Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Time Flies: Mother's Day Giveaway 2015

Time Flies: Mother's Day Giveaway 2015

I am both of the earth and I am of the inexplicable beauty of heaven
where I fly so easily, so welcome, yes,
and this is why I have been sent, to teach this to your heart.
 ~ Mary Oliver


Several years ago, whilst my son and his pals sat on the floor creating their own talisman necklaces with colorful beads, I decided to make an early Mother's Day gift for myself. I made myself a little bird's nest with one tiny turquoise egg to represent my son. I wear it on Mother's Day or whenever I need to remember my own divinity. 





Each year for a limited time in my etsy shop, I offer this Mother's Day talisman to you...to remind you of your own divine nature.  A portion of proceeds of this sale help support Mighty Girl Art empowerment camp.  The early birds get the worm and I will stop taking orders after May 2nd.

In honor of Mother's Day, I will be giving away a custom nest necklace to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment here, tell me about your favorite Mother's Day!
 
(Please share on fb, twitter etc. and post your shares in the comment section of this blog.  *Also provide a way to contact to you to get your  shipping info.)

Winner will be chosen by random generator and announced on Monday morning, May 5th.


Happy Mother's Day!

Made so and rooted by love,
Wendy

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Monday, March 30, 2015

The Mountains Are Calling...

"The mountains are calling and I must go." - John Muir







I have amazing news to share with you!  My soul-sister Becky of Creative Girl and I have been co-creating a very special retreat for mothers and daughters in July.  Our magical mountain location is so enchanting that you will not believe your eyes.  All the wondrous details will be announced when we open registration.

I feel so blessed to be collaborating with my dear friend in bringing you this extraordinary experience.  I am absolutely teary with joy.

In the meantime, you can subscribe to the Mighty Girl Art blog to get updates delivered fresh to your inbox.  We will also be announcing it on our facebook page.

Made so & rooted by love,
Wendy

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Seeing




She stops mid-hike to put her hand on an enormous tree. An elder man with white hair and a weathered face walks up behind her and asks "what do you see in that tree?"

"Literally or metaphorically", she replies.

"Take your pick", he says.

"Cool...then I pick metaphor...I see time, I see fortitude...and I see the wisdom that comes with both", she says.

The man puts his hand on the tree and says, "I see it too...I see it too".


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Monday, March 02, 2015

Ghost Story: Pulling All the Sky Over Her



"Each day just goes so fast
I turn around, it's past
You don't get time to hang a sign on me

Love me while you can
Or I'll get a plan

A lifetime is so short
A new one can't be bought" - George Harrison


 



She rests her head against the car window, her eyes tilted upward watching the clouds roll by.  He is talking about her sinus infection.  He speaks with authority about her body in the way one would talk to a vet about a pet.

"The pattern is that it usually digs in and just keeps gets worse",
he says


"It's getting better  -  it is what it is - there is no pattern", she says.

His voice muffles as she listens instead to the voice of her heart.

"He cannot know a body that he has not seen or felt in ten years",
her heart says.

Just then something catches her eye.

"Can you pull over please", she asks.

She hops out of the car and takes off toward the snowy embankment. The icy air stings her skin, but the ember of setting sun feels warm on her face.  She stands there staring at the expanse of a snow covered field.  With all her heart, she reaches for the blanket of sky and asks...

"Do you understand the difference between being looked at vs. being seen?"


"He doesn't know you"
, the sky says, "if he knew you, he would whisper secrets into the folds of your ear.  If he knew you, he would map the curves of your terrain.  If he knew you, he would fall in love with you every day because the colors of your tears, your laughter, your anger, your fears, your longings, your joys are as alive as every sunset.  If he knew you,
he would memorize the lay of your land until he could find his way home in the dark". 

She thanked the sky. And just like that, the sky bent down and kissed her face.

She walked back to the car clutching her camera.

"The sky lost it's pink in like 30 seconds", he said.

He did not see the color in her sun kissed cheeks.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tidings of Comfort & Joy

Wishing you and yours an ecstatic holiday season!

 



























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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lets!


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Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter Solstice

You are the fearless guardian 
of Divine Light. 
So come, return to the root of the root 
of your own soul.  - Rumi

Friends & neighbors arrived in waves, filling the little home with their warmth.  To have so many treasured souls under one roof is a blessing beyond measure.  As Whitman wrote,“ to be with those I like is enough”.






I made this rack because our coat closet is so tiny.

favors: paperwhite bulbs & seed for the winged

Snowflake straw toppers for the solstice sippers

Friends old & new arrived in waves





Mini mingling on the swinging daybed

Keeping the solstice fire burning.


There was a paper flurry snipped in the studio.









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Friday, December 19, 2014

Riotous Makings & Doings


And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter.
It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous. ~Rumi

Scenes from the makings and doings of winter holidays...


Family Calendars



Invites for our annual Solstice Party...


Teacher Gifts: Paperwhite bulbs for forcing


Class gifts: Wintry paint swatch bookmarks



























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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Come Dance!

Every child has known God,
Not the God of names,
Not the God of don'ts,
Not the God who ever does
Anything weird,
But the God who knows only 4 words
And keeps repeating them, saying:
"Come Dance with Me."
Come Dance.  - Hafiz

The little girl down the street is dancing in The Nutcracker Suite this weekend.  Last year I made her a giant paper flower nearly as tall as she.  This year I decided to make her something tiny.   

* Instructions at bottom of post






Materials:
  • Altoid Tin
  • Paint
  • Ballerina cake topper
  • Paperclip 
  • Fabric
  • Super Strong Magnet
  • Glue stick
  • Hot Glue

    1.  Paint the Altoid Tin.  I used gold spray paint, dusted it with white using old lace as a stencil, then distressed it using alcohol inks.

    2.  Create a backdrop and floor for your stage.  You can search google for images, then print them to size.

    3.  Using your tin as a template trace around the outside with pencil, then cut your images.  You may have to trim.

    4.  Use a glue stick to adhere images to the tin.

    5.  Cut a piece of fabric into a curtain shape and use glue stick to adhere. 

    6.  Coil paperclip then hot glue to bottom of dancer.

    *Use super strong magnet to maker her dance!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Need for Speed




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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

PT Art: da Vinci























I taught da Vinci in his class.  We drew our own inventions with colored pencils and then I taught them how to make paper helicopters that really fly.  It was a hit.  And...after I left they got them taken away because they couldn't keep them in their desks. 

So it goes.  It was fun while it lasted.

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Billy Goat Trail

 It was a beautiful day so we decided to try hiking Billy Goat Trail.  It's not really hiking...it's more like rock scrambling / climbing.    The views were breathtaking.  We can't wait to go back and do it all over again. 








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Friday, November 07, 2014

4th Grade Field Trip



Early in the morning I packed the yummy treats that I made and woke my excited boy.  We drove to the school while the moon was still in the sky.  We met his boisterous classmates in the school cafeteria to wait for the chartered bus to Jamestown and Williamsburg. 

After we boarded, a girl behind us shouted, "This bus is sooo cool...you can even poop on it!" 

It was a whirlwind trip!























These two pals resting their tired feet on a wooden bench in Williamsburg.  The light was spectacular.




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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Samhain 2014

May the nourishment of the earth be yours.
May the clarity of light be yours.
May the fluency of the ocean be yours.
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow wind work
These words around you
As an invisible cloak to guard your life. - John O'Donohue























This year our boy transformed into a Boxtroll

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tooth Fairy Fly By



He pulled it without any drama.  Like it was nothing
First time ever.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Apple Pickin' 2014: Harvesting


"Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard..." - Robert Frost

 


We awoke to the savory scent of Mushroom Barley Stew simmered slowly in the crock over night.  Carefully ladled into mason jars and placed into the picnic basket with a crusty baguette for our annual autumnal jaunt.  The air was cold but the stew was still hot after picking apples and savored on a quilt in the grassy sprawl between rows of trees in the orchard. 







I know what I bring to the table.
I bring moments to be remembered.
I bring delicious foods to be savored.
I bring warmth.

What do you bring?

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