Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Intention: Slow Down, Notice

This week, I visited my father in Ashland, Oregon. He bought a sweet little house in July and I've been looking forward to seeing it for the first time. During our visit, my pops asked me to do a little rearranging of furniture, hanging of art and general zhooshing. We also had time to walk Lithia Park, eat lots of lovely meals and enjoy some uninterrupted chatting.

At the end of the week, he and I drove to Portland to attend Flora Bowley's Bloom True Art Workshop. This is something I've been hoping to do for a few years. I asked my Dad to come along, and he happily agreed. I think we were Flora's first ever father-daughter team. I'll write more about the workshop tomorrow - so much to share and unpack - but until then, here are some photos from my time in Ashland. My intention this week was to slow down and notice the world around me. Its amazing how fast life seems to whoosh by if you're not paying attention. I'm still working on moving at a slower pace... but this week was good practice.

Here are two quick shots of my Dad's place after I did a little design magic. He already had all of the furniture and rugs and art. I just put the puzzle together. All of the art hanging in his dining room is his own original work. You can find some of it HERE.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Digging In and Awakening Shakti

I've never been in a book club. I've fantasized about doing a woman-centered, lady-mojo, gypsy-soul kind of book club, but never had the right group present itself. But then, BAM! Another like-minded friend got the ball rolling. Elizabeth from Mystic Vixen, got the party started.

She is in the process of reading Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton and thought that there might be others out there in cyber space who might like to join her. My copy arrived in the mail this week and I'm joining her impromptu book club. You're welcome to join us HERE.

Photo via Mystic Vixen

Want to more know about the book? 
Check out THIS interview with Sally Kempton via Origin Magazine! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Mysterious Wood Carvings

While visiting Shelburne Farm this past October, I happened upon a stand of wood carvings installed along the path to the barn. They were so striking and unlike anything else at the farm. The raw wood has been left to chip and fade, which adds to their charm and mystery. Take a look.

I have tried to find out about the artist or the origin of the carvings, but no luck. Do any of you out there in the cyber world know where these amazing little totems are from or how they ended up at Shelburne Farms? The only photo I could find of them, besides my own above, is from Josh Bassett Photography (below).

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Two Years of Radical Homemaking

It is time for our weekly installment of Radical Homemaking. Interested in learning more about what that means, check out THIS post and THIS post. 

Remember back in June of 2013 when I was all fired up about the concept of Radical Homemaking and I wrote THIS? And then a week later, I made a whole bunch of plans for a backyard homestead? Well, I'm really excited to say that I did it. I turned this consumer household around! (There's more I could be doing, sure. But on the whole, it's been a success.)

Every morning, I walk out into my transformed backyard to collect eggs, cut some chard or kale for the daily meals and snip a few a herbs. I'm one of those people (perhaps you can relate) who is plagued by legions of ideas, but only follow through on some. But this big idea has really come to fruition and it's so rewarding.

Today I'm celebrating. The Radical Homemaking project I began over 2 years ago is alive and well and flourishing in my little backyard plot in the middle of Dallas, Texas. I've built and maintained two large raised beds for vegetables. I've started most of my plants from seed. I have a rain water collection system. I have a compost system. I designed a 100% recycled chicken coop and raised a small back yard flock of four from chicks to laying hens. Does it sound like I'm bragging? Well, I am. I'm really proud of myself - especially since I had no real experience with any of these things before embarking on this project. So if you're thinking about doing something like this - I say go for it! Take the plunge and see what happens. To celebrate, let's take a look back at my two year experiment via Instagram.

READ more of my posts on Radical Homemaking HERE.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Cape Cod

Today, I wanted to share a few more photos from my recent trip to New England. During the last few days of our journey, my husband and I visited family in Orleans on the Cape. We visited Nauset Beach, Providence Town and a few other special New England nooks. Here's a little taste.

And here's a little slice of the sea...


Friday, November 06, 2015

Weekending in Austin, TX

My weekend bag is packed. I'm leaving on a little road trip for Austin, Texas with some amazing women. I moved to Texas 8 years ago and have since made some lovely friends. But this marks the first ever getaway with my Texas girlfriends! Yee-haw!

I'll be posting my trip-pics on Instagram if you'd like to follow along.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Reading List | Steal Like and Artist

Today on my nightstand is a little notebook for creative kleptomanics by Austin Kleon called "Steal Like and Artist." It's chocked full of little insights and curated goodness. It's also a great resource for those of us who are making art in the digital age. If you need a little injection of inspiration - a little "get off your ass and do it!" - than you might want to pick up Klean's book.