turkey day bouquet with peonies

by Justine on November 25, 2014

in flora,my photography

peony bouquet 2

Peonies are an unlikely choice for Thanksgiving. Which is why I absolutely love this year’s holiday centerpiece.

There they were yesterday at Whole Foods, all hot pink amongst the auburns and browns. How could I resist such bodacious blooms, standing in vernal defiance of winter’s pending onslaught.

peony bouquet detail

peony bouquet detail 2

peony bouquet detail 6

peony bouquet

peony bouquet detail 3

peony bouquet 3

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autumn bough with snowy cotton

by Justine on November 24, 2014

in DIY,flora,my photography

DIY Cotton Garland, final, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

Just in time for Thanksgiving, I made a bough with foraged fall foliage and cotton bolls. See my complete DIY on Gardenista.

DIY Cotton Garland, cotton branches, by Justine Hand for Gardenista_edited-1

DIY Cotton Garland, millet, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

DIY Cotton Garland, pear branch, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

DIY Cotton Garland, oak and bridal wreath branches, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

DIY Cotton Garland, step one, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

DIY Cotton Garland, tools and supplies, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

DIY Cotton Garland, building up the garland, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

DIY Cotton Garland, tie ribbon, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

DIY Cotton Garland, finished, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

DIY Cotton Garland, detail 3, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

DIY Cotton Garland, detail 4, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

DIY Cotton Garland, detail 7, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

DIY Cotton Garland, detail 6, by Justine Hand for Gardenista

DIY Cotton Garland, detail 9, by Justine Hand for Gardenista_edited-1

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chaos of creation

by Justine on November 17, 2014

in my photography,Our House

I always love the aftermath. Scenes from my dining room apr├ęs-construction of a cotton bough for Gardenista.

Solvi's pillow bar dog cabinet and chairs Cotton bough construction books decanter

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DIYing up a storm

by Justine on November 17, 2014

in DIY,my photography

Just a glimpse at what I’ve been up to…

black beeswax candles DIY, finished, by Justine Hand for RemodelistaFor Remodelista: DIY Black Beeswax Candles.
My family has a passion for black beeswax candles, which we procure at great expense. I wanted to see if it was worth the time and money to make them myself.

DIY tablecloth dyed with red cabbage, results 4, by Justine Hand for RemodelistaI haven’t used natural plant dyes since I was away at nature camp in the 5th grade. Here are the results of my more recent efforts to make a Thanksgiving tablecloth with red cabbage.

DIY black beeswax candles, supplies, by Justine Hand for Remodelista.jpg

Black Beeswax candles. For a complete tutorial see Remodelista.

DIY black beeswax candles, tying the wicks, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

DIY black beeswax candles, adding color, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

DIY black beeswax candles, color test, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

black beeswax candles DIY, taking from mold, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

black beeswax candles DIY, trimming wicks, by Justine Hand for Remodelista_edited-1

DIY Natural Red Cabbage Dyed Table Cloth, chopping cabbage, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

Red Cabbage Dye. For the whole how-to see Remodelista.

DIY Natural Red Cabbage Dyed Table Cloth, putting fabric in dye, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

DIY Table Cloth Dyed with Red Cabbage, dye changing color, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

DIY Table Cloth Dyed with Red Cabbage, dye overnight, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

DIY tablecloth dyed with red cabbage, results 3, by Justine Hand for Remodelista_edited-1

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this is work?

by Justine on October 24, 2014

in DIY,flora,holiday,my photography,table top

Halloween table with Black Leaves, leaf silhouettes, by Justine Hand for RemodelistaThis week I had so much fun putting together a spectral dining room for Remodelista’s Dark Shadows week. Though it took some time and effort, it hardly felt like work.

As I said in my open to the Remodelista piece, “Good Halloween decor begins with a ghost story. Mine is about a ladies luncheon that’s gone on waaaay too long.” To create this subtly haunted setting, I hung leaves blackened with wax over a table dressed in a shroud of pale linens and bone-white china. See Remodelista for a complete DIY.

DIY Spectral Table with Waxed Black Leaves, detail 3 by Justine Hand for Remodelista

Halloween table with Black Leaves, leaf centerpiece, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

Halloween table with Black Leaves, leaf detail 1, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

Haunted Table with Black Leaves, flowers, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

Halloween table with Black Leaves, bar, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

DIY Spectral Table with Waxed Black Leaves, side view by Justine Hand for Remodelista

DIY Spectral Table with Waxed Black Leaves, finished by Justine Hand for Remodelista

Haunted Dining Room with Waxed Black Leaves, gathering leaves, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

Haunted dining room with waxed balck leaves, adding dye, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

Halloween table with Black Leaves, locust pod, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

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Sterling College Craftsbury Vermont, shoeing draft horses, by Justine Hand for Gardenistaa farrier class at Sterling College

Where have I been? Vermont. Well, actually I was in the Northeast Kingdom 2 weeks ago. And ever since I have been editing photos and writing about the inspired places I visited. Oh, and I also have a new lens. Can you tell?

Jasper Hill Farm, High Mowing Seeds, Sterling College and Caledonia Spirits (soon to come) occupy a unique corner of Vermont–the region around Greensboro and Hardwick–which is experiencing a Renaissance, thanks to these and other sustainable entrepreneurs and educators. I can’t say enough about the community, the food and the innovation of this area. Perhaps my pictures paint a thousand words.

Jasper Hill Cheese Cellars, Wrapping Harbinson in Cedar bark by Justine Hand for Gardenistamaking Harbison at the Cheese Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm

High Mowing Seeds, drying cucumber seeds, by Justine Hand for GardenistaSilver Slicer Cucumber seeds at High Mowing Organic Seeds

Sterling College in Craftsbury Vermont, field, by Justine Hand for Gardenistafield at Sterling College

Jasper Hill Cheese Cellars, Wrapping Blue and Tolman cheeses, by Justine Hand for Gardenista_edited-1Bayley Hazen Blue and Alpha Tolman cheeses at Jasper Hill

High Mowing Seeds, corn, by Justine Hand for Gardenista.corn at High Mowing Seeds

Jasper Hill Cheese Cellars, Oma 2, by Justine hand for Gardenista_edited-3Oma cheese at Jasper Hill

High Mowing Seeds, removing kernels, by Justine Hand for Gardenista.shelling corn, High Mowing

Sterling College in Craftsbury Vermont, chicken, by Justine Hand for Gardenistafree-ranges chickens at Sterling College

Jasper Hill Cheese Cellars, Cloth Bound Cheddar, by Justine Hand for Gardenista_edited-2Clothbound Cheddar at Jasper Hill

High Mowing Seeds, seedlings, by Justine Hand for Gardenista.seedlings at High Mowing

Jasper Hill Farms, Vita, by Justine Hand for GardenistaVita at Jasper Hill

Craftsbury Common bu Justine Hand for GardenistaCraftsbury Common, VT

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marnie’s garden

by Justine on October 5, 2014

in Cape Cod,flora,my photography,shells,sticks

Marnie's Garden by Justine Hand, Pitch Fork This summer I was remiss in my posts here. Too busy living the good life to blog about it, I guess. But with fall comes a renewed sense of industry, and so…

While perusing images from the summer, I noticed a fair amount from Marnie’s garden. Thought they’d make a lovely post.

What I admire about Marnie’s garden and home is the tantalizing mix of exquisite details applied with a casual hand. The effect is engaging and intriguing. Yet freed from the tyranny of perfection, it is also welcoming and comforting.

Marnie’s space is also continually in flux. Fresh shells from a recent meal, as yet uncrushed by the wheels of future travelers, are a new surprise from the week before. A newly bloomed flower, or a flea market find waiting for the right spot to present itself, are small clues that hint at the life that goes on in Marnie’s house. It always makes me feel like a kid on a treasure hunt.

Marnie's Garden by Justine Hand, Veronica and Phlox
Marnie's Garden by Justine Hand, shell drive
Marnie in her garden
Marnie's Garden by Justine Hand, Clemetis
Marnie's Garden by Justine Hand, English Tiles
Marnie's Garden by Justine Hand, hydrangeas
Marnie's Garden by Justine Hand, red chair
Marnie's garden, Dorothy Perkins rose
Marnie's Garden Gate
Marnie's Garden by Justine Hand, Quahogs in the Driveway
Marnie's Garden by Justine Hand, driftwood
Marnie's garden flowers Marnies garden outdoor shower

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Finch 2

Recently received my copy of Mr. Finch’s new book, Living in a Fairy Tale World, with preface by ME! Beautifully photographed by Finch himself, this retrospective of the artist’s work in stitch is simply breathtaking. Very honored to have played a small part in this stunning publication.

Finch 3

Finch 4

finch book 1There’s my name in print.

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siblings

by Justine on September 18, 2014

in kids,my photography

Olie and SolviCaptured the love today.

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beach twine knits by Marnie Campbell, photo by Justine Hand, basket and finished hot padsFor years Marnie’s knits have been the best kept secret in Orleans, MA. So happy to share them with the rest of the world on Remodelista today. Here are some more “behind the scenes” shots from our day of gathering weathered marine twine for Marnie’s “salty knits”. For more see Pot Holders Knit from Ocean-Tossed Twine.

Marnie's marine twine knits, beaching combing
beach twine knits by Marnie Campbell, photo by Justine Hand, a find
Marnie knits, Solvi and Hurl Burt
beach twine knits by Marnie Campbell, photo by Justine Hand, unraveling the twine
beach twine knits by Marnie Campbell, photo by Justine Hand. wrapping twine
Salty knits with Marnie, Olie's find
chartreuse twine 2
beach twine knits by Marnie Campbell, photo by Justine Hand, lose twine
beach twine knits by Marnie Campbell, photo by Justine Hand, coiled twine
beach twine knits by Marnie Campbell, photo by Justine Hand, twine hot pad 2
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beach twine knits by Marnie Campbell, photo by Justine Hand, tea
beach twine knits by Marnie Campbell, photo by Justine Hand, green samples
beach twine knits by Marnie Campbell, photo by Justine Hand some knits at beach

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