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Two miniature books- breaths of fresh air

Lately I’ve found myself craving a few words of wisdom and sensibility, humility, love, compassion, thoughtfulness… and as a sort of prayer, I’ve created two sweet miniature books.

I first discovered William Ellery Channing’s thoughtful reflection, “Symphony”, while visiting the Unititarian Universalist Church on Martha’s Vineyard.  These felt like good words to live by all those years ago, and they still do.  I’ve sewn them into a miniature book, available here.  The book measures  1 1/2 by 2 inches.

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A wee bit lighter in tone, I’ve also created a miniature book of happiness- a little boost of joy to give and receive.  You can find it here.  This miniature treasure is 1 1/4 by 1 3/4 inches small.

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New And Beautiful

It’s been a busy time in the studio!  Here’s a sampling of what’s hot off the press, from my heart to yours.

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~Joy, Light, Beautiful Wisdom ~
Selected passages to fill your heart with Joy.

 

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JOY BOXES with 108 fortune sized inspirations


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Mermaids and Muses Card set

 

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Soul Cards, 20 inspirational post cards

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Lotus Pendant in Gift Box

If you like what you see, here’s the link to the shopping page for what’s New and Beautiful.

We are Love

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An Ornament Raffle

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There’s magic afoot!  Anyone who places an order between now and December 19th will be entered in a drawing to win a pretty box containing 3 small and 3 large ornaments… and perhaps a few other surprises. (you know me… I can’t stop!) Ornaments are also available to order here.
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THERE’S A GIFT BAG SPECIAL GOING ON… 2 for $50……!!!

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Happy Thankfulness

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We awoke early this morning, Jonah and I, and decided to take in the sunrise at Lucy Vincent.  It was cold, but there was no wind, and so the air felt delicious and we were very relaxed, thankful for the unfurling beauty of another day.  I’ve been thinking about thankfulness lately, and how it is a pleasant fullness; a warm contentedness; a quiet joy.  It is the heart that beats with gratitude for its participation in the vastness and the vibrancy of this world.  Thankfulness is a state of being we sometimes forget- even around such a holiday as Thanksgiving- with the busy preparations of family, friends & feasting.  Sometimes we distract ourselves away from the sacred essence – the hidden gifts of the day.  And so I don’t simply wish you a happy Thanksgiving, but Happy Thankfulness, the warm and quiet richness of a grateful and happy heart. 

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Several years ago I created a pdf print out of Thanksgiving gratitude sheets, with a few good quotes & graces, and I’ve uploaded the link to the Joy Tender’s Treasurehouse.  If you are looking for a few props for your holiday feast, you might enjoy them.  Subscribers to my Joy Postcards have permanent access to the Treasure-house simply by putting their email in the sign up box.  Scroll down to the bottom of the treasure-house page for the Thanksgiving Link.

Favorite pictures from Italy

When Jonah and I visited his father in Italy this summer, we took many lovely walks and outings.  Snapping photographs was one of my favorite activities.  These pictures are from Florence and Cinque Terre.  There are more laundry photos in a post below (oh do I have a fondness for laundry photos!!!)

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I received a Gift…

There was a package in my mail last night which arrived out of the blue.  A gift!  A Surprise!   It arrived from a woman I have never met before, but who discovered me online, and liked what I express.   Her name is Melanie G Mason, and she is a photographer and writer from New Zealand.  She sent me an exquisite book she has created, called THANK YOU, LIVING IN GRATITUDE.

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Every page is a joy.  The book brims with brilliant photographs and grateful inspiration. I cannot do the book justice, or the rest of Melanie’s work… or her amazing spirit.  I can only urge you to visit her website.  You too will marvel, and be so inspired.

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The quotation on this page reads, “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls bloom.” ~Marcel Proust

Melanie has many beautiful images on her website, and somewhere the quotation, “Photography teaches us to see.” ~Berenice Abbott

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I’ve been dipping into the book, and then, indeed, seeing the world around me with brighter eyes. I took this photo this morning of the sun upon our Buddha Rock, the goldenrod of this season.  Everything feels more radiant; more beautiful.  Thank you so much Melanie!

 

 

Hope & The love of Laundry…

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My husband Jonah and I visited with his family in Italy this summer, and I was, once again, captivated by the laundry.  Why do I love it so?  For me, laundry hanging out in the sun and the wind has come to represent hope and renewal.  Laundry, at least in my household, is a constant, endless, yes, infinite reality.  Choosing hope, love, patience and gratitude while doing the laundry flavors the day with well being.

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There are more photographs of laundry in the slideshow of my poem, Hope.  And a few prayer flags as well… because to me there is a link between laundry on the line and prayer flags- that practice of hanging small flags imbued with love, blessings and well wishes to be carried by the wind all across the world.

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Do I always hang out my laundry?  No.  I am often feeling rushed or hurried.  But on the days that I do, I feel a savoring, lingering appreciation for the moments.  Here are some other images of my relationship with our laundry….the entrance to our pantry, and the words above the washing machine.

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May your days be filled with love,  ingrid