Nature Sanctuary

Butterfly Celebration Festival Sharon Audubon Center CT To Shine A Spotlight On These Beautiful Creatures.

The celebration will kick off with “A Guide To Restoring The Little Things That Run The World”, a presentation on creating sustainable habitat in our own backyard by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, Friday, Sept. 13th, 7 pm at the Litchfield Community Center. The festivities continue at the Butterfly Celebration Festival Saturday, Sept. 14th from 10 am-3 pm at the Sharon Audubon Center with tours of the new Butterfly House, Caterpillar Rearing Lab and gardens; presentations on native butterflies, planting for butterflies, native plant sale, music, food and more.

The Sharon Audubon Center encompasses four nature sanctuaries and 3,000 acres in Northwestern Connecticut, an education center, a Wildlife Rehab Clinic, a small history museum and an Audubon Nature Store. The immediate grounds include Raptor Aviaries, the Herb Garden, the Eleanor Loft Bird & Butterfly Garden and a sugarhouse. Whose mission is to protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitats by creating life-changing experiences that inspire community members to appreciate, understand, and protect the natural world. Support the work here

Pollinator Power

For The Love Of Spring. Pollinator Power.

For the love of  Spring. Let’s all be eco-conscious and wait to clean up our gardens until after temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees. Many bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are currently overwintering in the dead leaves and hollowed out stems of last year’s plants. Please leave the leaves! If you clean out your gardens now you will be destroying habitat to this year’s bounty of beneficial beauties and critical creatures that make countless contributions to our everyday world. Allow pollinators to wake on their own carefully calculated timeline. This small act of mindfulness will help them to survive and thrive.

Seasons Spring

 Springtime Salutations. Quote By Pioneering Twentieth Century Biologist, Conservationist & Natural History Writer Rachel Carson, who is credited with sparking the modern global environmental movement with her groundbreaking and thought-provoking book Silent Spring, and for crafting an equally timeless and timely cultural message, in the posthumously published The Sense of Wonder. Books that endure as magnificent manifestos for the vibrant curiosity with which we are all born, and which we risk losing if we imperceptibly, yet steadily, slip into apathy and resignation. Above all, she extends a reminder that the faculty for wonder is our most precious natural resource and our greatest responsibility to conserve.

We Heart It

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. hasn’t written a We Heart It post in a while. Wish granted! Curated clever companies and creations to contemplate, curios to captivate, covet, conjure curiosity, and cultivate conscious consumption.

Star Animal Sundays talismans are a modern-day expression of style and spirituality that exists at the crossroads of symbolism, nature, and wellness. They offer you a unique way to find and connect with animals while forging a stronger connection with yourself, nature, and loved ones. Choose an animal that reflects the qualities you already possess, or find an animal that exhibits the characteristics you hope to embody. Let the powerful spirit of your animal find and guide you. Handmade in Los Angeles and NYC of repurposed 14K Gold and ethically-sourced Diamonds. Each charm piece is blessed by a shaman. Plus 10% of net income is donated to The Nature Conservancy to help conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Animal Spirit Wisdom.

Eminence Organic Skincare Wildflower Collection,Winner of the Yoga Journal Editor’s Must Haves Award, will restore mind body skin spirit soul. Inspired by Hungarian heritage, the new Wildflower Collection Cleansing Balm and Ultralight Oil are superior multi-functional products that will transform your skin scentsationally. A combination of European wildflowers and conditioning therapeutic botanical oils not only nurture the skin but provide a gentle scent that evokes flowering fields in full bloom. Containing Poppy, Cornflower, Echinacea, Evening Primrose and Linden Flower Extracts. Crafted from flowers harvested from the award-winning Eminence Certified Organic Farm, that since inception in 1958, has been using sustainable farming and green practices to create Biodynamic products. Beneficial Beauty.

Prana Yoga Travel & Adventure Clothing, A versatile lifestyle brand offering sustainable wears|wares for yoga, travel and outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Love their motto. Clothing for people who live fully, play long, and travel well. Founded on a core belief that companies should give much more than they take from the world, sparked by their adventures and rooted in sustainability. Prana’s refined urban-to-adventure style, durability + easy-going comfort has been time-tested and perfected. City streets to mountain peaks, Prana strives to create, inspire and educate with eco-friendly minded products for the conscious consumer. Join The Movement.

Big Picture Farm Goat Milk Caramels, Big Picture Farm is a small hillside Goat dairy and farmstead confectionery and creamery located in southern Vermont. Their award-winning Goat Milk Caramels and farmstead cheeses are made with fresh, raw, creamy Goat’s milk from their herd of 40 healthy and happy, free-ranging companions. An Animal-Welfare-Approved farm, the health and happiness of their animals is the center around which the farm and farm products revolve. Their mission is also to integrate agriculture and narrative in a fresh way that properly evokes the place, animals, and work in order to bring to life the exciting and unpredictable evolution of their products, farm, and lives. Big Picture Life Goals.

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards By Alberto Villoldo & Illustrator Jena DellaGrottaglia, A deluxe-packaged oracle deck based on the wisdom and beauty of the shamanic world from energy medicine teacher Alberto Villoldo -Director of the Four Winds Society. Every card is a dynamic snapshot of sacred symbols belonging to the realm of archetypes and the collective unconscious, the spiritual common ground shared by peoples modern and ancient. When you consult the oracle, you summon power and insight that can help you understand the present, heal the past, and influence the course of your future. We can become our own prophets and visionaries. Each card has three important messages: The Essence. The Invitation. The Medicine.

Coral & Tusk Linens & Decor, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite textiles are inspired by a love of animals, travel and adventure. Magical experiences everywhere from Wyoming to Nepal inform the imagery and humor behind Coral & Tusk designs. The artist owner, an RISD-trained textile designer, first creates her cheeky storyline scenes and irreverent characters as original pencil drawings before she painstakingly redraws them stitch by stitch using special computer software then finishes by hand. Every machine-embroidered pillow, table linen, and artwork retains the story-telling spirit and hand-drawn allure of the original illustration. Smart Design Mix Of Magic + Mischief.

Farmhouse Pottery Studio & Collection, Elevate your dining experience with the truly authentic handmade feel of signature farmhouse pottery design and timeless elegance. Durable American stoneware wheel thrown in Vermont. The owners + makers, a husband and wife team at Farmhouse Pottery are old-world potters with simple tools and strong beliefs in process and authenticity. They believe the farmers, craftsmen, and makers are the core of our communities, and that farm-to-table isn’t a foodie trend, but rather the rediscovery of a more sustainable lifestyle and value system. Studio Events include: Farmhouse Pottery Workshop Tour; Farmhouse Pottery Wheel Throwing Demonstration and Personal Pottery Lesson with their master potters to create your own piece of American stoneware. Old School Style.

The Humane Gardener By Nancy Lawson, In this eloquent plea for compassion and respect for all species, journalist + gardener Nancy Lawson describes why and how to welcome wildlife to our backyards. Through engaging anecdotes and inspired advice, profiles of home gardeners throughout the country, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists, Lawson applies the broader lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces. Detailed chapters address planting for wildlife by choosing native species; providing habitats that shelter baby animals, as well as birds, bees, and butterflies; creating safe zones in the garden; cohabiting with creatures often regarded as pests; letting nature be your garden designer; and encouraging natural processes and evolution in the garden. Principles for both attracting wildlife and peacefully resolving conflicts with all the creatures that share our world. Wildlife Wellbeing.

 Woodland Perfume, This homemade unisex blend truly smells like you just walked into an enchanted forest. Uplifting, grounding, meditative, and comforting. Woodland Perfume is for you if you love the fresh forest aroma and the great outdoors. Perfume you make yourself is free from synthetic chemicals and is fully customized to your personal taste. Creating your own essential oils signature scent is a powerful way to express your individuality. Scentsational.

Ingredients

4 drops wild harvested Spruce essential oil
2 drops organic Fir Needle essential oil
2 drops organic Cedarwood essential oil
1 drop organic Vetiver essential oil
1 drop organic Bergamot essential oil
1 tsp (100 drops) organic Jojoba Oil

Directions:

  1. Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle of your choice & snap on the roller ~we prefer a clear roller ball bottle for practical and aesthetic purposes.
  2. Roll between palms to evenly mix the oils. Add Jojoba oil, and roll again.
  3. Create a label to further personalize the perfume for yourself and or for gifting. Share it! Enjoy!

Notes:

Use essential oils that are 100% pure aromatic distillates, certified organic, sourced from reputable distillers. As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. If you have sensitive skin or any serious medical condition, do not use essential oils unless advised by a medical professional that it is safe.

The Return

Northern cardinals bring splashes of splendid color to the Grays and Browns of a Winter environment. The male Northern cardinal is unmistakable, thanks to his Rose-Red plumage, pointed crest, and Black mask. The female cardinal has a more subdued fashion sense, preferring pale Tan and Brown with a few Rosy accents on the crest, wing, and tail. Both sexes have the same heavy, bright Orange bill. Cardinals are year-round residents in New England, and frequent forest friendly flyers on Wonder. Wisdom. Words property. Year after year, during the coldest months of the year, a visiting patriarch and matriarch pair’s clarion calls alert us to their presence dusk to dawn. Soulful birdsong thanks for sharing some survival sustenance.  Same Time Same Place.

Au Revoir Oliver

RIP Beloved Poet Mary Oliver January 17th 2019.

Mary Oliver won many awards for her poems, which often explore the link between nature and the spiritual world; she also won a legion of loyal readers who found both solace and joy in her work. She was someone who is in tune with the deepest mysteries of the universe. In her poem When Death Comes, Oliver wrote this about the inevitable: “When it’s over, I want to say all my life/ I was a bride married to amazement.” Oliver’s Instructions For Living A Life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.

Oak Tree Recipe

Ever wonder how to grow Oak trees from acorns? It’s easy! Late Fall is the perfect time of year to collect acorns to start growing new Oak trees over the Winter. Late dropping acorns (October and November) are typically healthiest. A healthy acorn specimen suitable for growing an Oak tree is one that is plump with a cap that is loose and/or easily removed. A naturally split or cracked acorn is fine, but do not collect damaged or crushed acorns.

How To Grow Oak Trees From Acorns:

  1. After inspecting the collected acorns, place them in a mixture of 1/2 peat and 1/2 loose barley in a clear zip-lock plastic food storage bag. Do not crowd the acorns. They should be loose in the mixture and the bag should not be more than half-full.
  2. Seal the bag and store it in the refrigerator throughout the Winter. Periodically check the moisture level -it should be damp, but not wet. At some point during the winter, the acorns should split open and white sprouts should begin to appear and grow.

When To Plant Acorns:

  1. In early Spring (late March to early April), fill individual plant pots with clean potting soil. Place the sprouted acorns horizontally in the soil about 1 1/2 inches deep and water. Place the pots in a south-facing window or under an artificial light source and keep the soil moist.
  2. During the next few weeks, the acorns will sprout into a sapling, with a few tiny, yet visible Oak leaves. As the trees grow, transplant them into larger containers. Do not allow the trees to become root bound, or dried out.
  3. You may keep your trees in plant pots indefinitely, or until they have reached a desired size to plant outside. Before planting them in the ground, introduce the trees slowly to the outdoors by placing them in cooler areas such as on a porch, or in a shed or garage for a few days at a time. Transplant them outside in the early Fall before danger of frost.