Monday, April 30, 2012

Sponsor Talk2thetrees In May!

April was not the fastest month. It kind of dragged on for me! Even though I was extremely busy. Luckily May will slow down a bit.. I've got big plans for May, and would love if you joined me on the blog this month! 

How it works:
-Your ad will go up on the first of the month.
-Large ads are listed first, then small ads follow.

-You can make your own ad or I can make you a custom one for $15.  
If you make your own, please be sure it's the right size!

Monthly Rates:

 The Extra Large Ad
There will only be one per month.
Extra Large Ads are 45$ 
This includes an interview, and your choice between a giveaway or a guest post.
You will get a solo post for your giveaway
and another solo post for your interview. 

The Extra Large Ad package also includes weekly shout-outs via twitter and facebook.

The Large Ad
 Large Ad's are 35$

This includes a group giveaway with the other sponsors. 
If no other sponsors are scheduled for a giveaway,
lucky you!
You will either have a giveaway with me, or a solo one! 

The Large Ad Package also includes a group interview post.

If you decide to sponsor another month, your second month will only be 25.00, without a giveaway.

The Large Ad package also includes weekly shout-outs via twitter and facebook.

The Small Ad
Small ads are 15$
There are no limits to the amount of small ads at this time.
This ad is a great and affordable way to get your shop or blog seen!

Send me an email at

I can make you a custom button for an additional $15. I will include HTML for you to use on your own blog too!

Giveaways: A giveaway is included in the Extra Large Adspace. If you are interested in just a giveaway and no adspace, the charge is just 25$.  Please note that the giveaway item needs to be worth at least $25.00.

Product Reviews:
 For a less costly way to advertise,  you may send me an item from your shop to incorporate into my weekly outfit posts! I always link what I wear, and do a little review for my etsy or other handmade finds!
The outfit post also gets onto lookbook, twitter, facebook, tumblr flickr, AND pinterest! It can be a great way to get your item seen! So, if you are interested, send me an email!

Giveaway Winner With Wood Art For Living!

Congrats to the winner of the beautiful wooden bowl!

 I'll be contacting you so soon Rachel!!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Plant Your Own Garden

After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul, and you learn that love doesn't mean leaning, and company doesn't mean security. You begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises. You begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open, with the grace of an adult not the grief of a child. You learn to build all your roads on today, because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans. After a while, you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much. So, plant your own garden, and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. You learn that you really can endure... that you really are strong, and you really do have worth. - Veronica A. Shoffstall

Friday, April 27, 2012

Getting To Know Wood Art For Living

Hey everyone! It's time to get to know Norm of Wood Art For Living. 
Please give us a brief bio, where you are from, who you are.
I'm a retired mathematician, physicist, computer scientist and engineer. I studied mathematics and physics in college and graduate school, initially believing, as Einstein and Dirac did, that there was an inherent beauty in the representation of nature through mathematics. But, after only a few months of employment in an engineering company as a solid state physicist I came to realize that I was more interested in creating useful things than in developing esoteric theories. My subsequent study of computer science and over three dozen years of employment as an aerospace engineer proved me right as I developed computer models, electronic devices, and ultimately complex real-time control systems.
I am a New Yorker at heart (and by birth), though I've lived in Maryland for more than half of my adult life. I have an intense desire to learn and love to immerse myself in new - and old - fields of study until I understand them. I've just spent a few months catching up on the developments in quantum theory and mathematics that have occurred since my first college studies.
How did you get started in woodturning?
My interest in wood as a medium was rekindled four years ago when I created a special gift for my older granddaughter. During the creation of that small piece, I rediscovered wood's beauty and utility, and starting creating other wooden objects: cutting boards and knife handles.
But it was with a newly-acquired lathe three years ago that my creativity really took off. I started small (the first lathe wouldn't allow anything else), and was soon making candlesticks and handles for ice cream scoops and pizza cutters. It was thrilling to see that I could create works of art that were also functional objects. I fell in love with the process of "unpacking" a piece of wood to reveal its beauty and character, and started turning bowls and clocks and other useful objects.
And two larger lathes later, I'm still loving it.
Norm at the lathe smoothing a miniature bowl.
When did you first discover your creative talents?
I've always had a creative side, and believe that there should be creativity in everything we do. In my early teens I taught myself nature photography, striving to create pictures of flowers and insects that were simultaneously precise representations and beautiful images. I also love model building, creating detailed miniature representations of interesting functional objects: ships, cars, and railroad trains. My photographs decorate several rooms in our home, and so do the models!
What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?
I love the process of taking a simple wood blank and creating something beautiful and useful from it, and I particularly like the idea that someone else will be able to use that item to add the beauty of nature to their everyday lives. And, since I keep finding ever more beautiful pieces of wood, and I'm driven by an innate urge to continually develop new forms, I don't think I'll ever lack motivation!

How would you describe your style?
If the wood is interesting, anything more than a simple, flowing shape interferes with the presentation of its natural beauty.  I only add decoration to the extent that it's needed to bring out the wood's aesthetic qualities.  I love discovering new forms for traditional objects as long as they don't interfere with the piece's functionality.
Describe yourself in 5 words.
Intense.  Creative.  Intuitive.  Exacting.  Curious
Share with us something funny that has happened to you recently.
Not much has!! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Lesson On Living

Wicket is such a little baby.
He loves to snuggle up on the couch, look out the window and play with his toys.
I'm trying to teach him to live a little. 
I'm trying to show him a bit of adventure.

We took Wicket up the canyons for a bit of exploring.
I decided to leave his leash behind. 
He did so well. 
Occasionally, I would have to call him back to me.
Occasionally I would scoop him up when I saw some bikers coming by.

This pup teaches me so many lessons.
This time, he reminded me how to live not merely exist. 

We have the option to live, or to exist.
And sometimes, teaching that to someone is a great way to live.

This place is beautiful..
Please don't miss it. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Past, Present, Future

My Past 

 It's greatly missed, and it made me who I am today.
My favorite memories of my Past..

 Wandering Beale Street when I lived in Memphis...
 My Mowgli's Big Brown Eyes
 My Constant Companion... and my brown hair.
 The Lighthouses of North Carolina.
 My Best Friend.
 The Beaches and Scenery Of North Carolina
Constant Exploring.

My Present

I am quite in love with my Present. 
I have everything I need, and more.

 My darling studio, full of my favorite things..
from animal bones, to bird nests, to my life size Tardis cutout.
 More and more exploring, but with a new furry friend.
My Snow White Hair
 My New Brown Eyed Friend.
My Not So Distant Pink Hair, and My Little Baby Who Loves Shoulder Rides.
Exploring The Canyons and Mountains Of Utah

My Future

One can only hope and plan.
But, I do hope my Past, and Present will be a very big part of my Future.
If I had it my way, it would go something like this.
 Traveling in a Gypsy Style Vargo.
Living in a little cabin in the woods, with chickens, and a giant garden.
  Hopefully, of course in North Carolina.
All while doing what I love.
And, of course, with who I love. 

Life is a beautiful thing. 
I miss my past, and look forward to my future,
but life is about balance... 
Constantly thinking about your past or future is not very balanced.

so, I must say, I love my present.
Despite the ups and downs...
Because my past had the ups and downs.
My future will have them too. 
And it's the ups that balance the downs.