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March 19, 2019

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

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
Studio by Peg and Awl

Our Favorite Room

The Studio is our favorite room. It is filled to the brim with paints, brushes, pens, pencils, journals, blank canvases and possibilities. Books of artists who have struggled through paint and brush long before us lay open to inspire and mentor. Each material and tool is waiting to be used, standing impatiently in their caddies, artist rolls and pouches. Our journals, beckoning from our desks, extract what is trapped in our minds as each day begins with hopes of greatness!

Need Inspiration to help fill your blank pages? Join us as we participate in two instagram challenges: #marchmeetthemaker and #100dayproject.

Lewis and Clark Expedition Stool by Peg and Awl Waxed Canvas Tote by Peg and Awl
Lewis and Clark Expedition Stool
Waxed Canvas Tote
Medium Desk Caddy by Peg and Awl The Harper Journal by Peg and Awl
Medium Desk Caddy in Maple
The Harper Journal
Anselm Landscape Journal by Peg and Awl Landis Wall Caddy by Peg and Awl
Anselm Landscape Journal
Landis Wall Caddy
Beatrix Artist Caddy by Peg and Awl Drafter Pouch by Peg and Awl
Beatrix Artist Caddy
Drafter Pouch
Sendak Mini Artist Roll by Peg and Awl Mini Artist Sketchbook by Peg and Awl
Sendak Mini Artist Roll
Mini Artist Sketchbook

Deer Skull Natural History Homeschool Explore Family Business Journal Mom Mama of two boys

I have been determined to write outside of my journal more and share on our blog, but paralyzed with this need to find a beginning. There is no beginning, just an ongoing. I have to jump in. It feels a little like double dutch, which I was never very good at.  But here goes...

Last Monday — a bitter cold and damp Monday — Søren, Silas, Jacey, Ted, Shep, and I went in search of a mineral dump from the French Creek Mines at St. Peters Village. We heard of Magnetite and Calcite and Malachite buried there — unwanted minerals from the old iron ore digs. We found a deer skull (the entire deer skeleton buried beneath a blanket of rotting leaves), Jacey fell in the frigid creek, and we met a Woodsman Uncle with his niece and nephew – he was teaching them how to find shed antlers. He told us all about collecting things from the earth - from Native American arrowheads on the farm he grew up on in Phoenixville, Penna, to bottles from privies, naturally shed antlers and rocks. He went on about his love for digging and the past and the woods, and how he lines his multi-coloured bottles on his windowsills so that when the sun comes through multi-coloured light spills into his house. He boasted of a collection of thousands of bits and ended his monologue exclaiming, “I love this world.” What a joy it was to meet Carl.

After 5 hours of wandering through endless Japanese Barberry, Multi Flora Rose, and brambles, we exited through the corn field and ended our search with a much needed cold picnic.

Cornfield Journal Family Business Exploration Rock Hunting Minerals Natural History Nature

This is our first year of homeschooling, but we've been explorers all along. The search for minerals began with Silas finding quartzite in a flea market parking lot* and quickly also became one with a Peg and Awl project in the works (for 2 years!) I shall not yet divulge our plan, but for now wish to share our adventures.

We would love to hear about your expeditions near or far! The blog thing is new to me, let's see how this goes... It feels like a journal — without the satisfying scritchy scratchy of pen and paper.



Explore natural history watercolor painting family

*3 May, 2018 Instagram @thebrotherskent

Stepping out of our car on a breezy Sunday morning into a parking lot full of regular parking lot rocks, Silas spied a slightly green one. He put in in his pocket and upon returning home put some lemon juice on it. He and Søren identified it as Green Quartzite and that marked the beginning of our new adventure – or re-adventure – into the world of rocks! This summer will now include a gem show and a dig in North Carolina. It will involve handmade Rock books and magnifying glasses and an even closer look at the ground. And, as always, heavy Hunter Satchels. I cannot wait. And the best part of this journeying is we need not stop when summer is over. #homeschooling , we’ve got this. 


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