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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! Here’s hoping this finds you well. Me? Well, I’m still afflicted with a surfeit of snot, but my head no longer feels like it’s in a clamp and I can now walk across the house without thinking I’m going to collapse in a heap on the floor and just stay there, no matter if the dogs trample and slobber all over me and Huxley perfects his ninja moves all over my body. By the way, how is it that he and I are dealing with the same affliction and he’s running and jumping around like a savage animal (his usual M.O.), while I’m wondering if the skin just below my nose will ever be soft and supple again, instead of its present angry, chapped state? Kids! I tell ya. Even when they’re down, they are so, so not out.

I’ve got a post up on Verve. This month, my “English Lessons” is all about creating family wherever you are, regardless of who you’re with, come Thanksgiving. Check it.

Also, I’d like to welcome small measure’s newest sponsor, Grounded Mag. Check out their link on the left column for a special discount!

In other news, here’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*When I was up in NYC, I had the pleasure of meeting Sumeera Rasul, co-creator of Madesmith, for whom I’ve profiled several artisans. Sumeera and her sister, Nadia, also own and operate Dia Living, a line of gorgeous handcrafted textiles from around the world. Sumeera generously gifted me with one of their stunning scarves, and just told me today that Dia Living is having a clearance sale! YES! Enter “Winter40” at check-out to receive 40% off.

*Apple! Slab! Pie!  Pumpkin gingerbread! Apple cider donuts! Cranberry torte! So many delicious autumn treats!

*Gorgeous photos on this (new to me) blog!

*The holidays are coming, and I can’t really contain my enthusiasm! Want to make a wreath? Yes, you do! Get ‘er done, son!

*Turmeric: it’s truly all that and a bag of (health-promoting) laughs. Find out why.

*Really cute, and easy, fall felt crafts for kiddos.

*I would very much like to be Sandra Juto‘s real-world friend, and buy and wear all of her wrist worms.

*The nights are getting frosty, warm yourself up with this Bourbon Maple Apple Cider.

*Planning on planting a small spring-flowering bulb bed, and am lusting over the offerings at Van Engelen. Got any other suppliers you’d recommend?

*Walnut candles=total genius.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a full, signed set of the Homemade Living series. The giveaway concludes next Thursday, November 14th. Tell your friends! Tell your neighbors! Tell your grocery store checkout clerk (I kid! I’m a kidder! Actually, tell them!!!!).

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

*I post a photo of Huxley here each Friday because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most! Above are two images from our group picnic this past Saturday out at Hickory Nut Gap Farm. He really loves their horses. We’ve dubbed him the “tiny horse whisperer!”


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