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Amethyst Collecting | Peg and Awl

It’s Spring!

May the adventures begin...

Last weekend found us in a freshly plowed field of amethysts rising toward the surface, and within a few hours our Hunter Satchels were brimming with earthly magic. Once home, we spread our loot out at our feet and washed away the mud. Like archeologists we examined each piece, drew our favorite specimens, and recorded our day’s excitement in our journals. (Read the full story of our adventure on our blog!)

Whether your spring adventures find you in the field or at your desk, we’ve got you covered!

Small Hunter Satchel by Peg and Awl Foundlings Small Desk Caddy: Sage by Peg and Awl
Small Hunter Satchel
Foundlings Small Desk Caddy: Sage
Foundlings Harper Journal: June by Peg and Awl Botanical Dandelion Ring by Peg and Awl
Foundlings Harper Journal: June
Botanical Dandelion Ring
Olde Fashioned Tree Swing by Peg and Awl The Sendak Mini Artist Roll by Peg and Awl
Olde Fashioned Tree Swing
The Sendak Mini Artist Roll

 

     There is something about unearthing a thing with your own dirty paws that transforms the simplest of objects into pure magic.

     As we drove past Amish farms and families, on our way to the Amethyst Field (part of a private Amish farm) in Lancaster early Saturday morning in post-rain-perfection, my mind wandered to The Foundlings Collection that we were launching 3 hours from then. We passed horses and buggies, families dressed in black and white, and a very tiny Mennonite school established in the 1800s. Everything was simple and beautiful and open, and the earth smelled clean and loved. It could have been 1919—except for our car and Aldous Harding singing. As we wandered through the Amish community I wondered if any parents or grandparents of the very people we were passing had painted any of the animals and plants and creatures we were celebrating, since they were made 100+ years ago, in this very area. I wanted to ask someone, but I thought it would be intrusive, so we passed through.

     We arrived at the farm that glorious overcast morning and parked in the alfalfa field by the Delaware Mineralogical Society's makeshift cardboard sign. When we stepped onto the freshly plowed and rained-upon field with our antique tools (which had been left in our new old house by the family before us, or the family before them), the earth fairly sparkled with purple gems—but we didn’t see them yet. First you must clear your expectations, then comes a finding, and soon enough, you can’t not see them. Within a few hours our Hunter Satchels were brimming with earthly magic: Amethyst, Smokey Quartz, regular Quartz, Feldspar, and mystery minerals.

     We gathered with some families from Open Connections and within a few hours everyone was sitting in the muddy fields chattering and inspecting their finds. By the time the sun broke through the clouds, Søren and Silas were thirsty and hungry, so we walked back to the alfalfa field where they sat in the trunk of the Subaru and ate lunch. I headed back to the field to retrieve a forgotten antique and found a few groups of determined treasure hunters who remained, one of which found the biggest Amethyst of the day—had Amethyst fever, and couldn't stop searching. Another group was digging a trench that looked more intentional than the rest of the holes scattered throughout the field. I asked about their digging—it turns out they are part of the Friends of Mineralogy, Penna Chapter, and, like so many geologists and rock lovers we’ve encountered, they were happy to share their knowledge. They told me about saddles and folds and intersecting ditches, but, being foundationless in this complex science, the information trickled through me like the dirt through so many sieves that morning.

     I returned to Søren and Silas, who were not bored as I feared, but hanging out with the other boys. We set off for home, covered in dirt, (after stopping for ice-cream of course) where we were greeted by Walter, also covered in dirt (from our garden-to-be) who photographed us as we tooth-brushed our finds.

Amethyst Pennsylvania Rockhound Eco Friendly Family Business

Rock Hunting with the Waxed Canvas Hunter SatchelAmethyst Cleaning, Earth DayWaxed Canvas Hunter Satchel

Postscript: I posted this on Instagram @thebrotherskent and on FB and received a lot of questions (public and private) about the site. This is private land, and the family was kind enough to share it. I would recommend you look into mineralogical societies near you. There are chapters all over the US, and they are amazing resources! The PA and DE chapter cost $25 per family for a year. There are many field trips and educational meetings. Links are above!

The Foundlings Collection by Peg and Awl

The Foundlings Collection

Foundlings is a collection that has come to life through the layering of hands that make: those that have caused to exist that which has been made and remade.

One end-of-winter morning, we ventured out into the last grey of the season-leaving, amongst sagging time-worn tables that house trash and magic. Flea markets are often secret repositories of history, and we were about to dive backwards some 200 years, as sparkly creatures, patiently waiting out their decades of idleness, nearly rose up from their tattered box to greet us. Farm animals, imagined animals, flowers, and other wonders of the natural world —painted by children during The Great Depression, fairly pulsed with scintillating energy upon nests of scritchy, scratchy handwritten ledgers, lessons, and language, impeccably penned by their grandparents, or great-grandparents.

Our discovery of these mischievous old fellows has led to yet another transformation. A select few have been carved and cast to retain their child-like style and to celebrate the expressional whimsy of each nurtured creature, others have been selected to adorn walls, desk caddies, and journals.

Now, in the 21st century, you bring your story to each piece, thus intertwining yours with theirs. What will future generations add to this great tapestry?

Are we The Foundlings or are they?

Journals

Foundlings Harper Journal: Dahlia by Peg and Awl Foundlings Harper Journal: Ash by Peg and Awl
Foundlings Harper Journal: Dahlia
Foundlings Harper Journal: Ash

Desk Caddies

Foundlings Medium Desk Caddy: Amaryllis by Peg and Awl Foundlings Small Desk Caddy: Poppy by Peg and Awl
Foundlings Medium Desk Caddy: Amaryllis
Foundlings Small Desk Caddy: Poppy

Art Prints & Frames

Foundlings Art Print: Opal by Peg and Awl Foundlings Art Print: Juniper by Peg and Awl
Foundlings Art Print: Opal | Peg and Awl
Foundlings Art Print: Juniper

BloodMilk Botanical Market

Come visit us on April 20, 2019 at The Botanical Market presented by BloodMilk!

Sphinx and Snakeskin
Saturday, April 20, 2019
12–5 pm ET

Etsy Logo

March 19, 2019

Etsy featured our Shepherd’s Purse botanical ring (also see on Etsy) in their Etsy Spring Accessories Trends video!

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