About Me

Hi I’m Jeanne McDonald the Vintage Farm Wife and welcome to Vintage Farm Living.

I live in an old farm house on a small farm we call Claddagh Cross Farm in the Appalachian foothills of Southern Ohio.  I’ve been married to my husband Rich for over 30 years and we share our life with 3 dogs, a small herd of goats and a flock of chickens and guineas.  We try to raise and preserve much of our own food from our farm.  Our goats provide us with milk and meat and our chickens give us meat plus all the eggs we can use and some to sell in town.  We also put in a large garden every year.

My husband and I both work from home at our respective crafts.  Rich is a custom bladesmith and a builder of flintlock longrifles.  I am a leather worker and a weaver.  I make the sheaths to go with Rich’s knives and I make all the various accoutrements that go along with the longrifles.  We sell our items online and at various shows and events.

I have a love for the simpler things in life, the promise of spring, a warm summers day and the smell of fresh cut hay, the beauty of fall’s colors on our hillside, a cold winters evening spent with my husband and our little dogs and a cozy fire in the wood stove.  I love the old ways of earlier times.  Vintage things from the past just seem to speak to me and have a story to tell.  When touching an antique I can’t help but wonder about all the hands that have touched it in the past, who were they and what were they like.  I have a real weakness for cookbooks, especially vintage cookbooks.  I will be posting many of my favorite recipes, many I have found in these old cookbooks.  I try to learn all that I can about self sufficiency and food preservation, learning the things that our ancestors knew.  It is my hope to share some of what I’ve learned with you thru this blog; one post at a time.

Thanks for stopping by.


“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.  They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.”

Jeremiah 29:11, 12