All posts filed under: Inspiration

Hello There…I’m Still Here!

HELLO! It’s been a while. But I wanted to say I am blogging weekly on my website . These photos are from a mini post about a Cedar Rose tea recipe. It seems silly to maintain two websites and blogs. However, since it’s been around since 2007 it has a lot of traffic and reach. I still get people contacting me through here seeking herbal support, I don’t want to leave people hanging. Follow me at my new Blog Subscribe to get my latest content in a monthly digest email. Subscribe Built with ConvertKit BTW I still live in Portland, and I am a mother of two kids – as of pandemic times they are 5 1/2 and 2 1/2. Yes, never a boring day with little kids around here. I am with them almost full time – normally they go to preschool two days a week and my husband Rob holds down the fort for me to work on Saturday and sometimes evenings. But that’s not the only reason I stopped writing on here. I …

10 Years of blogging on Dandelion Revolution

I’m thinking back with much fondness to 2007-2008. Ten years ago was a very special time for me. Foundational. Formative. Dreamy. I spent a completely magical summer interning at Sage Mountain, an herbal retreat center and botanical sanctuary in the mountains of Vermont. A fellow intern and I had the best job: working in the herb gardens under the guidance of an amazing gardener in trade for living on premise and attendance to the workshops and conferences.

In the Herb Nook

Every time I go to work in my herb nook, I practically burst with appreciation. This is where I get to work?! Surrounded by herbs and oils and tins and bottles, things that I love playing with? Creating this little herb studio in my teeny tiny kitchen has been one of the best things I have ever done. It’s like a working in an alter. Do any of you have an herbal nook of your own? A space dedicated to storing and creating with herbs, whether it be a shelf in a cupboard or a room in a house? I’d love to hear about it!

Olea europaea: Olive Trees in Rome

  I have just returned from an Italian vacation. Oh, the sights, the food, the plants and the ruins to be seen! One particular plant seen all over the place happens to be one of utmost importance: the Olive tree. Olive trees are all over the place. From afar they are easy to identify because of their round, squat crown and their distinctive pale silvery-green foliage.

Additional Places to Connect

I wish I could spend more time on this blog. I dream about all the things I want to explore and share and ask about herbs and health. Most everyday I am jotting down inspirations and taking photos of the the herbal apothecary that trail my shadow. Luckily a major shift in my schedule and life is approaching; I will graduate grad school on August 30th. That’s less than two months away! I cannot wait to 1) rejuvenate and 2) pursue my herbal interests 4) connect with family and friends and 3) go to Italy in September and Wisconsin in October. So in the mean time, I want want to share some of the other places I am seen frequenting. During the month of April, I took an Etsy vacation. I closed my shop down and focused on exploring herbs in a different, more personal way. In April I also started second blog about plants, flowers, and the Portland area. You can check it out here: Fall Into Place Blog. It was supposed to be …

Poppy Explosion

What is it about poppies? I don’t get them, but as if I’m entitled to understanding. They are so tender, fragile, delicate, finicky. Their petals are like tissue paper and their fuzzy buds look like they could barely be supported by their thread-like stem. One little bump and the plant falls over. But yet they contain some incredibly powerful medicine, and not just the opium poppy but many plants in the family (Corydalis, California Poppy for two).

Midnight in the Garden ~ Treasury

I just wanted to share a a bit of inspiration from my main channel for {Western} herbalism at the moment, Etsy. Joellen from the shop AuldNua curated this botanically inspired treasury. So many treasuries are made every day, hundreds? Maybe thousands? This one really stood out as conveying the dark, elegant beauty of a nighttime garden. Treasuries are a collection of items sold by the artisans, craft supply and vintage sellers.    

April around the bend

Two important changes are in store for April 1st for me. It is the beginning of Spring term for my grad program. Winter term is always the most difficult one of the year, so to start Spring term means I made it through the hard part… here’s to a new start and forward motion.

End of March Blooms in SE Portland

  It’s been a spectacular spring so far in SE Portland (all 8 days of it). Today was in the upper 60’s, sunny with a few white puffy clouds. The flowers, cherry blossoms, herbs and buds have been quite wonderful, too. Each day a new bloom is heading the show. Floral perfume wafts the streets. Bees are on the prowl for fresh nectar.