Sunday, March 31, 2013

You are the Sky...

"You are the Sky. Everything else is just the weather."
...  Pema Chodron  ...
Siesta Key Beach - Mar. 31, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Enough with the Personal Civil War

Much energy is wasted in fighting with oneself; in rejecting, in condemning. Much energy is wasted. If you start accepting yourself, you become a reservoir of energy because then the conflict ceases; then there is no civil war; then you are one piece. Much energy is preserved, and that overflowing energy is creativity.
A person who is in conflict with himself can never be creative. He is destructive, he is destroying himself, and through himself he will destroy others also. All his relationships will be poisoned. The most basic and the most fundamental commandment is to love oneself. I don’t say only accept, because that word is not enough — you can accept and you may not love. You may accept, because what can be done? — you are in a deep helplessness, but that is not acceptance.

Unless you accept yourself as a blessing, unless you accept and welcome yourself, unless you accept yourself in deep gratitude, unless you love yourself, you will never become an overflowing energy. Then the energy can flow in song, in dance, in painting. A thousand and one ways of creativity can be found; or it can simply flow in deep silence. And whomsoever comes in contact with that deep silence will be transformed and will hear for the first time the music which is celestial. So not only accept, but accept with deep gratitude.

Be thankful that God has made you you, and not anybody else. Everybody has a unique function to fulfill, that’s why he exists. And when I say everybody, I mean everybody. A Judas is as much needed as a Jesus. Without Judas, Jesus will be poorer; something will be missing in the story. So Jesus has to be thankful to Judas also. Not only accept yourself, but accept everybody else as he is. God knows better.
...~!~ Osho ~!~...
How my Creativity "Rolls"!

Friday, March 29, 2013

New Wunderkind Brain Mind Altering Drug

Ha! Gotcha!'s not new at all. It's been around forever. 
Well, not quite! But still. You get the point. To read the entire article...
 "The 'New' Benefits Of Mindfulness: Improved Memory, Focus, And GRE Scores"

Mindfulness + Meditation.
I don't care who you are - that's a (free) mind altering cocktail, right there!
You don't need no stinkin' insurance plan to afford that...
And, no picketing to "Lord, help us Free the Hemp!" either.
Get some Inner Peace, would ya'? :-)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jute Placemats to Shabby Chic Purses Conversion

Shabby Chic Bridesmaids Zipper Purses
Halfway through a project like this is when I usually
 remember to take pictures of the original items,
 which no longer exist intact, of course! Sound familiar?

Safari Print Burlap with Vintage Lace Zipper Purse
Purse interior was the placemat backing.
Vintage Lace trim - Thrift store/Rummage sale find!
Buttons formerly adorned a Linen Dress
The lace is new but Vintage, with delightful signs of aging. 
I love burlap. It has a wonderful earthy smell!
Two of these 6 zipper cases are heading out the door for Colorado in tomorrow's mail. 
The remaining four are available at ArlingtonStSRQ

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What is Suspended Coffee?

This following story will warm you better than a coffee on a cold winter day. says it's a TRUE story! 

"We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we're approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter -

'Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended' They pay for their order, take the two and leave. I ask my friend:

'What are those 'suspended' coffees ? ''Wait for it and you will see

Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers - three for them and four 'suspended'. While I still wonder what's the deal with those 'suspended' coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks

'Do you have a suspended coffee ?'

It's simple - people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal." 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mooji, the man after my own heart

"I don’t want to teach anybody anything.
With regards to Truth, I don’t believe in teaching anything too much.
Learning may happen spontaneously, but it is not our intention.
I only point out that thing which is missed time and again due to paying too much attention to the mind play.
Can you teach Truth?
No. I don’t think so. One may only discover or recognize it.
Some teaching is necessary up to a certain stage and for some time, but I stress that pointing out rather than learning is more direct for the advanced stage of seeking as the immutable Truth is already here.
Often it is the mind itself that wants to keep learning and learning and learning. However, this obsession with learning can be a kind of avoidance to discovering what is true, immediate and obvious.
Once Truth is recognized, it remains only to deepen the attention there. Avoid knocking from door to door for the old snake of ego still has a few tricks left up its sleeve and doubt is one of its favorite tricks.
Once recognized, hold onto and be one with awareness."

~ Mooji

Rishikesh, India, 20th of March 2013
Sit a bit, every day....
Spring Bouquet - Repurposed Linen
 Natural Linen Rayon Blend with Wildflowers
zafus available at 
ZafuChi on etsy 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Love of Linens

When we were young my grandmother told us how they used to make clothing and household items with Linen fabric. They used flax that they grew, and processed. The two natural dyes that I remember her talking about were poke berries for purple, and walnut hulls for brown. It took me a quite a number of years to develop a love and respect for linens.

Rayon is something that I for years mistook for a synthetic fabric. I was delighted to discover otherwise!

Rayon is a manufactured regenerated cellulose fiber. Because it is produced from naturally occurring polymers, it is neither a truly synthetic fiber nor a natural fiber; it is a semi-synthetic[1] or artificial[2] fiber. Rayon is known by the names viscose rayon and art silk in the textile industry. It usually has a high luster quality giving it a bright sheen. For more about Rayon see my source:
 Zafu made with Repurposed Linen/Rayon

Subtle Beauty in Tan with Mauve Flowers
Tiny Zipper Coin Purse

Tiny Scraps Make Tiny Purses!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Introducing Ruby Roxy and other Sewing Projects

Some of the sewing I've been up to lately...
Kermit the Frog Zipper Cases - Wholesale Lot of 25
etsy link 

Teeny Coin Case - Repurposed Linen/Rayon Dress

Wholesale Lot of Seven Assort. Sizes

"Ruby Roxy" Rocks!
Ruby Roxy is a mannekin I found at a thrift store this week. I was quite pleased with my mannekin until my neighbor made a comment about my male mannekin. Du'uh! Of course it was. I just had not given that any thought. Well! I decided then and there that my male mannekin was going to have a sex change procedure. That was yesterday. I thought I would end up going shopping for a bra, after taking some measurements. As I was falling asleep last evening I clearly saw the image of  how to use the padded upper part of a dress (that I had purchased for the skirt) to fashion a halter top. And that is what happened this morning. With a bit of crumpled up gift wrap tissue to boost the cup size, my mannekin is now a "she-mannekin". I "felt her up" a couple times today...I mean, I love when ingenuity comes to the rescue! As for the name...the dress label is Ruby Rox!

Be Like a Child in Your Mother's Arms

"Be like a child in the arms of the mother.
Already something is taking care of you – your needs, your affairs. 
Everything is being taken care of.
Don't listen to what the world says.
They are going to have to become a baby like you also.
Everything is opening up spontaneously for you.
Don't say: What's next?
Let it be a surprise.
A tree doesn't wonder or plan where it should grow the next leaf
 or when to put out the next fruit. No, its entire life is just an unfolding
You be the tree of life that is just unfolding."
~ Mooji
Rishikesh, India, 13th of March 2013
(Mooji's facebook page link)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

As Sunflowers Follow the Sun do we all seek and follow the Sunshine of  Spirit...eventually.
Cheerful Sunflowers Zafu - Side View
Top View- USA made; with Repurposed Fabric

Solid Yellow Twill Zafu- Repurposed Fabric

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Scent of Flowers

"The scent of flowers is their gift to you." (W-156:4:3)
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Walk in Arlington Park

Muscovy Duck
 These are not pretty ducks like the Wood Ducks that also inhabit the area around the park...imo. They have been known to become aggressive and attack people during mating season...male overpopulation contributing to the problem.
Beautiful Reflection on Still Waters
Bridge over Quiet Waters
The "Mothering Trees" at the Playground area of the Park
The energy here is very calming and soothing. The trees seem to me like a group of sheltering mothers.

Perspective by Mark Nepo

If peace comes from seeing the whole,
then misery stems from a loss of perspective.

We begin so aware and grateful. The sun somehow hangs there in the sky. 
The little bird sings. The miracle of life just happens. 
Then we stub our toe, and in that moment of pain, 
the whole world is reduced to our poor little toe. 
Now, for a day or two, it is difficult to walk. 
With every step, we are reminded of our poor little toe.

Our vigilance becomes: Which defines our day - the pinch 
we feel in walking on a bruised toe, or the miracle still happening?

It is the giving over to smallness that opens us to misery. 
In truth, we begin taking nothing for granted, grateful that we have enough to eat, 
that we are well enough to eat. But somehow, through the living of our days, 
our focus narrows like a camera that shutters down, 
cropping out the horizon, and one day we’re miffed at a diner because the eggs 
are runny or the hash isn’t seasoned just the way we like.

When we narrow our focus, the problem seems everything. 
We forget when we were lonely, dreaming of a partner. 
We forget first beholding the beauty of another. 
We forget the comfort of first being seen and held and heard. 
When our view shuts down, we’re up in the night 
annoyed by the way our lover pulls the covers 
or leaves the dishes in the sink without soaking them first.

In actuality, misery is a moment of suffering 
allowed to become everything. So, when feeling miserable, 
we must look wider than what hurts. 
When feeling a splinter, we must, while trying to remove it, 
remember there is a body that is not splinter, 
and a spirit that is not splinter, and a world that is not splinter.
~ Mark Nepo
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Rivers in the Ocean

Quietly, Sit a Bit Every Day  

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Born to Thrift

It's official. I'm a die-hard junker, and a born thrifter.
Recent curbside find "Freckled" Chest of Drawers
Pfalzgraff was another curbside find
Road Atlas drawer  lining - yard sale freebie!

Placemat & Coasters made from Repurposed Tablecloth

I found this stand on the curb also....somewhere. Discovered it is used to display British pastries, etc.. That lead to looking for recipes, and then to making Lavender Scones. The dishes on the lower shelves contain  rose petals (collected from the bush in the front yard) that are drying for Rose Sachets. I like that the plates don't match each other, or anything in un-British, I'm sure.