Flying Swan necklace

Just a quick add I wanted to post of a necklace I recently finished for someone special during the holidays.

Flying Swan; mother of pearl and bone
Flying Swan; mother of pearl and bone

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The body is carved out of bone and the wings are carved from mother of pearl.

The bone I used was from a deer we were thankful to eat last winter and the shells used to carve the wings were the discards of some generous raccoon at a local watering hole….

Truly, there is treasure everywhere.

 

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Update….

Jeez, I am starting to feel it now. A deep-seated fatigue, most likely due to the notion of what I still have to finish.

I’ve taken a lot on in recent months. To be clear, I’ve no intention of giving myself any slack; I’m just finally coming to terms with what I have committed to.

I’m very close to finishing the portfolio that I started at the beginning of last year, and by close I mean I still have four more paintings to finish. I am currently working on three of them though, so we’ll see how that goes….

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In addition to this, I’m still working with an area non-profit, providing environmental education to area schools. I love this and can’t express how thankful I am to be a part of it. Educating kids about the wonderful environment all around them, I really feel like I’m helping to connect them to the world they’re a part of. And that makes me feel great.

That’s why I’m really excited about the new programs we’re (hopefully) going to offer this year. Starting this Spring, I’ll be teaching classes on wild edible plants of the Brazos valley. The amazing plants we’ll see can be found right here in Bryan/College Station, so you can interact with them everyday.

The hope I have for this workshop is to show people that wild foods aren’t just something for “survival scenarios”; that they’re capable of enriching our lives on a daily basis. It’ll be about Thriving, not just Surviving. Because there is a positively reinforcing relationship that we can have with our environment, because we’re meant to be right there.

Wish me luck.