barely remember the few times she let me come with her to gather eggs in the barn.

What I do remember most fondly is how Grandma still got up at dawn and went to bed at dusk long after the farm retired. Her strong hands were always, always busy, usually doing something for us: darning the holes in our socks, making our favorite pie, sewing dresses for my dolls . . .

I know Grandma never heard of an “aha moment.” But, if all farmers’ wives are like my Grandma, they are the most selfless people on God’s green Earth.

How's It Growing?


Tips & Techniques

  • I borrowed the wagon from the Cart Full of Friends stamp set and filled it with raffia and the little chick from this new Pure Innocence Farmer’s Girl stamp set.
  • I used Michele’s gorgeous pointilism technique to color the chicken.
  • I used the new Chicken Wire Die-namic as a cover for this card using a technique I showed you here.

Here are the Copic markers I used and the rest of the ingredients.

Finished size: 4″ x 5-1/4″. Other ingredients: Simple Stores Summer Fresh 6″ x 6″ paper pad, Paper Source natural raffia ribbon, DMC Embroidery Floss. Stampin’ Up! pastels. Memento Dye Ink, Curly Raffia.

New ReleaseThe My Favorite Things design team is back to give you another look at the fabulous May release with the Release Rewind!  You can find all of the new release products HERE in the My Favorite Things Boutique.

Pure Innocence Farmer Girl


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Sweet Comments

  1. Love how you used the chicken wire die to create your card
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  2. LOVING this!! The way you used the chicken wire is amazing and genius!!
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  3. SUPER adorable! I love that you used the chicken wire just on it’s own to see through to the inside….so clever :)

  4. Ain’t that the truth! My DH’s mom grew up on a farm and my dad’s mom was from farm country. Those women work hard and don’t know the meaning of rest. :) Fab creation- I really am thinking I MUST have that chicken wire die!
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  5. Anonymous says:

    Your card is adorable. I saw where Oprah had her other place in Maui and well I don’t think she will be doing much to care for this place.

  6. Totally cute! Great design. I love how you colored the chickens.
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