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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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I missed hearing from you! But so know the fullness of life, especially in summer, it seems. Thank you for being so real about the transitions of kids flying off to the next phase of their lives. The way you describe it is so beautiful and raw and real. Our oldest is a Sophomore, so we are holding every moment as sacred, because we, too, will be sobbing in his empty room very soon.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on a busy summer... at Velvet & Linen
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The River Book is what I called the open 'pages' of time and play and learning along the riverbank that day.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on River Book | 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 6 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 25, 2014 at Assortment
Hi Deni! Yes, I did love the Little House books when I was young (and still do), but no, I wasn't inspired by the books to choose the name Nellie. I'd heard the name a few years ago, given to a dog, and just loved it.
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2014 on Nellie Girl | A Reprise at Assortment
Whoa! Sorry I missed this one, Cathy! I've not had any trouble with the wood swelling, though I don't allow water to puddle and remain. I care for this counter as I have all counters in my other kitchens, and have had no problem so far. But I would have to say that I may be closer being to a "neat freak" (a relaxed neat freak?) than I am to being an extremely relaxed housekeeper. Somewhere in the middle.
Hi Heidi! Honestly, I don't even remember what grit it was. That's okay, as it doesn't really matter, just a fine grit will do (the higher the number on the sand paper the finer the grit).
Yes, keep hoping. And keep seeing the beauty that is were you are, even if it's just one thing. All I had once was the sight of someone else's blooming bush at the edge of their tattered yard. I chose it as a gift for myself every time I passed by
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2014 on It Never Ceased | A Reprise at Assortment
Yes, this one is so fun for me to go back and reread
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2014 on With Gratitude | A Reprise at Assortment
Thank you!
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2014 on With Gratitude | A Reprise at Assortment
Yes, home is a living thing - always changing, growing, nurturing
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2014 on Four Men & A Girl | A Reprise at Assortment
We say often how we don't know what we did without her!
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2014 on Four Men & A Girl | A Reprise at Assortment
Whoa! Have I been surprised at how much time this has taken to bring to the world! Since I'm working with other professionals in bringing these plans to completion, that means I'm also working with (around, between) other professionals' schedules! I had every intention of a spring release, with a June 10 release being my absolute latest! Aaaaand now I chuckle. Really, though, we are working very hard, bringing them to final completion, looking at every detail, making sure it is all as it should be. Stay tuned, every day brings it closer.
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 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 20, 2014 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 18, 2014 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 15, 2014 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