How to grow a smudge stick……

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I haven’t been traveling this summer so I decided to gift myself with a shamanic painting class being given by the incomparable Pixie Campbell. I am both excited and anxious ( just a tad!) because I have not painted in eons and it feels like stepping into a place of beginners mind. Not so bad, I guess..but  this seemed like a perfect time to share this with you, as she has talking this week about making sacred space for your creativity, and smudging this week….

This little corner of my sister garden is what I like to call the spirit corner. Some of these plants are not supposed to grow well here, but I am fortunate to have super green thumbs!  This year I planted : rosemary (Queen Victoria variety) for clarity,catnip (Lemon variety) for happiness,artemisia  (Yomogi) purifies negative energies,lavender ( Blue River) for healing and wisdom, and sage ( White variety), which is considered the most powerful type for energetic clearing….its used to wash away the outside world and help with making space for spirit.  There are other plants suitable for smudging…some folks use cedars,sweetgrass, juniper and may even include different resins,such as frankincense and myrrh. I recommend you do your research before including some of these, as not all plant life is so healthy to inhale and you also want to be sure that what you are using supports your energetic ‘goals’. I am not an expert on this, I tend to use what I have been taught. Let me also say that  I have grown ALL of these inside in pots at different points in my life, when I have not had access to the great outdoors, and I have known folks to use other sage types (say the ‘kitchen types’) to positive result too!…So truly, don’t let your geography hold you back from the joy of creating your own personal smudge blends!

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Before cutting whatever sprigs I plan to use, I say a little prayer of gratitude. Do whatever feels right to you….I just find its important to acknowledge the gift….

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Choose 2 colours of embroidery floss…I will often change mine up after peeking at a colour symbolism site or two, to try to be intentional around my smudge…cut your floss about 6-7 times longer than the length of your fronds when you lay them out…

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Gather the herbs tightly, (I generally place rosemary, or something with a strong stem in the center and any other herbs there, with  sage at the outermost, but if its all sage, no worries!) . Start at the bottom and wrap the floss 3-4 times round the stems and tie a knot, making sure you leave a 3-4″ tail 

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Wrap your way up the bundle, tightening, pulling and adjusting till you reach the top

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Now reverse direction and work your way down…when you get back to the bottom, wrap 3-4 more times and knot the end to the tail you left when you began…

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Some folks trim off any little bits that are poking out…I prefer to leave them…really, your choice. Place your  smudge sticks in a brown paper bag and let sit in a sunny dry place for about a month…I like to put them ( actually I do this to dry ALL of my herbs) in the back of my car and let the sun do its work while I drive around….big plus, my car smells incredible! When they are ready, be sure you have a flame proof bowl or shell to rest your stick in after use….a simple and beautiful ritual to connect you to the energy of the universe….xo K

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A haiku…..and a metaphor…..

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if you seek to change

the nature of a flower

the truth will carry


Purple coneflower, aka echinacea, just happens to be one of my absolute favourite perennials that grow here…in the last two or three seasons, the local nursery has been teeming with ‘new’ variations of colour….crimson orange, coconut lime, harvest moon yellow, green n’burgundy,  deep red!….with gusto I forked over premium prices to add to my beloved ‘collection’ of fleurs. I justified the expense, telling myself that every year they would return, thinking about all the pleasure they would bring!…this summer, something funny  began to happen… the foliage is fine, the plants are flowering, but ( see exhibit ‘A’ photo above!) as the blossoms begin to mature, they are reaching their final stage in the dominant purplish pink that is the ‘norm’ for this plant!…off to the garden supply I went, only to learn that these plants had been ‘altered’ in some way that they could not explain, and that they were not actually the carriers of some new gene for colour!

Being a person who tends to make sense of life in metaphors, I suppose the moral of the story here is to always remember that  our true essence always shines through, we need to be loved exactly as we are, and a flashy exterior is sometimes unnecessary…let your truth shine,as it is beautiful…coneflower is such a powerful healer… I suppose it doesn’t need ‘fancy clothes’?!

AH! I had such grand plans…and I now I  have a HUGE swath of pink,pink and more pink in my garden!

Have a gorgeous week end…namaste..

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Life is a glorious rainbow….

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kerin rose, HenryCreeping around my little garden to-day ( the one behind my house…not the big farming plot I work on!) I feel overwhelmed with gratitude…for the large and the small things that make up my life….having lived large chunks of my life in both concrete jungle, and high desert,  I realize daily the depths to which I completely took  some things for granted..

Which is not to say that I didnt give a hoot about the earth…I recycled way before it bacame ‘popular’..I used ‘natural’ cleaning products, etc etc…but it WASN’T until I laid a table for dinner one  day a few years ago, that I looked at the spread, and realized that I had GROWN  every single thing I was looking at with my own two hands ( with some help from my sister…we work the garden, the big one, together)…for me, this moment was akin to being hit by lightning…it was a revelation…me+water+soil+seeds+sun=food ….

I often wonder how it is possible to not care?…to  choose not to tread as lightly as possible on this Mother Earth?…as we are she and she is us… heart breaks sometimes when I think of what we have done….and  I believe ,  that if every one of us had to grow at least some of their own food…it would help us to understand..and  make the connection…. I believe it is the ‘easy way out’ to remain disconnected… is a rainbow of colors…and we are all a part of it…

Hoping your day is beautiful…namaste…xo K

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Food glorious, food….

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kerin rose,jewelrykerin rose, vegetable gardenkerin roseSo , you may ask, what have I been up to?…I know I have been scarce these last few weeks….things just seem to go from zero to sixty for me sometimes, and when my head is spinning,  I can barely sort out a blog post from all the noise…the deluge ( read: rain!) has finally subsided (well, sort of) and we have been kickin’ ass to get the garden in, as we are running around 5 weeks behind our ususal planting time, and the season here is short enough as it is…amazing the urgency TIME takes on when you grow a large amount of your own food…not enough time to mature=less veggies!….

On this years ‘menu’ is” kale ( 3 kinds), celeriac root, zucchini, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers ( for eating and pickles!), bok choy cabbage, peppers ( 7 varieties and of course HOT ones!) , tomatillos, ground cherries (yum!), eggplant ( asian and zebra), sugar snap peas, a bunch of herbs and Mexican sunflowers!

I am sure there are a few other things I am forgetting!

We cultivate a ‘mandala style’ garden…in the round…when properly laid out, you can get a lot more in the way of plants in there…I like it because as I am working in it it feels a little meditation labyrinth-esque…

The reward for this morning’s mulching adventure, a ‘Tim’s Lavender Love’ smoothie from Healthy Living Market…I can just FEEL the antioxidants zipping around inside me!  whew!..

And of course, just as we were cleaning up the tools, it started to rain…sigh…

What have you been up to?

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a little vacation……

It is hard for me not to be a trouper sometimes…but I have to admit, the winters here are not truly my cup o’ tea…and round about this time of year, I have quite simply HAD it…
on my way to Montpelier ( btw, this town has the honor of being the smallest state capitol in the country!) to swap some inventory for a boutique there that sells my work, I stopped and grabbed me some  lunch in one of my favorite places, Gardener’s Supply Co.
Not only do they have just about anything under the sun that you could ever want or need to grow your own food, or make an amazing garden, but there is a cafe inside. You can grab yourself one of the many soups they make every day, or just a cup of tea, and you can take it and enjoy smack in the middle of their green houses, where they have seating and a koi pond to boot.
That half hour of sippin’ and enjoying a cup of carrot ginger soup was almost (almost!) as good as a mini vacation to some isle in the Carribean!…well, not quite, but I am sure those of you who live in colder climes, know exactly what I am talking about here…
Its the little things! 🙂
I think if I did not make jewelry for a living, the next thing I might choose, (after being a famous children’s book author) is working here and talking to the plants..
isn’t that a job?…you know, hanging out, discussing the problems of being root bound, what it’s like to have a southern exposure, how much fun it is to flower…
c’mon, you and me…lunch?

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