16 May 2010

In memory of my father

I am thrilled to announce the official re-opening of my etsy shoppe, Beauty Of The Garden. It really is a full-circle moment for me and something that's been in the planning stages for many months! ✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿✿ The forget-me-not theme is a deliberate "nod" to my father, who passed away five years ago. A few months after that, a lovely little patch of these flowers appeared and I knew in an instant that it was a sign from him. We were so close throughout the many ups and downs that are a part of life and I will always feel his love and support for all of my creative ventures in photography, handmade jewelry and mixed media collage. I count my blessings both to have had such a special relationship for five decades and to know that he continues to watch over me.

"I love you, dad!"

04 May 2010

adoption day!

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As I write this post, these little guys are already 3+ weeks in their new home! Let me start from the beginning...

Saturday, April 10. What a fateful day! 2 weeks prior our precious Satch had passed away and we were donating some of his special high protein food to our favorite charity, Kent Kats, a local spay/neuter assistance & shelter.

And look who was waiting for us? YOU just try and resist!

This 7-month-old sibling pair, "Charlie" and his sister "Suki" were initially feral, then adopted and then given away to the shelter due to allergies (and problems with their Jack Russell). I am so proud and happy to say that we are their THIRD AND FINAL HOME! Welcome home, kids! A Wonderful Life is waiting for you here!

02 May 2010

Seven Keys to an Artful Life

"sunbeam just for me" - by vicki cook
  • move your body daily, joyfully

  • nurture your precious spirit-self

  • practice loving self-care

  • find your authentic livelihood

  • create a tranquil home

  • tap into abundant creativity

  • cultivate healthy relationships