Thursday, October 20, 2011

Where AM I?

I'm blogging here and only here for now:

Widdershins and Skeleton Keys

Makes things easier. Do stop by! I've missed you!!!

~J

Friday, July 29, 2011

Testing...

This is just a test.
Wanted to play around with some backgrounds.
Get the feel for the slow life again.
Heaven knows I need it.

Lessons in the art of slow is calling...
I'll answer soon.

~Jen

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Hello dear readers!

I have a bit of an announcement to make this morning. I have been pondering this for quite some time and feel that it is in my best interest to no long post on this blog. However, before you lament or refuse to speak to me every again, the weekly posts that have graced these pages will appear in other locations. I'm not changing the content, just the location. My passions for writing and starting my own business have consumed my spare time and I realized the other day that the posts here fit beautifully within the structure and content of my other blogs.

Therefore, the articles and musings was posting here on Tuesdays, will now be found at Woolgatherings, my writing blog. I'm looking to get some articles published this year, and my articles I've been posting here are along the lines of what I'm seeking to publish. Please, please join me over there. I know a lot of you already are, so this won't be a big change. You'll only have to click once to read!

As for my ponderings on living life slowly, taking it easy, and cultivating a simpler life, those fall in line beautifully with what I'm doing over at Sagewood Manor. This blog is not just a business blog, but a lifestyle experiment. This lifestyle is about creating a life you love, a simple, beautiful, peaceful life. Please stop by for a visit. I know you'll love it there! It's in the start up stages, but it's growing by leaps and bounds! I'll definitely leave this site up. The archived articles will always be there for you perusal.

Thank you all for understanding. It's just become too much to keep up with three blogs, especially when the content so beautifully meshes with the others I'm spending more and more time with. Forgive me this little shifting in your daily routine. I look forward to seeing you all at The Manor and at the Gatherings.

Yours, regardless of bloggy location,
Jen

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Photograph of Spring

photo by Joe Bonita, found here

The sky over to the west is deep grey, washed out, refracting the sun overhead; the storm is over. The late afternoon sun trickles out, creating rainbows in the puddles. Raindrops are turned to diamonds as they cling to brilliant green leaves, letting go to splash (plink, plop!) to the mud below. Birds call out, snails glide slowly across the rocks, worms burrow out of hiding. At the foot of the hill, a gentle river of run off flows, washing the grass off my feet, from between my toes. It laughs and gurgles it's way to the woods and the brush pile where the wild, brown bunnies live. For this moment, I am alive!


For all my friends up north tired of feet and feet of snow, I leave you warm wishes of the coming Spring.


~Jen

Monday, January 4, 2010

An Announcement

Happy New Year!

(for those of you who follow my other blog, I apologize for the duplicate nature of this post. My regularly scheduled posting will being tomorrow :)

Monday is here again. A new week, a new year, a new decade. I get giddy at the thought of a new beginning, even if it's just a self imposed new start on a random Thursday during a random week. But with the coming of this new year, I had some specific new beginnings in mind.

Some of you may not be aware that I have another blog. Woolgatherings is my blog devoted to the art of writing and the sometimes crazy aspects of an otherwise worthy calling. There I write about the art, the craft, the ups, the downs, the struggles and the beauty of this noble and yet fickle beast. Stop by! Even if you're not a writer by profession, you'll meet an amazing array of authors from all walks of life whose voices ring so clearly I honestly don't know how I could stay on track without their sweet tones to guide me. Come and join us Mondays and Wednesdays :) The more the merrier!

Lessons in the Art of Slow will continue and, as a new determination on my part, will be a bit more focused in not only commenting and musing about the gentle life of simplicity we all long for, but also will take a look into some of the cultural issues that seem to stand in our way of getting that blessed simple, quiet, beautiful life. I hope you'll continue to join me as I explore this "art of slow". I do so love having friends along for the ride!

My big news that I left you wondering about last post isn't earth shattering or life changing. For me, however, it is pretty big and exciting. A third blog has come into being but this one carries with it a bit more weight than my other two. I have long desired to start my own business. I've tried, failed, tried again, fizzled out, changed course, stepped out, rearranged, announced and paused. It was this final pause that gave birth to Sagewood Manor. A place where I can be myself and create that which brings my heart joy. Initially I intended to open wide it's virtual doors on Etsy today, but it was that pause that made me realize I was not ready, it was not ready. And that's OK.

Sagewood Manor is a blog, a business, and an experiment in lifestyle. For the next six months I will post daily about my journey, not only to a full blown online shoppe (yes, I do love the old English spelling best) but also in a change of lifestyle, a shift in priority and style. It's not something I can easily put into words but I do hope its essence will come across in words and photographs. Expect craft projects, experimental products, really bad excursions into metalwork, ramblings and attempts at making homemade pasta and tomato sauce. And always, always, an outstretched hand eager to embrace new friends and create community. The shoppe will open her virtual doors 01 July, 2010 *cue the noise makers and fireworks!*

Do stop by when you can. The door is always opened for you, dear friends. I invite you all on this new journey with me. This experiment. I do love experiments. Mad scientist like. Evil laughter, purple rubber gloves rubbed together as the lightening swirls around and brings my creation to life! But don't worry, that's just what goes on in the dungeon :) Upstairs, the fire is lit, the kettle is singing, and there's plenty of cushions, leather sofas, and velvet covered settees to go 'round. Leave your hat and coat by the door, your cane and gloves will await you on the table just there. Stay as long as you wish and visit as often as you will.

Welcome to 2010! May it be the best yet.
Jen

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

Hello friends!

I hope you all had a marvelous new year's eve. A safe one, especially! The husband and I stayed at home and watched movies, laughed ourselves silly and made cookies. It was wonderful.

I just wanted to put up a quick post to say two things:

1) I have met so many wonderful people this past year through blogging. Count yourself as one of those wonderful people :) Thank you for reading my musings. Your blogs and your comments inspire and fuel me to continue down this often crazy, winding path of creativity with words.

2) I have a little announcement to make but you'll have to wait until Monday to find out what it is :) Wicked, I know, but it will keep you guessing until then!

Happy New Year, dear readers! I wish you all health, joy, and the fulfillment of your dreams large and small.

Always,
Jen

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Thoughts for the New Year

My bloggy pal Lin over at Duck with Wheel and String posted this interested collection of thoughts. I thought they were a great chance to clear the cobwebs about what I want for the new year. How I want to go about doing things differently, what I want to get rid of and what I want to go after. Feel free to do the same over at your place. We can compare notes :)

I am...

saying no to worrying so much about what other people think of me, fear that keeps me paralyzed and unproductive, worrying about those things I can't do anything about, the excuse "I'll do it tomorrow"

saying yes to my dreams, life, getting outside every day, laying the groundwork for the life I long for, cooking more and savoring every meal, breathing whenever I feel stress coming on, myself

giddy about starting a business I care about and am passionate about, submitting my trilogy to agents, a clean slate, the knowledge I've accrued this year that will steer me into my business and writing goals for the next

deeply inspired by nature, music, fresh air, the amazing blogs I read, Victoria magazine and British Country Living, the wonders of the ancient past and its stories

obsessed with drinking tea, really good cheese, blogging, reading, writing, creating beautiful things, story

in love with my husband Jon, life

scared of never seeing my dreams come true, spiders, being stuck in the city we're in now forever, working in an office for the rest of my life

haunted by poor decisions

saved by grace

Happy Tuesday to all! It's good to be back.
Jen