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StorybookWoods
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Interests: travel, knitting, calligraphy, classical music, wine, homemaking, history, parties, tea, homeschooling, brewing, nature walks, charlotte mason, chocolate., england, old children’s books, susan branch, making bread, entomology, cooking, drawing, sewing, baking, france, decorating, crafting, cozy mysteries, cottages, old building
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Sorry I have not been around. Life has been CRAZY. My mother had a few cancer scares, all are fine. We are just waiting on one more. My baby turned 18, akkkk!! And I have had to make so real health changes (which I will blog about soon). We were in real need of some R and R, so we headed ot the ocean (Pacific Beach, WA) for a few days. It was gray but we still enjoyed it. We were lucky to stay in the cutest cottage. I was inspired by it and thought you might be too, so I took lots of photos. This cottage was like something out of Country Living. Lots of little touches. Enjoy (also it is up for sale this summer) xox Related articles Mother's Day Fun More Ice & Snow Christmas Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Storybook Woods
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I was at Barns&Noble, perusing through the magazines. I was looking for a little mini-vacation. That is why I like magazines, for half hour they take to a different place and time. One hopefully less hectic than the life is right now. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Did you know radiant orchid is the Pantone color of the year? I know because it is the theme color of the spring issue of Gatherings mag. So the last couple of months I have had radiant orchard on my mind. Which is fine with me but it is one of my favorite colors, a purple with a red cast to it. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Storybook Woods
Good day Sheri, sorry for not getting back to you sooner I have been out of town. To get my blog e-mailed to you, look on the left side of the blog, towards the bottom is a photo of a little chair. Click on that and there is a link to get SB e-mailed to you. Thank you for stopping by and have a Wren day. Clarice
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Chloe surprised me with this lovely tea cup vignette the other day. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Storybook Woods
You know what I love about your shop? It is so calming, so peaceful. You have then chic, heartfelt, zen style and it is so reflected in your products xox Clarice
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Well after a lot of hard work (and eating lots of versions of my recipes) I am happy to announce the spring issue of Gatherings is out and boy is it beautiful. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Hi, I have not forgotten my blog or you. Life is a bit crazy. Health issues, my mom had surgery (she is fine now. I have been taking care of her, will be her chauffeur for a week or so. So I will be back sometime next week. I just wanted to say hi and share a fun printable with you xox Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Something I will always treasure. I had a hard time picking a spot, for you want a place that will get no sunlight or the butterflies will fad. I finally found a spot but it felt a bit bare. I remembered these paper frames and thought they would be perfect. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Come check out my new post at gatherings, Simple Cream of Tomato Soup. It is decadent (and super easy)!!! Related articles Salmon Burger w/ Cream Cheese & Capers Stroganoff Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Well we barely got a dusting of snow last Sunday but it will probably be all the snow we will get this year. Thought I would share. It is fun living on the water when it snows, so pretty! Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Most of you know I have a large kitchen. Two rooms in fact! One room was a breakfast nook but I turned it into a baking pantry. I suspected having a space with all my grains, equipment and supplies, organized and easy to reach would inspire me to bake more and I was right. Now I realize I am a lucky girl to have such a big kitchen and most of you do not have a whole room just for baking but hopefully some of my organization tips will help and inspire you. My latest idea is to take my whisks, rolling pin, baking spatulas, etc. and put them all in an old silver urn I was gifted. I found when I was in the middle of baking, my hands covered in flour, it was hard to open a draw and search through it for what I forgot to grab before I started baking. This way it is right where I can see it without getting dough all over everything. Everything easy to find, easy to grab. Plus it looks so pretty, an extra! A few other baking organization tips. 1. I have 2 sets of baking cups and spoons.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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I am leaving my family and heading to California for a little trip. Have a joyous week xox image by Corrie Bond Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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I did something a little different with my Valentine tree this year. I made strawberries out of walnuts. I just painted them, cut little leaves out of felt, which I glued on and ran a peice of thread through the leaf to hang them. A remake of my black and white Christmas kitchen tree. I left on the vintage pieces of hand crochet lace for garland. Simple and even though they are not hearts, it still feels Valentine to me xox Related articles Glass Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Cake, GF or Not Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Winter is a hard time to eat seasonally, local and plentiful. Organic is not cheap, ones garden is not putting out a lot but if you are like me, you are looking for ways to add more veggies to your diet. Sprouting is always a good idea but especially in the winter. It is an easy, inexpensive and you can always have greens on-hand. All you need is a jar, something to cover it like linen fabric or nylons. It is best to keep the jars at an angle using a stick, bowl or bicycle tube. There are lots of different seeds or nuts you can use. Just make sure you use organic seeds from a company you trust. This is a great post covering the basics. There is even an app for your i-phone/i-pad. Here is a list of what you can use and how long to soak it. I know this list is not complet, there is amaranth and onion missing and I am sure more. Do your resursh and enjoy!! top image from Marmee Craft Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Warning, braggy mom post!!! I am always amazed at my daughters creative, out-of-the-box thinking. This Christmas was no different. Not only are their gifts so creative but always reflect the person it is made for. These are just the ones I got to photograph. There was also a ruffled edge scarf, crochet flower bracelets, cup holder and a zombie lima bean ornament (because David HATES lima beans). Chloe crocheted me a beautiful cover for a canning jar. In white just like I wanted! Chloe also made her sister a felt doll, Ren from Uta No Prince-Sama anime. Auberne` crochet this amazing cherry pin. It is a soft periwinkle, very delicate, I just love it. The girls also made for their father this key chain. Each penny is from the year they were born. My fav gift, this the bow tie Chloe made for her sis. The packaging was half the fun. Auberne` crocheted Chloe a Harry Potter scarf. Auberne` sold so many scarves this Christmas, it was all she was doing the month of December!! This is not a gift my girls made me but a little gift I splurged on myself. I love Bertha Louise Designs work and when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Rarely do I find movies I love but I have found a few lately, so it is a rare treat to be able to share them with you!! By the way these are all on Netflix instant watch. First is my favorite film Haute Cuisine . This is everything I love France, food, a true story and cooking. It is based on the true story of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch and how she was appointed as the private chef for the 21st French President Francois Mitterrand. Full of interesting details of French political life, running a kitchen as a woman in a man's world and love of food. A must see! Savannah, is an interesting true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. It did not get good reviews and I am not sure how true to facts are but I did not care. The story line held me, Jim Caviezel did an amazing job. I wanted to know more about Ward Allen and his life on the river. I always enjoy a beautiful period piece! Populaire This is a sweet love story with a real 50's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Happy New Year, I hope all is going well. I had a lovely month off but now December is over and life speeds on. I know this is a little late but better late than never. I will confess because I got so sick, I did a simplified version of this menu. I bought sabayon ice cream from our local ice cream store, instead of making the lemon mousse. Skipped the soup (but will write a recipe for all of you soon), wild rice instead of gratin. Other than that it was delish. I tried to create a menu that reflected our Russian/Eastern European Christmas theme. I am loving roasted grapes but am still tweaking the recipe. You want to roasted them long enough for the sugars to caramelize but not burn. Now that we are into a new year and there are so many stomach bugs going around I am focusing on cooking food for a healthy gut. They say 80% of your immune system is in your digestive track. So we are eating lots of probiotics like, fermented veggies, homemade yogurt, kifer and bone broth (I keep bags of saved chicken and beef bones in the freezer to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Happy New Year my friends. I pray this is a year full of challenges, strength and joy for each of you. I am looking forward to seeing my work in Gatherings this year. Also how my daughters will grow and take on new challenges. What are you looking forward too? image from Related articles Happy Tasha Tudor Day Happy Autumn Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Before starting a new year, here is a look backwards!! January- Handmade Christmas February-Storyton Abbey party March-Smoked Kale pasta April-Naturally removing yellowing from whites May-Clean cook series, which I still need to finish!! June-My new stove Nerina July-Make an herb brush August-Tortilla scramble, which I still make for breakfast all the time September-Gatherings in print October-Pumpkin pie tips November-Thankful cups December-Folklore Christmas Related articles Vintage Storybook, Help w/ Food Budget Storybook Year 2013 A Storybook Wood's Year Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Storybook Woods
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So taaDahhh our theme this year is Russian/folklore Christmas. Now I am not sure if what we did was what they do in Russia but that was not the point. It was what I think of when I think of my grandparents. I was also inspired by the book Uncle Vova's Tree. We used lots of black, gold and bright colors. As with all my Christmas themes there is so much I could have done but I had to narrow and pick things that worked for our family. The vintage Santa collection is not Russian at all but we added woodland elements and the black paper to give it more of the feel Eastern European feel. We always make crafts to go with our theme. This years was little clay domed buildings and bright paper stars. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at Storybook Woods
It was very low key and that is good. Of course your home looks utterly charming. Love it all. Merry Christmas xox Clarice
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I am back and feel better. Christmas was lovely and low key. I hope yours was lovely too. Here is my little entry room. I will confess it was really cold so I just threw together my decorations in my little entry room. I already had the bark and moss going. Just added some snowflakes, deer and shiny balls. I love this because I can leave it up through the winter!! My little Storybook corner (several gifts from you!!) Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Storybook Woods
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I just popped in to say I am sick, really sick. I was dieing about this time yesterday. Hopefully I am done and will have my strength back by Christmas. Also hopefully my girls do not get this (it was really bad). Anyways I will be back after Christmas, I still have lots to share. Enjoy a Christmas chocolate for me xox image Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at Storybook Woods
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