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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

On National Puppy Day,
how could I write about anything on my
Thankful {things I love} Thursday post
other than my Archer ♥

Dogs have a way
of finding the people
who need them,
filling an emptiness
we don't even know
we have
~Thom Jones~
...not a "puppy" in years, but age is just a # number # :-D
Archer handed out some treats to his friends to celebrate ♥

Everyone thinks
they
have the best dog.
And
none of them
are wrong
~W.R. Purche~
***
Happy National Puppy Day to all our 4 legged friends
from me and Archer
xoxoxo

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I smell snow xo



I was hoping for "just one more" snow fall and oh boy were my wishes granted!!
Once it started, it continued until everything was covered in a lovely thick blanket of white.
We made sure that all the feeders were filled to the brim, and that there were lots of little shelters carved out for all our garden friends xo
and then we enjoyed!
Prints left in the snow let us know that squirrels, lots of birds, and our garden bunnies had stopped by.
The Robins still visited :-D
We bundled up and took lots of lovely long snowy walks taking in every last little flake ...
and when we got home,
watched one of our favourite Gilmore Girl episodes ...Love and War and Snow
where Lorelai says a few  of my favourite snowy words ...
"Wait, close your eyes and breathe.
I smell snow"
&
"When it snows, I feel like it's a present just for me".
~I totally agree Lorelai ... I totally agree!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Full Worm Moon

~Moon of the Changing Seasons~

Change with the Seasons.
Embrace new growth and shed what no longer serves you...
Like the cycles of a tree.

Go barefoot...
feel the soil between your toes...
Like the roots of a tree.

Feel the warmth of the sun
on your skin...
Like the bark of a tree.

Allow your hair to move carefree
with the changing direction of the wind...
Like the leaves of a tree.

Sway your arms and legs
and dance...
Like the branches of a tree.

Stretch high and wide
branch out...
Like the limbs of a tree.

Let not the space you are in define you,
but the space that lies within you,
own your space ...
Like the constitution of a tree.
~deb dunn~

My deep love and respect for Nature, along with calm woodland walks with my dog listening to the sweet serenades of the Sparrow served as my muse for the © Women of the Woods Series.

Moon of the Changing Seasons is #7 in the series.
***
Being a tree lover & tree hugger my entire life, it will come as no surprise that many of the women in my paintings are 'tree spirit' created ♥By that I mean, you will find a deep connection between nature and woman ... branches for hair ... a woven nest holding eggs {often 3} will be tightly nestled in between branches ... twists and turns and curves in her form ... & while allowing herself to move with the ebb and flow of life, you will spot her firmly rooted feet ♥ embracing the sacred earth around her.

On my daily woodland walks with my sweet black Labrador retriever Archer, I always return home filled with inspiration. The trees and open spaces, walking paths, bird song, chipmunks, rabbits, and on occasion, deer!
I gather stones {usually heart shaped} and twigs to paint or weave between branches.
Having been known to carry large fallen branches home :-D, they now adorn the wall of Sparrow Studio.
Depending on  the Season, pine cones and/acorns will be gathered by the handful to fill bowls in our home and  create gifts with.
Mother Nature is such a generous teacher/giver.

It meant so much to me recently, when a dear kindred spirit reached out and spoke to me regarding using {the above painting}  Moon of the Changing Seasons as the image for her own on line journal business.

I have known Lesley since the very early days of blogging & always loved stopping by  to read her blog ~  small meadow press.

Lesley is the creator of 2 other gorgeous on line journals ~ Wisteria Sunshine & Rosehip Business.

Rosehip Business is a wonderful new offering for those of us who are creating and maneuvering  our own business adventures.

Sister site Wisteria &Sunshine
combines the joys of daily life, going through the changing of seasons as we nurture our home, garden, self care & the Earth.

The words, images, quotes, excerpts from  books {my list of to-read books has grown thanks to Lesley's suggestions} , all  placed in easy to navigate "rooms"  combined with a generous amount of gorgeous print outs, Lesley has truly created 2 havens .

For those who walk softly upon the Earth ...a spot where  kindred spirits can gather to share and support one another.

I carve out time to just sit quietly with a cup of tea and savor all that Lesley has so beautifully created. It is obvious upon the first visit, that Lesley feels deeply about all she writes about and shares from her own home/ haven.

How fitting that I sit this afternoon and write this post as we welcome Full Worm Moon ~  when the moon is at her most powerful and filled with gifts and blessings.

Information and detail on membership can be found here:

Full Moon Blessings,
deb xo

“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”  
~Ming -Dao Deng~



Monday, February 20, 2017

Treasures from the trail ...

We've been experiencing unseasonably warm weather ...
breaking records
For us ... being the lovers of Winter that we are, we're so grateful for a little spot
we know of where there was still {albeit a mall amount} of snow ♥
So we headed out to the woods and one of our favourite trails ...
I had my camera, hubby had our packed picnic lunch,
along with our very happy black Labrador, and off we went ...
no coincidence that we stumbled across this snowy heart
the only bit of snow left on a very muddy trail
my "favourite" {dare I say} :-) tree
but this old Oak tree is a beauty
and where most of the acorns I gather in the Autumn are gifted from
entangled ♥
lots of puddles for Archer to run through
~he was in his glory!
sunny reflections in puddles
and then into the woods
and fairie houses
and snow
~so many sweet quirky little creations found ... you are sure that little fairies have been busy ~
bliss
hard to see in the photo, but there is a little "arbour"
one of the things I love about the snowy trails is  that there is always prints left
often deer, rabbit and bird prints can be spotted
and the occasional "tree" :-D

heart shadows
Happy Monday/ Family Day

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Journal making

One of the journals I created using the brown paper that covers my art table ♥
{ front cover}
I have a box of little treasures & went through it looking for an embellishment. I found one of my Diary keys from my teen years ~ tied on with a ribbon
{back cover}
the elastic is recycled & cut to the width I wanted
I added a few envelopes ~ front and back  as I love to save "stuff" :-D
Perfect for holding little inspiration/affirmation cards
I created it fauxdori style ... with elastic to hold sheets of paper .
Started out with a dozen, but more can be added as I need them.
It will be my 2017 garden journal.
Just the cover alone makes me think of my English country garden and
the old fashioned perennials that I {and the birds/butterflies/bees} love so much!
"Fill your paper
with the breathings
of
your heart"
~William Wordsworth~

Monday, February 13, 2017

When it snows ...

What a thrill it was to have one more snowfall ♥
We woke to a winter wonderland yesterday  and the flakes continued to fall all day long!
Our garden was filled with birds for the entire day ...
feeders had visitors on each and every perch ...
sparrows
red cardinals
black capped chickadees
nuthatch
turtle doves
blackbirds
jays
robins
lots of squirrels
... and our sweet garden rabbits
we loved watching them move about our garden
fallen seeds were happily eaten while waiting for space at the feeders
Mr. Cardinal stood out of course wearing his gorgeous red ♥ coat
and Mrs. Cardinal is always close by
I love the little heart shape found at the top of the twig ~ do you see it?
"Softly, like thoughts,
that come and go,
the snowflakes fall,
each one
a gem"
~William Hamilton Gibson~
honey flower xo
we have a space carved out just for honey flower under our pergola ~ it is here that she will nestle when it rains and/or the weather turns cold .
We can see her here from our kitchen window.
"A snowflake
is one of God's most fragile creations,
but look what they can do
when they stick together!"
~Unknown~
On our woodland walk, we were thrilled to come across a field full of Robins!
We did a very quick count as they flew ... 24 ... but there were many more I'm sure
And
our fellow snow lover ~ Archer xo

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

My art table is an old drop leaf walnut Duncan Phyfe.
I found it many years ago with a "free to good home/ take me" sign taped to it.
Actually, everything {with the exception of my art cupboard that my hubby built}  in my sparrow studio was found either curbside, or at garage sales, auction, our local animal shelter shop.
Even though my table didn't cost a penny, I've always covered it over with
brown paper wrap to catch any spills that may happen while painting.
The paper doesn't just gather paint splatter as  I will often do a quick pencil sketch while I'm painting, or jot down a thought that pops into my head ... a quote I may hear on the radio ... When stamping, I will first stamp on the brown  paper before actually adding it to my painting or journal ...
so many times, I've looked down at the paper and thought
"it's a piece of art in itself"
Intuitive painting
and on closer inspection,  I will see so many lovely patterns in the "splashes"
... and birds ... there are always birds :-D
I think I might turn this particular sheet into some prints and add them to my shop ...
so many sections to choose from.
And a few paper journal covers ... I am thinking a 2017 Garden journal ♥
In the past, I've repurposed the paper by cutting it up into bits and pieces and creating cards and envelopes, seed packages, book marks, cards for my altar space,
mini inspirational cards {if you live in my neck of the woods, you may just find one that I've left along the walking trail ... a little love & hello from the sparrows and me) xo
cards
and matching envelopes
to say hello
and seed packages to hold "friendship seeds" gathered from my garden ♥
***
I paint objects
as I think them,
not as I see them
~Picasso~