Layin Naked in the Sun, and finally gettin er Done

 Bracken Sleeping in the Car while I cut wood.
The thing about the Holiday Season, basically from the beginning of November to New years is that most of my energy goes towards Creating for Holiday Market, then whatever Festivities occur with family and friends on Christmas to New Years. We don't do any social stuff those 2 months prior to Christmas because we really need to bust it to do well at Holiday Market.... which has to hold us over till April when Saturday Market starts again. And during this time it seems the rest of so many things goes undone...And this Year there was the addition of Sweet Little Bracken, which took Priority over everything else.  So I just couldn't wait till all the Hullabaloo was over so I could start gettin caught up. I spent yesterday workin out in the yard, gettin the front and back all cleaned up, gettin some huge rounds of wood split up, making a half door for the Chicken coop. (we lost 2 more chickens on Christmas....) I felt really bad that some dang racoons were killing our chickens.... we're down to 5, from 16. But there was never a spare half day to take care of it.  Now they are safe.
Today was a good day, we got up and lay naked in the sun gettin our vitamin D. Around here some of the best days, certainly the best Beach days, have historically been on New Years...Crazy Huh. After we got that done I went to do some work on the roof, got kinda stranded cuz the ladded sort of went Kallywumpus, so I climbed over the top (it's a very steep roof), and went in our bedroom window. Then loaded up the truck with my chain saw, splitting maul and a wedge and we headed up the mountain to see what we could find. There were some huge logs I was hoping were still good, but turned out punky, so we went down to another spot where we had to back the truck a long ways down a winding logging road (so we could get out again.... and we hit the Motherload. There were some good sized logs up near the road...you can see me cutting into here..

But these were not really that great....and the huge ones you see in the background are cedar which we are not allowed to take.  It turns out the good ones are all down on the side of the Hill,  and these good ones were about a foot and a half in diameter, so I had to cut em and split em all on a fairly steep blackberry covered slope....which wouldn't be so bad except my "good" shoes, and that is a really loose definition of "good" when applied to these shoes, .... SHORT SKI'S would be a better thing to call them. So I'm cuttin and splitting these large trees on a steep banks, while basically wearing skis. It was crazy. Next time I think I'll try some old snow boots I have, because it was a lot of extra effort just staying vertical.  So we got a good load but then it started getting kind of dark. The wood was dry.... feels good to be gettin more wood in.


 It's supposed to still be sunny on Sunday so we'll go up for another day of wood gettin.
Then we came home and I split it all up and we loaded it into the house and on to the porch.  Then we had the best dang dinner of a Bear Roast, Black Eyed Peas with duck fat and Nutritional Yeast, and a salad. Now I'm headin up to read a book, eat some frozen blueberries and some popcorn covered in coconut oil and duck fat and Nutritional Yeast, Chorella, Powdered Ginger, Garlic granules and Himalayan Crystal salt, and play with Bracken before he falls asleep.
Life is so dang good


So sorry I've been gone!

My dear readers, as you have noticed my posts have been dwindling as of late, and I must apologize for that fact. However, this month has simply been out of control! We first suffered the lost of my young cousin in a terrible accident. We then welcomed my wonderful new daughter in to the world. Between the two I simply haven't had the time or energy to write. Going in to the new year however, I feel a new energy and promise to do my best to reestablish a steady writing pace. Please look for new posts over the coming days and weeks and please understand that with a newborn I may not be as active as I would like to be, but I will do my best!

As always thanks for reading!
Blessed Be!

I would also like to take this moment to introduce my new baby girl!

Madeline Alice
Born 12/17

Trimmed Out IKEA Besta

First off, Jennifer from Rambling Renovators asked me to participate in her blog series called Great Reads. It's an awesome round up of lots of bloggers' favorite post of 2010. Click here to see what post I chose.



Secondly, couldn't you die over this IKEA hack (also posted on IKEA Hacker)?



It's just some upholstery nails tacked into an IKEA Besta console ($125)!



This was the inspiration piece, the Visconti cabinet from Bungalow 5 (retails for about $2300).



Such a statement piece! Love it.



Thanks to Jennifer from Rambling Renovators for the heads up on this project. She found it from Anne-Marie at 10 Rooms.

Autism, The "Energetic" Truth that is it's True Cause

OK, I know there are a lot of you intelligent folks out there who have broken away from the mass hypnosis and are thinking that I'm going to be talking about Vaccinations, as we are aware that at least 70% of cases of Autism are a result of childhood vaccinations..... 
But this is not what I am getting at here,
the vaccinations are simply a trigger, not the cause,
which in my rambling way I will eventually get to.
Since I was in the fifth grade I've had lucid dreams that explained things to me,
things that generally are not common knowledge.
A few nights ago I had one that spoke to the Cause of Autism
and other related diseases in children.
Suffice to say that the Medical Profession
that so many hold up as a testament to just how wise and wonderful we Humans are,
 is really quite backwards and undeveloped.
The fact is that indigenous populations thousands of years ago had a better understanding of the cause and effects of diseases than we do currently.
  Nowadays we are told by the Pharmaceutically owned medical profession
that this or that 
is the cause of this or that disorder, 
when what they are stating as a cause
is actually effects..
......manifestations of some energetic reality (which they refuse to recognize
or are unable to recognize with instruments, so ignore).
These days the "Medical profession" operates almost totally upon the physical level, 
missing the point that behind every physical "problem" 
there is an Etheric (electrical)
and Astral (emotional)
"Seed".
These astral//etheric seeds are the cause of all disease.
"Germs" are merely the physical manifestation of some astral/etheric  seed.
  (This is one of the many reasons why vaccinations are a hoax, because only the physical manifestation is acted upon) and the seed will simply find another avenue of manifestation.... )
Vaccinations are just a temporary bandage,
a "passing of the buck". (and they cause more problems than they alleviate)
But as I said we're not talking about vaccinations here,
we're talking about something much deeper
that will need a little preliminary explanation.
OK, most of you who read my blog are aware that we humans have a system of energetic centers in our body that oriental medicine and belief call "Chakras".
 And that these Energetic Centers are related to certain organs and glands in our bodies...
The fact is we could call these the Astral/Etheric Seeds of our human physical systems.
OK, these Chakras in humans are like flowers with certain numbers of energetic petals,
and in every human some of these centers are open,
and some are closed...
all to varying degrees,
and this pretty much defines the overall health (and "colour)' of the human.

 An "Enlightened" Being is said to be one who has opened all of their centers fully.....

There are not very many Enlightened grown-up humans on the planet, 

BUT there are very many NewBorns  that have all of their Chakras wide open.

These are the most Psychic,
the most Aware and Sensitive human beings.

Generally speaking, 99.9% of the time this "Enlightened" state does not last for even a few hours after the child is born.

Children who are born in Hospitals with all the wild and crazy energy from machines,
and from peoples fears
and pain 
and suffering
emotions which to these totally open Newborn babies appears,
and feels like a Whirling, Horrible, Hellish Storm.,

Basically it's like entering into Hell...

All the Noise
and Lights 
and Needles being stuck
and foreskins being butchered off etc....
Causes the newborn Saint
to slam shut their Chakras
To shut down their Openness
as a means of protection....
....it's the only protection we have at that point 
against the Angst of the Whole World.
Lots of babies don't even make it to birth still open,
because the intensity of the Moms astral/etheric environment 
causes them to shut down even earlier.
Now we are getting to the cause of Autism.

There are however some generally older souls who you could say have an "attitude".
They do not want to "shut down".
For them it's like trading a Beautiful Joyful Light.....
for Darkness
Although in the Darkness
they are safe from Seeing
....and Feeling 
...........too Freakin Much....
which is why 99.9% of babies shut down and choose the Darkness.
  And there are some children who have Peaceful and Sacred  Home births 
Like Bracken,
who has not yet "shut down"..
who have parents that make an effort to slowly introduce them 
into this Mess of Un Balanced energy we call human "ordinary" life.
To bring a child into his or her Life in this Quiet way
is a Blessing to the child,
and to the entire World
because we really do need some more folks whose perception hasn't been shut down....
But it is a tricky balancing act for parents of these Aware Newborns
to keep them from Shutting Down..
First of all there can be family that doesn't understand why it is that
you don't want to pass the child around a group of folks like a freakin football.... 
There are folks that don't realize that this child "sees"  all their baggage,
feels all their fear
   and frustrations
         and self doubt....
Feels Everything.

And they do this without all the convenient filters
of self denial
that we all learn to use
to cope with our relationships to "life". 
So here we have these children whose bellies are open to all the surrounding emotion,
whose "third eye's" can see not only all the whirling miasmas of confusion
we are enshrouded in,
but they can see angels and fairies (deva's) 
and all sorts of things we can't see.
  So here you have this totally open little baby, 
without any filters to protect it ....
And if at this point the child isn't protected on many levels
they can be shut down by an external cause such as injection of toxic substances into the body,
as occurs with vaccinations.
 When children are vaccinated they are filled with dozens of really deadly substances.
Mercury, Aluminum, Formaldehyde,Polysorbate 80 etc.
And these can cause an un-even shutting down of the chakras,
where the Emotional Center in the belly
might be wide open,
while the other Chakras above it
which make it possible for the child to deal with a wide open emotional awareness,
are closed and barely or not functioning.
When you feel EVERYTHING
yet Fear it
and don't Love it (closed heart Center)
and can't understand it (closed third eye and head centers)
It's HELL.

And it's been given many different official names...

Like Autism....

Now when you and I were  Newborns..
and when we Shut Down
there was a certain Balance to it....
We were falling into that place where
we had certain things to Learn
But for the
 Purely Aware Soul 
who has been vaccinated
and the shock...and particular "electrical quality" of the toxic substances that they have now in their bloodstream, 
causes this Acute Imbalance in the Chakras.

TU DUH

Autism

Of course the Medical Professions/ Pharmaceutical Companies Protectors like the AMA and FDA will tell you that putting incredible amounts of the most deadly substances on the planet directly into your children's bloodstream won't hurt them in the least. 

But then if everything was perfect and Healthy,
they'd be out of Business.
And that isn't an option as far as the Greedy Bastards are concerned...

Now maybe a question we should ponder is whether these folks in Control are knowingly shutting down
the most aware and sacred souls on the planet.....
HMMM?

Then my mind wanders to Flouride...
One of the most poisonous substances on the planet...
One that Hitler Loved and stated that if you wanted to control a group of people
all you needed to do was give em Flouride in their drinking water...
He did it with Prisoners to keep them docile and stupid.
And since it is a known fact that fluoride taken internally does absolutely nothing to prevent cavities (it has to be topically applied).
And does horrible things to the human body...
You gotta wonder what is the motivation for cramming it down our collective throats.
But I digress,
and for some reason this is now all typing in a narrow column down the left side of the page.


















Color Inspiration!!

I got this J.Crew ad in my email a week or two ago. Couldn't you just eat up all the color?! I'm using similar colors in our new place. Lots of grays, blacks and navy (and of course white - the floors and walls) and then really fun pops of color - persimmon red, raspberry, violet, orange, emerald green, mustard yellow, lime... sort of sounds more like a grocery store than a living room.



Anyway, speaking of colorful, I stumbled across these amazingly bright and beautiful consoles on Overstock and I had to share.



A pair of this chest would be great as night stands.



I'm absolutely dying over the green one! A little bit of fluorescent color in a room feels so modern and fresh.


I hope you're having a nice and relaxing week! We're taking things slow around here. xoxox

The Wife of Noble Character

My deepest prayer this season....
Proverbs 31:10-31 "The Wife of Noble Character"

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.

In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers
She opens her arms to the poor.
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity,
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her.

"Many women do noble things,

but you surpass them all."

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Give her the reward she has earned,

and let her works bring her praise at

the city gate.

Ikat Fabric as Wallpaper

I was recently introduced to a new friend who lives nearby me downtown in an amazing loft in Tribeca. She had a baby daughter last year. When she was decorating her nursery space, Lauren was inspired by this room from Elle Decor, designed by Steven Grambel.



She bought several yards of silk ikat from Uzbek Alive (Lauren mentioned the fabric arrived in an awesome package like this) and had her contractor hang the silk with regular wallpaper paste.





There was just enough scrap fabric left over for Lauren's seamstress to make a pelmet box and to trim out the crib bumper.







Isn't this amazing? I LOVE the results!

Winner: Burke Decor Give Away

Congratulations to Leslie for winning the Abu round pillow from Burke Decor!





Leslie, please email me as soon as possible. And the rest of you readers, don't forget the 20% discount at Burke, using the code 'LILGREEN.' Happy shopping!

Jewel Tone

Christmas parties and preparations at the Komenda household officially wrapped up earlier this week (phew!), so now that clients are too busy with their own holiday celebrations, I have a little time on my hands to get some projects done around the house.

Our entry console looks like this:



And is getting painted a shade of emerald green from the discontinued at Home Depot line of Ralph Lauren paints. I think it was called 'Polo" but I need to check. I bought the paint months ago during the big clearance sale.

It's a pretty color though and sort of reminds me of the walls in this amazing room I spied on Blair's blog.


I'll share more photos when my rug gets in and when I can corner my sweet/overworked husband and have him help me hang the ginormous mirror currently just leaning against the wall on the console. Nothing says Merry Christmas like home improvement projects.

Louis Phillipe Mirrors

We lived in Brussels for a couple of months about two years ago. I fell in love with all the antique Louis Philippe mirrors that I saw at all the flea markets in Belgium and France. I didn't buy any because I was worried about the cost of shipping such a big heavy piece. If I could do it again though, I'd just get a half or a whole freight container and go crazy at all the fleas (are you listening to me Gabby and Jordan!?)

What I love best about these mirrors is how they maximize mirror surface area with out being a boring square shape. They are really big and help to brighten a room, but still lend some softness to a space with their rounded edges. Some of my favorite rooms featuring Louis Phillipe mirrors:




Ruthie Sommers in Cottage Living


Courtney Giles



via things that inspire




Lonny





For those of us without thousands of extra dollars to spend on a gorgeous antique mirror at ABC or on 1st Dibs, IKEA sells a great full-length version for $99. Love it.



Or if you're in the market for a shorter wall mirror, this one's on eBay for $145. Wouldn't it be great gold or silver leafed or painted out in a fun color?


Elbow Grease

How about some beautiful photos of a chair redo to kick-start your week?

BEFORE:



AFTER:







Isn't it great what you can do with a little hard work? I really love the little casters on the feet.



For a tutorial, visit Janna's blog, Swoon Interiors.

An Amazingly Magically Prosperous Week

So this week I was in some kind of hyperdrive.. I created a ton of inlays...and a whole bunch of carvings... Here are some pictures....I have a few more but they aren't quite done yet


Here are some Trees with Malachite Grass and Turquoise sky..

And here's a bunch of Misc. carvings and inlays...
Just wanted to share, now back to work..

Our Journey to Ethiopia - Part 4

Day 3 in Addis Ababa

It's our last day in Ethiopia - crazy if you consider we only spent 1 full day there! It felt like we were here much longer.

We tried again to get our bag at the airport - no luck. Then, we returned to the guesthouse to pack. We had made plans for Tsion and Wegi's aunt and sister to meet us for shopping. They were gracious in helping us find all of the things we wanted to bring back, and I'm sure at better rates than we would have gotten on our own (although Carlos is quite the negotiator).

They arrive on foot and we follow them out of the gates. To this point, we had not walked anywhere - it had all been by the van provided by our agency.
It just doesn't seem like the "I'm going to take a walk place!"

We walked to the main road and quickly realized we should have arranged for a taxi at the guesthouse. We walked and walked. The sites, smells and sounds were totally different "outside of the car." Carlos asked about a taxi and they explained that we had to be on the other side of the freeway. Now, I must say I've seen many near misses during our time in the city where people walk causually in front of the cars. It seems to work for them, but I am not convinced I have the skill (nor do they:))

So, we finally reach the "taxi" which is not what we were expecting....they told us to hop on the van/bus full of Ethiopians and we realize now we're really "among" them. We both were a little taken back especially as we rode on one after antoher. It seems we're pretty spoiled with the convenience of our own private car. Carlos suggested a smaller (private) taxi, but they felt it was too expensive. In hindsight, I think we were perceived as wealthy, but certainly $.62 for a cab ride was dirt cheap to us!

They took us to a large market which was a really cool experience. They explained that we had to be careful with our bags, and Atkilt held my hand as we shopped. What an amazing memory! We also had a great lunch at a place called Lucy's - very nice. Then they invited us back to their house for coffee ceremony.


It was pretty humbling...they walked us up a stone path to the very "shacks" we'd been seeing...to their village. I'm sure we made quite the scene - definitely the kids were curious about us. I was really surprised once inside. The small room was carpeted with couches and TV. It was nice.

They were very gracious. She served us water while she roasted the coffee right there in the living room

. We enjoyed popcorn and took pictures of their family . It was a very special moment for us.

Outside the door, the kids kept running by and looking in. One girl caught our attention. A very dark skinned girl in a pink dress - she was beautiful and a huge big smile and so much life in her eyes. We learned that her mother died an that she was actually from the Congo. Carlos knew that they speak French there, so he started to speak with her. Her face lit up! He asked if we could take her picture and she agreed . Oh, how I could see the potential in her if given the opportunity. Afterwards, we took a taxi back to the guesthouse to pack and prepare for our 11:30pm flight home.

Standing in the airport, I had a range of emotions. Excitement to see Ean, confusion if there was a problem at court, wishing we didn't have to return but could bring Evy home with us now. So, the journey continues and we'll wait to see what God has for us next.