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November 2013

nature collection :: incoming

We received our nature swap in the mail a few weeks back & I'm just now getting it photographed to share here with you. We felt so lucky to have such a great collection of treasures arrive in from Texas. Take a peek......

nature collection :: incoming

nature collection :: incoming

nature collection :: incoming

nature collection :: incoming

nature collection :: incoming

It's so good, right? We've defintiely got the beginnings of a little natural history museum going on!

Some other random news.....

The art fair last weekend was a lot of fun. The best part though was finally meeting Kim and her super sweet family. We had such a good time talking..... we're kindred spirits for sure. And I got to see her book! I can't wait to share more about it as soon as it's officially released in December. It is gorgeous!!

My head is spinning getting lists of to-do things gathered for my next fair on the 15th. It's really going to be a busy couple of weeks.... good busy, of course. I do hope to meet some of you at this event! (also, I forgot to mention, the giveaway is open through the end of the week. I'll close the comments Friday & announce a winner on Saturday.)

What are your holiday plans?

We're headed to New York for a quick visit on Thursday and then home again. One Thanksgiving with all the family and another with just our own. Reminds me of a favorite song of mine.... had another Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat...... any Arlo fans out there? Our Thanksgiving is not complete without listening to Alice's Restaurant. I'm printing up a few of these for all the cousins to color while we visit. I have grand dreams of water color and a bit of glitter along the edges once I get home.....

I guess that's it for this afternoon. I'm off to the kitchen to make the twice weekly meal I like to call Kettle Pond Soup. It's always local and always a hit! Today's will have lots of root veggies and some cheddar cheese in it.....

I'll be back tomorrow with a recipe for making elderberry syrup. See you then...

xo~

s

 


for you :: a silk & flannel blanket giveaway

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5I wanted to share a few more pictures of the new blankets in the shop.

They are delicious!

A few details about this blanket::

After discovering that many of my customer’s children were using their play-silk as a comforting blanket, I decided to create these. This blanket makes the perfect security blanket to nurture little ones. Children find the softness of silk exceptionally soothing to the touch, they love to cuddle this silky blanket against their cheeks.

The silk is hand dyed in exquisite hues with eco-friendly dyes. The soft organic cotton flannel is unbleached & fair trade. This blanket silk is nearly three times thicker than my play silks and it is the biggest, most luxurious silk & flannel blanket that I know of. Triple stitched for durability. 41x41 inches of soft, delicious warmth for the special little one in your life.

Easy to care for, and even easier to fall in love with.

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And guess what? I have one for you! It took several test blankets to figure out the perfect hem. Let me tell you, silk is not easy to sew with! It likes to stretch as you sew, and it's so slippery! After a few tries (like six!) I finally found a finished edge that I loved. I sent all but one of my test blankets to friends to try out.... but I saved one just for you! It's got a different binding than the ones pictured above, but it is still lovely in every way. I want the color to be a surprise for the winner, but it's definitely gender neutral and sea inspired.

To enter, leave a comment below and tell me what color you would like to see in this new blanket! Extra good Karma if you choose to share it :)

**giveaway open until Friday the 29th at 10 pm eastern time, winner will be announced Saturday the 30th**

Good Luck!

~s

 

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and the winner is : Allison who said "i agree with several other commenters, yes, a gray would be so lovely! my best friend is due with her first little one in a month, and one of your beautiful blankets would be such an awesome addition to the package i'm putting together for her."

Congratulations Allison, I'll be in touch for shipping details. Thank you everyone who entered and helped with color ideas! So many lovely ideas for me to choose from!

xo~

stephinie

 

 


friday link love......

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Favorite easy lunch this week : leftover rice, sauteed greens, salt, pepper, nutritional yeast with a scoop of beans & chicken broth spooned over the top. Yum~

Today is going to be a crazy one. I have *so* much to do before I head out the door this afternoon. I will certainly not be getting it all done either..... deep breath in, reminding myself it's all good.

Some lovely links for your weekending::

:: Come see me in Peterborough, NH at the Broke Arts Fair! (Kim will be there with her books too!)

:: Speaking of Kim... her book Farm . Food . Life is available for pre-orders! It looks amazing. Truly. I'll be getting my own copy this weekend! (I shared a post on her book this summer, take a peek!)

:: Love this beautiful push pin map to keep track of the places we've been.....

:: This t-shirt. This bag.

:: I have a giveaway going on over at Nicole's place.

Pop in tomorrow for a super awesome giveaway. It's going to be a good one!

xo~

s


home & such......

home and such......

home and such......

home and such......

home and such......

home and such......

home and such......

The sun is hanging lower in the sky and the light that cascades through my living room by late morning is glorious. All my worries about this room being dark and dreary over the winter have been cast aside. Between the sun and the glowing fire, it's the best place to be.

Over the last few weeks I have visited with many friends and family in this space, all the while knitting a few stitches here and there. The solo mitten that had been in my stash f-o-r-e-v-e-r (along with matching hat) got its mate and made their way to my little nephew. Yes, I forgot to take a picture before I packed them up. Speaking of forgetting, or truly just the art of being busy, the beautiful pile of beeswax dipped leaves never made their way to becoming garland. Ahhh, well. Good intentions anyway.

I tried again to capture the green of the living room.... no luck. It insists on being yellow in photographs. I don't blame it really, I love yellow too.

Would you like a peek at my current knitting project? The fisherman sweater for my little guy in Jackie's Spectra. (spice colorway) It's delicious and quick in such a bulky yarn..... perfect for a gal who can only manage a row or two here and there. I just finished the yoke & split the sleeves. Adding a bit of stripes next with those other colors you see. One is a grayish-coco and the other is curry. See, I told you her yarn was delicious..... all food colors!

I'm off to get some sewing done for the fair this weekend! I'll be in New Hampshire here. Over 50 artists with goods priced under $50. It looks like it will be a wonderful event.

See you tomorrow with some link love and Saturday for a giveaway from the shop!

xo~

s

 


weekending

weekending

weekending

weekending

weekending

weekending

weekending

weekending

weekending

 

we've wandered through many of our favorite spots

creating a whole cache of new memories

my friend has fallen in love with the beauty of fall in new england

we even made it out to the the vineyard for a day trip

all the kids loved the ferry ride, they were so excited

coffee, tea, wine, fires, laughing, talking (for us)

cocoa, cider, ice cream, laughing, crafting, talking, running, legos, movies, tree fort, zipline (for them)

these kids really love each other, it's magic

i'm trying not to think about goodbyes this afternoon

my youngest keeps trying to figure out how to go home with them

he'll be back, he assures me

that last goofy self portrait of a + a + me is getting framed

 

linking up with amanda (a day late, but this is my sunday this week)

 

see you tomorrow....

xo~

s

 

 


{friday}

friday

I got my camera back this week! I was so excited to have it. If you ever need camera cleaning or repair in the Providence area, I seriously can't recommend these guys enough. Last night we walked as the sun set and I snapped a few photos in really low light to test out the lens.... the one above is my favorite.

Our friends are visiting from Louisiana! My friend & her three kids will be staying with us through next Monday. I can't really tell you how incredible it is to see all these kids together laughing. Also, it's pretty sweet to have a second mama in the house that thinks like I think. The two of us managing any squabbles while simultaneously cooking dinner. She makes the salad, I make the cornbread.... we both cut veggies for soup. It's a pretty sweet deal.

We're headed on an adventure today with all the kids (five total), so I can't stay here long. But I do have a list of link love for you......

:: I bought myself a little gift to remember to keep my camera on me. (so I don't drop it again!)

:: A lovely (and huge) list of board games.

:: This sweater pattern. That yarn is so delicious, right?

:: My beloved Charley Harper, in fabric form.

:: Less is More (crafting with little ones)

:: On my needles.

:: Play.

:: And just for fun, a year ago this week.

I'm planning to pop back in with some weekending photos Sunday. See you then.

xo,

s

 


first snow :: by sophie

It started with Maggie barking at the back door. Sophie & I looked out into the yard to see a turkey mama and this years babies (now grown) trailing behind her. They walked diagonally through the yard, using our trail and disappeared into the woods beyond our property. She was so excited, running to get her brother so he could see them too. Turkeys are good luck, right mama. They mean good things. she said to me. I think they do. I told her. 

And right after that, it started snowing. Chaos ensued. Hooting, hollering, a flurry of finding hats, coats, gloves. They ran outside, catching snowflakes on their tongues. Running, laughing.

I haven't seen snow in FOUR years! she yelled.

I haven't seen snow in........ I can't even remember it! Luke yelled back to her.

It was like a scene from one of my favorite books, playing out right in front of me. They came in to warm up, and I offered her Jade's camera to record the first snow of the year (mine is still in the shop). She came back with these, which I am in love with. Seeing it all through her eyes is surely a bit of magic....

These are straight out of the camera with a 50mm lens, camera on auto. No editing.

Enjoy~

first snow :: by sophie

first snow :: by sophie

first snow :: by sophie

first snow :: by sophie

first snow :: by sophie

first snow :: by sophie

first snow :: by sophie

first snow :: by sophie

first snow :: by sophie

 

Happy Wednesday Friends,

xo~

s

 


veteran's day

veteran's day

Me with two of my very favorite Chiefs. (Joe's Chief-E7 promotion in 2007)

 

These people are our second family. They have filled in all the times we've lived miles and miles from our own. We've celebrated and laughed and shed tears together. They are truly some of the finest people I have ever known & they give up a great deal to do their job. With tremendous gratitude for all who have served.

xo~

s

 


::shop news::

::shop news::

::shop news::

::shop news::

::shop news::

::shop news::

 

Just popping in to give you a peek of the newest items in the shop

Luxury blankets for little ones sewn up with heavyweight charmeuse silk + organic fair trade cotton flannel. I sent these out to testers this summer and everyone has adored them. They are pretty much the ultimate baby blanket and I am so happy about the softness and crazy beautiful hues. *swoon*

After about a zillion requests I finally dyed up scarves for mamas. This is the first batch and I will have more colors and sizes to come in the next few weeks. I'll have pictures of them on people too once it stops raining. They're gorgeous though, I promise. Any color suggestions? I'm all ears....

Lastly.... I'm discontinuing my aprons. I need more time to sew other things (bags, etc) and I am paring the shop down a bit. I decided to offer the remaining stock at $15 each. (Regular price $28-$24) I do think they'll go quickly.... so take a peek and grab one if you like.

xo~

s