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block printed cotton

 

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I’ve added a few lightweight, block printed cotton summer totes to the shop. The material directly above, in particular, is so nostalgic for me! Reminds me of warm sunny days in college, in the grass with friends, playing guitar, reading, making embroidery thread wraps in each others hair, sitting out at open air concerts… Simpler days with lots of time (so much more than we realized) and little worries.

 

These totes are lightweight and easygoing, washable and packable. I imagine them carrying a beach towel and swim suit, weekend farmer’s market finds….

 

Enjoy this last bit of the weekend. xo

 

 

SPRING SALE

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Hi folks! We are having a spring sale!

As you may know, we rarely have a sale and 20% off — well, that is truly unprecedented :)

From now through Friday, April 17, save 20% off any order over $60 placed in the shop by using the coupon code SAVE4SPRING. This does not apply to custom orders.

I hope you enjoy it! Thanks so much for your support.

seasonal observations

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iris_march29_0Some springtime observations and garden notes…

The bats (and flying bugs) are back, and have been back for some time now. The swallows are as well!

The osprey has returned and we’ve been watching to see where it decides to nest. The dead tree it has nested in every year could be in better shape.

Elders are flowering. Already?

Crows are around again; paired off, talking loudly, and constantly gathering nesting materials.

The wooly bear caterpillars are super abundant, like I’ve never seen. Last year we hardly saw a single one.

Our apricot has set lots of little fruits for the first time, and the stanley prune flowered abundantly. Even the apple tree has put out it’s first 2 blossoms. It’s struggled, so this feels like a great sign of progress.

Herbs, like thyme, chives and rosemary are flowering and others such as oregano, savory and echinacea are putting on new growth like crazy.

In the garden the slugs have been scarce so far this year. I’m amazed. And so relieved! The peas and fava beans are growing with vigor, carrots have abundantly sprouted, with almost no help from me – due to a seemingly perfect balance of rain and sun. Beets and cilantro are putting up green growth, and borage – which made it through the winter (with total ease), is about to flower. I planted corn last week. This is a first for me, and I am super excited! I purchased a variety which is said to do well in cooler conditions – heirloom seed of course. I plan to do a 3 sisters style planting in that bed.

Last week I did another round of planting in pots – some garden staples, some for the general landscape and some just for fun… more peas, more lettuce, more basil, more sunflowers, goldenrod, baby’s breath, cosmos, blue fescue, echinacea, and a bunch of other things I can’t remember at the moment.

Something gives me the feeling this year is going to be pretty excellent for growing plants.

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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.

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