The Little Room Project


There are three bedrooms in this little house, though I enjoy taking retreat attendees on house tours and showing them how there were once five bedrooms in this 1300 square foot house. The area downstairs that I use as a dining room was once walled off to be a downstairs bedroom. Upstairs, there was the room that I use now as the master bedroom, the room that is Morgan’s, an upstairs bathroom and closet that once was combined as a bedroom, and the room that I call the little room. The “little room” is 6′ x 12′ and has no closet. I’ve used it mostly as a storage room, though it had a very old and uncomfortable trundle bed in it where the boys and occasionally a guest would stay.
You can get a sense of how small it is looking at the other end of the room–which is only a few feet past the end of the bed.
I started cleaning it out a few months ago, so the above photos don’t show how junky it really was, and just embarrassing to offer to a guest. Since then, I’ve been working on it, and this week Morgan helped me paint it a fresh and lighter shade of green that really brightens the room.
I also got a lamp–there is no overhead lighting in that room, just one small wall light.
Isn’t that lamp adorable?
It’s called “birds and berries” and I ordered it from Amazon. (You can find it here). Also, I replaced the red plastic tote serving as night table with this cute little chest.
It’s a narrow five-drawer chest with a distressed finish. Because I love home delivery, I also got it from Amazon. (Find it here).

I have a new twin bed coming soon, and a chest and storage cabinet. I think the next time retreat teachers, friends, or my boys come to stay, they will be much happier! I’ll update as I progress fixing up the room. I’m trying to make the most storage out of the least space–and make it deliciously adorable. The furniture is all white to help keep the room bright. I like it so far!

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Taste of Sassafras Farm — More New Dates!



MORE NEW DATES! These retreats have been filling up so fast, I’m opening more brand new dates through the end of the year.

These retreats are all the fun that can be packed into one day! It is a true “taste of Sassafras Farm” touring you through my most popular workshops all in one day. All workshops and activities will take place at Sassafras Farm in the beautiful rural Appalachian foothills of Roane County, West Virginia. See photos from a Taste of Sassafras Farm day here! The following dates are currently open for registration for this retreat:

SATURDAY, September 19, 2015—open for registration!

SATURDAY, September 26, 2015—open for registration!

SATURDAY, October 17, 2015—open for registration!

SATURDAY, October 24, 2015—open for registration!

SATURDAY, November 7, 2015—open for registration!

SATURDAY, November 14, 2015—open for registration!

SATURDAY, December 12, 2015—open for registration!

IMG_6401This retreat is a full day, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m., with four workshops including cheesemaking, soapmaking, breadbaking, and candlemaking. You will learn to make mozzarella, cream cheese, and yogurt along with how to make hot process soap–you will make your own soap and take it home! We will also grind grain and you will bake a rustic loaf which you will take home to your family. (They’ll love ya!) You will, of course, get a chance to milk Glory Bee, and you’ll also make container candles. ALL workshops are fully hands-on–you’ll do the work!

Milking the cow:
Making cheese:
Making bread:
Making candles:
Making soap:


This one-day retreat, including three home-cooked meals and one very full day of instruction plus all your supplies and take-homes, is $115.

How do you sign up?

Email me at CITRevents@yahoo.com to sign up. I will need the full name, address, and phone number for each attendee. (You may sign up for a friend if you are coming together.) I will send you payment information at that time. Directions to the farm and other information will also be provided to attendees in advance of the retreat.

A 50 percent downpayment will be required to reserve your place. The remaining balance will be due 30 days before your retreat. If you sign up, please plan to attend. Retreat reservations are nonrefundable.

Points to note–

Accommodations are not included. If you’re coming from far enough away that you need a place to stay, you can find options on the Suggested Accommodations page. (Come with a buddy and split your costs.) You’re responsible for making your own arrangements. If you’re in the area, you won’t need a hotel.

All meals are included. Breakfast, lunch, supper, and snacks will be home-cooked and served right here from the studio kitchen.

Teens are welcome. Mature teens 13 and up may sign up to attend retreats at Sassafras Farm accompanied by a paid attendee parent/guardian. (I’ve been known to let a 12-year-old sign up, too–please be a good judge of your child’s maturity and interest in the subject matter.)

Spaces are limited. Smaller groups will allow a greater focus on the quality that I want–of each workshop, of each meal, and of the entire experience. But it also means–if you want it, don’t delay!

party2011This is a real retreat to a farm, and I’m committed to making it an awesome experience for each person who is here. I will be welcoming each attendee not just to the studio and the farm but to my home. We always take a break from the studio for a tour of my quaint little 1930s farmhouse and I tell stories of the original family with 21 children who once lived here back in the day when it started out as a family farm. You’ll also have a chance to visit all the cows and horses, feed the ducks, tour the 1890s barn, and receive a visit from my tutu-wearing pet goat.
Let the adventure begin! See you at the farm!

If traveling from outside the area, find suggested accommodations here. (And ask me about tent camping at the farm!)

Other workshop retreats currently open for registration include the two-day Wildflower Power retreat September 12-13, 2015. Take a walk to pick wildflowers then make wildflower syrup, wildflower jelly, pickled wildflower buds, wildflower-infused olive oil, mulled apple wildflower juice, and even batter-fried daisy heads. Try wildflowers in salads and wildflowers on waffles (with the wildflower syrup!). Create wildflower embroidery and two wildflower painting projects. Plus press and dry wildflowers on candle jars (after we make the candles!). See photos from the June wildflower event here and sign up for September! There are also spots still available for the five-day Cheese, Bread, Herbs & Soap retreat in July–get all the info here. Sign up for all five days, or just the two cheese days, or just the baking day, or just the two days of herbs and soap! Come see us!

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