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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.


And then there was that whole week I missed


Hello Hello!
I seem to have absolutely missed an entire week down the rabbit hole of my studio (it's like tumbling head over heels through a cabinet of curiosities wherein one might trip over goose wings and catch a swiftly falling cup of coffee followed by a tiny creamer pot spilling it's wares through space).  What this really means is that one, I've been tucked into creativity, and two, I've really missed you!
There has been the delicate swirl of water on heavy paper, the buttery carving of stamps (and smacking them everywhere, oh!  The joy!), the official end of nestering season and the documenting of gifts. 
[There is much more to say on these, but it will have to wait for a later post] 
There has been holy communion with kindred sisters, sometimes over wine, sometimes over cacoa, sometimes a roaring fireplace, sometimes over the beating of drums.
There has been chiming owls, misty skies, black high heels and mud boots, plus a smattering of self-generosity - new house plants included.
And of course, there has been smithing.  I'm calling them Hathor Rings: Luck Amulets for she of a fertile mind and heart, a collection of American turquoise and itsy-bitsy feathers, each drawn and sawn with a rhythmic humming, each one created with prayers of luck and joy breathed into its very fabrication.
(heading into the shop momentarily...)
It's always so good to be back.
Big Love my Friends,
~ Umber ~