Lady Slippers

Lady Slippers

Lady Slippers

Seven wild sisters danced in the north woods.

Soft and supple, perfumed and pretty, they each march to the tune of a different drummer.

The seven girls never could quite agree on anything!

As their mother well knew, if the oldest one wanted to sleep, the middle one wanted to play and the youngest wanted to eat.

As they grew, it was hard to determine which one was the fairest. All seven were beauties and good, true, tough, ladies of the north.

Mother Nature planted her daughters in the wilds and let them go to thrive and spring up in their own favorite niche.

Showy Lady Slippers are rare, and illegal to pick in Michigan, but you can have them always in this beautiful art glass panel. framed in solid walnut. 

The Dance

The Dance

The Dance

 On a snow covered field in northern Japan, two majestic Red-crowned Cranes face one another, raise their heads toward the sky and call in unison.  As they call, the pair begins to dance.  They bow to one another, then throw their heads over their backs, and bow again.  The pair leaps into the air, at the same time raising their wings.  

The Red-crowned Cranes dance is a ritual the pair will perform together many times over the years to strengthen their lifelong bond.  In Japanese tradition, the beloved crane is said to live 1000 years and symbolizes longevity. 

“Fold a thousand cranes and the gods will fulfill your heart’s desire”. 

(excerpt from “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” – Eleanor Couerr

When Spring Breezes Pass

When Spring Breezes Pass

When Spring Breezes Pass

“When Spring Breezes Pass” was conceived in the spring of 2022, when the daffodils first rose from the ground. They symbolize new life and hope for the future. They’re strong survivors who’ve weathered the winter storms and remind us of sunshine.

I think William Wordsworth says it best in “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud“, but I especially love the final line.

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
Moon Drops

Moon Drops

Moon Drops

“Moon Drops” was completed just shortly before the Spring Equinox. I feel that the birth of Spring is very strongly related to the Luna Moth. Both are the beginnings of new life, both feel the pull of the moon, and both the moon and the Luna Moth are forever tied to each other.

The Luna Moth may be considered one of the most spiritual and mystical of Spirit Guides. Luna moths signify new beginnings as they represent a continuing quest for truth and knowledge, the gift of intuition, and heightened awareness.

To meet one is a special gift, for when she is in her adult moth stage she only lives for approximately one week. As an adult moth, hey don’t eat, for they have no mouth. One might say that their purpose is to reproduce, but I say it is to bring forth the next generation with love.

They are born, they transform, they love, they die, and then are again reborn. Their cycles are short, as are our years while we are here. We are reminded to make the most of our moments and to live and love to the fullest.

She is most often seen in the evenings, attracted to the moon and to the light.

You may or may not believe in spirit guides.  For me, I always listen to my heart and my intuition.  It takes a good number of years to believe in yourself and follow your heart, but I wholeheartedly believe it always contains the truest answer.

Halcyon

Halcyon

Halcyon

Kingfishers are known as the “Halcyon” bird.  The title was born in ancient Greek legend as a tender story of love and commitment.  Halcyon was the daughter of the Aeolus (the ruler of the winds), and was married to Ceyx.  Their love for each other was so known that even gods were jealous.  A massive storm drowned Ceyx at sea and Halcyon threw herself into the dark waves.  Amazed by their love and devotion, the gods decided to save them and transform them into kingfishers.  They were granted two weeks of good and calm weather in which Halcyon’s father would keep the winds at bay in order for her to lay her eggs and raise them.  These fourteen days were the seven day before and the seven days after winter solstice.

You can read a more detailed version of the myth HERE. 

In the dictionary, “Halcyon” is characterized by happiness, great success and prosperity.  Isn’t this what we all want?  Love, commitment, happiness and success?  Strive for it and it comes back to you tenfold, for what is more important than love, and happiness?