Really cool vintage home goods via Sit and Read.
I love this combo of scrap leather mixed with recycled vintage fabric by Lavinia.
I love these chairs by Mexican designer Oscar Mora.
The more I learn, the more I fall in love. If I’m feeling low, I can browse photos of this amazing creature along with other wild animals and I feel inspired and calm. Seeing their pure affection and dedication to family, their wild spirit and stunning beauty awakens my soul. I am lucky enough to live in a place where wolves, mountain lions and bears also live and because of their presence, I feel a strong spiritual connection to this land. Unfortunately, nasty politics continue to undermine their immense spiritual and ecological value. There are so many people filled with hate and misinformation towards wolves and predators and it baffles me that we haven’t evolved beyond this useless hate.
Garrick Dutcher of Living with Wolves recently wrote a beautifully crafted letter to Governor Snyder of Michigan asking him to reconsider a recent bill that would allow wolves to be classified as game and therefore hunted unnecessarily. Not only is he pushing for this bill but he is working on a loophole to shut out the opportunity for the people of Michigan to vote. I encourage you to read Garrick’s letter and write to Governor Snyder telling him you support this letter the rights of the people to vote.
Also, grey wolves across the US could lose crucial federal protection. You can urge the new Secretary of the Interior: Sally Jewell that recovery is far off and wolves desperately need protection. Hopefully, Sally Jewell will be a steward for wolves and wildlife and will shift the course of the former Secretary Ken Salazar’s anti-wolf disastrous politics.
A beautiful birthday gift from my dear friend and clothing designer extraordinaire Colleen Vistara.
Music inspired by my current overwhelming feeling of joy and gratitude! This one deserves a celebratory dance! Listen Here!
1. Abba – Eagle 2. Laura Mvula – Green Garden 3. Laura Marling – Rambling Man 4. Alison Krauss – The Lucky One 5. Las Migas – La Guitarrina 6. Townes Van Zandt – Snake Song 7. Shook Twins – Dance Around in Circles 8. Iron & Wine – Joy 9. Laura Mvula – Sing to the Moon 10. Alison Krauss – Choctaw Hayride
How amazing are these women?! Las Migas is a breathtaking flamenco band from Barcelona.
Thank you Mystic Mama for highlighting the energetic theme for this month. I am so moved and inspired by everything Mystic Mama has to share. This comes at a perfect time. I’m feeling like the stars are aligning and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the wonderful new and exciting things in my life. I’m going to take extra time to honor these gifts and continue to manifest. Yay for May!!!
Photo credit: Michael Rothman
For my latest contribution to Poppytalk I created hand dyed pillows using a relief dye method called Shibori. They make a great compliment to the lanscape pillows printed via Spoonflower that I shared last month.
Here’s how you do it…
What you’ll need: 1. Any natural fabric such as cotton, silk, hemp, linen or wool. 2. Fiber Reactive Procion Dye 3. Salt 4. Soda ash 5. Triangle blocks 6. Nails 7. Small rope
I recommend you start by dying swatches to help you choose your final color and technique. It also helps to take notes so you can replicate your favorite outcomes in the future.
How to prepare your dye bath:
Combine 2 tsp dye, 4tbs salt, 2 tsp soda ash and add a very small amount of warm water and stir until you have a paste. Then add about 1 cup warm water. Use rubber gloves and only use old kitchen utensils designated solely for dying.
Instructions for Triangular Folding:
1. Wash your fabric
2. Fold the length of fabric into four and press with an iron. Fold back the corner 45 degrees. Spray the fabric and iron again. Continue folding back and forth concertina-wise until you have a neat triangular pile of fabric.
3. Cut two triangles out of wood, about 4″ on each side(this could be bigger or smaller depending on how large you want your pattern to be.) Then, hammer a nail on each side.
4. Clamp down your folded fabric by tightly tying rope around the nails.
5. Dip each side of the triangle into the dye, the deeper you dip the smaller the triangle pattern will be.
6. Undo the clamp, rinse and hang to dry.
Instructions for Spiderweb Binding:
1. Wash your fabric
2. Pinch areas of the fabric and tie with your rope
3. Submerge your fabric in the dye and let sit for a few minutes
4. Remove rope, rinse and hang to dry
Beautiful vintage and hand printed bags by: From Past to Present