Friday, January 26, 2018

Magic Pencil Meditation: How This One Simple Trick Helped Me Erase Negative Thoughts for Good

Lately the leaves in the breeze are not at ease.
I've been worried in the woods.  
Every thought a demon uttering falsehoods.
Can't stop battling beasts of burdens I didn't even want to know.  
A tiny acorn cannot grow 
in the shade of an old dead tree.  
Just as dwelling on the past won't set your mind free.

When dealing with intrusive thoughts that so often accompany anxiety and depression, it can be hard to re-direct your focus.  No matter how hard we scream at our brains to shut up, or to stop thinking about something, it seems to be in an endless loop, a highlight reel of our worst nightmares, fears & insecurities.  Luckily, it doesn't have to be that way.  Take back the power to re-write your own destiny with a simple pencil charm!  Here's how:

Step 1: Pencil it In!
Carry a pencil in your pocket.  Whenever intrusive thoughts spring up, take a deep breath and place the eraser on your forehead.  Rub the eraser on your head and count to four forest breaths.  Clear your mind.  This trick is a physical distraction that will take away the thoughts.

Step 2: Erase and Replace!
Take the trick one step further with a small notebook, piece of paper or even a leaf.  Write down an opposite thought to the stressful one.  Next time you need to erase a thought, you can distract yourself further in the forest by re-reading all the mantras you've written, and re-write the script for a better future!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Butterfly Bundle!

The Butterfly Bundle is a new collection of apps based on extensive entomology research. These 10 apps are fun and educational featuring photos of bugs, butterflies, and moths I've taken over the years. Start with the Butterfly Book, an ebook about butterflies. Then challenge yourself with Butterfly Quiz! Check the latest in the insect world with Butterfly News. Fly through the forest fighting brown butterflies in Butterfly Blast! Relax with Butterfly Puzzles or Butterfly Trinity...Let your creativity fly like a butterfly with Butterfly Coloring, and enjoy these photos even more with Butterfly Backgrounds and LIVE Wallpapers!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Make a Teddy Terrarium!

 The other tuesday in the trees, Jesse bought me a jar of cookies that came in a bear jar!  After we ate them all, I decided to re-purpose the container into a Teddy Terrarium!  

Supplies you will need: a bear-shaped container (I wood love to see a version of this with an empty honey jar!)  Soil, succulents, plants, moss, gravel and lastly washi tape to decorate the lid if desired.

Add a layer of black soil followed by brown.  Transplant your specimens (I used aloe vera and two succulents)  Add moss in decorative areas then use the gravel to make a small path.  Don't forget to set your beararrium in a sunny place and water often!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Leafy Links

What a wonderful week in the woods it was, forest friends!  Here are some of the things I've been working on and loving this week:

 I have always wanted to create a ForestFinder mobile app, which would allow users to locate and tag any forested area, not just major national parks.  Eventually this program could spread through the country allowing people to easily locate forests.  I recently discovered the Baltimore Greenspace initative, where they locate and protect forest patches.  Since I found out about the patch protection program, I have been experimenting with tagging forest patches based on the Baltimore Forest Patch Atlas. Download the ForestFinder app at the Amazon Marketplace.

 photo by Izzy Lawlor

I met Blackbird and Magpie at the Faerie Faire, they recently opened an etsy shop and will be at Faeriecon in November! 

Burpee Gardens Summer Camp is going on from June 20th to the 24th.  Sign up to complete activities and get a free pack of garden pollinator seeds! 

Found a fun little blog this week by a girl who loves foxes.  There might be Coffee, she is cute and loves video games just as much as I do!

 photo by Anria Grothe

Tomorrow is the annual Clothing Swap in Baltimore.  I'm hoping to drop off some things I don't need anymore and find some new treasures!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Hangin' Like a Branch with my Tree-FF!

Gather round this campfire, forest friends and freaks.  I want to tell you all about one fine forest female named Empress Mess aka Emily.  She is a woman who wears many hats: a career as a clown, balloon artist, rat keeper, and she provides clothing & costumes to many photographers and models.  She is a very talented has a wardrobe to rival the one that leads to Narnia...

Somehow we got caught up in the webs we were weaving when we met on the web!   We followed each others blogs and instagrams for years.  She was always there for me, like roots to a tree, inspiring me!  I had always dreamed of living in a city, having a life like a carousel of moments and memories with friends who knew how to have fun.  As the years flew by like a butterfly I thought those dreams were dead.  Then I ended up moving all the way across the country from Califorest to Maryland.  When I realized I could hang out with her more, I texted her.  Should I move to Baltimore?

A few months flew by, we were both busy as bees.  I was woodworking hard on rebuilding my business from the ground up, but I mentioned a new Faerie Festival in town as she is the type of gal who is always going to fairs and even invited me to a mushroom festival I missed.  I knew she was quite swamped at work so I didn't expect her to come.  I had no one to help me and was feeling nervous about the festival, like I was a big fish from a small pond and no one was going to like me, my shop or my creations.  I saw down at my booth and took a deep breath trying to calm down and focus when I checked my phone.  It was Emily, saying she was on her way to the fair!

I stepped outside the stone church to a grey rainy day to greet my friend.  We walked right across the street to my house to have a smoke break and chat with Jesse for a bit.  He offered to watch my shop so we could browse the fair.  Emily was a seasoned festival veteran and pulled out a wooden mirror to admire herself with every enchanted adornment she tried on.  We met a balloon blower who made a bow and arrow, got free sprout hairclips from a vendor, had our photos taken by the pixie paparazzi, met a furry fox on fox street, went to the pub for a few beers and checked out a little free library.  

I stuffed a bag full of stuff from my shop as a present for her and she gave me a package of things she meant to send me a while ago for my birthday!  A tree card, some mushroom perfume which really makes you feel you're in a damp forest, a squirrel salt and pepper shaker set, an owl engraved on wood, and a set of magic forest stones she gathered and charged for me.  I gave her a fern crystal, some leaf necklaces, a mushroom, and more! 

The Naturalist

 The Naturalist was walking through the park, in a khaki uniform with a small briefcase full of notebooks.  I stopped him in his tracks, like a deer in the headlights.

The Naturalist tramples through forest and field, finding the patches of pine in the city to study the creatures he finds, drawing them in his notebook he bought from The Forest...

The Naturalist does not believe in fairies.  Only the facts, the scientific research, the cold hard reality of the city and its inhabitants.  He remains unaware that he has just met...a real forest fairy.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Church Market

To market, to market to buy some green goods!  Today I had the opportunity to sell near the Charles Village Festival (I wish to go to the festival! And dance before the prince!) at an Irish Catholic church garden surrounded by stone statues of angels...

It was almost like a renaissance faire, as there were all kinds of characters wandering the grounds...from priests to hippies, beautiful girls, time-travelling cowboys and more! 

 I enjoyed selling some wares set up under the tree, and bought mye'elf a few things for the shop too: more fairy books to add to the little leafy library, green fabric, a wooden bench, and an ancient green dress perfect for wearing when telling forest fortunes!