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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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Hello, loves. It's August now, you know. That month that has winding down and ramping up all swirled together. Yes, you know August. Perfect time, I thought, to pinch the cheeks and straighten the hems of some former posts for... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Assortment
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Hello, loves. It's August now, you know. That month that has winding down and ramping up all swirled together. Yes, you know August. Perfect time, I thought, to pinch the cheeks and straighten the hems of some former posts for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Assortment
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Hello, loves. It's August now, you know. That month that has winding down and ramping up all swirled together. Yes, you know August. Perfect time, I thought, to pinch the cheeks and straighten the hems of some former posts for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Assortment
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Hello, loves. It's August now, you know. That month that has winding down and ramping up all swirled together. Yes, you know August. Perfect time, I thought, to pinch the cheeks and straighten the hems of some former posts for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Assortment
Yes, it really doesn't take much, does it? Always glad to have you along over here...
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2014 on Becoming Home: A Wardrobe Tour at Assortment
Oh, goodness, how I loved that book!!
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2014 on Becoming Home: A Wardrobe Tour at Assortment
So many thanks for this! The wieght of wait can feel heavy, I know (goodness, do I). Praying instead that you can find rest, beauty, and peace in the waiting.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2014 on Home Free | A Reprise at Assortment
Hello Sarah! I have a house in my mind that may become our next build, which we hope will be our forever house. Because I've not actually drawn it out yet, I'm not sure what the square footage would be, but it's not a large house, either. We realize that we are quickly approaching the phase of our lives where our boys will be off to college (it happens SO much faster than you think!), so we don't want to build something that will be 'empty' when our boys are gone, but yet, will have room for them (and families & friends) to come visit. We plan to keep this little house as our guest house, so that will help to keep the footprint of the new build small. We've talked, and honestly, we could live in this little house for the rest of our days, if we needed to. We love this house. Honestly, for us, a second bathroom isn't a high priority for our family. One bathroom has served us well, and is seldom an issue. We will contemplate what our true needs are when we get to the place of making that decision for our next build. One thing we learned about toys is that kids need far, far fewer toys than our modern media wants us to believe! Our boys have always shared a room, and we've never had a 'play room' or 'toy room'. I had a certain amount of shelf, basket, and bin space for toys, and was careful that there was no more than that. We found that too many toys are overwhelming to a child, and that fewer toys provided the opportunity to enhance their imaginations. I, too, had quite a lot of art/craft supplies. When we began our simpler lifestyle, I took a hard look at which of those crafts I REALLY enjoyed, and which of them I was just hanging on to for 'maybe some day'. I kept what I loved (knitting, crochet, sewing), but also purged down the supplies for those to what I loved and knew I would use. I don't have a huge yarn or fabric stash. I try to buy only what I'll need for the current project.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2014 on Becoming Home: A Loft Tour at Assortment
Hi Melissa! He's been a pilot for his entire career. We moved to Alaska as newlyweds and spent 10 years there, where he was a bush pilot, a smokejumper pilot, and a regional airline pilot. After 9-11, the entire aviation industry took a huge hit (there were tens of thousands of pilots out of work), and suddenly the once-stable company that he flew for was on the verge of filing bankruptcy. So, he took a job flying a private corporate jet in Florida. We lived there for five years, and experienced a job loss almost immediately, then the housing bust exploded, which trickled down to his job becoming shaky (the company he flew for was in real estate development). Yet again, his job was mere months away from disappearing. We moved to Wyoming in the nick of time, and were met with another major job disappointment soon after. That was five years ago. He's been flying smokejumpers primarily for the past four years, now, and loves every minute of it. Every day we are full of gratitude for this stable work that he so enjoys.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2014 on It Never Ceased | A Reprise at Assortment
Job losses are so tough. I'm sorry to hear about your husband's. Looking for the positives certainly does help, doesn't it? Thanks for the picture love
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2014 on It Never Ceased | A Reprise at Assortment
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Hello, loves. It's August now, you know. That month that has winding down and ramping up all swirled together. Yes, you know August. Perfect time, I thought, to pinch the cheeks and straighten the hems of some former posts for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Assortment
The camper was a borrowed one. Yes, we found an RV hook-up space, with all utilities that we rented while we were there (some people who had 3 acres around their home had installed 3 RV hook-ups on their land for additional income - they found us through an inquiry I'd placed in the county paper), so we didn't have to go dump or move the camper at all until we were ready to move into the cabin. Then, after the cabin was built (but wasn't finished inside) we moved the camper to the front yard of the cabin site, and used the kitchen and bathroom of the camper for cooking and bathing needs, and the bedroom/loft of the cabin for sleeping while we finished the kitchen and interior of the cabin. We made do :) Enjoy your camping trip! Yes, page by page - this one is as much for me today as it was nearly three years ago!
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2014 on Page by Page | A Reprise at Assortment
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Hello, loves. It's August now, you know. That month that has winding down and ramping up all swirled together. Yes, you know August. Perfect time, I thought, to pinch the cheeks and straighten the hems of some former posts for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Assortment
Thank you, Lynn. You're so kind
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2014 on Home Free | A Reprise at Assortment
Hmm... great idea for a future blog post! Thanks
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2014 on Home Free | A Reprise at Assortment
I can totally see you in a bookstore with poochie dog books all around!
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2014 on Home Free | A Reprise at Assortment
Your words touched me. Thank you, friend
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2014 on Home Free | A Reprise at Assortment
The logistics of being homefree are unique, for sure. I remember well. I'm just as anxious (maybe even more so?) to release them. The knowledge that so many are waiting is larger than I am at times. The behind-the-scenes work continues fervently. Know that each day, we're getting closer to the release.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2014 on Home Free | A Reprise at Assortment
Yes, the transition comes with emotion, doesn't it? I wish you the best in Uganda
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2014 on Home Free | A Reprise at Assortment
Hello! These are all great questions that would be best brought to an architect near you. There's so much that goes into how a final structure is achieved, that my attempt to help, without seeing exactly what you're dealing with would most likely be insufficient. An architect would be able to see your plans and give you guidance on how to achieve your goal. I wish you all the best!
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2014 on About Those Cabin Plans at Assortment
Thanks for asking, Katie! We are actively working on bringing them to completion. I wish I had more info to offer, but know that every day is bringing them closer to the release. I'll be SO ready to make the big announcement when the day arrives!
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2014 on About Those Cabin Plans at Assortment
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Hello, loves. It's August now, you know. That month that has winding down and ramping up all swirled together. Yes, you know August. Perfect time, I thought, to pinch the cheeks and straighten the hems of some former posts for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Assortment
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A couple months ago, when I sat to reflect on the past two years of life in the little house for our family of five (those reflections became a thirteen-part series on living less), I asked for your questions. What... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Assortment
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Funny thing, after my husband read this post, he (kindly) pointed out several inaccuracies (the spelling being one of them)!! Apparrently, it was his uncle, on a neighboring ranch, who raised Charolais, but my husband's family raised Salers for a time, and THOSE were the terribly ill-tempered creatures (and they are red, not creamy, oy)! Though there were cattle ranches and some dairies around our place when I was growing up, the only breeds I was familiar with were Black Angus, Herefords, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, And Holstein. Thanks for helping me get my facts straight! Also, just found your comment in the comments spam, so sorry about that.
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2014 on A Meaningful Home at Assortment
Yes, thank you! At the writing, I googled it, and pics of 'Charlet' cattle came up, so that's the spelling I went with!
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2014 on A Meaningful Home at Assortment