Saturday, March 28, 2015

Days Like This...

I am longing for days that look like this.

Days that are green.
With late afternoon sunlight
that cascades a warm golden glow over everything it touches.
Those days where you can smell the scent wet earth, decomposing leaves and of pine pitch as it warms throughout the day.
Days where I can stand alone, but never be alone.
Yes, days like this...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Since posting last: Some photos + some happenings

I keep saying to myself that I am going to post here...
And then time whizzes by.
Some days, I don't even know how the world seems to turn so quickly.

There has been a lot on my mind lately, but as much as I am told I am good at communicating, sometimes I just feel like I can't put it all into words. Or that I have enough words.
We have been trying to manifest a move, a super life change. It is taking a while, a good + solid lesson on patience, I guess (not my forte). But I feel things shifting, our new life drawing nearer and I am riled with excitement from deep down. Some days I can barely sit still or focus.

Anyway, here are a few things that are either going on or have happened since my last (and very distant) post:

1. We have gotten a butt-load of snow. I mean like record breaking! It is starting to melt now though (Hooray! I am ready for green and less clothing!)

2. I bought myself a bathing suit on a whim the other day (you know, just to be ready)- now I just need to get my butt in bathing suit wearing condition, ha! Do you have any favorite ways to get in shape? Or a type of movement that you enjoy?

3. I moved my shop/website to a new space. The old etsy shop is still up and running, but I am looking to move away from that platform, maybe all together. You can find Little Owl HERE.
I would love to know your thoughts! Do you like the look, the layout, etc.?

4. Also, I have many new things in the works for Little Owl, some of which are new designs and new styles to be brought in. I have a new print on a new dress style that you can find HERE.
Also, there are now a few men's tees in the shop as well!!!

5. We were totally sucked into this and now I pout every once in a while because we can't watch the 3rd season yet. Boo!

6. I was super excited to do a trade with this awesome lady.
I am totally in love with her work, make sure you pop by her shop and take a look!

7. I have been having itchy feet and the immense feeling of wanderlust. We are planning a trip later this spring. Hopefully flying into Denver and traveling down to northern New Mexico.
I. Can't. Wait.

8. I have never been a runner, but lately all I want to do is go for a jog (read: run a little, walk a little, repeat. Especially since I have 2 puppies + a 13 year old dog who likes to take her time).

9. I signed up for a nature exchange. So fun!
(I hope I can find a few things to send under all this snow!)

10. For my birthday a few months ago I gifted myself this.
I have been wanting this deck for ages and it was a great decision.

11. I have taken quite a few photos since my last post.
If you want to see some more, make sure to pop on over HERE to see...

I am having an impromptu sale in the new shop right now!
20% off your entire order, just use the code SHINEON20.
It runs until 1:54 pm, tomorrow.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Super Sale!

So I picked up stock from the local holiday pop up shop that I was a part of and as much stock as I moved there, I still had more than I thought when I came home.
Now my studio is in disarray (at lease more so than usual) and my storage bins won't close!

So, I think a sale is in order.
Help me make space in my studio! To get 30% off anything in the shop, simply use the code WOOHOO30 at checkout. I will be honest, I have no idea how long I will run this sale for, but there are already a few things that are out of stock since it has started... So now is the time to grab yourself that Little Owl item you've been pining for!

Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday and most joyous New Year!

p.s. Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Setting Intentions + A Giveaway

Congrats to Katrin for winning the spot in Darcey's Every Day Sacred  28 Day Journey!


Hello Friends, Happy New Year!
It has been a whirlwind and I can't believe how long it has been since the last post. I had full intentions of posting between then and now, but you know how it goes...

I am not really a New Years person. Actually, I am not at all. But I do try to set intentions and goals for myself throughout the year. I normally begin my new year (if you will) around the Solstice, the longest day of the year. It is a perfect time to start setting intentions, dreaming, manifesting and conjuring, as the days inevitably stretch and grow longer...

This year my intention is to integrate my connection with the plant world with my art more. Also, I would like to deepen my knowledge of mycology. I know so many beautiful, amazing and talented herb folk, they are constantly inspiring and reminding me (whether they know it or not) where my "roots" lie. And for that I am ever-grateful.

Darcey, from Shamana Flora is one such individual. A gifted sister who lets her soul flow free and is one with the plants. She offers phenomenal, hand crafted herbals, but also plant courses.
Darcey is sweet enough to be giving away a space to kindred spirit in her upcoming Every Day Sacred 28 day journey!

A little insight about this journey with Darcey:

For the length of the First Moon Cycle of 2015- Join Herbalist, Darcey Blue, for daily practices, journeys, challenges and plant wisdom delivered to your inbox to invite the Sacred into your EVERYDAY for 2015. Daily practices are designed to take 15-20 min, and be simple to incorporate into your daily life. At completion you will have a toolbox available to you for the rest of the year to create sacred moments, ceremony and connection with your plant medicines and allies on a daily basis. Includes online community sharing space.

To enter, simply leave a comment!

If you don't know what to say, feel free to tell me what your favorite plant is, leave a recipe, something about yourself, or just say hi. Oh, and make sure to leave your email.
I will be choosing a winner January 8th.
Feel free to share this post with your friends!


*For more about Darcey and Shamana Flora or for more info about the journey go here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It is a balance thing...


The Solstice is upon us.
That day where light and dark are split.
It is a balance thing...

It is the end of one cycles and the beginning of a new year. And as the days get longer leading up to this pinnacle, there is calm and excitement sharing the same space. What are you ready to leave behind as the moon suns herself in your presence? What are your goals, hopes, dreams for the days as the sun lingers longer? Time to hunker down, look inward and form the ideas of what is to manifest for the future. Time to plant the seeds.


{{The above tapestry honors the light + dark, the sun + moon, the day + night. Hand dyed with indigo with shibori patterning. Made with love and intention.}}


Friday, December 5, 2014

Solstice glow approaching

Every day grows a little shorter. The deep night's darkness lingers longer in the mornings and falls heavier and swifter come late afternoon's twilight. These are the times of hibernation, of restoration. Of quiet and insight. I can't help but feel a spark of magic when gazing out on that oblique and golden burnished glow stretching across the land in front of me. I always feel a little joyous and comforted, like I am the one being wrapped in that savory incandescence.

In the stillness leaves crunch and twigs snap as I take each step. Each step is precious contact with the sleepy ground, rising and heaving in places where there is moisture and the cold air hits. It is a combination of folklore and science, this sacred time of year. And as the air thickens, what would normally be rain crystalizes and turns white. I can feel my senses heighten and my thoughts turn inward. I already have my thermos stashed in one of the water bottle pockets in my pack. It is filled with ginger tea that I spent an hour simmering, then mixed with honey. To keep the fire in my soul aflame. I will find a spot to sit and enjoy this simple, soul warming libation.

And it is simple things like this that stir me. They gently nudge me awake and give me bright inspiration for the day. No matter the day, I am ready for the Solstice. I am ready for the dawn of that short day that signifies the end of one years cycles and begins the excitement of what is to come. Each dawning of a new day, each evening as that Solstice glow approaches. An infinite cycles continues on.

Until then, I will sit out in the fresh air, and think and smile and breathe. I will feel the deep slow inhale as my heartbeat slows and steadies itself, then exhale, watching a steamy cloud of hot breath reach out into the world. One more way to connect me. I will enjoy the four-legged (and one 3-legged) beasts sprinting around me playing, sniffing, exploring the scene before settling down nearby to demolish a stick or just sit by me and observe the world around. I appreciate their closeness, their bond with me and mine with them. This is our sacred space. Maybe our spot is out on top of the hill, above the treeline, on top of a giant boulder left behind from a glacier's travels to the sea. Maybe it is sitting on a fallen tree across marshy land or along the swamp trail that winds its way through a magical place that shows a fine balance between life and death and how one is nothing without the other.
These are the places where I sit and ponder and learn.
About the environment around me,
About the earth.
About connection.
About myself.

There is joy in this simplicity.

I always have my camera and sketchbook in my pack. Always. But sometimes there are just moments that I swear a for me only. I am alone in the time and space, like natures gift to me.
It is so good. I am humbled and honored.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Little Owl Gift Guide (Part 1?)

So. I thought I would share some of the things I have on my wish list, or think would make a great gift. Most of which are from my favorite shops or local or small businesses!


This hat.... Or this one... Or this neck warmer. I wonder if the hats would fit over my hair?!?
(This is a great small company based in VT and they even offer the option of donating a hat to cancer patients with ever hat you buy, called the +1 program)

This body butter, which I actually just ordered because I couldn't wait, so I guess it doesn't make the "wish list" anymore. It is seasonal, so get it while you can! Oh, and this one sounds AMAZING as well!

This amazing sounding mind + body + spirit mist.

This bath soak, which reeeeally makes me miss having a bathtub. 
I must admit, I am an addict when it comes to her body herbals. I faithfully love this body butter and am currently using this facial serum and eye elixir.

I have my eye on this little e-course. But she also makes so many beautiful herbals that I covet! Such as this tea and this elixir (which is sold out! Eek!)...

I would take pretty much anything from this totally rad shop. Right now I have my eye on this dress and this skirt. Her clothes all look comfortable and beautiful. A little bohemian, a little nomadic.. For the gypsy at heart! Also, her dyes and fabrics have high sustainability standards!

This is one of my favorite teas, especially with coconut milk. But this also sounds amazing!!!

I have long coveted the amazing scarves in this shop. With amazing designs and rich colors, many of which are from plants and printed in india using techniques that are hundreds of years old, I would take any one of them! (But if I had to choose, I would adore and cherish this one or this one.)

I adore this skirt, in this color! (How cute would it look with my Redwood Tree leggings?!?)

These boots looks so amazing! I love the pop of color!!!

I drink her Green Morning tea every morning (and use her "deo for the b.o." and fire cider... Oh, and her Beet Red Lip Balm)

I drink tea every day (see above). I would be so happy to take it to go in this cedar travel mug! They are so beautiful!!!

I love her shop! And I have these. But I really love this!

Oh, yeah. These. From this super talented lady!

Another talented lady whose work I daydream about. Like this ring.

Can't forget these that I have been crushing on. Or this that is swoony (wish is was my size though)!


This list could go on forever, but I thought I would share a few of my very faves at the moment! May have to do a Part 2 post soon.

Have your eye on anything good? Feel free to share!!!