25 December 2012

happy holidays

A semiannual tradition, this half of my family and I like to go to the thrift store, pick out the ugliest red and green garb we can find, and then partake in an outrageous photo shoot.

Merry Christmas!

20 December 2012

stop motion xmas

Despite being a somber trip, my recent visit out to Boston provided me some precious moments frolicking around with these whippersnappers.  My Dad adopted 9 month old twins three years ago, and these turkeys quickly became such a vital part of our family.  I adore them.  We spent the morning before I flew back wandering around a deserted Christmas tree farm, saturated with mist.  For Christmas, I wanted to do something different than the routine toys for them.  They love watching videos, so I set out to make a stop motion video.  Phew, those things are labor and time intensive!  I spent over six hours working on this baby, and it's just over a minute long!  But it was really fun, and I can't wait to do more in the future!  They haven't seen it yet, I just mailed them a card with the link on it :)  Dad, if you happen to look at this, you don't get to watch it yet, wait til xmas!

14 December 2012

weird birds shop!

Hi Friends!

Just wanted to pop in and let you know that if you want to get your order from the Weird Birds Shop in time for Christmas, you should order things this weekend so we can mail them out on Monday.  

I am taking custom orders for earrings, and we also can discuss custom designs for boxes or wooden plaques.  Go check it out, and let us know if there's something you want us to make especially for you or your loved one!

Have a wonderful weekend, hug those that you love extra hard.

meteor shower, cookies, and thanks

Thanks, sweet friends, for the encouragement and great advice.  Things are looking up, slowly but surely.  A promising interview yesterday, a kitty who doesn't know what to make of the tree in our living room, a full calendar for the upcoming weeks, and cookies.  Thank goodness for baking cookies. 
Last night, we made hot chocolate, bundled up, and went outside to watch the meteor shower.  Did you see it?  There were some long periods of nothing, but then some truly incredible, full second long, across the sky wowzers.  When we got too cold, we came in, turned off all the lights, and sat by our big window, Corn jumping from shoulder to shoulder to try and see what we were watching.  Her tail grew bushy as a deer wandered through the starlight, checking our bird feeders for loot. 

11 December 2012


It's been an exceptionally hard couple of weeks.  The night before I was scheduled to return from the funeral I was attending, Kevin got a late night phone call and found out he had to leave for a funeral as well.  We're finally both back home, trying to regain a sense of normalcy.  I've been struggling with unemployment for a while now in this little valley, and am having a particularly hard time of it lately.  So I'm here to ask you: what sorts of things do you do when you need cheering up? 

28 November 2012


Jayme Under the Table, June 2012, India Ink

It's going to be quiet around here for about a week.  I'm headed to Boston for a funeral.  Trying to look at it as a blessing in disguise, as my brother and I aren't generally in Boston at the same time, so it will be a rare chance for the six of us to be together.  I'm planning on still being active on Instagram, so follow along there: @weird_birds

27 November 2012

Gift Guide No. 1

For the Industrious Art Lover in Your Life:
Tatebanko Paper Diorama Kits

For the Tea Lover in Your Life:
Tea for One Brewing Set

For the Instagram Loving Event Planner in Your Life:
Printstagram Calendar

26 November 2012

a taste of my thanksgiving weekend

Hello, Friends!

I hope you all had a warm, cozy, and love-filled holiday weekend (for those of you stateside.  International friends, I hope you had a lovely regular weekend).  We had a small gathering in our little house, but it was perfect.  My brother came down, and my old friend Emmie joined us as well.  We made everything from scratch: whole wheat rolls that I kneaded two days early, stuffing from bread that we sliced and set in front of the woodstove to get stale, and cranberry sauce from whole berries.  Kevin brined the turkey for a day, with a special saltwater concoction involving peppercorns, sage, and brown sugar.  It was the best turkey I've ever had.  We spent the day playing games, giggling together, preparing things in the kitchen according to the schedule we had drawn up, and sipping mimosas.  We went through two Costco-sized bottles of champagne.

The next day, Ben had to work, so the three of us set out for a hike.  It had been warm and snow-less at home, but by the time we were at the trailhead, we were skidding around in 18 inches of snow.  Nobody had been on the trail since the fresh snow had fallen, so we set out trailblazing, which made the hike a real slog.  We had packed leftover sandwiches which were enjoyed with a view.  On the way back, we made two stops.  One to admire a herd of elk making their way in a field, and one to wander through the Red Sun Labyrinth, a bizarre and mystical place we happened upon by chance. 

And finally, a quick reminder that our sale is still on through the end of today.  There are some new earring designs that I posted this weekend, so be sure to take a look!

I'll be back again soon with a gift guide I've been putting together.

22 November 2012

Weird Birds Sale!

Hi friends!  This Black Friday, consider supporting small business rather than box stores for your holiday shopping!  And don't forget Small Business Saturday!  We're having a little sale over at the Weird Birds Shop :)  Happy Thanksgiving!

19 November 2012

a taste of last weekend

Snow! // Corn's snowy adventures // A wintry Bitterroot River // Introducing Antarctic gear to Montana // After the melt // Mail from this lovely lady!

This is all last weekend because this past week came out of nowhere and blew the doors down with busy-ness.  Hoo boy.  Getting back into the swing of things.

How was your weekend?

05 November 2012

a taste of my weekend (in b&w)

gloomy mountains // a happy cat // finally completely unpacked and moved in // day of the dead

31 October 2012

Weird Birds Shop!

 With the farmers market season over, Kev and I decided to open the virtual doors to an Etsy shop, just in time for the holidays coming up.  Pictured are some of the burnt wood plaques I've been making.  Using a wood burner is such a fun new way to draw!  I hope you stop by and see what we've been working on.

P.S. Happy Halloween!!!

29 October 2012

a taste of my weekend

Lino cutting // A hike around Lake Como // Melted snow droplet // Following the trail // Waterfall // Bits of remaining green // A wonderful man and a wonderful view // Bald Eagle // Wood is good // Sunday breakfast burrito // Honeycomb shelves almost done // Our work bench

26 October 2012

Autumn Manifesto

I thought it was about time to post my manifesto for this favorite season of mine.  I've had it jotted down in a journal for a while now, but that last picture of Cornelia experiencing rain for the first time reminded me that I should share it here too.

Autumn Manifesto

Notice the birds - I'm particularly smitten with the Red-Shafted Northern Flickers lately, as well as the little black and white Downy Woodpecker that visits every afternoon for some suet nibbles.

Take long walks - Every day, particularly in the morning, but the evenings are nice as well when all of the homes are lit from within and chimneys fill the air with that Autumnal smell.

Send bundles of love to faraway friends - There's something so wondrous about taping up a box, writing an address including the word "Antarctica" and then knowing the long arduous journey it will take, since I've made that journey several times. 

Collect leaves - I have stacks around the house of vermillion, burgundy, mustard, blood orange.

Make soup - So far we've had broccoli cheddar, potato leek, green chili, three bean chili, french onion, and a bunch of pho.  Yum!  I want more of all of those, plus I would like to make a stew, then use the leftovers to make meat pies. 

Write down my stories - We share some stories over at Weird Birds, but there are so many that are often too embarrassing, or disturbing, or intimate that don't make the cut.  I want to write all those stories down, before I forget.  I did NaNoWriMo in 2009, the November before leaving for Antarctica.  It was an incredible experience that really unleashed a lot of creativity for me.  I've decided I'm going to do it again in, oh boy, six days...

What sorts of things are on your Autumn Manifesto?