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around the studio

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.

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roadside apples

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.

apples_1We didn’t see the donkey, but we did accidentally scare what seemed like hundreds of birds (which then scared us!) that had been nestled down in the tree eating fruit.


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?

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meadow + mark

basket tray

chemex coffee maker


crams globe

hand knit sweater

minnetonka moccasins

I’ve been adding some new things to the meadow + mark shop. Have a look if you like!

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From socks and sweaters and afternoon coffees, to swimming (yes, swimming) and sunkissed sunsets. Gimme all those kinds of weekends. All the time!

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garden chat











A cloudy morning inspired some garden photos today. Oddly, I have taken so few photos in the garden this year. It’s been an unusual year out there all around, and though I love my garden I have had a lot of moments at odds with it this summer.

The summer winds have blown it into a crazy mess, which is partly my fault for lack of sufficient supports. Some of my usual staples (such as kale!) didn’t make it this year. My peas all spontaneously died, one after another (tunnelling rodents?). The hoophouse has a ridiculous flea beetle infestation, which has the leaves looking chewed up and ragged. My “live and let live” style of allowing plants to grow where they seed themselves can be fun and whimsical, and bring some great surprises, but it can also create an overwhelming situation in a garden bed. At this point in the season, we are definitely at the overwhelming stage.

But there is a lot that’s going well too, some of which is pictured above. Tomatoes are flowing with today being the biggest harvest so far at about 9 pounds. This spring I had a huge show of volunteer tomato plants, and in one bed they had actually planted themselves in a neat little row. I left quite a few, dug some out to share, and then filled in with intentionally grown starts.

Cucumbers are also flowing, not quite enough to make pickles yet, but we’ve been eating lots of cucumber, tomato and green coriander salads. Beans are starting to come on, and while I think I’ll always grow them and find the plants and beans so beautiful, we are just not green bean fans! If you have a way you like to prepare green beans that you think will convert me, I wanna hear it :)

We have had a really great year with fava beans. I made fava bean falafel recently, at the recommendation of an instagram pal and it was amazing! I plan to make it once more before they’re done, which won’t be long.

Oh! And speaking of “live and let live,” I have had a bumper crop of rocket this year! It is still giving and giving. And I didn’t plant a bit of it. It has been almost our total source of greens this year, which is pretty excellent if you ask me. I LOVE rocket.

I guess I was feeling bodacious this spring, and devoted a bed to corn. I’ve never been sure it would do well here, and it takes a lot of space, but corn! I had to try. I planted up the bed in a sort of 3 sisters style. The corn is still only 3-4 feet high, the ears are so runty and the beans are starting to take it over, but we will see. I’m so curious to pick some. It would be such a luxury to grow abundant sweet corn. I think my soil needs building before I try again. I won’t give up yet :)

So if you have made it this far, you must be into gardening at least a little… so what is happening in yours? What’s doing really well for you, or not that well this year? Are you planting for fall?

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There are so many things I could say about right now in this season… but once I got down to writing tonight I guess I don’t really feel like it. I just feel like being in it, enjoying it, experiencing it, without discussing it all so much. A lot of people have a complaint about the heat and dry or the rain and cool or the quick passage of time (and don’t get me wrong, I might be one of them sometimes), and all the words and worries about time make me want to just be still and embrace this time fully. If you know me, you know I want summer to last forever.

August is such a ripe month. So much fresh food and soft warmth and rich light.

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workshop notes

I wanted to share a few things we will cover in the August 9 Leather Craft Workshop. There are still openings. Local readers looking to learn leather craft, I would love to have you!

Participants will have the chance to explore different design ideas and I will provide a few examples of possible projects. As one learns the basics of construction, the possibilities of shape, features and style are limitless. Below are just 2 simple ideas which, in their creation, cover all the basic skills needed to allow one to expand their own ideas into tangible items.


A finished edge can take what looks like a rustic project on toward luxury level. Edge finishing takes practice and patience, but is so worth the finished result. We will cover learn what it takes to create a beautiful, finished edge.



My own journey learning leather work has been a slow, step by step process, starting from scratch and amassing the knowledge, experience and tools needed to create what I want in a way that satisfies me. I will be providing participants with the knowledge and skills to make their own journey much more direct. Each participant will be tooled up for the class, with everything they need to work along together. You will learn the names and purpose of each tool, all while having a hands on experience with them.

Below are just a few of the many tools we will be using.


I find it to be so empowering to be able to take an idea and turn it into something tangible and useful, with my own hands. I am excited to teach some of the skills I love to use so much.

PS. I have had a few non-local readers reach out to request future video workshops. If there are more of you interested in the possibility of video courses for purchase, I would love to hear from you either by email abby@infusionfibers.com or here in the comments.

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