Posts Tagged ‘2012’

The first ever Etsy Holiday Shop opened today in SoHo, NYC. It will be open daily from 10am – 10pm today, November 29 through Saturday, December 8. We are super honored to have some of our rucksacks featured there and available for purchase. If you are in the area, go check it out! You will find a well-curated selection of artisanal and vintage gifts, and there will be workshops and classes throughout the week. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience Etsy in person.

Where: 131 Greene St. SoHo, NYC

When: November 29 – December 8, from 10am – 10pm daily

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I am feelin’ that holiday buzz. It starts out so quietly, sneaks up (seemingly) so slowly, and then suddenly – hellllo, it is here! This year I am trying to take it in slowly, enjoy this time, soak up the amazing fresh air of late autumn, and not get completely lost in the exciting rush of work that comes at this time of year. And have you noticed how happy everyone seems right now? Is it that way where you are? I swear, I met eyes and shared smiles with more people than I can count this weekend, while out running simple errands. That is so unlike the average day in town here (sadly). And as for decking the halls and all that stuff, I admit it – I love twinkly lights, I love to hang a wreath, and I love to gather fir branches and pine cones to bring inside.

Happy Holidays friends, how ever it is you enjoy this time of year.

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It’s really here. I can see and feel it everywhere! How about where you are?

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june highlight

This is a big highlight for us, every month of June, since we have lived here. One we actually wait for with anticipation come mid spring. We had our first super brief sightings on June 1st or so, but today was the first day we were able to really observe the new fauns.

This doe, from all that we can tell, is the same doe that has frequented our property, and felt safe to tuck her babies in while foraging, for the 3 years we have been here. She is a strong, calm, beautiful doe – a bit larger than the others we see here – and her prominent brow is distinctive.

Today the 3 of them came a few different times and spent quite a while in the yard each time. These little babies are the funniest most precious things we see here. There is so much silly behavior as they explore this new world. Today we saw nursing, dandelion eating, wandering (sometimes a little too far, which sometimes creates a panic), frolicking, bouncing and racing around, peeing, all the simple things of new life.

So excuse my gush of baby deer photos, I can’t help but share.

This was immediately following a reunion, after one of the babies wandered too far, getting confused and then causing concern for itself and it’s mom. Just like human babies, nursing seems to be a consolation (for all of them?) after these kinds of events.

We treat our yard as a sanctuary as much as we can. While deer create a challenge for us as gardeners (yes, I have been super bummed and irritated at times when that plant got chowed to the ground), I don’t think we would trade easy growing for the lack of their presence here.

Just a little aside – These photos were all taken from inside the house, with camera zoomed in (in low light on this very rainy day).

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summer days


It’s officially summer.  *big sigh*  Hello summer evenings and sunny summer days!

We spent some time out on the patio last night, to soak up the onset of these long summer days, sip a glass of wine and talk about the garden. It was a beautiful night after a truly summer-like day. It seemed like every bird around was chattering and singing… At one point a little side conversation sprung up….

A: sniffsniffsniff   wow, it smells like…   what is that? reminds me of my mom, home, my family.

Wow, waffles! sniffsniffsniff   Sweet and toasted.   Smell that??

S: Smells like burnt sugar. And wheat? It’s interesting how smells can trigger whole memories of things. How they can have so much meaning.

A: We used to have breakfast for dinner pretty often growing up. Waffles, pancakes, scrambled eggs…

S: That does smell pretty strong.

A: [deep in thought] – thinking of her childhood kitchen and the old waffle maker they had. Remembering the feeling of family all together, throughout the house, as dinner was cooking…  (Amazing how fully I was taken back)

. . . .

A: Suddenly alarmed, pulled out of deep thought, BOLTS out of the chair and races inside. Oh my gosh! It’s US!!

The beans! And oh crap, the pots are stuck to the stove!


A & S: Roaring laughter! (good grief!)


[Apparently, burnt pinto bean juice smells like waffles. And waffles remind me of Mom. Steven managed to get the pots off the glass stovetop by prying a wooden spatula under them. And luckily, all that was burnt was boiled over liquid, and our enchilada makings were not ruined after all]

Happy solstice friends! Enjoy these summer nights!

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happy new year!!

Wishing you all the most amazing start to a fresh new year! I am excited about so much right now – life, love, my growing business… We have determined that 2012 will be “the year of expression!” Freely, creatively, honestly and uninhibitedly expressing ones self is a freedom all of it’s own.

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