Monday, September 15, 2014

Music Monday: Jinja Safari

I recently had the pleasure of discovering Jinja Safari last week.  This song, Forest Eyes, Peter Pan, and Errol Flynn are all great hits to start off your week.  Enjoy, forest freinds, for I've got to spend the rest of the day writing!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Favorites: Back to Nature

photo by Jose Laino 

I just love the feeling of wrapping up a successful week.  When you finally finish the day's work, close the laptop, let your hair down and let loose at the local forest or bar.  I'm going to have a great time doing just that once I'm finished up with my Forest work for the week.  After that, I'll spend some of my weekend writing (I'm currently working on twelve books) A pencil made from real plants would be a dream to write with...

socks by Target

Every time we go to Target, I always check the men's socks section.  Sometimes I buy them for Jesse or myself, they have a great selection of cute and quirky designs.  I'm loving the back to school ones they put out, and bought the supply pouch and ruler socks this week!

A handy leaf identification guide!

I've been needing a new planner lately...I've been designing my own for years and tweaking the formula to make the perfect planner for my life, but my printer is out of ink and I'd love to just have a scheduling notebook again...This faux bois one seems pretty perfect!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Announcing: The Forest Fiction Fan Club!

Ah, it's finally September  Time for back to school, sweaters, fall leaves, and reading!  I've decided to start an online book club on the Forest.  Each month, I will select a classic forest novel to review.  All our book club selections will be public domain, therefore free and easy to obtain.

Download the Forest Fiction Fan Club's welcome kit here.  This printable kit contains a bookmark reading log, membership card, and two logos you can use as a sticker, bookplate, or paste on a pin!

For September, I've chosen to review The Young Forester by Zane Grey.  I've read many books by Zane Grey, but haven't had a chance to read this one yet.  Download the book here.  On September 30th, I'll be posting my review of the book and there will be a discussion in the comments.  Happy reading, forest friends!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Music Monday: Wrapped Up in Books

Well, it's gonna be a great week, friends of the forest!  I've been busy this week with back-to-work duties.  Reading, writing, starting a book club, and more!  This song by Belle and Sebastian seemed fitting for this week's theme...

Friday, September 5, 2014

Daily Outfit: Green Polka Dots & Cats

Happy friday, forest friends!  I'm finishing the week off with a lot of planning for next week's content, as well as working on various books I'm writing... I recently got this basic green polka dot dress and have been re-styling it several different ways.  This time I went for a cat-themed look.

I have a huge collection of gold animal pins with green eyes or accents, so I put on all my cats today

I painted my nails green with polka dots last night and decided to top the look off with my favorite watch, a cat chasing a mouse!  When I was taking these photos, my real cats were being so silly, so I made a little gif instead of posting all the outtakes...enjoy!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Living in a Fantasy Forest

Ever since I got back into town, I've been savoring the last week of summer.  Trying to get grounded and re-connect with nature instead of always putting pressure on to get things done.  When I got back home, the first thing I did was light some enchanted forest incense, put on some 60's records, and do a tarot reading.  

This is a spread I invented called the Tarot Tree.   Not all the friends of the forest realize this, but I used to be a freelance fortune-teller.  After high school I took correspondence courses in some new Age-y subjects.  I earned a diploma in Tarot Reading that way.  I don't feel a diploma is necessary, but the course really gave me a full understanding of the Tarot.  I would do readings for friends and family, set up a fortune-teller's tent at our yard sale, gave online tarot readings on this blog and even with a webcam and live chat,  and even did a few swap meets and made lots of money...however the coins came at a cost...people were always asking me to do readings for them, making me show off in front of their friends.  I actually got cursed by a Santeria practicing bruja at a swap meet for a reading I gave, but that's a story for another day....I didn't touch the cards for a few years after that, but I recently picked up one of the last decks I bought: The Wildwood Tarot.  This deck has many forest symbols, and I've been connecting to it like no other tarot set.  

In fact, I've been working on a book called Forest Fortunes, using spreads I've created  for this deck.  However, as this is not a traditional deck that many people have, I have been toying with the idea of creating my own deck...

We had a wonderful dinner at home this week .  I made a forest feast with few ingredients: bread, cheese, mushrooms, and green onions from our garden.  We sampled absinthe for the first time that night, sipping from deer 

Jesse got me a new flute, which is great since my panpipes broke last year.  I'm very drawn to wind instruments.  I can already play a few zelda tunes on it!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August in Review

Well, summer's finally over.  I must say I'm a little relieved.  It gets very hot in my neck of the woods, and I don't like to go out during they day because I am very sensitive to getting sunburn.  Let's face it, red and green only look good around the holidays. (I kid, I kid, I love the combo, when done right it can look great)  August was a fun month, but I can tell September is going to be much better!

Things I loved this month: Roadtrips, postcards, pulling over at ghost down post offices, brown cowboy boots, Jenny Lewis, rvs, horses, green crystals, petrified wood, bugs, having green hair, green mushrooms, the elk's theater, driving through rainbows, going to the movies, drinking absinthe from a deer horn, tiny green furniture, getting new records, thrifting, watching old westerns, wind instruments, magical jewelry, gardening, my new washboard, seeing my mom, summer musicals, tourist traps, writing, making plans for fall, playing zelda, and so much more!

August - Rilo Kiley
A Summer Wasting - Belle & Sebastian
Indian Summer - Beat Happenings
Tourist Trap - Bright Eyes
Tumbling Tumbleweeds - Gene Autry
Angela Surf City - Modest Mouse

Drinking Buddies
Not Waving, But Drowning