Posts Tagged ‘studio’









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?

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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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Rose with the sun this morning. I love that.

Feeling full of momentum and excitement these days.

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around the studio

I realized I haven’t mentioned here yet that the shop is closed. The etsy shop is closed for a bit, while I catch up on my work. The shop has been a fantastically busy place this year! I have felt behind for the past few weeks/months, so in fairness to my own well-being, and in respect for my patient customers, I will clean the slate and reopen with a fresh start. There will be some new items available when I reopen as well. I am always so excited to create new work, and right now is definitely no exception.

So what’s been going on in the studio recently…

+ Last week my friend and assistant Amber came down to work with me, and we assembled close to 30 bag linings. I am hoping that I’ll be able to get quite a ways closer to completion this week with those on hand.

+ As my leather working experience increases, my tool set has been increasing as well. Having nice tools creates such a freedom, and learning new skills keeps things challenging and interesting.

+ It’s a big mess up there! There are piles forming everywhere and I can’t wait to take a day to just clean and organize. One of these days…

+ I broke another  throat plate the other day. Breaking metal with metal…. such a terrible sound. Luckily, this time I had an extra on hand.

+ And the usual lot of cutting, pinning, sewing, pressing, pounding, packing…


Got a late start this morning and now it’s time to get to work.



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A few snaps around the studio, via instagram.

I have been working hard to catch up from the whirlwind of May and June. The Country Living feature was blockbuster. Hoping to make some time to get a few new bags up in the shop soon(ish). I guess “soon” is relative when each day is packed full.

Happy Monday everyone! This past weekend felt eternal, in the most awesome way.

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around the studio

Happy Monday! I hope yours has been a productive one too.

Tonight we will take a little break and enjoy a glass of wine and some home made pizza, to celebrate getting my taxes all paid. So nice to have that behind me! Boy do I know how to cut it close.

See you soon…

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in the studio

It’s not quite up and running yet, but I think we’re getting close to having the first machine assembled. The studio is in shambles and there is still a lot of moving around to do, but the goal is to get one machine up and running so I can get back to work asap. It’s unnerving to have my work space in such a state when there is so much work to be done!We started yesterday in the early evening, and worked until almost 3am. The biggest challenge? No instructions on assembly… Were we naive to think there would be? I am lucky to have such a smart dude in my life. He has a way of figuring things out and can put together anything.

If you have emailed me or sent me a message through etsy recently, and haven’t heard back from me yet, I will get there. It’s just been really busy here. Feel free to send me a reminder if you need.

I’m on instagram now @ in_fusion // abby meadow – if you want to follow along with spontaneous updates.

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studio, lately

As a ‘seasoned’ business person (heehee) I am starting to feel more attuned to the seasonal shopping shifts. Not being a big shopper myself, it could almost be easy for me to overlook the rushing about that happens, come November, in our sleepy town. With October here, I am starting to think about building some inventory so that I might be even just a teeny bit ahead for the holidays this year. I can’t even believe I am talking about the holidays (I was just swimming in the lake last week!), but I had a customer just this week though, mention that her purchase was a Christmas present. It is never too early I guess.

Last year was my busiest year of business yet, and this year has shown incredible growth as compared to all previous years. Until I hire some help, I need to work on a new strategy for how to gracefully handle a season busier than the last.

I am also making efforts to improve my studio. I have been working in my little loft space for about 2 years now, and in some areas it looks like I just (haphazardly) moved in. There have been evolutions, rearrangements, lots of additions of shelving, but it is still somewhat of a semi-finished ‘project.’ It’s a challenging space to work with – oddly shaped and with no full height walls – but as my business has evolved I have honed what tools and materials I use and don’t use, so there is a lot of room for refinement and clearing out. This refinement should leave me a lot more room to spread out.

I made a decision recently, to spend at least 10 minutes each day organizing and clearing out, and if there was more time on any given day, I would spend more. I have made a bit of headway with that plan, and am feeling pretty excited about it. If anyone has any great tips they’d like to share for keeping organized and managing your time with a really busy schedule, I’d love to hear. Sometimes the simplest ideas go a long way.

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so much stitching

Lots of stitching happening here.

Getting excited about some new work, which I hope to be able to share in the near future.

Why can’t the days just be twice as long??

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around the studio

My funny little 7-sided work room, with a stairway in the middle and hardly any walls… It might have it’s challenges, but I do love this space.

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