Just a little bit of peace, from me to you.
Hi folks! Our sale is now live. You can find our holiday tote special here.
Update: we are sold out! Thank you so much!
I hope all of you who celebrate had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I wanted to let you know that we’re having a ‘Small Business Saturday’ Sale. Starting tomorrow, November 28, we’ll be offering a batch of these totes, made especially for the holidays, for a special holiday price. $52 each until they’re gone. The sale will be up in the shop by 10am Pacific time.
We have the deepest gratitude for the support of our customers, and having sales is one way I try to say thank you. Every purchase you make from a small, independent business truly makes a direct difference.
Hi folks! I’m excited to announce that I will be participating in Maven Collective’s first annual Holiday Pop Up on December 5th. For those of you in the Portland area, it will be worth coming out for this.
Maven Collective is a beautifully curated shop, offering carefully chosen vintage goods. For the event, a hand selected group of makers will be selling their wares, Michele Graham of Cider and Rye will be mixing artisanal cocktails, Vintage Baron will be spinning and selling vintage holiday records, and to sweeten the deal there will be a huge giveaway that each attendee will be able to enter.
When: December 5, from 4-8 pm
Where: 7819 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97215
Featured makers include: Martina Thornhill Designs, Infusion Cloth & Leather, Modern Artifact, Milk & Honey Fibers, Selva Floral Studio, Golden Dinosaur Studio and Oru Jewelry
I hope to see you there! As the date comes closer I will try to share some sneak peeks of some of the goods I’ll be bringing with me.
A few snaps from the weekend…
This weekend felt like a long 3 days, in the best way. Focused and fun. We had an amazing quenching rain followed by warm, beautiful sunshine which looks to be here to stay for a while again. After the rain stopped I went out for a run and to my amazement, seeing as how I felt a little tired that afternoon, I set an all time record on pace. Four miles, with an average pace of 7:40. I am not a runner per se, but I like to mix up my activity now and then. I am still feeling high on that run!
I’ve been taking photographs whenever I can for M+M and a new project that Steven and I are working on. The window each day is shorter now with the light changing. I love the light so much right now, leaking into unexpected places through the house.
Autumnal cleaning continues and this weekend we recreated our utility room. It has been a messy catch-all of a room for too long and it’s exciting to have it becoming more simplified and inviting. I love looking in there now, when I see it in passing. There will be no corner left unturned (or un-dusted!) by the time we are through here.
Working on incorporating more hygge into our fall and winter lives, and Steven refurbished some teak candle holders just in time to get out the candles. Dinner by candlelight is so cozy and intimate.
Happy new week, all! Heading up to the studio for a productive work day.
Some snaps (mostly iPhone) around the studio this week…
The desire to clean has been pretty strong here the past couple weeks. Steven and I are spending a little time each morning again, working on home projects, de-cluttering and deeper cleaning. The need for this has also really been showing up in the studio and this week I’ve really dug in. Feels amazing to freshen up my space, and it makes me feel so much more peaceful and collected when I get up to work.
I’ve also been trying to devote a little bit of time to playing with new ideas, practicing new kinds of construction and making lists and sketches of things that excite me and that I’d like to work on. It’s time for me to let go of some old grooves and allow for new energy to flow.
On a recent road trip through Eastern Oregon we knew we’d be passing an old apple tree which we had picked from in the past, and hoped to pull over to pick again. We kept a look out, with clear memories of it’s location and the little donkey over the fence that we had shared apples with before.
Sure enough, the gnarled old tree stood right where we’d remembered, gleaming brilliant red in the otherwise neutral landscape, completely loaded with apples.
We picked until our cotton sack was full and then continued on the road. We’ve eaten a handful of them, but they’re pretty tart. Maybe it was just a little bit early for picking. So this week I finally decided to chop them up and put on a big pot of spiced apple sauce.
It made the whole house feel so cozy and autumnal. Oh my goodness, the smell!
I just added what seemed nice in the moment and adjusted to taste. Vanilla bean, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, a little sea salt. At the end I added a few spoons of honey.
It is like apple pie in a jar! Next time I’ll try a different apple variety. Anyone have a favorite apple variety, or mix of varieties, for applesauce?