Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rain Dance

Rain Dance by Tom Philllips

We are hoping for rain to help put out the 14 wild fires in Colorado. Yesterday when we heard the rain start to pitter patter on the roof, everyone expressed their joy that it had started to rain—we really need it. Then about an hour later we were reading on Twitter that lightning strikes had started four more fires. Not exactly what we had in mind.
To help those affected, Colorado musician Megan Burtt has started a Facebook Page called “Make a Rain Dance Colorado: Album Project,” which asks for Colorado artists to post their Rain Dance songs to the Facebook Page and to SoundCloud, which will then be turned into an album, with proceeds going to all those affected in the Colorado wildfires. She asks that all songs be submitted by July 10th. Burtt posted a song called, “Rain,” which is featured below, and already has another artist on board within an hour of making the page, with Magnetic Wind providing their song, “Believe,” for the project. Burtt said, “Colorado needs some music love,” and I’m sure the talented musicians of Colorado will come through. This is an incredible and thoughtful project, and I personally thank everyone that contributes to this project by providing music, to those that share the Make a Rain Dance Colorado: Album Project Facebook Page, and to those that make future purchases of the album to help out all those that have been devastated by the fires. The Troubadour’s Road will be sure to publish the details and links to the album when it is made available.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Featured Artist: Kirby Sattler

"Natane" Daughter of the Ghost Dance by Kirby Sattler
I am Crow by Kirby Sattler

Dream of the Bear by Kirby Sattler

Bird of Prey by Kirby Sattler

Blue Fire by Kirby Sattler

Ceremony by Kirby Sattler

Circle of Power by Kirby Sattler

Medicine Dog by Kirby Sattler

The Messenger by Kirby Sattler

Prophet by Kirby Sattler

Sees Behind by Kirby Sattler
Standing I Fly by Kirby Sattler

Two Stars by Kirby Sattler

Night Whispers by Kirby Sattler
Kirby Sattler grew up in the west, where there are countless museums and libraries filled with Native American artifacts and research materials. Now inspired by Joseph Campbell's writing, his fascination and interest in Plains Indians began at a young age.
After 30 years of painting, Sattler is not concerned with historical accuracy or specificity to a particular tribe, but instead he examines the relationship between the Native Americans’ relationship to the natural world, “reflecting a culture that had no hard line between the sacred and the mundane.” I think this is a beautiful and meaningful part of life that we should all explore.
You can see that a big part of Sattler’s paintings is the sacred objects or medicine. More than aesthetic adornment, wearing sacred objects such as a stone, a plait of grass, or a feather is an outward manifestation of a person’s identity and his or her connection with the natural and spiritual world. There is a reason behind each piece of medicine.
The photographic or realist look of these paintings evolves over a long process of research, imagination, sketch, underpainting, and many, many layers. In fact, every linen canvas has as many as two dozen layers of acrylic paint.
Sattler humbly admits in his artist statement that as a non-native, “It would be presumptuous to portray the subject I paint from any other view than as an artist with an innate interest in the world’s indigenous cultures.”

Blogged with permission from the artist.

Friday, June 22, 2012

we are stardust

I'm checkin out around 5pm today. This weekend I'm taking a much-needed camping/yurt vacation in the wilderness. I can't wait be surrounded by forest fairies, the scent of the pine, blue sky, and a starry sky. I can feel it now! Have a wonderful weekend and happy Friday everyone!

Photo by Mark Unra

We came whirling out of nothing scattering stars like dust.
The stars made a circle and in the middle we dance.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Open your wings to the summer sun

During the solstice celebration, we talked a lot about the changes in life; making transition, and having the courage to move forward fearlessly on the path that you choose without regard for risk or worry.
Our wise friend Cosmore's insight really touched me. He said that divinity is the ocean and each person is a wave in the ocean—we are all flowing together. To truly flow with the world around you, you must be grounded in your soul, your true roots, your true heart's desire; let your soul shine and everything else will fall into place.
It is a simple truth, but I know that I need to constantly be reminded to disregard fear and turn it into courage, and to visualize abundance rather than scarcity, to really reach inside and discover who I want to be and what gifts I want to contribute to the world.

Via Pixie Campbell 

 Let your soul SHINE like the sun this summer and always. It makes the world a better place!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Magic water recipe

During your solstice cleanse, it's a great idea to drink some magic green water! It contains chlorophyl which is great for your circulatory system, peppermint which is cleansing and calming, and Rescue Remedy just makes ya feel good. My psychic friend Nicole came up with this delicious and refreshing recipe:

  • 1 teaspoon of liquid chlorophyl (you can find it at the health food store) 
  • 4 drops of Rescue Remedy (also available at the health food store) 
  • Peppermint chutes or 1 peppermint tea bag
Enjoy! :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The midsummer dream~

The summer solstice is the time of year when the earth reaches the midpoint on her journey around the sun; the longest day of the year.
We can connect best with Mother Earth on powerful energetic days such as the solstice, equinox, full moon or new moon by showing our devotion, love and gratitude for her gifts and our guides. It is also a good time for visualization, cleansing and purification, or for making a request to the universe.
One of my favorite teachers, Pixie Campbell wrote a blog about her 4-day fast of berries, nuts, greens, and water before the solstice. Four is a sacred number because it represents the four directions and the four seasons. I am joining her fast in celebration of the sun and earth, the abundance and blessings they provide for us.
I have created a solstice ceremony and I hope you will join!

  • Start the morning of the solstice with four sun salutations, one for each direction.
  • In the evening, create a space for ritual in your home or garden. Smudge yourself and your companions with burning sage, then root yourself to the earth. Take a moment to breathe, feeling the magic that surrounds you.
  • Imagine your heart radiating the love and gratitude you have for the Mother and the Sun and all the beautiful blessings in your life.
  • Ask the universe to provide or manifest what you need, to take away what does not serve you, and set an intention to fulfill your heart’s true desires.
  • You may bring offerings when you make these requests. Rose buds or roses are traditional and symbolic of the solstice, but other examples are herbs or flowers. You can burn the offerings in a fire (not recommended in the dry west), float them down a river, or bury them in the earth. 
  • When you are finished with the offerings, express your gratitude once more and close the ceremony. 
  • Break your fast with a yummy feast!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Inspiration

Photo by Chantel Baggley on Flickr
I Am Standing 
by Mary Oliver
I am standing
on the dunes
in the heat of summer
and I am listening

to mockingbird again
who is tonguing
his embellishments
and, in the distance,

the shy
weed loving sparrow
who has but one
soft song

which he sings
again and again
and something
somewhere inside

my own unmusical self
begins humming;
thanks for the beauty of the world
Thanks for my life.

rockin recap

 Some photos of beautiful people from the weekend. Wild + free

Friday, June 15, 2012

The 8th Wonder

Happy Friday! I am very excited for this weekend because Saturday is the first day of the summer I get to go to Red Rocks in Morrison, CO. Red Rocks is one of the wonders of the world—It is one of the most magical places on earth. You can feel the sacredness in the air and in the earth below you there. Many sacred Native American Ute ceremonies took place there before it became an amphitheater.
Each summer I look forward to this day so much! The first show I saw at Red Rocks in August of 2009 was Sound Tribe Sector 9 and that is who I am going to see tomorrow! I will take lots of photos—you can count on lots of interesting characters and outfits in Sector 9.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Phoenix Rising

I follow Alexandra Valenti on Instagram, and she is so talented! I find so much inspiration in her work, and I love getting lost in her world on her portfolio site. The locations and faces she photographs are truly magical. This is her latest shoot, Phoenix Rising.

the altar







HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN ALTAR OR SHRINE | Find an area in your home that you treat specially; sometimes there is a natural place for an altar to turn up. You may keep special things or small collections there. Recognize this special place and place a candle there. Write a list of wishes, or things you would like to manifest in your life and put it there as a reminder. Feathers, animal totems, crystals, and symbols that mean something to you are all good things to include in your altar.
Here's mine:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Purple RAIN all in my BRAIN

Head over to our Etsy shop to check out the new pieces made in a flurry of creativity and excitement about hundreds of new beads post-gem show! I wore the Purple Rain necklace yesterday as sort of an experiment and got lots of compliments!
Enjoy! xoxo

Monday, June 11, 2012

Embracing your own B E A U T Y

I liked this blog post by Sue Bryce, which featured a series of beautiful boudoir photographs. Her narrative really touched me: 
"There is a Supermodel in everyone. A Ballerina, A Princess, just busting to get out. Take off the shyness for just a day. Take off the Air around you that whispers don’t do that, don’t say that, don’t laugh too loud or be too daring, too bold, don’t shine too bright. Take some clothes off, have big gorgeous hair, be sexy, enjoy your femininity your grace. Dress up and wear really uncomfortable shoes. Be a girl, buy a frofro skirt & dance around. FEEL Beautiful from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Enjoy your beauty..."
This applies to everyone, not only women! Be kind to yourself; appreciate your flaws as well as your strengths. You ah who you ah. And it is beautiful. 

Monday's words & inspiration: FLY!

Ali Mitton

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broad-side in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "Wow! What a ride!"
-Hunter S. Thompson

Friday, June 8, 2012

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

'Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!'

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood a while in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One two! One two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

'And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

–Lewis Carroll

Bonnaroo roadtrip & playlist

By Chris Owen (Flickr)

WildFox look book Summer/Fall 2008
Free People April 2012 catalogue

WildFox look book Summer/Fall 2008
Harper's Bazaar

Planet Blue's 'Gimme Shelter' look book

Planet Blue's 'Gimme Shelter' look book

Everyone's out on their Bonnaroo road tripping adventures for this weekend's awesome lineup. I wish I were going too! Here's the playlist so we can pretend we are there: