Nov 30, 2012

DIY Friday- Decorating with Pine Cones

This year I am decorating with Natural items...cranberries, walnuts, pomegranates  spices, orange slices, fresh greenery, acorns & especially Pine Cones...  They are so festive yet earthy... bringing Nature into the home..
I made this Pine Cone Hanging last year...this year I am making garlands for around the front door and over cupboards....There are so many uses for cones in decorating.....I keep a big basket of them out year round...(Just remember to debug the cones in the oven at 175 for about 30 minutes)
Here are a few more ideas that I really liked...


Peace Wreath ....OK  I must work on one of these for the shed...




I love this garland.....



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A Vintage Chicken Feeder ...I think the Girls would like this one...;)


 A Pine Cone Garland...add glitter or German Glass which is what I like to use,
tie on a ribbon & attach to a rope...




This is a cute idea...I have also used olive oil as a lamp oil and it burns quite well.....


approx. cost $5
you'll need:
mason jar w/ lids (flat cap lid & ring lid)
smokeless odorless paraffin oil
fiberglass wick (never needs replacing/do NOT advance wick)
wick holder insert (glass or metal)
drill
3-5 items below:
pine cones
evergreen trimmings
berries
holly
seedpods
lichen/moss
fern fronds
sticks, etc.

1. put decorative items in clean jar, arrange items until you get the look you want
2. fill w/ unscented paraffin oil
3. drill hole in top of flat cap lid same diameter as wick holder insert
4. thread fiberglass wick through wick holder insert
5. place the wick (& wick holder insert) in the lid hole & put the lid on the jar making sure the wick hangs in the center of the jar
6. screw lid ring on jar tight


Let the decorating begin!!!!

Nov 29, 2012

11 Years Ago Today.......

we lost George....



Rock In Peace....

Nov 27, 2012

Luna Eclipse

Tonight will be the Full Moon as well as the Lunar Eclipse...this is also the smallest full moon of the year...Unfortunately like the Solar Eclipse,  Eastern US & Canada will not be able to see it... This Full Moon is known as the Beaver Moon or Frosty Moon...


I decided to have a Moon Reading done this month for my birthday..... I had one done by Marissa Moondaughter...you can go to her website here...I was very happy with the reading as it touched on subjects that have been a theme with me lately...but it also pointed me to a direction I had not thought of looking before... I plan on using the reading tonight as I write my intentions for this month...

I am a Water sign but always tend to lean towards my Earth sign more...but the water sources have always been a place to calm myself...My reading pointed me to the dolphin as my possible animal totem which I found interesting.... an creature of balance...of water as well as air.... deep breathing, re-hydrating physically & spiritually, letting go... moving forward with the currents of life while going over & under the toxins of life letting them slide over my back & off to the sides, moving into deeper & clear water.......mmmmmmm I think I will use that visualization tonight...

If you have not used a Full Moon or New Moon to journal your intentions for the month you are missing a powerful time to do so......  Please visit Marissa's site for more helpful information.. it was where I got the idea for my Full Moon ritual.....For myself, I focus on what direction I want to go into but just for the month....opening up my creative processes...letting go of unhealthy things... Focusing my thoughts on the positive...Especially with the Holiday season upon us, this is a great time to spend some quiet time writing your intentions for what you would like your holiday to be about.....Or the things you are grateful for....


Like these three little munchkins, Breanna, Violet & Ivy Karma,  who have come into our lives...

To the start of a Happy Holiday season....

Nov 22, 2012

With Thanks.....

In a world that seems out of control...with so many suffering from dire situations like job loss & hurricane destruction...with soldiers serving far from their home & families... Our uplifting thoughts & prayers are with all of them... 

There is one bright spot....the arrival of Santa at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.... 

& yes I do believe...  I have to.... that good things will come for all...

I am so organized this year that I may be able to actually watch some the parade this year while I wait for my family to arrive... Wishing all of you a very  safe & Happy Holiday...


Nov 19, 2012

The Warmth of Wood...

It anchors us...wood makes you feel at home...it hugs you.. .at least for me it does... My other home was made of almost entirely wood...it felt like a safe haven when you walked in.. it was surrounded by Nature...it brought Nature in......I am sorry I ever left it.....the Hubby says now we shouldn't have left.....But Oh well,  live & learn by the mistakes we made.....so now we plan.... much smaller, cozier & more efficient.....with lots of wood in mind as the grounding element... especially on the floor ...with lots of character!!



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The more I am letting things go, the closer to Nature I want to be...
and to bring more natural elements into my home...




Nov 13, 2012

My New Favorite...

I had to share this one...It is my new favorite...
I cannot drink hot chocolate because it triggers my migraines...So I found this...


It is delicious!!!!  It has just enough of a chocolate taste to satisfy that "craving" though I think it is just the idea of having a hot cuppa cocoa that is more appealing.....This is so much better for you & with a touch of raw honey...it is out of this world...

Winter looks much brighter on those cold nights!!!  

Total Solar Eclipse 2012



The Solar Eclipse will occur tomorrow Nov 13 at 3:35 pm EST....It will actually be Nov 14 in Australia where the eclipse can be seen the best...

The SLOOH Space Camera  will have a free live feed showing the eclipse starting at 2:30 pm EST as well as Cairns Eclipse 2012 so you will be able to watch it at either of these sites...

A Total Solar Eclipse is when the moon appears larger than the Sun causing all of the light to be blocked completely.

If you are a Scorpio like the Hubby & I are there are some additional aspects to all of it....
"The New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Scorpio heralds a time of new beginnings and incredibly powerful opportunities available to all for a fresh start in life. One that includes trust and empowerment and conscious alignment with Soul. It is possible to feel hope and peace in knowing death is a transition not an ending per se. Energy never dies, it only transforms. With the New Moon in Scorpio, death, dying and transitions or change is something to become accustomed to instead of being afraid of or avoiding."

Letting Go, Reinvention, New Life, Change, Restructuring...all themes I have been focusing on lately..Our birthdays are in the same week so the Hubby calls it our power week... It seems to be but even the past few weeks have been unusual in the positive things happening much of it centered around letting go with the karmic cycle returning with things that we need in our lives......I am also hoping that this means a major change is in the future as well.... I welcome a much needed change...one that brings about a more simplistic way of living & much closer to Mother Earth....much more self sufficient...  

So enjoy the show...and watch for the Lunar Eclipse at the end of the month...I will post more on that later...

Nov 12, 2012

Like a Rolling Stone...


They formed the band in 1962 &  have been together 50 years....They have sold over 200 million records...They are ranked 4th in the "100 Greatest Artist of All Time" by Rolling Stone..... 


They are rockin it again with a "50 & Counting " tour... Interested in going tickets & concert dates are here...

It is great to be part of a generation where the bands you listened to as a teen are still touring!!


Nov 11, 2012

To Our Veterans...

Their courage, their sacrifice & their service should never ever be forgotten from any war...Whether a Veteran or a Soldier who has given his life or an active Soldier today....my heartfelt thanks to all of them & their families not just today but EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR  our veterans should NEVER be forgotten...

When our soldiers serve this country, go into a combat zone...then our country owes them to ensure they are taken care of ...Even though a thank you & parade is all well & good...it has to be more than that.... because unfortunately for a majority, they are just beginning to find out how hard readjustment to civilian life is going to be......we need to ensure that they have safety nets....that they are never homeless, their injuries both physical & mental are taken care of as well as their families that support them... because when we send our soldiers into war it has a ripple effect...

Too many are quick to send our sons & daughters off to fight to bolster their puffed up chests of war mongering... It should also be noted that many of them have never served NOR will they ever do so.....One answer I received ... " that is for other people to do, not me".....I know a few who feel that many of our soldiers do not deserve to have a disability benefits.. I believe they refer to them as entitlements!!!! " Where do I stand in line for a free check" one said.......FREE.....Believe me I will tell you that those "free checks" were earned in ways these people "don't have time" to listen, without judgement , some of the experiences our soldiers have gone thorough or seen.. It is not easy to hear but it is necessary for them...to heal...to move forward......

I have seen Veterans trashed in public because of their past behavior...those that do so are despicable because they have sat in judgement while failing miserably to look at all the facts...Our government has been a huge disappointment in looking at the long term effects of what happens to our troops when sent into an environment like that...To see a Veteran standing on a street corner asking for help, for a Veteran to be homeless....For a Veteran to commit suicide, read about it here, because he can no longer bear the horrific images that fill his mind day & night...images I might add stay for a lifetime...as well as those Veterans who are now serving a prison sentences....is indicative of a nation who opens fire on a crowd & walks away from the scene denying they had any part in it & so there is no need to help the injured.....

As far as I am concerned war should be outlawed ...made illegal...Because the fact is....they are illegal....they are technically conflicts not wars...but it won't be...to even support it as the very last  resolution will keep the problems that metastasize like a cancer for the soldier, civilians & country 
As Edwin Starr wrote " War ....What is it good for ...absolutely nothing".....he was absolutely right.....

I honor the Veteran & Soldiers today by talking about the things that everyone should think about!!! I vent like this because I want people to think about the effects of battle.... I want them to think about saying something hurtful & hateful to or about a Veteran...especially those who have been in a combat zone because they have endured & suffered that which we will never know...Thank you everyone for taking time to listen to what I had to say...

A special thanks today & every day always with so much Love & Pride to my Veteran, the Hubby & my Solider, my son Aaron....

I love you both so much... 

Nov 8, 2012

The Transitioning of Letting Go

It seems to be the theme of my life over the past few years.....letting go....of material clutter....of bad habits....of negative people & situations...It also has to do with transitioning...something we do throughout the year but also during our lives...I have reached Autumn in my life...It is the season of year in which I seem to thrive the best... analogies of harvest, of slowing down, of taking stock, and clearing out are abundant...

I have transitioned to a point where I now say no if I am not available to do something.....I am tending to my own needs making me happier & healthier person....I find now I am more available to myself, loved ones & others when you respect yourself enough to say no to those who disrespect & use you to sate their self absorbed egos...to  walk away from the stress, anxiety, anger & unhappiness caused by self-centered people....to detach from the emotional energy drain which can leave you unavailable to give to those who would truly benefit the most from you.....

When you do, the most amazing doors open in your life...

Autumn is an empowering & balancing time of life for me...
Where are you in the seasons of transition? 


Nov 7, 2012

Thinking outside the Walls!!!

Well election day has come & gone..... I am so excited  & hopeful to see President Obama re-elected... I was very happy to see how many firsts there were for women. First openly gay woman, first Asian-American woman, first woman Senator from Massachusetts & more....It was truly a historic night & was so happy to have been a part of it...But I am burnt out on politics right now especially those commercials !! So time to take a break & have fun!!

Now that things have been settled. we can look forward to the holidays...Thanksgiving first...I am having a houseful here & it will be so good to have everyone gathered here together...  So that means it is time to get the house  in order....so lets talk walls!!

I have been clutter clearing as you know but I also have been uncovering many treasures...Items that have family value & good memories... items that I have collected over the years....

They are things that should not be stored away but displayed ....what is the sense of having these things if you cannot enjoy them.... Time to bring them into the fresh air....
So I have been looking for some inspiration.....


In each picture there is something that catches my eye....

Displays of a Bohemian style that is free form...
the best kind...

They are displays that include everything... no item is discriminated against....


No room is exempt from a wall being used to display pictures & art pieces....


Walls can be used as inspiration boards.... 

Expanding the area outside of the smaller board....

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You could also rotate your displays...

 You keep some items in a cupboard & rotate them at certain times of the year...that way it changes the look & the energy flow....
Throw out the level ... throw out the rules....

....just put things up.....Have fun ....

Think outside the walls and use those spaces as a canvas!!!



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