Friday, July 30, 2010

The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives The Flower / Drives my green age

inspired by sasha, i headed up into the mountains and forests by myself for a little adventure yesterday.
i wore this dress gifted to me from emily.
you remember this little sears jr. bazaar get-up? well, this lovely little purple patchwork dress emily found at eco-thrift is same brand, same era, same line. 
and she gave it to me.
i'm in LOVE.
it's also emily's crocheted vest; i'm lucky to have lady friends with good taste who like to share!
 i can't handle real "shoes" in the summertime, but the mountain air was fresh enough that i could lose the flip flops for once.
it was a lovely, sparkling, sunny, hidden day deep in the mountains. i followed a tiny dirt fireroad that winds down into a canyon. i was on the search for wildflowers but i think a lot of it was too shady. i did find fireweed, wild sweetpea, giant dandelions, ferns, and some bright fire engine red blossom.
it was a perfect break from the hustle and bustle of my life lately.
i have lots more photos of some dresses i modeled for my shop, but for now i figured i'd share just my own personal little journey and the blessings of the mountain forest.
and of course, the poem by dylan thomas:

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.
And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose
My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.

The force that drives the water through the rocks
Drives my red blood, that dries the mouthing streams
Turns mine to wax.
And I am dumb to mouth unto my veins
How at the mountain spring the same mouth sucks.

The hand that whirls the water in the pool
Stirs the quicksand; that ropes the blowing wind
Hauls my shroud sail.
And I am dumb to tell the hanging man
How of my clay is made the hangman's lime.

The lips of time leech to the fountain head;
Love drips and gathers, but the fallen blood
Shall calm her sores.
And I am dumb to tell a weather's wind
How time has ticked a heaven round the stars.

And I am dumb to tell the lover's tomb
How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

gypsy dreamland night

remember our big witchy-full-moon-girls-gathering back in january?
well we've been trying to plan a follow-up full moon themed girls night for months now and it finally happened.


rachel planned it so that we could have it at her rad airstream trailer in the woods (which i've written about before here): perfect setting for a full moon gypsy caravan forest spread.
are you ready ladies......okay, check out this magic she created.....
seriously, i died and went to heaven.

every detail was perfect: candles, colored strings of lights, rickety chairs, velvet couch heaped with instruments, scarves and tapestries hanging from the branches, a record player in a wheelbarrow draped in pink gauzy fabric, flowers and herbs and bells and baskets.
pure gypsy summer outdoor loveliness.

beautiful busy rachel, she's got the magic touch.

brittney looks like a real romany, we decided.

em, bedecked and bejeweled.

happy me in my dreamworld.

inside the trailer was a little dressing room area, where we set up skirts and scarves for girls to wear if they wanted costumes. here's rachel getting stuff ready inside, and a pile of my skirts.

i had worked a long hard day, so i rushed home, threw on some gypsy garb and whipped up a fresh corn/avocado salad, grabbed a bottle of wine and i was on my way.
(easy because this was the constant halloween costume of my youth, hell my whole life.)
it is not a far cry from my normal clothes, really. layers, bangles, slips, gems, head decor...throw it all on, i love the MUCHNESS of gypsy costume.

here's our group photo, sorry it's so dark and more girls arrived after this.

rachel and her mama kelly, a very inspiring woman.

yay crafting...we made little lanterns out of fabric and jars and wire.

tis a sweet feeling indeed, to sit in a circle of friends in the forest and craft together.

gypsy kitty helping.

i don't have any pictures of the finished lanterns but they really did look vivid and cute all patchworky and lit up in the dark. below, amber hangs hers in the branches.

getting real cozy.

katie here is emily's cousin and puts
together killer themed playlists; she was our gypsy dj.

this is courtney. i just met her at gypsy night and she is a ridiculously wonderful gal.
i want her to move to my town. oh by the way, she's drinking the homemade sangria which i indulged in a bit too heavily!

also, chelsea and rachel made this drink called "the gypsy" with benedictine tea. it was crraaazzyyy tasting. we passed it around and shared it.

later the night turned into hula hooping, singing and dancing round the fire under the full moon.

ahhh glorious gypsy night, and glorious girls for being in my life and heart.
thank you for reading, blog friends. i wish you all had been there too!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesdays in my Town - Jack Russell Brewery

this wonderful brewery just up the hill in camino has recently reopened, and what a treat it is!

we took advantage of their lovely picnicking grounds the other day.
ahhhh summer afternoons at a brewery; what could be better?!
they have horseshoes and a beanbag toss game.

it's family friendly!
 here is sweet juniper with her pops.
and dashing mama jocelyn.

dog friendly too.
 this guy was having a liiiitttllle too much fun with les!

i love the whitewater pale ale, delish.