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 -!
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!

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 ( 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.

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.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Journey to Center

The lovely Andrea of SacredSuds created a beautiful treasury called "Journey to Center," full of handmade items that can help bring peace and tranquility to your life. Thanks to Andrea for including my Namaste' Print!
Check it out HERE.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Blooms, Bugs, Beasts

There's an annual show here in Detroit at The Scarab Club called "Blooms, Bugs, Beasts." It's a show of... well... blooms, bugs and beasts. I decided to make some drawings especially for the show this year, and hoped they got accepted. Here are images of my entries:

Each part of the drawings are created using some type of template. I use circles, ellipses or french curves. The french curves make the little birdie-beasts, and I love them.

And... they were accepted. Yay! It's important for the artwork to get out and socialize a little, play with the other artwork, get some fresh air. They can't just stay in the studio all the time.

So here's info about the show if you're in the Detroit area. Stop by and check out the show!

The Scarab Club


Wednesday, May 19-Sunday, June 27

Reception: Friday, May 21 6-9 pm

And speaking of original artwork... keep your eyes peeled for some original works available soon!

Monday, April 12, 2010

I'm back on the mat

I have to admit, it's been a while since I've been on my mat.

Why, you ask?

- We are moving! To South Carolina! I've been really busy cleaning the house, going through everything so that it was presentable for our first open house yesterday. Ugh.
- I started taking Aikido. I go two nights a week, cutting out opportunities for yoga classes. But it's really fun! And challenging... to say the least...
- I am a mom. My son is 11 months old. Ahhh, remember the days when I could just leave the house and do whatever, whenever? Yea, me neither.

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Well, last night I made sure to make it to a yoga class. I went to a lovely Yin/Restorative class with Karen at Livonia Yoga Center. Yin Yoga is a slower practice that aims to stretch connective tissues instead of just muscle tissue. It was a super relaxing, mellow practice, just right for a Sunday night. If you haven't tried Yin yoga before, I suggest you do.

Of course, if I'm totally honest with myself, I could practice right here in my own home. So could you. But do you? I would love to hear how you stay motivated on your own. When and how do you find time to practice at home? Do you use DVDs? Do you have a favorite CD to listen to?
Wah! is one of my favorites:

Hope you find your way back to your mat if you're off. If you're on, keep it up! And if you don't have a mat.... well, what are you waiting for?!!