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Friday, May 22, 2015

Laughter, Despite the Odds

I was inspired by a recent art journal spread created by Effy Wild. I hadn't worked with the hand-trace in a while and I do love all the potential meaning in the the image of the hand and hands. This journal spread was perfect for my busy May of planting, seeding and spring harvests: Fast and Furious.

The outcome was humorous and meaningful, dark and ripe ... with light. I laughed right out loud when I looked at the spread after toying with the "background" color a third time and thought, "Yep. Melts in your mouth..."

Folks who know me know that I relish my Shadow, know that the darkness in me and in my life is a deep pool of potential. Potential light. Light that enables me to smile in the grimness, laugh in the meanness, and stay the course of optimism in a (sometimes) gloomy sea of pessimism. And so it was with this simple journal spread.

I look at this spread... and I laugh! And that's Good Medicine.

That's what I made today. Laughter, despite the odds. And I'm sharing this laugher with my creative friends at Paint Part Friday ~ because it's Friday, at Art Journal Journey ~ because there is a sea reference, and with Mix It Monthly ~ because my hands are a happily coupled symbol of the Power of choice and manifestation.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Horseradish Leaf and Flower Infused Vinegar

I picked a beautiful bouquet of horseradish blossoms, and while they are beauty to behold, they are also delicious. So I chopped some up, filled a quart jar and covered it with apple cider vinegar ~ the living stuff. I'll let this sit and macerate for several weeks before straining, bottling and enjoying.

I'll make more and I imagine that much of it will end up in a blend.

If this intrigues you, you might want to follow along on the recently resurrected blog, When Weeds Whisper!


Friday, May 15, 2015

May Art Journal Spread

May is bursting with sprouts and blossoms and seeds and growth of every kind. I'm sometimes hard on myself for not being able to keep up with the flurry of activities ~ activities that nourish and sustain me holistically. So I forgive myself and follow the lead of the plants in this vibrant season of spring, this lusty, vibrant month of May.

With that, gotta run. I have a scheduled list to ToDos that already falling behind the marks in my planner. And that's ... OK.

Besides, I have a journal spread I can share with my creative friends at Paint Party Friday and I can feel Good about that ~ go take a peek!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Howling Heart in Progress

The Art of Instinct has evolved into the Howling Heart. It's still a work in progress. I'd like for the values between foreground and to be more distinct, so I may push back the background by darkening it, but my sense is that this visual expression wants to keep the values closer than I feel they "should" be. And, well, that speaks to me too. And likely inspired the shift in title.

I'll have some studio time this weekend and will see if I can't get to the place of signing off on this piece. In the meantime, I share this with my creative friends at this week's Paint Party Friday and invite you to click over to visit some other painterly expressions from around this globe we share!


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday Sketch - Waiting for Harvest

Merry May and International Permaculture Day! I'm celebrating with a Plant Swap happening at the studio and thought I'd pause to share a quick drawing of a cabinet that's waiting to be filled. With harvests. ::nods::

And I'm sharing this with Sunday Sketches, so click over to feast your eyes on other sketchy inspirations!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New Friends with Mycelium

Today was all about nurturing relationship with mycelium. We inoculated oak logs with shitake mycelium and made a stack in our little forest. 

 We inoculated maple with golden oyster mycelium for our totems.

And I noticed some little blanketityblanker dug at least one of the jerusalem artichoke tubers up from a recent planting. I discovered these little prints by the little creek that runs through our little forest. Very incriminating, don't you think?


Monday, April 27, 2015

Wild Friendship Soup

Today I harvested a respectable bucket of spring nettles. Here they are enjoying their first (and likely only) rinse. I've been looking forward to this day... to my first spring tonic miso soup with nettles. And, as the generosity of the universe would have it, I'll be adding ramps as well, thanks to a dear friend who shared her abundant, wild patches of ramps this afternoon.

As is typical for me, no recipe, but I have chicken stock that I'm watering down and when the time comes ripe for super I'll bring that to the boil, lovingly stir in the nettles, turn down the heat to a gentle simmer, cover and let the minerals release for 20-minutes or so, tossing in the chopped ramps in the last 5 minutes or so. Once it's off the heat I stir in some light, mellow miso (which resonates in spring for me) and serve.

Miso soup with nettles is a springtime tonic staple for me. Chickweed, too, and I spotted a patch of chickweed that I might leverage for a lunchtime soup tomorrow. Possibly with an egg drop variation.

So, yeah ... that's what I made today. Wild friendship soup.

If this Green, herby stuff interests you, click over to When Weeds Whisper for some more Green Medicine!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015


This morning, despite externally driven (and, dare I say, unnecessary) rework, I managed to finally label my last batch of my ugly soap, as I lovingly call it. This batch is a wisdom batch, made with oils infused with fresh white sage (and calendula flowers, violet and comfrey leaf) and embellished with an essential oil of clary sage (among other things). Not only is this batch labeled, but it's packed away in the back of my soap drawer, where it will likely cure for close to a year before I get to using it. The drawer is filled ... with my own soaps, and those that I purchase from other soapy artisans.

The rest of my day will be filled with other assorted catch-up activities ... laundry, cleaning, reorganizing, garden and greenhouse tasks, and putting in the rest of the fruit trees from "this batch" (with the spouse) before the next delivery arrives. So, it's a full day ahead of me ... a day of making headway.