“God made a beauteous garden
With lovely flowers strown,
But one straight, narrow pathway
That was not overgrown.
And to this beauteous garden
He brought mankind to live,
And said “To you, my children,
These lovely flowers I give.
Prune ye my vines and fig trees,
With care my flowers tend,
But keep the pathway open
Your home is at the end.”
- Robert Frost
Nashville, TN and this garden are now our home and we can’t wait to share more pictures and reflections as soon as we’re settled. For now see daily pictures of our new home and adventures on instagram.
Watching my family grow is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
This weekend was full of so many beautiful moments like … my nephew Abel who picks me flowers and calls me by name … my niece Morgan who laughs the most beautiful laugh and hugs me when she is feeling sad … my niece Ruby who shares with me her school bully and how she picks on her, and how she imagines herself karate chopping her … how my teenager nephew Sawyer keeps getting older, bigger and more independent — spending a lot of time alone, building, breaking or hunting things … how both of my sisters have become such amazing mothers … how my brother-in-law is really sweeter, smarter and stronger than he lets anyone believe … how my brother is learning how to be a supportive partner and soon-to-be father … how my husband grows and meshes together with all them … and how my mother slowly lets her guard down to welcome a new partner and Fiance into the family fold.
These moments fill me up, bring me happiness and inspire me to grow. Sometimes I forget why I do what I do, why I am who I am, and why I feel so grateful, encouraged, supported, loved and part of something that matters. Then I have a 4-day weekend with family and I remember — it’s because of them.
So, what fills you up and inspires you to grow?
I am so grateful I live in a beautiful place like this and even more grateful it’s finally warm.
It’s hard to believe that this image above was taken on Seneca Lake and has no filter or editing. This is really what the sky looked like late August. I am grateful to have captured it.
On another note, but staying with the tangerine theme – I have been saving all of my tangerine peels for something magnificent. Here are the things I made with them:
- Tangerine Powder / Spice
- Sugar & Tangerine Scrub
- Tangerine Essential Oil
Here is how I did it:
1. First, I collected and dried a bunch of tangerine peels. They must me really dry, like breakable.
2. I put the tangerine peels (and a few grapefruit peels) into a blender and blended into a powder.
3. Then I portioned out 3 different jars of power; 1 for the scrub, 1 for the spice and the last for the essential oil.
4. Sugar & Tangerine Scrub: I took the powder for the scrub and added equal parts of sugar to peel. When I go to use this, I will add a little bit of oil to make the scrub.
5. Tangerine Powder / Spice: I added the tangerine powder into a spice jar for easy sprinkling on things like salmon. I used this the other night on salmon, mixed with fresh crushed black pepper and salt and it was delicious!
6. Tangerine Essential Oil: And lastly, I used the remaining tangerine powder to make Tangerine Essential Oil. Use the same directions from my Lavender Essential Oil Tutorial here.
Let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to help! Do you have any peel/food scrap recipes?
I have always viewed death as a beautiful thing; a celebration and a moment of honor to one’s life. Since I can remember, I have always collected small remnants like stones, sticks and flowers while on a hike or walk. I have quite an amazing collection going.
I appreciate the beauty that last forever, that not even death can take away.
Perhaps my that’s why my latest obsession with the TV shows Walking Dead and American Horror Story does the opposite of scaring me, it’s fascinates me.
Today there is snow in Ithaca, NY. I couldn’t be happier.
Today, is the day. The day to be more thoughtful, more personal and more beautiful. With that mantra, I have created a new line of Holiday Cards & our first ever 2013 Herbal Calendar!
All of these items and more are available in our shop, click here. Use coupon code “TODAYISTHEDAY” to receive FREE SHIPPING on all US/domestic orders!
Hurry, this sale ends at midnight.
Just a few watercolor illustrations from our new 2013 Herbal Calendar, available Monday here!