Going way back to October 4th, Eric and I put together a surprise puppet show for our good friend’s wedding. It was a very dry run since we had little time to practice with other members of the wedding party but we obviously had a captive audience and got some good laughs. Eric wrote the script full of inside jokes and Hulk Hoganisms, brother! I made two Muppet-style puppets to the likeness of the bride and groom. So much work, so much fun!
Back in August our dog, Gus, developed a swollen muzzle and became pretty lethargic. We assumed it may be an abscessed tooth but the Vet traced it to a tumor. He was to have both removed a couple of weeks ago but when he was under anesthesia they found other lumps under his tongue and around his neck. More cancer, or at least that is what she assumes, we didn’t opt for to put him through the surgery. He was looking like he wouldn’t last more than a week but with some medication and a fancy all meat diet, courtesy of my grandma and a local elk, he’s perked right up. I won’t get too mushy here but we will take any good juju you might be able to send his way.A view from what a few locals call, “Hippie Hill” – in the distance is the entire township of Elkton. Those golden fields are vineyards and that bright swatch near the center is the mighty Umpqua River, rapidly rising from the recent rainfall.
Oh, October. You really are a pretty great month. Halloween, corn mazes, newly changing leaves and crisp foggy mornings. You have a lot to live up to, November.
I know, I know. It feels like we just got back from Eastern Oregon but once again we are turning off the machines for a week to attend the wedding of our dear friends. If you placed an order before 9/23 it will be shipped out by this Friday. Orders placed after today will be in the queue for when we return on the October 5th.
You guys are the best!
Randi Jo and all
We’re back in the shop this week! Thanks so much for the orders placed while we were away. Stay tuned for a photo blog post and some sneak peeks of a few new products.
We’re gearing up to head out of rural Western Oregon to the even more rural Eastern Oregon next week for a bit of bike exploration and product testing. That means we’re trying to finish up existing orders as fast as we can (thanks so much for your patience everyone!). That also means today is the last call for orders to be shipped out by August 18th. Everything ordered after the 14th will start shipping out after August 28th.
Nose to the grindstone!
Uncle Jody, seen here in all his packaged glory,
happens to live about 6 miles from us and has a sweet spot on the Umpqua river for launching boats (He’s a great fishing guide too!) complete with a dock, a few canoes and a make-shift fireplace. We happen to enjoy bike camping and with two kids in tow and a large cargo bike to carry them, local camping is our best bet. Since you all are keeping us busily stitching, packing and shipping (thank YOU!), we often opt for the Rivendell coined Sub-24 Hour Overnight (S24O) trips.
If you’re looking for lightweight gear advice, this isn’t the place.
Once we reach our destination and set-up camp, everyone heads straight for the river.
Dinner is generally hot dogs and roasted marshmallows. And beer for the adults.
And who can resist reeling in a bass? We just use bobbers, sinkers and worms (and sometimes the random lure left in Jody’s boat). And luck.
And before we head home there’s always time for one more canoe ride in the morning fog.
Just a quick note to let you know we’re back in the studio today. Lots to catch up on (thanks for all of the Bartender orders, folks!) and several custom projects in the works.
You guys are the best!
We’ll be away from the machines for about a week beginning April 13th.
Any orders placed after 4/11 will be made and shipped after 4/22.
Once again, thanks so much for your patience and patronage!
Welcome, 2014! We had a lovely Christmas and a productive working holiday. Thanks so much to all of you for your patience. Things still look pretty much the same around here save for a few new photographs and a teaser for the re-introduction of our shop apron.
What did we get done, you ask?
We are working with a real live web developer AND a real live graphic designer on a whole new website. All good things take time, so they say. We’re shooting for an early spring launch. We will be offering a few more products and a web store that will be much more intuitive and easier to navigate with pretty drawings and photos.
In other news we (read: my Dad) are building a new studio! A mobile 10′ X 22′ building with lots of built-in storage and plenty of light. Here’s a sneak peek:
We acquired an old (and leaky) travel trailer in late December. My Dad swiftly went to work disassembling the entire trailer screw by screw to get to the real diamond in the rough.
A sturdy steel trailer frame. Made in Indiana I might add. So far he’s placed it on piers and framed the floor joists. He’ll be reusing some old corrugated metal with a lovely patina for the siding that he salvaged from my uncle’s barn. I have big plans for a cutting table on casters and a dedicated shipping station. Lots of daydreaming going on.
I feel like I’m getting a complete overhaul and I’m so thankful for everyone involved. It looks like our new digs (both virtually and physically) will be ready this spring.
Here’s to a great start to the new year and a happy (and rainy) January.
Thanks for stopping by. We’re taking a bit of a break from the machines and putting our energy towards upgrading this space. New photos, new products, improvements to existing products and with time a new look. Thanks again for your patience and patronage. See you in the new year!
Randi Jo, Eric, Beck, Coe and Gus
Today (12/16) is the last day to order up RJF goods and receive them in time for the Holidays.
For all of you who already purchased goods, thank you! You’re orders will go out shortly.
We will be closing the shop from December 20 – January 10 to
1. Take a nap
2. Make goods for our own family
3. Make improvements to the web store (new photos, new products, new look!)
Thanks again for all of your patience and patronage and cheers to 2014!
Randi Jo, Eric, Beck, Coe and Gus