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the love remains, even after the fluff-ball stage. everyone spends ample time hanging out by the run. it's the new place to be. breed list: 2 speckled sussex, 2 buff orpington, 2 araucana, 1 cuckoo maran and 1 pearl white leghorn. they are, thankfully, out of the bathroom and living the good life in a spacious coop. a coop that is just about there. more news on that to come. happy long weekend! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at elliemoon
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just a couple of lavender laboring pillows:: i have a couple more that i need to make and then the leftover lavender is going toward something special. something to help achieve maximum relaxation. maximum relaxation? yes, i'll take some of that. think i'll get started straight away. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at elliemoon
hi! i emailed you the link :)
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on NO KNEAD, DUTCH OVEN ARTISAN BREAD at elliemoon
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early on in the spring, big b made us a beautiful strawberry cage. it is a complete cage, buried in about 10 inches of soil. i found some amazing heirloom alpine strawberry seeds and heirloom pineapple strawberry seeds and started them out inside. the pineapple strawberries will be yellow when ripe. we're hoping to see some next season. i also purchased one plant from our favorite garden shop that would give us fruit this summer:: it's filling in nicely. and the variety i purchased has been producing fruit all summer long. sometimes doubled:: and sometimes heart-shaped. nice touch, mother nature::... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at elliemoon
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thanks to the recent super moon, there have been some just as super tides down at the harbor. tide pools at sunset, my favorite:: we walked and walked and the tide just seemed to keep going. we found creatures we don't usually see and didn't leave until after the sun was down. just before the mosquitoes moved in and right at the turn of the tide. perfect august evening. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at elliemoon
i love that owl cap! unfortunately there is no pattern that i know of. but i will keep looking and update this post if she ever does publish the pattern for this hat.
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2014 on HELEN RODEL at elliemoon
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it's almost there! and just in time. our youngest chicks are almost eight weeks old. and they are not chicks anymore. luckily big b found a larger temporary home for them, but they are still in the bathroom. which is interesting. and kind of smelly. can't wait to move them in. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at elliemoon
thanks alexa! it's the star stitch with a row of single crochet in between.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2014 on SUMMER CROCHET at elliemoon
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crocheting with jute is pretty interesting. interesting and slightly painful. but once you get the hang of it, it really isn't too bad:: look! it's taking shape now. this is the point where i have to decide to adjust the size or continue according to the instructions. i feel as though i could be close to seeing this thing through to completion. which would be so refreshing. maybe i will! and maybe it will lead me on to some fantastical finishing streak; where i will gather all of my piles and, one by one, finish, finish, finish! it's good to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at elliemoon
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rosemary and garlic. my favorite combination. here's how it went: i roasted two garlic bulbs, carefully removed the roasted cloves and put them into the freezer. then i took about a tablespoon of dried rosemary and crushed it up with the mortar and pestle. i added that to the normal recipe for no knead bread and set the dough to hang out overnight. the garlic remained in the freezer:: in the morning i took out the frozen cloves and folded them into the dough while i was forming my ball. this way they didn't get all mashed and smashed in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at elliemoon
wooden embroidery hoops are usually very light, pale wood. she uses wood stain to achieve darker/different colored hoops, which look so beautiful when you are keeping your work in the hoop and hanging the finished product. also, no way! i would love to see that story. i searched on youtube but couldn't find anything. i will keep looking.
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two very exciting events! last weekend i made it back down to visit nej in brooklyn. another little bite of city life. it was fun, delicious and craftingly educational:: that mural is great right? it changes up and is painted on! i would love to see that in the works. after a significant amount of exploring and eating, shopping and more eating, we headed to soho for an embroidery class at purl! one we have been trying to coordinate for quite a while:: i could spend a whole day in that shop. we signed up for the custom monogram embroidery... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at elliemoon
the spinner is made by saf natura. we got ours through brushy mountain bee farm. they have a great starter kit:: http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/Introductory-Extracting-Kit/productinfo/796/
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2014 on THE SWEET STUFF at elliemoon
hi elizabeth! there is actually a fine mesh filter placed inside the bucket that the spinner is draining into. it takes the honey a couple of days to filter through but then it comes out of the bucket ready to be bottled up. i can use what's left behind to render more beeswax too!
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2014 on THE SWEET STUFF at elliemoon
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the only bright side to loosing a hive over the winter is that you get to clean it out in preparation for the new bees. our older hive was heavy with honey, so we finally had the chance to test out the new spinner:: the spinner! the spinner is amazingly amazing. i love the spinner. not a drop left in the comb and absolutely no damage done. the sweet bounty! on a related note, my strategy with the bees this year will be: "let them be" (no double pun intended). i've heard that people have success in not bothering them... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at elliemoon
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look what happened to those tiny little rows of bok choy and radishes:: for the bok choy: chop, chop. saute in a bit of oil and garlic. that's it. unbelievably yummy. and the radishes?:: a few handfuls got chopped into salads but for the most part they were all picked, rinsed and crunched up with some goddess dressing. so good! and just as we finished the picking and pulling up, and cleared out those rows, we realized the catnip has completely grown back and is in full force again. friends with cats, see me. i've got the goods. this first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at elliemoon
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the rest are here! two beautiful buff orpingtons:: owen's cuckoo maran, named bean:: and two of the cutest araucana's you've ever seen:: the beige araucana is kai's and will go by chickadee, according to the majority. his choice was bobina, the female form of bob. this was quickly shot down by all siblings. luckily, being twelve, he is not terribly concerned with which chicken is named what or if said name is cute enough. so it wasn't an issue. the chicken's full name, for the record, will be chickadee bobina. and kai is satisfied. we also now have a speckled... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at elliemoon
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as per owen. this was his request as he prepared to turn 10. frosting has always been too heavy on his stomach. a trait that he most definitely did not inherit from any of my dna. so, what to do for a plain cake request? i was leaning toward an ice cream cake until i remembered that i had this great castle pan. ten minutes digging in the basement later and we were on our way to a sandcastle cake:: sugar in the raw makes for perfect sand. this year the fireworks that normally follow owen's party were replaced by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at elliemoon
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i planted a small pot of catnip in the garden last year, back by the herbs. did you know that it's a perennial? it was the first thing to come back this year and it's huge! we cut it all down at the beginning of the month:: we bundled it up and hung it to dry in the attic:: and then:: a half gallon jar of homegrown catnip. i will have to hide this from indy and ellie. they love to sprinkle it everywhere and watch the results. luma will indulge but sometimes walks right by. mako, on the other... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at elliemoon
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they've already come and gone. sad but true. they were impressive as ever though. this new variety was the winner by far. i planted it last spring and it must really love it's spot. so huge and fragrant. the blooms smelled like peaches! i wish i could remember the name. i think they are a variety of rio bearded irises:: these are my wild irises:: "wild" only because i transplanted them up from an overgrown area of our road. pretty and petite. we'll see them next spring. now it's on to the daylilies. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at elliemoon
you should do it!
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2014 on LITTLE CHICKS at elliemoon
"cheep cheep"
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2014 on LITTLE CHICKS at elliemoon
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we had a lakeside picnic on saturday and stayed through all shades of sunset:: from gold to pink. hope you all had a lovely solstice. happy summer 2014! Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at elliemoon
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yay for chickens! something i've been waiting for and dreaming of. the time has finally come. it's really happening! and the kids are in love. a couple speckled sussex:: and one pearl white leghorn named buttercup, whom indy has claimed:: more are on the way after the weekend. so very exciting. in the end we'll have a nice mix of breeds. and hopefully a stylish chicken coop. happy saturday and sunday! Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at elliemoon
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the dutch oven bread is still on a steady rotation around here. heather and i got to talking about add-ins recently and this one was her idea. just rinse a cup of uncooked quinoa and then toss it in with the dry ingredients:: you don't need to change any measurements, just add it in. so simple and delicious results:: this recipe just keeps getting better! Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at elliemoon