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Last December, just before Christmas, we found ourselves huddled together on blow-up mattresses in the dark. There was no power and the temperature was below freezing in our new home, located in the the country-ish, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Walter and I either jump into things, or we completely overthink until we agonize. I prefer the jumping in, as that is there where magic is.

We looked at 3 houses with the idea of maybe moving, and within 35 days, we were shivering in our new 18th century living room.

But this isn’t about the 5 Acre Wood in West Chester, or chickens, honeybees, wild plants, or birdsong. Nor is it about the 5 goslings that were just born on the island at the center of our pond! This is about our house in Philadelphia that we’ve been fixing up since we hastily departed last winter.

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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
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

Spring Pouches by Peg and Awl

Small Batch Spring Essentials Pouch!

Our new Spring Essentials Pouches combine antique textiles inside and waxed canvas outside or vice versa. Each is paired with a springy vintage zipper. Another Choose Your Own Adventure!

Last summer we found a little stack of antique German textiles that was irresistible – there were blues and reds, a variety of plaid pillow shams and bedspreads. They were used to pack antique furniture en route from Germany to America, and after transport, were sitting neatly folded and severely neglected – until I spied them.

If you love pouches then you are in for a treat! We cut up the textiles and incorporated them into our Essentials Pouch. Use one for pens, pencils and art supplies and another for balms and tinctures. Pouches help to organize our bags and lives into satisfying little pockets – it is hard to be without them and you can never have too many.

Spring Essentials Pouch: Scarlet No. 1 by Peg and Awl Spring Essentials Pouch: Scarlet No. 2 by Peg and Awl
Scarlet No. 1
Scarlet No. 2
Spring Essentials Pouch: Blue No. 1 by Peg and Awl Spring Essentials Pouch: Blue No. 2 by Peg and Awl
Blue No. 1
Blue No. 2
Spring Essentials Pouch: Scarlet No. 3 by Peg and Awl Spring Essentials Pouch: Scarlet No. 4 by Peg and Awl
Scarlet No. 3
Scarlet No. 4

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Pouches by Peg and Awl
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