Reflections on this Past Summer:

Reflections On This Past Summer: Well… it has been a very short summer garden-weather-wise, but a very busy summer for me personally. The blueberries were never ending (but finally stopped producing!), and the tomatoes are finished now and in the canning jars for the most part.  Garden clean-up and late cabbage and pumpkin harvest should finish things…

GEMSTONES!: Malachite: Stone of Transformation

Gemstones! Malachite: Stone of Transformation! Sometimes I like to pick up a gemstone and hold it when I am meditating.  I love gemstones!  I have more than what I can use for jewelry making and that’s OK!  They are pretty and fun to have around, and they have metaphysical meanings and natural vibrations which also make them rather…

MID-AUGUST GARDEN

MID-AUGUST GARDEN Well…  it’s already late garden season here by the Great Lakes. We had an extremely short season this year with the heavy rains and cold temperatures going into June.  There was record rainfall in July that washed out the seeds, and we lost our peach trees that were in standing water from nature’s tears.  But… in…

Sacred Spaces, Ornaments, and Memorials in the Landscape

Garden elements can add a special feel to your landscape and provide sacred and fun spaces for your personal experience in your own garden.  I’m not one to fill up my landscape with a lot of “stuff”.   I do enjoy seeing other peoples garden ornaments and spaces that are different from my choices however!  I have seen gardens…

Cacao and crystals!

I recently went to a cacao ceremony!! It was very uplifting and joyful! We infused the cacao drink with our positivity and intentions and had music and instrument playing, sharing, and we also made an “altar” with things that were special to us. I have a love of crystals and gemstones! Being a jewelry maker…

Spring Finally Sprung!!

Well, spring has been dreary, wet and cold for months now.  And currently it is warm and wet!  Definitely, we did not get “into the garden” early this year.  In spite of that it has been a very pretty spring! The flowering tree blooming time has been extended by the cooler weather, and the “normal” order of flowering occurred…

Reading – Then and Now!

Reading is one of my favorite past times!  I have always been a voracious reader and ended up as a librarian for my career.  I was a psychology major in school with a minor in fine arts.  I had originally intended to go for a Bachelor of Fine Arts but then decided to go into the “new” field…

Early Spring Garden Cleanup!

Well every other day it alternates from winter to spring here in Ohio.  But slowly Spring is winning the race!  There are signs of emerging green and budding and blooming plants, trees and shrubs— Finally! As much as I do so look forward to the unfolding light and growth, I also feel much more tired to do…

Finding Time to Meditate – Raise the Vibrations!

Finding time to have a daily meditation practice can seem like an impossibility–but why?  I have felt that way so often myself, but it really doesn’t have to take much time at all to do. Often the “worst time” is “the best time” to calm and center yourself.  And yet, I have spent so many days rushing…

It’s Canning Season Planning Time!

It’s garden planning time! And therefore, it is also canning season planning time!  Home canning seems to be having a renaissance these days.  There is nothing quite as satisfying as looking at your home-grown organic produce “put up” in jars to use for the next year. Sadly, there is very little safe canning education available in our education,…

Raise your vibration! Gemstones and crystals

As a jewelry artist I find myself drawn to colorful gemstones and crystals.  But I have always loved them even as a child.  Beautiful cats-eyed glass marbles and large green glass shooters were a great substitute as a child.   I love the polished palm stones and faceted gemstone columns.  Deep jewel toned gems and iridescent spectrolite and opal…

Vintage Mexican Silver Jewelry

I absolutely love vintage jewelry!  All kinds– native, rhinestone, crystals, etc., but especially Mexican silver jewelry.  I love the bold creative designs and the seemingly simple but complex characteristics of so many of these pieces.   Silversmithing is a centuries old tradition in Mexico, and the Navajo in the southwest US learned their trade from these artists.  An American, William…

THE LEDGES

This winter here in northeast Ohio is totally erratic!  One minute it’s -14 and the next morning it’s 62 degrees.  Needless to say I haven’t gotten out enough in the cold this year to get some much needed fresh air and nature’s beauty.   So… when Ron asked if I wanted to go hiking one cold (reasonably cold…

So you want to start a garden?

So you want to start a garden… good for you! Starting a garden is a fun and exciting adventure!  And improving an existing garden that was not put in properly is also fun, giving new life to a tired worn out space. When I was learning to garden I wanted to plant everything!  And even though I…

Expanding and Contracting: Books!

There are naturally periods of expansion and contraction in our lives.  Times to boldly try new things and times to pull back and do the things that are comfortable for us.   Lately I’ve been doing both!  I’ve been personally trying new and expanding things, but I find that even though this is positive, the natural stress it creates…

Raising our Vibrations! : Candles!

Of course, I love scented things, and one of those things is candles!  I decided to start making my own because, besides being a bit pricey (at least the ones I like!), I wanted to be able to choose and combine my own scent choices. I make handmade artisan soap and sell it, but sadly my…

Fragrant Memories!

My mother was a young woman in the 40s.  She and my Aunt Bernice were very chic and very fun girls wearing their pencil skirts and striking hats!  Besides looking fabulous with their cigarettes in cigarette holders (they wanted to look like Zsa Zsa!)  they loved shopping several times a year “Downtown” checking out fragrances to request for…

The Orchard

It’s hard to believe that where I live used to be the garden nursery capital of Ohio.  As a kid riding the school bus I would love to see the orchards blooming in spring.  It seemed like I was the only one who noticed them.   Now the only remains of those nurseries are street signs in suburban neighborhoods….