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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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Merry Christmas to your family!
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Bummer :)
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Hi Georgia. The fort was engineered and constructed by our middle guy, with some help from his younger brother. I had not a thing to do with it so I couldn't really say what his secret is, except maybe opposing tension from the blankets on either side :) Merry Christmas!
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...this boy, who is now 13! ...all you awesome, wonderful people near and far who bought mixes from the Muffin Men. They're shouting thank you! ...when imaginations take over and boys (and their dog) get totally engrossed in fortbuilding (and... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Assortment
So thrilled for you, and for us who get to watch from the sidelines! Your relaxed, yet tasteful design sense is perfection. I so appreciate that you've chosen to share with us! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
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Hi Karen! Thanks to such kind response, they've got only 13 left :)
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Hello, loves! The Muffin Men have some exciting news for you this morning - they've decided to offer Assortment blog readers a special opportunity to get some of their pumpkin muffin mixes! This exclusive batch of muffin mixes will be... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Assortment
I knew we were waiting for something good! And a new book coming, too? Simply cannot wait!! Always inspiring and authentic. Hugs!
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...the honor of writing in a space other than my own. Words I've written on living well are over at The Art of Simple today. Join me there? Have the happiest of weekends, friends! Is your to-do list as long... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Assortment
So great, Dawn! Amazing how our memories can be so vividly attached to such simple things, isn't it? I have two of these, one for white, one for wheat, from my childhood. I remember them coming full of ice cream from the Schwann's man - the only thing we bought from him. So glad my mom saw their usefulness as flour bins when the ice cream was gone :) Edited to add: OH!! I just did a quick search on ebay, and there are several for sale over there!! Quick, put them on your Christmas list!
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...this eleven-year-old boy! . Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Assortment
It sits in place of the round end table at the end of the sofa. There's a picture of it on instagram, if you'd like to see: http://instagram.com/p/wU6N4CgFeq/?modal=true
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2014 on Today, I Love... at Assortment
It's easy for me to miss the moments, too. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we have two boys' birthdays, so that adds another dimension to our December as well! Remembering what is most important to us helps, then we give those things priority. Walking through the snowy forest to get the tree, decorating it simply (just lights, stars, and balls this year), sending Christmas postcards with our news pre-printed on the back (Walgreens), not going crazy with the holiday baking (we discovered that we don't eat all those cookies anyway - so it's only three favorites and spiced nuts that made the cut), and keeping our shopping lists small and, for the most part, online, all helps. We've learned that we'd rather have evenings at home than outside engagements, so, beside the Christmas program at church, we aren't involved or attending any other events, concerts, or programs. We don't travel for Christmas, and keep the week between Christmas and New Year's completely free of any obligation. Last year, the boys chose a Hardy Boys book to read as a December read-aloud, which we all loved. We may do the same this year. I have a journal where I write thoughts and reflections at the end of the most recent Christmas season, noting what went well and what didn't - a de-brief, of sorts. This has been invaluable in reminding me at the onset of the next Christmas season how I can make this one better. We're all learning how to keep this season peaceful, aren't we?
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I appreciate your honesty, Sherri. I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember a feeling of overwhelming stress when we lost everything. I still feel stressed at times, though for other reasons (a blog exploding - in a good way - alongside a massive creative project can be exciting, exhilarating....and stressful). Go ahead and scream - it's okay. I soaked the carpet of our walk-in closet with many, many tears. When life seemed to be floating out of control, it was a journey of emotion that we had to work through, for sure. In the middle of the letting go, having touch-points of normalcy was (and still is) so valuable for me. Creative handwork (knitting, crochet) and writing were solid, tangible things that I could focus on and see results from regularly. Engaging in what was still in our lives, instead of constantly remembering what wasn't, was beneficial as well - the natural world around us hadn't changed, and we soaked ourselves in what had always spoken life to our souls - the beach, the lakeshore, the mountains, the river. We didn't want the boys to be as aware as we were about the loss, so having that constant of learning together, baking cookies, riding bikes, etc. with them tended to keep us anchored as well. Personally, the book One Thousand Gifts was an incredible voice in that turbulant time in my life - reminding me of grace and the power of gratitude. And, the Waltons. We purchased the Waltons on DVD and watched an episode nearly every night for one whole summer. It spoke to my soul - reminding me of the beauty in life - even in (especially in?) the middle of hard times. Peace, friend.
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Thanks for checking, Candice! I'm about ready to burst, too! I was set for them to release before Thanksgiving as well. They've been caught in the draftsman's office. I received a large file from him last night, which was crazy-exciting. Stay tuned! (And thank you for patience & grace!)
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Hello, Brooke! I remember you! I've been here all along, posting three days a week as always (you get to go back to the archives and catch up!). I did have to switch my subscriber service, which is never completely smooth - hopefully you weren't a casualty of that! Glad to have you back
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My husband has been playing around with sausage recipes - a journey to his own. We'll possibly publish it in the future :)
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2014 on Today, I Love... at Assortment
We have a hand-crank meat grinder that we use. My husband has been playing around with sausage recipes - a journey to his own. We'll possibly publish it in the future :)
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... walking through knee-deep snow, finding the tree. This year? A lodgepole pine, decorated with white lights and wallpaper stars. Hello, friends! This week? It's gonna be good! . Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Assortment
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Thanks, Sarah! I'm assuming you are asking about fitness? I mix things up a bit. A typical week might look like this: one day yoga, one day boot camp (cross-training), one day barre, with a day of running between each. It's nothing crazy or monumental, I just started small, did what I could, and this is where I'm at now :)
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...big breakfast Fridays. This time? Biscuits and sausage gravy. I also love the conversation around the table about that breakfast - where we realized that we each had a hand in making it, from harvesting the meat, to making the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Assortment
Oh, Hannah! I LOVE this story!
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That's such a great idea! You don't have to own a barn to enjoy them. I'll bet most people who own a barn would love to show you around. My husband said they had people asking often to look at their barn when he was growing up
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What great memories! My husband & his sisters tell stories about having to go back to the barn after dark in the evenings, because one of them had forgotten to turn off the light. Such a scary endeavor!
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So glad your hubby got to be home for the holiday! Nellie says hello
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