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Looks Worse Before it Gets Better, Right?

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Our project is zipping along now.  We have back stairs on the yurt!  The front is going to have a small porch and a ramp for the UPS deliveries.


We’ve had to have the front yard trenched to accommodate the electrical supply–it comes to the property over by the yurt and we needed to run it across to the dye studio…what a mess!




Never realized how far from the yurt the dye studio is…until there was a trench all along the way!



So, we’ve got doors on the Studio–although now that they are in, I am thinking that we should have had them opening out to save the floor space!  Hindsight and all…



They did a great job of matching the siding and trim–going to look great when it’s all painted.


It’s hard to tell from photos, but a lot of progress is being made inside as well–we have insulation going in and plumbing going on.



Yesterday, the yurt was electrified!


We are hoping to move at the end of the month–but it’s going to take a lot of work to get there.  It may be 2-3 more weeks.

Also: don’t forget to share our campaign!  We only have 8 days left, and will lose a % of the money if we don’t reach our goal.  Surely someone out there needs amazing yarn, or coffee, or yarn, or chocolate…



Progress, Lovely Progress

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Good weather this past week means that the yurt construction is pretty much complete!  The whole thing got a layer of insulation first, then the outer shell was applied.







Then the glass windows were installed by cutting through the lattice and the covering.  Then framed on the outside to tighten up the seal against leaks.



And getting the yurt parts out of the garage means more work done on the dye studio!  I have windows!  Glorious windows (that is a neighbor’s house in the background there)



We’re trudging along on our journey of making this move back home come true.  Check out our Indiegogo page to see how you can help and at the same time get some amazing yarn, or coffee, or LOVE….  We are 20% of the way there with our funding!  We would love it if you could share our story with friends and groups who might be interested in our project!  Thank you <3

Yurt is Nearing Completion!

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Despite the weather–freezing temperatures, much rain, and even some snow–we are getting there with the yurt!  It’s been quite a learning experience all around.


The lattice-work and the doors went on first.



Next to go up was the support for the roof.

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The wind has been extreme here this winter too–very unusual for the area.  The yurt has held it’s own against the wind, though!  I am glad that we added the snow/wind kit–not sure if it could have made it through the windstorms we’ve had during construction otherwise.

Next to go on will be the dome/skylight, insulation, and outer cover!  Exciting!!

Our Indiegogo Campaign!

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We have launched our campaign to help with financing the rest of the project.  You can read all of the details on our Indiegogo Page.  We have created a bunch of really great perks to thank you for your support–I have custom colorways on offer as well as grab-bags from the store stock for less than retail.  We really want to make this a success, so after you’ve read all about it and if you like what you’ve read, please consider sharing with anyone you know who might be interested in our project.  We even have a non-yarn perk which includes caffeine…

The closer it’s getting to the time when we get out of the warehouse, the more excited I am getting!  It’s going to be great.



Project inching along

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December in Oregon is not the best of times to be constructing a yurt!  The builders were, however, able to make quite a bit of progress on the foundation before the holidays took over and in between bouts of rain, wind, and even snow.  As soon as all of the yurt components get out of the garage, it will then be time to jump in on that project as well. We are getting there!

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The Project Continues–some work on the studio; and yurt update.

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The house came with a separate building–a small ‘apartment’, which currently houses 2 of our older boys, and attached garage.  The garage has (so far) only been used for storage, so it was time to clear it out and get ready to transform in into our new studio!


The first part of the job was having the garage ‘deconstructed’.  Garage door off (along with that whole wall), west wall off.

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Next, the interior walls came off to make way for all of the plumbing and electric that will be going in.


Framing has been started for the 3 large windows, hurray!


Super excited that we have taken delivery of our yurt!  All of the pieces are currently sitting in our studio/garage and the construction by Benchmark Builders will begin on Monday!  More updates on that soon.


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Greywater System

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We’ve got the greywater system for the new studio installed.  Andy Fischer from Sacred Earth Design here in Ashland did the planning and implementing.  We have several underground basins that the rinse/soak water from the business gets diverted into. There is a branched drain system coming from the new studio to the basins.  The basins contain a ‘biofilter’–organic matter like mulch, gravel, (hopefully a bunch of helpful microorganisms too) and even some carbon for filtering any dye residue.  The water will then filter slowly out and be absorbed/utilized by the new plants and trees.


This is where the studio plumbing links up with the greywater system.


Our new trees and other plants.




It’s Oregon!  We have to have Bartlett Pear.  We also have an almond tree, bing cherry, apple, asian pear.

Next up, tackling the garage!

Super Exciting Project

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I am so excited to share with you all my current project for Mosaic Moon!  We have gone from a one-woman operation (me) dyeing in the kitchen with kool-aide and the back of a chair for a swift through many changes and dye ‘studios’ including 2 different laundry rooms, a sun porch, a garage, and now a warehouse.  At this point, my husband and I are working full-time.  We have one full-time employee (Jessica, who does most of the admin. work, shipping, labeling and sorting), my mom works part-time doing spreadsheets, bookkeeping, and label-writing not to mention more than her share of babysitting, our son Truman does most of the skeining, and other kids work on various other tasks around the business.

When we left our home with attached garage-studio in Beavercreek Oregon to move back to Ashland, we were unable to find a rental home with space for the business, so we reluctantly moved the business into a warehouse.  While it’s been great for space and the ability to make a huge mess and has loads of storage capacity, it’s really quite less than ideal in many ways.  The lighting is terrible–it’s dark and the industrial lights create a strange color cast.  There are few windows and not much in the way of fresh air.  Though we have a ‘playroom’ for the smaller children, I have to admit that I don’t like having them there–it can be a bit of a depressing environment.

We now have a new home (bought by my mother and rented to us) with nearly 2 acres, and our exciting project is this:  we are moving the business back home!  I am SO excited about this.  We will be remodeling the garage into a dye studio and putting up a yurt for office and storage space.


This is the front lawn, and the yurt will be off to the left.


This is a 20′ yurt, ours will be 30′


A picture of Anwen and me at Pacific Yurts.

Since we are starting over (again!), we decided to incorporate as many ‘green’ features as possible.  We are installing a greywater system which will use the rinse water and soak water from our dye operation to water our ‘food forest’ being planted on the front meadow area.  I’ve sourced new cookers which will use 1/4 of the electricity that we have been using.  The remodeled garage will have 3 large windows and the doors will have glass panes to allow as much natural light in as possible.  Morale will definitely be UP with the wonderful views and general work environment.



Trenching for pipes and the basins that will hold the ‘biofilter’ for purifying the water that runs through.

Coming up soon, adding plants and trees, our “food forest”!


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