Monday, October 31, 2011

Geek Girl Vintage


I love your typical rural woman, but I equally love your non-typical rural women.  As I have said before, I love inclusiveness and diversity.  We are not all wearing our willies or our cowboy boots.  We are all out in this big wide world doing very different things- in some very different ways.  Lets embrace what is different about eachother, but not let what is different divide or define us as women.  Lets learn ladies learn, that the world is fun and interesting if we can just let go a little.  Someday soon I'll tell you about my own "Roots of Diversity", but for today, lets meet

Andrea blogging from Lets give a big Rural Women Rock welcome to Geek Girl Vintage!

Living Rural

I'm not your typical rural woman.

I grew up amidst my grandfather's fields, sitting on his armrest in his combine, learning how to chew wheat until it turned into gum, and riding shotgun in the dump trucks he'd been driving since he could drive. To this day, the smell of rat poison brings me back to those bumpy rides to the elevator.

I grew up playing in the deep ditches of Northwest Ohio looking for quartz and old bottles, walking in the muddy fields with my brother to see how big of a mud "clodhopper" we could get to stick to our shoes, and seeing how many times around the barn we could unravel a cassette tape.

Though, throughout my childhood and adolescence, I felt a hunger for different scenery.

College gave me my first taste of city life. I wouldn't call Bowling Green, Ohio a large city, but it was city enough for me. Food, stores and bars within walking distance. Always somewhere to go and people to was thrilling. For once in my life, I found a place where I fit it. There were other people who dressed like me, thought like me, and believed what I did. It was during this time, I met my husband. He is a musician and we met during one of his gigs at a local bar. After I graduated, we got married and moved to a woods in Central Ohio.

I have the confidence now to enjoy -not- blending in with my surroundings. I love everything rural-living has to offer: friendly neighbors, bonfires, yard work, the scenery my 13 acres of woods provides for photography, and a garage of my very own! Besides, who wants to blend in anyway? Here, I stick out like a sore thumb with my skinny jeans, vintage hats and geek glasses. Maybe even more if I ever teach my cat to walk on a leash.

Go see what Geek Girl Vintage is doing!

Thanks Andrea!  You Rock............

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Giveaway Anyway!

My weekend was hijacked!  Apologies!

We are still working on the new site. No worries, but it will be a few more days. We just want it to be fantabulous for its debut.
Ladies who have posted previously, we are going to roll your past RWR posts back through the new site until you have all been “re-featured” on our new site. We are able to do this, because our new site will have two posts simultaneously side-by-side daily. Once up and running, we will have one new “feature” and one “re-post” until you have all been added to the new site. I’m telling this, in the case any of you wish to change anything about your existing post, you will be able to do so-  Just message me any changes.


I’m disappointed too, so just for fun, I am going to give 5 of these great bags away this week. You can enter once a day until the new site goes live. We’re not sure exactly when the site will be finalized, so that’s what will make this Giveaway fun. We are hoping before the end of the week. I’m going to make it easy peasy so no one gets discouraged.

How To Enter:

1. Like us on Facebook if you haven’t already. Click the image to head on over.

2. Once there, tell us why you're "Rural and Proud”.  If your not rural, no worries, tell us something that will amuse us.

3. Then head back over here to Comment: Give us advice on anything concerning Rural Women Rock. What we’ve done right or wrong in our first few weeks of existence. I won’t make this hard, so if you really have no advice, or really don’t give a flip, but want a cool market bag, just say your name followed by Rocks. That’s it!

Click here to go to our Facebook page:

4. You can enter once daily until our new site goes live.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Rural Women Rock Our World, In Latin America

I love inclusiveness and diversity.  It's really what makes the world go round- in an interesting way.  In just a few short weeks, we have seen our Rural Women Rock diversity unfold in only a number of posts. It’s exciting to think what lies ahead. I do hope when you see a new feature, you choose to read it regardless of your preconceived notions- read regardless of interest. We have a tendency to only be interested in things that reverberate who we are, what we think, and our interests. We grow and learn by going beyond what is familiar and learning about new people, places, ideas, and ways of life. We have so much to learn from each other. (On a ME level) For those women who love fashion and art, notice the fabrics these ladies are wearing, and realize if you love fabric and color you support farming and agriculture. Step back Amy Butler.

As Americans, we forget many things. I think sometimes the more rural we get, the smaller our world becomes, and the more forgetful we are. We forget we’re not alone in the world. The sun doesn’t rise and set at the edges of our small towns, farms, and yards. We forget how fortunate we are, and how far we have come. We forget how we got here and why. We forget it takes visiting these ideas and new ones to maintain and grow. We are a part of a big world. We should learn about it.

                                Women Watch

 As we were celebrating World Food Day with our voices bouncing from the East to the West coast with ease via the internet and social media. These ladies were also gathering their voices together for growth and change. Much effort has went into the gathering and raising up of their voices. As fellow rural women we owe it to them to listen closely to see what they are saying.


 This was Oxfam Blogs October 14th Post.  Thanks Len for introducing me to the Oxfam Blog, and thank you Jenny for sharing these women and their collective voice.


If you feel the earth move this weekend it is because all over Latin America, rural women will be marching. In eight countries on the continent – from Paraguay in the south to Mexico in the north – they will be celebrating the International Day of Rural Women and World Food Day.

So who are the rural women? They are women who work between 14 and 16 hours a day – in the home, in production, in processing, in animal husbandry. They are often the main producers of subsistence crops, they are in charge of fetching water and firewood for their families and they are organizers and promoters within their communities. They step out to demand their rights and they maintain the connection to the land.
According to the FAO if the rural women of the world had access to the same resources as their male counterparts, they could increase their production by 20-30% and feed another 100-150 million people.
The GROW campaign knows no borders, and neither do the demands and messages that the rural women of Latin America will put forward on 15 October. To illustrate this, they will connect to each other between countries through a regional photo stunt. Segment by segment, they will build a sentence that can only be read once the photos that they will send us from the different countries are put together next to each other.
Look out for the photo and join this network and our GROWing cause!
All of this will start in Paraguay, where rural women will descend on the capital to make their demands heard. They will talk about food sovereignty and the recuperation and protection of native seed diversity. They will call for access to land and credit for women and the recognition of their work as food producers and guardians of biodiversity.

The photo from Paraguay will read Women In Peru The women will take control of the capital’s most important Plaza to present their proposal for investment in women producers to the Minister for Women, the Mayor of Lima and the first lady. They will recreate a day of working the land in front of the Government Palace and invite passers-by to join in. The Peruvian picture will say we transform the world

In Colombia the meeting point is the Alcalá park in Bogotá. The women will demand that their proposals be taken into account in the new Agricultural and Rural Development Law – especially concerning access to land, funding, markets and technology. They will call for real and effective participation of rural women in decision-making bodies in the agricultural sector. They will propose the creation of a national tripartite roundtable on Rural Women’s Economic and Social Policy, to be led by the Ministry of Agriculture. They will take a photo with a banner saying we work the land
In El Salvador the women will march down one of the capital’s busiest streets, calling for State institutions to include rural women’s needs in government and legal instruments related to food security, and for women’s effective participation in their design. They will end the march at the Legislative Assembly where they hope to hold a meeting with the Commission of Economy and Agriculture to share their main demands with members of parliament. Their photo will carry the message we produce food
In Honduras a native seed fair will be carried out outside Congress and the women will participate in a forum on climate change and food sovereignty in the Plaza Colprosumah. Their photo message will be we demand land and investment

In the Dominican Republic the women will carry out a technical forum to analyze the state of rural women’s right to food in the country, together with key state representatives and specialists. They will highlight their contribution and their demands, and hold up rural women as a model for the campesino struggle. Their banner for the photo will say recognition
In Guatemala the mobilization will take place in two cities. There will be debates on rural women’s struggle for food sovereignty and land. The women will analyze the impact of climate change on rural women’s lives, production models, and much more. To these debates they will invite rural women’s organizations, feminists, women leaders from mixed organizations, research centres, women members of parliament and other national and international civil society actors. Their photo will read and justice!
Finally in Mexico the women will discuss agrarian reform in the city of Puebla, and in Mexico City they will debate the situation of rural women. They will close the photo stunt with a picture of the GROW logo.

 On 15 October we will gather the photos from all eight countries and show how women all over Latin America are coming together to move forward. The sentence in the end will express the message they send every day through their actions:
Women: We transform the world, we work the land, we produce food, we demand land and investment, recognition and justice! GROW

The Photos from Rural Women Rock Our World, In Latin America.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kim Binak

When Kim emailed me her story, and shared the link to her blogs,  I loved all three, but I was astounded when I read her blog Exodus. I thought to myself, “this is a brave woman".   It takes strength to be transparent, but strength helps us grow and change. Kim was worried that her blog, having only three posts, might not be ready for viewing, but I think beginnings are perfect. I hope you go visit Exodus, and Kim’s other blogs, and encourage her in her journey. If you know someone who faces similar struggles, I hope you share Kim’s blog with others. It is her desire that by sharing her story, she might strengthen other women with similar experiences. Kim Rocks Bravery in a big way……………………

 Give a big Rural Women Rock welcome to Kim.  Blogging from:





KimB from Alaska, here. After reading through the posts from the recent guest bloggers at RWR, I took a deep breath and put in my name as an applicant. It's been wonderful meeting and learning about all you lovely, interesting women and while I am certainly not as accomplished as you are in the areas of farm life or community involvement, I am hoping that sharing a bit about myself and life in Alaska will be interesting to some. Currently, I reside in Anchorage - the largest city in the state (population just under 300,000) - but prior to moving here about 18 months ago, we lived for 10 years in Eagle River (a community of approx 30,000) which, technically, is part of the Anchorage Borough, but located about 10 miles north and would definitely be considered "rural."

Moose in my backyard

Anchorage Skyline

Mt. McKinley

 I was born in Juneau and have lived in Alaska for 50 of my 54 years. I am married, the mother of four adult children, "gammie" of a toddler and a newborn and a follower of Jesus Christ. I love music, reading, traveling with my Husband, hanging out with family and friends, beading, paper-crafting -- but my passion is photography and digital art. I tell people, "Developing fluid flows through my veins," because my father's side of the family - as far back as my great-grandfather in the early 1900s - had that same passion. As the only child of my parents, I have inherited literally thousands of photos, slides and negatives from that side of the family. I have used many in scrapbook layouts, but most are in boxes, waiting for me to "have the time" {ha} to organize, make digital copies and display them in great and meaningful works of art...
My Husband & me
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Jenni & Ivory's Wedding
Matthew & Sarah's Wedding
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Granddaughter Amelia

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Grandson Adrian
Which leads me to the digital part of my passion for photgraphy. About three and a half years ago, I began learning how to (correctly) use Adobe Photoshop Elements -- and I was "swayed to the dark side" as some of us digital scrapbooks like to say :) Since May 2008, I have never made another layout using paper or scissors or glue. I've gone 100% digital. Some folks -- I used to be one of them -- claim that digital is nice, but cannot compare to the satisfaction of playing with the physical elements and embellishments and printed photos. I agree that the tactile experience is lovely - and I find that fulfillment by making cards and mini-scrapbook albums on occasion. But other than the actual act of shooting photos, nothing gives me a greater thrill than editing those photos to my satisfaction and then arranging them on a digital page and printing them out for gifts and for my own albums.
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Amelia Ann

Louie & Ahpun at the Alaska Zoo
My favorite type of digital editing, however, is using digital textures and "clipping masks" on my photos to give an artistic feel. I like to add Scripture or inspirational quotes or even a single encouraging word, print it out and frame for a gift or for hanging on my own wall. I am working up the courage to try selling these artistic prints. Mostly, I want others to be drawn to the Lord by viewing His creation... But -- to be frank -- I could use a few extra dollars, too!

I have three blogs - one for crafting, one for photography and one I began in August as a way to put my thoughts, fears and prayers "down on paper" as I travel a new road in my life, attempting to discover who "kimmie" truly is. You see, my beloved Husband of 17 years has bipolar and during a "cycle" last year, he declared that he is gay. Well... that bit of news certainly changed the dynamics of our union, to say the least. Not that our love for and commitment to one another is over - it isn't. But life is different. And so, I am wanting to learn about me, now; get some healing; surround myself with my local and cyber girlfriends. There's nothing I can do for my Husband but to pray for him and to keep on loving him. But there *are* things I can do for myself. So this new blog, called "Exodus ~ My Journey to the Promised Land," was created as a way to put down my thoughts in order to gain a better understanding about myself and my life. Unfortunately, I have only made three posts there and have not kept up with it the way I had hoped, though I am currently in the process of drafting an "update" post. My photography blog is the most active and my crafting blog is even less active than the "Exodus" blog, though I hope to update it soon as well.
I have greatly enjoyed my time here at RWR thus far. Learning about each of you is fascinating and meeting Kasse has been a delight! I hope to make some new friends here and am always willing and eager to share Alaska with anyone who is interested. If you would llike to check out my blogs, here are the links:
Clique (photo blog)
Exodus ~ My Journey to the Promised Land


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rosy Revolver

With a name like Rosy Revolver, need I say more.  When she takes you to her etsy site (links), be sure to read what she has waiting as the item description.  Jess is fixin to inspire you!
Give a big Rural Women Rock Welcome to Rosy Revolver

Henry David Thoreau once said,

"It's not what you look at that matters . . .

It's what you see."

And I for one, believe him.

My name is JJ.

I'm a metalsmith and mother.

A patriot.

A wife and daughter,

a dirt road dreamer.

Sometimes I'm not sure at all how I got here.

And then with the crack of a four-year-old's smile,

I remember.

. . . I fell in love.

Life is funny and time flies faster each year-

as I'm sure you know from your own story.

My plans would have taken me far away from this small town,

had life let them,

but sometimes I think a greater force is laughing at me,

even as it hugs me close.

I hug it back between punches.

My world has been a coaster ride since 2006-

long before that, actually, if you want to get technical.

But let's keep it simple here-

today, I'm riding high.

I don't have all the answers.

I can't claim to understand why it's worked for me

when others struggle constantly to make ends meet.

But I do know this:

I'm 28.

I support my family

with an art degree,

working as a jewelry designer

in a small farm town in rural Carolina,

in a rock-bottom economy,

selling a *non-essential* product.

Nobody needs what I make.

Nobody needs what I do.

But I'm surviving.

I'm THRIVING, world . . .

It simply should not be.

But then again . . .

it's not what you see-

but how you see it.

A layoff several years ago and the

realization that an art degree wouldn't get me far

in this town, in this marketplace . . .

Honestly, how many options does a girl like me have when

daycare costs are through the roof,

gas prices are on the rise and the sad fact is that

it's going to cost somewhere around $1000 a month

just to be ABLE to work?

Not many.

Necessity is the mother, however . . .

It's all in the perspective.

So I started on my own,

with the rosy glasses bestowed on me by supportive family and friends.

I have a small studio on the county line where I

keep company with my two dogs and sell my work

via the internet.

It's a humble business,

but it's all mine.

And through the struggle of starting this dream and living it out,

and found me again.

And again.

. . . because I just keep growing.

Rosy Revolver has been my bread and butter.

My creative outlet.

My independence when I felt lost in the crowd.

this alter ego I've created.

But she feeds me in ways I can't explain.

She makes me better.

We give life to one another,

that creative energy and I.

I've learned over the past several years that

That we really can change.

That there is inspiration everywhere,

most often in the shadows.

I've learned that I am able, that I'm so much stronger than

I used to give myself credit for.

And I've learned that others are as well.


I blog for this amazing site called

Rural Women Rock.

And I'm honored,

because it wasn't that long ago when I felt I had nothing to say.

Nothing to offer.

Today I'm proud of myself

and humbled by the amazing customers and friends

I've made during this whole experience.

I've learned much, I've hopefully taught a thing or two-

I'm claiming what's mine while somehow learning to give.

I'm walking sober on solid ground.

Here, nestled deep amongst the tobacco and cotton fields,

far away from a city life I was once planning to live-

I've embraced my roots and my wings.

It's not easy.

It's an endless albeit *crucial* task,

and we owe it to ourselves to listen hard to that inner voice

whispering that restrained shout of,


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Thank you, Kasse, for featuring me on RWR.

I'm honored and hope that this post provides

some inspiration to your readers.



Thanks so much Jess.  I am inspired!  Thank for the time you put into this BRAVO.  I hope you are blessed.