Friday, January 31, 2014

The Super Moon and Mercury


Did you all see the super moon last night?
It was a little too overcast for us to see it at our house. 
But, we felt it.
January has been a frustrating month.  We blame the wolf moon that happened just after the turn of the year.  
Machines were breaking, it was super duper extra sub zero cold, our furnace broke in the studio resulting in two weeks of working in freezing cold temperatures, we couldn't get warm and end of year administrative work took over all of my creative energy which inevitably leaves me feeling out of balance, uninspired and feeling stuck.
But, as soon as that super moon started rising late yesterday afternoon, it was like all of that started to wisp away.  The heater was finally repaired and heat filled the studio, thawing out our frozen sad brains (and hands), reigniting the spark of happiness and motivation that lives in all of us, projects kicked into gear, things were made, ideas were followed up on and our hearts and minds were feeling good again.  
So, we're calling the end of January super moon a good luck moon.
Hope it is for you, too!
This photo was the hint of the super moon on its way.  I can see the sky while lying in my bed.  Early Tuesday morning, the moon and Mercury were the first thing I saw when I awoke.  I keep my camera and tripod nearby (i know...nerd) so, I grabbed it, stepped outside in my nightie in the *literally* negative 17 degree weather and grabbed a few shots, unknowing of the turning tide that was heading our way.
Hope you're off to a great weekend!

Monday, January 27, 2014

back in stock!

The Paperback Mini in brown waxed canvas is back in stock!  And, we're pretty excited.  We love this as our date night bag.  It's just the right size for keys, phone and a few essentials.  Pick one up here.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Waxed Canvas Messenger no.4

Messenger no.4 is now available in brown waxed canvas!
Check it out here.

Friday, January 17, 2014

a new website + other good things


I hope you have been enjoying this winter! We have had so much snow (which I love), negative degrees (which we didn't actually mind too much) and lots of cozy hang out time (a few good movies and tense football games (did you see that Chiefs game?!)). But, we are well into 2014 now and there is work to be done!

My biggest project has been redoing our website. I learned a lot, realized I need a better chair and got excited about the smallest of things...things that are seemingly so small most people will use them without noticing they were a thing that had to be made.  For example, I spent many hours learning how to make a tab on our product page.  yes, a tab. I felt so successful in that moment. The kind of success where you're like wow, I have achieved something so super great. Of things that have happened in my life, I would rank that sense of achievement like this:
  1. birth a child, name her (that's a tough thing), raise her as a single parent for the first 7 years of her life, while working two jobs, going to school full time, ultimately earning two degrees (with honors) and realizing, she's still alive, you're still alive and you taught her to read. That felt successful.
  2. start a business, with no money, a few skills and two art degrees. grow that business into something that not only supports me and my family but also supports a talented team of four.  That feels super successful.
  3. spend hours and hours trying to understand how various arrangements of letters and symbols can make things appear on a computer screen. make a tab. That felt SUUUUUPER successful!
  4. learn how to turn my charcoal grill into a smoker. smoke all sorts of things (have you had smoked green beans? they'll be the brussel sprouts of 2014. mark my words). That felt like bucking the system (which I always view as a success).
So, three.  It was a three on my success scale. So, as you're checking out the new website, click the hell out of those tabs! A lot of work went into them.

And, for spending some time, you might decide its time for a new bag?
Use the code: TABS (ha! i couldn't resist) upon checkout at the new for 10% off.

Anyhow, would love to know what you think! Thanks for checking it out!

Cheers and love and kisses and hugs,

p.s. sale code is valid through midnight, January 20, 2014.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Winter 2014

It has been negative degrees here. But, it hasn't stopped us from venturing out into the snow! I love it. And, Parker took her new Backpack for a test run.  It's snow proof. Then we went back inside, baked cookies, drank coffee and tried to pick a movie to watch on Netflix (a near impossible task). Stay warm and dry and have fun!