I’m away from the office for the next two weeks, so this guy and I won’t be battling for my office chair during peak office-sun hours. While I’m away, lots of projects are underway and many will be completed by the time I return. I’m taking a few days off, but fortunately my teammates and collaborators are not. My new online shop is being built (hurray!) custom boxes and letterpress labels will be printed by The Aesthetic Union in his brand new studio space, wood display boxes for my laser cut dividers will be cut and assembled, and everything will be ready just in time for a weekend of photo shoots and product packaging upon my return home!
The office got a few updates in the last several weeks, to make the space a little more organized and efficient and of course, more comfortable. I spent a few weeks this summer in search of a well-made armchair on casters. After a few fails, my search ended with a $45 American-made 1940′s wood and metal swivel chair we found on craigslist. My pal Lara of Box Pleat Designs made a custom cushion with a navy and white pinstripe with yellow piping… and a matching bolster pillow for lower back support! I found the kilim rug on Lulu & Georgia, and we added more file storage with grey Ikea cabinets. The yellow and gold paper tassels are leftovers from the last Skill Exchange mixer, and are completely necessary in my opinon. Between projects I’ve slowly been updating my portfolio with recent work, but slowly, very slowly.
Friday can’t seem to get here fast enough this week. Here is a peek at a label project I’ve been working on this month… this and a few other new projects are now up on my design website, katekoeppel.com.
For the last few years I’ve shared garden duties (and joys) with one of our downstairs neighbors. Every year we make a list, head to the garden shop, then spend a weekend day weeding, planting, and then sometimes celebrating with a cocktail in the backyard. In Mid-April we planted our garden for the spring. We made the list, went to Flowercraft, and we only forgot one thing (cilantro). This year we didn’t have to spend half the day weeding our small, but mighty little backyard beds. Last fall we decided to cover the beds with newspaper and cedar to slow the weed explosion that happens annually, and it worked pretty well. We raked back the cedar pretty quickly to uncover happy, relatively weed-free soil. I was a little worried that the heavy cedar might kill the good stuff in our soil, but I was happy to see some fat worms as we amended the soil.
This year we’ve planted snow peas, parsley, zucchini, cucumber (it died already, but we’re going to try again), strawberries, fox glove, celery, mixed lettuce and thyme. From previous years we still have artichokes, figs, blueberries, rosemary, garlic, nasturtiums, honeysuckle, lemons, lemon verbena and oregano. Last year we harvested one artichoke, but I let it flower, then dried it because it was too pretty to eat. This year we’ve got a handful of blueberries on the bush, and I’m hoping we’ll get to eat them before the birds do.
Every year we want to plant cilantro, but we’ve yet to be successful. Why? Lots of plants starts look like cilantro! We’re trying, but failing here guys. Last year, instead of cilantro we bought an insane amount of parsley starts. It grew and grew, and we forgot all about cilantro. This year instead of cilantro… we bought celery starts. Who knew we’d do it again? I’m hoping this will lead to more bloody marys… because what else is celery good for?
A few more shots from my trip to New Mexico last week… lots of patterns and prints have been jiggling around in my head since I returned home. This week is going to be a blur of taxes, proofs and press checks, finalizing a client website to pass off to the developer, filming editing…and hopefully no new gray hairs this week.