Monday, December 29, 2014

The Cabin

Trying my hand at Scandinavian stichcraft
Winging it : a hand drawn pattern drawn with sharpie on muslin 
Gibson embroidering a star 
Gibson trying his hand at embroidery . I love how much he's concentrating in this picture
Practicing while watching Tom Baker Dr Who episodes with Braden
Snowflakes tied on to the rebar railings upstairs .  I had so much fun cutting these out ! 
Gibson bought me this car magnet :)
Santa brought German chocolates 
I bought this book on Amazon and love it ! Working on learning to embroider so I can make new ornaments
for our cabin tree next Christmas ...
Craig's oatmeal walnut chocolate chip cookies for Santa 
Happy Monday, sweet friends! 

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Cabin

Opening gifts . NES video games are all the rage in our house, since the newer game systems are geared
towards adults games
Violet opening gifts . She is the cutest! :)
Corn free marshmallows ! I cannot even tell you how much I enjoyed having one of these cut up in my
hot cocoa . I found the mini size on Amazon and linked to it here
Spicy hot cocoa . Oh, good grief, you must try this ! The price on Amazon is much more than we
paid at a small local store on the mountain . Craig used 2 tbsp per mug and it was plenty
rich enough . Delicious 
Whisk milk to almost steaming and then add the cocoa powder
Can you see the bits of chili ? If you like a bit of spice, you will LOVE this Dagoba Xocolatl . 
A storm blowing in at the cabin . I LOVE the smoky effect of the clouds moving in
Urbanears headphones were the perfect gift for three music loving boys . Link to the Humlan version here .
Colored Urbanears Humlan headphones . Indigo, clover and moss . I love that you can hear background noise
AND your music 
Clouds moving in at the cabin 
We had a low key Christmas this year. We ran away to the cabin to bake, cook, play cribbage, and hike in the woods. It was such a great break with my guys after my busy studio schedule this month. Old school NES video games and headphones for my three music loving boys were perfect gifts. The colors of the headphones are great, as is the fact that the ear covers and headband can be pulled off and thrown in the washing machine when needed. We mostly just wanted to get away for lots of family time, especially since this is Braden's last Christmas at home before heading to college next fall.

I hope you had an equally restful and loving holiday. I am down with a cold or something, so forced to stay out of the studio for a few more days, as scheduled. It's funny how your body will force you to take a break if you won't do it voluntarily. The amazon links above are just for your convenience. I don't make anything off of your clicks or purchases. :)

Here's to a fantastic end to 2014, sweet friends! 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Cabin

The season's first snow. The hemlocks look magical.
Everyone's favorite spot on the sofa. Whoever gets up first
in the morning, usually Gibson, camps out here.
Our first fire of the season, on Halloween. 
My honey on an autumn walk through
the woods.
Braden finds a stick ideal for carving.
The upstairs with built in bunks, perfect for the boys. The
magnetic dartboard gets lots of use when we're here.
My Gibson. 

We are home for the third weekend in a row, since all three boys are in a school theatre production of A Christmas Carol. Scrooge, young Scrooge, and Bob Cratchit. I'm so proud of them!! But absolutely dreaming of being back at the cabin, where life is slow and simple. Happy weekend, sweet friends! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

My Favorite Things

The Christmas season is upon us and I am SO excited to find handmade lovelies for friends and family this year. One of my favorite things about Etsy is finding other makers to purchase gifts from. I search throughout the year and keep a collection, so I have a bevy of fantastic things to choose from when I'm on the hunt for something special. These are a few of my favorite things.

leather clutch by arebycDesign on etsy

handcrafted natural perfume oils by LVNEA on etsy
2015 planner by NinjAndNinj on etsy
vanilla sandalwood candle by MasonAndWax on etsy
little red riding hood doll by blita on etsy
reclaimed wood coffee table by UniqueIndustry on etsy
recycled newspaper pencils and pouch by SocialGoodsCo on etsy
driftwood clock by Railis on etsy
woodland ceramic bowl by claylicious on etsy
almond lip balm by LittleFlowerSoapCo on etsy

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Cabin

A morning walk through the woods with my coffee
Craig leading the way on our morning walk
Remnants of the night's rainstorm
Funky fungi
Wood ears
Autumn flowers
Acorns everywhere
Gibson carving a stick into a sword
Ethan wanted a draw blade for his birthday. This was
the first walking stick that he attempted.
Braden devouring another book. The cabin is
perfect for reading.

One of my favorite parts of being at the cabin is going on a morning walk in the woods, usually with a large mug of coffee in hand. Soaking in the sounds around me and breathing in the clean mountain air. Pure bliss. Happy Thanksgiving, sweet friends!! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Cabin

My new Barbour Chase Wellington boots.
Happy birthday to me!
Braden in the kitchen 
A view of the living room/dining room from the front door. I
love our massive Tennessee flagstone fireplace. 
Silly boys in the kitchen. This is what happens when I
ask them to pose..... Ethan's birthday.
My favorite season is here. Autumn. The leaves are changing into all sorts of flaming hues. We celebrated two birthdays recently: mine and our middle son's. He turned 16. I turned a few more years older than that. :) We spent the day exploring the backroads near the cabin, hiking, rocking in a rocking chair, and drinking coffee, not necessarily in that order. It was glorious. Fashion is not something that I care about. I need jeans, tanks, tshirts, a pair of boots, and/or moccasins to be happy. Throw in a few sweaters and a few pieces of my jewelry, and I am thrilled beyond measure. Last year, I worn a pair of Toms Nepal boots every single day from October until summer hit. Hiking in the woods, mud, gravel roads, rain, they took a beating and still look decent. The key? Don't try to clean them until all of the gunk dries. Then, you can just brush pretty much anything off of them.
My Barbour Chase Wellingtons. 
This year, I decided that I wanted a pair of rubber boots and Barbour Chase Wellingtons are just plain sexy. (they are! for rubber boots...) The quilted texture adds something cool and they are actually quite comfortable. They were the perfect birthday gift and they'll be my cabin and town footwear for the upcoming months. I've already received strange looks for wearing them in nearly 80 degree weather in town, but you know what? I love them and that is that. :)
Hemlock foliage. Don't you just want to touch it?!
We had a mini forest of hemlocks planted in the wooded area in front of the cabin, to fill in some of the open space. I saw my first Eastern hemlock about a year ago and fell head over heels in love with the texture, color and wild shape of the tree. We needed some sort of evergreen to fill in the sparse areas near the cabin and I couldn't imagine any other trees in the space. A local tree farm, that we happened across when driving to get firewood for this winter, had absolutely lovely trees. When he offered to plant them, too, I jumped at the chance to have a handful of them added around our cabin. They are magnificent and make it look like a winter wonderland in front of our cabin. Something about evergreens just says 'cabin', 'winter' and 'christmas'. I adore them.
The area in front of our cabin, pre-hemlocks
Mr. Meeks, tree extraordinaire. He took maybe 10 minutes
of breaks in a 4 hour tree planting stint. The absolute
hardest worker, and one of the
nicest men I have ever talked to.
Hemlocks going in and the leaves starting to change 
My new hemlock forest. Love!

Happy Tuesday, sweet friends!