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To Get Cotton on a New Stage (at SXSW), I Need Your Help

To Get Cotton on a New Stage (at SXSW), I Need Your Help

If you have known me long, you know I have enjoyed going to Austin for SXSW the last few years. It is a conference where people come from all areas of culture and talks about what matters to them and they think should matter to the rest of the planet. I’m sure you see how cotton deserves a spot on the stage! I really do love the beautiful crop and the fabrics and oils, etc that come from it. And…

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How a Cotton Lover Does Laundry Differently

How a Cotton Lover Does Laundry Differently

Now and then, I have the chance to talk to the fabric experts at Cotton Incorporated and I have been meaning to write up some of the care tips I’ve learned during my cotton loving years. I like to keep my clothes, sheets, etc looking good for a long time and a large part of that is how I deal with them. So let’s talk about how I do my laundry, cause I’ll admit, I look at things a bit…

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Surprised by the Tech in Laundry & Kitchen Appliances at Best Buy

Surprised by the Tech in Laundry & Kitchen Appliances at Best Buy

I am receiving compensation for writing this post. The opinions are all mine but I hope they share the love of cotton!¬† I love cotton¬†from farm fields to my home, that’s pretty clear with all the things I post here, but I haven’t written as much about technology recently. Usually when I think of those two things together, I think of friends in Lubbock who monitor their crop irrigation from their mobile phones and cotton ginners who can be at…

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A Gin Show, No Tonic or Limes — What Happens at a Cotton Gin Show

A Gin Show, No Tonic or Limes — What Happens at a Cotton Gin Show

It has been a joke told for years in the cotton industry. In fact, each March (if you live in the Mid-South) and April (if you live in Texas) the giggles are heard as people who work in cotton say they are spending their weekend at the gin show. Some of our friends (and sometimes family) have a different first impression when they think of gin. Heck you may be one of those folks! As someone who has a friend…

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Can you get me some cotton seed for my garden?

Can you get me some cotton seed for my garden?

I love the excitement behind the question I get asked each spring — “Can you get me some cotton seed for my garden?” reminds me that other people would like to see the wonder that is cotton seed turning into a plant with broad leaves, slowly putting on buds that become flowers and ultimately form those beautiful bolls we all think about. (Thanks Kelly for the phot!) And as someone who loves her container garden, I get the joy of…

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How many acres of cotton will U.S. farmers plant in 2018?

How many acres of cotton will U.S. farmers plant in 2018?

This is one of those weeks where it is easy for me to wish I was traveling even though I am so excited to have spent the weekend at home. The reason I kind of wish I was traveling? The National Cotton Council held it’s annual meeting this weekend and you know how much I love some of my cotton folks! But it is also a great time to catch up on what’s happening and what the expectations are for…

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Join Me in Showing a Love of Cotton with an Online Shop

Join Me in Showing a Love of Cotton with an Online Shop

Walking through airports, chilling at a concert or just wandering the aisles of the grocery store, I’ve long loved wearing t-shirts to share my favorite farmers, crops, etc. It is such an easy way to start a conversation. I’ve bought quite a few from various sites and some beautiful people have given me some. With the new logo, my creative juices surged and I decided to do something a few friends have done. I’ve designed some things that I hope…

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It’s Been a Long Time Coming — JPlovesCOTTON Has a Logo!

It’s Been a Long Time Coming — JPlovesCOTTON Has a Logo!

Sometimes I still shake my head in disbelief that my coming up with something to uses on Twitter, has stuck with me as a personal brand of sorts. But once JPlovesCOTTON started to stick, I embraced it, have even purposefully encouraged it. That takes a new step now. If you are seeing this in your subscription email, you wouldn’t see the new logo that’s at the top of the website, so let me put it in here now. Oh wait,…

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How is Hurricane Harvey Impacting Texas Cotton Farmers?

How is Hurricane Harvey Impacting Texas Cotton Farmers?

For days, I check on several friends each time I hop on social media. I have been watching to see how they are in dealing with Hurricane Harvey bearing down on them. First concerns are for the people, but I can’t help looking to see how the farms are doing. Hurricanes have ripped through friends’ crops too many times, I’ve seen farmers prepare for hurricanes and deal with the aftermath. When a friend sent me a message asking me questions…

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Son of a Witch Doctor Pairs Dad’s Skills with Science for Cotton

Son of a Witch Doctor Pairs Dad’s Skills with Science for Cotton

I have to say, it is unusual for me to listen to a podcast episode and immediately think that not only do I need to tweet out the link, but I need to go the extra mile and write a blog post. In fact, I can’t think of one but Saturday morning Twitter delivered me something unusual and I want to share it with the folks who subscribe to the blog. As I hopped online, I checked the “in case…

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