Wednesday, May 29, 2013

< PEACE > featured artist Colette

Today's theme for my featured artists is peace. To me peace is a state of mind and heart in which we can find clarity in our every day lives. Sometimes this can be a challenge to achieve. I thought I'd share with you a few things that make my mind and heart feel peaceful.
First of all my main featured artist Colette from 

These beautiful spring green earrings are so soft and delicate. Perfect for wearing on a romantic evening to a peaceful, loving dinner with your significant other.
You can also find Colette here

Another way to feel relaxed and peaceful is by taking a hot bath with some great smelling bath salts. 
Reef Botanical's can take care of all of your needs for the perfect relaxing bath. A place where you can quite your mind , meditate and let go.

Reef Botanical's 

 A symbol that makes me feel peace is the turtle. It reminds me of Mother Earth and a slow relaxed pace.
I do alot of beadwork in my everday life and I love beading turtles.
This is one I made for one of our leather crossbody bags

Bohemian gypsy crossbody bag 

 Thanks for stopping by my blog. 
Many blessings for a life filled with peace. 
Thunder Rose Leather 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Our Organic Garden 2013 so far

It's the beginning of a new year of gardening and I must say I am very happy so far. In other words it's looking like a good year. I am an organic gardener, I make my own dirt from compost. Thanks to my neighbor I use horse manure, a small amount of goat manure and a little chicken poop. It's mostly horse manure though. It's very plentiful where I live.
Here is my compost bend. John and I just built this one this year. Before I was just putting a fence around it.

 We made this compost bend out of palates. It really works very well.

Here are a few pictures of what is growing.

 This is our feverfew plant. It's a very beautiful plant and does very well here in Arizona. It is a herb used for pain.
As you can see I have different plants growing in my raised beds. I do companion planting. I learn something new about that every year.
This year I learned that beets and swiss chard will cross pollinate. So from now on when saving my seeds I need to collect swiss chard one year and beets another.

This is our beautiful sage plant. It makes food taste so good. We like to put some it in our roasted vegetables.

These are our tomatoes and leeks and a couple pepper plants. They are just getting started but they are really looking very healthy.

This is our summer squash. Rosie is checking it all out. 

My leeks and lettuce are going to seed here and a sunflower volunteered  to come up this year.

Some purple cone flowers and chives and a few swiss chard plants are in this raised bed.
 Our thyme, parsley and more swiss chard. We love swiss chard.

This is our rainbow chard going to seed.

Yummy lettuce!

 This is a portion of my garden. I love to sit here in the mornings before I start working on my leather and beadwork. It's a great place to just be.
Thanks for taking a look.
Do you garden? 
Blessings to you !