Fall & Rise

A lot has happened since I last posted, the shocking shooting in Las Vegas and three deadly hurricanes as well as raging California wildfires, among other things. Since these events and my last post, I have noticed a fall and rise of human interaction and with Nature.

I apologize for not posting sooner. Unfortunately, there has been some technical website issues that have prevented me from posting. I’m still troubleshooting the exact cause but for fear of adding to the overage of CPU (central processing units) used by my websites on my new hosting provider’s server, which enables my websites to function, I had to temporarily stop logging into and using the sites — including this one. This happened to be right in the middle of a fundraising effort for hurricane relief. For this reason, this post will be short (and hopefully sweet).

The Las Vegas tragedy hit America and the world hard. It is just hard to fathom how someone can willingly do such harm to others.

Rather than dwell on the “fall” of human behavior or the destruction in the wake of three devastating hurricanes, I’d rather focus on the rise part.

The Rise Festival that took place recently in the Mojave dessert, on the outskirts of Vegas brings healing. The spectacle of the rising lanterns is stunning. The knowledge of so many participants coming together to make it happen is uplifting and hopeful.

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Had I been younger and more energetic as in my hip-pier youth; although not a “hippie,” I would have loved to attend and participate….Next year? šŸ˜‰

I am encouraged to see the many efforts to help those impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria start to make a difference and people rising to the occasion and working together.

This mysterious meterorlogical phenomena was mentioned in the newspaper just this week. I’m not sure if a “cloud” of butterflies has been seen before but I thought in light of current events and as many times as I’ve written about butterflies that maybe it’s an appropriate sign that things are looking up. Or if anything, it helps to show that Nature remains never fully understood by man:

A lacy, cloud-like pattern drifting across a Denver-area radar screen turned out to be a 70-mile-wide (110-kilometer) wave of butterflies, forecasters say.

 

Cloud of butterflies on AIE

via Washington Post from The National Weather Service

Here’s a pretty, perfectly named “painted lady” for you:

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What to Do with All Those Shells?

So you’re back from the beach and have a huge shell collection. Now, what do you do with all those shells?

I love shells but I no longer have room to just store them. Plus, I’d like to look at them and enjoy them. Here’s a crafty way to make decorative use of them and bring the beach back with you.

This is my shell collection from last year. I assembled them in piles by type and they took up the entire dining room table.

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I saved all the small and various size scallop shells in the far left corner to make this decorative shell-ball accessory that can act as a paper weight but more importantly, I just like to look at it.

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I then bought a small styrofoam flat wreath and started hot-glue-gun gluing the remaining shells onto it in a way that was visually appealing and allowed the more prominent and different kinds of shells to be seen and highlighted. I have this on my door now and it reminds me of fond memories of the beach even when I’m not there.

Shell wreath on Art Is Everywhere

You can even create air plants that look like jelly fish with dome-shape, top-shells. They house the air plants that you just mist to keep alive.

Shell Air Plants on Art Is Everywhere

Follow this Pinterest Beach Memories board for more shell ideas.

Other ways to bottle that serene beach feeling and keep it going throughout the year are keeping your photos up front and center by putting them onto a digital photo frame so they can rotate and you can continue to see them daily.

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Early morning kayaking with still, still water with one seagull also enjoying the solitude.

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Fishing — for ducks?

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You can also turn some of your favorite photos into artwork via apps on your phone or your computer. This Prisma phone app turned a great kayak photo into something truly artworthy and frameable.

Beach Kayaks photo on Art Is Everywhere

Beach Kayaks photo turned into illustration on Art Is Everywhere

As an illustration

Beach Kayaks photo turned into art on Art Is Everywhere

Or a painting

When things get busy this fall, recall the peace and the calm of the beach and you’ll find some meditative power to refresh your energy.

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Click the link above to go to the video resource.

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Click here to see some other ways you can bring the beach back home.

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