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Rachel Catron Ellington
The Beautiful Midwest
Hello! My name is Rachel Catron Ellington. I'm an artist, designer, teacher, writer, foodie, wife & mom. I love the process of creating and the joy it brings into the everyday details of life.
Interests: Digital art, graphic design, healthy food, Whole30, cooking, homemaking, funky decor & upcycling furniture, painting & printmaking, sewing, music, photography, paper crafts & occasional trysts at gardening.
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So, this latest Senior Shoot with my daughter, is a typical Indiana Spring. And the other things included literally what seems to be everything else I can humanly complete before the big graduation shin-dig in June. I've mentioned before balance and making friends with my to-do list but sadly, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at design happy home
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This is hard. I had no idea it would be this hard. As if freelancing & DIY home improvements weren't enough (and it's taken me about 6 months to adjust to that) I went and added in a very lofty workout goal. Getting 1000 calories burned everyday. I don't think... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at design happy home
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First and foremost, I have to apologize that my posts had not been showing up as new compositions. It's a glitch, a rather human glitch, that I have now defeated and should be on a smooth path with. So I'll get right to the recipe for ZUCCHINI NOODLES with AVOCADO... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at design happy home
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Call it what you want, chaos, confusion or a happy accident, that is where the magic lurks. The wise words, "magic in the mess" are originally from renowned author Bene Brown. I first read them a few years ago but rediscovered them again just a few days ago on Instagram... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at design happy home
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This. Currently. Almost ashamed to admit it, but I've added yet another not-so-small project to my to do list. In working on projects in my studio, I've been feeling a bit cramped. Which is not a good environment for creativitiness. (Yes, I made up that word) And after my daughter... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at design happy home
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So the little one, or rather, the almost 18 year old that isn't so little anymore, is off to Indiana State University this weekend for the All Star Honor Band festival and the hubs and I are kind of looking forward to giving this empty nesters concept a trial run.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at design happy home
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After my lengthy time away for the holidays, I really should wish you Happy New Year, but let's be honest, we are already knee deep in it. Am I right? Oh my goodness, how time flies. I seriously don't remember the days of the week and month ticking by at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at design happy home
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A peek from the last few weekend's work • Senior Photography • I strive for natural, real life shots - anywhere but a studio. ♥ Thanks for stopping by! xo ♥ Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at design happy home
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I've gotta admit, I'm getting in a rut with my Whole30 journey. I started early May and completed over 125 days clean and clear. I took one day off and it has been a literal challenge to get back on the bandwagon full force. (I've had a bowl of ice... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at design happy home
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Whew! That's all I have to say! Ok. Bye. Just kidding! I'm flabbergasted that, after months and months of purging and packing away and creating out of boxes in a corner of the master bedroom, it would take this long to put my studio back together in a much larger... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at design happy home
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CHICKEN VEGGIE SOUP • #WHOLE30 STYLE • It's What's for Dinner! • One whole organic chicken - simmer in a large stock pot with a generous amount of water for approx 4 hrs with Rosemary, Thyme, Salt, Pepper & Garlic. • Remove chicken and set aside to cool. Discard herbs.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at design happy home
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I absolutely adore this time of year. No a/c, no furnace, windows open and fresh crisp air. The last blooms are blooming in the garden. Soup's on! And there is a general feeling of renewal that fills me up. It almost feels like Spring to me, but instead of an... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at design happy home
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Chicken & Veggie Noodles! ♥ Inspired by, or rather, continuation, of Nom Nom Paleo's Cracklin Chicken recipe. (Although, for this batch, I found organic chicken thighs already deboned & skinless at Kroger. Let me just say, that the crispy skin is what makes the recipe, but it's doable without.) After... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at design happy home
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Even though my husband keeps trying to convince me that Pinterest is actually a practical joke site, where pranksters post how-to's that non-Martha-Stewart types can not adequately complete, I still believe. And so, I present to you my color blocked door. Super easy pop of graphic color in my kitchen.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at design happy home
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As I scrolled through my Kindle selections from the last few months, I noticed a theme. The word "girl" in so many titles, as well as "she" and one "sister". Girl Power! Hellz yes! No matter how fractured or broken they are they all came out as heroines. (Ok, maybe... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at design happy home
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In putting the finishing touches on my new studio space, I've been wrapping up some projects that have been waiting in the wings. One of those projects is painting an old typeface drawer I have had for about a decade. I actually came across several of these drawers years ago... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at design happy home
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Moving my studio space to the second level. And when I say second level, I literally mean to the second level, aka. Upstairs! 18 stairs, 18 wonderfully old steep pine wood sturdy stairs. It will be a great challenge but after months of purging and trying to condense into a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at design happy home
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Hello Fellow Foodies! I'm going to throw down a two for one today. In beginning this blogging journey, my intentions were to share new content each day, but sometimes life has other plans for us. I lost a very dear life long friend this week and the grief hit me... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at design happy home
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A few weeks ago, my glass top patio table shattered into a million little pieces. Well, it seemed like a million little pieces, give or take a few hundred. It was just a small square table and not a terribly expensive Target find. The problem is that I was literally... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at design happy home
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Sprinkled in between the inspiration, recipes and DIY projects, I will be dropping in some of my random writings. Some are from my now retired weekly newspaper column Laugh Your Way Through and some are unpublished. In trying to find photos to work with my random ramblings, I came across... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at design happy home
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First off, let me just say, that the tale of 2 chickens was not at first a success story. One was not a total bust, but the the second one, pictured above, was a total YAY ME! moment. So I've mentioned before that I'm a new convert to the Whole30... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at design happy home
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When guests come to my home, whether they are old friends or new, the statement I hear most is, "I would have never thought of putting those things together, but they work." And then the questions quickly follow. "How did you know that would work? What style do you call... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at design happy home
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Aug 13, 2015
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I've been on a journey. I've been on a journey back to me. And yes, in the eight month of 2015, I'm finally ready to reflect on the path that has brought here. I truly looked forward to 2015. It was to be a banner year of milestones; I would... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at design happy home