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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 rug in the living room is braided jute. I've had a braided jute rug before and was so happy with it - had it in my kitchen, so you can imagine all that it endured there. I've not noticed any staining. It clean mine, I simply vacuum it off. I personally wouldn't hesitate to use water if I needed to get a stain out. I've got a seagrass rug in our bedroom now and it also has been wearing well. I've heard that sisal can stain with water, but I've not had a sisal rug, so don't know first-hand. Hope this helps! Nellie is chewing on a bone in the sunny(!) yard at the moment. She is oblivious to everything/everyone when she's chewing on a bone. We say she's in her 'bone zone'.
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Yes, we did! This is off the top of my head, so bear with me & my memory of how/what we did three years ago...We had about 24" to skirt at the bottom of the cabin. We had a carpenter frame a wall with pressure treated 2 x 4 to span this gap from bottom of the cabin to the ground. He then enclosed it with treated OSB (also built a small door for under-cabin access). My husband then taped all the joints/screwheads with duct tape (the idea was to be able to do the reverse of all this if at some point we want to move the cabin to other property - thus the duct tape - easy to strip off and expose the screw heads for dismantling). My husband then applied a deck restoration product to the vertical OSB surface. I believe it was Deck & Concrete Restore by Rust Oleum, in a concrete gray. The manufacturer doesn't recommend it for vertical surfaces, so we took a chance. He used a finer roller than what came in the kit, and I have to say, we've been happy with it. I've seen this product used on decks and have not been impressed, but the vertical surface application doesn't get any wear other than weather, and is holding up well. If we were to do it again, we might research a different tape to cover the seams & screwheads, as the deck restore hasn't adhered to the duct tape as well as it has to the OSB, resulting in some re-application & maintainence there. Hope this helps!
Toggle Commented yesterday on Becoming Home: A Cabin Story | 6 at Assortment
Sounds so good. How's that house coming?
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Goodness, the rain! Wringing our hands, we were, and biting our lower lips, worried, after the very dry winter, that there would be a very dry summer. But, now the rain has come, soaking and deep. Rivers are flooding (my... Continue reading
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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. The headphones, cord, and iPod were often tossed across the table, then tossed across... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Assortment
I agree!
Toggle Commented May 20, 2015 on Of An Ordinary Day at Assortment
Sure! And this time, I made it with wild stew meat, dredged in flour & browned in the pot. So tender, so good.
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A soaked gray above, a vibrant green below. A timid diffusion of sunlight was all. That was outside, beyond the rain-rippled windows. Inside, food was pulled from places that keep it until the pot is over a flame, until the... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Assortment
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Yes, a new rug came to the little house! The wool one needed deep cleaning and repairs, so a jute one arrived for spring/summer. The wool rug will be back in the fall.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2015 on Spring's Garden at Assortment
Oh, the rain! It's wonderful, yet difficult at times! I remember our first summer in Alaska, it rained so the flowers in my window boxes molded! The weather report is improving already here for the week - I think I'll be able to get this garden planted!
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How exciting for your exploding garden! I can't imagine that in May! I was looking through my recipe collection last night and found my long-ago recipe for rhubarb pie. I might try an experiment, add strawberries, and see what I think. If it turns out well, I'll post it on the blog :) Can't say exactly when, but keep a look out.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2015 on Spring's Garden at Assortment
Thank you so much for letting me know! This helps to hear an opinion from someone who's used them & loves them.
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The seed order arrived, and with it an abundance of rain. There is never so much living by the weather report as in the spring when you're quite ready to plant that garden. From the looks of it, I'll have... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Assortment
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And your last sentence? Just. so. beautiful.
Toggle Commented May 15, 2015 on With What You Have | 8 at Assortment
Love this, Sandy!
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Such inspiration in your words, Jeanne! Good luck on your projects
Toggle Commented May 15, 2015 on With What You Have | 8 at Assortment
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Our recent words about contentment inspired me to begin a series that celebrates ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. But, it's not all about me - what have you done with what you have? I'd love to hear. So, all this doing... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Assortment
Hi Bethany! Yes, we have an invisible, underground fence for Nellie. We wanted to keep her on the acre+/- of land right around the house, so we did some research and decided on an invisible fence with shock collar. The reviews were mixed down the middle, it seemed, so we had to give it a shot to see if it would work for her/us. She has done so well with the fence, and we couldn't be happier. It was fairly easy to install - my husband did it in a couple afternoons. Ours came with instructions on how to train your dog to the boundary. Nellie learned very quickly. The zone width of the fence can be adjusted and the shock collar strength can be adjusted as well. There is as warning tone & vibration in the collar that goes off before it shocks, so Nellie learned quickly to retreat at that sound & feeling. You can increase the intensity of the shock if you need. There was one time when Nellie realized that if she took a fast run at the boundary, she could cross it without much consequence. We increased the shock, showed her the boundary again, and she gained a new respect for it that she hasn't crossed since. We've had it since she was about three or four months old. To take her out of the yard, we always remove the collar, put her leash on her (so she associates the leash with going out of the yard) and then cross the boundary at a designated place only. Always out and back in at that place, and always on the leash. I don't know the name of the brand we used (my husband bought it) but I do know that he ordered it from Amazon. Hope this helps! Good luck to you & Spud!
Toggle Commented May 14, 2015 on With What You Have | 8 at Assortment
I love this story! Coach makes such amazing bags.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2015 on With What You Have | 7 at Assortment
Yes, this is a thrifted bag, a few years ago.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2015 on With What You Have | 7 at Assortment
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Our recent words about contentment inspired me to begin a series that celebrates ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. But, it's not all about me - what have you done with what you have? I'd love to hear. When you have a... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Assortment
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I already stitched the lining back in place, or I'd take a pic to show you. But, really, I just whip stitched the leather through the holes, leaving a good length of tail on either end. I then tied the two ends of the leather lacing together in a square knot. It 'bites' itself pretty well this way. We'll see how it holds :)
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This is thrilling!
Toggle Commented May 12, 2015 on With What You Have | 7 at Assortment
Hi Lisa! I used a leather punch to make the holes. The saddle maker just cut the leather for me.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2015 on With What You Have | 7 at Assortment
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Our recent words about contentment inspired me to begin a series that celebrates ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. But, it's not all about me - what have you done with what you have? I'd love to hear. The bell jingled as... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Assortment
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