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Ashley English

Friday May 24th, 2013

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Small Measures: Homemade Watercolors

I share my home, and my life, with an MFA-toting husband (whose concentration was in painting and color theory), and an active, inquisitive, art-loving 2 year-old. Between the two of them and my own ongoing craft projects and homemade gift-making endeavors, suffice to say, there is a good deal of paint in our lives. Over…

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Friday May 10th, 2013

Friday April 26th, 2013

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Small Measures: Tree Planting Basics

One of my most beloved childhood books was Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. A bittersweet coming of age tale about one man’s relationship with an ever-generous tree, from boyhood on through his twilight years, I was deeply enamored from the very first read (or, more aptly, from when it was first read aloud to me)….

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Friday April 12th, 2013

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Small Measures: Garden Hand Salve

No doubt about it, I like digging in the dirt. Now that spring is officially upon us, and the weather is behaving accordingly, I’ve been working with all manner of soil and compost and manure and more. Seeds have been planted, weeds have been cleared, and mulch has been spread. All of which has taken…

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Friday January 4th, 2013

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Small Measures: Herbal Sachets

In January 1991, when I was 15 years old, my mother, older brother and I moved into the most eccentric dwelling I’ve ever lived in. Montreat, N.C. is a tiny, quaint, gorgeous town just outside of Asheville. It was in this charming hamlet that we hung our hats for a mere nine months, moving into…

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Monday December 24th, 2012

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Small Measures: Sleep Salve

Historically speaking, I’ve never had trouble falling asleep. Once my head hits the pillow, I’m gone. To wit, there’s even talk of my having slept through a hurricane when I was eight years old. Becoming a parent, however, has proved a sleep-pattern game-changer. Oh, those nights of uninterrupted solace that used to be so common….

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Friday December 21st, 2012

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Friday December 7th, 2012

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Small Measures: Homemade Irish Cream

I came to alcohol a bit late. While I recall my mom sipping white wine, clad in skintight Gloria Vanderbilt jeans and listening to the Eagles circa 1981–1982, she eschewed the stuff completely shortly thereafter and has ever since. The diligent, studious type, I mostly steered away from alcohol until my early 20s. But a…

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Friday November 16th, 2012

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Small Measures: Natural Room Spritz

I have what I’ve dubbed a “hound’s nose.” Depending on how you look at it, this can be a blessing or a curse. I can sniff out specific aromas as soon as I step into a business or residence. This is great when it’s a French bakery, and less pleasant when it’s, say, a cat’s…

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Friday November 9th, 2012

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Friday October 12th, 2012

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Small Measures: Elderberry & Honey Syrup

Each autumn — typically in tandem with the changing foliage, the appearance of pumpkins on porches and stoops and the consideration of Halloween costumes (My husband is vying for our almost two-year-old son to be “Assistant Groundskeeper Carl Spackler,” Bill Murray’s character from the film Caddyshack!) — I get the sniffles. And the sneezes. Brought…

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Friday September 28th, 2012

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