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A few snaps around here lately…

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+ Studio lights. You really can never have too many…

+ I took some time today to update my older Pocket Wallet.

+ The new version now has a snap cover, to keep cards more secure.

+ I’ve been slowly adding new things to meadow + mark, and have a pile more to photograph soon.

+ We made a recent visit to one of our favorite beaches. A day at the ocean is always so restorative.

I know it’s spring break for some of you, and I think on some level I am feeling it myself. I have had a hard time snapping out of weekend mode, and it’s almost Wednesday! What ever the case is for you, I hope your week is treating you well xo

shop promo and a giveaway

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I wanted to let you guys know that for a limited time, I’ll be including one of our leather coin purse key rings with any order from our shop amounting to $120 or more. Leather colors will vary.

I try to send gifts to my return customers, and these classic little triangle purses are always fun to make and give. The addition of the key tether takes it to a much greater level of usefulness I think. I’ve got one in my bag with a spare car and house key, some change and a folded 5 dollar bill. Just in case.

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What would you keep in one? Leave a comment below for a chance to win one of your own. I will choose a winner at random on Monday night, March 23.

This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified. Congrats lovely lady!

It’s spring! Officially! It has felt like spring here for a while now, but in the last week or so a real transformation has been occurring. Bugs of every kind are on the move, the swallows are back to make nests in the boxes we built them, wooly bear caterpillars are everywhere eating every green thing, the crows are flying sticks to and fro making a racket in their nest building mode, deciduous trees are starting to leaf out, evergreen trees are releasing huge yellow pollen plumes, and the frogs are CRAZY loud each night. CRAZY LIKE I LOVE IT. I LOVE SPRING!

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Last week I planted fava beans. We fell in love with favas last year and decided we would grow at least as many, and hopefully a lot more, this year. I saved as much seed as I could, which wasn’t easy as we wanted to eat them all. I planted carrots, beets and cilantro as well. This year I splurged and also purchased a rare, heirloom black carrot (which is actually a deep, dark purple). It cost a ridiculous amount, relative to the number of seeds included, but I plan to grow them in the hoophouse (to avoid cross pollination) and grow some of my own seed. I am really passionate about growing heirloom seed, and growing and harvesting my own seed. I try to grow some of my own heirloom seed each year.

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We also spotted a snake last week for the first time this year. I have a fantasy of snakes hanging out sunning on our porch with us and living in our hoophouse. They’re probably one of our best slug predators and one of the most unusual creatures to be around. They’re pretty shy though… Here it is trying to escape my rude interruption.

snake_0In order to make way for my new plantings I removed my aphid infested kale, which was kind of a bummer, but also a huge relief (there is plenty more). I usually spray down any aphid clusters with a solution of castile soap and water. Then I come back the next day and clip those parts away. This at least helps reduce the aphid population in our immediate area. I think most of my aphid issues so far this year are from new hatchings of eggs that overwintered.

kaleThat basket of kale above was salvaged from the plants I removed. We had a kale broccoli crustless quiche that night, with corn tortillas. That is most always a well received meal here.

rosemary_0Happy spring friends. Easterners, it will warm up soon xo

Hope you all have a beautiful weekend.

the new pack

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Good morning! Just wanted to stop in to share the new backpack that’s just become available. This bag has been my go-to day pack for a couple years now, and I have loved using it. After a few adjustments, I’m excited to finally make it available for purchase.

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Below are a couple photos of the original prototype, which has shown up here on the blog a few times. In the latest version, the shoulder straps are now leather, which makes them more stable. The pocket on the outside is now divided. I often felt like it was too easy for it to become a deep jumble of stuff with it full width. I also made some changes that aren’t apparent at a glance, but allow for greater ease of use (such as easy to grab snap tabs, and a different configuration of the interior pockets). There are also greater rivet reinforcements in all the stress areas.

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I’ll have more color options soon. Here is the listing if you’d like to learn more.

Looking around for past photos of my bag made me so excited for summer! It’s been on a lot of adventures with me, to some amazing places.

early spring shop update

 

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Hi folks! I have just updated the shop with some new items. There is more to come, but I couldn’t wait any longer with what’s already set to go.

I’ve been really drawn toward lighter colors these days, and it seems my recent work reflects that; clean and refreshing, soft and light, just like spring.

Most of the items just posted are one of a kind or limited edition. I will have some new shop staples to share soon as well. Shown below are a few of my particular favorites right now.

 

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Have a look in the shop to see more if you’d like.

 

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For the past couple months – since Christmas, really – I’ve been allowing myself time to freely play around in the studio with whatever my focus naturally gravitates toward. I have really cherished this time, and I feel like a part of me that had become stifled and restrained is coming back to colorful life. I had gotten to feeling like I didn’t know why I was making the things I was offering anymore, and needed to come back around and find my own creative initiative again. It’s been the longest period ever since I’ve had a true change of work in the shop, which also means a true change of work for me. I am a creative, sentient being. I am not a catalog, nor am I a machine.

Some of the things that I’ve been especially enjoying is exploring different kinds of leather work, digging into my stash of collected textiles, and getting immersed in a variety of wood carving projects. Sometimes I’ll go upstairs thinking I’ll just carve for a few minutes, and a few hours will easily pass. I love that kind of focus, where you are effortlessly, fully present in what you’re doing. That’s where it’s at! I’ve also been making an effort to let go of unneeded habits that have formed, and ideas about what I should be making. Free it up!

There will be a shop update pretty soon. Once I know the date, I will be sure to announce it here. I’ve been editing photos the last few nights and I have a few more bags I want to finish up. I’m excited!

Outside of the studio, we’ve been readying the garden and working out the details of a pretty big garden expansion. Not sure how much of the new garden we’ll get done this year with all the other things we are hoping to accomplish, but we’ll be making some first steps soon. In the existing garden I’ve sown the first round of peas, which are already popping through the soil, and I recently planted tomatoes, hot peppers, sunflowers and various greens in starter pots. We replaced the plastic sheeting on the hoop house recently and Steven’s been working on setting up irrigation in there, which is very exciting! I can easily spend an hour a day in there hand watering, so to have it automated with timers will be a huge help. There are a bajillion other ways I could think to spend those hours. Oh and my beautiful kale I was recently talking about? Well folks, the aphids have landed! They sure do love that stuff, dangit.

What are you all excited about these days? What gets your creative spark glowing?

the winter that never was

It looks and feels a lot like spring here, and it has for a while now.

feb_greens_0Self sown and self maintained greens and flowers. After a tough go with kale this past summer, it has beautifully transformed with the cooler, moister weather.

apricot_blossoms_0aFlowering apricot. This year marks the biggest show yet for this little tree. Fruit? Apparently that is another matter…

hoophouse_febHoop house carrots, planted in the summer. It was too hot back then and they didn’t take well, but over the late fall and winter they have taken care of themselves. I haven’t watered in here for months, so was really surprised to find them! And they have been so sweet and delicious. Over the course of a week or 2 I’ve picked a handful at a time. We are finishing the last of them now and I am making a mental note to do this again, with a little bit more effort on my part.

hoophouse_feb_1I finally started cleaning out the hoophouse. This year we need to replace the end walls, which were set up with plastic sheeting we had lying around, and wasn’t really suited for so much sun exposure. We have all the materials on hand now, and the plan is that we get it done this week.

crocus_diptychCrocus. Fresh, tiny, beauties.

gunneraSome of our Gunnera babies. Steven has been raising (SO MANY OF) these Dinosaur plants from seed. This year they should put on a huge amount of growth. We’re wondering what we’ll do with them all…

sunset_february_1Most every evening lately we are lulled by spring peepers, one of my favorite, most comforting sounds at this home. I think this year marks the earliest appearance they have made yet.

 

I know it’s bitter cold and snowy on the east coast, which has been so hard to imagine here. I try to keep in mind that nothing will necessarily be as I’ve known it to be. There could be another ice age. We could dry up and this land will turn to desert. Everything is changing. And we are changing, too.

 

 

 

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