When a business combines a handcrafted product with a wonderful mission and does it with heart, humor and dedication – THAT is a clear winner. Congratulations to Sarah Bellum’s Bakery & Workshop for being the ACP Winner for 2019. If you live in the PDX area, put this place on your must visit list. If you’re not local, you can still find out about their work and how you can help them raise awareness about brain injuries. Read all about it: https://festiveheart.com/2019/06/14/cupcakes-for-a-cause/.
Whew! Lots of bad news going around these days. But there’s plenty of good stuff, too. Starting with a recent cover from The New Yorker, I talk about tending the garden that is your heart. I also share a personal story about my Dad and suggest a way that you can focus your good energy and really make a difference in the world. I even threw in a little green tip on mighty arugula. Take a moment and read the June issue of ACP Enews.
Here’s to making it a good news day everyday!
Illustration by Tom Gauld courtesy of TNY.
Clearing out old stuff absolutely has its rewards. In the process of letting go, we can uncover surprising gifts. You just have to be open to the release. Read about the treasure I unearthed in my own backyard. Spring Gift Under the Junipers
Nature’s beauty is the original design tool. Nothing beats Mother Nature when it comes to amazing composition and breathtaking beauty. Simple, intricate, elegant and timeless. She is a continual source of inspiration for colors, textures, patterns and combinations. When in doubt, look to nature for ideas on color palettes and decor. Walk in the woods, spend time in a garden, look out your window. There is so much on display. Browse through photo books of fields, flowers, birds and insects. What appeals to you? Trust your choices.
About this photo: This image was the inspiration for my Wisdom Cards. Getting up close and personal with this majestic Monarch reminded me of watching my Mom select fabrics for sewing or upholstery. Always with an eye to detail and patterns. Whoever thought to first put polka dots on paper or create stained glass windows must have seen a butterfly or two just like this one. I took this photo at the Lukas Butterfly Encounter in Oviedo, FL. If you’ve ever had a butterfly land on your finger and stay awhile, you know how special it is to connect with these winged wonders. Butterfly energy is strong and majestic yet playful and delicate. It is the combination of all we need to know in order to survive … beautifully.
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The element of AIR encourages inspiration and fresh perspective. It’s about vision and rising above to get a clearer view of the situation. This is the element you want to use for mental alertness and clarity – perfect energy to add for studying, reading or focused thought. In your home, suspend mobiles or add images of feathers, clouds and birds to represent AIR. Diffuse essential oils of clary sage or juniper. Make sure air can flow freely through your space. Open and clean your windows. Clean air vents and replace air filters. Colors to use for decor include light blues, lavender and shades of white. Think of that light, free feeling when you blow bubbles or dandelion puffs. AIR corresponds to the Season of Spring and the East direction.
About the photo: I took this photo at the Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge along the Columbia River in Washougal, WA. Look closely and you’ll see the flock of birds in a heart-shape. The clouds to me look like an angel flying towards the sun. What does the image resemble to you?
Special Note: What a perfect card for my birthday week. If you’re an AIR sign like me, you know how important it is to be able to view the sky both indoors and out. I keep this card on my writing desk. View more about this element at my Pinterest AIR board. Do you have your deck of WISDOM CARDS yet? Find out how to order.
Restoration Hardward gets 2 Thumbs Up for its holiday catalog this year. One of the best jobs of combining elegance and fresh ideas. Furniture prices are out of reach but worth looking at for style inspiration. Good deal on several items including plush throws AND this issue features two of my MOST favorite colors: Silver Sage and Celery! Browse online version.