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Thursday, December 7, 2017

thankful {things I love} thursday ...

"I love getting older.
My understanding deepens.
I can see what connects.
I can weave stories of experience and apply them.
I can integrate the lessons.
Things simply become more and more fascinating.
Beauty reveals itself in thousands of forms"
~Victoria Erickson~
Sparrow Studio Altar
~thankful {things I love} Thursday ~ 
a gentle smudge of sparrow studio
candles lit
... tons of ideas & projects floating around in my head

my little studio altar
grounds me the moment I walk into my little sparrow studio
I light candles
put on music
and spend a few moment to settle in 
before I begin
I make a few changes seasonally
but some things remain the same, like my gratitude jar
... a small slip of paper is added daily of one thing I am thankful for that day x
painted leaves, bark and feathers
anyone who knows me 
knows how much I adore quotes.
I had the idea for a while to paint a little quote keeper box.
smudge sticks created from my own garden
have dried beautifully
treasures to watch over me

Monday, December 4, 2017

December Super Moon Love ...

Full Cold Super Moon Love
{December 3, 2017}
as seen from my backyard 
& some of my favourite moon quotes x
"My heart is a wolf
ruled by two moons;
which beckons me back into the night,
the other
is calling me home"

"We danced too wild,
and we sang too long,
and we kissed too sweet,
and howled just as loud as we wanted to howl,
because by now
we were all old enough to know
that what looks like crazy
on an ordinary day
looks a lot like love
if you catch it in the moonlight"
~Pearl Cleage~
"There are nights
when the wolves are silent
and only the moon
~George Carlin~
She was devoted to the moon.
In its darkness
she found comfort.
In its light
she found hope
"Some days
I am more wolf 
than woman
and I am still learning
how to stop apologizing 
for my wild"
~Nikita Gill~
In my defense,
the moon was full
and I was left

Friday, December 1, 2017

stepping stones ...

The weather has been so unseasonably mild & I have been taking advantage of warm mornings and afternoons with meditative walks along the lake gathering stones as I walk.
Some have lovely shapes and often I can imagine an image fitting in just perfectly.
Like resting deer ...
or a bird loving woodland girl ...
"One of the secrets of life
is to make stepping stones
out of 
stumbling blocks"
~Jack Penn~

~Happy December~
x d

Saturday, November 18, 2017

a walk on the wild side ...

"Routine is not a prison, 
but the way into freedom from time.
The apparently measured time 
has immeasurable space within it,
and in this
it resembles music"
~May Sarton~

brisk lake walks {picking up pieces of beach glass along the way } ...
all my favourite colours in one spot ...
gratitude with each step ...
chickadees that land on my hand for some seed and a chat ...
the blessings of nature ...
find me where the wild things are
"She didn't just walk on the wild side,
she lived there
dancing in the streets
and setting fire
to its sky"
~j.iron word~

Sunday, October 29, 2017

dancing in an autumn sun ...

the trees are wearing their autumn coats
such beauty
trees & tracks xo
"I see the turning of a leaf
dancing in an autumn sun
and brilliant shades
of crimson glowing
when a day
is done"
~Hazelmarie Mattie Elliott~
 a lovely pumpkin face ... someone's winking with a sly grin :-D
"The tints of autumn...
a mighty flower garden
blossoming under the spell
of the enchanter, frost"
~John Greenleaf Whittier~
~hope you are having a wonderful autumn Sunday~
x d

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

for the secret of the sea ...

"Till my soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea.
And the heart of the great Ocean
sends a thrilling pulse
through me"
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~
I think my heart skips a beat when I find heart shaped sea glass ... it is like stumbling upon a love note washed up and waiting for you to find xo
Walking along the lake this past weekend, gathering sea glass as I walked and thought, this came to me ... Each piece of sea glass makes me think ... 
What man has discarded, nature heals and returns. It may take years and many ebbs and flows,  but when it returns, it is more beautiful than ever!
Reading Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg again.
One of my favourite books.
"Patience, patience, patience
is what the sea teaches.
Patience and faith.
One should lie
empty, open, choiceless as a beach -
waiting for a gift from the sea"
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh~
"Because there's nothing more beautiful
than the way the ocean
refuses to stop kissing the shoreline,
no matter how many times
it's sent away"
~Sarah Kay~
*the black blotch in the photos is my lovely lab Archer's head ... my Velcro dog & beach walking partner  ... I could have edited the photos, but I think he adds to the lovely~ness * xo
~hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday~

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

and just like that ...

and just like that...
the leaves changed colour
"Listen to the trees
as they sway
in the wind.
Their leaves
are telling
~Vera Nazarian~

"I would rather be amongst forest animals
and the sounds of nature,
than amongst city traffic
and the noise of man"
~Anthony Douglas Williams~
~my favourite season~

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

Canada's symbol of the North

Inuk "man"
Shuk "substitute"

"Every path serves a purpose"
~Gene Oliver~
I love spotting Inukshuks along the highway ♥
Built in the image of man and used as a directional marker.
Their strength and presence give  comfort to travelers assuring them they are never alone.
"We can choose
to throw stones
to stumble on them
to climb over them
to build with them"
~William Arthur Ward"

Monday, September 11, 2017

wildflowers ...

I have a large clump of cosmos growing in my little country garden.
They are closest to the driveway and the first flowers to greet me as I get out of my car.
I love this time of year {for so many reasons} ... the cosmos {which began many years ago from gathering dried seed pods in the Muskokas, brought home and scattered in my own garden}still have lots of pretty pink blooms, but there are lots of dried seed pods too ♥
I've been running my hand over some of them and sprinkling those back into the earth & gathering up others. 
This Thanksgiving, a little seed package will sit next to each plate :-D
You are ...
the Sun
the Water
the Air
... the Earth
I was made to be Wild
She felt most herself when in the woods with the animals, trees and wildflowers
where she could be *wild* and *free*

Monday, September 4, 2017

Ah, September! ...

hello September...
so happy to see you
loving the change in the weather
and evenings that are drawing in ...
walking through the woods
visiting with some of my ... do I dare say ... "favourite" trees
the ones that are unique and twisted and filled with personality and life ♥
{the same qualities I am drawn to in people} :-D xo
putting my hands on cool bark ...
both energy boosters and soul soothers
some with little doorways ... "Welcome Home"
"Ah, September!
You are the Doorway
to the Season
that Awakens
my Soul ..."
~Peggy Toney Horton~