From our Bookshelf

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Buttonwood Farm

By Maggie Bonanomi, Kansas City Star Books


A beautiful stone farmhouse in the Pennsylvania countryside, a stand of buttonwood trees casting shade, a little retreat from the fast pace of everyday life…who wouldn’t be inspired?

Maggie Bonanomi’s great uncle owned this exact house, one he built outside of Philadelphia in the 1800s as a respite from the hospital where he was a doctor. It was this house that pushed Maggie into write this lovely book, filled with primitive projects for your home, be it stone farmhouse or not.

Ticking pillows add the perfect touch of farmhouse, plus, they’re a cinch to sew up, and they can be made in any color ticking you like. Needle keeps and pincushions can be made from virtually anything; Maggie was inspired by vintage wooden boxes and antique velvet pen wipes.

And for adorable factor alone, the stuffed strawberries, made from dyed velvet, win hands-down. Pile them in an antique glass jar or wooden bowl for a burst of summer year-round.

Instructions are written for pros and novices alike, and color photos and patterns (hand-drawn by Maggie herself) are included.

To enter another one of our fantabulous giveaways, please leave a comment telling us either: if you could have a farm what would you name it, or if you already own a farm what is it called? We randomly draw a winner on Monday, November 21, 2011.


33 thoughts on “From our Bookshelf

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  2. We recently moved to 2 acres with a 150 yr old farmhouse and a new driveshed, where my DH built each of us a hobby room – his for amateur radio, and my needlework studio. At the entrance to our ‘farm’ is a very very old cherry tree, and we are on the highest point of land in our township, so I’ve been calling this old place “Cherry Hill Farm”. With the number of stray cats showing up at our door, we may have to change the name…

  3. I have been a “bird” person for so long. I love the primitive look of this pattern. I would love to have some land again about would call it, byeli farms. thanks for this great chance to win something so darn cute.

  4. I don’t actually live on a farm any longer, however DH and I have a wonderful six acres in the woods. Since my first name is Sandy and his name is Albert, we combined the names and our woodworking business is named Sandal Woods . . .

  5. I live in an 1850’s farmhouse on 10 acres that was formerly a 200 acre farm. Elk Run is the creek that passes in front of my house, and Elk Run Farm is the name we have kept. It is also the herd name for my registered Nigerian Dwarf goat herd. I raise chickens and have a few horses as well.

  6. I grew up on a dairy farm – Nor Bar Farms – which is the first part of dad’s last name and the first part of mom’s first name. They also had a registered beagle Nor Bar Buddy Boy 🙂 I had 300 acres to play on and I believe that is partly where I got my artistic creativity. Thank you for the opportunity to win this amazing book!

  7. I do have a farm. A small one. With a very funky old house that was built in 1890, a newer barn and a cottage. I bought it 10 years ago and spent the first winter sitting on my couch watching my hair blow in front of the window while the snow blew in under the doors. Consequently, I spent the first few years putting on a new roof, installing new efficient windows, blowing in insulation and installing a new heating system. It’s in very northern NH. The previous owners used it as an herb farm and they called it Sweet Memories farm. I don’t use it as a business but have put in a huge veggie garden that I live out of year round. I raise a flock of chickens, ducks, and guinea hens. I also grow the hops I use to brew my beer and the berries I use to make my jam. I call it “The Money Pit” 🙂

  8. I live in a log home with 30 acres and we call our place “Ragged Ass Ranch” We loved the name from Yellowknife Canada, a road called Ragged Ass Road! We raise chickens, horses and ducks!

  9. I would love to own an old farm. Someplace I could grow fresh vegetables and raise chickens, goats and sheep. Maybe even a few alpacas or llhamas thrown in the mix. It would be great to have a place my grandchildren could roam freely and experience all that life on farm allows. I would name it after by company name (The Barn Hollow) and call it Barn Hollow Farms.

  10. We rent a home in the country & spend a lot of time sitting on the porch with our dogs. 2 things we love about the country are watching the Willow Trees sway in the breeze & listening to the Whippoorwills when they start singing at dusk. We’ve decided if we ever get to own a piece of land we will call it “Whippoorwillows Acres”.

  11. Our farm would be called “Huckleberry Haven” for two reasons: (1) We live in Idaho and huckleberries are big here, and (2) the word “huckleberry” is very similar to our last name, but in a backwards fashion (close to “berryhuckle”).

  12. I live in a small 10 acre section of what used to be a 200 acre farm. I use the name Elk Run Farm for my herd name of my Nigerian Dwarf goats. Elk Run is the name of the creek that runs in front of the property, and the farm,s historic name from 1860.

  13. I live in an “antique” farmhouse, but alas, the barns were demo’d before we moved in. I always joke with my hubby that if we could name it as a farm it would be Windy Acres, partly because we are totally surrounded by farmland on all four sides and the wind just howls and the other for my hubby – I’ll leave that to your imagination . . . !!

  14. If we were to be lucky enough to have such a place, we would have to call it “Rainbow’s End” simply because it would be that for us and we would be lucky enough,


  15. We had a farm, and since it has been in the family for almost 130 years, (our son, grandson and greatgrandsons and daughter live there now,) it’s “Bauer’s Century Farm”. My hubby’s grandfather homesteaded it in the 1880’s, the 6th generation is living there. Karen

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