I’ve had many careers in my life: school teacher, counselor, creative arts therapist, to name a few. I chose paths in teaching and healing in hopes of finding my Purpose. The common thread throughout all was creativity and a desire to inspire. I wanted to be Alive, but I had created quite a mundane life so far that didn’t consist of much more than working in jobs that didn’t feel right and that left me emotionally drained. It wasn’t until my daughter was born 8 years ago that things quietly started to take shape. Slowly, I gave myself permission to do what I love, even if I wasn’t saving the world. The most important parts of my life started to become integrated, and Bohemian Farmgirl emerged. Bohemian Farmgirl is who I am: growing a family, planting a farm, nurturing a creative life.
I read somewhere, “By doing what you love, you inspire and awake the hearts of others.” (unknown author) This is the mission of Bohemian Farmgirl, my Purpose. Simple as that. So, I craft this colorful handmade life to make my heart smile, with my little bohemian farmgirl-in-training by my side, against the backdrop of an old cottage with a tiny garden in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. I hope it makes your heart smile too.
“And what is it to work with love? It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth. It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house. It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit. It is to charge all things you fashion with your own spirit. Work is love made visible.” ---Kahlil Gibran
Read more about my story in the October/November 2018 issue of Organic Hudson Valley Magazine at
Madeline Knisley is the 8 year old daughter and muse of Christina Knisley and the “S” in “Bohemian FarmgirlS”, a forthcoming revision of their business name which Maddie has required as a provision of their partnership in this venture. As a child in love with the natural world and all things magical in the woods behind their home and in the pages of books, her days are filled with playing in the garden, swinging on the tree swing, and embarking on elaborate and dramatic mermaid rescues with her friends in the front yard (where mermaids seem to get stranded on a regular basis). She is a novice sewist and knitter, and enjoys planning the menu for their future café which will be located next door to the (eventual) Bohemian FarmgirlS shop. Until then, look for her handmade doll pillows and cat toys at a market near you.