Wednesday, March 30, 2011

April Showers Contest Is Here!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Dear Friends,
  Since, I will be out of commission on Friday. I decided to post the contest rules and prizes early!!!!!  This is going to be a fun and exciting race to see how many new followers you all bring to my blog and how many new members and vendors you bring to the co-op!!!!!!

Spread the Sunshine April contest. This is a great contest to help grow our co-op membership and you can help. Everyone who brings in new Sunshine Farmgirl co-op member or vendor and blog members to Mrs Green Jean Jeanpatch who isn't drawn in the main contest, will receive a $5 gift certificate to one of the members shops in our Sunshine Farmgirl Co-op!!!!  So everyone wins in this one!!!!!!

Rules of the contest:

#1- Invite everyone you come in contact with to follow my blog:

#2- Leave a comment with your final list of referrals names on my blog.

#3- Invite as many as possible to join the Sunshine Farmgirl Co-op- by using the contact link from my website with those you invited by April 30th-
 click on General store then on the right side bar click affiliate program.

#4- Speical Note: All who voted in the poll to the right will be placed in a special drawing for the prize that received the most votes. One person will be drawn.......  For those in that group, one special person who brings in the most new members or vendors to the co-op and followers to my blog will win the same prize.
***Winner of the poll voting is: Jessie Congrats! You won a Sunshine Farmgirl Co-op grab bag of goodies!

After- Signing-up for the affiliate program, use that link to refer others to the co-op.

That's all there is to be a winner of this contest!!!!

Here's what you'll have a chance to win!

Grand Prize:

Refer 25 new co-op members or vendors and 25 new blog followers-Sunshine Farmgirl Sampler Package-$50 value

1st place. Sunshine Farmgirl Co-op Grab Bag of Goodies $30 value-25 or more new co-op members or vendors or blog followers you referred

2nd place. Sunshine Farmgirl Co-op Grab Bag of Goodies $20 value-10 or more new blog followers or new co-op members or vendors

3rd place. Jeanpatch by MK gift certificate $10 value-5 or more new blog followers or new co-op members or vendors

In addition to the above there's more ways to benefit from our contest!

For Customers: First, sign up as an affiliate and then place your links everywhere you can. . . then solicit your friends, family and neighbors to use your links to check out the store, you will earn 2% on any sales generated by those who use their affiliate links.

For Vendors, for the vendor that brings in the most new vendors ( that means registered and ready to sell) They will receive a $15.00 credit on their account towards their vendor fees,

Second place vendor will receive a $10.00 credit towards their vendor fee and the

Third, forth and fifth vendors will receive a $5.00 credit towards their vendor fees.

Have fun and I hope you all win big!!!!
Happy Days To You and Your's,


Monday, March 28, 2011

Easy Paper Quilt Greeting Card

Easy Craft Project for April:

Paper Quilt Greeting Card- Here's what you'll need to make your very own paper quilt greeting cards.  If you are a quilt maker then you have lots of books with patterns.  If not, just go online and type in the search box for log cabin quilt pattern.  You can print out the pattern to do this project.  You may also go to your local library and check out a quilt making book with easy patterns.
I choose the crazy quilt pattern.

Supplies: Quilt pattern of your choice, 8x8 scrapbook papers, 8x8 card stock, tacky glue, scissors, embellishments, word stamps (thank you, just for you etc.)

1. Copy your quilt pattern onto an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper. 
2. Cut and layout your pattern pieces
3. Reduce your pattern to fit the 8x8 card stock
4. Number each pattern piece starting with 1 until they are all numbered
5. Pick out your scrapbook paper for each numbered pattern piece
6. Glue your paper onto the card stock according to the pattern you've chosen
7. Add any embellishments to your card
8. Stamp your word across the top of the card

Now you have a lovely handmade card to give to that special someone.

Contributed by: Marsha Jaramillo

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sunshine Farm Girl Co-op Membership Drive!!!

Happy Saturday Everyone! 

Oh, I have so many wonderful things to share with you today.  First, off you have to go to my facebook page and see this three year old boy reading a Bible account at one of our  congregations.  We have 100,000 like this worldwide.  It's part of our Theocratic Ministry School program that helps us draw closer to our great God!  It will bring tears to your eyes and joy to your heart!!!  This is the way to train up a boy or girl so that it will go well for him and make their parents proud instead of have shame. Proverbs 22:6

Second, I'm having a membership drive for my Sunshine Farmgirl Co-op.  We are accepting buying and selling members.  If you know someone who makes crafts that is looking for a place to sell their products, then please sign up for our affiliate program and refer them or just give them this link so they can join.  Be sure they put your name as the referrer when they join.

Our goal is to grow by 25 new members a month and 25 new vendors a month through the end of the year!  Can you help us grow?  That is the theme of my April contest.  So, now that you know you can get ahead of everyone else and start bringing in as many new members as you can to win big in the contest. 

Get your list made up and get ready to send them to the co-op with your affiliate link.

Have a Sunshine Day!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Budget Tips and More!

Hello Dear Friends,
  We've made it to the end of another week!  Time sure does fly when you're having fun!  Today, is the start of my budget tips Friday and more!  So, how many of you are addicted to soda?  Be honest, raise your hand or soda.  All that burping, just drives me crazy and for whatever reason the Lyme does not like it either, so I had to give up my Canada Dry Seltzer flavored waters.

  But, for those of you who don't have any health reason to stop or even if you do you won't, try this budget tip for a healthy alternative.  Here's what you'll need to pick up at your grocery store instead of that case of your favorite soda pop.
  Plain seltzer water or club soda.
  Flavored agave nectar
  Flavored Stevia liquid sweetener
  Watkins Natural Extracts
  Plain Stevia and Plain Agave
  Can you believe that's all you'll need to make your very own delicious and healthy bubbly?
   My sweet lovely smart daughter works at a health food store and she gave me the recipe.  Her favorite stevia flavors are vanilla and orange right now.  If you want a creme soda, mix up the vanilla stevia and club soda.  If you want an orange crush, you got it, mix the orange stevia and club soda ice cold.  They also have chocolate raspberry which sounds like a real yummy alternative. 

   Now to make a root beer float, buy my Watkins root beer extract and add that to your club soda or seltzer and ice then for the float add your favorite vanilla ice cream.  To order any of Watkins flavored natural extracts from my website go to

  How about cherry vanilla soda?  Buy Watkins cherry extract and vanilla and combine with your plain sweetener above.  The combinations are endless.  Make some up and share with us what are your favorites!!!

Garden Update!  Well, last night my dear husband transplanted my coffee filter seedlings into the lasagna garden.  Remember, the picture of them yesterday?  Well, over-night they grew another two inches!  And, the ones in the box did too.  I'm so excited, I think I'm finally going to have a garden that lives and produces fruit.  I am giving this a lot of tlc and it is paying off.  I go out and water and talk to my little plants everyday!

We have only six more days until the April contest begins.  Be sure to place your vote for one of the great prizes to be given away along with some other surprises as well.  You'll have lots of chances to win big!!!!  I'm giving away several, so be sure to find out how to enter on April 1st!!!
 I'm keeping a positive attitude that my oral surgery will go great and I'll be able to write down what the rules of the contest will be.  I have it written out already so all she has to do is add it here for you to see!!!
Happy days are here again, the sky is blue again, chase away all the blues again, happy days are here again!!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Another Day, Another New Sprout

Whew! I don't know about the rest of you, but it is hot!!!  Yes, we are baking at a nice 80 degrees in Sunny Florida today!  My goodness, I went out to water my little sprouts and I could hardly stand it, just in the porch.  The humidity is high and that zaps me instantly.

Yesterday, was absolutely beautiful. Low humidity and very nice 70's. I have to put the ice pack on my pulse points to cool off or I'll get sick.  As I'm typing I have one under my arm pit. AH! I can feel it working already.  And, I wonder why so many love coming to Florida to live instead of shoveling snow!!!

Here are the latest pictures of my little seedlings. They are doing so great. The ones in the backyard are too, but I'll take their picture tomorrow, hopefully I won't wilt again. hehe!

 I thought you might like to see where the inspiration came from and the colors for my room make-over. This lovely porcelain switch plate cover.  I chose the wall color from this and now the accent colors as well.
 My nice new comforter is a cotton quilt with a pretty flower design quilted all over.
Do you know what next month is?  It is the memorial of Christ's death.  He commanded his followers to keep observing this date in remembrance of what he did for us, sacrificing his perfect human life so that we might gain back everlasting life on a paradise earth!  That date is April 17th at sundown.
We find that scripture at Luke 22:19, 20  This is what Jesus and God did for us, what are you doing for him to show your appreciation for that sacrifice?
It takes more than just saying you are a follower of Christ you have to be a doer of the word also.  Faith without works is dead in God's eyes.  And, a sobering thought is what Jesus said to those claiming to be his followers in his day.  Make sure you're not one of these.

Matthew 7:22, 23- Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?' And yet then I (Jesus) will confess to them: I never knew you get away from me you workers of lawlessness."

And, in verse 13-20 it goes on to explain what will happen that will determine between a true Christian and a false.  You can't just pick and choose what parts of the Bible you will follow and be acceptable in God's eyes.  It's an all or nothing kind of deal to be saved.

I hope this has encouraged you to look deeper and accept a study of the Bible with a trained teacher.  I can direct you to ones in your area.

Have a Blessed and Happy Day!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Flea Market Monday-Everything Is On Sale!!!!

Happy Monday to Ya!  I woke up thinking today would be a good day for a sale! Don't you think?
So to get us off to a great start this week I"m having a 50% off in all my shops this week only!!!  I want to end March with a bang and this is a great way to do it!!!

If you like bargin hunting and flea market deals then head on over to my three etsy shops and pick up some great deals today!!!!

Hurry, this deal won't last long!!!  You don't want to miss out on your favorite watched item!!!!!


I leave you with this encouraging scripture of the day!
"Every good gift and every perfect present is from above, for it comes down from the Father of the celestial lights, and with him there is not a variation of the truning of the shadow." James 1:17

Have a Happy and Blessed Day!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Celebrate With Family

Hello Dear Friends,
  I want to talk about family today and how important each member of the family plays an important role in the unity and happiness of the family unit.
  Since God performed the first marriage in the Bible, He takes it very seriously and so should we.  For that reason, celebrating our family being together each year is a big thing at our house.  It isn't the focus on one person, but each member of the family as a family!
   We do this when our wedding anniversary roles around.  Ours is June 11th and we'll be happily married for 23 years.  But, you know how excited you get each year to have that special celebration at your house?  You start early and want to do something special even before that day gets there.
   My sweet darling daughter surprised me early this year with a make-over in my bedroom.  I had to take most everything out when I came down sick in 2005 to keep the dust and allergies under control.  It just looked to bare for her standards, so she has been planning this for some time now that I am doing a little better indoors.
   Here is what she did so far. Enjoy the tour!
Blessings and Hugs,
A beautiful chandelier decal with birds and butterfly's!

Two country pictures! Next to my farm girl hat Diane made for me.

More bird's perched above the door decals!

A whimsical metal dress form!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Japan Disaster Relief Fund Update and More!

Hello Dear Friends,

   I hope you are all doing well today.  It's Friday already, are you making plans for the weekend?  What will you do?  At my house it starts off with our volunteering our time in the community to bring good news to those who are stressed from these critical last days.  Young and old, men, women and children alike share in this vital work.  Matthew 24:14, Matthew 28: 19 & 20.

  Then we spend the rest of our day doing the needed chores around the house.  Since we are giving shelter to my niece we have had to add a little room in the garage as extra sleeping quarters.  So this weekend will be the continuation of that project. 
  Of course, Sunday is always set aside for worship and time with friends and family........I'll be going in for oral surgery April 1st so I'm surrounding myself with support from family and friends.  My biggest worry is if I'll have a reaction to the anesthetics.  Even though my doctor reassures me there will be no problem.  Let's hope she is right and the tests she did to see what kind I could handle.

   I just hope my poor liver and Lyme disease know that it is okay. hehe!!! 

   I wanted to update you on my donation efforts from my etsy sales.  I want to thank those who have purchased this week to this worthy cause.  I really appreciate your generosity!!!!

    Don't forget to vote in my contest on the right side bar.  We have 13 votes thus far and 13 more days to get your say so in before the clock stops.  I can't wait to see the results. How about you?   I want to thank all those who are making this a fun game by participating in the contest poll.

Have a safe and happy weekend!

Your Friend,

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Ah! The sweet smell of spring time!  The buzzing of bees and the singing of birds fills the air in my Florida backyard.  Each morning I look forward to hearing new sounds from the birds that wake me up each day.  Then, I fill a cup with water and go out on my front porch and check on my little seedlings.  Yep! There peeking through the soil at me each day and getting taller and taller.............Here's the latest progress.
  For my next batch of seeds, I'm soaking them first to hydrate them before I put them into the soil. Here's why:

Soaking seeds, especially in warm water, before planting in soil helps speed germination. Soaked seeds sprout more quickly when planted in soil, behaving as if they were planted days or weeks earlier.

How Much Water

Soak seeds in two to three times as much water as there are seeds. They should have as much water as they can store. Seeds absorb only the amount of water that they can hold, not the amount of water they are soaked in.


Seeds cannot be soaked in too much water, but they can be soaked for too long. Seed packets should have guidelines for soaking. Generally, soak seeds for 8 to 12 hours. Soak large seeds overnight.

Soaking seeds provides them with hydration. Seeds absorb nutrients from the soil after they are planted, so they need to be transferred from water to soil to develop.

For my next indoor project, I'm going to mosaic my kitchen table top.  I'll post the before and after pictures soon.  First, I have to break up all the china plates and cups I've been collecting over the years into small workable pieces.  I use ceramic tile glue and a plastic knife to spread it on each piece.  There will be a center motif and from there just a go with the flow kinda pattern.  You let that dry over night and then the next day add the grout.  As the grout dries you wipe it off with a damp sponge until you get all the grout off. 

We used to do many craft projects from my home for my daughter's school group that I organized each week.  We did stepping stones for the garden in one of those classes.  You just go down to your local home and garden store and buy a round or square stepping stone and the above supplies and create your very own work of art for your garden path.  Here are the ones we did.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Donate To The Victim's in Japan

Dear Friends,
   We should be thanking God this day for the blessings we have in our lives when so many have lots everything they own.  Do you know that feeling of having your life turned upside down?  Or, what it feels like to loose a loved one in a tragic way?  Even if we've never experienced those kinds of looses we should not be quick to say: "Oh, how awful" and then go about our day. 
    I'm not satisfied with just feeling like it is a terrible tragedy. I'm doing something about how I feel.  I'm going to donate the money from my sales this week to one of the charity groups that send aid to those victim's and help them get through this life altering event.

   If you'd like to help me then visit my three etsy shop's below and my barter blog to bid on my auction items.

All the proceeds will be sent to one of these charity's disaster relief fund.

Have a Happy and Blessed Day!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

You Get To Vote On The Contest For April

Hello Dear Friends,
  I wanted to do something cool for next month's contest on my Sunshine Farmgirl Co-op.  So, this is what I came up with.  If you look over to the right you'll see a poll of the contest choices you get to vote on for next month's contest.  That's right whatever gets the most votes will be the prize given away at the end of April.

  To take part in the contest just vote and then on April 1st I'll announce what got the most votes and that will be the prize for April's contest.
  In order to take part in the contest you'll have to join the co-op by going to this link and registering in the Country Cents General Store.

  There will be one winner from those who vote and one from the April contest.  I'll post the rules for the contest on April 1st here. So start voting today!  I just love giving things away to my friends!
The winner of the voting will win a Sunshine Farmgirl Co-op Grab Bag full of goodies!

This is our old guy the Rafael fish.  That is the actual name of the fish and my dear husband's first name.  We've had this guy for over 15 years now.  His fins are getting torn and tattered looking, but he is fat and lazy and sleeps all day. 

I leave you with this comforting scripture in light of the recent natural disaster in Japan.
  I'm reminded of the apostle Paul and how he endured many life threatening adversities for the sake of his faith.  2 Corinthians 11:23-28
 Keeping that in mind can strengthen us during times of adversities whether our own or those of others.  Paul wrote these words during a time of test and before his martyrdom.
 "The Lord stood near me and infused power into me, that through me the preaching might be fully accomplished and all the nations might hear it; and I was delivered from the lion's mouth" 2 Timothy 4:17
  From Paul's own personal experience he could assure fellow believers that there was no need to "be anxious over anything." Philippians 4:6,7,13

Have a Blessed Day!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

March Winds Are Blowing!

It's been a quiet month up til last night that is, when all the winds decided to start blowing all at once to make the saying "March Winds" come true.  My goodness, it sounded like a hurricane outside.  The rain was coming down in buckets along with those whipping wind sounds.  The one good thing I was thinking to myself was at least my garden is getting watered!

I checked on my coffee filter seeds and one of them is peeking through the soil already!  Wahoo!  I don't know what it is yet since I forgot to mark each one. hehe!!  But that is okay, it makes more exciting when it comes harvest time. 

Our poor little Yorkie ate something that upset his little system and he is looking poorly and just sleeps and sleeps. So off to the Vet next week.  He's my little buddy during the day while the family is at work.  I take him on walks now every evening so we both get some exercise.

For all you smart shoppers that love free shipping and sustainable products.  Check out the Sunshine Farmgirl Co-op's Country Cents General Store.  Where everything is free shipping 24/7.  We're adding new items weekly so come on by and see what you can find today.

Here is a sampling of what you will find. Click on the link to see these and more!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Easy Sew Greeting Card Project

Hello Dear Friends,

    When I'm feeling blue, and I don't want to burden my friends with my gloom, I turn to my crafts.  This is a fun and easy sewing project for a greeting card.  Here is what you'll need to make your own cute card to share or turn into a journal card.

   Supplies: 3 sheets of 8 1/2x 11 inch of Colorful cardstock, glue, fabric appliques, yo-yo flowers, buttons, lace, ribbon and other embellishments you have pieces of in your stach.

   Instructions:  Take a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of card stock and cut it down to a 5 x 6 inch size.  Fold it in half.  Now take another piece of card stock and cut one piece 5 x 6 inches lay aside for now.
   Cut out your applique pieces of fabric and arrange them the way you want on the front of the card.  Put a drop of glue in the center and glue to card stock.  Now, on the sewing machine use either the straight stitch or zig-zag and go around the edges of the applique.  Now they are secure in place. 
  Next,  you can get out your word stamps and stamp what ever sentiment you want onto the top of the of a white piece of card stock like you see in mine.  Cut out leaving about 1/2 inch top and bottom and about 2 inches on either side.

  Take a piece of scrapbook paper that coordinates with your back ground piece of cardstock and glue your word piece on top.  Now cut around leaving a 1/2 inch border.  Glue into place on your card.

  Now add lace, ribbon and your yo-yo flowers to the corners of each piece you sewed and glued on.  Take the 5x6 inch piece of cardstock you have left over and glue to the inside covering the sewing stitches. 

  I like to finish off the inside just as nice as I do the outside.  So, take a piece of cardstock and cut it 3x6 inches and glue it to the bottom right side of the inside of the card.  You now have a pocket.

  Then make a tag out of more cardstock and add chalk or ink on the edges and a hole in the top.  Cut out a 4 inch piece of ribbon and tie in the hole.  Tuck that piece into the pocket for a message to be written on.  And you are done!

  I also find strength when I'm feeling down from my congregation meetings I attend every Wednesday and Sunday.  I'm always refreshed and inspired to carry on in this dark world and let my light shine before all by sharing the word of God to all who will listen.  There is no better work I can do than to follow the Christ and proclaim the life saving hope of God's kingdom soon to change the scene of this world.

Head on over to the Sunshine Farmgirl Co-op for more great handmade products for everyday living!

  I leave you with one of my favorite scriptures that gives me strength to carry on.
          Philippians 4:6 & 7- " Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God; ...and the peace of God that excels all thought will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus."

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Easy Sew Trivet and Coaster Pattern

Since many of you are feeling the effects of a long winter, I thought an easy and fun sewing project would be just the thing to bring a little spring time into your day.  It is all hand work so you can sit comfortably and make these little coasters as gifts or put on a quilt or tote bag as a cute embellishment.

To get started you will need to collect the following supplies.
1. fabric scraps of three or four different patterns and colors.
2. pinking sheers
3. embroidery floss of colors to go with the fabric you picked
4. embroidery needle
5. scissors
6. wax paper
7. round plastic lids of three or four different sizes (small, med. large, x-large)
8. cotton batting

Now, the assembly part.
 * Take your lids and trace them onto the wax paper and cut them out.
 * Pin the cut out wax paper pattern to your fabric you picked out, one for each size circle
 * Cut out four from each size circle with the pinking sheers
 * Cut out the largest circle on the batting and a backing piece of fabric.  You'll have two circles of the largest size and one circle of batting in the largest circle.

Starting with the backing fabric lay it down with the wrong side facing you.  Next, put the batting you cut out to fit inside the large circle backing fabric.  Then add the next circle on top until the smallest circle is the last one on top.  It will look like the picture above.

Pin them all together.  Now starting with the small circle sew 1/2 inch around the circle to attach it to the other pieces of fabric. (sewing all the way through to the back cirlce)
Then, sew around the next circle 1/2 inch from edge and then finally the last circle sewing around the same 1/2 inch in from the edge. And you are done!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Coffee Filter Seed Starters

Hey Dear Friends,

  I started some heirloom seeds this year with things I had on hand from my kitchen.  These are some the ideas you can use instead of peat pots to start seeds in.  I think anything that is biodegradable will work that is also chemical free.  I used natural coffee cone filters and empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls.  I just cut the paper towel roll in half.

  Fill the filters with good organic potting soil or compost and plant a few seeds in each one.  I had some little pots and a teapot that I used and put one in each.  You know those plastic colorful storage baskets you see for kids, well I had three of those not in use and my husband drilled holes in the bottoms of each one and I lined up the filters in one of them. 

The filters stay wet which keeps the soil moist longer and I put them in my front porch that is covered with a clear roof so sun gets in but not the pounding rains when they come. 

See what you can find around your house that you can put to use as your indoor green house seed starter.

I'll let you know when they start to sprout!

Have a great day!


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Get Your Spring On!!!!

Hello Farmgirls,

   It's time for a spring fling good time here in Sunny Florida!  It seems like the whole nation got rained on yesterday and still in some places today.  It turned our dead ugly brown lawns into happy green spring time yards.

  I was so surprised to look out yesterday and see bits of green coming through all the weeds.  We've been slowly pulling them from patches all over the front yard getting ready for spring planting.  I'd love to put in sod this year and get rid of those.... potpourri looking grass weed patches.  But, first things first, my vegetable garden and flower beds!

This year I'm doing the lasagna style gardening in the vegetable garden area.  It is fenced off so it will be easy to do.  My husband will get out there and pull out the leggy weeds and then start layering the ingredients for a

Last year was a flop what the summer heat and rain didn't kill the bugs did.  Then, the fall planting went south when.....early frost and freezes hit us.....what a drag that was!

I'm not a quitter, so I am determined with the help of my dear family to see a garden this year!!!!  We are planting heirloom seeds and using organic compost and feterlizers.  Then when those little critters start showing their faces it will be natural pest control to the rescue.

How about sharing with me and the rest of the gang what you're planting this year! Here is my list:
   *Every squash know to man:spaghetti, acorn, zuchinni, butternut, carnaval and more!
   * Leafy green veges like swiss chard, red and green lettuces, collard greens
   * Onion, carrots, peppers, tomato
   * Beans, beans and more beans: pole beans, pinto, black, adzuki, butter, lima
   * Peas please: split pea, green pea, black-eyed, and whatever else I can find.

Have you ever seen a two pound organic sweet potato?  My daughter brought this home for me from her health food store she works at.