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This little video just knocked my socks off. It is beautifully illustrated and oh so clear….it is based on this poem:

TANT DE FORÊTS…

Tant de forêts arrachées à la terre
Et massacrées
Achevées
Rotativées

Tant de forêts sacrifiées pour la pâte à papier
Des milliards de journaux
attirant annuellement l´attention des lecteurs
sur les dangers du déboisement des bois et des forêts

Jacques PRÉVERT “La pluie et le beau temps”
Éd. Gallimard, 1955

Here is the english (as translated by google translate — and decidedly a little rough…poetry and google translate I suspect are not good friends – if you can do a better translation, by all means, speak up!)

AS FOREST …
So torn earth forests
And massacred
Completed
Rotativées

So sacrificed for pulp forests
Billions of newspapers
attracting the attention of readers annually
the dangers of deforestation woods and forests

I think you get the idea though…a trailer of a short film that is based on a French poem written in 1955 that speaks to the irony of the fact that newspapers warn us about deforestation although they are made of paper themselves…I’d love to see the film.
Tant de Forêts – trailer from Burcu & Geoffrey on Vimeo.

"In an English country garden" by darkcompany via www.studiogblog.comComing off last week’s intense book editing jag, I am finding it really hard to get back into my rhythm – plus I always feel profoundly exhausted after throwing myself wholeheartedly into something….the end of an intense period of work never feels as good as it seems it should and always comes with a little bit of a let down feeling – bottom line is that I need a good kick in the pants and some inspiration!

What do you do when you need a creative jolt?

I’ve got various strategies – I checked out a few interesting books from the library.  The Ecology of Eden by Evan Eisenberg (have you read it?)  promises to be an interesting discussion of humankind’s role in nature.  I also grabbed Phenology: An Integrative Environmental Science and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) (because you have to counter the heavy with the light).  And there is nothing like a little variety to get your creative juices flowing right?

❘❘❘ always attracted to threes. by sarah siroky  via www.studiogblog.comBetween pondering if humans were ever in harmony with nature and being totally shocked that I was not the only kid who briefly had a pet raccoon (yes this is true not just of Jenny Lawson, but me too) I’m hopeful to find my mojo.

I’m also stalking people on instagram.  These images by DarkCompany (top), sarahsiroky (middle) and mckenzie_powell (below) are so appealing but I think my slightly dark mood is showing up in my preferences.

giant tulip magnolias by mckenzie powell via www.studiogblog.com

If that doesn’t work, Zippy and I will extend the frequency and duration of our walks. Maybe some (still bitingly cold) fresh air with help me stir things up?

Do you ever hit a creative walls? How do you peel yourself away from them and start running in a new direction? 

-Rochelle

sarah raven in her cutting garden

Last week, in reaction to a recent article on LandArchs Network , a discussion broke out on a friend’s facebook page (article here, discussion here).  The story was about 10 planting designers to know, and as remarkable as all the people on the list are, the reality of there only being one woman (Beth Chatto) on the list struck a nerve (not just with me but with many other women in this industry).   The resulting discussion revealed so many names of women that could also have been on the list. Since I knew so few them, I simply had to write them down for future reference.

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Nine days ago we got side tracked on the way down the driveway. An afternoon of errand running got waylaid by a small bird hopping and trying to quickly flap her way off the road in front of the car.

fledgling bluebird by rochelle greayer on instagram www.studiogblog.comWe stopped, we gathered her up and detoured to the local antique shop where days before I was coveting a pretty birdcage (I just needed a good excuse….).

All errands cancelled…bird in new birdcage, we realized that our plan to singlehandedly help her back to health was probably a bad one since she kept trying to fly, but instead would land on her back and have a hard time flipping over.    If I was going to prevent her from dying in the night, flat on her back…I was going to get no sleep….and then what?

blue bird from National geographic images via www.studiogblog.comSo after some quick recon with friends and vets, we headed to Tufts Wildlife Clinic where we dropped her off.  She is making progress after spending a couple days in wing wraps but they report that she still has a shoulder droop that they are watching. We are waiting to hear about her progress….fingers crossed.  But we did find out that she is a fledgling bluebird and that ‘she’ is actually a ‘he’.  So we have a boy named Betsy.

learn to draw bluebirds via www.studiogblog.comDid you know that bluebirds are one of the best bird friends a gardener can ask for?   She (err, I mean he) and his little family can keep my garden seriously pest free.  Until I found him, I didn’t realize I had bluebirds and given their status as a ‘declining species’  (but coming back) I am desperate to get him back and help him to thrive.

Do you have bluebirds where you live?

bluebird by valentina ramos via www.studiogblog.comI’ve noticed something about blue colored birds.  They really like to eat off my blueberry bush. In fact when I chase birds off my berries….it is almost exclusively a flutter of blue wings.  Concidence? Or some sort of wild kingdom Veruca Salt sort of story. Hmmm…

lego bluebirds via www.studiogblog.comWhen these things happen, I figure it is summer’s way of teaching. While wait to hear about how Betsy is progressing, and hoping that we will get to release him back into our garden soon, we’ve got our eye on all things bluebirds.  I thought you might enjoy some of our inspiration too.

bluebird coloring sheet via www.studiogblog.comImages:

Top – Our Besty – by rochelle greayer on instagram.

Full grown male Blue bird from National Geographic.

Learn to drawn Blue birds.

Blue bird art by Valentina Ramos

Lego Birds

Coloring sheets from 50 Birds  (download uncolored here)

 

 

 

A friend posted this on my facebook wall this morning and it hi-jacked me for the last hour.  I wasn’t really planning to watch something like this at 4:45 in the morning on Chistmas Eve Eve/Winter Solstice morning but in my state of last minute holiday planning and bustle, and at a time when I always wish I had a little more brain power left for introspection and thoughtful consideration, this has helped me to look past the hype of the next few days and start to move into a time of year I always cherish.
That time of year is the deep winter darkness (I have a dear friend who has recently been referring to it as the ‘fertile darkness’ – a phrase I love that refers to planting the seeds that will grow as the light returns) where I can think, re-organize, evaluate, and be a little quieter.
If you have an extra hour, or can find some minutes here and there that will eventually add up to an hour, I would encourage you to watch this video series. And if you take the time to do so, drop a comment here, I would love to chat about it with you.

Colorado University Physics Professor Dr. Albert A. Bartlett’s lecture on “Arithmetic, Population, and Energy.”

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Remember last week when it dawned on me that asking you guys for help might be a good thing. (BTW, thank you for the photographer  and lighting recommendations and the printer is still available.

I have a doozy of an ask for you today.  Week before last the Leaf team  (Susan, Lynn, Marti and I - unfortunately John and Roanne couldn’t join us) met down in Connecticut for a day to plan our 2013 Editorial calendar.  We have lots of exciting things in store, but as we talked we all started to agree that the time that we had been thinking will come someday…is actually here, now.

When we started Leaf, we thought…someday we will have more than 100K readers (we now have over a million).  We thought that someday we will legitimately have created something of value….nearly 2 years later and heading into our 3rd year…. we are in the black and we have some big time advertisers and supporters, and we were recently shocked to hear that some of our greatest inspirations and admired outlets in the media world now see us as competitors.   We are still getting used to it, but the bottom line is that we have arrived in a place where we are confident that Leaf has a purpose, a place in the market, a seat at the proverbial table, and staying power.   That is what we set out to achieve….So now what?

We are setting new goals and higher expectations and in order to achieve them we need help.   We need help in navigating the media world, business development,  managing growth, publishing, technology and investment.   We have come a long way on our wits but the success of Leaf thus far proves that this a thing that deserves more.

What can you do?

Can you help us find the right people?  We are looking for investors, partners, media moguls and technology masterminds that can help take Leaf to the next level.   Maybe you can introduce us…maybe you are that….either way…please get in touch if you think you can help.

You’ve been reading her posts for a few weeks now, but you haven’t actually officially been introduced.   Let’s remedy that.  Here is a little more about Erin Lang-Norris who is pitching in here on studio ‘g’ to write about our favorite garden makeovers. I loved her post this morning about the shared side yard space with the green chairs…wouldn’t that be a great cost savings as well as fun social space? Makes me wish I had close neighbors…- Rochelle

erin lang norris at studio g blog

I try not to take life too seriously and you can usually find me settling debates and things I don’t want to do with a friendly game of rock-paper-scissors. I’ve only lost a couple times so it’s pretty frequent that I use it to my advantage.

When I’m not trying to get out of cleaning the litter box or calling in the order for take-out, I like to create mixed-media art (you can check out my etsy site, yellowcanoe), listen to music, stalk design and psychology blogs, go canoe-camping down the Wisconsin River, watch hockey, shop at thrift stores and write. I went to Harrington College of Design for a brief stint before moving away from Chicago, and after moving I was still convinced that I was supposed to be a designer. That lasted for about 9 years, and more recently I’ve become interested in the idea of going to school for something in the psychology field. But until the stars align, I’ll continue to work at a canoe and kayak shop, sell my art and write.

Of course, lately I’ve  started to feel that my life was lacking direction and reason, and while I do enjoy the stress-free lifestyle of not having a real “career”, it does start to get a bit dull after awhile. One of my dreams since I was a kid was to be a firefighter, so last spring I finally mustered up the courage to join my local Volunteer Fire Department. Going to that first meeting was pretty nerve wracking, but I’m so glad I did. I’ve met some really great people and it’s been a lot of fun. I’m kind of an adrenaline junkie and I enjoy physical labor, so I think it’s a good fit. Next on my life-goals list is to join a women’s hockey team…we’ll see how it goes.