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What I’m Digging


Happy Friday, friends! I’ve got a mug of hot coffee in one hand and slice of homemade pumpkin bread with butter in the other, so, clearly, things are off to a great start today!

I’m on the homestretch of my December 1st deadline for the new book (Handmade Gatherings). The past 6 months have seriously flown by. In that time, I’ve hosted 9 gatherings, written about 16, and enjoyed every second of it. I’ve just got some opening bits of the book to pen before I submit the entire beast, so I’ve been working studiously to churn it out in advance of our friends Jen & Jon’s visit this weekend (they own the yome down in the smaller of our two “lower fields”), as well as a heap of family and friends coming to visit next Wednesday-Sunday. I better get crackin’!

I’ve got a Small Measures post up on Design Sponge. I’m sharing my incredible easy recipe for homemade room spritzer. I grew up in a house heavy on the aerosol sprays. My version is considerably easier on the planet, and, in my estimation, waaaaaay better smelling.

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:
*Joel Allen and his Hemloft (and overall philosophy) are SO up my alley.
*Loving Karie’s blog.
*Bath cookies.
*The “Family Apothecary” issue of Action Pack looks amazing.
*This would make a great writer’s cabin.
*Plaid Friday sounds like a nice alternative, doesn’t it?
*Local, affordable nut, fruit & medicinal trees and shrubs!
*Marisa’s cranberry solutions.

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

3 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Hollie says:

    WOW! The Hemloft and Joel Allen are both amazing. Thank you for sharing the Family Apothecary issue, it was just what I was looking for to start making our holiday gifts.

  • kimpeck says:

    i love your friday column – it’s great to get so many fabulous links all at once :)
    and your new book sounds wonderful!!!
    happy friday to you!
    btw, i am making your elderberry syrup today…we love that stuff, and i am so happy to be able to make my own!

  • Jen says:

    I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your Friday finds. I check em all out, and feel really inspired after I do. They’re a good combination of interesting reads/video’s, or even just a picture. They are all pretty much new to me, which I also enjoy. Thank you for taking the time to compile such a list . Much appreciated. :)