I am a disciple of MaryJane Butters/MaryJanesFarm. I spend time with her books, studying and reading and getting to know them like old friends. I cart each new issue of the magazine around with me for days until I’m finished with it, and then it goes on an honored place on my bookshelf and not into the recycling bin (like every other magazine subscription that I have.)
Dedication aside, I’m not a very good disciple. I don’t live an agrarian lifestyle and I only eat organic about 30% of the time. I used to sew by hand and craft a lot, but psoriatic arthritis in the fingers means my hand-sewing days are over with, at least for the foreseeable future. That’s the great thing about being a FarmGirl, though. We come from everywhere and we’re all very different.
I’m catching a flight to Seattle in less than 6 hours and I’m breaking one of my cardinal rules, which is to never, ever take a real book on a plane. Real books are too heavy and clunky and they limit you to just one thing, whereas my Kindle offers a world of books in a teeny little device. There’s only one thing that will make me break that tried-and-true rule and that’s a new book by MaryJane Butters.
If you aren’t familiar with MaryJane Butters and MaryJanesFarm, I have to ask you – what are you doing with your life?! Put down your iPhone, log off Facebook, and listen up.
For full disclosure, I’ve been a fan of MaryJane Butters for well over a decade. Each issue of her organic lifestyle magazine feels more like a piece of art in my hand than an actual magazine. I keep each issue and love to flip back through them so that I can be re-inspired by the stories and tempted by the delicious recipes. I subscribe to her “farmgirl” precepts, regardless of where I might be living at the time.
This is her latest book:
In true MaryJane fashion, it is fantastic. Gorgeous photography. Practical advice. It tugs at the heartstrings. I’ve wanted a vintage camper for a very long time (and even owned one for a while, until we realized it was too damaged to be able to practically restore) and this book makes it seem possible. Not only is it full of delicious recipes, there are adorable craft projects scattered throughout. And the restoration tips for vintage campers are so helpful to a total novice like me. Thanks to this book, I can honestly say that 1958 Airstream Bubble will be mine eventually!