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belting it out

Ha. Belting it out today with a new ladies belt!

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The Double Keeper Belt in Cognac Brown, made with some of the most beautiful vegetable tanned leather I’ve had the opportunity to work with. This is the same leather I use for my mouse pads, but it has been split down to a 6 ounce weight for a more flexible feel.

I am really pleased with the finish and love this clean, classic hardware.

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For anyone interested, you can learn more here.

 

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Just wanted to share a couple new small items that have recently been added to the shop. I’ve been refining my version of a cable keeper, and have come up with something we really like using, looks great on the desk and is easy to take with you.

And, our old classic pencil case is now available in honey mustard organic canvas. I have also brought this back in slate waxed canvas .

 

radio silence

I think it’s about time I broke the silence here. Hello small world!

Summer was truly relished, and as little time as possible was spent on my computer. I thought I’d share a few photos from some highlights of our late summer and early fall. I am still filled with the sense of adventure and timelessness that the warmth and openness of summer seems to nurture, and I plan to carry it with me through the the fall and winter.

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Drawn to water, always.

 

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And the comforts of the forest.

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Facing worthy challenges that get the blood pumping and initiate creative problem solving and teamwork.

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Time spent with friends, from human to heron. Cooking outside. Eating outside. Resting and playing. Healing and changing. Exploring and stretching.

We’ve been focusing our energy back indoors a bit more, cleaning and de-cluttering. I’ve been gearing toward some holiday production for my shop, and we’ve been brainstorming some new ideas for collaborative projects. I hope to start blogging a little more often again too. If you are still out there reading, thanks for sticking around. I’ll be back sooner this time :)

xo

 

 

 

late august (what?)

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With August almost over, I’m feeling that familiar urgency to squeeze in all the things that haven’t yet been done by summer’s end. There is still so much! But mostly, painting the fascia on our house and camping are 2 things I thought I’d have done by now. Painting is not my favorite thing… It will be a miracle if I get it done. Camping IS my favorite thing, but the last month or 2 has been pretty rockin in the shop. After a slow spring and early summer, I’ve appreciated the business immensely, but it’s also made it hard to get out of here for more than a day at a time. Over the years we tend to do most of our summer travel in September, after the crowds have gone home. It’s quieter, the air is gentler and it stretches summer out a little bit longer. I’m hoping the weather holds for us.

These days we are focused on processing the abundance of fresh fruit and veg. Steven got out of bed this morning, passed through the kitchen into the living room and joked to me, “Where’s the kitchen? I can’t find it?” There is hardly a space on the counter right now, and it’s lucky we dine outside all the time, because our dining table is pretty full as well. I kind of love it, even if it feels a little claustrophobic sometimes.

This week I’m roasting plums and tomatoes, making blueberry jam, reading about cheese making (a favorite treat right now is toasted sourdough with ricotta and peach butter. Oh!), drying calendula flowers and herbs, and beginning to save seeds.

Summer here has been pretty sweet, and we’ve had ample opportunity to swim and have campfires in the yard. And when I am feeling bummed we can’t take off on a road trip just yet, we camp out in the backyard. Falling asleep to the sound of crickets and the feel of the night air around us is pretty nice, where ever you are. We woke up one morning to a little fawn galloping around the yard, and came so close to our tent it was jumping over the stakes. Can’t say I’ve ever had that happen, even in the middle of the wilderness!

I hope you all are feeling content with where you’re at, where ever it might be. xo

backyard berries

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and a blueberry peach galette made with someone else’s backyard berries.

This morning I was surprised to find one of our older blueberry bushes covered in perfectly ripened berries. I had quit checking on these particular bushes, as the birds usually hit them pretty hard by now.

And then I discovered the huckleberries, and the insanely fragrant blackberries. And I even picked a few salal.

early summer garden

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It’s crazy how fast things are changing in the garden right now. Zucchinis are growing inches in days, eggplants and peppers are suddenly sprouting many little baby fruits, peas are going nuts, cucumbers seem to be magically appearing every day, tomatoes are starting to show a flush of color and new seeds are germinating with ease. I am always in awe, come July, at the rate of growth and change out there, but this July seems truly exceptional.

I have to keep reminding myself that summer has just begun (thankfully! please stay forever!), as by pure observation there are so many signs that it’s late summer.

We are eating more and more garden based meals. Most meals include lots of greens, fresh herbs and snap peas, and more recently,¬† garden tacos and burritos have been a favorite… taco shells or tortillas filled with fava beans and zucchini, roasted with last years tomatoes and topped with¬† greens and herbs, pesto, feta, avocado – so fresh and delicious! I think we might have frozen tomatoes up until we start harvesting this year, which is pretty satisfying. Somehow we made the pesto last as well, which is hard to imagine. I think having forgotten about it for a most of the winter helped.

The photos above span the last couple weeks, with the majority of them taken on July 9. This week I am thinking about what to start doing with cucumbers, and will make my first batch of pesto.

And I think it’s almost time for a zucchini crust pizza.

 

What’s happening in your garden where you’re at right now? I wonder if a lot of west coast folks are ahead of a typical year, and northeast coast folks a little behind?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pure life

A slice of my own bit of heaven on earth.

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red huckleberries

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columbia tiger lily

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discovering duck's foot / inside out flower

discovering duck’s foot / inside out flower

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A quake of adventure, on a slippery, mossy, rocky ledge, where in a moment of tricky footing my pack nearly rolled into the depth of icy water below.

An invitation to let go, and merge with the roar of the waterfall and lushness enveloping us.

A chance to tune in, delve a little deeper, and forget the rest of the world for a while.

The space to have fun, and frolic with the wild freedom of pure life.

The fullness of the sigh that comes with the nourishment of the self.

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