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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest ~ Sir Thomas Moore ~

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Monday, August 14, 2017

monday musing ...

"It is not easy to walk alone
in the country
without musing
upon something"
~Charles Dickens~

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Take it to the trees ...

Sunday Serenity
forest walking
tree talking
"How dear the woods are!
You beautiful trees!
I love every one of you as a friend"
~Lucy Maud Montgomery~
"Alone with myself,
the trees bend
to caress me.
The shade
hugs my heart"
~Candy Polgar~
"Now we enter the ancient wood.
In which wild forms the gnarled and mossy boughs
are twisted, what a sensation
of sacred repose"
~Henry James Slack~
"He envied the bark,
which had been,
in the course of a lifetime,
both forest
One endured; one destroyed"
~Karen Joy Fowler~

seeing things clearly
and quietly
"I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as they liked it,
and though fast rooted,
they travel about as far as we do"
~John Muir~
"Knowing trees
I understand the meaning of patience.
Knowing grass
I appreciate persistence.
~Hal Borland~

Monday, August 7, 2017

hummingbird love ♥

"May your mind
joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart
sweet lullabies of timelessness.
May your essence
be the nectar
of the open blossom of your joy.
May your spirit
throughout the vast cathedral
of your being"
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie~

hummers enjoying the trumpet vine in my garden ♥

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

"You know that moment
first thing in the morning
and you open the window,
and you are flooded with the senses
of life,
fresh air,
nature in all her glory...
it's just so sacred.
It's the life-bird
and she's singing the sweetest song.
She's reminding us
of what it is like to be alive.
Don't forget her song today.
Don't become so busy you can't hear it anymore.
Feeling alive today,
make that your focus.
Because we deserve to dance our days away.
Because we deserve to feel alive"
~S.C. Lourie~

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Where you can find me ...

5 Ways to Reuse the
Paint Splattered Paper
from your Art Table
some of the brown paper wrap from my art table
holding lots and lots of memories
& recycled into journals, notebooks, cards and envelopes, friendship seed packages
in the Autumn 2017 issue of Green Craft Magazine
Page 65
Green Tips from the Artists
friendship seed packages
card & envelope sets
some hand carved stamping
journals and notebooks with directions on how to make your own
page 8-14
as always, Green Craft Magazine  is filled to the brim with tons of gorgeous images and inspiration.
The greatest masterpieces
were once
only pigments
a palette
~Henry S Haskins~

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Serenity

"I like to walk.
Touch living Mother Earth ~
bare feet best,
and thrill
every step.
Used to envy
happy reptiles
that had the advantage
of so much body
in contact with earth,
bosom to bosom.
{We} live with our heels
as well as head
and most of our pleasure
comes that way"
~John Muir~
... a mish mash of photos from my week ♥
after a very busy day, I stumbled across this sweet turtle
who was basking in the sunshine.
he would lift his little head up to the sun, eyes glistening, in pure bliss.
I found a nearby rock at the edge of the pond and sat just watching him and smiling.
he stretched out one arm ... then another ... and slid into the cool water.
beautiful blooms
stopped to listen to a sparrow serenade ♥
such beauty!
do you see the butterfly?
~happy Sunday~
xo d

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Serenity ...

As I walk with Beauty

As I walk,
as I walk
the Universe is
walking with me
In beauty
it walks
before me
In beauty
it walks
behind me
In beauty
it walks
below me
In beauty
it walks
above me
is on
every side
~Traditional Navajo Prayer~
take a walk in the forest
and smell
the wild air