Friday, August 29, 2014

Cloud Land





Recently my morning walk was interrupted by this beautiful and magical sight.  Looking down from the hill I'd climbed, I saw a vast sea of clouds below me in the valley.  The blue/purple mountains in the background made me feel like I was looking at a wonderland.



And indeed I was -- for how often did I see this sight.  Knowing it wouldn't last long, as the sun came up and cleared away the fog, I savored this one small moment given to me on this most amazing morning.

"If the world could remain within a frame like a painting on the wall, I think we'd see the beauty then and stand staring in awe." - Conor Oberst

Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy 5th Anniversary

"Journey" - July 20, 2010

I began my blog on September 1, 2009.  It was created because I wanted to participate in the 2010 Beaded Journal Project (BJP).  I needed a place to show my monthly entries and a place to talk about beading since it was such a new venue for me.
  
"Circular" August 20, 2010

After the year with BJP, being the 'wader' that I am, I moved on to another tide pool.  BUT my blog continued because by that time I had made many wonderful blog friends.  And today, I just can't even begin to tell you what our visits mean to me.  I've made some very dear friends (even though we are separated by many miles and in some cases entire oceans).  Thank you, all of you!


"Intertwine" - February 19, 2010

My idea for the BJP was to make encrusted beaded book marks.  Of course once I'd completed the first one I realized that it wouldn't begin to work as a bookmark, it was far too thick.  But I still liked the design so stuck with that.  I only have five of these 'memories' left - the rest having gone into the hands of people who liked them (and shhh I think at least one was pirated for supplies *smile*). I'd like to share these remnants of those days with you.


"Interlude" January 29, 2010

To celebrate this auspicious anniversary I'd like to give away these five bookmarks.  If you would like to enter this give away please  leave a comment below.  I'll reveal the winners on September 1st.  Best of luck to each of you and thank you again for sharing my journey. 

"Words" - December 27, 2010

"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul." - Henry Ward Beecher


Friday, August 22, 2014

Tea, Chocolate and Happiness

I firmly believe that each of us should have that special time during the day in which to fall into the moment and treat ourselves to something we love.



My moments (there are two of them each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon) involve tea and chocolate. My teas are Numi's Jasmine Green, White Rose and Dry Desert Lime.  My chocolate is Endangered Species Chocolate found at our local food co-op.  My two favorite flavors are: Lime Sea Salt and Coconut Creme Filled. Yum!!  



While the tea is steeping I take in the delicate aroma.  The first sip of tea - ahhhhh!  I break a square of chocolate into quarters and each of these very small pieces sits on my tongue while I savor the flavor.  For just these moments, my life is suspended in time, with thankfulness.

I am truly happy!

"The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things." - Henry Ward Beecher

Monday, August 18, 2014

"Flora Fernley"


When Miss Fernley moved from ‘the estate’ to the township of Lickety-Split she soon realized that to ‘be anybody’ in the town you had to participate in the ‘garden club’.  Her first visit to this group of dedicated gardeners enlightened her considerably.


She was told that to be a member of the Lickety-Split Garden Club you must ‘tend your own garden’.  Heaven forbid!!  In fact one of the ladies actually told her how much fun she would have ‘getting her hands dirty’.  Did she not know that Miss Fernley had never had dirty hands in her life and she certainly did not intend to start now?  


 Never one to give up easily, Miss Fernley came up with an idea. She visited a small town several miles away and secretly employed some professional gardeners .  To get around anyone seeing them – she bought miners hats – those kind with the little lights on top.  Now – once every two weeks or so, at midnight, they creep into her back yard (she certainly doesn’t want to draw attention) turn on their lanterns and get to work.  Like a busy swarm of fireflies they work from midnight to 4 am.  Miss Fernley will continue to bring her illicit posies to each meeting in the hope that perhaps one day she'll win an award.


"The earth laughs in flowers." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, August 15, 2014

This month I'm meditating on ...



...the word 'enthusiasm'.   Enthusiasm: absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by an interest or pursuit; lively interest.  syn: eagerness, warmth, fervor, zeal, ardor.

What a wonderful word when it comes to handwork/art/expression.  For me, I sometimes think my 'enthusiasms' are what bring me to life - give me expression - permission to dive in and see what happens.  Enthusiasm brings energy and the results pass along that energy.  Think of the artists you love and how their work impacts you.  Its like adding another dimension to the moment.  So often we are enmeshed in the daily tasks of life that we forget to add at least one moment (if not long hours) of enthusiasm - zest if you will - to the day. 

"Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars.  Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait.  The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas." - Henry Ford

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