Country Woman December/January 2021

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diy gifting

I have never really enjoyed online shopping. I do love poking around the packed shelves of the many small businesses in my community. They stock items you can’t find just anywhere, and the shop owners who curate those collections give great advice on picking the perfect gift. But I’m not doing as much shopping this year, in trying to do my part in staying home. I’ll still pop into my favorite stores a time or two to support small shops as best I can, given how they are struggling right now. But many of those on my list will get boxes in the mail in the coming weeks with homemade gifts tucked in between layers of tissue. (No peeking, friends and family!) If you’re doing the same, you’ll find inspiration in this…

1 min.
meet a friend

Tell us about yourself. My family lives on a small farm in Ohio. We raise sheep, a few chickens and barn cats. I spend mornings as a preschool teacher and work several hours a week at our local library. What are your hobbies? I enjoy reading, gardening, cross-stitching and kayaking. What advice do you have for other moms to find hobby time? My children are older, and they are able to join me in what I love to do. My son is often by my side when I garden, helping or playing in the dirt. He loves to scour the pumpkin vines looking for orange orbs. My daughter is a creative soul and will sit beside me to work on her own projects while I do mine. I think when a parent gives value to…

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let’s chat

Family Fair I really enjoyed reading the August/September issue. All those articles about fairs prompted me to share some of my memories. For many years it has been a family tradition to enter in our local fair. In 2019 we had four generations involved with entries in baking and canning, flowers and vegetables, craft, photography, crochet and knitting, quilting, junior work and the Rosebud Baby Show. Sadly, there was no fair to enjoy this year due to COVID-19. Last year the lap quilt I entered won a first-prize ribbon! The pattern I used was the “Wiggles and Giggles” quilt featured in a 2009 Country Woman issue. I have used this pattern many times for children’s quilts and adapted the pattern for lap quilts for adults. SHERRY HARNDEN FRASERVILLE, ONTARIO All Grown Up The photo on the…

1 min.
friendly advice

Q: What are your tips for this gift-giving season? I, like most people, used to throw out the tissue from gift bags, as it is usually all wrinkled—until the day my best friend, Jeannie, told me it could be ironed flat on a low setting. The paper looks new again! This saves the time and money buying new tissue papers and allows me to practice recycling. BRENDA TOON SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN Whenever I’m taking a gift to a party, I always write on the back of the card the gift I’m giving, attach an address label and include a sales receipt. I then place the card inside the wrapped package so it doesn’t get detached from the gift. LINDA JOHNSON IVINS, UTAH I listen to loved ones for gift ideas and jot them in a special…

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join in!

Natural Color Have you experimented with dyeing your own fabrics with natural dyes? What tips do you have? Do you have a project to show off? We want to hear about them! Collectors Wanted Do you have a vintage record player or radio? How about a weakness for old metal outdoor furniture? Antique garden tools? Quilts? If you delight in any of these items, tell us about it! Do a Good Deed Do you know someone who goes the extra mile for her community? Share her story—along with some pictures—and she could be featured in our Good Neighbors column. Consider it a good deed done!…

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the gift of a day off

Early on Christmas morning, about 20 volunteers will arrive at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch in Littleton, Colorado, to feed the 35 horses and clean the stalls. This is much like any other day at the rescue’s barns, except the Christmas volunteers are there to give the rescue’s regular volunteers the day off to celebrate the holiday with friends and family. The 20 substitute volunteers are part of JewishColorado’s Christmas Mitzvah Project, which places nearly 700 volunteers at 28 nonprofits in and around Denver and Boulder. At hospitals, animal shelters and family services organizations, they’re all there to offer their Christian friends a mitzvah—a good deed, in the form of a day off. “I’m blown away every time.” The wildly popular program draws more volunteers than the organization has places to send them, says Beth…