All posts tagged: Beauty

Fall Art Journaling Session

We’ve been having so much fun at the Wolf + Rabbit the past few months. We’ve drawn and painted. We’ve glued. We’ve cut out lots of pictures. We shared about our successes and struggles as budding artists. One day we hummed and felt colors in our bodies and then let them drip across the pages of our journals. Another time we tuned into our creative guides for inspiration on our purpose. All together we created a beautiful collage on collaboration. It is hanging on the wall of the art space. You can see it in the far left of the following picture. Drop by and have a look up close. If you’re looking for a little extra motivation and a fun group art project come on out Monday Art Journaling Adventure Mon eve 6 – 8pm Sep 14 – Oct 26 Wolf + Rabbit Emporium 5301 SE Francis, Portland OR  Tuition: $180 for 7 sessions or $30 drop in Each week we meet as a group to draw, paint and collage together. We share some of our work …

Blackberries and Bees

The blackberries are blooming and though they are totally invasive in Portland, the Himalayan Blackberry that is, they are so essential to the life of urban bees. Blackberry nectar makes up the largest part of the annual honey production and is the last big flow before they settle down to fall activities like curing the honey they collected. Today I walked around my neighborhood and watched honey bees, most likely from my hive, busy collecting from blackberry blossoms, borage flowers, lavendar, wisteria and even cedum blooms. They are everywhere. Not only do the blackberries feed the bees, but they feed us with their delicious, juicy berries. Today I ate my first one. Yum! So while I completely understand the need to cut them back in certain areas. I certainly don’t like their poky selves wrapping through my tiny back yard strangling out the raspberries and veggies I so diligently planted. It is really important for the health of our bees that we leave some of the blackberries room to grow. And even more important that …

Clearing Roadblocks

A nice camping trip to the east side of Mt. Hood. Some folks call it Wy’east over there. The mountain itself is called Lookout Mountain. I’m sure there are other names, but I just remember how to get there. As I pulled on to the dirt road leading up the mountain I saw some fallen trees by the side of the road and it reminded me of the MovNat video my trainer from Bootcamp showed me. I started to tell my friend S about it, how the guy ran around in the woods half naked and barefoot. He jumped off cliffs into a pile of pebbles and dragged around huge logs with his bare hands. Then we turned the bend to our campground and right before us was an enormous pile of downed trees blocking the whole road. We both had to laugh at that synchronicity. Being adventurous we jumped out assessed the situation. We decided that if we moved all the smaller logs we could drive around the main roadblock and make it to …

Happy with the Plants

A stroll through the Reed College Canyon reminds me of how much I love the plants. How much I love to walk and talk about what they mean to me. Kate took a whole bunch of amazing photos of me and the plants growing there. I am happy there in a sea of green. and blue and white See more of my favorites from the photo shoot. Someday, join me for an herb walk. I’ll be sure to talk your ear off.  

Home made finger paint

I am totally fascinated by this stuff. And fortunately so are my little friends. We keep making new batches of home made finger paint every few weeks. I got this recipe from handsonaswegrow.com Homemade Edible Finger Paint Recipe: 1/2 cup cornstarch 2 3/4 cup cold water Mix together cornstarch and water in a saucepan until there’s no lumps. 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin 1/4 cup cold water Mix together gelatin and water and set aside. Cook cornstarch mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it boils. It’ll become thick as you’re stirring. Remove from heat and stir in the gelatin mixture. Cool and pour into smaller containers. Add food coloring for desired colors. It’s the most amazing, drippy, bright gooey stuff. It drips off the edge of the table and glistens in the sun. Yumm! Fun to rub, scratch, plop, smear all over the page and if need be your belly too. Hop over to flickr for more of our finger paint adventures.

Seeds are sprouting

I put a tray of starts out on my windowsill a few weeks ago. It’s been cold and grey so it was all just soggy and started to mold. Yesterday I moved the tray into the living room, where I’m still using the heat and it’s much dryer. I was sure nothing would come of it all. But lo! Today seeds are spouting. My first borage plant has risen from the soil. Look at its cute little fuzzy stem. It’s barely even a plant yet. Just white and all bent over. But it promises to be as beautiful as its ancestors. Bright blue shining star flowers, sweet and mucilagenos to eat. I can hardly wait for them to grow up. They are one of my favorite flowers.           And right beside it in another box the ‘evil’ mold has sprouted too. The most delicate strand with little balls of light on top, glowing in the sun. I love mosses, ferns and liverworts. I love fermentations of all sorts and now I …

Some things I really like

Walking in the sun is one of my favorite activities. As is thinking about things to write. Today I’ll write about some things I like. I like the way the new Tulip Poplar leaves glow in the sunshine against the stark blue sky. And the dark squiggly lines the branches make among them. I like the bright yellow dandelions that have taken over the neighborhood. I like the large, brown and grey striped caterpillar that I saw sunning himself on the stem of a weed, perhaps it was wild lettuce. I’m still working to identify that one. I like the feeling of pebbles and stones, grass and warm cement under my feet as I walk. I like the satisfying ache in my muscles that reminds me of last night’s late night of Contact Improv Dancing. I like my little heater behind my back that takes the chill off as I type in my little room. I like being able to write and publish my thoughts to the world. Ahh. So many nice things in life. …