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We are choosing our favorite drawing, handwritten quote or musing to engrave upon a handmade journal and desk caddy. Post your best, most-fitting, work on Instagram and tag your photo with @pegandawl and #DearEmmett - we will choose our 2 favorites and send the engraved object to The Chosen!

This is not a giveaway awarded by chance, but deliberate selecting! We are testing the powers of Emmett, our laser engraver, and this is one of our experiments… Submissions accepted now through Monday 14 Dec Midnight EST.

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5% of TOTAL sales will be donated to Friends of the Rail Park!

It was The Wild Unknown who started this movement, and we couldn’t be more thankful. It has been so fun just digging in to how to choose a non-profit and uncovering so much goodness in our world. We chose Friends of the Rail Park because this grand project seeks to pull together many diverse neighborhoods in the city of Philadelphia. It will ultimately connect and strengthen the very roots of a city that is lush with history, culture and dreams.

...It is a change within reach. We couldn’t be more excited about this 3 mile above and below ground park and cannot, cannot wait for this project to begin!

Such a wonderful weekend - beginning with Silas's schools Fall Festival (and the realization of what a great neighborhood we are part of), and then this family of skeletons went trick-or-treating. That very strange, very enjoyable night wherein neighbors feel good about sharing crappy candy with each smiling child, and welcomes their gentle "trick-or-treats" and "thank yous". To-day has been calm, damp and chilly, and possibly because we have remained inside this cold-holding olde house. 

Silas is upstairs watching Star Wars (the kids at his school having been living their own interpretation for the last few weeks, intimidating the uninitiated, like my Silas, so we promised him and Søren the works.) It was also the perfect place to sit him, for earlier, he walked into the knife's edge of the antique door-locking mechanism on his bedroom door, resulting in a triangular gash in his forehead which just let out so much blood. And the hole - not the blood - weakened me a bit, giving me that too familiar sensation of tingling knees when one of my boys is even in the slightest bit o' danger. Which may relate somehow to ASMR - the other side of the tingling realm, resulting in a calming sensation, which Søren's drawing is bringing to me now. (This, likely, what made Bob Ross famous, as opposed to his method of painting happy trees and clouds.) Søren, more bored with the story of Star Wars, has been sitting across from me as I finish a batch of jewellery, drawing each of the characters from the film he has barely been watching. His memory regularly amazes me. 

Prior to Søren's joining me, I had discovered the podast "Ben Franklin's World" and have been devouring it. I cannot, cannot wait to get back to it!



Two boys whooped from candy-getting. 


Søren's Drawings...


and finally, sleep... 


for more @stellerstories - I have been making a lot of stories lately...

As I sit here trying to put words on the screen, I hear Søren and Silas discussing the difference between the Union and Confederate uniforms. It is 10:40am on Sunday morning and already our day has been so full. (Though our bellies remain empty.)

I dream often, of escaping the constant chaos and duties of our current lives to explore the world with my fellows. This would mean taking them out of school, eliminating the familiar, abandoning systems, saying farewell to family and friends and making the most of the unknown. What a friggin' dream. 

Until then, I neglect my duties - the laundry (clean since Monday) that needs folding, a house that needs a thorough going-over, boys that need bathing and piles and piles of Peg and Awl lists that need conquered. This morning the boys awoke with projects on their minds which included testing out the already blackened scratchpaper and cutting out and putting together articulated armies of soldiers and monsters from a Figures in Motion book we picked up in Gettysburg. 

Together the boys and I searched the house for tools to scratch with. I flipped through books for inspiration as Silas chanted the Star Wars theme song. Though our 'things to scratch with' were a little rusty and limited, the boys figured out how to make different marks on the paper, which was our goal. We also found brass fasteners and put some bodies together...



 Of course my favourite part was when Søren held up his Transformation of History...

Vampire Lincoln and Ghostly Barton:

Here is some of our inspiration - varied, though I must confess, a bit on the (usual) gloomy side.

No. 1: Edward Gorey

No matter the project, Edward Gorey is up for discussion. His work always connects to what we do and in this case we were exploring the variety of marks that he used to fill leach page with texture and tale.



No. 2 Heironymus Bosch

Another favourite, this time H.B. was great for showing how to load up a page with characters and monsters not in a straight line. Søren, like Edward Gorey, tends to line his characters up, adding page after page as his army grows.


No. 3 Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

Such a fantastic book. There are so many little details that make this book wonderful. Here we look at the marks on the black background combined with the effect of the flashlight brightening everything in its path.  




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