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A little bit of wood work and a lot of leather prep this past week or so.

It was my brother’s birthday last week, and I made him a cherry wood spoon to pair with some other gifts. This was one of my favorites of the spoons I’ve made so far – the size, the shape, the long handle – and I really enjoyed working with cherry. It has a dense grain and polished up so smoothly.

Often, and still to my surprise, the preparation of leather straps takes the longest of any other single process in the making of a bag. It begins with the hide, which I cut into strips. The strips are then split to thickness, beveled, oiled and then set aside overnight to allow the oil to soak in. If the leather is to remain natural, it is then rubbed with a wax finish, and the edges are burnished with beeswax. If the leather is to be stained, as you see above, this typically takes 3 passes, front/sides/back, with drying in between each pass. The leather is then set aside again to dry. Once the staining is to my satisfaction, the straps are rubbed with a wax finish, and the edges are burnished with beeswax. Finally, they are ready for hardware to be set, holes to be punched, etc.

I’m working on some bags in new colors for a wholesale client. They’re almost done, and as soon as they are I’ll share more. I especially love that green!

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A few snaps around here lately…




+ 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

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A few more hours this evening and then it’s  time to put the week’s work aside for a bit, and slide into an easier pace. I’m looking forward to upping my guitar practice with a new app Steven found, tinkering in my garden and meeting up with some old friends. And if this crazy (!) wind calms down, we’ve got campfire cooking on our list. It’s been so summery and beautiful (and windy) out.

Also, I’ve been thinking about deliberate acts of random kindness, and how I could make them more a part of my life. Have you done any that stood out lately? This world is sure needing more gentle kindness.


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It really feels like summer’s come early here. Not sure if I should be thrilled or concerned. I guess I am both. The weather patterns are all over the place, around the world.

1 – Signs of a warmer season. I live for this season of less.

2 – Planting a little bit, all the time.

3 – Mates. They were running across the drive like this.

4 – Packing the basket, bound for the lake.

5 – Blueberries are filling in.

6 – Camouflaged in red in a riot of color. Sweetest and hardest working guy I know ♥

I hope you’ve had a great weekend! We spent as much time as possible outside, gardening, working in the yard, eating meals, observing the changes around us. There is so much activity with the birds now raising their young and the deer getting ready for the arrival of baby fawns. There is new life emerging on every level! There is a little deer that’s been hanging close by the past few days. I often find it tucked in a corner near the garden, and it seems to feel comfortable near me while I work. We are thinking it may be recently orphaned. We saw an all day battle between a crow and a mother robin. The crow hunted and killed one of her babies, and then stalked the nest all day. Mamas are fierce though and the defense was ongoing and intense. My life can feel so easy when I see the raw reality of the life of an animal, where it is all about survival.

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simple things



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Some random snaps from around here lately.

This time of year requires huge amounts of high energy output, ironically, during a time that I more naturally would rather rest and focus inward, on nurturing myself, tending to my home and devoting a little extra time to family and friends. It’s always been sort of therapeutic for me to look through the recent photos I have taken. I think it gives me a chance to linger on the small things that I enjoy so much, and which usually get lost in the busyness of the day.

The simplest nothings are often the best parts of the day.

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Garden, kitchen, studio. These are the places I seem to spend most of my time recently. The garden is just doing it’s thing these days, making lots of food. There is a lot of food coming out of our relatively tiny growing spaces! Our main meals are almost 100% homegrown right now. The realization never gets old, that an entire meal is homegrown. I can really geek out on that sometimes, it’s just so satisfying.

The studio has been a busier place recently, and I have so many things I thought I might get done up there this summer – from painting the floor and some of the dark beams overhead, to building a new table. How does one renovate a space that is overwhelmingly occupied? I haven’t figured it out quite yet.

Speaking of the studio, my friend Camille, the talented craftswoman behind Red Onion Woodworks, has put up an infusion studio tour on her blog, Wayward Spark, if you’d like to check it out. And be sure to see her her beautiful raw edge cutting boards. I have been on the verge of treating our kitchen with one of her boards for so long. They are all one of a kind natural beauties, so if you see one you love, it’s best not to let it pass you by.

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It was a working weekend, though I still made sure to include some time off. Saturday has become a day where we catch up on cleaning and organizing, watering plants, and starting little projects that got pushed aside during the week. I love this time, and it’s amazing how much we usually accomplish together.

A few snaps from the weekend…

1. an impromptu, clean-out-the-fridge fruit crisp was made (with crisp based loosely on my memory of Stephanie’s)

2. weeding in the warm sunshine

3. always something on the stairs, going up or going down

4. lunch in the making

5. homegrown rosemary – there is lots, being dried and stored

Not captured on camera was: the incredible mess that some critter made of the insulator panel in the hood of our car. OH MY WORD. I guess it is nesting season // The pollen clouds bursting forth from the alder trees. Have you ever seen a tree do that? It’s amazing (and a little frightful if you have allergies) // The sound of the birds these days, chattering away excitedly – yes, indeed, I think it is nesting season // The rooster that now lives up the road, and crows every morning at 4am // The bounty that Steven was paid, for revealing the name of said neighbor, to a different neighbor, who has been kept up in the wee hours of the morning (hee!)

How was your weekend? Did you drink beer and eat cabbage??

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in the studio






It’s been tough to keep focused this past week or so. I’ve been restless, and have had so much energy –  both creative and physical. It’s a pretty fun state to be in, but it’s not always the most productive (it’s just not possible to do everything at once!). I keep thinking it’ll pass, but it’s been well over a week now. Is it spring fever? How bout you – are you feeling a change lately?

PS Thanks so much for your entries on the giveaway. I loved reading all your comments – some so heartfelt! – and I’ll be sure to try and share more about the things you all mentioned you’d like to see more of.

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a few things




+ Amazing score from the ‘free books’ shelf at the humane society. Clothbound, from 1949, with beautiful illustrations and a lot of information. I have a nice collection of bird books going and I refer to them all.

+ Gold Pothos we hung in the bathroom last month. I can’t quite tell yet if it’s totally happy there…. maybe a little more light would be nice.

+ A wallet I made a while back, and will add to the shop when I reopen.

…A few snaps from the week, and a few words about the shop… I haven’t been feeling well this past week, which really slowed me down on my plans for reopening the shop. I’m feeling way mo betta the last couple days, and am getting back on track. Gosh, feeling dragged out and cruddy sure makes you appreciate feeling well even that much more.

I hope everyone is feeling healthy. I have been hearing about the major flu epidemic that’s happening right now. Take care of yourselves xo

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little bits of thread












Some things from this week…

It’s been a week full. A full week.

The snaps above…

:: A cozy corner. I should sit there more (I sit right across from there daily).

:: Our beautiful handmade-in-the-Pacific NW wreath. A gift from our parents, who we love more than words could ever say.

:: Stocked up on tights. I wear tights a lot in the winter. Love them.

:: A little pile of wallets and clutch parts.

:: Christmas cards… winter note cards. Remember that photo?  And tea. And pomegranates!

Mostly, I just wanted to drop in before a small eternity passed by. It’s a busy time, and my head is mostly buried in piles of fabric, and my clothes covered in little bits of thread. Feeling happy, a little restless, and quite excited for a bit of a break soon.

How are you all? I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful season. xo

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