A medicine pouch I created for Soulodge.
The sun sets in the West at our place...
WholeFoodKitchen started this week. It is filled with all sorts of goodness. I'm a bit crazy being enrolled in three projects right now...but, learning is always good for me. Can learning be one's muse? One thing I like about Heathers class is that it is not about dogma...and for me, that's a relief. It is about healthy whole eating...and that looks a bit different for everyone. We have a nice supportive community forum to go to and are able to connect with others this way. I know that Heather has put a tremendous amount of loving work into this course...it shows in every corner. Today was a green smoothie...vibrancy is good during this middle of the wintertime.
Joan Gould's book Spinning Straw Into Gold: Why Fairy Tales Reveal About The Transformations In A Woman's Life is one of the books on mybedside table. This book brings to the surface the hidden meanings of fairytales and myths, and illuminates what they can tell you about the stages in your own life. This book is full of archetypal figures known to us all.
I am a collector of cards of different varieties. I find them helpful to stir imagination and storymaking. These cards are from The Celtic Tree Oracle. Cards can be used in many ways...from tarot readings, to creativity inspiration to personal prompts for the healing heart. I like the aspect of cards to inspire inner widsom to heal body and mind. Often I will just pick one card for the day to have as a sort of anchor image or word for the day. I find alot of images, dream stirrings and thoughts can come from focusing on a creative image that has been mindfully created as part of a divinatory deck.
I am currently enrolled in an online class called Blogging Your Way with Holly Becker of Decor8, her husband Thorsten Becker who is doing technical support and Leslie Shewring of A Creative Mint. The class is filled with lots of ideas for creating your blog. This assignment asked us to create a mood board that reflects our blog or things we might like to bring to our blog in the future. I pulled somet things together that reflect my interests and some of the direction I am going on my blog and in my life. While it is still the same idea...Story Medicine...I think that I will be incorporating some of the things I've learned in this inspiring class to create a more full experience for both myself and my readers.
I have not been here very much lately because I have an injury that is preventing me from getting around very much. So, therefore I do not have as much to share with you in the way of photos. While I am still pretty involved with plant medicine work and currently this blogging class...concentration has been hard won. Please know that I have not disappeared. I am just needing to be a bit more sporadic with my posting right now. Spring is coming...it's nearly here! So, please stay tuned...new things will be coming! As always please leave a comment after stopping by...I'd love to hear from you!
Long ago I read Home Comfort: Life on Total Loss Farm....it was the 70's. It was an important book to me at age 13. It was about a group that formed, to live together in a commune in Vermont...called Total Loss Farm. I loved the drawings, the stories and the ideas. I carried the book around in my backpack with me. On the cover of this book is a beautful old wood cookstove. To me it symbolized self-sufficient living, independence, radical ideas and a break with mainstream culture. That book along with many others...including Helen and Scott Nearing's Living the Good Life...were books I referred to often. It was the direction I was headed. My husband figured out a way to surprise me with this beautiful Glenwood stove for my birthday. This stove is a symbol to me of my youth, my dreams, my hopes...and now I have a wood cookstove sitting in my very own house. He couldn't have given me a greater gift...I love it!
Emma made this little blackboard for us to hang up and leave each other messages.
An upcycled treat stand that shall be filled with truffles and cupcakes...made by emma.
A cast iron tea pot...my favorite green...for tea, to sit by the cookstove one day.
For our garden to begin brewing more varieties of plants for our mead making. The book is already in the house apparently...we don't want to share it though.
Of course a romantic book about the beloved Beatrix Potter...so many tales have been read here over the years.
A box full of alphabet cards with artwork I love....
Some love from my husband...to put all those wildflowers he picks for me....
I think this Glenwood needs a cabin to live in....
More later today....
My daughter has grown up around lots of celebrations. She created these lovely valentine pretty things to look at just for me. Being laid up isn't much fun. It's nice to see something cheerful on your cruise around the space with a walker....I love my kid!
And because stories are good medicine...she got me this beautiful book to look at. And this one too..
She got me this book too...a book all about the seasons with alot of my favorite things in it.
This book is cut and frame worthy...it's painful to do but, the prints are beautiful to look at!
Emma is the best at giving me surprises!
Here is a found cupboard for the shop...we might put a new handle on it.
Lastly...reading about Rituals....because of course a birthday is coming by soon...and that is indeed a yearly ritual! My plan had been to go away for the weekend to a Myth and Story conference. It doesn't look like I'll get there due to this back injury right now. However, the story is still going on around me....
The beauty that emerges from woundedness is a beauty infused with feeling; a beauty different from the beauty of landscape and the cold perfect form. This is a beauty that has suffered its way through the ache of desolation until the words or music emerged to equal the hunger and desperation at its heart. It must also be said that not all woundedness succeeds in finding its way through to beauty of form. Most woundedness remains hidden, lost inside forgotten silence. Indeed, in every life there is some wound that continues to weep secretly, even after years of attempted healing. Where woundedness can be refined into beauty a wonderful transfiguration takes place. " -- John O'Donohue
Terri Windling had this quote over on her site. It is something that I am thinking about....
A story for you today...
I won these beautiful Herbal Knowledge Cards over on Herbal Roots Zine! Kristine hosted this wonderful giveaway on her wonderful site Herbal Roots Zine. Thank-you so much Kristine and Pomegranate.
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