{ the sea }

“In each sail that skims the horizon,

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In each landward-blowing breeze,

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I behold that stately galley,

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Hear those mournful melodies;

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Till my soul is full of longing,

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For the secret of the sea,

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And the heart of the great ocean

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Sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

{ henry wadsworth longfellow }

July 14, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Dawn - Beautiful….

July 15, 2014 - 3:17 am

Lorrie - Really lovely photos and poetry.

go out

“Go out, go out I beg of you

and taste the beauty of the wild.

Behold the miracle of the earth

with all the wonder of a child.”

{ edna jaques }

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Oh nature, I love you!

June 18, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Fonda Rush - I love moss and lichen and tiny green delicate plants. I love your photos. I think I just went out without going out! Thank you!

June 18, 2014 - 10:14 pm

Amy in Texas - Beautiful photos. Especially love the dandelion on the tree stump.

July 16, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Linda Lindley - Wish I could tag along on some of these great adventures! Beautiful photos, inspiring thoughts!

facebook & etsy

This feels a little like a commercial (so sorry) but I’m in the process of getting a Facebook page up and going (for my design business, not a personal one).  I’ve put it off long enough, and I think it will likely be the best way to keep you informed of shop updates, shows and teaching events, etc.  Hoping so anyway.  So to celebrate my entry into the world of Facebook, I’m offering a 15% discount on any purchase in my Etsy shop for the month of June.  Just use the discount code FACEBOOK15 when checking out.

FACEBOOK-SALE-JUNE-2014-FLAT copyFacebook page here

Etsy shop here

Many of you have been longtime customers (I like to think of you as friends) and I appreciate you so, so much.  I’ve been doing this a really long time and I am still surprised and humbled every single time one of you buys something I’ve created.  I am honored.  Just honored.  And by the way, I always love hearing from you.

Hope the summer so far has been amazing for you and yours.

Love!

Rebecca

{ seeing time } a challenge for you

It’s no way to live.  Just trying to get everything done.  Everything we think we absolutely, positively have to do.  At any given moment I can rattle off a list as long as my arm (and my arms are long) of tasks that must have my attention now.  The weeds are taking over, the henhouse is pretty nasty, the windows are in a word dirty.  You could do the same.  I am programmed to get things done, have always been that way.  But why??  Why am I operating this way.  Operating is a good word for it.  I need to be de-programmed.  I need to slow myself down and pay attention.  I need to live, not operate.

Here’s a really good de-programming exercise for you (and me)…Grab your camera and just walk, slowly, around your environment.  Really open your eyes and see what is around you.  Georgia O’Keefe said “No one sees a flower, really.  Because to see a flower takes time.”  She was right.  Seeing takes time.  But seeing time is rewarding time, relaxing time, valuable time.  Time that, as it turns out, is good for your mind, body and soul.  Here are some things I would have missed yesterday if I hadn’t taken intentional “seeing time”…

The way the warm sun comes through the old barn slats…

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That some of those weeds I need to pull are actually happy little wildflowers…

small-beauty-wild-daisy copyThe beautiful silhouette of cows in the pasture…

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small-beauty-feather copyHow all the lovely vibrant colors of my crochet and beading projects are really just mimicking the colors in nature…

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It was worth it.

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If you take my “seeing time” challenge, please let me know.  If you blog about it and want me to share your link here, I’d love to!

May 19, 2014 - 5:37 pm

lori vliegen - hi rebecca! you see things so beautifully, and have such a wonderful gift of being able to express it.

i recently ordered and received the gorgeous “fear not” bead bracelet….oh, how i LOVE it! and it was packaged so fabulously! thank you for making me feel so special. xox

May 20, 2014 - 1:47 am

Julia Prohaska - This is all so true. I think part of it is the actual work that needs to be done & also buying into the ‘busy’ American lifestyle that we equate with some sort of success? I doubt that crossing off the tasks from our lists when reflecting back over our lives would trump the moments we took to ‘stop & smell the roses’. I did the same thing yesterday. I sat on the ground & took pictures of many of the beautiful plants & foliage in my backyard. Several were from a large planter in different states of bloom, I zoomed in, captured color & buds opening. All just to enjoy & appreciate, SEE the glorious world that’s right out my back door! I do not blog, but loved seeing your photos here. Thank you for sharing!

May 20, 2014 - 4:33 am

Wendy Doyle - Hi Rebecca,

What a wonderful post. It exhausts me when I become so busy and do not have time to get outside to appreciate the beauty in nature and the rest of my environment. Being “too busy” is not good for us mentally or physically, but a lot of people think that they have pack the maximum amount of activity into their day. I think it is OK just to be “still’ sometimes.

May 21, 2014 - 4:43 pm

Sheila Rumney - Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and challenge. I too get so busy that I don’t find the time to actually be still and see. After seeing your post, I actually made time to “see” and posted about it….
http://www.sheilarumney.com/2014/05/seeing-time-challenge.html

Hoping to keep up these weekly seeing time and have scheduled it in my planner.

Thanks for sharing…

Hugs,
Sheila

July 25, 2014 - 7:04 pm

danielle - Hello,
I have found your blog and love it. I will certainly be back, I can see you are a very busy and very creative soul :)
Bye and all best wishes
Danielle

more than prayers and hashtags

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This epidemic known as human trafficking is one of the darkest, heaviest stones in my heart.  It’s been there a while, possibly since I saw it first-hand with my work in Haiti.  And now that this story is in the headlines, well I’m really just angry.  How is this even happening in this day, in this world??  (See facts about human trafficking that you may not know at the end of this post.)

What can I do?  I can pray.  I can help spread awareness.  Good things.  I can keep myself informed (important!).

Since I’m a big believer in using one’s gifts and talents for good, for people, it’s time I went beyond praying and adding hashtags to my IG posts.

I’ve always said I could help more people if I were a doctor, if I were an educator, if I knew how to solve big problems.  But me?  Me, I know how to make things.  So maybe a middle-aged woman who likes to make things can help too?

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So I’ve made some bracelets that are in my Etsy shop to raise funds for Love 146, a coalition partner of the End It movement, and an organization that I’ve been watching closely for several years.  It’s a small thing to do really.  But it’s a thing I can do.

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I believe everyone deserves the chance to be free.  Everyone.  So I hope this bracelet will be a two-fold reminder:  {1} freedom is a beautiful blessing and {2} millions of people are living without it.  Every one of those people is someone’s daughter, sister, mom, friend, loved one.

I think we can do this thing.  I think we can end it.  At least for some…at least for one.  Right?

DIVIDER-COLOR-STRIPE copyFACTS ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING:

{ The United States is one of the top destination points for victims of human trafficking–let that sink in a moment } *

{ Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 states } *

{ Each year, an estimated 800,000 women and children are trafficked for the purpose of forced sex work } **

{ Human trafficking is a $32 billion annual industry } **

{ There are more individuals in slavery today than at the height of the transatlantic slave trade } ***

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*source:  UNICEF

** source:  Soroptimist.org

*** source:  ThePolarisProject.org

 

 

 

 

May 7, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Kelly - Thank you for this important reminder today. Your bracelets are lovely and are a wonderful way to use the gift of creativity He gave you to help others.

May 7, 2014 - 11:15 pm

Lorrie - It’s horrifying. We have a friend, a former police investigator, who worked in that department. Such evil in the human heart. Using your gifts to help others – we must all do something. Blessings on your work.

May 8, 2014 - 2:48 am

Cath - Everyone of us has the power to change a life. One by one, it will be done.
Blessings to you for using your God given talent to make a difference.

This is by far my all time favorite song, says it all so beautifully.
http://youtu.be/op9sUiANKiE

May 8, 2014 - 9:29 am

Jennie - Thank you for doing this.

May 8, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Jill - When I was talking about this with my daughters we began to talk about the rest of the story of the numbers not counted, those also used/abused/in slavery…those women would not be taken if there weren’t twice/trice/quadruple/more? number of men who are willing and wanting to use them. Where do those men go after? I’d guess most are married probably with children. The other victims are at a so called home. Your prayers matter. My prayers matter. Your work matters. I’m not saying anything new, just sharing in your anger and declaring Christ as the risen Lord who has already triumphed.

May 30, 2014 - 12:34 am

Cherie Wilson - YES!!!……. IN MY HEART TOO. IT IS HUGE!
How can this be? It is ugly and dark. Very much. How can I help you HELP????? XO