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finally getting going on the new quilts for the girls:: i have a slightly enormous amount of cutting left before i can start at the machine. the colors are starting to wear on me a little, but i know the girls will like them. i am going to try to stay disciplined with this project. i've already promised matching pillow cases and even decorative pillows with fringe. what? i don't know what i was thinking. i was getting excited while telling indy my plans. i've got to watch that. these kids don't mess around. if i said fringe, there will... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at elliemoon
let's just start by doing the basic introductions and leave the "minus two" for later, because it's partially sad. it's a "good news, bad news" kind of thing. here they are, almost all grown up:: now for the first story. right here, below dandelion, there should be a picture of daisy. daisy and dandelion are a pair from the same hatch; two pearl white leghorns named after flowers, just like our first leghorn, buttercup. the good news? she's alive. she's just not very picture friendly at the moment as she was completely scalped by the other chickens. completely. it was... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at elliemoon
i think a few people are having trouble with that. she must have stopped promoting her patterns. i just checked on ravelry and it looks like it is still there for sale:: let me know if that works or not. i hope it does :)
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2015 on DEJA VU at elliemoon
these are so much fun to make :) can't believe it's been almost three years since this post. it may be time to revisit this project. thanks for reminding me about it :)
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2015 on HAND ART - AN OPTICAL ILLUSION at elliemoon
yes we do! thanks for sharing:)
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2015 on FROM KAUA'I TO ALL OF US at elliemoon
so glad my brother shared this. it's true for all of us and i hope you guys will pass it on. this is the stuff that needs to be going viral:: such a beautiful and well made video. i love the breathing of the tide (minute 13:45). "our most viable pathway to survive on this planet is to not abandon the ancestral wisdom of humanity." we cast our vote everyday. pass it on, pass it on. share, repost, etc! Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at elliemoon
swarming is how the hive reproduces. in essence, the hive is growing and splits to create a new hive of bees. the queen leaves with some of the bees but leaves behind eggs and worker bees so that they can make a new queen. it is really an amazing thing and it is the nature of the bee. they are such incredible little creatures.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2015 on ANOTHER HIVE SWARMS at elliemoon
thanks beth! the long arm quilting was done by a local woman on the cape. i just updated my post with her website. she does such a great job.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2015 on TRIP COMPLETE at elliemoon
i was working in the kitchen yesterday when i heard our green hive start to swarm. at that point, all we could do was watch:: again they were hanging nearly 30 feet up. there was no way to try to capture them and bring them back. this time, the scout bees did their work quickly and within a few hours, the cluster started to sag and then broke and left for good. :: i will miss this queen, she was a super strong one. hopefully the one the hive will raise will be just as productive. so it goes with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at elliemoon
it is done:: quite a long, long time coming. but all it took in the end was some new fabric and another pattern and a dream of making a quilt for each of the girls before summer is up. here's hoping they'll at least be unwrapping them during the holidays. more news on that project to come, and hopefully it won't span nearly two years like this one. i'm going to do less pinning this time. that should help. the long arm quilting was done locally by terry of in stitches. you can find her here. she does a wonderfully... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at elliemoon
thanks beth! :)
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2015 on LITTLE BOOTIES at elliemoon
this pattern is too cute and is available as a free download on ravelry here:: yes, lots of ends to tie in and some seam sewing involved, but they are so small it isn't as daunting as you would think. i was seaming them up and tying in ends as i went and then i had to stop. there were no instructions for the button loops, so i reached out on ravelry. thank you a million times to kris of bockstark handspun! she emailed me right back with a link to this button loop tutorial. i'm so grateful. it was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at elliemoon
two great books that are perfect for your favorite nature lover or your own bookshelf:: these were for owen's eleventh birthday. i forget where he spotted the animal architecture book but i'm so glad he did. these books are different in style and feeling but equally engaging and captivating and i'm so happy they are in his library. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at elliemoon
last month i signed up for silversmithing classes. the first night was pretty much three hours of me geeking out. one hundred percent, instantly hooked:: i was a little nervous going in, but it was like a crafters wonderland. new tools, new materials, new methods, new everything. add to this a super skilled teacher and some time spent playing with fire and i've got myself a new addiction. can't wait for the next class. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at elliemoon
clamming time:: it was an early morning. and then we forgot the life jackets. but we made it out there, got our fill of steamers and quahogs, spotted more than a couple moon snails, wandered around on the sand bar exploring and made it home before lunch. a perfect cape cod morning. followed by a delicious afternoon. fellow clammers may want to revisit this post. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at elliemoon
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