24 August 2009

a reflection, a call

aside from the lovebombers, i have noticed that bloggers have been quiet this week. maybe it's because we're all off placing wanted ads in the local newspapers.
or maybe its because we're getting quiet to get the heart of all the noise. maybe we're talking too much and not listening enough. maybe we're busy busy busy and not happy happy happy. maybe its time we slowed down and settled in with some silence. maybe its time to "get lean" like marianne williamson is talking about in her miracle thoughts. maybe we're unlearning a thing or two; silencing a scream and listening to the whisper.

i would love to write a newspaper ad about seeking community. finding friends for praise & prayer. getting to the heart of issues. but that's my work, isn't it? and as i begin to chip away at it, i may fade in and out of the daily activities, but i'm better off for it in the long run. i come back to those circles with a lighter heart, a wider smile, a stronger soul. clarity emerges as the clutter fades away.

and lovebombers: you all are shining pillars for those of us seeking similar communities. we are watching you. and we are wide-eyed and bushy tailed trying to open our souls and spirits and lives up the way you have. welcome others to see us and hold the mirror up for us so that we can finally see ourselves as we have been longing to. {so confidently & clearly} know that you all are being rays of sunshine in a distant sky. the light is coming our way.

22 August 2009

back to a spirited place

{i'm short on words recently, trying to resolve some issue of soul & spirit. but after a recent camping trip, this 10 line tuesday magic by maya stein drew me back to a spirited place. have a read, then get your feet on the trail. much love for the journey. xox steph}

how to climb a mountain: written by Maya Stein

Make no mistake. This will be an exercise in staying vertical.
Yes, there will be a view, later, a wide swath of open sky,
but in the meantime: tree and stone. If you’re lucky, a hawk will
coast overhead, scanning the forest floor. If you’re lucky,
a set of wildflowers will keep you cheerful. Mostly, though,
a steady sweat, your heart fluttering indelicately, a solid ache
perforating your calves. This is called work, what you will come to know,
eventually and simply, as movement, as all the evidence you need to make
your way. Forget where you were. That story is no longer true.
Level your gaze to the trail you’re on, and even the dark won’t stop you.

14 August 2009

inner lioness 2

its time to restore the roar. my jubilant, laughing lala grandmother reminded me of this {above} on the eve of my sister's wedding. i will never forget it. there is, within every woman, a lioness.

i'm off to get primitive & connect to the outdoors. see you next week. until then, get prowling and roam a little. xo steph

08 August 2009

inspired self portrait

donna downey is a craft artist goddess. i haven't followed her story from the beginning, but ever since i found her blog i have been smitten with her.

she does these posts called "Inspiration Wednesday." {told you, she's a goddess} a couple of wednesdays ago, for week 5, she posted this as her project. (go see it, for real) in my opinion, its sort of a self-portrait reflection: beautiful, fresh and right on. she explains in her post what techniques she uses, and though i didn't go the exact same route, i did an inspired project of my own last week thanks to her brilliance!

this piece was made on a piece of 9x6 sturdy cardboard, something that was {literally} laying around. paul gifted me this song "the gardener," by the tallest man on earth. it was so darling, people. i was having a crummy day at work, and he delivers his ipod tuned to this song and a red hot roasters iced coffee. yes please. he is darling. the lyrics are paul in song form...

"so now we're dancing through the garden,
and what a garden i have made.
i won't be lying when i tell you that
i'm a gardener of a man
in your eyes baby."

oh yes, yes, a gardener, its so perfect for paul. the way his committed and sincere love nurtures and grows me. so as a response to his ultimate loving nature, and that gesture, i created this piece as a gift to him. it was my inspired reflection of how much his tilling and planting and weeding and work had grown me.

so here you can see the whole image, and some of the detail shots. be sure to click on the images, they will show up "life size" (not too scary, i promise)...some tips from my project:
  1. start with a solid background that will let your accent colors be...accent colors. don't compete. (unless you're into that)
  2. a beautiful plant turned into a headdress: how perfect. get creative with details. work outside of the lines you've imagined. find your reflection in the unknown objects.
  3. think abstract: i made flowers out of golden fluid acrylics, acrylic paint and glitter. i didn't know how dark or how light they would dry, but in the end, they turned out beautifully. also: i added the lace paper to the bottom and i think it worked to add color, texture and focus. some hambly rub-ons in the top right corner are always a favorite focal point!
  4. scavenger hunt: i'll say it, "the buttons are vintage," and you'll believe me. but seriously, they are! and they were just in my craft box, waiting for the perfect moment! they work so well with the colors; they are textured and a bit funky! i chopped off the back of the flower buttons and used a nail file to flatten out the surface. worked perfectly!
  5. choose a photo that is both timeless and festive: this pic was taken spur of the moment, but it spoke to me about the real me. lighthearted, fresh, mascara only me. when the picture is casual, the piece just pops!
  6. finally, i hung it with a plate hanger on his inspiration board. as you can see, my paper goods dominate his board, but i figured this was an important one to put front and center ;)
if you take a few hours to do a reflective, inspired self portrait, (and i really encourage you to do so, whether you're gifting it or not) find space within yourself to see what you see. to reflect on a theme in your life. to call out some courage and an abundance of joy. feeling so inspired and so grateful for inspiration. go get it folks, there is so much to be had!

07 August 2009

p.s. feedback?

p.s. let's make a long story short. i'm trying to take into account what you folks love the most about little old me. this blog is obviously a huge place for self expression, but if i'm trying to take my personal gifts to another level, "brand" them, if you will, i would love your feedback.

find the poll in the sidebar and give me your honest feedback!

snapshots V

hey hey hey happy friday! this week has had moments of creeping and moments of flying. i appreciate both, but friday afternoon flew by because the AC in my office broke and my boss called it a day at 1:30! wow, i was extremely happy. so i've already hit the gym (stairmaster and strength training), then i biked home (30 mins) now i'm ready for the weekend!!!! p.s. i am working on adding a training log in the sidebar. accountability anyone?

working on: placecards for olivia
seeing: julie & julia (tonight with my main squeeze! so excited)
reading: peace is every step, thich nhat hahn
practicing: post workout meals, 100-200 cals of protein. my protein of choice has been rice protein mixed with water or soy milk. what do you eat after your workout?
playing with: glimmer mist from tattered angels

{when we went to DC in april, the national museum of american history has an exhibit of the REAL version of julia child's kitchen. we took pictures for my friend kate who lives in paris and just graduated from le cordon bleu. who knew we'd be seeing the movie with the replicas so soon after! more kate on the mind. that's for sure ;) }

happy weekend everyone! i'll be back with more before you know it!

02 August 2009

dogsitting and a custom bday card

paul and i are dog sitting this weekend. you may know that i'm not a huge dog person, but it is fun to have a pup to play with and a reason to run around aimlessly outside. aren't we totally beaver cleaver's parents + pups? haha we're much hipper!

these aren't the dogs that we're dog sitting. these are our friend's dogs, and their couch, too. however that same friend celebrated his birthday last weekend, and a custom birthday card was in order. i had so much fun making this card for mike, and wanted to share the final product.

this is the outside of the card, and it opens up like a door. both panels were covered with different paper. the copper paper (top half) is a german silkscreen paper with "happy birthday" written on it in crisp white.
instead of using a ribbon to tie it all together, i used a vintage measuring tape. mike is into vintage stuff, so that seemed much more appropriate than grosgrain ribbon.
the card all wrapped up in the envelope. khaki colored papersource envelope. always classy. he is turning 35 so you can see i "highlighted" that number on the measuring tape. perfection.

this is the inside of the card, which is better seen below... you can see that the "ribbon/tape" is pulled behind the picture, and then wrapped around the panels that open up.

see! it opens up and it totally fun & fabulous! hooray. happy birthday mike.
happy sunday to you, folks! hope you're up to something fantastic.

p.s. i just put up a listing for custom birthday cards in my etsy shop!