While other parts of the country are still lingering in the summer heat, fall is quickly appropriating here in the PNW. I have to say this is a welcome change from the simmering oven of a Southern California Fall. With this change comes reflection, a dying of the old to bring forth renewal. It is my hope that the long nights will be the prefect gift for reviving the creative spirit within.
‘I know girls who are fleeing bombs
The song is a poem set to the melodic tunes of a tribe of notes. When you take passion and mold it into a song the results can be profound. So what happens when you take a poem and add a passionate soul?...
She is brave. She is exceptional. She is beauty.
Listen to the words.
I cannot express how much I have grown through the insight of someone’s song. I try to keep topics on this blog positive and in the end I think this is the most positive message for a woman to hear. I also feel this is one of the many points of growth for all of humanity.
The first time I heard Body Love I was sitting at my desk working and the love notes in this song brought me to tears. The spoken word revealed issues of my life that I, and I’m sure many other women have dealt with in their lives. There are definitely some hard truth’s to swallow but the need for them to be spoken and heard is beyond essential, as we are a culture obsessed with the way women look. There is the unattainable idea of beauty that women are expected to fit in.
I recall countless occasions where I have asked the women closets to me to silence the negative self-talk. I affirm this notion by giving gifts like Louise Hay’s audio book Love Your Body. The conversations we have with ourselves is the most important conversation we should ever have. I encourage you to listen to the gift that Mary Lambert sends to all women. Put aside any judgements and ‘love your body the way you’re mother loved your baby feet. ‘
I have agonized for months over how to write this post. There are so many elegantly laced words floating around in my head but I just can't seem to find the right ones to express exactly how this blogger, crafting guru, culinary extraordinaire, photographer, author (among many other things) makes me feel. So I'm just going to share. I have been follow Posie Gets Cozy for a few years now, and every time I visit her page I get a burst of joy! Its hard for me to explain really but viewing and reading Alicia Paulson's post sort of transport me to another time, a simpler time where creating was a part of daily life. All I can says is you have to see for yourself what a brilliantly creative human Alicia is!
Check out the girl on the bottom left and right, she looks oddly familiar.
Barbara Sellers-Young Breath, Movement, Exploration
Most likely don't know this about me but I'm a rocker at heart. One of my first concerts was Metallica and my tape collection back in the day consisted of Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Pearl Jam Ten, and Nirvana Nevermind. So after Facebook stalking one of my newest friends I came across this brilliant gift of music and I wanted to share it with you. Take a listen to these up and coming rock n rollers Initial Mass! (link below)
It was a lovely day for wine... Well any day is a lovely day for wine.!
It never ceases to amaze me how well art and wine go together. This is a stunning artist! Marjorie Dwiggins she has this magical power of conforming leather to her will. These images don't begin to do her work justice.
Looking for something to do on a Sunday? Ballard on a Sunday morning has quite a bit to offer. The Ballard farmers market is a great place to start. Come rain or shine the market is open year round for artisanal breads, organic produce and handmade jewelry among other items. But first I recommend grabbing brunch because you'll need your strength for all the shopping to come.
There are plenty of dining options to choose from, I just happened to pick the place with the crowd (I fully intend on visiting some of the other establishments soon). Bastille has a simple, fresh menu with just a enough choices but not too many to be overwhelming. I opted for the melted leek omelet. Leeks sauteed in butter with a mild white cheese and fresh herbs from the rooftop garden... the eggs perfectly under done, needless to say I was not disappointed.
Beyond the market there are lots of independent shops full of unique goodies for the home, self and original gift ideas. I mostly found myself window shopping other than the soaps and decedent coconut/hibiscus lotion I found in one of the shops. I also happened upon a very original furniture resale and consignment store which I will discuss in a coming post.
I was told If I go to Ballard there is one thing I absolutely had to try, Hot Cakes. The word cake is such a magical word, combine that with chocolate and I'm in heaven... Now combine chocolate cake with molten and I'm reincarnated a thousand times over! (And yes they have gluten free molten chocolate cakes.) Needless to say my Sunday in Ballard was quite perfect!
"Design is conceived when an inherent need to be creative manifests itself into physical or visual form."