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.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, I made a bough with foraged fall foliage and cotton bolls. See my complete DIY on Gardenista.
Just a glimpse at what I’ve been up to…
For 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.
I 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.
Black Beeswax candles. For a complete tutorial see Remodelista.
Red Cabbage Dye. For the whole how-to see Remodelista.
This 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.
a 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.
making Harbison at the Cheese Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm
Silver Slicer Cucumber seeds at High Mowing Organic Seeds
field at Sterling College
Bayley Hazen Blue and Alpha Tolman cheeses at Jasper Hill
corn at High Mowing Seeds
Oma cheese at Jasper Hill
shelling corn, High Mowing
free-ranges chickens at Sterling College
Clothbound Cheddar at Jasper Hill
seedlings at High Mowing
Vita at Jasper Hill
Craftsbury Common, VT
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.
There’s my name in print.