Sunday, July 20, 2014

new jewelry for July

I've been on a little earring binge this month... 








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☮ Cindy 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Focus On Life Week 29 - Celebrate Sweetness!

Week 29: Celebrate Sweetness!
Sally instructed "Think outside the box with this prompt."
Ok, how about a brownie recipe that is outside the box? It's pretty sweet!
But even more sweet is my daughter who made them for me. How sweet is that? She is so busy with homework from going to school full time and yet she still found some time to make her mom some brownies! She knows I love sweet treats and also (trying) to eat healthy.

These are not from a box- but rather from scratch. And she tells me they are made with black beans! She did not send me the recipe... but I found some on Pinterest that look like maybe they could be a match. FYI, Pinterest is the best place for food inspirations!

Also really sweet is the fact that she sends me these "snaps" on snap chat just to say love you! And I get to see her beautiful face! (love that app!) Of course I did not take this picture but still- very sweet!

Ok, enough about my perfect child.

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~Cindy

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Being a Mermaid



The mermaid is the primal Archetype for all things wild and free within us. I believe that is why we are drawn to her image, why we love her so... 
I had never given mermaids much thought or interest, until sometime in my late 20's. 

John and I had been arguing and generally just getting on each others nerves. As it is with any couple, (I believe) love isn't always a "pink cloud". We needed a little break. So I took the kids and went to the beach to visit my aunt for a few days... or a week... I can't remember. 

I specifically remember it was in that time that the true spirit of the mermaid began to resonate with me and I fell in love with her. 

Like always, I had brought my polymer clay with me. I could never be without it - as I am now with my beads and metal. I began sculpting mermaid figures. Each one with her own story and soul. 

Sculpting clay of any kind is one of the most meditative and therapeutic work we can offer our spirit. And sculpting a human or other-worldly figure is even more so, I've found. Of course this is different for everyone but this was my experience with clay. 

Maybe that is why I have come back to it. Albeit porcelain clay, I am still drawn to clay and most importantly, sculpting. 

We have learned by now that our beauty does not count as a possession.
The only thing we truly own is our legend
author unknown.
 

Since then I have gathered a small collection of mermaid figures, beads and books.
I turn to her when I need revived from the stresses and strains of everyday life... and loss. 

Some fun mermaid books I have and some I would like to have...


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Do mermaids speak to your inner wild woman? 
How do you feel about mermaids as an archetype?
Let me know what your thoughts are. 
I would love to hear from you! 

☮ Cindy

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Focus On Life Week 28 Celebrate the Season

I think this weeks photo prompt is pretty open to interpretation.

Each and every day we can choose to celebrate life. Celebrate by honoring the seasons and the seasonal changes. With a reverence for nature and our connection with it.  

Therefore I choose my Blue Heron photo to share for this weeks post.

Seasonally, you can see how green the grass is and how tall the cattails are around the lake. 

I'm not sure when or if this bird migrates seasonally. I see them around the lake throughout the year but not so much in winter months. 

A truly beautiful and majestic bird, I am always in awe when I get a glimpse of one.

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☮ Cindy 
 



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Focus On Life Week 27 Celebrate

Week 27:  Celebration
"There are so many little celebrations that occur everyday and you may not realize that they happen.  A quiet toast between friends, a smile for a job well done, a candle on a cake, a sparkler all aglow." 

I took off work this past week to get away from all the "celebrating". In all my life I have never realized how truly terrifying the fireworks are for animals. I knew it was upsetting- but to what degree, I have never seen it first hand until this year.

If you follow my posts at all you know I adopted Molly (a rescue dog) from the Humane Society last fall. She is an amazing little creature! We are so blessed to have her in our lives! 

So you can imagine how much we want to protect her and make her feel safe. When the "booms" started going off, you could see the terror on her little face. Her entire body shaking- looking around for a place to run and hide.

Needless to say we left town as quickly as possible. We decided to take our chances camping at the Mt. I had no idea how Molly would do camping. But as it turns out she loves it! These are my celebration photos. Camping at Mt Rainier in the Gifford Pinchot National forest. 
 The campground we ended up staying at is called La Wis Wis. The campsites were gorgeous! Most were right on the edge of the river. Old growth forest throughout. Just a breathtaking site. The clean air the quiet solitude of the forest. It was heaven. And little Molly made herself right at home.

Next year we'll plan on camping longer. 
And maybe find a campground with showers...










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 ☮ Cindy