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This morning, in my journal, I was contemplating the complexities of the fine point of balance when running a small business. These last few years – before the pandemic, through the thick of it, and this lingering now — have given us so much variety, forcing that fine point to dance like phosphorescence beneath a moving boat at night, engaging us to consider potential nexts. I move my journal to the floor — there being no more space on the crowded, trash-picked table, in a window filled with plants and the morning’s light pushing through the trees. The table is piled high with projects that I am longing to get to. Our actual kitchen table – a big farmhouse table a few feet away, is full as well, as I’ve decided to photograph our Of a Kind collection upon it, despite my family's grumbling. We push piles to the side so we can squeeze onto a small end of the long table for dinner.
Are you, too, feeling a multitude of dreamings leftover from the time-abundant early pandemic days?
Books still longing to be read? (on the table)
Sketchbooks and journals begging for a scribbling in, a finishing up? (on the table)
Trails wanting walked and biked upon daily? (bits from them, on the table)
I am breathless, dreaming of the possibilities that crowd my living space.
I merge the dreaming with the practical(ish) when I can. I was able to lure my family into the woods for a walk with Pearl, and a simultaneous photo shoot of some of the One of a Kind bags. We danced and high-beamed around the ruins of a mill along the path. The autumn air and the freedom to wander, feels like an absolute luxury — and is! But it is only one part of the long process of bringing our Of a Kind collections to life and running a small business in general.
Fortunately, Pearl loves partaking in the weird things we do!
The Secret to a Good Flea (Market) Day is a Good Friend!
Read the story that celebrates the discovery of some of the treasures in this collection at a Flea Market in the thick of the summer heat!
Our Autumn Of a Kind Collection!
Our third Of A Kind Collection of 2022 is a celebration of the afterlife of already long-loved objects. It contains One of a Kind bags made with antique, well-worn re-constructed seed, feed, and bank bags, Antique Tin alternative sketchbooks (and re-fill packs for a past favourite due to many inquiries!), and some pouches, which are always a favourite. Every discovery holds a bit of the past, and the story and marks accumulated. They are a joy to put together and harken back to the best part of our origin story – the gathering of old things and the reimagining and reworking of them into once again useful objects.
Photograph by Søren of me with an Of a Kind mini tote made from a vintage Timothy Grass Seed Bag.
Søren, Pearl, and I went out for a walk on a trail we normally bike on. Slower, we noticed new things.
Mini Totes made with Vintage Textiles!
We’ve transformed vintage seed and feed sacks found at a Flea Market this past summer! So many scrumptious textures, fadings, holes, and repairs are evident in this collection!
We’ve cleaned and cut and paired the vintage bags with waxed and vegetable tanned leather, making our classic and loved bags into One of a Kind treasures!
Journal Excerpt – I lingered at Leonard’s flea market table, unfolding and refolding seed and feed bags used over and over until disposable bags replaced them in the 1960s. The textiles on Leonard’s table were washed and faded and soft. He couldn’t hear very well so I had to get extra close or raise my voice to communicate. He smiled a gentle smile with each shout. I left with arms filled with vintage bags, eager to imagine them anew.
Standard Totes made with Vintage Textiles!
Vintage Textile Pouches!
It is hard to resist old printed cottons and feedsacks from the early 1900s on flea market tables. We’ve transformed the gathering of patchwork and scrap into useful pouches, giving them new life.
This vintage Ginger Tin makes a great alternative sketchbook for small projects. We’ve filled them with 100 sheets of laser cut Strathmore Drawing paper. Put the tin in the outside pocket of a Sendak, or a pouch, and head out to draw! The portability makes sketching ever-accessible, and the shape makes a good drawing feel complete!
Cloverine Alternative Sketchbooks!
We are excited to offer a handful of vintage Cloverine Alternative Sketchbooks in this Collection! Each tin comes with 200 sheets of Fabriano hot press watercolour paper. These morsels fit inside the Sendak, making sure you always have some of the finest paper on hand! Additional packs of pre-cut paper can be ordered separately or as an add-on.
On October 02, 2022
Love the music on the preview, and so enjoy watching the process. I didn’t see the solvitur ambulando ring I am sooooo looking forward to😉, but I am keeping out close watch! Thanks for sharing.
On October 01, 2022
Yes! So many of all the things to make and do! I am trying to trade the pressing for gratitude-for lists ( they speak all of the “to do’s”, but also hint of vision), for the piles, everywhere (so much abundance), for the aches and pains, for I am an old lady now (a body that can still do and live and move and have being)! Grateful for all the things. And grateful for you all and the beautiful vessels of new and old things wrought by your vision and the work of many hands and hearts. They remind us. They connect us.
(the upcoming of a kinds are so lovely!!!)