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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 2 days ago 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
as i head into our busiest holiday season to date, i hope i will get the chance to finish at least a few things for the kids:: these are ready for stitching, as soon as i can carve out the time to stitch. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at elliemoon
exciting quilt update! you do remember the quilt, right? this is long overdue. was my last quilt post really in april? that hurts. however, the top was pieced together and finished sometime during the summer. it just took me a while to figure out the back (thank you willie). i got the measurements rightish enough and then sewed it together. so that's that. i ironed and folded the front and back, grabbed my two yards of batting and dropped it all off to be quilted:: it should be back to me in about a week. then i'll start in on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at elliemoon
this year we traveled for thanksgiving and wound up leaving earlier than expected to avoid a storm. and so, therefore, i was unable to make the coveted pumpkin whoopie pies. luckily there was no shortage of desserts. we had the most wonderful thanksgiving to date. the whoopie pies were missed by the kids though so we got home and i got to it:: there, that's better. we can now move on to christmas! if you haven't tried these yet, you really should. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at elliemoon
if i were being completely honest, i would title this post "the second egg", but it just doesn't have the same ring. our first official egg was laid in a nearly unreachable spot and in the mud. it was broken. apparently the first layer, buttercup, didn't want to use the comfy nesting boxes. a quick search online said we needed to "train" them. golfballs will work, but lucky for us the kids had exactly three fake egg's in their play kitchen. we put one faux egg in each of our three nesting boxes and left the ladies in the coop... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at elliemoon
crunchy, crunchy good:: i have a ton of bookmarked recipes for refrigerator pickles. i started with this recipe because i had all ingredients on hand, minus the coriander seeds. they are super simple to make. i cut the recipe in half and it made enough for two pint containers of pickles. the hardest part was letting them hang out in the fridge for a couple of days before testing. but they were worth the wait and everyone loved them, coriander or no coriander. this recipe requires a little bit of boiling time but there are some i've bookmarked that don't.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at elliemoon
remember those ed emberley drawing books i typed about? i had no idea that he made children's books as well! i found this great alphabet book while looking through a huge box of hardcovers. it was published in 1978:: quilting quails! i love it. also at the same barn sale i found a vintage leather wallet and some antique spoons:: teeny, tiny tea party spoons. i need to go yard saling more often. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at elliemoon
thanks beth!
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on PANDA BEARS AND BUTTERFLIES at elliemoon
bread baking and sock knitting. my annual intro to hibernation:: i don't know about you, but i have been loving these shorter days. daylight savings hit and things just seemed to slow right down. dusk at 4:30ish? perfect. lets start an early dinner to warm up the kitchen and then straight to bed for snuggling up, reading and relaxing. the winter blankets have been washed and reinstated and we're rolling through our roald dahl collection. what could be better? Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at elliemoon
ellie is five, it's official:: those panda cupcakes, in honor of her ongoing panda obsession, will be the last birthday treat made for a preschool celebration. that's it. no more preschool birthdays. not sure how that is possible but there it is. time flies and ellie couldn't be happier. she is very excited to be five. happy, happy birthday ellie lu! Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at elliemoon
my colorful hexipuff yarn stash is gone. it's all bagged up in the form of completed puffs. very satisfying. i even had to start another storage bag. i am 99% sure that i have passed the half-way point, but i'm not stopping to count. i need to just keep knitting, straight ahead to the neutrals. they are the last remaining hand painted and tonal skeins that i ordered from knit picks:: the pearlescent is my favorite. i'll have to order a couple more skeins of it and make something special. my picture didn't really capture it. in person it makes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at elliemoon