I've been wandering in the woods, searching out colors and delicate patterns. Soon the forest will be thick with stinging nettles and poisen ivy and twisting green brambles. Soon it will be a fight instead of a walk. I love this fleeting time between the monochromatic browns of winter and choking green of summer. This week in particular with the dogwood trees in bloom above the forest floor, I love.
Our new personalized cluster necklaces featuring a bouquet of wildflowers ~ aka weeds... Queen Anne's Lace, Dandelions, and Burdock.
I made it with Mother's Day in mind, but really it could symbolize any loves in your life. I love how it turned out.
Here is the necklace in my Etsy shop!
I had the heat on high in my studio today. I was working on a little bit of this project and a little bit of another project. So many bits and pieces and half ideas are swirling around in my brain. It was nice to spend the day trying to pin some of those ideas into reality.
Yesterday we took down our tree and put the ornaments and Christmas stuff away. The last of our family left today...
I love that we have had a bit of leeway to decide when we wanted to jump back into our work full-time because we are self-employed. It has been so nice to sleep in and drink our coffee leisurely in our pjs. To sit by the fire and to play board games~ so many board games this vacation! *sigh*
Parts of getting back into work sound exciting, like pulling out my paints for the first time in 2014. Parts sound daunting, like the fact that we are doing our first big wholesale show in a month and a half (and we have SO SO much to learn and figure out for it.) The show we are doing is the Baltimore ACC (American Craft Council) trade show. We were invited right around Thanksgiving just when things were getting Holiday crazy for us. So now that the holidays are over we have to start focusing on it. I don't want it to be obvious to the customers that we are complete newbies to the trade show thingy. New and fresh yes, but not new and clueless. ;-)
Time to dive in!
I love the idea of a clean slate in this new year, a forgiveness to ourselves of the shortcomings and mistakes made last year, and the ability to grow and further cultivate the successes we had.
Wishing us all health, love, and contentment in 2014! Thanks for being here!
This morning Alex and Seo dropped Lil off at school and went and picked out a tree together in the fog. I stayed back and worked on filling some orders that need to go out. When we all met back up again we decorated the new tree and the house. It was fun to have some family time after these last couple of whirlwind weeks with all our traveling and shows.
In my last post Kim had commented asking me where to find my designs or squirrel online. The best bet if you see some item or design that you like is to come right to me. My email is email@example.com and please don't hesitate asking me any questions. I can't guarantee that I will be able to create what you are looking for, but it always worth asking!
Hope wherever you are you are feeling content. xxx
I am sleepy and wanting to go to bed, but I find myself unable to get up and make the moves towards my nighttime routine because Pip, (our cat) has been missing for 30 hours. Coupled with the fact that 7 out of the 10 neighborhood cats have disappeared this year (we think coyotes?) and Pip always checks her food bowl every hour or two leaves me feeling like she is gone for good.
Every night after Alex goes to bed Pip comes downstairs and waits for me to go to bed. She follows me upstairs and then after I climb into bed she huffs in after me and I pull her up to snuggle with me. She always tries to lick my cheek with her scratchy tongue and bad breath.She purs a loud purr with a slightly asthmatic wheezing to it, and she doesn't like the covers covering her.
So I don't want to go to bed tonight. I don't want to admit my Pip is gone.
This bluebird feels perfect for today because it is chilly and rainy in the mountains of North Carolina. Most of the songbirds are flying south, and the frost two nights ago killed the last of our flowers and basil. I feel as though I am noticing this shift of seasons more acutely than some years, and it feels bittersweet to say goodbye to all the abundance and color.
A new illustration I finished last week. I think I was subconsciously calling in the peaceful spirit of the deer as I was frantically trying to squeeze in all the mini projects I wanted/needed to complete before my weekend at the Southeastern Wise Women Herbal Retreat. And now that the weekend has come and gone I can look back on this little fawn and see this was exactly what I needed at the time.
The conference was amazing (as always). Women travel from far distances to get to it, and I feel extra lucky it is basically in my own backyard. Each year this weekend re-calibrates my eyes and heart to be less critical of myself and others and to take better care of my body and spirit. My friend Nikki came to help me in the booth and we had a really wonderful time meeting new friends, drinking tea, and working our butts off selling my tiny art.