all that is wild and natural

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My top ten favorite concepts from a much-loved new book on the shelf titled “This Book Was a Tree” by Marcie Chambers Cuff…

{1}  Disconnect with screens

{2}  Get dirty

{3}  Develop a compassion for nature

{4}  Explore more

{5}  Be aware of the wide world around you

{6}  Think of life as an experiment

{7}  Know your food and connect with it

{8}  Relearn the essentials of living

{9}  Strengthen the community around you

{10}  Befriend the bees

I could go on.  Marcie does a spot-on job of luring us (and our kids!) into loving the natural world.  The unpredictable, extravagant, raw, beautiful, wild natural world.  I love every little bit of it.  A much-recommended read and what perfect timing, here at Spring’s front door.

Here are a few shots of the natural world here on our little hobby farm that is fast waking up from winter.

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Go be wild.  Wild is good.

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April 7, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Bloggy Book Tour: Day Five - […] to Rebecca Sower’s hobby farm in rural Tennessee. Check out Rebacca’s take on the book right HERE (plus the most adorable photos of her newly-hatched downy spring chicks), and visit her […]

April 7, 2014 - 10:51 pm

Lorrie - Sounds like a delightful book, with principles we can all apply to life. Spring is beautiful on your farm.

{ the stone collective } new every morning

It’s lovely to be a part of something like the Stone Collective.  Here’s what it’s all about…

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The Stone Collective is a community making much of Jesus as we create art, photography, prose, poems or music that commemorate the wonderful things God does in our life. Based on the passage in 1 Samuel 7:12-14, each month we will collect Ebenezer Stones as a regular practice in the art of worship via our creativity. Want to join in on The Stone Collective? Create your own Stone and link up to LIVE IT OUT! Blog. #TheStoneCollective

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God is good to us in brand new ways every day.  I’ve been reading the Old Testament book of Lamentations lately and doesn’t that just sound like a downer?  Not so!  Yes, the laments here are written by a people who have contrite hearts over how they’ve disappointed God, but in a way that lifts Him up and praises Him for being who He is.  Listen to this poetry…

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

His mercies never come to an end;

They are new every morning;

Great is His faithfulness.”

{ Lamentations 3:22-23 }

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What that means?  Yesterday’s mercies were amazing, but I get brand new ones today.  Yes, new mercies (lovingkindnesses, blessings, leniencies) just for this day.  From the God of all creation?  I am so lifted up and comforted by that.

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So just as a reminder (and since my word for 2014 is “Art”) I created this piece to hang in my home as an “Ebenezer” stone.  An object to bring to mind how God’s goodness is always, always there.

Thanks for letting me share a wee bit of my faith and my art with you.  I hope to participate in the Stone Collective every month.  Want to join us?  Stop by Sarah’s blog here for more information and too see who else is part of this journey.

May your day be full of tender mercies.

March 31, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Jeanette in Illinois - What a fabulous creation!!! I love how you cut the letters out and outlined them interspersed with your writing. Most of all I love the sentiment, it is simply beautiful and perfect in that frame.
Thanks for sharing such a lovely, poignant message to start the day and week.
Abundant blessings and love and kindnesses back to you…
Best,
Jeanette

March 31, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Sarah - Rebecca! This is so wonderful and encouraging and I’m swooning over your art (as usual). Thank you for sharing your heart!

March 31, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Jill - Your work is absolutely perfect, I love it. And, the message so comforting. All things are new in Christ. And, even His mercy!

March 31, 2014 - 11:03 pm

Kate - So very comforted by that passage, too. Thank you for the artful reminder. The art is as beautiful as the words.

March 31, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Cherie Wilson - Just beautiful Rebecca! All of it….. inspiring and colorful artwork and precious words. You do both so well! Sending a hug!
XO

April 1, 2014 - 3:34 am

meg duerksen - THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!!! i saw this on IG this morning and immediately started singing. :)

April 1, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Brenda Weaver - I love this so much! What a great reminder to have hanging where you can see it each day.
I think this may be the first time I’ve visited your blog, but i just have to say how intrigued I am about the way you incorporate your faith into your creative projects. That is something i’ve had on my heart to do for a while too. thank you for inspiring me!

April 3, 2014 - 1:23 am

rachel - This is wonderful and inspiring, thank you!

April 8, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Dawn - This is perfect.
Always love to see what you are doing.
Thanks.
xo

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Some photos from life around here lately…

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Pink tulips from my husband because (I’m pretty sure) he was tired of me whining about winter.

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Some background painting from the online workshop I’ve been taking.

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30 new little ones for the henhouse.

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My first run with gelli printing.  Loved it.  Will do a whole post on this soon.

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Took advantage of any rare sunshine and went for long walks.  Ready for some green!

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Went down to my old tobacco barn to check things out.  Heard something rustling in the cupboard.  Oh.  Hey Carl.

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And now I’m painting flowers.  Because I’m tired of waiting for the real ones!

Oh Spring!  Come out come out wherever you are!

March 17, 2014 - 11:19 pm

rachel - sweet & cheery post :) beautiful painting.

March 18, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Dawn - Oh Rebecca!!! Love your paintings…the gelli plating….your tulips!
(The gelli plate thing process so appealing!! Thinking about it. Have even watched videos on making one.)
Yes- the winter has been the coldest, the longest that I can remember in years! We will appreciate spring when it finally arrives here in the northlands.

Happy Tuesday.
D xo

March 18, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Susan - Your colorful paintings make me happy. Thanks for brightening my day. It has been a long, long winter!

March 19, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Lorrie - Beautiful glimpses of spring in your photos and your art. Love the paintings. The gelli print looks intriguing – looking forward to reading more about that.

March 19, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Anne-Liesse - What lovely images! The tulips are beautiful and so are those lovely little chicks. Such a variety of textures and colors in those photos. They definitely took a bit of gray out of my day!Thanks!
Anne-Liesse

March 23, 2014 - 1:45 pm

EdenClare - Rebecca…love the flowers…
and the red barn, and the yellow chicks,
and the background paintings!
Happy Sunday Wishes!

March 26, 2014 - 11:10 am

Sheila Rumney - I always love to see what you are creating… Gorgeous painted flowers. I too am waiting for spring and the flowers to start popping up. Thanks for sharing… it is always good to come here and see what you have been up to.

March 29, 2014 - 4:45 pm

joyce - It is wonderful to see ya. how kewlio, he brought Spring to you. How fun, you and Carl were doin’ the walk a-bout together and didn’t know it. I see little dominoes in the flower centers.

April 6, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Ingrid Petrini - Love Love Love your backgrounds

art project {wall hanging}

I wanted to share with you an art project I did today for the workshop I’m taking part in.  It’s the first time I’ve given myself permission to do an online workshop (I signed up for one last year and never even had time to watch the videos–good grief).  Anyway, I’m really enjoying the process of each project.  Here’s the one I’m finishing up today.

It began as six separate collages like these…

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The thought of cutting up these collages didn’t intimidate me at all.  And then I got to sit at my sewing machine (yay!) and stitch all the triangles together…

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Tied the stitched garlands to a branch…

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Added some beads to the end of each strand…

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And hung it up on  a blank wall.  I’m going to love it even more when the sun is actually shining through the windows.  Which makes me think of summer.  Which is what I’ve written on the backs of the triangles, this poem by Mary Oliver…

THE SUMMER DAY

who made the world?

who made the swan, and the black bear?

who made the grasshopper?

this grasshopper, i mean–

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back & forth instead of up & down–

who is gazing around with her enormous & complicated eyes.

now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

i don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

i do know how to pay attention,

how to fall down into the grass,

how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed,

how to stroll through the fields,

which is what i have been doing all day.

tell me, what else should i have done?

doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

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Thanks for visiting with me for a little while.  Here’s hoping we’ll soon be walking through the fields with the grasshoppers.  Winter has worn out her welcome this year, hasn’t she?

February 13, 2014 - 7:33 pm

Ingrid Petrini - Poetry feeling . Love this

February 13, 2014 - 10:14 pm

Lorrie - One of my favorite Mary Oliver poems. She certainly has a way with words and an observance of nature that astounds me.
Love your mobile/paper curtain. A great way to repurpose art.

I’m working on one myself, although not nearly as artsy as yours. Mine is paper flowers. Just a few more to cut.

February 13, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Julie Clark - This whole post is so spectacular. The piece that you created and then cut up (!!) and the poem that you shared. Thank you so much.

February 14, 2014 - 12:39 am

Julia Prohaska - Such a lovely piece, the entire process is really beautiful.

February 16, 2014 - 2:03 am

Jillayne - I love this – it’s fearless, and it has meaning. I would love to make this as well, and like you, can see it dancing in the light…
The poem by Mary Oliver is lovely, and so fitting – I’ll copy it down in my book. She has a way with words, and it seems you have a way with triangles – together, it’s magical…

February 18, 2014 - 1:08 am

Dawn - Stunning!!!!!
It is wonderful, Rebecca!

March 1, 2014 - 2:57 am

Cherie Wilson - It’s a striking finish to this project! I love it!! So glad you have allowed the time. For you and for the rest of us to see that we can also do this!

March 7, 2014 - 7:01 pm

EdenClare - Wow!
I love it!
I’ll need a sewing machine
to make one won’t I?
Love your new place.
I will be visiting again soon!
Happy Weekend Wishes!

March 25, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Lynne - I had put on my list of things to make a similar paper curtain. But you have given it a whole new dimension by writing the poem on the back. I love your photos of it too.

April 6, 2014 - 5:33 pm

Ingrid Petrini - Beautiful !