Thursday, March 27

second breakfast

Is whatever dada is eating.

Wednesday, March 26

the time is there.

Let's let go of the things that eat up our time needlessly, and do more of those things we wish we did more of.

Friday, March 21


He never goes far without a snack to hand. Yesterday we were outdoors all afternoon! I was hauling stone out of the woods and building rock walls, forming a rock path to my studio and raking up about 4 inches of black sunflower seed hulls from under the porch railing where we have been entertaining birds all winter. Tim is building an awning for my studio with cedar shakes and another for the kitchen door, as well as clearing some land for building a wood shed against the garage. While I was sawing down brush I collected a few straight trees and put them together for Cedar (and for me) to have a little teepee to get cozy in. It feels so right to have nature inside like that.

I just found out about Tasha Tudor and am enamored by her incredible garden. I was so inspired I went to our local Agway and bought an indecent amount of flower and vegetable seeds. There is a stable nearby and I plan on getting some loads of manure there to make manure tea which is what she swears made her garden what it is. I used to use it but haven't made some in a few years. I actually used to carry bags to collect horse manure from the riding trails where we would hike at our old house but I think just going straight to the stable will be quicker! Our compost pile is also ready to be spread around in the beds soon. Cedar is absolutely fascinated by everything we are doing out there.

All that fresh air and sunshine yesterday tuckered us all out. It's the best feeling ever to take a shower after a day working outdoors and slip into a quiet warm bed. To earn my sleep.

Thursday, March 20

in the studio

It's wonderful out there these days. When I get the time I just crunch to make things happen. It truly rejuvenates my spirit.

Monday, March 17


The snow is almost gone now. We're getting outside again and it feels like a fresh world. I don't remember ever looking forward to a summer so much. Each season it's like I'm a whole new person.

Sunday, March 16

The Bluebird of Spring // cloth story book

The Bluebird of Spring.
Cloth story book, 10 pages, 6.5 x 9 x 2 inches
Hand and machine sewing, vintage and remnant fabrics, embroideries
Cotton, linen, wool
Binding hand-sewn in turquoise thread

These are so much fun to make!
In the shop.

Wednesday, March 12

Sunday, March 9

quite the pair

I always get a raised eyebrow or two as people wonder why I'm standing in line (waiting to change my bills for $1's for the photobooth) at the movie theater. Probably hoping I'm not about to take my toddler into the film they are planning to see.

Friday, March 7

Thursday, March 6

snack time

It was a cold week but warmed up enough yesterday for a little front porch play (poking at the snowbanks and rolling balls down the front walk) and a hot-from-the-oven snack of buttered rolls.

Wednesday, March 5

the creatively destructive hole in the wall

At the end of last July, I was getting a little punchy and so I decided some demolition was just the thing that would both allow me to get out some angst and also do something creative and constructive while keeping an eye on Cedar while he played.

The farmhouse part of our house, its core, is 133 years old and the rooms are small and this one especially was dark. I had an idea of making a little passageway to let light and warmth through and so I made a hole in the wall with a hammer.

I snapped one grainy phone photo after I did so: 

That is how it began.

A lot of hammering, sawing, framing out, priming and spackling, and it came out quite nicely. Fitting right between the studs, which are 16 inches apart, I formed an arch on the top just like we had done in our old kitchen. It joins the old part of the house to the newer addition from the 1950's and lets that light and air through like I thought it would.

It took months to get the project pretty finished up in fits and starts; now it only wants warmer weather to do a little more smoothing and painting. A few days when I can leave the windows open.

It's handy to hop through too.

xo Brooke