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branch homestead
i am mother to one adventurous girl and wife to a ridiculously patient and supportive husband. trying to create a healthy peaceful environment for my family and friends.
Interests: gardening, cooking, family, creating, repurposing, books and movies. hoping to add chickens and bees to our family this year and angora rabbits next year then sheep and goats some day.
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i have been away for a long time but even before that i had lost the original purpose of this blog. as a family we are trying hard to reduce our footprint. often times i am asked how i do this. i chose to start this blog to share some of the tricks that i have learned and share the journey of so much more that i plan to learn. we have been more focused lately on reducing and i am trying to get back to finding more ways to re-purpose and recycle. so much has changed this year in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at branch homestead
as mentioned in my last post i have begun an adventure with washable paper fabric. for many years i have been looking to make bags for produce that i purchase at our local farmer's markets, brighton, south wedge, rochester city public market and our co-op the good food collective. i've used fabric produce bags that i've made and i love them. they are great for keeping produce out of the fridge like apples, tomatoes & bananas so that the fruit flies stay off the fruit. i am making lunch bag style bags that comes with a clothes pin. these bags... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at branch homestead
i've come full circle. i started this blog following my first retreat to squam art workshops in june 2009. as so many have shared their love and appreciation for elizabeth duvivier, i feel immense gratitude for so many of the dear souls that are now in my life thanks to my time spent at squam. this would take an entirely different post, thankfully lizzy house wrote a beautiful post about this back in 2013. she spoke of all the love that comes from shared connections. sometimes the joy can be overwhelming...all from one choice. i am just coming back around... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at branch homestead
i was a bit overwhelmed when we finally made the decision that it was possible for me to leave my place of employment to try to making some things that you might want to purchase that could bring you joy. we are also trying to simplify. expect to see many more poached eggs with lentils. i will be sharing what is working for us and what might work for you too. expect to see more sunshine too. i have really enjoyed searching for and sharing the sunshine everyday. happiest new year to you. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at branch homestead
Joy!!! Whatever you do is fabulous! You inspire me. Feel so blessed I have found you. Love the loss of limitation. Life is there for you to embrace...create with reckless abandon...I'll always be here to cheer you on. Overflowing with admiration for you! Can't wait to see your next beautiful creation, also pretty anxious to receive my box!!! ~sunshine & happiness xxoo
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2012 on I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY!!!! at LizzyHouse the spikey tree, The moss? on the branch, the lacey leaf on the stone, the (un)expected heart in the spider web ( they really do follow you, the sweet little frog (how big was he?) I could have something to say about all of them but I muse return to slumber I hope! Sweet dreams. Thank you for sharing.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2012 on A thousand words:: at Enchanted Mama
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I am also beside myself! Super sweet.
Love the changes in thought. Loved the memories that kept awning on you with every story you told even more... That stack there is so amazingly scrumptious!!! Working on the colonial "pilgrim dress". Wishing I had enough time/forethought to have ordered enough Hello Pilgrim to make this dress. Next one will most definitely be...still choosing which fabric. Still really want to make that hegdehog dress like your's! Off to find joy!
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2012 on what will she say next? at LizzyHouse
Love really suits you! We fell in love with the two new lines of fabric, we found them last night! Happy creative thursday.
Understanding overwhelming in all directions. Trying to remain focused to joy. More sleep might help. I know getting back on the bike will too. ~sunshine & happiness
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2012 on A quick thought. at LizzyHouse
So perfect. Very exciting that more people will have the opportunity to experience your fabulousness! Congratulations. ~sunshine & happiness~kimm
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2012 on Introducing Taproot at SouleMama
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i don't always get all the photos when i read on my this last shot wish i was sitting there with you now. hope that you had a great sale this weekend. sweet dreams & moonbeams.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2011 on I'm building you a rainbow. at LizzyHouse
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Dec 14, 2011
thank you for sharing these...once more using them for a gift! helen's student teacher is on to share with others...we are gifting books & always want to share the Lizzy love with anyone we can! all this sharing tonight, love it. xoxo sweet dreams & moonbeams kimm & helen
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2011 on Free Castle Peeps Book Plates at LizzyHouse
that was really beautiful...happy birthday to your mother! so wonderful that she will be able to see in print how you appreciate all that she is to all of you...what a gift you have given to her this beautiful day.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2011 on SoulePapa Blogs :: My Mom at SouleMama
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Love these beautiful images. The last one is so perfect in so many ways it's almost overwhelming. Thanks for sharing your happiness. Peace to you and yor lovely family.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2011 on blissed out at SouleMama
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Happy Tuesday friend. Wish I was going to see you again in June at SQUAM. We are going to have to figure something out. Any how. Happy spring day to you.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2011 on Good friends:: at Enchanted Mama
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I love what you share on your blog & in your store...inspiring & beautiful. Thank you. wishing you more sunshine in your days*
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ouch!!! thanks for the this juicy post. so glad that you are having a great time. love this hotel-i've been wanting to go here for some time now. enjoyed all the other links too. i read that your mom was in the wall street journal! how exciting! you look amazing my friend, can't wait to see you. xoxox
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2011 on Portland I love thee. at LizzyHouse
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Posted Jan 2, 2011 at branch homestead
thank you for sharing. your images are amazing...i especially love the one of the dance floor, so warm. my grandfather had a beautiful old "system" too. He collected so many records and every time he chose a new one to share with us he would walk down the hall from the living room to his bedroom closet bring the record back to the living room, remove it ever to gently from the sleeve, dust it carefully with his special roll shaped record dusting tool and every so gracefully place it on the player and bring the joy to all of us to share. i love to take these walks through the past. thank you. have a beautiful day.
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2010 on SoulePapa Blogs :: Spinning Stories at SouleMama
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