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October 2013

Holiday Rhythm of the Home Edition

Holiday ROTH Edition

 

The Holiday edition of Rhythm of the Home is out today! I'm so happy to have a little piece included in the lovely pages. I shared a story on connection, friends, and Sophia helped me pull together a little tutorial for you......

1600 Miles Apart :: A Recycled Mailer to Send and Share

As many of you may have read, this will be the last edition of Rhythm of the Home. Over the past four years I have truly loved getting to know the talented and generous souls behind this magazine. I'm so glad the pages will remain for us all to explore. I thought it would be nice to share a list of my other pieces with you, a little way to say my goodbye to something I've loved being a part of.

Enjoy~

 

A Vintage Patchwork Blanket

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

The Sugar Sprite

Gluten Free Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins

A Shared Journal

 

xo,

s

 


popping in to say hello.......

popping in to say hello.......

popping in to say hello.......

popping in to say hello.......

popping in to say hello.......

popping in to say hello.......

popping in to say hello.......

popping in to say hello.......

popping in to say hello.......

popping in to say hello.......

popping in to say hello.......

 

My Alaskan family flew in last weekend and we've been running around in the glorious weather. It's busy and crazy and fun to have eleven people in this house of ours.... I'll be back just after Halloween with a show & tell. I have two little wizards this year, *almost* completely thrift store costumes..... fun stuff for sure. 

xoxo~
s 

 


bits of home......

bits of home......

bits of home......

bits of home......

bits of home......

bits of home......

bits of home......

bits of home......

 

I'm afraid if I mention being busy again you may all groan and run for the hills.

So instead, I'll share a bit of what is going on here.

A tiny bit of something wonderful is happening. After years of having my shop as a hobby that supported my fabric love (ahem), in the past year it has grown to be more than that. It is still very small, mind you. But the sales have become regular and I have become busy. The kind of busy that is real work, not just hobby fun. And so, I have added a good bit of more onto the always much to do list. Luckily for me, Joe is very supportive of this little dream of mine..... the only resistance is on my own part. It's a funny thing.... hobby becoming work. It's good. It's hard. It takes balance. That last part is the trickiest.

Last night though, I wanted nothing more than to curl up in front of the fireplace with a fresh library book. I walked into the kitchen to get a glass of water so I could do just that. Then I saw the cabbage. Three of them. And the bag of apples a day past their prime. I had left them out on purpose. I had to either deal with them or put them away (again). I looked longingly at my book, sighed, and got out the knife. It took the remainder of the evening to make 3 quarts of applesauce and a half gallon of kraut, but I was glad to get the task done.

This morning the little kids (who stayed up way past their bedtime, they had to sample warm applesauce you know) slept in. I read a little by the fire and then got to work. I made my ever lengthening to do list and noticed much of it happens here. Work, school, food, reading, creative bits, and more.

Most everything wonderful happens here. Home

For this, I am truly grateful.

Happy weekending.

xo~

 


we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

we. did. it. (a mostly finished makeover)

 

De-gloss walls.

Sand.

Wipe down sandy messy walls and vacuum.

Patch Holes. Patch knots.

Sand patch jobs.

Prime (forever). 2 coats worth.

Let kids play nearby with little supervision.

Even the dog is concerned about kid mess.

Eeek, look at our mess.

Paint. 2 coats. 

Teach kid to rewire outlets.

Clean up (a lot). 

No more brown paneling. Joe won the color with his green. I'm saving my cream for the kitchen now. Yellow for the dining room and maybe the book shelf room too.

This room doesn't get a lot of direct light, more like soft filtered light. It makes the green look sort of yellow-ish. It's actually a grey-ish light green. We replaced the existing curtains with some I've been holding onto for years. They're just Ikea curtains, but I love them. I love even more that they are from our Wisconsin house (five years & two moves ago), in a room painted almost the exact same color. I didn't realize that until we hung them up and I had a total déjà vu moment. I had exactly enough and I didn't even have to hem them, they were perfect. We bought new curtain rods at Target. We mounted them a bit wide and moved the existing hooks up so the curtains let in a lot more light when pulled back. What a difference this makes!!

I took a picture to show you the tile we put in where we had to pull the mantel out. I love the copper tiles in there. Speaking of copper, Joe's brother made that copper guy, the brewer, for us awhile back. It's nice to have him hanging out by our fire now.

We moved the furniture around a tiny bit, hung up snowshoes, Joe taught Soph to swap out the electrical outlets. We still need to paint the ceiling, replace/fix moulding where we pulled the bookshelves out, but that will come another weekend. I also have some beautiful pieces of art we picked up in Sitka the summer before last, I can't wait to get them framed and hung up in here.

Speaking of which, I never showed you the sunroom mini makeover! We pulled the blinds out, painted it a lovely soft grey (with a hint of blue), unfortunately had to replace the couch, added two new chairs & hung up our old wooden propeller. Have I told you my dad picked it up at a yard sale when he was fifteen? That was awhile ago. Ahem. And it has since traveled from Idaho, to Alaska, to Cape Cod, back to Alaska, to Wisconsin, to Louisiana, and now to Massachusetts for the second time. Crazy right? Joe also hung up some family photos, which make me swoon every time I look at them.

It's feeling more like home all the time......

xo~

s

 


csa share :: week 19 + random weekend link love......

csa share :: week 19 + random weekend link love......

csa share :: week 19 + random weekend link love......

csa share :: week 19 + random weekend link love......

csa share :: week 19 + random weekend link love......

 

This week's farm share included::

lettuce * potatoes * carrots * bell peppers * leeks * choi * radish * acorn squash * mizuna

arugula * kohlrabi * sage * parsley * hot peppers * veronica cauliflower * tomatoes * carnival squash

 

Yep, I skipped sharing the bounty last week. I picked up our veggies much later in the day and ended up with a flat tire on the way home. In the dark. Joe rescued us. We arrive home dirty and ready for a beer. Some days are like that. I'm sure you have them too.

This week's share is awesome, as usual. We've been eating potato leek soup and roasted veggies. I sneak some roasted veggies out of the pan to save for salads the next day. A bed of arugula, leftover quinoa, roasted veggies, feta cheese, and a simple dressing made from whole grain mustard + olive oil + a bit of water to thin. It's seriously good stuff!

Heard from a little mouth this week, "are we really having soup again?" (and then they ate two bowls of it.) I'm trying to convince them beans and chili are not soup. They are a different meal entirely. Especially when you add rice. I don't think they're buying it.

 

Pre-Order - 300 x 300

In other news, I have something exciting to share with you! I contributed two pieces to the newest Family E-Guide that Liz of A Natural Nester pulled together. Celebrations of Light. It's a really lovely collection of winter celebrations & crafts from a talented group of folks, I'm pretty flattered to be one of them. The pre-orders have begun and the delivery of the book begins November 8th. If you do purchase it through the link above, I get a small portion of the sale. (thank you!) We had great fun with the summer camp e-book this year & I highly recommend printing it up and putting it into a binder for an easy screen free reference as you explore the projects. A lovely sample of what you might find inside the pages can be seen here.

some other link love bits.......

:: We signed up to participate in this Nature Exchange. Take a peek & explore the incredible new space created by Annie & Dawn. (who, by the way, are some of my favorite people) 

:: For the budding little herbalist in your house.

:: This cap. *Swoon*

:: More kid president. Because he makes life awesome. And he made up the word "studenting". I love that.

:: Making me wish there were a few more hours in the day. Oh these are so beautiful.

I'm off to start sanding with the cute sailor boy I live with. Maybe I'll have a freshly painted room to share by next week? A girl can hope.

Have a lovely weekend~~~~

xo,

s

 

 


deconstruct + reconstruct......

deconstruct + reconstruct......

 

deconstruct + reconstruct......

 

deconstruct + reconstruct......

 

deconstruct + reconstruct......

 

deconstruct + reconstruct......

 

deconstruct + reconstruct......

 

This summer we bought a fireplace insert for our living room. We had dreamed of purchasing a Jotul stove for years. The high efficiency design burns less wood and puts off more heat, not to mention Jotul's have a beautiful design too. Unfortunately we had to pull out the existing mantel and built in bookcases around the fireplace for the new one to pass code. Deconstruct. Bummer one.

Once we pulled out the built-ins, we realized the three quarter inch oak floors only went to the cabinets, not under them. So now we had two giant holes on either side that were just sub flooring. Bummer two.

One trip to Home Depot and we were a few hundred bucks lighter and a stack of slate stone heavier. Joe carefully cut more of the wood floor away in front of the fireplace so we could add enough non combustible on the front for code, oh that was sad cutting into that beautiful floor. Then he laid cement board down and we put in these really nice variegated stones and a small border, both natural slate. Maggie laid right in the middle of everything we did, as usual for her. It turned out really nice! We got so lucky and the cement board + the tile was the exact height of the wood floor. It makes it look like an on purpose inlay and we didn't have to add a transition piece between the new and old flooring. Major bonus! A few coats of stone sealer and grout and it was done. This of course took a week to complete.

We also had to pull out the huge mantel, and we had a big hole there as well with just cement and no bricks, so we did an inlaid border with the same small slate there. It pulled the project together nicely.... but I forgot to grab a photo of that part.

As I type this we're in the progress of de-glossing and sanding the paneling in the den so we can prime and paint the walls in there. I originally thought I would do a lovely sage green in the den...... but after a few months of living here I realize I want the lightest color possible in that room. So we're going with Lyndhurst Estate Cream. I'm hoping for warmth.... it seems like a nice warm color, and a perfect backdrop for lots of art and family photos. But first, there will be much sanding and cutting in all those edges and corners and windows. Lots of work to go in there.

 

deconstruct + reconstruct......

 

deconstruct + reconstruct......

 

deconstruct + reconstruct......

 

deconstruct + reconstruct......

 

And now we arrive at the reconstruct part of this post. We couldn't bare to part with the solid wood cabinets & shelves. So they sat in the basement for several weeks until we figured out a plan. We have this really funky walkway that has a door to the main floor bathroom, a door to the apartment, and french doors to the kitchen. It's rather large, has a sky light and is not used often. Joe had the brilliant idea of reconstructing the bookshelf part of the cabinets in that space. They fit perfectly and he made some notches in the base so they were flush with the hall. He anchored them to the wall and now all we need is a top for the shelf. My huge stack of books that was occupying the floor in the apartment now have a home again! Have I told you I organize my books a bit like a book store? In categories. And I also kind of love doing this. Craft shelf here, cookbook shelf there, homestead shelf here...... oh books, I do love them so.

xo,

s

 


uhm..... hello.....

what we've been up to.......

uhm..... hello.....

 

uhm..... hello.....

 

uhm..... hello.....

 

uhm..... hello.....

 

uhm..... hello.....

 

uhm..... hello.....

 

uhm..... hello.....

 

uhm..... hello.....

 

:: apple picking (one of those Vita bags holds 26 pounds, in case you ever wondered)

:: apple baking

:: reclaimed building projects

:: swinging zipping

:: silk dyeing & sewing

:: crushing on watermelon radishes (at least half of us anyway)

:: breakfast with our toes at the heating vent (the other half of us)

:: pinching ourselves when we look at our backyard (okay, that's just Joe & I)

 

It's been busy. Which I'm noticing is just how things are these days. I'm not sure how or why it feels busier than normal. I think maybe it's because there are just so many things I want to do and not nearly enough time to do them all. Such is life, right? 

I finally got my new blankets done. Luxury weight silk & organic flannel. I can't wait to show you. I'll be dyeing up women's scarves today and tomorrow in hopes of having another shop update this Friday. Any color requests for scarves? I'd love to know what you mamas (and papas too) would like to see. 

I hit the thrift store last night with my younger three kids while we were out running errands and I managed to find six shirts and four pairs of pants for my youngest girl. One of which was a teal pair of stonewashed skinny jeans. When Joe saw them he said "wow, hello 1992." I think parachute pants from '94 are the next big thing. MC Hammer style. My kids think I'm wrong, but you never know. I mean, who knew leg warmers would be back?

That's it for today. I've got pictures of our reclaimed building project up next and I think I owe you a bread recipe too. Spelt no knead. Lots of butter and jam. So. Very. Good.

xo~

s

 


made :: a shop update

made :: a shop update

 

made :: a shop update

 

made :: a shop update

 

made :: a shop update

 

made :: a shop update

 

made :: a shop update

 

made :: a shop update

 

made :: a shop update

 

made :: a shop update

 

made :: a shop update

 

made :: a shop update

 

made :: a shop update

 

The shop is full of new lovelies.

New Aprons. New Bags. New multi-hued Silks

A lovely new shade I call furlough blues. And that's about as political as I'll get, really. But if you need a good debate, go visit facebook. I mean, wow....

Moving right along though, I also wanted to give you guys a sneak peek of two new silk banners. The chickens got one and our friend Avery woke up to see the moons strung up over his head last week. (his mom took a picture, which made me cry, because I'm a big ol' softie like that) The phases of the moon has been a dream of mine for months. I made the stamps and hand-stamped the silk squares with soy ink before dyeing them a deep blue. My little kiddos want one for their room too, which means the four remaining will be in the shop by tomorrow, along with a half dozen triangle ones too.

I'm gearing up for TWO art festivals this winter. One in New Hampshire, November 23rd and one in Rhode Island, December 15th. The busy chaos involved in art festivals is still new to me, but gosh it sure is fun to meet people face to face and connect. I'll have more details as they get closer.... but save the date to visit if you're in New England! I'd love to see you.

I guess that's it for today..... but just for fun, tell me what new shop item you love the most up there. Well, you know, other than the feathers. Because seriously, everyone loves the feathers. I'll be making up more of those soon!

Happy Thursday to you~~~

xo,

s 

 


the art of nothing.....

the art of making time

 

the art of making time

 

the art of making time

 

the art of making time

 

Every year after the month long run of birthdays, I let out an enormous sigh of relief.

Even though we keep things very simple.... somehow between birthdays and life September always gets insane. I forget to breathe. I get overwhelmed. And I remember what I like to do best of all. Nothing. 

I mean, not really nothing.

But the kind of nothing that is life unhurried.

Wandering about looking at the changing leaves. Admiring the chickens. Dreaming over garden space to be. Knitting. Sewing. Baking. Listening to music and enjoying a very slow cup of coffee. Time spent with a quiet heart. True to my introvert self, this is what fills me up. This is what recharges my soul. I don't like appointments and schedules and a dozen places to be. I'm the hiker that takes forever to get somewhere because I pause to notice each little bit along  the way. It's amazing it took me so many years to figure this out about myself. 

To find my balance, I need rhythm. I find this in the most unglamorous of ways. Pulling the house in order. Getting the laundry done. Baking Bread. Planning menus. Cooking enormous pots of beans and soup. Anything that takes slow time and a bit of attention pulls me right back to my center.... I feel everything around me slow a bit and once again I am firmly planted. Here, now.

Of course, this is just me. And I am one of many in this house of ours. Some of my household leans my way and some of them thrive in loosely organized chaos. They yearn for the next thing to do. They like the busy hum of many happenings, the adventure in going, going, going..... Oh, there is much to balance in this family of ours.

But today? Today brings fall leaves, and fresh bread, and (another) pot of slowly simmering soup by this evening. A walk to gather goldenrod flowers and inhale the beautiful scent of fall. Today is my oasis in this busy life we all share. I will do my best to savor each bit of it.....

xo~

s