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I am UmberDove.

And by that, I mean an artist.  One who hears stories in the wind, who paints because it is what her soul tells her to do, who smiths because the muse moves through her fingertips, who loves nothing more than the promise of an unexplored trail, the sound of the ocean in her ears, and scent of a serious cup of coffee.




It's an Autumnal Bounty!
I'm finally feeling on the mend (thank you, THANK YOU!!! for all the get-well-wishes; I think that's what did the trick), so first thing this morning I slipped into the studio to finish up a few pairs of Hawthorn: Good Medicine earrings for you!  They'll be in the shoppero momentarily...
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I have questions and requests for you if you'll be so kind as to oblige!
(first request)
I need a new soup recipe.
I think if BC comes home to one more pot of Tom Yum or Lentil Surprise (which it is, every time), he may resort to pizza delivery.  Have you made anything delicious lately?  It's that season wherein all I want to do is sip something hot and bake pumpkin muffins.  And run.  Actually I want to eat pumpkin muffins three times a day, and therefore I run.  It's a win-win. 
(second request)
I need the title of the best work of fiction you've read lately.  
See, here's the story: I am now once again in possession of a bathtub long enough and deep enough to comfortably fit nearly six feet of me.  Which I nearly am.  Those other tubs, the common ones?  I have to fold up like a circus act to fit inside, legs tucked at awkward angles, elbow poking over the sides, head craning around like a periscope; it's a regular show just to see me try and get into one.
But now I'm bathing in comfort and frequency, which means my book reading has just been turned up to the level marked "voracious."  And I'm fresh out.  
Please do oblige.
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And I have an announcement!  
I have had the honor of being asked to TEACH at a truly powerful women's art-spirit-soul retreat next Spring!  I'll be packing my bags and heading out to Virginia to Soul Fire Retreats in February to share my brand new workshop "Awakening the Muse."  In one day sessions we'll work through ideas of what it means to build a personal, visual vocabulary, how to really listen to the truth inside and translate it into imagery!  It's a topic I've become so passionate about; this idea that each and every one of us is a creative being with a unique voice - that we have a core of inspiration that is always with us, it just sometimes needs to be dusted off and polished up.

As much as I want to post up in my little studio perch and do nothing but make art all day, I've had a deep, rumbling desire to work with women in expanding, deepening and truly delving into their own art.  I feel in my bones that I need to, want to work with artists and creatives, sharing the knowledge and experience that I have.  There will be much, much more on this front later, but for now, know that big things are on the horizon.
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Wishing you a toasty, slurpy, pumpkiny, costumed weekend!
~ Umber ~