Mixed Blessings

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We found property, a little plot in northern cali, shockingly near both the beach and the redwoods. We traded size for beauty, and managed to make it happen within our very low price range. Still working on facilities, but we’ve been on the road long enough that just the luxury of not having to worry about being woken up in the middle of the night by cops is worth all the hoops we go through. Even the dog has his own place now! We had just gotten the paperwork settled when a storm came in and one of the kittens, Alfred our sweet little artist(for his white dipped tail) boy, had a panic attack. We didn’t know what to make of him crying and shaking, so we just held him until he calmed down. By the next morning he had stopped eating or drinking unless we forced him, becoming skin and bones before our eyes. By the next day he couldn’t hold his head up and seemed to be having seizures, so Aaron caved to my desperation and took him to a vet, where he died in the night. Watching a tiny creature that I loved from the day it was be put in the ground was something I had never experienced, and regardless of species, it sent me into depression for a few days. But I am surrounded by love- kind words from mom and dad, special meals and consideration from my community, and a loving message from a friend all came at the perfect time. Top that off with the first Zen Tempest official music video and it’s time to make art not grief.

Zen Tempest- Watch, Love, Change the World

 

And the lovely message from a dear friend at the perfect time, amazing how it happens! I love watching beauty come to life!

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CAROUSEL!! Summer of Imagination!

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Ah, the end of July, the month that begins the blood and body warming to temperatures bordering on madness and reveling truths that lie only in shadows of full moons’ light gently covering bodies on blankets in the woods…..(yes, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream is my Favorite!) This has been a particularly warm and beautiful month, filled with Joy- haircuts, adopting kittens, Brian and Pam finding a new and potentially permanent home near their grandchildren, Aaron’s Birthday and his Mom visiting, and a hundred other things. Hear are a few things I had fun finding across the interwebs this month, hope you enjoy as well!!

XOXO

-V

 

LADIES! If you are tired of Street Harassment, this article is definitely for you, and gents, if you wonder why girls complain about “being complimented”, this gives a full explanation of why it is in fact HARASSMENT, not a compliment

http://www.mookychick.co.uk/feminism/uk-feminism/street-harassment.php

 

Old School Cool photos:

http://news.distractify.com/people/old-school-cool/?variant=0&v=1

 

And we thought New York traffic was bad!

http://www.boredpanda.com/chatillon-car-graveyard-abandoned-cars-cemetery-belgium/

 

TEA DUELING! the best new way of enjoying tea, biscuits and demolishing an opponent, all in one bite 😀 (and you thought we had invented everything)

http://www.mookychick.co.uk/how-to/interesting-hobbies/steampunk-tea-duelling-rules.php

 

THE GUYS WE FUCKED- the Anti- Slut Shaming Podcast. ‘Bout time this happened!!

 

A much overlooked Non-Profit- The Cupcake Girls, because everyone needs love, support and the occasional Cupcake, esp women in the much misaligned sex industry-

http://www.thecupcakegirls.org/

 

Being a Fairy Princess myself I can’t help but love all things based on fairy tale stories:

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/katerina-plotnikova-photography

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/disney-princesses-in-real-life

Princesses in Historically accurate costumes- absolutely beautiful!

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/disney-princesses

 And more Princess Fashion!!

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/enchanting-fashion-fairy-tale

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/hansel-and-gretel-remade-for

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/16-gorgeous-interpretations-of

Pregnancy, from the father’s perspective:

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/phillip-toledano-reluctant-father

 

Pictures worth 1000 words:

http://www.boredpanda.com/powerful-photos-of-peoples-eyes/

 

Mad Fun with Photos:

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/laura-williams-photography

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/alex-stoddard-photography

 

Possibly the only good thing to come out of billboards and FUCK YEAH!

http://www.boredpanda.com/bilboard-houses-for-homeless-project-gregory-slovakia/

 

For the Cinematically inclined:

http://www.mookychick.co.uk/indie-fashion/vintage/vintage-fashion-film-museum.php

 

Wishing I could write recipes this enthusiastically- good read, good recipe, esp if you want the dandelions GONE!! Of course, I am also a hard-core jam enthusiast as well 😀

http://www.mookychick.co.uk/health/vegetarian/dandelion-jam-recipe.php

 

Because mirrors are fun

http://www.boredpanda.org/i-drew-these-mirrorselfies-on-my-bathroom-mirror/

 

Hooray flowers!!

http://www.mookychick.co.uk/health/spirituality/language-of-flowers.php

 

Towel Origami- oh internet, how I love thee….

http://www.mookychick.co.uk/how-to/indie-travel/towel-origami.php

 

INK AND OIL RECIPES!! because I only have eight bottles of ink left and that’s not nearly enough to last the winter, eek!

http://www.mookychick.co.uk/how-to/arts-and-crafts/how-to-make-your-own-magickal-inks-and-oils.php

Picnic Police

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Holy hairballs what a week!! We spent multiple days breaking down camp and cleaning up the campground, making sure to leave it better than when we arrived for the wonderful people who let us stay with them, drove Zoe up to Portland to fly back to Santa Fe for a family function and moved all of our vehicles- RV, three cars and a trailer- to a BLM spot outside of Grant’s Pass. We stopped at a park in town the first evening and set up a picnic spot using large Rubbermaid totes for a table and a platform for the propane stove(it was over 100 degrees and we were urban, the wood stove inside is so not happening!), then used the tow platform covered in couch pillows for an outdoor ground couch. After a lovely meal of red pepper, tomato and black bean soup with chicken and fresh baked bread with brie for dipping, we were relaxing with the cops showed up. Three people, a dog and an epic picnic setup with no drugs or booze involved were able to make such an impression that people called the cops out of concern. Style has its price, and this one I am actually proud to pay. I managed to put on a picnic so epic it’s absurd. Fortunately the cops were nice fellows who were as shocked about us as we were about them, and it ended quickly and amiably with them giving us some advice about places to look at property options as well. So first thing tomorrow, hooray for government offices. 

Joy

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Fabulous Haircuts at a Beauty School 🙂 * Fresh red current sauce mixed with a dash of sugar and squeeze of lemon to make syrup for french toast* kittens, kittens, and did I mention kittens (the adolescent phase is over and they have sold their souls and self-respect for bacon 😀 ) *New phases of life- getting back on the road*  funny faces*  forgiveness for friends’ mistakes, big or small and the look of faces when they know they are loved*  cold brewed ice coffee in 95 degree weather*  fresh painted toe-nails*  happy puppies*  writing letters to grandpa and learning the real history of the world, right from the horses’ mouth*  new music*  friends’ successes- Gabe Rima won the contest, music video coming soon!!*  honest poetry*  unicorn luck*  picking fresh herbs from the garden*  any excuse to wear lingerie or kiss someone special*  watching dreams become reality, one day at a time

Enjoy your tuesday and your everyday, good for your health, heart, and world, xoxo!!

-V

Picnic Luxury Lunchboxes!

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One of the ways I have learned to live so cheaply, yet luxuriously is knowing when it’s worth it to put in the effort. I’d much rather do the extra few minutes of work to pack a lunch than to work for someone else the extra hours to pay for eating out. I’ve also found that if you eat quality food, you don’t need as much. Gourmet is truly achievable if you eat portion sizes. Have a few small luxuries and if there are certain people in your family or group who need extra calories, make that up with more staple fare- sweet potatoes, pastas, sandwich bread, eggs and other cheap but filling options.
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Here are a few ideas for picnic luxury lunch boxes:
bread with brie and apple slices, plus chocolate of course
bread with cream cheese, nut butter and jam,
yogurt parfait- yogurt, granola, and fresh berries, or a quality trail mix(my favorite is hazelnuts, cashews, pecans, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, shredded coconut and chocolate chips)
cream cheese, roast beef and fresh greens sandwich
shrimp with curry powder, fresh fruit , crackers with herbed goat cheese

If you have a chance to cook: sliced ham, brie, caramelized red onions, and a very light drizzle of honey, toasted like a grilled cheese is one of the most memorable tastes imaginable.

And in my world, lunch is not complete without a few bites of dark chocolate at the end, never forget the chocolate!
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Carousel

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Ahh! The start of summer, painting projects, fresh berries, travel adventures and growth on every level. Hope you enjoy this month’s Carousel of fun!

The Gypsy Network: Some of my favorite gypsy blogs

http://foxandgypsy.blogspot.com/

http://www.nestinggypsy.com/

http://www.drifterandthegypsy.com/

http://sevengypsies.blogspot.com/

http://lipstick-gypsy.blogspot.com/

After using chalkboard paint to transform my fridge, I have really gotten into seeing all of the fun stuff that can be created via chalk medium:

Beautiful Art:
http://www.viralnova.com/weekly-chalkboard-art/

http://www.boredpanda.com/5-most-talented-3d-sidewalk-chalk-artists/

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/brain-melting-works-of-3-d-sidewalk-chalk-art

Chalk Art Tips:
http://inmyownstyle.com/2012/07/how-to-draw-like-an-artist-on-a-chalkboard.html

http://indiecraftparade.com/blog/archives/2370

http://gwenmossblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/10-things-you-should-know-about.html

On Making Fairy Wings:

Inspiration:

How-to:

http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean/2011/11/how-to-make-your-own-fairy-wings.html

http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean/2011/11/how-to-make-your-own-fairy-wings.html – This blog is wonderful for all things fairy!!

And some fun in science news:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140609153508.htm

 

Sorry about the irregular programming lately folks, we are deep in the intrenchment of government offices and real estate issues, punctuated with regular trips to far reaching wilderness, so the wi-fi access has been nearly impossible. But it should all be coming to a head soon and I’ll be back with a pile of new work!!

xoxo

-V

Paint Fumes become Gypsy Vardo Part 2- Tada! PICTURES!!!

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Outside- a standard RV, all set up pretty in it’s newly cleared out camp space 😀

 

Julia Cameron Excerpt from: Walking in this World
“We are miserable not because we are neurotic but because we are creative and not functioning in our creativity. Therapy may help us to “understand” our blocks. We do better to just get over them. Art is therapeutic. It is NOT therapy. Therapy aims at transformation through understanding. Art aims at transformation directly. When we make a piece of art about something we don’t understand, we come to understand it, or, at least, our relationship to it through our own experience- which is more full-bodied than merely cerebral….healing is a somewhat automatic by-product of self-expression, not a goal per se…therapists urge us to “accept how we feel”. Art teaches us to EXPRESS how we feel and so alchemize it. …therapy adjusts us to the world. Art adjusts the world itself….At bottom, art is rebellious: You cannot name me. I am more than the sum of my parts.”

 

 

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It started off ENTIRELY grey- grey grey grey, with a bit of dirty blue grey on the ceiling and dirty yellow grey on the curtains. It was a depressing sight. A whole winter of grey, filled with outside grey, and did I mention it was just generally grey? So, with the onset of summer, and a super deep clean need growing in my bones, when Zoe said “Hey we could paint the RV” as I was walking past the box full of acrylics, I kind of exploded out a rainbow. We did the walls purple, green, and yellow, and filled in all the space with a rainbow texture covered in a marble texture of silver glitter and a super high gloss clear coat- the goal was to make it look like the walls were made of polished opal- and I think I succeeded as much as paint possibly can.

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Promise petting Harold in the finished RV

Since I was already doing mad colors, the idea of a chalkboard on the fridge was only fitting. We also found magnetic paint, but it was SO expensive, instead we put metal on the freezer front. It has been a big hit already.

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The wood stove, fully finished and installed, with our collection of garage sale cast iron

Learning to cook on this has been quite an adventure- and now I have strategically painted to hide all the ashy marks from maintaining it all winter, yay!

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The most interesting part of this was the transformative effect it had on me. For so long I’ve tried so hard to keep control of everything, to be productive, capable, focused, planned. But as I was fingerpainting rainbows on my wall I simply had to let loose, to let go, to just have fun on a level that I had not touched since I was a child. All of a sudden I was caught up in the flow of creation, of expression, of simply being and impressing the greatness of my being into the world I inhabit. For the first time in a long time I felt a radiant and expanded soul.

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I rebelled against the grey, the standard, the mundane. I rebelled against the fact that I was sharing a small space with another large personality. I rebelled against the feeling that I had to stay within the lines or the world would collapse. I found out what it meant to stop trying to understand and simply to DO, and the power of heavens that resides there. Things that should not have worked out did. Things that were impossible were done. I worked harder than I ever have on anything and I was joyful every moment of the day. And I did it for myself, no other, and everyone in the community has appreciated it and enjoyed it. I took paint and made it a home.

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It doesn’t matter what else is going on, just create.