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art picks: breast cancer comes calling

This is a personal theme selection. Today I found out my mother has breast cancer. I'm a little bit a lot angry as she just went through brain surgery, last month, to remove a tumor. (Non-cancerous). My mother faced her brain surgery with optimism and courage. I know she will rise up to meet this challenge equally as strong. 

These beautiful pieces of art are chosen to dedicate a message of hope and strength for her and all women. Many of these artists are giving back to breast cancer research with the purchase of their lovely items. They all have beautiful shops worth visiting.  

Thank you for giving back!

Pink Ribbon Photo Mosaic (made up of roses!) by Mazza Mosaics

Pink Chiffon Necklace by Olives and Pearls

Hope Hand Painted Tiles by Darryle P

Pink Bird of Hope by Middleburg Folk Art Studio

Vintage Book Wreath by Simple Joys Paperie

Collage Art Cards by Local Wisdom Cards


devotions: on the good road together

Valley of Fire Fine Art Photography by Mark Routt Photography

Grandfather Great Spirit

All over the world the faces of living ones are alike.
With tenderness they have come up out of the ground.

Look upon your children that they may face the winds
and walk the good road to the Day of Quiet.

Grandfather Great Spirit

Fill us with the Light.
Give us the strength to understand,
and the eyes to see.

Teach us to walk the soft earth as relatives to all that live.

~ Sioux Prayer


in her words: lauren snyder - recycled paper mosaics

These beautiful works of art, created into mosaics from bits of greeting cards, magazine clippings, wrapping paper, and other various recycled paper scraps, are not only amazing, but earth friendly! I've never seen bits and pieces of paper look so great!

Created by Lauren Snyder, from California, she shares that "art is the medium in which I can express the things I just don't know how to say. I feel emotions with great intensity and my work is my expression of that. It's part of the reason I use bright colors, bold images, and intense outlines"

In her words:

"I am the person who literally mourns for others' sorrows, rejoices in their triumphs and has compassion for their challenges and who strives every day to live as lovingly and compassionately as I can. One of my greatest inspirations is his holiness the Dalai Lama and there is one quote in particular that really speaks to the way I try to live my life:

"Everyday, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can." 
Every single piece I create comes from a place of love and is inspired by the beauty and love within this world. Even when terrible tragedies occur or it seems like there is so much evil abounding; I try to create something beautiful, in the hopes that it can ignite a loving spark in even just one person's heart."

Lauren shares a little about each piece below:

Mother Earth

This piece was inspired by the beauty of the natural world and the maternal way in which the earth nurtures us. I had the idea to do an earth inspired piece for a while; but it wasn't until I was flipping through some old photos I'd taken when I was pregnant with my son, that I found the inspiration I was looking for. It made the entire work so much more personal, to be looking at my own pregnant belly, while I was drawing. My favorite works are ones that come from very specific events or moments in my own life, yet still speak on a more universal scale.

For Love of He'ART

This piece is purely an homage to the creative arts. The love I have for creativity of all kinds is very deep; from art, to writing, to music, acting and beyond. I like to think of it as my fun little love note to creativity and artistic expression.

Peace ACEO

This miniature work, was my little moment of happiness on a bad day. This one, unlike most of my other work, was completed in one day and it was something that made me smile and was a way to bring a little peace to my heart.

Peaceful Blue Buddha

This piece was inspired by the Buddha. I read quotes from the Buddha on an almost daily basis to help find calm and to center myself. I decided that I wanted to created something that took those words and transformed them into art.

Three Things: Henna Hand, Heart and Knot

"My father said on his 25th wedding anniversary, "There are three things that are key to a successful marriage. You have to be a partner, a lover, and a friend. Working together as a team, sharing intimacy, and enjoying one another's company are important parts of what makes for a lasting fulfilling relationship."

Please visit Lauren's Etsy shop for more mosaic paper art.

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in my studio: interfaith jewelry

I've been offering the Unity Bracelet as part of my interfaith jewelry for the past four years, three of those on Etsy. It's one of my best sellers, and that's a good thing, as it indicates positive sentiments by the public. Over the years the charms have changed, based on what's available, but the theme remains the same. This week I introduce my third version, and I think my favorite so far.

Interfaith Unity Bracelet by One Heart Jewelry

Symbols of some of the World’s Greatest Religions are brought together in this unique solid sterling silver charm bracelet. Graceful sterling silver charms are connected to a solid sterling silver oval chain and finished with a lobster closure and Bali bead. Charms are accented by decorative petite sterling drops. Comfortable and lightweight.

Charms represent the following Faiths: (left to right, starting with the dream catcher above or bear below)

First Nations, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Necklace version with a variation on charms by One Heart Jewelry

"Unite all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home."

~Baha'i Writings


help japan's pets and more

Kitty Pet Tag by Ebony Paws Half of sales to aid Japan's pets

Collective Prayer - March 24 - Global Prayer Teleconference

Send Money - See the Huffington Post for a list of well respected organizations and what they are doing.

Help the Animals:

Get the Latest - Up to the minute information and resources at Google Crisis Response


etsy treasury: come into my garden

I love watercolors. I know I've shared that here before. I really do. When I see a beautiful (to me) watercolor painting, my heart catches a little and may even go boop a boom! Some of these paintings I posted yesterday as part of my art picks post. That's how much I like them :-)

This garden treasury was almost as therapeutic to make as it is to work in the garden! I hope it brightens your day.

Come into my garden

birds and butterflies, and a rainbow of flowers, in still my heart

















Any of these paintings can be clicked on to view more from the artist.


art picks: happy naw ruz

Yesterday was the first day of Spring. It's also Naw-Ruz, the Baha'i New Year, for followers of the Baha'i Faith around the world. Naw-Ruz is Persian for "New Day". I've gathered some stunning watercolors, painted by outstanding artists, to celebrate both!
Robin by DIMDI

Wine Iris Garden by HammelmanArt

Pink Tulips by MKislingArt

Butterfly Mystery by BevsArtCreations

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devotions: the gift of spring

Cherry Blossom Tree by Sunny Lee Studios. Benefit Doctors Without Borders in Japan.

Lord make us mindful of the little things

that grow and blossom in these days

to make the world beautiful for us.

~ W.E.B. Du Bois


24 hour prayer marathon for peace

Buddha - Colors of Meditation by Spiritual Beauty

Join the global community, connected through the web, for a 24 hour marathon of peace prayers, as well as the well-being of Japan, on Monday, March 21st. You may pray or meditate at any time during this 24 hour period. Visit link above to learn more, including another scheduled ceremony for Japan on March 24th.

What happens to one country or area of the world affects us all. Please invite your family and friends to join you in performing the online Ceremony to surround the Earth in an energy field of Love.

Global Link Teleconferences are hosted by The World Peace Prayer Society to bring the global community together in simultaneous prayers for peace no matter where you live in the world.


in his words: joel traylor of JETgallery

The shades of color and interesting shapes of Joel Traylor's paintings first caught my eye. But what held my attention was a deeper sense of emotion evoked while looking closer at Joel's paintings. He shares thoughts about his work and a bit about each painting below. Thank you, Joel!

 In His Words:

"Many of my paintings over the years have included the themes of love, peace, growing, and awakening. It is not infrequent that someone comes into my booth at an art festival as exclaims "Wow, you must be happy all the time!" Truth is, sometimes I am a very happy person. Other times clouds of doom and gloom do not believe in, or remember, the light. Many of my paintings are reminders to that despite the dark night of the soul the sun DOES shine. The creative process itself is a powerful thing to experience. Through it you can know peace, release, layers of expanding awareness, and a positive kind of tension; the kind of tension a bud has right before it bursts into bloom. I urge everyone to create. It's awesome" 

Of Hope and Remembrance

"I did this painting in the weeks following 9.11.01. When tragedy strikes it is important for each of us to find our own way of processing grief and finding peace. Many people unite to sing, pray, hope, remember, and observe silence in candle light ceremonies. These candles are my vigil in a world so full of unrest. Instead of choosing fear: May we embrace our highest Hopes. May we Remember our essential unity. May we find the bravery to lay down fearful righteousness and seek an expanding knowledge of how we affect the world around us."

Siddharthas Awakening

This canvas was well underway when I began reading “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse. The story gave words to the feeling I was trying to convey.

After a long life of seeking, Siddhartha found himself in great despair. He wandered to a river, with thoughts of drowning himself:

“Siddhartha reached the long river in the wood… He stopped at this river and stood hesitatingly on the bank. Fatigue and hunger had weakened him. Why should he go any further, where and for what purpose? There was no more purpose, there was nothing more than a deep, painful longing to shake off this whole confused dream, to spit out this stale wine, to make an end of this bitter, painful life.”

Healing Hands

"The candles are soothing. The hands are powerful. You can see lines of energy between the giver and the receiver. I did this painting for a friend who is a massage therapist." 

Conversation Peace

"The two people face each other experiencing what I like to think of as awareness building reciprocal conversation. But that would be a strange title. So I called it Conversation Peace. I like the "piece" of conversation between them: The little waveform between their mouths that they both share."

Finding Balance

"I originally did this piece for an art show at a yoga studio. I've studied a bit of yoga over the years and to this day, the tree pose is one of the more challenging for me. I think about this painting in a broader sense, however. I feel that finding a sense of balance in life is something we all seek. Balance comes and goes. We find it, we lose it, we find it again. I suspect that the more we seek it the more we find it. And when we lose it again, perhaps we should heed the advice of good yoga teachers: Let go, breath, try again."

Enjoy more of Joel's art work at:

JETgallery on Etsy

and his website Joel Traylor Art

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in the family: irish soda bread and beads

 Wayne, my cousin from Bend, Oregon, made this Irish Soda Bread for me and each of my brothers and sisters. That's seven of us! The recipe is simple with simple ingredients. This version reminds me a bit like a huge biscuit or scone. Be sure to have a slice while still warm. Maybe with a cup of hot tea.


1 2/3 C. flour
2 T. sugar
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 large egg
2/3 C. buttermilk
4 T. melted butter
1 C. golden raisins
2 t. caraway seeds

Mix dry ingredients. Add raisins and seeds.
Mix egg, buttermilk and melted butter.
Add to dry mix. Mix until wet, but do not over mix. Dough will be somewhat wet.
Lightly form into a round shape on lightly oiled baking sheet.
Bake 35-40 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
Done when toothpick is clean. 

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Wayne is a stonemason by trade, but he's also a very talented artist, jewelry maker and photographer. I snapped a few photos of his natural gemstone, very textural, necklaces. Here's a sample collage below.


art picks: artful cookies

These cookies by Lori's Place are incredible works of art, not to mention mouth-watering. I couldn't pick just one cookie to put on my plate...

Butterfly Cookies

Little Children Cookies

Daisy Cookies

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