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Carmella
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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The trail dove off the rocky ledge and whiplashed down the deeply gashed granite, down to where the water crashed, became a pool, then overflowed between boulders, leaking down, all the way down, beyond where anyone could see or even... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Assortment
I think we all face the desire for things that we don't have, me included. I hear you - with our budget, a lot doesn't happen this week, or next, or next month. Or sometimes even next year. All we can do is do our best to stay true to where our intentions are, however imperfect that may be. One thing that I do, is keep a mental note of things I've seen that I like, that I would spend our hard-earned money on when the time comes that I'll need to purchase that thing. For example, when we need new bed sheets, I know exactly where I'd like to buy them from; when my 15 year old vacuum cleaner finally dies for real (I fixed it week before last), I know which vacuum I'd like to replace it with. When I needed new boots, I knew the kind I wanted (and then found them on eBay). Honestly, our biggest challenges as far as our budget goes are the cost of groceries, medical expenses, automobile expenses, and child-related expenses (clothes, sports, etc.), and saying that these are a challenge often feels like an understatement. We do the best we can with what we have, and often times, its far from perfect. As far as budget structure, and keeping a budget, I don't feel like I'm the best one to give counsel on that topic! In the first year of our marriage, we went through a financial management course, which was the best thing we could have done. I don't believe it's available anymore, but may be similar to Financial Peace University. For running our day-to-day budget, we use Mvelopes (mvelopes[dot]com), one among several such websites.
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I bought this jute rug summer before last, to use during summer months, then switch back to wool during winter months.
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Words about contentment inspired this series that celebrates ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. Join me in the comments and share what you've done with what you have. When there's need for a yoga mat, but there's no yoga mat around? The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Assortment
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Just beyond the camera frame to the right is seating around a fire pit for relaxing by the creek, and to the right of that, a picnic table under a canopy of huge cottonwood trees where we can entertain. In the end, the porch needed to function primarily as a gracious way to enter and exit the house.
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There was a grand dream of a full-length covered porch, yes. But at 1/8 the cost, this one suits just fine.
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Just what we needed to reach the door :)
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Thanks for the porch love! I based all the Shelter Collection plans off of our house. From the exterior, the two main differences are that the Shelter Collection houses have a steeper pitched roof, allowing for ample ceiling height upstairs, and an optional full-length covered porch. The dormers and window bump-outs you see in these photos of our house are in every Shelter Collection house. To see more go here:http://www.shopcarmellarayone.com
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We have a dream to move to our own property. When that will happen is not something we know as of yet, as we live in one of the most beautiful parts, and most expensive parts of Wyoming.
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Thanks, Ebe! So appreciate that.
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I knew it as going to surprise a lot of people, as I'd only ever talked about a covered porch, but this one feels so right.
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Thank you! You are so kind.
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And there it is, a new porch for the little house. It's been a long time coming, this one, morphing through many versions and iterations in my mind before finally presenting itself as spare, simple, and perfect. Really, I shouldn't... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Assortment
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I've got a collection going now, endless summer, limelight, and now Annabelle! Little lime are on my wish list for the south side of the house.
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Can you tell me, after 7 years, how big your Annabelles have gotten?
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Yes, the coneflower on the east side of the house were more pale pink, on the west side they're more vibrant.
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Thanks for the heads up!
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Always inspired! It's stunning to the last detail (baseball stitched leather handrail!!)
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So kind of you to remember my birthday month!
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2016 on With What You Have | 53 at Assortment
Oh, Nellie! Our youngest introduced her to peas, and she started picking them herself!
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You may check with your local college, university, or community center to see if there are canning classes available. Oftentimes, there are, or you might ask around and find someone who is a seasoned preserver who can do your first batch with you. Of course, there are good books and websites about the steps in canning, too. For food safety, I'd suggest following tested recipes, and following processing times according to your altitude (higher altitude locations require longer processing times). It's so rewarding, seeing beautiful jars full of food!
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I understand how a mobile structure is necessary sometimes, however, the plans in the Shelter Collection are for permanently built dwellings. The design doesn't allow for breakdown and transport.
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When a friend gives you flowering plants, you can't help but go right over, shovel in hand, empty crates & boxes spilling out, ready to fill. When she calls later and says you didn't take nearly enough, and that you... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Assortment
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Thanks for the love! The porch is finished and we're loving it. In the end, the design and size became more simple than originally planned, but so just right. I was inspired by the weathered wooden steps leading up to this cabin at the lake, shown in today's post, and was able to achieve just that look on new cedar with something I stumbled upon. I'll share more in the next few weeks. Excited!
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2016 on With What You Have | 53 at Assortment
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Words about contentment inspired this series that celebrates ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. Join me in the comments and share what you've done with what you have. "We need to can peaches!" This, from our twelve-year-old boy, who, like me, lamented... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Assortment
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