Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Evolve

Bessie Mu, swimming her furry heart out!

Enjoying a post swim apple while Mu burns a hole through me and drools over said apple.

Taking in the beautiful scenery while cozying up in my newest Little Owl hoodie!

The view from where I ditched my backpack (a safe distance from the water). You can never be too careful with 4 wet dogs running around and swimming!

New logo, new hoodie!

Like bath water. Seriously!

Not a bad view, might need to make this my new "office space".



On one of my many hikes out to a favorite swimming spot. After winding our way through a maze of paths laden with roots and rocks. Past a corridor of boulders left eons ago from glacial shift and melt. Where humans now hook themselves into harnesses and ropes, looking for hand holds, foot holds (whatever holds) in hopes to conquer the climb up each rock face. I think I have found my new "office space".

Hiking is, most often, meditation.

In between throwing the ball ahead for Mu and Margi to chase after and retrieve and looking back to make sure Veda is still trailing behind (she has slowed a bit at almost 13, but still keeps up like a champ!), my mind settles into the pace. My eyes look down at the soft, rooty earth laid out in front of me, there is an owl feather! Then they shift up, look at how the sun streams through branches in the pine grove... I can hear the highway in the distance. It is hard to believe anyone could cut through such a beautiful place to lay pavement and have vehicles whiz around. Instead I pretend I hear waves.

Then my mind drifts. Nature always has been and always will be my muse.
I think about the history of my creative endeavors. I think about all the things I love to do, to create, and all the things I would love to learn. I think about where I started, how I started and how my work has evolved.
Evolution is human nature.
It seems evolution is an art form.

And then I thought about how I do what I do (a question I actually get asked often). And I wonder: "Is this success? What DO I consider success?" (A difficult question to answer, for me at least)

I am so grateful to all of the people who have encouraged me over the years. All the people who have supported me,especially those who are friends and family and demanded to compensate me for my work, even though I would endlessly try to give it to them for free.

In thinking about my past work and where I am now, what I am creating and how I have evolved, I am thinking about what it means when we support handmade. Each time you buy an item from an artist you aren't just giving them some of your hard earned cash, you are telling them 3 things.

1. That you appreciate (value) and encourage their work.
2. That you believe in them.
3. That you anticipate the future of their creativity and seeing what their work evolves into.

This may not seem obvious, but it is true.
I couldn't have done it without all the wonderful people who have helped me evolve.
So, thank you.
I appreciate you, too.
I also look forward to seeing where my creativity leads me. This is my natural path.
And to me that is success.

How do you define success?


p.s. The hoodie above will be in the shop soon!!!



Margi and Veda, post swim.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Harvest: Food is your Medicine.














With the unending anticipation of moving (and not an exact date... yet.), my garden space has been set free a bit. I have done very little planting and most of what grows are perennial or re-seeded from last year. Except the garlic. That I made sure to plant last fall.

There are always a few staple plants I make sure to plant. I tend to be more of an herbal gardener, I encourage herbs and flowers (many of which are considered weeds) to grow and to use both in and as food or medicine. Among the verdure springing forth from the earth are staples, such as sage, thyme and basil, as well as lavender, lemonbalm, calendula, anise hyssp, chamomile, and echinacea. Plus a few wild volunteers, like the St. John's wort, mugwort, evening primrose... But aside from these plants whose delicate leaves and flowers I harvest, I always try to plant garlic. Even if it is just a few cloves to have a few homegrown bulbs.

It was difficult a few years ago when I moved in winter and had to leave my whole garden, many of the plants I had for over 10 years and had moved with me from a handful of different locations. I had a relationship with these plants, I tended them and harvested them year to year and they provided me with sustenance and healing. But then there are times to let go. It is good to start fresh and to develop relationships with plants who grow wild.

So now these few plants growing out in the yard are extra special.
So the other day I noticed it was time for the garlic to be dug up. There is nothing like harvesting your own food, with the intention of well being and nourishment. And as I slowly moved through the little spaces where plants weren't growing to harvest the garlic bulbs, I thought about what I would use it for. Of course some will be used as food, added to pizzas, sauces, stir fry, etc.. But some will be made into remedies and added to honey for fighting off colds and flus in the colder months.

The garden is such a wonderful sanctuary. A place of calm and peace. Regeneration.

Do you have a garden space?
What things do you grow?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kindness




Did I mention that last month Jillian over at The Noisy Plume shared some wonderful
photos and words about my work?
Gosh, thank you for the kindness, chica!
You can find the post here.

And I highly recommend browsing around here blog, flickr and shop.
She is one seriously talented lady with one heck of an amazing soul!

Hope you have all been blessed with a beautiful day.
Shine on!!!
xo

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Lovin'


Yarrow: good for so many things!

From above, standing atop glacial rocks lining the harbor.

Out for a stroll.

Pit-stop at the beach.

Time for some puppy play!

Ready for the ball to be thrown... Always ready!

How high can a Margaret dog jump?

Pretty darn high!!!

Ninja dog!!!

Look at these girls! Specifically, look at Margaret! Look at her JUMP!!!
What a Ninja!
Three legs be damned, that girl gets air!
(She also LOVES to swim and is very good at it!)

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All my life I have been a winter person.
I truly love snow, like, wholeheartedly and with real passion.
I love first snow, especially. I love playing in it walking in it and many activities associated with it... I also love the darkness and the coziness of winter. I love a good hibernation.

But lately, something has shifted in me.
Where I normally can't wait for Fall shifting into Winter and everything it brings and stands for, I am finding myself feeling passionate about summer.

I have always loved the ocean and feel very blessed to have grown up in a coastal town (and now lived back in a neighboring one for 10 years!). There is nothing like the soothing, cleansing sense of submerging your  body in briny water and feeling the reaction of salt drying on your skin, tightening every pore. It is like all the atoms and molecules that compose you are dancing, happy and free! (I am an extremely tactile person, followed by an abstracted mind- or maybe it is better put the other way 'round, I don't know...) I have always loved the vibrant greens, as well as rainbow of colors and all of the lush, blooming life that comes in the warmer months of New England. It is a part of me, through my studies (as an herbalist) and my art, my work, but somehow I think I have never fully been able to appreciate it. I have been missing the true passion for the season until now.

Life can be hard and cold (especially where there are 4 seasons), if you look at it that way. For me, in the past, my physical discomfort in the heat has clouded my perception to a degree and I always felt that the heat of summer was the most difficult to tolerate. Part of it is that I have a hard time slowing down and that is exactly what Summer does, slows down life. Because of the heat, because of the traffic (oh, the joys of living in summertime tourist town), because of the beauty...

The Universe seems to be screaming a shift of consciousness at me. I am ok with it.
Winter is slow too, in its own way. But Summer slow is different. And although it is a busy time of year for my work, the time in between and the moments spent with people I care about seem to linger longer. It makes me smile.

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...You belong among the wildflowers...













*****Many things are hanging on the horizon.
Some near, some... Well, not so much.
Some days I feel like I can't contain myself,
But every day I take small steps.

It is hard to really realize sometimes, the steps I am taking, but they are going ever onward. I often create endless lists for myself of things "to do". Many days I am somewhat satisfied (apparently never fully satisfied) with what I accomplish, how much I accomplish, how fully I accomplish. But then, just as often, I get very few of these "to do" things done.

There is so much pressure I put on myself (I wonder, am I alone feeling this?), I have these- standards, shall we say- of what I expect of myself, masked as my perception of what I think society and other people think and expect of me.
But the bottom line is that none of it matters (I know, I know, easier said than done).
There is always going to be an ongoing list that can be compiled of the do's, don'ts, should's, could's, would's... The "to do" list can be endless!
But really, it doesn't matter.
I work on accepting this every day.
I work on enjoying the moments as they arrive, not stressing-especially the small stuff- and whatever I get done in the day is what was meant to be. It is hard, but I am happier and fuller for taking these steps.

I am so painfully human sometimes, but I have to remember to look at and listen to the natural world around me, imagining myself wild and free like those "weeds" blooming from the cracks in the pavement, or in a ditch, or even a beautifully manicured garden...
We are all wildflowers, remember.

So as the week begins and a new day approaches, enjoy it. Go out, do those things you have been wanting to do, the "need to's" can wait one more day!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Made

New Little Owl design/logo!

Busy, Busy, Busy! Printing like mad!!!

Always time for a homemade fried dough break with fresh, local berries.


Working on new things, placing HUGE orders (Eek! Yikes!!!) in order to get ready for a 3 day fair next month, printing, printing, printing.... And of course enjoying all the fresh, local berries I can stuff into my face (along with homemade fried dough!)!!!

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Fern Heart: A GIVEAWAY!

::WINNER UPDATE!!!::


Thank you for being here, for participating, commenting and being your awesome selves! I appreciate you!!!

The winner of the Fern Heart tank is Prairiegirl!
Wahoo!!!

Email me (littleowlarts@yahoo.com) your address and what size tank you would like.

xx


Yellow racerback tank with green fern heart design printed on it.

Fern Heart by Little Owl Arts

Little Owl logo hand printed on a racerback tank


Ok Folks, here's the deal...

For being awesome and so supportive of Little Owl Arts, I am giving away this hand printed 'Fern Heart' racerback tank top. It is so comfy and perfect for all your summertime adventures!!!

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is:
like Little Owl on facebook and leave a comment here on this post telling me either what you find most inspiring about summer
or what your favorite thing to do in summer is.
That's it.
Easy peasy, right?!?

(Feel free to share this giveaway with your friends!)


Thanks for being awesome and making my dreams come true!
xx