"We have failed Thy grace. Lord, I flinch and pray, send Thy necessity." - Wendell Berry, "We Who Prayed and Wept" . . . { #wabisabi #textile #fiberart #embroidery #sustainable #upcycle #ecofriendly #repurpose #scrap #kindness #hope #bethechange #holdontohope #belove #beloved #liveauthentic #plantlove #givelove #sendlove #stitch #mend #boro #runningstitch #craftivism #missingobamaalready }
"Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Do not be afraid." - Frederick Buechner . . Sending out peace and love, friends . . . . . . { #liveauthentic #kindness #angel #angelwings #bekindtooneanother #compassion #mindfulness #hope #peace #wholehearted #wabisabi #emboss #rustic #primitive #nothingisordinary #paper #vintage #sustainable #ecofriendly #upcycle #recycle #wisdom #courage #meditation }
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"Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty." - Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," 16 April 1963 . (Photo credit: Bob Adelman, Library of Congress) . Today, as part of our school work, I told my kids about Martin Luther King, Jr. and how he made sure everyone belonged, no matter what color their skin was. "People had to sit at different tables if they had dark skin?" my son asked. I nodded through tears. He thought for a few seconds, then said, "That doesn't make any sense." Oh, little ones, there is so much that doesn't make sense. Sending out peace, hope, light, and a dream . . . . . { #bekindtooneanother #justice #freedom #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #ihaveadream #freeatlast #kindness #liveauthentic #awareness #plantlove #hope #grace #libertyforall #compassion #belove #bethechange #wholehearted }
"The secret that we share I cannot tell in full. But this much I will tell. What's lost is nothing to what's found, and all the death that ever was, set next to life, would scarcely fill a cup." - Frederick Buechner, "Godric" . . My heart is heavy as I look to the week ahead, the months and the years ahead too. With white knuckles and a catch in my throat, I'm holding onto strands of fraying hope with all my strength. It is the wise, generous, tender, and powerful words of good people who are bolstering my spirit. May we all find an oasis of hope in the days ahead. And may we invite the displaced ones in. Love to you, friends.... . . . { #angel #angelwings #sendinglove #bekindtooneanother #liveauthentic #nothingisordinary #simplethings #hope #belove #beloved #bethechange #awareness #wisdom #grace #truth #kindness #empathy #compassion #emboss #textile #ecodye #handmade #sustainable #hopeful #rustic #recycle #eco #ecofriendly #plantlove }
Doing my best. Sending out peace and hope to you, friends... . . . { #liveauthentic #sendinglove #bekindtooneanother #hope #paper #typewriter #vintage #wabisabi #mindfulness #wholehearted #peace #upcycle #recycle #sustainable #ribbon #handmade #rustic #bethechange #belove #beloved #plantlove }
"Nothing is yet in its true form." C.S. Lewis . . I began creating these wabi sabi inspired, hand-stitched pieces a year ago to raise awareness and funds for women and girls in slavery. I've been so inspired by you and your generosity. Each month, I was able to send every cent from the sale of these pieces to @ijm and their fearless, global work to rescue, recover, and represent women and girls from lives of sex trafficking and forced labor. There are many more pieces in the pendrops Etsy shop with 100% of the sales going to organizations that free and empower women and girls. Because none are free till all are free. Sending you peace and hope today, friends... . . . { #liveauthentic #bekindtooneanother #stitches #embroidery #borostitch #mindfulness #wabisabi #imperfection #sustainable #eco #upcycle #recycle #antique #vintage #nothingisordinary #simplethings #fiberart #linen #sendinglove #plantlove #handmade #grace #bethechange }
"The temptation is always to say too much." - Eugene Peterson, "Holy Luck" . . . Sending out peace and stillness to you tonight, friends... . . . { #liveauthentic #nothingisordinary #textile #denim #indigo #upcycle #sustainable #wabisabi #recycle #simplethings #handmade #stitch #embroidery #borostitch #fiberart #collage #meditation #mindfulness #peace #stillness #bestill #belove #beloved #rustic #barnwood }
"So when your hope's on fire And you know your desires Don't hold a glass over the flame Don't let your heart grow cold I will call you by name I will share your road..." - Mumford & Sons, "Hopeless Wanderer" . . . Over the past year, a boldness has been birthed in me that I've not had before. I don't know if it's an age thing or having kids or something else, but I just don't have time to tip toe around and shrink away anymore. There's just too much at stake. The biggest way this has manifest is putting my art out there with more confidence and freedom. The worst anyone can do is say they don't like it, right? Well, I realized that doesn't hurt as bad as I thought. And it absolutely doesn't negate who I am. So this week, I took an opportunity offered by a local boutique to become a vendor. We met, they saw my pieces in person, and they said yes! In addition to carrying sublime clothing and gifts, the shop aligns so beautifully with my heart for helping women and girls globally. I couldn't have scripted a better arrangement: a local shop that's charity-driven and carries rustic bohemian chic clothing and decor. What?! I'm a customer at this shop so to have my pieces sold there is an honor. This is a big step for me and I'd be lying if I said I'm not nervous. But my excitement and hope are bigger than the fears. In the days to come, I can't wait to show you my corner of the boutique. Here's to knocking on doors... . . . #liveauthentic #grace #rustic #barnwood #mindfulness #strength #courage #wisdom #hope #wabisabi #artist #stitch #thread #linen #organiccotton #sashiko #nothingisordinary #simplethings #ecodye #wholehearted #handmade #embroidery #textiles #sustainable #repurposed #upcycle #recycle }
Contentment. Hope. These are the words that keep ringing in the caverns of my heart. Hope now, hope always. Peace, friends . . . . . . denim scraps from @raleighdenimworkshop . . . { #textiles #stitch #embroidery #handmade #rustic #wabisabi #barnwood #primitive #borostitch #meditation #mindfulness #simplethings #nothingisordinary #hope #peace #wholehearted #collage #denim #repurpose #upcycle #scrap #indigo #sustainable }
"We are all haunted houses.” - Peter Rollins . If we are all haunted houses, then let us be haunted. Let us lean in. With trembling and curiosity, let us excavate the dark corners, the closets, under the beds where our phantoms hide. Let’s take our lanterns and set out to find the ghosts, for they need not hide from us forever. And if we show them the door and they will not leave, or if they come back from time to time, then let's open the windows, keep a candle burning, and make a safe space for them within. For they may turn out to be our most generous companions, a "symptôme" moving among our shadows to whisper wisdom and grace into our past and present. Perhaps they will even be so bold as to tell us that we are the ghosts we fear most and our addiction to being rid of them is our greatest source of anxiety and pain. . . . Thank you so much @peter_rollins for your good and daring words. They have set in motion a deep, lasting healing . . . . . { #thisbeinghumanisaguesthouse #acceptance #healing #peace #wholehearted #mindfulness #meditation #hope #wabisabi #gratitude #liveauthentic #plantlove #kindness #bekindtoyourself #growth #grace #compassion #textile #embroidery #handmade #simplethings #nothingisordinary #home #house }
And there's a hand, my trusty friend, and gives a hand of thine. We'll take a cup of kindness yet for auld lang syne. For auld lang syne, my friend, for auld lang syne. We'll take a cup of kindness yet for auld lang syne. . "Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind, the second is to be kind, the third is to be kind. - Henry James . Sending you kindness, peace, and love, friends. Today and in the year to come. Thank you for receiving me here, as I am. . . . . . { #bekind #kindness #auldlangsyne #musicheals #healing #grace #peace #meditation #mindfulness #riseup #shineon #taylorguitar #gratitude #compassion #selfcare #plantlove #givelove #belove #namaste #youareloved #acoustic #thisbeinghumanisaguesthouse #bekindtoyourself #forgiveness }
Just finished an amazing lunch date with my husband at Harvest @homesteadmanor . Each time we've eaten there, we've been seated in a different room. Today it was the sublime stitching room. By far my favorite. Flags and embroidery and photos of women from centuries past adorned the blue walls. And the ceiling. And the farm-to-table food, local and grown on the property, is beyond delicious. This place is just absolute perfection. . . . { #mirror #embroidery #textiles #oldhouse #farmtotable #eatlocal #gratitude #redcross #antique #vintage #rustic #primitive #inspiration #simplethings #slowliving #nothingisordinary #restaurant #localfood }
"This is a subtle truth. Whatever you love, you are." - Rumi, A Subtle Truth . Back to cutting wood with my hand saw, piecing old linens together, and simple stitching. And reading some Rumi in the spaces between. Sending love... . . . { #meditation #mindfulness #wabisabi #linen #textiles #wholehearted #gratitude #rustic #primitive #belove #sustainable #simplethings #slowliving #vintage #upcycle #recycle #repurpose #embroidery #collage }
Gift giving is my love language. So when I'm given gifts that echo my essence, I feel loved and seen. My precious husband and dear little ones know me. And these gifts say it all. A stunning ceramic bowl all the way from Denmark by @meadowceramics . Papers, twine, and ribbon from @silkandwillow . A CD of Mary Oliver poems...read by Mary Oliver (WHAT?!). Everyday Detox tea by @tradmedicinals and clove essential oil from my kids. Hoping your holiday celebrations are bringing light, joy, and peace to your heart, friends... . . . { #gifts #christmasgifts #christmas#gratitude #thankful #tea #ceramics #handmade #maryoliver #wabisabi #rustic #giftgiving }
"Grace can only impossibly happen and happens in the dark that only just barely fails to swallow it up." - Frederick Buechner . Against all odds, Love has visited us. May we hear its sweet song over us: "Brothers, Sisters, You are the Beloved Ones." Peace, dear friends... . . . . { #contemplation #stillness #nothingisordinary #beloved #acceptance #simplethings #belove #beloved #christmas #grace #hope #peace #light #shineon #riseup #wholehearted #wabisabi #mindfulness #meditation #gratitude #bethechange #plantlove #givelove }
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