Monday, September 23, 2013

Hail the Equinox!

The weather here has been quite interesting (?), to say the least.  Last night's equinox was heralded with wild winds, torrential rains, and then this, when I opened the door, as it finally became quiet.

Autumn arrives with hail.

This little metal table sits right outside, where I can put things down so it's easier to unlock the doors to get in the house.

I was so fearful that the power might go out, as it did a few rains ago, for awhile.  So I made sure I had my battery operated camping light handy.

How did you welcome autumn?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Harvest Moon and an invitation.

I spent some today in the studio with my carving tools, making some rubber stamps and hand stamping a card for someone special.  (Shhh!  Don't tell - it's a secret!)

I posted the picture over here at my City Different Artisan facebook page.  I invite all of you on facebook to go take a look, and if you'd be so kind, like my page. 

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you some pictures I've taken of the clouds which have been flowing in the skies here.  We finally have gotten some much needed rain.  Don't you just love the smell of rain?

Coming together, with blowing wisps.

The sun was still trying to show through.

It started to smell like rain.

As summer draws to a close, I am enjoying the crisp, cool evenings, and mornings.  I've always been drawn to fall, with the changing colors, autumnal traditions, and don't forget - the Harvest Moon!  It's tomorrow night!  Do you have your crystals ready to bathe in the moonlight?  Even if it is cloudy, the energies of the Moon are there.  Also, with the Harvest Moon, in particular, it will appear full for three nights.  Happy Moon Gazing!

Friday, September 13, 2013


I've been absent for quite a time, I know.  I've been busy working behind the scenes in Pixie Campbell's luscious Visual Quest course, as well as her Woman is a River course.  I am looking forward to completing my painting in Visual Quest (running behind, as many of us did) and when I do, I will post here.

With fall approaching, I have some things up my sleeve which will also be appearing here.

In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy some pictures I took of Grandmother Moon in the last months.

This was the Strawberry Moon - see the jam?

This was our last Blue Moon, as she peeked out from the clouds.

I adore moon gazing, and often use the full moons for all kinds of fun things, like making full moon water, as Dana Gehrhardt has described. (She wrote a blog post about this at I also like to place crystals to bathe in the light of the full moon, charging them with her special energies for the work that I do with them.

Wishing you, my readers, fun as you gaze at the moon.  Our next full moon is coming up on the 19th.  Try some moon water, if you like.  It is really magical.  What crystals will you be bathing in the moonlight for this Harvest Moon?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Walk Downtown in Santa Fe

The Square, Downtown Santa Fe
 I went on a quick walk downtown and took a few pictures to share here with you.  These are two of the park benches on the square.  If you look closely, you'll see the pigeons walking around.  There are always many on the grassy areas.  A lot of tourists feed them popcorn and bread, and they've learned to gather frequently.  

I got this one to pose for me while I was taking shots.
Posing Pigeon
Hanging Baskets

These hanging baskets are gorgeous, filled to the brim with petunias.

Potentilla in Bloom

Potentilla Up Close

 I've always loved the beautiful yellow blossoms of Potentilla.  They don't last long, but are so pretty on their spindly green branches while they are open.  Then they all blow away.

This was a charming plea for rain, which some jerk decided to partially erase.  I had seen it the day before, and that is what prompted this little walk downtown, camera in hand.  I particularly wanted this.  Even though someone messed it up, I still liked it, so took shots anyway.  It had said "Pray for Rain".  The stones forming the word "for" were removed, as well as a little circle which reminded me of a medicine wheel.  The request worked, anyway.  We got rain the evening I took these pictures, though not a lot.  It was so welcome!


This final picture is of some interesting growths on an elm tree.  It gave the trunk character, I thought, as though it was a gnarly old gremlin in a fairy tale.

Thanks for joining me on this brief walk around downtown!  I'll share more of my lovely city in the coming weeks and months.

As always, I appreciate your visits here, and your lovely comments. 

Friday, June 28, 2013


Not long ago, I delivered an order of gift tags to Collected Works Bookstore, a local shop here in town.  Dorothy has owned this independent bookstore for years, and it is a Santa Fe treasure.  She added a coffee shop not long ago, which serves not only coffee, but pastries, burritos, salads and sandwiches made locally.  They have your standard cup of coffee, espresso drinks, and really good iced teas.  There is also a selection of sodas, like Izze, or Blue Sky, and always complimentary ice water, as well as bottled water.

If you're in Santa Fe, you simply must stop in an visit.  There are often talks and demonstrations going on, as well as children's story time.  The staff is well versed and friendly, and the ambience is comfortable and homey.

You'll find Kat's Kards, as well as these little gift tags there.  Be sure to ask about them, as their placement in the shop often changes.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Introductions - Bookhou - one of my favs

I've been wanting to share with you these wonderful pouches I purchased from Bookhou.  I've had them for a little while, and have already starting using them for my tools and other things I use in my jewelry making.  I simply love her work, and have several of her pieces now.  I am an avid follower of her blog, and have a huge "want" list for several of her new designs.

I hope you take a moment to look at her offerings.  I know you will love anything you might purchase from her.  And I so enjoy getting a peek into the life of her work and shop, as well as her family.  She owns a brick and mortar store in Toronto, as well as selling online.  She also recently shipped wholesale orders to Sweden!!  I am so excited for her.

I got TWO pouches!!

Dropcloth Pouch from Bookhou

Flip side of Dropcloth Pouch

I'll be back tomorrow with a peek at some orders of mine that just went out in a local shop, as well as perhaps some WIPs.

Thanks for stopping by - I appreciate each and every one of you who visits.  And I really enjoy your comments, as well.

Until next time ~ 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Visual Quest - an online journey into art by Pixie Campbell

I have been a member of Pixie Campbell's SouLodge since its inception, and I absolutely adore her and her teachings.  Not only is she a wonderful space holder,  she is truly a gifted and talented artist.  Her paintings are created from her shamanic journeys.  They are beautiful interpretations of the animal medicine that our four-leggeds and winged ones can bring to us.  She is finally holding an online course in the use of journeywork for creating art.  Her live courses have received much acclaim.

I am so happy to introduce you to my clan sister, Pixie Campbell.  Please stop by to see her blog, and consider this beautiful offering.  Visual Quest promises to be inspiring and sure to touch your soul.

Below is one of my favorite pieces painted by Pixie.

Dahlia Wolf Dignity & Integrity Fine Art Print

Dahlia Wolf Dignity & Integrity

by Pixie Campbell