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Some random snaps from around here lately.

This time of year requires huge amounts of high energy output, ironically, during a time that I more naturally would rather rest and focus inward, on nurturing myself, tending to my home and devoting a little extra time to family and friends. It’s always been sort of therapeutic for me to look through the recent photos I have taken. I think it gives me a chance to linger on the small things that I enjoy so much, and which usually get lost in the busyness of the day.

The simplest nothings are often the best parts of the day.

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Garden, kitchen, studio. These are the places I seem to spend most of my time recently. The garden is just doing it’s thing these days, making lots of food. There is a lot of food coming out of our relatively tiny growing spaces! Our main meals are almost 100% homegrown right now. The realization never gets old, that an entire meal is homegrown. I can really geek out on that sometimes, it’s just so satisfying.

The studio has been a busier place recently, and I have so many things I thought I might get done up there this summer – from painting the floor and some of the dark beams overhead, to building a new table. How does one renovate a space that is overwhelmingly occupied? I haven’t figured it out quite yet.

Speaking of the studio, my friend Camille, the talented craftswoman behind Red Onion Woodworks, has put up an infusion studio tour on her blog, Wayward Spark, if you’d like to check it out. And be sure to see her her beautiful raw edge cutting boards. I have been on the verge of treating our kitchen with one of her boards for so long. They are all one of a kind natural beauties, so if you see one you love, it’s best not to let it pass you by.

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hey, june






I tend to think of June as my favorite month of the year; or at least it usually feels like that when it arrives. It’s an exciting lead-up to summer, and it is just the very beginning of many warm days to come. So much is blooming right now and every living thing is busy outside!

Today I am emerging from a long, strange week, and I can’t wait to wake up to another, even newer day tomorrow. My back got thrown out of alignment last week, in the worst way that I have experienced in many years. It’s really humbling to be unable to pull on your own socks and underwear without assistance, and for someone who tends to be constantly on the move, it was a supreme challenge to have to mostly lay and do nothing. I did gain a new appreciation for rest this week though. I really should let go and rest more.

Today I worked on catching up on orders, and was even able to do a little bit of mellow gardening this evening. I am so grateful to be moving more freely again!

The above photos are sort of random, just some snaps from this morning – this first day of June. My sister had a baby a little over a week ago, and I was fortunate enough to assist her birth again. My best friend from grade school is also due with a baby very soon, so I have been sewing baby hats and pants. It’s so fun and satisfying to sew baby things. The pilot hat pattern is from sew liberated.

After learning about Alys Fowler’s The Edible Garden series on YouTube, I pulled out her book Garden Anywhere. It’s been nice to revisit when I take a few minutes to relax my back. She is such a fun and knowledgeable resource.

One day soon I’ll post a new garden update… Hope you all are well. Happy June to you xo

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It was a working weekend, though I still made sure to include some time off. Saturday has become a day where we catch up on cleaning and organizing, watering plants, and starting little projects that got pushed aside during the week. I love this time, and it’s amazing how much we usually accomplish together.

A few snaps from the weekend…

1. an impromptu, clean-out-the-fridge fruit crisp was made (with crisp based loosely on my memory of Stephanie’s)

2. weeding in the warm sunshine

3. always something on the stairs, going up or going down

4. lunch in the making

5. homegrown rosemary – there is lots, being dried and stored

Not captured on camera was: the incredible mess that some critter made of the insulator panel in the hood of our car. OH MY WORD. I guess it is nesting season // The pollen clouds bursting forth from the alder trees. Have you ever seen a tree do that? It’s amazing (and a little frightful if you have allergies) // The sound of the birds these days, chattering away excitedly – yes, indeed, I think it is nesting season // The rooster that now lives up the road, and crows every morning at 4am // The bounty that Steven was paid, for revealing the name of said neighbor, to a different neighbor, who has been kept up in the wee hours of the morning (hee!)

How was your weekend? Did you drink beer and eat cabbage??

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in the studio






It’s been tough to keep focused this past week or so. I’ve been restless, and have had so much energy -¬† both creative and physical. It’s a pretty fun state to be in, but it’s not always the most productive (it’s just not possible to do everything at once!). I keep thinking it’ll pass, but it’s been well over a week now. Is it spring fever? How bout you – are you feeling a change lately?

PS Thanks so much for your entries on the giveaway. I loved reading all your comments – some so heartfelt! – and I’ll be sure to try and share more about the things you all mentioned you’d like to see more of.

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If I didn’t take photos, I probably wouldn’t blog. There have been times I’ve considered having a photo only blog. Visual/sensory expression tends to come more easily to me than verbal/mental. I take photos most every day and would like to start sharing more of them here – with words or not – just for the simple pleasure of sharing imagery.

This little scene above, simple as it appears, created that little welling up that happens around the excitement of a fresh start or a new project…. A just-emptied recycle basket, a new-to-me handwoven textile, a recently thrifted note pad for sketching creative ideas, and an unfinished wallet that has been waiting for a few light bulb moments.

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Rose with the sun this morning. I love that.

Feeling full of momentum and excitement these days.

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+ An order of wrap wallets, wrapped up in tissue

+ We had a little photo shoot today. The dark olive rucksack is coming back soon.

+ Some garden pickings from this morning.

+ Textiles from the archives of my shelves. I have so many amazing materials I need to start using.

+ Mountain peaks in my afternoon latte.

+ Our lovely neighbor is cleaning out, and has given us some real gems this week, including this cozy alpaca which I have just freshly washed.

It’s been a jam packed week, and I’ve been working non stop. Tonight I’m looking forward to some simple relaxation time right there on that chair with that alpaca,¬†with my beau at my side, listening to the birds give way to the night crew, under the almost full moon… maybe even a glass of wine in my hand andsome home made pizza. Yes, that sounds pretty nice.

Enjoy the start of your weekend… xo


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A few snaps around the studio, via instagram.

I have been working hard to catch up from the whirlwind of May and June. The Country Living feature was blockbuster. Hoping to make some time to get a few new bags up in the shop soon(ish). I guess “soon” is relative when each day is packed full.

Happy Monday everyone! This past weekend felt eternal, in the most awesome way.

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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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