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3191 Miles Apart | 2011 | October

28 October 11 • MAV

Above: Stephanie on the beach in Maine. Outtake from a piece called “Beach Walk”.

It can be difficult to decide which photographs make it into a publication. I can sit for hours trying this one or that one and in the end I always have a whole folder full of photographs that now fall under the title of “outtakes”. I feel sad for the outtakes. Discarded bits and bobs that didn’t make the cut for one reason or another. They most likely can’t help but feel a distant second to the images that made it into the piece. I think it must be tough to be an outtake.

3191 Quarterly No. 5 was no exception with regard to the outtakes. Stephanie and I each had a folder full of images that didn’t make the book. Usually this would fall under the category of sad, as previously discussed, however, we have a website! What that means is that we can show you the outtakes here and they have a new life of their own. And because of the smaller scope at 3191 Miles Apart, with just one dispatch each week, these outtakes may feel even more in the spotlight then the 130+ photographs included in Q5.

Let’s give them their due, shall we?

Above: A foggy afternoon. Outtake from a piece called “Cushing, Maine”.

Above: Our bed and our coffee. Outtakes from a piece called “At Home”.

Above: My nephew at an autumn picnic. Outtake from a piece called “A Gathering In Maine”.

Above: Stephanie in my kitchen. Outtake from a piece called “Studio Lunch”. SCB: I don’t even think I’ve shown this one to you yet. Been too busy being bummed that you’re back in your Portland. You are missed in this kitchen, girl!

Thank you for spending some time with my outtakes and making them feel special. You guys are the best.

28 October 11 • SCB

I have been taken with the Japanese art of wrapping in cloth called furoshiki ever since I saw this post over at {frolic!}. I have had fun trying out all the techniques with scarves, napkins, linen towels and pieces of scrap fabric. This week I wanted to share how to make the simple shoulder bag because it is so easy to remember and is handy when you’ve forgotten a bag, but do have a scarf on hand (depending on the weight of your scarf, it should be sturdy enough to bring home a small parcel of groceries).

Spread out your scarf and place the items in the center (this was my snack of bread, cheese, apple and tea).

Tie two corners together in a square knot, leaving one long tail and one short tail.

Do the same with the opposite corners.

Tie the long handles together to form a handle.

Ta-da! One minute shoulder bag! A silk scarf would make a lovely evening bag.