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Friday, August 29, 2014

Somerset Holidays & Celebrations ...

 So excited to have 2 articles published in Somerset Holidays & Celebrations.
Such a beautiful magazine absolutely filled with inspiration for ALL life's celebrations.
 Love Intertwined
is on pages 110 & 111
 I will be creating more of these for an all white Christmas tree this year ♥
 And on pages 22 through 25
Brown Paper Packages
tied up with string.
Congratulations to New Editor Amber Demien for an outstanding publication.
It was a joy working with you.
have a wonderful long weekend
D
xo

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

Joyfully celebrating
the life & art of an amazing woman
and always remembering
August 28th
as
Tasha Tudor Day
Tasha's family continues her legacy through their lovely blog
Rookery Ramblings & I always look forward to receiving their wonderful newsletter.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A greeting & a homage to the sea ...

we had a little getaway
visiting with friends
at their cottage...
as soon as we arrived and looked out at the lake
I spotted him!
running back to our room, I grabbed my camera.
I did not want to miss out on what might be my only opportunity to get a hummingbird photo :-)
I clicked and clicked
even though more often than not
he was barely visible,
camouflaged amongst the cedars.
one morning
I took my coffee outside
and waited.
I could hear him chirping away
but could not see him.
And then finally
I spotted him.
I had never seen a hummer resting on a branch either.
At home they have always been flapping their wings rapidly in mid air.
thank you Hummer for making my day(s)!
boats
lighthouse
the most gorgeous rock
&
refreshing mist
I find myself
at the extremity of a long beach.
How gladly does the spirit leap forth,
and suddenly enlarge it's sense of being to the full extent of the broad, blue,
sunny deep!
A greeting and a homage to the sea!
I descent over its margin, and dip my hand into the wave that meets me,
and bathe my brow.
That far- resounding roar is the Ocean's voice of welcome.
His salt breath
brings a blessing along with it.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne
"foot-prints on the sea-shore"

Monday, August 18, 2014

A birthday & lots of buzzing around the nest ...

a very special someone celebrated his 5th birthday recently ...
and a lovely parcel arrived in the mail addressed to Archer
from his (our) very special & kind friends
Julie Marie & Tessy
who sent along this gorgeous blue bandana ...
and a doggie can never have enough bandana's ♥
yes Archer, I see the little bit of grey appearing ...
you are still the most gorgeous boy to me xoxo
I was so surprised to see it has been a while since I last posted.
I have been a very busy deb BEE
with lot happening here in the Studio
which I will tell you all about soon.
taking in a little
"time to stop and smell the flowers"
time.
Back soon
xo

Friday, August 8, 2014

solitude with good company ...

tea break time
a little bread & jam
and sitting with my thoughts
as I write a card for a friend.
I'd been distracted by an unusual singing {I just couldn't place the bird, although I had heard  the song before} in the garden and then finally,
when I looked towards the pond, I saw 3 Northern Flickers splashing about under the water fall.
letter writing
is the only device for combining
solitude
with good company
~Lord Byron~
***
Have a wonderful weekend
♥ D

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

I recently read, with much interest, the healing aspects of "forest bathing".
Now I already knew how wonderful our daily walks left us feeling ~ even short treks through the woods near our home, but I did not know there was a name for it.
It is believed that the trees emit natural essential oils  that are aroma therapeutic.
Oh the wonderful healing effects of Mother Nature.
Shrinrin - yoku is a Japanese term which when translated, means "forest bathing".
I have jotted down a list of ( new to us) forested areas that we hope to visit over the next few weekends.
I think Archer knew all along about the benefits of forest bathing
which is why he is always so happy & eager to head out  :-)
Now I know that I am a nemophilist.
(n.) a haunter of the woods; one who loves the forest and it's beauty and solitude.
the forests too, seem kindly familiar;
and the lakes and meadows
and glad singing streams.
I should like to dwell with them
forever.
~John Muir~

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bucket list ...

beach treasures ...
checking off summertime to-do's from the bucket list I sat and made with my grandson
play ... build sand castles ... have a picnic lunch ...fly a kite ... play more!
{only wish my bathing suit was this cute} :-)
now this was one of the best to-do lists ever
moments shared with those you love
fellow beach bums
and sparrows ...
always sparrows
today
is the youngest
you will ever be
~Anon~