Leaf Moments – Wabi Sabi Autumn in Wisconsin

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Autumn is a beautiful time of year in Wisconsin.  But, of course, that means winter (blech!) will be close on it’s heels.  Now I know plenty of you probably love winter.  The crisp air, the pretty snow, etc.  That’s a beautiful thing, but I don’t like winter, I hate being cold and I won’t apologize… Read more »

Do You Like Mandalas?

River stone mandalas coming soon to kickstarter (planning begins today 10/16/14!) stay tuned :D

  Mandalas are wonderful!  Soothing and meditative to look at.  And what could be more soul-centering than a mandala on river stone?  A white-inked mandala on river stone that’s sitting under YOUR computer monitor!! I’m hatching a daring and ambitious plan to raise funds for a model shoot for my jewelry! Sign up for my… Read more »

Remembering Kindness In This Digital Age

"Every rock is special as is every human soul."

“Every rock is special as is every human soul.” ^^ Yes, that’s an actual quote from an email I just sent. And yes I really meant it.  I was getting impatient with my sales rep after 4 months of unreturned emails and phone calls.  (Truth be told, I was panicking and feeling pretty pissed!)  But… Read more »

Transform computer time into nature time.

A pile of stones under your computer monitor goes a long way to making computer time into fun time! Click through to connect with a fellow stone lover!

Need to get a ton of computer work done, but wish you were out swishing through leaves on a shaded woodland path?  You and me both!!  Luckily, there’s a pile of interesting stones under my computer monitor because there has been a lot of computer spreadsheet work this week! Don’t worry about whether it’s “unconventional”. … Read more »

Why I Believe In You

Perfection is a myth sketchbook page by Jenny Hoople

I know you to be a free, artsy, beautiful, natural being.  A part of the free-wheeling collision of stars and armadillos. I bet you spend a lot of time feeling stuck.  Stuck at the office, stuck in traffic, stuck washing the dishes, stuck in line at the grocery store, stuck stuck stuck. Secret #1:  I… Read more »

Autumn, A Story Told By Insects

Autumn is a story told in hover flies and other insects. Click through to see more nature photos!

Autumn always brings the insects out of the foliage! It’s like they’re so busy preparing for winter that they don’t have the luxury to hide from prying eyes anymore. Lucky for us!   The other day’s cricket joke got me thinking more about bugs in general, which, of course means I’ve been seeing them everywhere!… Read more »

Wish You Could Nature Journal? So does she!

Wish you could nature journal? So does she! ;) Click through to the post and get some inspiration to start your nature journal this very second!!

So, my mom has been creating nature journals since before I was born.  She makes charming, beautiful, lyrical little drawings and she does it all the time.  She does not think of herself as an artist.  Yet, clearly, she is one. Step 1 to starting a nature journal?  Give yourself a hug!! The other day,… Read more »

Super Moon, Incredible Calm

Super moon, incredible calm. September 9, 2014. Where were you?

September 9, 2014.  Morning of the setting of the Super Moon.  I snuck out of bed (after a wakeful night of baby teething and quiet struggle) to find myself on a calm, lakefront deck with nothing between me and eternity except for two maple trees. Barefooted, I sped down the second story steps and over… Read more »

Stones and a Sense of Place

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Sense of place is a subconscious feeling we get about where we are. It’s flavored by the crunch of beach stone under our feet, the clean, minty smell of pennyroyal in the lakeshore lawns, the sparkle of sunlight out on the water, the crows and windchimes in the background and the friendly, community feeling of… Read more »