Friday, April 24, 2015

From their Branches: Patrick Dougherty Installation 2015

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,”
they say, “and you, too, have come
into the world to do this, to go easy,
to be filled with light, and to shine.”  

- Mary Oliver

It was about 30 yrs ago when I happened upon the work of sculptor Patrick Dougherty and was instantly enthralled.  As a young girl who liked to play in the woods, climb trees, and build things like forts and tree houses - Patrick's work touched that part of me and transported me to a time when anything I could imagine was real.  It was my wish that one day I would help him build an installation.

In February I heard that Mr. Doughtery was coming to Reston to create an installation and I could hardly believe it.  I immediately contacted GRACE and volunteered to be on his team.   Long story short, for the last three weeks I've been living my dream atop a scaffolding bending sticks.  It has been an extraordinary experience for which I am very VERY grateful.

I would like to invite all of you to join us at the celebration in Reston Town Square Park on Saturday April 25th!!! 

Family Activities 2pm- 5pm

Opening Reception 5pm - 7pm

Below are some photos of the creation in process.  I hope you enjoy them.  May these words and images inspire you.




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Wednesday, April 01, 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 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,

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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,


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Thursday, March 12, 2015


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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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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