Monday, August 24, 2015

In Praise of Virgos

Happy Birthday Virgos!  I made this card for my friends and family who are celebrating a birthday in the next four weeks.  I had a few extras and put them in my etsy shop so check it out if you are fortunate enough to have a Virgo in your life.

Friday, June 5, 2015

My Advice for New Grads

*This is available as a greeting card or in several sizes as a frame-able print
 in my Etsy Shop.  Thanks for asking!!!
I know several young people who are graduating from high school this spring, including my own step-daughter, so I made a card for them with some "good" advice on it.  Advice is always subjective and each person learns their most important lessons from experience, not someone else's summary of what to do.  But I couldn't help myself, so here it is.  I printed off several cards and sent them off with something practical - money.  Currency, advice, and much love help to build a substantial launching pad at such an important stage in life.
Best wishes for those beginning any new chapter in their life.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Flower Moon

The full moon in May (which will rise on Sunday) is called the Flower Moon.  This is the season of blooming and the colorful evidence is everywhere you look this month.  As we are intricately connected to the seasons, there are beautiful blossoms growing and opening inside of us at the height of spring right now.  Take a moment to appreciate the view in both directions.  Happy May Day! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

(re) Connecting with Nature

For most of the year, I live in a city.  A lot of us do these days but that doesn't mean we aren't inspired by, care about or need nature in our lives.  There are so many ways to honor the natural world and soak up it's healing energy wherever we may reside.

I made this as a reminder of the simple things we can do each day to strengthen this connection.

I am giving away 5 of these prints through my Instagram account (loneblackbird) to celebrate Earth Day next week.  :-)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Pink Moon

April's full moon rises tonight and is called the Pink Moon.  The Farmers' Almanac explains that the name refers to the wild ground phlox that blooms at this time.

Wherever you are, I hope you get to see it.  Happy Easter.  Happy Spring.  Here's to new beginnings.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Surviving vs. Thriving

I have been thinking a lot about the difference between merely surviving and thriving.  Some days it is all I can do to go through the motions and make it until I fall into bed at night.  Then there are those days when I feel full of possibilities and am able to put my best self into every thing I do.  But the truth is, that on most days, I experience a bit of each, bouncing between these two extremes and existing some place in the middle - juggling tumbleweeds and catching the rays on my new growth.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Universal Love

Valentine's Day will soon be here;  the signs are everywhere.  Typically this is a holiday for romantic couples and school children with decorated shoe boxes.  I made this card with markers and paint to send to those I love.  It was inspired by the way I feel nature shows it affection for us.  Hearts don't really dangle from trees but I feel a love from nature, not the warm-fuzzy kind of love but the kind that opens our hearts with a crisp wind.  The kind that makes us think and wonder and want to reach out with all our senses.  The kind that doesn't care if we are beautiful or successful or young or able to give much in return.  How fortunate we are to have access to this love.

Happy Valentine's Day.