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december 4

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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

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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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pure life

A slice of my own bit of heaven on earth.

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red huckleberries

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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weekend

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Have a great weekend! It’s been raining here for a couple days – finally enough to provide a true, quenching soak after a very dry spring. It’s supposed to clear up just in time for my birthday this weekend, and I’m looking forward to a trip up the river for swimming, hiking, sunning, eating, drinking and celebrating life and the season of summer.

A few small summer treats:

Beautiful, quick dry linen towels (for all year long)

We recently purchased one of these

And I really want to make a batch of these

And lastly, just in the shop, a new beach bag

Enjoy this last weekend of June xo

 

 

 

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summertime

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Happy solstice! This is the only photo I took today (well, okay 4 or 5 of about the same), sneaked from the kitchen window after running inside to get some scissors. I love sneaking photos of him :)

Without really even intending to, I think we milked this longest day of the year for all it was going to offer. We spent the entire day outside; planting, transplanting, weeding, watering, cleaning windows and eaves and just generally blissing out on sunshine. I can’t believe it’s already officially summer. I’m going to do my best to live it to it’s fullest!

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