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winter solstice

Happy Solstice! In the midst of all the clouds and rain, the sky cleared tonight and we were able to observe the total lunar eclipse. The first total lunar eclipse to occur on the winter solstice since 1638! This photo was taken by Steven, seemingly almost by luck, since most every other photo we took appears blurry and strange. It’s a crisp, beautiful, starry night out there, and the moon looks amazing.

Today was the first (almost) day off I have had in quite a while. It feels awesome to finally begin to sink into the season of sharing. I love giving gifts, and especially making things for others. There are so many things I want to make for so many people. I am really keeping it simple though. I have refrained from buying anything but a few handmade gifts, and have plans to make some simple things from the heart, that I know will be useful and enjoyed. Some of these things might not be finished in time for Christmas, but that’s okay too.

Some of what I am excited about…

I am excited to make some home brew for my brother and sister in law (and for us! Even if it might be a while until we get to try it).

And some granola for my mom and sister, as well as a few other treats for family.

I am getting together a tea themed gift for each person in my family, which will include something like this. And this would have been a beautiful addition.

I have some linen on order, to make some bath towels for us, but these would be equally amazing.

I roasted some dill + lime cashews, and sweet + spicy rosemary almonds tonight. The almonds are somewhat similar to this recipe (minus the white sugar). I am hoping my munchies-loving family will enjoy them!

I also plan to bake some bread… yes, lots of edibles. When everyone seems to have more stuff than they even know what to do with, fresh home made treats is a great way to share.

Well, I’ll leave it at that for now. It’s no fun to reveal everything before gifts have been given. It’s almost 2 am, and just like this little guy, I am yawning and ready for bed.

Be back soon. Wishing you all a peaceful and nurturing time, as we gently move into a new season and a new year.

xo

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peek

I am a little ahead of where I thought I’d be today so I thought I’d post a quick peek of some of some of the things I’ll be adding to the shop soon.

Yesterday was a SUPER productive day. It’s amazing, when you really put yourself to the task, how much you can accomplish.

It’s crisp and beautifully sunny here today. I am still holed up in the studio, but sunlight is streaming in the windows and the stitches are flying!

be back soon…

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12.15.10

Hi there! A quick hello, a mini announcement and an update for my customers who may happen to come visit the blog…

So first, hello! : ) I’ve been sewing round the clock to get everything finished and out the door in time for Christmas. You guys have been so awesome to me this year. Thank you for all your orders!! I am wishing I had a helper!!

The mini announcement… Shop sales reached 1313 today and it seemed like the perfect excuse for a giveaway. Knowing I have sewn up over one thousand three hundred thirteen items feels pretty wild. I wonder what that converts to in yardage?? So stay tuned for a giveaway once things calm down around here. Also, I am still hoping to post some new things to the shop this week, but that might be wildly over-ambitious of me. Either way, a shop update is coming, whether it be this week, or after things settle down.

And finally, for everyone who has placed an order, or would still like to order from the Ready to Ship section of the shop – my final shipment for Christmas delivery will take place on Monday the 20th, for receipt no later than Wednesday the 23rd. Gift Cards, a new addition to the shop this year, are also available, and can be delivered electronically right up to the minute.

Okay, see you later. Gotta get my fanny back upstairs.

xo

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woohoo! I was pretty excited to learn this evening, that infusion has been featured on TreeHugger! Our 2-Tone Flap Tote in hemp denim and vintage wool made it into TreeHugger Exclusives Green Gift Guide, For the Fashion Buff : ) Thanks TreeHugger! There is something truly satisfying about seeing your work featured out there on the world wide web, particularly on a site with such a broad audience as TreeHugger.

Now it’s time to get back to work! I’m in production sew mode, working to get all your orders ready in time for Christmas. I am also hoping to have some “ready to ship” items available next week for the last minute shoppers out there.

Have a great night everyone.

xo

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Time for a break from all the shop talk, don’t you think? I’ve been wanting to share a current favorite recipe. After making this enough times, I feel I can confidently declare this my fail-safe gluten free bread recipe. I was never a natural with baking gluten free bread (or any bread), always getting slightly odd results, but this recipe works for me every time. And I’ve been using my bread machine, which makes it even easier.

In the bread machine pan, add:

3 large eggs

1 2/3 cup water

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

In a separate bowl:

¼ cup brown rice flour

1 cup tapioca flour

1 ½ cups cornmeal (fine ground)

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 cup ground sesame seeds

1/4 cup millet, ground into flour (I use my coffee grinder for all this grinding mentioned)

3 tablespoons sugar

1 ½ teaspoons salt

2 ½ teaspoons xanthan gum

Any add-ins – like herbs, spices, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, etc…

Add the dry contents to the wet, and mix (not everyone would do this, since the machine mixes for you, but I like to mix just to be sure). Add 2 ¼ teaspoons gluten-free yeast and mix a little more. On my machine, which is a Breadman, I set it to the 1.5 pound whole wheat setting and press Start. In about 4 hours the house is smelling amazing and bread is almost ready to slice.

I have tried a few variations with the add-ins, including

-  1/2 cup chopped fresh cranberries, a handful of walnuts, some cinnamon and zest of one lemon zest (shown above, and very tasty)

- Raisins, lots of cinnamon, a small pour of molasses and a handful of walnuts (my favorite)

- 1Tbs chili flakes, 1 Tbs dill and a big handful of cashews (His favorite. This has the perfect amount of heat. Great for toast and cheese).

Experimenting is fun, and once you feel confident with the base recipe you can play around with subbing different flours to achieve different textures. Subbing more tapioca for flax or millet makes a spongier, lighter bread (I tend to like a denser, more fiber rich bread, but I tried this and it did make a really nice loaf). You could try quinoa flour, oat flour, or any other grain of your liking. Have fun!

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A small shop update at meadow + mark. These 2 coats included.

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yokoo

I love the Handmade Portraits series on etsy. If you didn’t happen to see this one yet, I highly recommend.

Inspiring and refreshing, and a fun glimpse into the world of this talented artist.

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