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the last of the radishes were pulled yesterday. the remaining crimson giants:: the final french breakfast radishes (my favorite):: and the rest of the cherry belles:: it's salad time. though i tend to nibble these just as they are, with only a bit of sea salt added. i love radishes. and that cleared out radish spot was just what i needed. i started one too many tomato plants this season and was able to fit a small amount of the overflow into that opening. i'll have to be creative with the rest. i've been considering the flower garden. whatever works! Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at elliemoon
yes, the quilt. the quilt is not finished yet. don't judge. it's been a busy year. however, please note that the quilting is complete and the binding is on. only a bit of hand sewing stands between it being balled up in a bag next to my bed and it being folded nicely over the back of the couch:: i made it a quarter of the way around and then stopped. true to form. i just need to refocus my focus. in other words, i'm working on working on it. know what i mean? Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at elliemoon
thanks silke! :)
thanks ayianna! this was a great reminder for me. when i pulled the post up to view your comment, my daughters saw and instantly wanted to make a whole new set of bandaids! this was an easy, fun craft that is definitely crowd pleasing! :) take care.
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2015 on DESIGNER BAND-AIDS DIY at elliemoon
so, i never told you guys that we lost mabel and dottie just before spring hit. they were our speckled sussex chickens. mabel dropped in the coop, no explanation, no noticeable trauma. dottie died dramatically, with the girls trying to nurse her back to health and circling her with flowers while she was resting. this was easter morning. it put a slight damper on the festivities, but she held out until the next day, so egg hunting and candy eating were still 97.5% enjoyed. in the end it was very sad. especially for ellie, who had claimed and named dottie.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at elliemoon
thanks bethany! :)
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2015 on FROM SEED at elliemoon
i found my favorite refrigerator pickle recipe! no cooking involved at all. just a little chopping and you're on your way to crispy fresh dill pickles:: it took some hunting to find the dill seed. i wound up having to order it online here, which worked out fine. that full pound of seed will last me through the summer i would think, probably much longer. you can find the recipe for these easy dill pickles right here. i made the following adjustments: 1/2 to 1 clove of garlic (my garlic was spicy and the first batch was a bit overwhelming,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at elliemoon
from the nursery to the garden:: cold snap or no cold snap, it's all going in. hoping my tomatoes will withstand these chilly nights. happy june!! Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at elliemoon
i am so happy these are finished. i was going strong until i got to the last mitt. anyone surprised? didn't think so. the last little mitt stayed like this from november on, while all the others waited in a pile to have their ends tied in:: i recently had a week of no deadlines and decided to pull it all together:: three pairs for each of the girls. that's where the "compulsively" comes in. this is a quick and simple pattern though and it's a free ravelry download; half-pint fingerless gloves by thea rosenburg. and with that, another project... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at elliemoon
here is a delicious recipe from big b's mom. this cake warmed our house right up during the last snow storm:: blueberry cake, the recipe:: cake: 1/4 cup butter / room temp 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 2 cups blueberries topping: 1/4 cup butter / room temp 1/3 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon sift the dry ingredients and set aside. cream the butter, add the sugar and beat until light. add the egg and beat well. add the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at elliemoon
just after the first blizzard, one of the buff orpingtons started laying. and this time we didn't have to do any chicken training:: soon after, and even with all this cold and snow and ice, we started getting a darker brown egg. i had thought it was a speckled sussex egg but i found bean hanging out in the nesting box yesterday, which would make it a cuckoo maran egg:: i am so loving these hardy hens. we are in the coldest throws of winter and we're getting nearly a half dozen eggs a day. not sure how we ever... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at elliemoon
kai's summer-long project has come to fruition. he spent hours sanding, priming, sketching, painting and clear coating an old board of big b's. finally, it is time for the riding. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at elliemoon
yes we have, and more to come!!
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2015 on BLIZZARD 2015 at elliemoon
power is key :)
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2015 on BLIZZARD 2015 at elliemoon
:) i miss you!
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2015 on FOR INDY AND ELLIE at elliemoon
thanks elizabeth!
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2015 on FOR INDY AND ELLIE at elliemoon
i got these coloring books for the girls for christmas and they are so much fun. endless entertainment. i think i like them even more than the kids do. the books are published by design originals. i found the dapper animals and the hipster books at michaels. i had to order the world traveler book on amazon. i very highly recommend them. next time you're snowed in, for seven days, with no school, and four children, they will come in handy and you will thank me. seriously, that was quite a week. we fluctuated between cozy cuddly snow time adventures... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at elliemoon
stained hoops! i'm so in love. i want to keep embroidering just so i can stain more hoops. it is surprisingly satisfying:: and it makes such a big difference. if you look back at the one i made for myself, you can see how the stain changes the whole character of the monogram. wouldn't you agree?:: i'm so happy these are done. that makes one less crafting bag on the kitchen counter. we're making progress. and the girls were very happy with their surprise. holiday gifts in february? why not? Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at elliemoon
for a while there, people were sledding their way out of the house:: and maisy is figuratively in dog heaven:: still snowed in, no sign of a plow. we never lost power though, so we are just soaking it all up. the kids are 85% hot chocolate at this point. anymore and they might burst. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at elliemoon
this one was supposed to be posted mid-december so that you would have enough time to gather supplies and then surprise your favorite taco-maker for the holidays. but things happened and i wound up gifting my batches away for new years. so bookmark this for next year, or remember, taco-enthusiasts have birthdays too! it's a fact. this is the simplest thing to make and infinitely better than any packet you will grab at the store. this recipe will make enough seasoning to fill an 8 oz. jar of your choice. it's the perfect amount for gifting:: organic taco seasoning, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at elliemoon
thanks susan!
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2015 on PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE at elliemoon
do you have a few million miniature candy canes lying around like we do? i have the perfect solution: peppermint hot chocolate. it may seem hypocritical to dump candy into your organic hot chocolate mix, but remember, it's the holidays! or it was. and if we can't eat crap once a year, during the holidays (or shortly after), then when, i ask you, can we eat crap? the answer to this question should always be "during the holidays, by all means":: pretty self explanatory. keep the candy cane in the wrapper and gently, but firmly, smash it with the bottom... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at elliemoon
hi claire, the pattern is from an old special edition crochet magazine. i looked around and found one at this site::
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2015 on SUNSHINE AND LOLLIPOPS at elliemoon
the excitement over the first blue egg was something to behold. again though, it was found in a hole under the coop. this time it was my turn to crawl in after it. apparently all of the chickens need to be trained individually. they don't "watch and learn". i assumed buttercup would lead the way, but no such luck. we washed off the dirt and put the first blue egg into the nests with the faux eggs and chickadee has been using the boxes ever since. blue eggs were the big news around here until christmas eve morning when we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at elliemoon
these are on five inch hoops like the one i made for myself, so i'll hang them in the girls room when they are done. but i did grab a bunch of those tiny hoops that are perfect for ornaments! maybe next christmas i'll get to that ;)
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2014 on GETTING STARTED at elliemoon