Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bloggin' good giveaway!

I love meeting new people. And when a friendly yogini named Rachel emailed and asked if I'd like to participate in her yoga blog giveaway, I was more than happy to say yes!  She is having awesome giveaways on her blog this month and today I am being featured along with the lovely duende74.

Here's your chance to win a print of my Scorpion painting!  Head over to Alive in the Fire and post a comment to enter! Good luck! http://aliveinthefire.blogspot.com/2010/12/party-like-its-2011-new-giveaways.html

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Free shipping for one more week

Just a reminder- free shipping until I close up my shop on Sunday, December 19th. So get those orders in quick! I ship within 2 days.

Here's a photo from my friend Brian Granader at Red Lotus Yoga of the painting I did for their beautiful new studio in Rochester, MI.  If you haven't been there, I highly suggest you check it out! Happy Holidays, y'all!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Seeing Things

I'm really enjoying Jakob Dylan's album "Seeing Things."  It's so good.  I suggest you check it out!  Also, check out the new print available in my shop!  It's about time a Buddha showed up in my store, don't you think?!  Here's the LINK.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Variety Notecards 5 Pack

I am super excited to share my new variety notecards pack!  Now printed on lovely smooth-textured paper so the image is super sharp, all of my best selling images are together in this great pack:
- Pink Easy Pose
-Updog
-Dancer
-Fish
-Wheel
They're great for sending to a special friend; also great for framing! You can create a little gallery of yoga poses. Here's a quick peek at them, freshly unpacked.  They'll be posted in my shop very soon!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Congrats! Join me on FB!

Congrats to the winner(s) of a free journal!!  
Here's the very journal I'm sending out!!

No comments were made here on the blog, (which makes me reconsider keeping it up!) but there were several folks who entered on my FaceBook page.  Become a fan of Lindsay Satchell Designs FB page!  

I'm busy getting lots of prints, cards and journals ready for the holiday season. My shop will be fully stocked and there will be some special offers and other goodies. I'll keep you posted. 
 Find the perfect gift for the yoga or pilates enthusiast in your life!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Giveaway!!

(Sorry, this giveaway is closed.)
Yes, it's time for a giveaway.  How about a lovely journal with my "Pink Easy Pose" on the cover? It's a great little journal for taking notes, keeping a journal, tracking meditations, or collecting great quotes. I keep one in my purse at all times...for when inspiration hits!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment and tell me your favorite yoga pose or pilates move. That's it!  I'll enter your name and draw a winner (or winners!) next week.  Good luck!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cultivate Generosity

Hey y'all...

We are officially southerners now!  I heard my very first "all y'all" the other day and knew we were officially here.  Besides the stifling heat, we are adjusting quite well and really liking our new home.

Just wanted to let everyone know that my shop is back open- you can find my prints, cards and journals at www.lindsaysatchell.etsy.com.

Also, I wanted to share something special- a video from my teacher, Mira, of a yoga practice that helps cultivate generosity.  It's a lovely practice, and Mira is a perfect teacher. http://mirashani.com/offerings Enjoy!

Namaste'

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Do Less.

These past few weeks living with my in-laws while we wait until we can move to SC and join back up with all of our belongings has given me great perspective on what we actually need.  We have about 10% of our stuff with us and guess what?
That's all we need. 


Good thing there's a Goodwill store about a mile from our house.

One of my favorite blogs, Zen Habits, has great tips on simplifying your life. And yesterday's blog, the best goal is no goal  had the same message as the book I'm currently reading:


...which happens to have the same message as the lecture I'm currently transcribing (Lama Marut's commentary on the Ashtavakra Gita).  That message is:


DO LESS.  


I don't have to do a bunch of stuff. There's already plenty to do naturally, just keep going. Don't add to the pile with loads of stuff and hobbies and meaningless relationships.  Do what you're passionate about, take care of your friends and family, and the rest will fall into place. 


Okay, I'm listening.  Yoga, art, family, friends. Got it. Anyone else experimenting with simplifying?

Monday, July 26, 2010

SALE! SALE! SALE!

Guess what?  There's a SALE going on in my shop!!  This week only!  ALL ITEMS are 25% off!  (Sorry, I'm really excited!)  www.lindsaysatchell.etsy.com

We are getting ready to officially move down to South Carolina, so "everything must go", as they say.  My prints and cards and journals want to get out into the world. They want to see your yoga room, your meditation space, your friend's house...

I will be closing up shop starting August 1st for a few weeks. So if you want to get in on the sale, don't delay!  Stock up on cards for your pals. Or your yoga teacher! Yes, please give your yoga teacher a nice gift, even some kind words would do. He or She is working so hard to bring you a beautiful tradition that is changing your life.

Also, there are some great jewelry pieces on sale in my other shop- www.lindsaykristine.etsy.com. Check it out.

Thanks, y'all!!  My customers are the best!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Clean it up


I've been thinking a lot lately about cleanliness.  

Serious yoga students will be familiar with the Yamas and Niyamas (Restraints and Commitments) from the Yoga Sutra.  The most familiar is Ahimsa, or non-violence. The second Niyama is Saucha -  cleanliness or purity.  

From the Yoga Sutra 2.40, "If you make cleanliness a way of life, then you will never find yourself in crowds of the filthy." 
Saucha in Sanskrit

I've been so sad to watch the oil spill in the gulf going on for so long, causing so much filth and destruction.  And if Karma is true, then perhaps we can see the gulf get clean again if we practice more Saucha in our lives.  

I *could* start by cleaning my kitchen... but I think I'll start by cleaning my yoga mat. How's yours doing?   

Here are some good tips for cleaning your yoga mat.  Or try this- tranquility yoga mat cleaner.  How do you clean your mat? How do you keep your world clean?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Just between us...

I'm in limbo, living with family and waiting until we can go down to our house in South Carolina.  So I've got plenty of time to make art these days.  Thought I'd share a few images. They're both gifts, so... shhhhhh!  Don't spoil the surprise!! 




Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sweet relief!

I am in love with my new massage therapist. Let's call her "Faith."  She is amazing.  Not only does she have a great sense of the muscles and tissues, as well as a very firm (yes please!) touch, she's also a Reiki master.  I literally felt years of tension and pain drip out of my always-aching arm.

I've had issues with my shoulder/arm/wrist/hand for YEARS.  It first started as a college student, when I was painting houses as summer work.  Then it flared up again when I was doing antiques restoration, and hit the zenith of pain and numbness when I was a bench jeweler.  That kind of repetitive strain causes long-lasting damage.  Hairdressers, dental hygienists, computer-bound folks - you hear me?!! Yup.

So over the years it has gotten worse and worse, and last week I couldn't even hold a paintbrush.  Couldn't spoon-feed my son.  Couldn't hold the steering wheel with my right hand. What's an artist's worst nightmare? Losing the use of your hands.

But thanks to Faith, I am back in fighting form.  Yes, there are stretches to do and emotions to release still... but I am 100% on the road to recovery. And I promise never to let it get this bad again.

So here's the latest progress on the little drawing I'm playing with.  More to come!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pics and Paintings

Hi!  Just thought I'd say hello and share some pics and paintings.  We are living in our temporary home here in Michigan until August, when we officially move down to South Carolina. We were able to partly move in down there at our new home, which we LOVE!  How can you beat this backyard??!!

Unfortunately, during the moving process we lost our cat, Jack.  He was 3 years old and just had a check-up last month, but the vet thinks he had a heart condition that couldn't take the additional stress of moving.  We are terribly sad and miss him so much. He was my buddy.  Here is a new little painting, dedicated to him.


Jack and Alistair, from 2 weeks ago.

And finally, I'm playing around with some new images and materials. Still a work in progress. Oh, and i LOVE my new necklace from Shy Siren - isn't it pretty?!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Thank You's all around town

A great big thank you to Gary at Livonia Yoga Center for displaying some of my artwork in his windows. Gary has been one of my biggest fans and promoters. There's going to be a fun event coming soon to LYC, including a labyrinth walk. I'll keep you posted.


And thanks to Brian (and Tony!) and all the good folks at Red Lotus, who also give me and my work big love. They have a brand new gorgeous studio in Rochester - Grand Opening on Friday June 25 and Saturday June 26!  Check out their amazing gigantic space, take a yoga class, get a massage, have some of their delish tea. Oh, and you can check out the super-sized painting I did just for them!! (Here it is, but it's cooler in person.)
I sure will miss my beloved yoga family here in Michigan.  I've found a sangha that is more supportive and wise than I could have ever imagined. I'll be lucky to find folks half as wonderful in our new home, South Carolina.  But that won't stop me from looking!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Cultivate Patience

There is no teacher of patience like the person that irritates you.” 
-Master Shantideva, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhisattvacharyavatara)
Like everyone, there are a few people in my life who really push my buttons. One person is someone very close to me. I once complained to my favorite teacher, Mira, about how difficult this person is to deal with. Her response was, “Well aren’t you glad they’re in your life?!”  I was like, “No!”  But here’s the key to transforming that person into someone who doesn’t push your buttons -- Cultivate patience. Do everything you can not to get angry. Because getting angry guarantees you’ll get more annoying people in your future. That’s just Karma; no way around it. 
Be grateful for the person who annoys you, because they are your greatest teacher of patience. In Buddhist texts, patience is described as “the ability to not get angry.” That’s a serious skill!  Have you ever tried to stay calm and even-tempered when someone you don’t like is doing that thing that drives you crazy? It’s nearly impossible.
Here are two methods I use:

1) Try to see their point of view, and what the motivations for their annoying behavior are. I once heard it said that “no one does anything inappropriate given their version of the world.”  We have to remember that people see things differently. 

2) Do a dress-rehearsal in your mind. Think about the next time you’re going to see that person, and imagine the scene. See the location, see what they look like, see them doing that annoying thing. But instead of your typical reaction, see yourself being patient. See yourself reacting in a new way. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll be able to stick it out when the real deal goes down.
And incredibly, it does work. Just like an athlete visualizing their victory, you can visualize yourself as the very picture of patience.  Of all the times I felt totally justified in getting angry and even yelling at someone, not once did it make things better. And think of all the future annoyance you’ll spare yourself. 

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Give yourself permission

No one grants you the right to be an artist.  You must claim it for yourself.

Even after I had earned my bachelor's degree in fine art, I still didn't feel like I had the right to call myself an "artist."   People would ask, "what do you do?" And I would reply, "well, my degree is in Fine Arts, but I'm working at such-and-such right now."  I was waiting for someone to give me permission to call myself an artist.  Until then, I would supposedly have no authority on anything I had spent over 4 years studying.  Not even the diploma on my wall was enough. I was waiting for the art fairy to suddenly appear and tap me on the head with her magical art wand and give me my title.  It never happened.

So one day I decided I had to grant myself the title of ARTIST.  I had business cards made up that said:

Lindsay Satchell
Artist

It's very simple, but it meant so much to me. I just came across one of those business cards as I was packing up my studio. That little colorful card with rainbow swirls gave me the courage to say, "I'm an artist."  I'm so glad I gave myself permission!



Monday, May 24, 2010

Balancing Act


"Work, love and play are the great balance wheels of man's being"
Orison Swett Marden




Whew, what a weekend. Alistair’s 1st birthday party was a blast and he had a great time. Especially for a little guy that cut a tooth the night before and skipped his morning nap, he was the perfect guest of honor.  

Alistair and his cousin, Maddie
We also made huge progress on the garage that needs to be built as part of the agreement we have with the folks who are buying our house.  So, yay!  Getting closer.
I’m equal parts excited and sad.  A dash of nervous, and a pinch of curious about what’s to come.  But whether it’s anxiety or excitement, sometimes stress gets the better of me. And when I’m stressed, my body freaks out.  This is when I cannot get enough sleep, I start craving way more sugar than is reasonable, and unfortunately, I often start having seizure activity again. Usually nothing big, just small “auras” that are uncomfortable and unsettling. It feels kinda like a panic attack with deja vu and a hot flash. They only last 30-60 seconds and then pass.  However, they are also warning signals that show up before a full-on, pass out, twitching on the floor seizures (also known as a grand mal or tonic-clonic seizure). Not good. So I have to be really careful not to let stress get the better of me.  
The clear solution is:  get more sleep, meditate, do yoga, make art,  and go out in the fresh air.  But how will I pack this house up?  How will I cook lunch for the baby? How will I find time to shower?!!  Do laundry?! Stay sane?!!!
It’s a balancing act. 
So I really enjoyed and appreciated this article on balance and stress from Balance In Me today.  Click here to read it.  
Here’s to always finding the right balance in our lives.




Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Achoo! Time for Soup.

It's cold and rainy here in the Motor City, and we all have colds.  My lungs actually hurt from coughing! My friend annie (read her blog for tips on medicinal teas and how to deal with IBS) suggested staying warm and drinking tea with raw honey.  That, I can do.  Rooibos, Chai, Green Ginger... I love you all.

I also decided to make my favorite soup, and thought I'd share this gem of a recipe. So here you go. Try it- I swear, you'll love it!  Full of good stuff like lentils, garlic, coconut milk and turmeric. If you don't eat much turmeric, let me urge you to reconsider. Read this.




Lentil and Carrot Soup with Coconut
1 cup lentils (brown or red - I use red)
1/2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
1-2 large carrots, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced (I use 3 because I LOVE garlic)
1 tsp turmeric 
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cracked black peppercorns
14 oz canned tomatoes (or fresh if you like! maybe 2?)
3 cups veg. stock
1/2 can (7 oz) coconut milk
1/2 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 long red chili (i just use maybe 1/4 tsp chili pepper, but you can use hot sauce too)
1. Rinse lentils and set aside.
2. In skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and carrots and cook until softened (5 mins.) Add garlic, turmeric, cumin seeds, salt and peppercorns and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add tomatoes with juice and bring to a boil, breaking up with the back of the spoon. Stir 
in lentils and stock.
3. Transfer mixture to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hrs, or on high for 4-5 hours, until carrots are tender and mixture is bubbling. Stir in coconut milk, lemon juice and chili pepper and cook on high for 20-30 minutes.
4. Enjoy! (or devour like I do!) You can top with lemon slices and cilantro if you like. I’ve never tried this but the original recipe suggested it.

I am so looking forward to dinner tonight. 

While we're talking soup, you may also want to try this soup from the Compassionate Cook: Gorgeous Garlic and Greens Soup

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Teeny Yogini

I just discovered Quite Contrary Baby and had to share their adorable baby yoga designs. They have shirts, onesies, pants, etc. for your little baby yogi!

This one is my favorite-

Monday, May 10, 2010

Shop the Blog!

Good news! Now you can order prints, journals and cards (and a few other items coming soon!) directly from this blog!  Just go to the "shop here" page at the top of this blog.  Or... click this link.  Big love to all my loyal fans and customers. xoxo
~Lindsay

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!
A little bird's nest, lovingly created by a mama bird in our yard.


They say that Mothers are the holiest beings of all -- so be sure to thank your mom for all she's done for you. If your mom isn't with us anymore, or you don't have a good relationship with her... you can still thank her in your mind for raising you, teaching you to tie your shoes, or any small kindness she showed you. You'll get some serious karmic rewards!!

Here's my mama. Isn't she pretty?!
It's my first mother's day, so my thoughtful husband let me sleep in until 7:30 (!) this morning. I feel like a million bucks. When I wandered downstairs, I found them happily playing together. What else could a mom want?!
Then I had my favorite tea (Italian Bergamot) with my favorite local honey.
Outside I was greeted by my lovely columbine that were given to me by my mom, who has taught me all I know about gardening. (thanks, mom!)
Thanks to all moms, who so generously give their love and support.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Artsyville!

I came across this adorable item from Artsyville- and got myself this magnet to go on my fridge.
Too cute, and a great reminder!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happiness is the Absence of Unhappiness

Today I was on the way to a doctor’s appointment, feeling annoyed and anxious with a cranky baby and a gas tank on low. I stopped at the gas station and stood there with the pump in my hand thinking, “Man, this sucks.” Then I caught myself and asked, “Am I actually unhappy?”


Recalling a mindfulness meditation, I continued. “Am I breathing?” Yes. “Am I in any pain?” Nope. “Am I in any danger?” Not at all. “Have I lost anything important today?” Thankfully, no. And suddenly I was aware that I was, in fact, happy -- because the real definition of happiness is the absence of suffering or unhappiness.


Chances are, like me, you’re not in pain... you’re not in any current danger and you haven’t lost anything important today. (I’m assuming you’re still breathing if you’re reading this.) Consider the entire population of the world and what most people are dealing with, and I think we can agree - we've got it pretty good!


So then my mind started scrolling through what was going right today, and what I was enjoying. Standing there watching the traffic go by, I noticed:

  • It was a gorgeous day
  • The breeze felt lovely on my skin
  • My baby might be cranky, but he’s healthy
  • I am fortunate to have a car that runs well and the money to fill the tank

What a quick switch from annoyed to happy!


So are you happy?


Here’s a quick test. Ask yourself these questions:

are you breathing?

are you in pain?

are you in any danger?

have you lost anything or anyone today?


Simple as that. If you are in pain or danger or have lost something, then hang in there. Maybe try to help someone else feel better. But chances are, you just haven’t checked in yet to find out how happy you truly are.

I shared this blog entry with my friend, Megan (thanks for the free editing, Meg!) and this was her response:


“It's important to take stock and put things into perspective. I read somewhere once that we always seem to notice the red lights we hit, but we almost never go through a green light in a state of gratitude.”


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Babies are high all the time

Years ago, my aunt gave me a book called Das Energi by Paul Williams. Each page has a single statement. Sometimes they're really wacky, sometimes really insightful and thought-provoking.

Today I flipped to this:

Babies are high all the time.
They assume nothing; they draw no lines.
They are completely open to pain and joy.

Babies see things as they really are.

That's my little man, teaching me to see things as they really are.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Pilates Love!

I didn't want the pilates folks to feel left out... so here are some new pilates moves! These will be available soon in my shop - www.lindsaysatchell.etsy.com!
Here are some custom Pilates paintings I did for a client last year. I LOVE the color on these!



Friday, April 23, 2010

Introducing... Journals!


Fresh off the presses! New pocket-size journals featuring 2 different seated poses-- Pink Easy Pose and the new Teal Seated Pose. These sweet little journals are perfect to put in your pocket... keep in your purse, or anywhere else your little heart desires! Wouldn't your mom love one for Mother's Day??!

Use them for:
~ daily meditation or prayer journals (perfect for those of you who keep THE BOOK)
~ journals for your yoga practice
~ dream journals
~ gratitude journals
~ sketchbooks
~ your favorite quotes
~ thoughtful gifts

4"x 6" Saddle-stitched 50 pages of 70# white. And guess what- there's an easy-peasy BUY NOW button on this blog!! Now you can purchase the journals right over there at the top of the right-hand column. But you can also shop Etsy, of course! Click here.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

GREEN is my favorite color!

Tomorrow is Earth Day, so I thought I’d share 5 things I’m doing to be Green. Enjoy!

1. Eating a Vegetarian Diet
I've been a vegetarian for 15 years now. Believe it or not, eating a vegetarian diet is one of the best things you can do to help the environment. Even better than driving a Prius! http://www.alternet.org/environment/47668


There are many reasons to stop eating meat, but that’s a pretty good one! Think it’s too hard to go veg? Try eliminating just one meat-based meal per day and you’ll have a significant impact. Come on, you can do it. And it’s cheaper than buying a Prius.


2. Gardening

Gardening is one of my passions and just happens to be good for the environment. I have two small gardens based on Mel Bartholomew’s book Square Foot Gardening. This method is a more compact way to grow, and uses less water to grow.

I love heirloom seeds (www.seedsavers.com). They are a great way to support the environment because they are seeds that come from plants that have been around a long, long time. This means they are resilient and proven to be good growers, requiring less fertilizer and fewer insecticides. They are traditionally organic and are NEVER genetically modified.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the bee crisis (in fact, i blogged about it HERE), so I make sure to have plenty of wildflowers that attract bees. I also plant indigenous species so that I can use less water and fertilizer. Here in Michigan that includes day lilies, rose campion, Black-Eyed Susans and yarrow.



3. Online Banking

Online banking reduces paper usage, so we don’t do any paper bills anymore. Not only do I love that bills don’t stink up my mailbox, but we’re saving a whole lotta paper (and trees)! Some employers, including mine, have the option of online pay stubs. Good idea, Wayne State University!



4. Green Lunches

Lunchtime for me is an opportunity to be green. First, locally-grown produce not only tastes better, but it travels less and therefore uses less fuel to get to my plate. If you’re interested in the local food movement, I recommend reading Plenty by Alisa Smith and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.


Cloth Napkins

Snack Bags

Lunch Bags


Above are some links to adorable reusable lunchtime accessories! You didn’t think I used disposable lunch bags and paper towels, did you?!!



5. Cloth Diapering

Gross, right? Not really. I had reservations, but then I researched cloth diapers and talked to friends who did it. Turns out it’s not that much more work. Sure, I have to do laundry every other day. But I have a kid-- I’m doing that anyway! The amount of water used to wash the diapers turns out to be less than the amount of water used to produce disposable diapers in the first place. The biggest reward: no disposable diapers in the landfills! Yay!


And...there are super cute diapers out there! One of the most popular (and one of our favorites) is Bum Genius. There’s an entire community of parents that cloth diaper out there, so it’s super easy to get support. www.diaperswappers.com



Those are just a few ways that I try to be green. Have you learned any handy tips lately? Please share! We’d all love to hear it. And honestly, I can’t save the world by myself. So let’s posse up.