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The Wyoming mountains
I am Carmella Rayone, lover of good design, good writing, good food, and the four good men in my life
Interests: interior design, handmade, photography, education, family
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This barn, and the memories is has for my guy. He grew up there, worked cattle there, even parachuted (tried) out of one of those rear dormer windows using a black garbage sack as a (very inefficient) chute. Years later,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Assortment
Snow :: Creekbottoms :: Hide & seek :: Pom-pom hats :: Rosy cheeks :: Sunny days :: Shadow & light :: Quiet colors :: Taking the time to see What has captured you today? . Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Assortment
The blue link here in this post is just a screen shot, not a live link. If you receive email updates and haven't gotten the bright yellow notice on any of them, then you are good to go. The yellow notice if for my longest-time subscribers who'd signed up for email updates prior to the initial change last summer. Let me know if you have any more questions or issues
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Housekeeping at Assortment
Making do. Taper candles can get in the way; tea lights rarely do. Found in the drawer of emergency candles & dropped to the bottom of hobnail juice glasses = sparkles at the table. Wishing you a gentle Monday, friends!... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Assortment
I'm quickly popping in here on a Sunday afternoon to let you know that the kind people at FeedBlitz have helped me with the final migration of my subscribed readers from no-longer FeedBurner to the new service at FeedBlitz. To... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Assortment
The new design is classicly simple. So beautiful. Have been wanting some of these in my kitchen for a while. Thanks for the give-away!
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2014 on SouleMama Sponsor ~ Bee's Wrap at SouleMama
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Such kind words, Kate. Thanks. We were involved in a CC community years ago when we lived in Florida. There are no CC communities here in Wyoming, but I've taken my training as a tutor, purchased the things we've needed from CC, made my own adjustments (we aren't in step with their cycles, for example), and carried on.
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2014 on On Living Less | 13 at Assortment
Some of my favorite things: works in progress getting done stitch-by-stitch (this cowl), blank moleskine journals (for keeping track of those stitches and rows), a good read-aloud book (which made some boys quickly decide that they wanted to run away... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Assortment
Boys in snow with stripes and shovels (they were shoveling off sidelines, yardlines, and end zones for winter football, their favorite first-snowfall sport). I so enjoyed hearing what you were loving on Monday! What are you loving today? . Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Assortment
There's a winter storm blowing outside. Snowflakes are tossing about every-which-way, crazy-dancing past the porch light's beam before disappearing into the dark. With temperature highs going from the sixties on Saturday, to the single digits by tomorrow, I think it's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Assortment
Yay! So glad you like them! I didn't get ours made until last evening - forgot to get evaporated milk. But now we have a whole panful and I can't wait to dig in (I Iike mine chilled, so haven't tasted yet, can't wait!)
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2014 on Again, We Raise the Bar at Assortment
Since these are slated to come out of my oven sometime today, I thought you should also have the chance to make some soon. The first posting of this recipe happened way back in 2009. It's one of my favorite... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Assortment
Among the talent was a designer from France, another from Holland, and two from the Dominican Republic. They were incredible masters of floral design, who through the divine orchestration of life, found themselves working in the same shop in Anchorage,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Assortment
The plans that I'll be releasing soon are for permanent, foundation built cabins/houses (a collection of four different plans). There is a completely different set of building codes for portable structures that strictly governs their size and oustide dimensions. Because there are no building codes in rural Wyoming, we were able to have our cabin the size that we needed, though it would not conform under normal circumstances, and would therefore be unmarketable. The plans I'm releasing will (hopefully) fill the sweet spot in the market for a house that will be as small as possible, with thoughtful storage and tasteful design that lives large. These homes will not be portable.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2014 on A Plans Update at Assortment
I have seven white flour sack towels (one for each day, theoretically), and four linen tea towels, with a goal of finishing those other three I started :). They are kept in the banquette at the dining table - a great place for extra handy storage. I have two potholders. So far, they've been kept in the large bottom drawer right on top of everything, though I think a hook inside the cabinet to the left of the drawers would be a better solution. I have three cork hot pads (I don't seem to need any more than that) that we keep in the bottom drawer, which has been a great place to store those.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2014 on Becoming Home: A Kitchen Tour at Assortment
Autumn by the river is beyond. Just ask Nellie. . Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Assortment
Such lovely words, Jane! Welcome to our world of pearls.
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2014 on String One On at Assortment
Welcome to the blog, Erin! Glad to have you along. Sounds like your little house has great potential! All the best in finding your sweet spot there.
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2014 on Becoming Home: A Kitchen Tour at Assortment
Thanks, Jen! What kind words you've sent our way! I've wanted this blog to be a place where people can find the real of life - the good and the bad - and share it with us. Glad to have you along. Photo credit here goes to my husband who took these pics with his phone. I haven't even been up to hunting camp yet!
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2014 on In Camp at Assortment
Yes, they had such an amazing week, full of incredible gratitude and respect for the beauty of the mountains and the bounty they hold. Many lessons were written into their lives.
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2014 on In Camp at Assortment
The first and largest of the four house plans (approx 1450 sq ft) should be rolling out in the next couple weeks. The remaining three will follow in (hopefully) close succession. Stay tuned on the blog for the big announcement!
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2014 on On the Lighter Side at Assortment
Thanks, Sophy! We do, too. I described the tent's back story in reply to Angela above. Click over and read it if you'd like :)
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2014 on In Camp at Assortment
The tent is one my husband's dad had custom made when my husband was our boys' age. He and his dad used it with cousins, friends, relatives. Lots of memories for him, and he's now building more memories in it with our guys. Love that.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2014 on In Camp at Assortment
"the power and gifts of Mother Nature" - so well said, Smith!
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2014 on In Camp at Assortment
You are too cute, Karen! Nellie was so sad that she had to stay home with me this week. I'll have to give her extra treats/walks.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2014 on In Camp at Assortment