Celebrating Spring

posted on: May 18, 2015

Celebrating Spring - Everything Golden

Celebrating Spring - Everything Golden

Celebrating Spring - Everything Golden

Celebrating Spring - Everything Golden

Celebrating Spring - Everything Golden

Celebrating Spring - Everything Golden

Celebrating Spring - Everything Golden

Celebrating Spring - Everything Golden

Celebrating Spring - Everything Golden

Celebrating Spring - Everything Golden

Here are some of my favorite images from our latest photo shoot — a celebration of femininity and connection to nature. Yvonne Reddy is a very inspired stylist and artist, she did the face painting and will be at the next Bozeman Flea Pop-up Market to offer this adornment to the guests. Tessa Moeckel, the stunning model, is a farmer and poet. See the full lookbook here.

Healing Plants

posted on: May 15, 2015

Healing Herbal Tea Blend via Everything Golden Blog

Healing Herbal Tea Blend via Everything Golden Blog

Herbal Bath Blend via Everything Golden Blog

I’ve had this cold for the past few weeks that is kicking my ass. I thought I was getting better until I felt a sinus infection coming on. I was so determined to not go the antibiotics route so I went to see my dear friend Mattie of Juniperous. She is so in tune with plants and their healing and spiritual quality, it’s an absolute joy to be able to share in her knowledge. She set me up with a tea blend of elder berries, nettle, rose hips, usnea, licorice, boneset, osha, herba mansa and avena. I’m drinking it right now as I write this and feeling so nourished. I’m also boiling a blend of usnea, eucalyptus and yarrow to infuse in a bath. The yarrow and usnea were wild-harvested around our home and the eucalyptus was a gift from my friend Remy of Labellum Flowers, another plant goddess. I’m sure that these plants, along with a colloidal silver spray, have subsided the sinus infection and now it’s just a matter of eliminating all this mucus! This is how medicine should look.

Mountain Storms by: Ryan Chandler

posted on: May 13, 2015

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(artwork by: Let’s All Make Believe)

This poem is by my dear cousin Ryan Chandler. I have had the pleasure of getting to know him better in the past few years. We have been able to connect through a love for poetry and he is a very inspired writer himself. Ever so often, he shares his words with me and I’m always blown away. See for yourself…

Mountain Storms

I watch the rain come down from my window,
coffee cooling in my mug, which is shaped like an elephant.
It was given to me by my brother, but reminds me of a girl
who thought it was cute. It’s not the most practical design,
but then again neither is remembering a girl, every morning,
who is far away, and yet, every morning…
I have work still to do. A little silver laptop calling my attention.
There are dishes in the sink from breakfast yet,
warm smells yet linger in the air. My long hair is a tangled mess.
The morning is wasting away, I had better get started.
What is this thing inside of me that is always harboring a need
for some preoccupation? What great battles we have to win
to simply be still.

It’s raining. I stand, still, at the window, sipping coffee, looking,
imagining going for a walk down the wet side streets
to the little church a few blocks down.
I can smell, in my mind, the wet pine smell of these alpine forests
as I trace the cross in the wooden door.
We place salvation behind these weathered doorways,
invent abstractions to lay into the details of its carpentry.
These mountain storms are something utterly unique.
Perhaps I’ll leave the church behind, and follow the little path
that leads up into the hills, still bathed in sun, while thunder rumbles
across the way and distant sheets of rain obscure the horizon
at the north end of the valley. The smell of pine carries,
though the trees are not near, and the sage is subtle
but all around. Here is a place for abstractions,
let me invent salvations out in these weathered trail ways.

Grow.
The only salvation my heart knows. Grow in yourself,
and to one thing above all, subscribe: never believe that life
is any less lived when you stand at the window and daydream
of walking through the spring rains, rather than going out in it.
There’s room for both the lived experience, and the one dreamed of.
Grow. Expand. Find yourself
in the songs of others, the paintings of landscapes, the wanderings
of procrastinating minds, find yourself in the suffering of others
but save time to look for pockets of joy as well, grow into the stories
we tell of places, people, and things, all things,
because in all things
a place has been set aside
for you.

- Ryan Chandler

Wildflower Cookies

posted on: May 12, 2015

DIY Watercolor Cookies - Everything Golden Blog

DIY Watercolor Cookies - Everything Golden Blog

DIY Watercolor Cookies - Everything Golden Blog

For my latest contribution to Sugar and Charm, I enlisted my friend Jasmine of Whipped, to share her love of food and art. Check out this cool tutorial for how to paint with food coloring.

Whipped

posted on: May 7, 2015

Whipped in Montana via Everything Golden Blog

I recently met Jasmine of Whipped and we have quickly discovered a wonderful soul-connection. She found out it was my birthday and whipped up this cake which made me feel so loved. She’s one of the masterminds behind The Bozeman Flea — a very welcomed blessing for my business and other’s in the Bozeman area. Through her I have met so many amazing artists, makers and curators. During our full-moon gathering in the tipi, we discovered that she most definitely possesses hummingbird medicine. “The hummer sings a vibration of pure joy…Hummingbird can fly in any direction — up, down, backward and forward…Hummingbird feathers open the heart and without an open heart you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life….People with Hummingbird medicine join people together in relationships which bring out the best in them…Follow Sister Hummingbird and you will soon be filled with paroxysms of joy, and experience a renewal of the magic of living. ”  (From the book Medicine Cards by: Jammie Sams & David Carson) Her talents are many including; metalsmithing, sculptural ceramics and illustration. And of course, her artistic sensibility crosses over seamlessly with her baking. She’s a force of nature! Having women like her in business makes Bozeman and the world a better place. So, head over to her Kickstarter campaign and kick down a few bucks for this one-woman-run operation! Photo by: Jasmine of Whipped

Birthday Dance Mixtape

posted on: May 6, 2015

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Some tunes to accompany a birthday celebration dance! Listen here!

1. Id (Annabell) – Shook Twins
2. Whiskey River – Willie Nelson
3. Night Still Comes – Neko Case
4. Home Sweet Home – Emmylou Harris
5. Cold October – Escondido
6. My Love Follows You Where You Go – Allison Krauss & Union Station
7. Joy – Iron and Wine
8. Walkin’ After Midnight – Patsy Cline

Our Tipi

posted on: May 5, 2015

Our Tipi via Everything Golden Blog

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Our tipi is up! This has been a long time dream of mine, to set up my mom’s tipi. She was living in this tipi in Vermont in the 70′s when she met my father. My dear friend Alyson brought it back to life for a few years so I was able to enjoy it with her then. Now, it’s at our house, ready for many moments of meditation, sleeping next to the creek and hosting gatherings. It was so satisfying to set it up ourselves. The tipi is such a genius design in it’s beauty and simplicity.

DIY – Essential Oil Diffuser

posted on: April 22, 2015

diffuserOne of the ways I like to celebrate Earth Day is to create something using all natural/found materials. Today I wandered down to the creek with Ember and collected some dried sticks and made some essential oil diffusers. It’s super easy and so satisfying. I can already smell the scent of wild orange filling our home. All you need is a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, sunflower oil or sweet almond oil mixed with a few drops of essential oil in a glass jar with a narrow opening. Gather small dried sticks and arrange to your liking.

New Arrivals + SALE!

posted on: April 21, 2015

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Lovely new items are popping up in the shop daily. Take a peek and while you’re at it, take advantage of 25% off all vintage clothing, including existing sale items. Use the coupon code “spring clearing” at checkout.

Cleansing with Sage

posted on: April 18, 2015

Sage Bundle via Everything Golden

I’ve lovingly created these sage bundles that will be included with every vintage clothing order. Burning sage is a traditional Native American practice to cleanse physical and energetic spaces of any negativity to restore balance, and prepare for future intentions. Use this hand-crafted, wild-harvested sage bundle to imbue your vintage garment with intention before it joins you on life’s journey. Or, just enjoy the smell;)

Thank you Alyson for helping me finesse these words.