Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Walking on Wednesday ~ My 'Hood'

I love my neighborhood. Though I am sorry to say I missed my goal of walking each and every day since my birthday, I am still walking at least 5 days a week, and I still love seeing everything in my 'hood'. How about seeing some of the things in my own 'hood' today?
I run into some beautiful nature, fine neighbors, and interesting things that make me appreciate where I am. Today I am bringing you into my 'hood'.

This area is full of dog lovers. Dogs go with their families to eat, to festivals, and there is always someone walking a dog or a yard with a dog in it, whether you are downtown or here further in 'the country' as we are.
Plus, there is a dog every other house here in my hood. Some houses have 2 dogs. They each greet us with their barks, scaring LadyJ, but I think they just mean to say hello.

These 2 fine dogs, the 'yin' and 'yang' dogs of the 'hood', share the same house, though one always looks on from a laying position and the other runs full speed at us barking his hello's. The invisible fence keeps him from completely scaring LadyJ.
Lady J says 'who me? afraid?' 

We knew that when, at the very first rest stop in North Carolina we found a special doggy walking area complete with poop bags, this state had plenty of dogs, and that they promote responsible ownership. We had no idea there would be so many in our 'hood'.
A Wildlife Habitat, no human residence here.
There are at least 3 Certified Natural Habitats in my 'hood' as well. There is no house on this particular lot, just a bunch of wildlife, apparently. 
We all love nature here, even if it isn't all alive. These fine ladybugs seem to love that tree.......

I also love that even here in my 'hood', which has suburban subdivisions all around, there are creative and talented people that like to decorate their yard with their creations. 

Meet the woman of concrete. I am sorry I don't know her name, but I do know her creator, Nina. She is a wonderful neighbor, and very talented too. 

Ms. Concrete greets me every walk while holding a small bird in front, and often holding flowers behind her back.

I bet you know I run into squirrels and rabbits too, but of course Lady J scares them off before I can get any good pictures of them. Still trying though. This little guy was safe, high in a tree.
Each walk I see something I enjoy, even if it is just the shadows on the street.

I hope to get back to walking every day, but even if I miss a day or two, I know there will be beauty and interest in each walk. I love my 'hood'. What do you love about your 'hood'?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Featured Artisans from the On Fire Team ~ Danu's Treasure Trove AND What's Her Name

A double feature Featured Artisan from the On Fire Team! I missed last week, so today you get 2 fabulous creators.

We are a mother (Theresa) and daughter (Liz) team of artists and crafters. We create arts and crafts for the spirit. Our goal is to match each creation with the individual for whom it was designed. Spirit works in mysterious ways sometimes to bring about those matches.

I am Theresa, the "mom" half of this team. I am also know as Sóbhrag among my shamanic community. My first venture into crafts was as a teenager, when I discovered I could augment my wardrobe by making my own clothes. I considered sewing a practical skill, not a talent or an art. You see, I was not artistic or creative. At least, that's what I grew up believing.

Jewelry making is an out-growth of my life-long love and fascination with rocks. When I started on the shamanic path, I realized that stones had always been speaking to me; but I had not learned how to listen. I had made jewelry, at times, over the years to accessorize special outfits for myself and the kids. I had the skills; and now I had the reason. It became my passion to create things that were both aesthetically pleasing and spiritually meaningful.

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This weeks Featured Artisan is Gayle Phillips Williams - What's Her Name!

I'm glad that I have this shop (& so does my son) for our craft/art therapy. Hope you enjoy our "works".

I try to recycled with my supplies when possible to keep my prices down and just for recycling sake.
Comments welcome(& Etsy hearts & circles)!  Some of my crafts are my own design 
and protected by Creative Commons. Most of my items are ooak-one of a kind.

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Are you On Fire for Handmade?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Music Monday! Drive

The perfect driving song, we listened to this on our drive to Greenville, NC. Last week was my son's college orientation, and we loaded up the car, and drove.

It was the first road trip we have taken since we moved here, going on 2 years ago. It is a quite pleasant 5 1/2 hour drive, and after only 2 years in the mountains, we found it interesting how flat that side of the state is. (I was also surprised at the comfort I felt once we returned to the mountains.) 

A beautiful campus, East Carolina University is in the small city of Greenville, NC, with the city population of only around 84,000. Compared to Asheville, the kids said it is flat and were surprised there were no tall buildings. 

Pitt County Court House
Greenville City Hall

The highest building downtown is three stories tall. In contrast to that, the campus has dorms 10 stories tall.

We all liked the campus though. Gorgeous architecture. 
Cotton Hall, one of the oldest residence halls

The park in the center of campus is beautiful, filled with squirrels, Petey the Pirate, and plenty of trees that need hugs.

And did I mention their colors are PURPLE and gold? My kind of campus.

The Fine Arts Building is surrounded with great sculptures.

Plus there is a fountain for relaxing.
I think my son will enjoy it here. A beautiful campus, a city not too intimidating, and I hear the football games are awesome. At least the stadium is awesome!
The drive is not too far, and not too close. Just the way he likes it. He goes back again in August, when we will have another road trip across the state. 
As long at this song is on the playlist, I think we can all handle going from the mountains to flat, and back again, where the beauty and the protection of the mountains seems to have planted itself into our feelings of 'home'. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Music Monday! She Blinded Me With Science

Only one week into the kids' summer vacation, and I had to get up at 6:30am today. 


Not psychology though. 

My youngest was invited to a science camp at the local community college, AB Tech.
They call it STEM Camp - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Have I mentioned how smart my youngest is? Well, he is smart enough to be asked to attend (this was invitation only), and smart enough to want to go - on his summer vacation no less.

Sparkling Blue Starfish Toekini's
So this week, we will be up early, which is good for me since I seem to get more done when I am up that early. Got 2 sets of Toekini's made before anyone else got up - something that seldom happens during any school vacation and particularly summer vacation. 

Speaking of summer, this new set of Toekini's is perfect for the beginning of summer. (Picture shows both ways to tie these soft and fun Toekini's.)

Have a great Monday!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Walking on Wednesday ~ late again

Story of my life. 
Oh Crap I'm Late Again Clock
My mother was always late. Growing up, we were never super late, always five or ten minutes late. Not too late to miss much, but always late enough to miss the beginning. I vowed to not be like that of course. But some things are just inevitable. 

As I got older and functioned on my own time, I got to be less late. But still late just the same. I usually made it within the first five minutes of something, and even sometimes right on time. I never did manage to say I was actually early for something. 
Rum Point, Grand Cayman
Then I moved to the Caribbean, where late is the norm. Everything moved slower, perhaps the heat and beauty slowed everyone down. It was perfectly acceptable to be late. In fact, if you were on time or even (gasp) early, you were often all alone and then eyed suspiciously by those who showed up at the assumed proper start time, fifteen to thirty minutes after the stated time.
Buffalo, NY
Then we moved back to the States, up north even, where things move way faster, maybe because it so darn cold for so darn long each year. Add to that all winter you have to start out early to shovel the snow off the driveway. People talk faster, they walk faster, and god forbid you are late for something. Everyone there is early or at the very least on time. Latecomers are frowned upon.

But we continued at our normal pace. Always late. In fact, hubby has even taken it to the next level. His 'give me a minute' is actually at least ten. If our departure time is in thirty minutes, that is when he starts to get ready to go, and not a minute before. 
Asheville, NC
Now we are half way between the super fast of the north and the leisurely south. I have gotten accustomed to this mid-way time. Where we are in a city in the middle of nature. Some are early, some are on time, and some are late. 

I can live with that. I have even gotten better at arriving somewhere on time, usually I am alone when this happens and it doesn't happen that often. I am back to five to ten minutes late. With hubby, that time goes to fifteen to thirty minutes, but who's counting. (okay, I count and sometimes that extra ten to 20 minutes drives me crazy....)

As you have noticed, I have been late in posting my blog as well. Sadly my lateness has carried over into my blogging. I guess it was inevitable. Perhaps it took longer that it should have, but now I am at that spot ~ Late again.

I think it is just part of who we are. We are either early, right on time, or we are taking our sweet time and showing up when we are darn ready. 

What category do you fit in?  
I'm on Island Time tee

Hopefully you all can change your inner clocks to island time for this little jellyfish. (me)

First because then this post won't really be late, it will be right on time. 

And second, because it really doesn't matter whether you are early, on time, or late. 

What matters is that you showed up.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Featured Artisan from the On Fire Team ~ Creations by Moonlight

Allurynn lives in Southwest Colorado with her husband and soul mate, their wonderful children, and their beloved fur children on their Alpaca Ranch. She’s been surrounded for 21 years by all the beauty that Colorado has to offer. Crafting with her hands has been a passion of hers for many years, as well as working with a variety of mediums, all of which is inspired by nature’s beauty. 

She has been on her magickal Goddess journey for many years now; following the rhythms and cycles of the Moon and our Mother Earth. Nature not only inspires her, but it also feeds her soul, like the creation of her art does. 

Creations by Moonlight was created 8 years ago, a place where she can share her passion and love of handcrafted items to inspire, honor and adorn the Goddess in every woman, be it through her jewelry or unique treasures. Her art is a reflection of her own spirituality and vision. Each piece of art is handcrafted and designed by the flow of energy at the moment of creation, inspired by nature’s beauty and enhanced by the colorful mountains and landscapes of Colorado. She allows her inner Goddess to reflect love and joy through her paintings and paper art and through her jewelry she allows the Goddess within to honor the Goddess in every woman. As a result of this unique blend and the nature of wire wrapping, no two designs are exactly alike. 

Making one of-a-kind pieces of art allows for uniqueness and individuality. It gives her great joy to offer these magickal creations of art, which she believes has a voice of their own, each humming their own beautiful tune…just listen and enjoy!
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Monday, June 4, 2012

Music Monday! School's Out

What better way to celebrate than with 

Here in Western North Carolina, the kids are out of school for the summer and this household couldn't be happier. This means no more getting up at 6am, no more driving kids to school when they miss the bus, no more picking up from after school activities, no more homework, no more signing permission slips. At least for a couple months.

So while the house sleeps, I am up enjoying a peaceful cup of coffee planning the day. I am also wondering why I got up at 7:30 am.........but hey - that is sleeping in for me.

Happy Monday and Happy Summer Vacation.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Walking on Wednesday ~ but it's Thursday! Where have the days gone?

Okay, I lost a few days this week. Last thing I knew, Monday was finishing up and the week looked good. Now, it's Thursday and I am trying to figure out what happened to Tuesday and Wednesday!!
Days of the Week Underwear.
Need some in adult sizes me thinks

I haven't walked in the last two days (I know, I know! I can't say I have walked every day since my birthday. Don't worry, I am chastising myself so you don't have to.) I haven't listed my new Toekini's, I haven't made any new Toekini's, I barely managed to pay the end of the month bills. What is going on? 

Want it?
Here is Amazon link
I know part of the culprit. Kindle. I found a book (for free) that I liked over the weekend and decided I would 'take a break' and just read. Well, that was the weekend. Turns out this book was part of a series, and so I got the next book, and then the next, and now have the next. It is the Solomon and Lord series, by Paul Levine. It seems I have gotten trapped in an alternate world of books. Does that happen to you too?

You just might see this guy
in downtown Asheville. 
Another thing that messed up my schedule this week was that I had had to be downtown by 8am both Tuesday and Wednesday. (Part of that demo project I mentioned last week, except we are not in demo mode anymore.) 

Today I have to go downtown again, that is several hours out of my day again. You just never know who you might run into, whether it be the musician all in white, or the beggars asking for money or cigarettes, or the Krishna followers giving you books about peace and love.

Off to 8th grade graduation.
Never happy to be posing for
a picture at 7am.
Add to that, I have to take my youngest shopping for an outfit for his 8th grade graduation. Yes, they are doing a graduation. Needs a dress shirt, dress pants, and a tie for goodness sake. 
Yes, we did have to watch a Youtube video on how to tie a tie. Hubby doesn't own a tie, and though my dad showed me when I was young, that skill is long gone.

To prove how I have been losing days, I wrote this on Thursday, and then all of a sudden it's FRIDAY! 
Does anyone else have trouble keeping track of the days sometimes? Does it make you feel lost? Do you get stuck in alternate worlds, get bogged down with chores and obligations so much so that you put them off? 
How do you then get back on track? 

Have a great weekend all - maybe next week I can keep up with the days.............