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Amber Lee
Oregon
My life after college, starting my own business, getting married, having my girls at home, being a mother, being crafty, being me.
Interests: knitting, spinning, thrifting, scrapbooking, painting, sewing, traveling, quilting, printmaking, photography
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Oh Amanda how I love his space you've created! I do believe I've read your whole blog, and really can hardly believe myself I've had a blog for nearly ten (!) years. Back tack swap, ice cream in the bathroom, unschooling blog ring thing... I remeber all those. I must say I have feelings of jealousy when reading other blogs sometimes, but never yours. I often get similar comments (how do you do it all?) and I remeber an essay of Stephanie's about knitting. She's sitting in a doctors office waiting room knitting and multiple people tell her they wish they had the time while they were, themselves, just sitting there. I'm late to this conversation myself as I've limited my screen time of late. But I can say getting rid of our TV four years ago was HUGE. I never thought we watched that much, but I guess I did and I don't miss it. Also this year my daughter would be in kindergarten. My friends are running themselves ragged making perfect bento boxes for lunch, getting everyone out the door, volunteering in the class, etc. meanwhile my daughter got up at ten and I've already done loads of laundry. It's all about priorities for me. And of course having my partner right there. He works A LOT (and travels which I never blog about) but a random text in the middle of the day from him telling me thank you for everything I'm doing goes a long way! I just love you! We are planning our long talked of trip, a six month road trip around the United states, leaving in January 2020.... Perhaps we'll have to stop and see you. All the best!
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2014 on a project completed at SouleMama
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I have to do this in my basement!!!
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2014 on Stairs... at Color Chic
Tuesday and I love looking at our friends' rugs who do this. And so cozy underfoot! You know next time I'm up at the Pendleton store I'm going to have to get a bag of scraps for you :)
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2014 on just what I need at SouleMama
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I was so surprised when it started to sprinkle yesterday. Not sure why, I knew it was coming, and today the rain has been going all day. Indeed summer is coming to an end. On a sunny day last week I went to visit a friend and her mom's farm garden. I took notes on her amazingly productive garden and wrote this: http://www.lifeincolorphoto.com/2014/09/a-master-gardeners-farm-garden.html
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2014 on in the garden :: September 18 at SouleMama
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Oh I am so glad you posted this! I have been looking for the perfect present for my rule breaking quilting friend and this is it! I can't wait to give it to her!!!
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2014 on Unconventional & Unexpected at angry chicken
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!!! You are insane. This is perfection.
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Bj totally needs to do this! Angela I just love these!
I just love that you post these, it's always so enlightening! Tuesday and I just made care bags for the next homeless people we see... That's always such a hard one for me (and especially to explain to the kids why we have it so much better).
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2014 on Learning: 04 at Just Make Stuff
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Ah! Amanda I have to read that little house article! We are going through the books now and oh man I must have glazed over some bits during my own little house days as a kid because damn ma hates those native Americans! Yes that got us talking for sure (Tuesday, "um, I don't think she's being very nice..."). The whole magazine looks lovely, as always.
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2014 on MEND at SouleMama
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I love everything about this, wow! And I love that you painted the little cupboard above the oven white, genius! Makes it look so huge! When I took everything out of my kitchen last year I ended up with so much space when I put things back. I got rid of some things, but was smarter about how I stores things, looks like you did a similar move!
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2014 on Our kitchen update... at Just Make Stuff
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I want to take one of your classes! I never took any sociology in school, and it sounds so interesting!
Toggle Commented Sep 5, 2014 on This week at school... at Just Make Stuff
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!!!!! That's crazy making for sure. But you can do it!
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2014 on Dots... at Just Make Stuff
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Oh Amy, thank you, thank you, thank you! I loved this post! I have been wondering the same things, but I have a few more questions. I worry about not knowing about a topic enough before we dive into it. Would you say you learn with the girls or do you try to stay a step ahead and teach them. If the latter do you get overwhelmed? My oldest is only 5.5 but since I knew we were going to homeschool I feel like I've been doing it for years and am still trying to find the best structure (or lack there of) for us. I would love to see a picture of one of your theme boards. Please keep the homeschooling posts coming! And thanks again!
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I just love the harvest time. Last year I went to a friends' harvest party and everyone could bring something from their garden or put up if they wanted. Then we put our names in a bowl and mine was the second one out! I went home with a huge box of potatoes that lasted until the new year. Mmm so good. This week I'm working on getting a fruit fridge for some cold storage. And my garden is overflowing! http://www.lifeincolorphoto.com/2014/08/the-garden-end-of-august-2014.html
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2014 on in the garden :: August 28 at SouleMama
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You are not alone! The Instagram thing is the worst for me! That's why I follow so few people, I hate not being caught up!
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2014 on Dieting... at Just Make Stuff
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Oh I do! I love how the diagonal print goes right to the photo!
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These are awesome! Have you noticed the trend of wearing sunflower print again?!?
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Congratulations! You guys are so great together!
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2014 on 15... at Just Make Stuff
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This might be my favorite of yours ever. I love it!
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I love watching your progress. Yes summer, stretch out a little! I think this last week was my favorite in the garden so far. So lovely. http://www.lifeincolorphoto.com/2014/08/the-garden-end-of-july-2014.html
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2014 on in the garden :: July 31 at SouleMama
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I still love these roundups. Good luck with CASA, that was the hardest thing I've done. After the case I was on was over (about two years), I couldn't bring myself to take another... We weren't allowed to make personal connections with the kiddos, and I admit the bureaucracy of the system got the best of me :( I do think I made a difference in my kiddos case so I don't regret it at all. It was just so much harder than I thought!
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2014 on July... at Just Make Stuff
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Good luck keeping stuff off the ledge. I had a massively heavy vintage typewriter fall from my loft ledge in college, and was so lucky it didn't hit anyone! I've been using the newer style fiskars trimmer where a wire guides the cut, but I really don't think it will hold up. My friend is on her third already. If you can wait it out jo-Anne's has been doing 70% off fiskars the last couple years on Black Friday. I get tons of refill blades then (the titanium seem to give the cleanest cuts) and the don't worry about replacing them so often.
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2014 on Perfect height... at Just Make Stuff
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I love the comments section on this post. I read the wolves of willoughby chase. Actually my teacher read it to us in forth grade, but I became obsessed with the writer (Joan Aiken) and searched out the series. This was back when you went to old used book shops hoping they had something, I could never even get a handle back then on everything she wrote, and then I'd find another book of hers I didn't know about and be thrilled. I also read a series printed in the 20's, the "Maida's Little.... (House, shop, etc.)" series. I just happened upon one at a garage sale and fell in love.
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2014 on my favorite book series (as a kid) at angry chicken
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I planted bush beans for the first time this year and just picked my first last night. I'm sold! I'm always amazed how much later you can plant thing in your climate and then totally pass us up in a matter of months! All that sunshine! http://www.lifeincolorphoto.com/2014/07/the-garden-mid-july-2014.html
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2014 on in the garden :: July 17 at SouleMama
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I basically have six in my kitchen and have never regretted it.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2014 on Please help me decide... at Just Make Stuff
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