Monday, November 28, 2011


It is the time of year when people start to shop for the holidays. 
And stress about shopping for the holidays.
And talk about how much they hate the malls.
And all of sudden a joyous time of year turns into a hassle, and a burden and a stressful event
that ruins childhoods and collapses societies.

Well, don't do it then, I say.
Don't buy mass produced products from China that come in pretty packages in bulk stores that you aren't even sure the person is going to open and use, much less enjoy.

Skip it all and buy Handmade. Buy used. Buy vintage.
Or don't buy at all. Make!
Make something that comes from the heart and you will quickly see a difference in the day.
As an artist it is very easy for me to say that, I know.
But if you're not artistic or crafty, and don't know someone who is, 
go check out your local antiques store.
Support your community by supporting local businesses.
It is constantly said, and rarely followed.

I took a trip to my favorite antiques store, where they know me by name, and it took me very little time to find gifts for just about everyone I shop for.  Get creative.  Write a list of names and say them in your head as you look at things.  Something will jump out and surprise you.
And if not, buy handmade!!





















Happy holiday season. 
It's really all about the love to me... not the gifts.
And creativity holds hands with love in my house.
It's really quite beautiful.
Try it.

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sj*
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

memories and elephants



4:15


4:19

4:23


4:26


oooo, ooo, ooo oo, lookin' out my back door.

life is beautiful.

have a wonderful weekend,

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sj*
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sagittarius














A very dear friend of mine is having a baby and is due in early december.  She is having a home birth and her whole team is fantastic.  She asked me to be there with her during her pregnancy and on labor day for friendship and support, and also to document her journey.  Now that she is getting down to a few weeks away, the whole team was gathered to go over the game plan for the big day!   I couldn't be happier for two of my best friends who are bringing a baby girl into this world... I am honored by them and blessed to know them.  I just can't wait to meet her!

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sj*
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Parenthese





There is something really comforting and wonderful about ammonite fossils.  They are among my most favorite stone to use.  I always buy both halves.  I don't think I have ever just bought a slice.  Following my mantra word of 'Balance' it is only fitting that both halves should find their way to me every time.  They make wonderful partner gifts.  This belt buckle was a custom order for a dear friend who wanted to surprise his girlfriend with not only the gift of the buckle, but the knowledge that he has the other half.  That he is always with her, mirroring her, and protecting her center, her balance.  That he is the perfect compliment to her every way and shares her many depths.  That he speaks the same language. I mean, after all, is that not what real love is about?
Finding your equal partner?
Finding your match...

I am so in love with love.  I have always been a hopeless romantic.  I like to watch strangers in love and teenagers flop about in the shallow puddles of it, wondering what it feels like to be fully submersed.  I love the hope of it, the endless, undying passion of the high.  The grounded forever of the promise of it and what it does to the right people.  The desperate search for it even has a soft spot in my heart.  To watch others go through the longing, the looking, the critique of it.  It comes to each of us differently and some are gifted many times while others go a lifetime without.  Without that true, matched, requited love.  Not the lust of the physical that misleads too many into the trap of confusion, but the real kind.  The stuff songs are made of and bullets are taken for.
The kind that makes us able to conquer the world with a pocket knife and half a turkey sandwich.
I am blessed to have so much love in my life and feel lucky everyday to have such an amazing relationship.  But I also know what it is like to be in horrible ones too. 

I feel like this has been a year of clarity, of awareness.  More so than normal.  I feel the tingle on the horizon and I see the future in the stars.  I have hope for an awakening, a rebirth.
Whether individually or globally, right now or a year from now,
I embrace the change that will come.
I have learned how to love fully but even more, I have learned how to be loved.
And love is all you need.

have a lovely weekend.

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sj*
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Friday, November 4, 2011

Tricks and Treats






















This Halloween we found ourselves throwing a little get together and using it as a big excuse to fire up the Whorecker.  (pronounced: hore- ker  not whore-wrecker)  The Whorecker is a huge smoker that DB made.  It's beautiful and amazing and fits a whole lot of food in it.  For this party in particular we smoked pork loins, ribs, whole chickens and beef brisket.  It was so good.  Meat smoked at 200 degrees just falls off the bone.  It's so satisfying to watch people try smoked meat for the first time. The flavor is like none other, and it's so juicy.

The men had the food taken care of so I decided to bake.  Which I never do.  And now I remember why.  You have to be pretty exact, and it takes a long time, and there is so much sugar involved it really makes me uncomfortable.  I much prefer cooking.
But in the spirit of Halloween I made Caramel apples, whole and slices, and Buttercream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese icing and many different toppings.   I'm not a big eater of sweets so I only sampled just a bit of each, and I must say, they were really good!

The Band has a show tonight that we've been gearing towards for a few months now.  It should be a pretty big night... I'm excited.  I tested my new lens in the low light of the practice room and I absolutely love it.  I even took some video and made a little 2 minute teaser for our fans.  I love the way the 50mm lens picks up the light and how much easier it makes it to change focus.  I'm in love with a lens.  There.  I said it.  I'm not taking it back.


And for your viewing pleasure:




 have a wonderful weekend!

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sj*
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