Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The years end and finding comfort in Winter.

The dark days of winter invite me to add my favorite scents to a 
light bulb ring, cover up with a soft blanket and pull out my 
favorite winter books.
Candle light is always a must when the nights are long and 
spirits need lifting.

Visiting friends and family are part of my Christmas tradition and 
each year this becomes more and more meaningful to me. 

an Angel gift for a dear friend.

New sheet metal

I have added some small red flowers to the sheep with the bird.
This was created with peace and harmony in mind, for nature can teach 
us these virtues like no other :))

My cat has two kittens climbing in her fur.
I have not yet applied paint to the primed surface, only yellow
crayon has sketched the outlines of the kittens
and their mothers face.
I love to put these sheet metal cats in the window
of my home, it looks like I have many cat friends and keeps my neighbors guessing.

Peace and harmony for the New Year my dear readers and 
blogging friends.

Thank you for keeping me company! You are the best! :-))

Silent New Year from where The Deer Come.

Sheet Metal Angel with small Bird
and Three Flowers

Has My Heart Gone To Sleep?
by Antonio Machado

Has my heart gone to sleep? 
Have the beehives of my dreams 

stopped working, the waterwheel 
of the mind run dry, 
scoops turning empty, 
only shadow inside?
No, my heart is not asleep. 
It is awake, wide awake. 
Not asleep, not dreaming— 
its eyes are opened wide 
watching distant signals, listening 
on the rim of vast silence.

Small pen drawing from my silent retreat.

Everywhere the deer came,
silently, watchfully
like a hidden part of my self,
like the beginning of a prayer.

I have been making a silent retreat for several years now,
sometimes once, sometimes twice a year
to immerse myself in silence to listen to
the still voice within.
slowly, slowly I bring less and less with me
for I am finding it is all a distraction.

My wish for the New Year is
to recognize my need for outer distractions and slowly
find my way back to
from where the deer come.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Yellow Flower Angel

Yellow Flower Angel was donated to a fundraiser for CITW retreat center.

I am grateful that the Christ in the Wilderness retreat center is available for spiritual renewal.  I will be making another silent retreat later this month at this wonderful place of rolling hills and sacred beauty and reflect on ways to bring a little of this quiet beauty into my life. 

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

December Nights

The nights of December are busy creating
metal work.