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plant_shelf_setup_editLooking down, on the set-up for the latest studio enhancement.

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A new plant shelf, which is now home to a small dragon tree! I love having plants around me. They elevate a space so much. And I love that guy. He elevates my life, exponentially.

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An incredible slice of bright light right before sunset. These days I am in, more than out, and I felt lucky to have been out during these few extra beautiful moments.

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Recent crazy rain and wind storm. Thinking strong thoughts for our northern California neighbors.

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My new best friend at work, this power burnisher Steven built for me,

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Bevelling leather.

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Straight-shot view from the comfy chair in the studio. I like to sit here first thing in the day, while I collect my thoughts.

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i n f u s i o n  is in the final days of holiday order making and shipping. It’s an intense time, which is both super fun and extremely difficult. Fun as a business and difficult, at times, as a person who is a business. Most of all though, I am incredibly grateful. I am also amazed at my capacity for discipline, the love I have in my life, and the mixed up crazy that seems to be pure human-ness. Wow!

So much Love to you all! xo

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It’s that surreal time of year, where coffee and a shower, olives and wine, might be the only punctuations in the long days of work. I almost forgot what this felt like, to wake up and work straight until bed time. Happy Holidays :)

 

We just ate dinner (leftovers, creatively layered in a bake pan by Steven, and topped with sharp cheddar cheese) and then I felt inspired to sit down for a quick blog.

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The wrap + snap has been keeping me pretty busy this season. After the fun brainstorm and trials I had that resulted in this, it’s been super satisfying to see this new little gadget companion be so well received. I’m looking forward to having the chance to work on more innovations of a similar vein. I’ve been getting some great feedback from my customers – mostly ladies who are excited to have found the perfect small gift for their husbands and boyfriends (and themselves, too).

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While I work, Steven has been making some pretty big changes around me. We’re working on streamlining my studio space so that it’s more organized and efficient. He hauled out most of the old fixtures and funky, makeshift shelving, and has been replacing them with new work benches and creative storage solutions. I’ve invested in some new equipment, added to my tool set, and pared down on some of the stash I no longer use. I am loving all the changes and have been so grateful for the help! This is something I have talked about for a long time, but never seem to have the time for.

I need to do some organizing once things settle down, but already I have more space to spread out, and each step of production is finding it’s own designated place.

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Not sure why, but I feel excited about the holidays more than usual this year. It’s a nice feeling, and I can’t wait for the chance to do some gift making.

How about you? Hope you all are feeling well and enjoying the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 .

 

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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.

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