The other day I received a love package from a sweet soul sister.  It was one of those unexpected packages that nearly brings you to tears, it was filled with so much love.  My heart was swollen thinking of the connection that I have with this dear friend, and missing her so much.  The pretties she sent were way to beautiful to not share.  They are all trinkets she found along her journey from Oregon, New Mexico, Scotland and the ocean. 

The beautiful vintage necklace below she found in Astoria Oregon.  I think its one of the most amazing vintage necklaces Ive ever laid eyes on, the way it opens up.  She put in pics of me and James and our sun signs.  So thoughtful and special.

This book below blew my mind with its beauty.  Written in 1971 in San Francisco, and beautiful illustrated with line drawings for each herb.  It has very interesting descriptions of the herbs histories, and what they were used for throughout the ages.  She got it for me after reading that I was going to be taking an apothecary class this next year.  It could not be more perfect, or feel more like home to me.  This is a book I will treasure for a lifetime, and pass down to my children.  Here is a peek at some of the loveliness inside...

One other thing she included in the package was one of her favorite poems she had written out.  The title of the poem 'river' is a special bond between us, from Joni Mitchell.  This poem is by Carol Ann Duffy, and its beautiful.  I hung it on my special wall that is next to my computer, where I can see it often.  Right under my mama.

by Carol Ann Duffy

Down by the river, under the trees, love waits for me
to walk from the journeying years of my time and arrive.
I part the leaves and they toss me a blessing of rain.

The river stirs and turns, consoling and fondling itself
with watery hands, its clear limbs parting and closing.
Grey as a secret, the heron bows its head on the bank.

I drop my past on the grass and open my arms, which ache
as though they held up this heavy sky, or had pressed
against the window glass all night as my eyes sieved the stars;

open my mouth, wordless at last, meeting love at last, dry
from travelling so long, shy of a prayer.  You step from the shade, 
and I feel love come to my arms and cover my mouth, feel

my soul swoop and ease itself into my skin, like a bird
threading a river.  Then I can look full in the face, see
who you are I have come this far to find, the love of my life.

I am following along Marissa's Grateful Project, and even though I have not been consistent with it, I would say this is a big one for me.  Im so grateful to have a handful of friends in my life that I have such a deep soulful connection with.  Although we dont see each other very often, the love is always there, and I am so grateful for it. 

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For the Heart of Nature >>>

A lovely bundle of goodness.  Mostly gifted to me by Julie of The Peaceful Peacock.  I ordered the sage bundle from her etsy shop, and she lovingly sent along some extra goodies including these reusable tea bags which Im super excited about!  I ordered the Animal Speak pocket book and cards from amazon.  I was giddy to find the pocket size animal speak b/c its one of my all time favorite books.  Now I can carry this little version in my bag at all times!  This bundle brings a big warm smile to my face.


Dried Flowers >>>

These are the beautiful flowers that my friend Robin (the girl from my last post) brought me when she came over.  Are they not gorgeous?  I love that she brought me dried flowers.  I can keep them forever and remember this sweet turning point in our lives.  And of course, just one photo of them would not do.  I have to obsessively take photos of everything.  A sweet gift from a sweet girl.

Today Im working on lots of shipping.  Since yesterday was a holiday, today is my monday.  And... in 10 days I get to announce something crazy awesome that I cant wait to share with everyone!  No, Im not pregnant, although I am experiencing baby fever again.


Magnets, a feather, and some crazy sales...

Yesterday I received a sweet little surprise in the mail from my friend Renea.  It was too funny b/c I had added these babies to my favorites last week, and when I opened up the package I was telling James, I didnt order these, I just put them in my favorites!  And he was like, yeah - uh huh - sure babe.  Ill use that one next time!  ha ha.  Then I opened up the card and found a sweet note.  She didnt even know I had favorited them!  Now that is pretty amazing if you ask me.  I love love love.  My fridge needed some new magnets, and I guess this is why I havent just bought some yet.  They are perrrrfect.  They are from Redstar Ink on etsy.  I could literally eat up her shop!

This morning while watering the garden and the bird bath, I found the sweetest feather I think I have ever found.  It was wet from being in the bird bath, but it is just precious.  Another one to add to my little collection.

Now it is time to sit myself down and get some jewelry made while listening to The Civil Wars some more.  Yesterday was CRAZY with the $10 jewelry sale and virtual yardsale on facebook.  You can still join in on the fun, lasts through sunday evening.  I even opened up a $5 print sale of all of my photographs!  Facebook fans only, so you must add me there.  You can find the jewelry sale and yardsale through my photo albums titled as such.  There are instructions listed on each album.  For the prints, you must message me on facebook which prints from my photo shop you would like, for $5 each, that is a steal my friends!