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Archive for April, 2012

waxed day pack

The Day Pack is now available in Stone Waxed Canvas.

Slate and Saddle Brown waxed canvas is also available, on request (example of slate here and saddle brown here).

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balance

I’ve been so hyper focused this week, it’s hard to believe it’s Friday already. I wanted to be sure to say thank you SO MUCH for all of your support and enthusiasm around the Country Living article! It has been a really busy couple of weeks and I have been so grateful for all of your orders and encouraging words.

One of the questions I was asked by the writer of this article was about any big challenges I have faced with infusion. I had to really think about that question for a few days… gosh, no noteworthy challenges that I could think of…  it’s been a pretty smooth journey, and a very organic process building my business. I have enjoyed it all along the way…

And then suddenly it occurred to me. Of course! The biggest daily challenge in managing a business – and I think most anyone who runs their own business could agree – is drawing a line between business and the rest of one’s life; closing the door once in a while and taking time out for oneself.

I do not clock in and clock out each day. There is no schedule set out for me. I don’t have “weekends.” There is no physical distance between my home and my studio. There is no one to tell me that I can’t work overtime, all the time. And my computer is always there to remind me to check my shop or email. My business is ever present, and when I’m at home I am also at work.

I am super lucky to truly love what I do, but contrary to what they  might say, you can sometimes have too much of a good thing. It has, at times, been very hard not to let my work be all there is.

Recently, I have been implementing some changes in an effort to achieve some balance in my days. I have been talking about this balance for years, but it’s been hard to make lasting changes with a growing business. Over time I will share some of these changes here and let you know how it’s going. So far it’s going pretty well.

Finding balance is a hot topic for a lot of people. We all have busy lives. Just this week I came across a discussion on Nate’s blog, Hear Black; and watched an interesting video on the etsy blog, with Ursula Dean of Modaspia. I hope you might share what helps you keep the balance, too.

Enjoy the weekend. Do something fun! Steven and I have a date planned, and are excited to take a night out.

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hi

Just a little something to make you smile (click, it gets bigger!).

It’s a busy morning. Time to make some coffee and get to work.

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Taking a little break from the hot sun… It’s like a summer day today – shorts, iced coffees, bumble bees, busy birds, bliss!

This week I planted a few varieties of beans – broad windsor fava, purple podded pole, scarlet runner (saved from last year) and dragon tongue.

4/21 planted bull’s blood beet, turnips and romaine lettuce.

The beds are more and more ready for all the starts that have been growing in containers. We have had so many less weeds this year and our soil is feeling and looking healthier than ever. Persistence in keeping weeds from going to seed has made such a difference over time.

Our temporary garden gate has been in place longer than expected, and it used to open INTO the garden, which meant there was a fair sized void of useful space. We switched it up yesterday so that it opens out, and we now have 8-10 square feet of additional growing space. For such a relatively minor project, I am pretty dang excited about the change. Half of that new space became home to beet seed.

Well I hear those wildflower seeds calling my name. Time to go back outside. Happy Earth Day!

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create

 

Today was a full day.

To create makes my heart feel full.

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There is a little piece on infusion in the May issue of Country Living Magazine. Our copy arrived in the box a couple days ago and it has been trickling throughout the states since the weekend I think. I must say, Country Living has such a friendly reader base. I have been receiving the nicest emails from complete strangers who have read this column, writing with simple words of kindness and appreciation. Thanks Country Living, and thank you sweet people!

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around the studio

Happy Monday! I hope yours has been a productive one too.

Tonight we will take a little break and enjoy a glass of wine and some home made pizza, to celebrate getting my taxes all paid. So nice to have that behind me! Boy do I know how to cut it close.

See you soon…

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It’s warming up here, and is really feeling like spring is here to stay. So happy for that! I hope to plant carrots and beets this weekend, which will be some of the first things I will be planting directly into the ground.

Last week we built the foundation for a pea trellis, in an effort to better support them this year, and to keep them a bit further from the nibbling deer on the other side of the fence. I started 2 dozen peas indoors and they outgrew the peas that I had direct seeded by at least triple, in half the time. A little warmth goes a long way. It’s amazing. Another dozen pea plants have been started, and should be ready to go into the ground next week.

We also put up a wind break last week, to deflect the cold air that can often come blowing off the lake. Conveniently, this also happens to be the north side so we didn’t have to worry about loss of light. This will make a huge difference in providing plants the added warmth and calm needed to get well established. The break was made with old fence pickets, that we recently tore out. That funky old fence has come in handy for so many little projects! It’s satisfying to see it have a new life, even when it seemed so far gone.

The last photo up there is something I had never seen until a couple days ago. One of our rhubarb plants is about to flower. The experts say that’s not a great sign, and to cut the flowering stalk off (and fertilize or replace your plant!). I must say though, I have a lot of curiosity about seeing it bloom.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. It’s supposed to be sunny here, and I am excited to spend a lot of time in the garden!

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daybreak

Not usually an early riser, it’s a rare treat to experience daybreak.

It’s going to be a beautiful day.

 

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propagation update

October 24, 2010

February 26, 2011

March 23, 2012, a week or so before transplanting

April 1, glowing in it’s new pot

Some time back (October 2010), we brought a couple cuttings home from our parents’ hydrangea bushes (I talked about this a little bit here, too). The first photo above shows 4 cuttings, but that was an experimental division of each of the 2 cuttings I took, into 2 parts (the experiment didn’t work and the lower portions eventually withered away). The top portion of one of the 2 main cuttings did make it though, and this year it is clearly holding it’s own!

I have read that hydrangea doesn’t usually do very well in the house, so it spent this past winter on our deck, sheltered from the weather. It started putting on it’s new green leaves a few weeks ago, and has been growing like crazy ever since. I just recently transplanted it to a larger pot. Once we create the next deer-free zone, I will put it in the ground. So satisfying to see this bush growing so healthy.

 

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