Monthly Archives: March 2010

Easter Basket-The Sneaked Peak

 

Easter baskets are not just for candy-but for dog & cat family too

 
This next 10 days is a happy, happy time; Lynn’s birthday, Easter, and then….my birthday.

About Easter morning; as soon as I wake up I roll over my bed and look to see what the rabbit left me.  This is of course the only time I let a rabbit in and out of my house-without a chase!  I know this guy who brings me things is a special rabbit so I turn a cheek.
However, I have learned that he actually brings the ‘basket’ ahead of time; hides it, and then returns to place it on Easter Sunday.  So about now I make it my Spring cause to start sniffing around searching for this ubiquitous basket, and yesterday ….I found it!  It was a bit dark but I got a  quick look at its contents.

I saw a new, stuffie purse, just what I wanted-a Chewy Vuitton.   Oh I so desperately need one, mine is a bit worn and bordering on tacky.   I also saw luscious canine candies, organic biscuits, and jerky.  There was a ton more but I feared being caught so… I took a quick picture and made off.    Check out my spy picture below.

Gourmet, organic, doggy Easter basket.

the peak.....

Well, at least I know it is everything I like so now I can lay back and just act cool.  If you would like a canine or feline Easter basket-ask Lynn as she seems to have pull with this rabbit and the capability of getting him to bring extra baskets for our customers at all times of the year.
He is quite something this guy-I usually refer to them as ‘ground bunnies’, but he is… THE Rabbit-and he rocks.

xxoo Willow

Easter Wheatgrass-For Pretty-For Health-For the Planet

 Wheatgrass is well known in the decorative world, but even more notable in the health food industry and our environment.

 
Spring has arrived at the store and with it our local grown, organic, wheatgrass is everywhere!  I love the deep green color and the softness of the blades.   It is one of those things that makes you feel good just to look at it. It unleashes all sort of mental imagery outside our hectic, confined lives.    We always have wheatgrass in the store; but early Spring I seem to overdo it and become addicted with ‘wheatgrass décor mania’.

We make grass bowls, grass nests of flowers, grass egg and flower baskets, grass gardens, and grassy gifts for cats & dogs.  Each Easter basket ordered always has a little hidden clump amongst the flowers; complete with an egg or butterfly nestled within.  An extra little whimsy from me to you;  hopefully giving pause to stop and give you  your own imagery.    Decorating with wheatgrass is one of my favorite choices as it enhances any décor style.  For the Victorian home; filling an ornate, silver bowl and propping a vintage papier mache egg in the center is perfect.  For the modern home; it can be placed in a square, low dish with a simple, stone egg for a Zen effect.  In the rustic or country home; a hollowed log or vintage enamelware pan is charming with a birds nest off to the side.   One of my favorites is a dish of wheatgrass  under a glass, bell jar or cloche; adding little extras found on a walk like a feather, robins eggshell, or when lucky -an abandoned bee hive.

Wheatgrass is a good buy as it is not just decorative but also a highly, nutritious edible-making it a great, dual gift.  It is a natural detoxifier and blood purifier.  The nutritious qualities are endless,  and even placing a tray of wheatgrass at your bedside enhances the rooms oxygen helping with a sound sleep-as do many plants.   Willow loves it; as do most animals.  We should always watch the animals and take a lesson from them; they know what we seem to miss.

Grass in general has become the brand symbol of the green movement.  It speaks fresh, environment, health, and Spring.  And it is in fact a green item in terms of the environment.   It is decorative yet useful, non toxic and nutritious, biodegradable, and local grown item.  It is healthy for both human and animal, and uses no chemical enhancements.  We just love wheatgrass.  Or as Willow would say-‘it rocks’!

We sell wheatgrass by the $5.clump or a $30 flat.  Ours is USDA Organic, and suitable for decorating as well as consumption.    Pick up a clump as a gift or for yourself-feel good-Happy Easter-and sweet dreams.

Ashley Judd to the President-Save Our Wolves

 

I was so glad to see this video !  Ashley is such a nice lady to help my friends; I am so worried for them.  Every day another family is being broken up.  I sure hope Mr. Obama listens.  But isn’t that what our President is supposed to do?  Listen to us?     After you watch it, read about them and sign the petition letter-it is already written for you.  (made it easy for me)

Thanks and paws to the Defenders of Wildlifethey rock.

xo Willow

Happy Birthday Yellowstone

I hear so many talking about their vacations and excursions to the Caribbean and Europe.  These parts of the world are exciting with their own special places; however, one needs not leave American soil to see some of the most breathtaking places in the world.  A person could spend months traveling from one national park to the next; and I have a few in my camera already.

Yellowstone has been crowned our king of national parks, with each Season having a special virtue.  Winter is my absolute favorite time to be there-the serene beauty and solitude is truly inspirational at the very least; I felt what John Muir felt.
To be alone in the wild, with no sign of a modern world as far as you can see…is something each one of us needs to experience.  The winter silence is mesmerizing and you feel your connection and also…. your place amongst its power.  Life is put into perspective at Yellowstone; you quickly see that it is all, not about you, but yet we are just a miniscule part of Natures wheel.  You are humbled next to 1000 year old trees; your reverence rises the higher Old Faithful does, and snow encrusted buffalo gain your heartfelt respect at their strength and survival.  Who are we such little ants in this place, with no strength, power, or survival skills unless with a car and cellular phone.  A scenario where money is unknown, inconsequential, and of no use.

The skill and artistry of Nature so  outweigh ours that it is not even a contest; which is why  I expect man continues its quest to conquer it-but I do believe he never will.    We can clear cut mountaintops, dam rivers, and fly into hurricanes; but one visit to Yellowstone will show you just how small a part we are in this ecosystem and who really is in charge.  Yet, we seem to do the most damage.  The parks have had enemies of banks, railroads, mining companies, and timber barons.  Today we add more enemies of fuel companies, technology, and land grabbers to the mix.
Our entire country was like Yellowstone before it was settled and the Natives living there respected the land, they still do-never using more than needed and never for profit.   To them one cannot own land; but instead are stewards  to care and protect it.  Our responsibility.   A rare time in history when both Native Peoples and a government agency somewhat agree.

I have sat in the snowy solitude next to a steaming river, not 20 feet from an elk herd of nearly 30 members;  watching each other and wondering-but oddly not afraid.  I have respectfully stood behind a tree as a herd of buffalo passed just in front of me.   Winter nights are filled with the howls of wolves singing you to sleep.  You don’t fear, you gain respect.
When is the last time you experienced anything like this on vacation or… anytime?  It was one of the most awe inspiring events of my life, and I wish everyone would experience it.   Then you would see our kindred inhabitants,  and the wild and free, majestic surroundings.  It changes you; and you leave with a peace and enlightenment which John Muir called a religious experience-his religion.   Which it was; and it is mine.

Sitting with my Friends

Happy Birthday Yellowstone; I thank you for being there and showing us what is really important.   My birthday gift to you is a forever pledge to keep you safe.

Learn and see all our parks at the National Park Foundation and download your free National Parks Guide-because these parks do indeed belong to us.  Then put your own star and comments at your favorite park which just happens to enter you in the This is Your Land Sweepstakes  for a wild and free vacation.

Think wild….Lynn