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Fallen

The leaves have fallen off their pretty perches.

Maple tree on Shalavee.com

Sometimes on by one and sometimes all at once.

closer look at the maple tree on Shalavee.com

But fall they will.

fallen leaves on Shalavee.com

I find it so natural to celebrate the change and honor the actions of each season.

Sycamore branch on shalavee.com

This one, Autumn, makes me want to wander and admire the tree rainbows and gather its plumage to bring inside with me.

painted leaves on Shalavee.com

I feel a primal urge to relate and recreate the season’s offerings.

painted leaves in a bowl on Shalavee.com

And thus the primitive painting of the leaves.

painted leaf mobile on Shalavee.com

And the creation of a mobile to flutter above the heat vent as a performance art piece.

painted leaf mobile on Shalavee.com

Until Fiona goes over and begins to yank them down.

painted leaf mobile on Shalavee.com

And brings them to me.

painted leaf mobile on Shalavee.com

She’s collecting the leaves too I suppose.

Gifts of Spirit and Five Good Things

Some months, that gratitude basket is empty and some, my basket is overflowing. Maybe some of my thankfulness is relief from getting through my October’s gauntlet of events alive. But the gratefulness keeps rolling in. Grief comes too but it’s easier to handle when your heart’s got spare mirth.

In honor of all my recent gifts of spirit, I’m doing a five things list to start the week off. It wraps up my random events and thoughts like making the most fabulous stew from my life thought leftovers.Jeanne and Me on Shalavee.com

  • On Saturday, I got to meet Jeanne. I began to follow her blog, Bees Knees Bungalow like three years ago after I began my blog. She is a garage sale guru who repaints and style her vintage finds so nicely. And I immediately knew, we were kindred spirits. She happened to be in Baltimore for a cruise with her mother throughout the Chesapeake Bay. Such a wonderful thing to meet up with a friend whom you’ve never met. And how amazing a gift to meet her and solidify the bond of our kindred spirits. Happy Birthday Lovely.

fall tray and bottle on Shalavee.com

  • Mark had a few employees over as an appreciation party on the same day. The fact that he’s been keeping his business going and it’s clientele is increasing is encouraging. He’s very good at what he does. His success is our success. He’s at that 3 year mark for On Your Mark Lighting. That’s the point when you decide whether to keep going or not.

cards for friends from Shalavee.com

  • I finished painting Fiona’s room. No excuses, no prisoners. And now I get to actually decorate it! And since I’ve promised myself to create everyday, all those projects I will share with you soon. I am looking forward to them.

fall foliage in the rain on Shalavee.com

  • My children are alive and so am I. Eamon got through his pneumonia and Fiona didn’t get it. And the husband took himself to a doctor in a timely fashion to get treated when his cold became instant infection. On my return drive from an appointment in Baltimore on Thursday in torrential downpours, I had a few scary hydroplaning moments on a major highway. This was the kind of trip where you are suddenly living in the moment until you make it home alive. I was never so happy to see my home and my un-napped daughter.

art in the kitchen on Shalavee.com

  • My husband stepped up for me on a couple of occasions this week. He watched Fiona and I was able to do what I needed to do. And he discovered that he can take and handle her anywhere, even keep both children relatively happy simultaneously, and he got a chance to earn his own Daddy badge for himself. Competency can only be earned by practice. We both needed to allow for that.

I am busy thinking a lot about what I am doing right and what I’d like to change. And I ‘m so very happy to know that I have your company dear reader. You get the first dish always.

Let the Good times Roll, Let them wash your rock and roll hair. Let the Good times Roll.” -The Cars-

A Nouveau November

As I mentioned, October was kinda rough. And it was as if I came out of it and into November with new glasses on.

And a renewed hope and gratitude for my life.

I love this time of the year. The smell of wood smoke and the colors outside deepening and darkening.

The weather makes my heart-break it’s so perfect. So in honor of the loveliness of the season and the gratitude I feel in my heart now, I made a special Pinterest board entitled Autumnal Inspiration. Here’s a few of the lovely pictures I gathered to put there. 

Painted leaves from Shalavee.com

Fall bench with plaid blanket from Shalavee.com

Gorgeous apples on Shalavee.com

Rich beef stew from Shalavee.com

fall attire on a skinny person on shalavee.com

Writing plume on Shalavee.com

autumnal table on Shalavee.com

And if you set this table, you had better include my name on the guest list because I’m bringing my camera, a bottle of wine, and an appetite.

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And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Day Of the Dead Art

Just say yes to more pictorial fun for the Halloween Holiday. For this final day, I thought I’d do a little, or large, tribute to the Day of the Dead. What the heck is it you ask? Here’s an official sounding blurb I copied to explain it.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a bank holiday. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the triduum of Allhallowtide: All Hallows’ Eve, Hallowmas, and All Souls’ Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased. And there you go. Let’s look at pictures now, OK?

American Gothic Day of the Dead on Shalavee.com

day of the dead food on Shalavee.com

day of the dead make up on Shalavee.com

day of the dead  dearly departed on Shalavee.com

Mark and Me with the Day of the Dead makeup for halloween while I was pregnant with Fiona on Shalavee.com

Surprise! Bet you didn’t expect to see us. Trick or treat.

Eamon's Day of the dead costume for Halloween 2012 on Shalavee.com

And Eamon too!

black and white day of the dead on Shalavee.com

day of the dead recycling costume on Shalavee.com

dolls for day of the dead on Shalavee.com

Martha Stewart style Day of the Dead party on Shalavee.com

Dolan Geiman, Señorita made with vintage collage on Shalavee.com

dias de los meurtos altar on Shalavee.com

day of the dead pumpkin dias de los meurtos altar on Shalavee.com

day of the dead makeup  on Shalavee.com

pink day of the dead on Shalavee.com

sugar skull wallpaper on Shalavee.com

The wallpaper? Because someone can and did. Hope you enjoyed the picture parade and I leave you and this month of 31 days straight of posts with a crafty video from a  friend Caroline Gravino and her blog Salsa Pie. Light up magnetic sugar skulls!

 

 

Ravens and Crows

Ravens and their close cousins the crows always seem to make their appearance around now. Black figures circling overhead. I not only see them lurking about in flocks but I hear them in the trees making their specific noises. Some just a cawing while the Fish Crow saws “uh huh” “uh huh”. Audio for their calls can be found to the right of the descriptions on this All about birds site.

Ravens and crows were fellow blogger and artist Marissa’s inspiration for an artful mail piece she was making. Her Post here got me thinking as she had about the crows and ravens in mythology and lore. And I fell down the same rabbit, or raven, hole.

I went through a bit of exploration and research and managed to develop quite a fascination with ravens, sifting through poems such as Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven‘, folklore, fairy-tales, fables–almost picked Aesop’s The Crow and the Pitcher–so it isn’t too surprising that I went with this pair in the end … In Norse mythology, Huginn (from Old Norse “thought”) and Muninn (Old Norse “memory” or “mind”) are a pair of ravens that fly all over the world of Midgard, and bring information and news back to the god Odin. Flying messengers. Perfect. – – From Marissa’s Floating Lemons Blog -

floating lemons art mail on Shalavee.com

So here’s all the fun pictures and artwork from Pinterest with the Raven and Crow theme that I found intriguing.

black keys coachella on Shalavee.com

crow country by sarah jarrod from Shalavee.com

Crow Country by Sarah Jarrod

child inside crow from Shalavee.com

Raven by Audrey Niffenegger, the author of the Time Traveler’s Wife

ravens and beards from Shalavee.com

Beards and Ravens!!!!

crows and leaves from Shalavee.com

Fine Art Prints by Carolyn Doe

crow and sun from Shalavee.com

The Naga, the Sun, and the Crow (based on a tale from Burma)

red winged blackbird from Shalavee.com

Unsure what this is but I really really like it.

crows from her head from Shalavee.com

Entitled A Feast For Crows, the pinner had this to say underneath.

“I blinked in dismay as her hair… or should I say crows, as they flew from her head. So I hadn’t been going bonkers, her hair was made of sleek feathers.”

prey by peter james field from Shalavee.com

Prey by Peter James Field

poems of Poe from Shalavee.com

poe poem from Shalavee.com

girl and bird from Shalavee.com

Koseatra seems to be a Polish corset maker.

bird and flower by Unity Coombs from Shalavee.com

Bird and flower by Unity Coombs

hitchcock and a raven from Shalavee.com

Hitchcock and a raven

poe illustration from Shalavee.com

Poe book art

grafitti from Shalavee.com

Graffiti street art

you'll follow the crows for it from Shalavee.com

An Irish expression, “Youll follow the Crows for it” meant that a person would miss something after it was gone.

anatomy of a crow from Shalavee.com

Jonelle Johnson Yearn for Words from Shalavee.com

Yearn For Words by artist Jonelle Johnson Yearn

the elms vintage robert frost from Shalavee.com

What fun this was. Hope you enjoyed it too. More Pinterest madness for the Halloween Holiday fun to come.

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