We got snowed in yesterday
I took a walk with Ava
The only sound was the snow crunching under my feet
I loved the fluffy flakes falling on my face



When I was at Audrey's yesterday I found this amazing book.

Nouveau Petit

It is a French illustrated book with two main sections: a dictionary, and an encyclopedia.
It was published in 1940. She must have had it when she was studying French or when she was at school in France. 
It is so beautiful - I just couldn't get over the amazing drawings. And of course it is even better because it is French, as I am a lover of almost all things French!

Je sème à tout vent



My grandmother, Audrey's, house in Telluride


24 december

happy birthday to my dear friend Kate!



a blind lobster and more...

A new species, this blind lobster with bizarre chelipeds belongs to the rare genus Thaumastochelopsis, which was previously known only from four specimens of two species in Australia. The lobster has been given the scientific name Dinochelus ausubeli — derived from the Greek dinos, meaning terrible and fearful, and chela, meaning claw, and ausubeli, honoring Jesse Ausubel, a co-founder of the Census of Marine Life.

South of Easter Island, Census vent explorers discovered a crab so unusual it warranted a new family designation, Kiwidae. Beyond adding a new family to the wealth of known biodiversity, its discovery added a new genus, Kiwa, named for the mythological Polynesian goddess of shellfish. Its species name, hirsuta, refers to its furry appearance.

Vampyroteuthis, or vampire squid, is a cephalopod that lives in the oxygen minimum zone of Monterey Bay, Calif., at depths of 600-900 meters.




nyt, Angelica Huston


18 december


 Saturday was my grandmother, Audrey's, birthday.

She was such an amazing woman. So strong, elegant, and lady like. I loved that about her.
She was also an amazing pianist, and studied at Fontainebleau. She loved dessert, and Paris, Matisse and scotch. She traveled all around the world, and she would always laugh and sing, and every time I talked to her she would tell me to paint every day. 

 I love this painting of her.
The photo below is also one of my favorites, as I think it is the one that most resembles me.
Below that is a photo of her racing her Jaguar... yes, she raced Jaguar's. 
It really doesn't get any cooler than that.



special day in the desert

Yesterday I drove out to Joshua Tree National Park and spent the day hiking around. Joshua Tree is a super powerful and magical place. J and I go out there a lot, for our birthdays usually, and I have been going out there lately solo. It is really difficult to describe how it feels to be there, at time it looks foreign, like you are on the moon, and others I feel so grounded and part of nature. I love how alone you are out there, and yet I never feel lonely. There is such a presence there, you feel it all around you. 
Such amazing energy.

Usually when I go I try to take in the vastness of the landscape, looking at how large the rocks are in comparison to me - but yesterday I decided to focus on really looking at the plants, bring my attention to the earth. Studying the colors and textures.

The most exciting thing was while I was hiking {in the middle of nowhere}
I saw a coyote!
It was really amazing!

It was also super cold! In the high 40's! I stayed bundled up, and was happy as long as the sun was out. My happiest moment was laying on this huge rock in the sun. It is so simple, and yet there is no better feeling. My body craves this simple act.

Thank you desert for being a sacred place that I can retreat to. 
Thank you for holding space for me and honoring me by letting me spend important days in your presence, and sharing your natural beauty.
Thank you for allowing me to leave you feeling more grounded, refreshed and peaceful.



16 december

The top photo is of these beautiful silk flowers that were my grandmothers. And the bottom is of my mum and I. We would always lay, or stand, or sit the same way and not even notice, and when we finally did we would laugh so hard about how we were are so much alike!

I feel so grateful to have had such an amazing, giving, creative, brave, beautiful and inspiring mum.

Mum, I miss you so much.

I love you



beautiful dried flower sculptures

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