Monday, February 6, 2017

Urgent call to action for US residents FEb 6th deadline

Greetings Everyone,

  This message is going out to all the folks who read this blog in the US who are concerned about a) the loss of local control over what happens in their communities and b) anyone concerned about the rapid deployment of cell towers here in the US.

  I know, I know...this is supposed to be a blog about environmental art....but here's the thing: we are rapidly giving up our rights to protect the environment we love. The FCC is currently taking public comments on its latest plan to take away local, municipal, and state governments from being able to oppose the deployment of the newest assault on our environment: mini cell towers called DAS. 

 For those who don't know, studies in Europe show that the radiation from cell towers is damaging to dairy cows, bees and humans. More studies need to be done. More than anything else, citizens need to be able to decide for themselves whether they want this technology in their neighborhood or not. 

Unfortunately, I only just found out today that the window for public comment closes today, Feb 6th, 2017.

If you are a US citizen and concerned about electromagnetic radiation  and its harmful effects and/or if you are concerned about the Federal government's usurping local control over issues that directly affect your family's health then please click HERE to find out more about the process and follow the directions on how you can leave a public comment.

If you cannot click on the link, then try this:

PLEASE act by midnight tonight if you can... we are losing our ability to govern our local communities  with regards to how industries can pollute our neighborhoods with excessive electromagnetic radiation and we must fight back.

If you are unfamiliar with how radiation from cell towers can affect humans, animals and plants, I urge you to look into this for yourself. Some good resources here here:

Electronic Silent Spring

Thank you for taking the time to make a comment if you can.


Monday, January 23, 2017

News from Amber Lotus....BIG calendar sale

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick note... Amber Lotus, the lovely company that publishes my Faerie Houses wall and mini calendars has just announced a huge sale.... 50% off! Click HERE to go to my Faerie Houses calendar page.

wall calendar

And equally important, they have also just announced that they have sponsored the planting of 90,000 more trees! What a beautiful statement of support for the planet's ecosystems!  You can read about it HERE.

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Book is finally shipping!! See a new video!

Greetings Everyone!!

At Long last the book is now available and I'm already hearing reports from very happy readers that they are delighted and impressed with how it looks and reads. The book is a substantial, seriously good collection of inspirational images, tutorials, tricks, tips and secrets finally revealed! It is sized at 8.5 x 10 inches and is 192 pages. I've written an expanded look inside which you can read exclusively here first by just scrolling up to my header and clicking on the BOOK line to see all the details.

And to get you really in the mood, here is a sweet little video giving you a glimpse inside.... enjoy!!! Click HERE if you don't see the video right away below...

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year! ( in rememberance of my Dad )

When I was growing up we lived in a rural part of Vermont with acres of woodland forest and meadows right out our back door. This was the place where I first connected with nature in a big way and because we were a four-season family living in a four-season world we found many ways to enjoy each season as it came and went.

When we were old enough to ski (cross country only because we could not afford alpine equipment and lift tickets) my Dad started a lovely New Year's tradition. He would set up a ski trail several days before and then on the night of New Years eve he's go out first and light luminaria along the trail. Then we'd all go out and follow in his tracks thru the still, crisp night. The luminaria were spaced so you could just see the next one off in the distance as you passed the one closest to you. Skiing in the dark (we did not have headlamps back then either) was sometimes a scary experience, especially if you were small and still learning to ski. If the weather was stormy we could not go because it was too dangerous for small children but often the New Year's Eve weather would be perfect: crisp and clear with no wind and out on the trail in that sacred stillness one felt that the world was filled with magic and enchantment... which of course, it was!

It was the only time we did this so it became a very special ritual. The trail began at our house and ended at our neighbors house a few miles away. Their family would have joined ours at the beginning of the evening and we'd ski the trail together. When we ended up at their house there would be hot chocolate, cookies and spiked egg nog for the grown-ups and the count-down to midnight.

I wish we had photos from those nights but back then digital cameras did not exist and even though my dad was a professional outdoor photographer, shooting at night, in winter was usually beyond the limits of his equipment. But what he gave us every New Year's was a renewed connection with Nature and Magic and tonight I am missing him AND I'm grateful for what he has given to me and my family by creating this memorable experience for us all to treasure and share.

Wishing you and yours all the very best for the New Year!


(image courtesy of : )


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Procrastinators rewards

Greetings Everyone,

  What a busy time this has been! I hope you are all enjoying the early winter festivities and anticipating celebrating the season in the ways that are most meaningful to you and yours. 

  For anyone wanting to take advantage of last minute sales, I've just been informed by Lulu  that they are offering a 35% off sale on all my Lulu books and calendar.
My author page can be found HERE 
and to get the 35% off use coupon code GOODTHINGS35

this sale expires tonight at midnight for calendar above (and my books in Lulu)

ALSO, you lucky last minute shoppers can get 50% off selected Amber Lotus products, including my calendar by going HERE 
and to get 50% off use coupon code   SOLSTICE16 
this sale expires Friday the 23rd at midnight 
** Do remember, this calendar comes in TWO sizes this year! The minis are very affordable and so cute in their smaller size!

Check out all their other gorgeous products while you're there... the Celtic Engagement calendar is one I order every year as the format is so useful for people like me who still prefer paper and pen, and the art by Jan Delyth is always stunning.

I'll have more posts with pretty photos coming soon once this sleigh ride slows down a bit!! 

Monday, December 5, 2016

30% off 2017 Calendar sale Dec 5&6th only

Dear Readers,

   A quick notice to pass along: Lulu has just announced a 30% off sale on calendars and 20% off on all books. Just passing the coupon code along to you:

3RDDAY20  is the code... hope it helps you enjoy your shopping and gift-planning!  The code expires at 11:59 on December 6th

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support of my work!


Monday, November 28, 2016

50% off Amber Lotus Fairy House calendars till 11/30 !

And this special just came in today.... the Amber Lotus Fairy Houses calendars are 50% off today thru 11:59 on November 30th.  ALL Amber Lotus calendars are on this special sale so you may want to check out their excellent selections!

Use coupon code :   HOLIDAY16  to get your deep discount!

Fairy Houses

Remember that this calendar is available in two sizes this year....the regular large wall calendar version and a new mini wall calendar version!

Here is the link to see the large wall calendar:

Here is the link to the mini version:

Sharp-eyed readers may notice there are slight differences to the inside pages between the large version and the mini... enjoy!!

RED Alert! 40% off on my Lulu calendars, today only!!

Greetings savvy shoppers....yes, I just got word from November 28, 2016 only 40% off on all Lulu products. Here is your chance to get my calendar (and other book products) at what will no doubt be the best sale price they will offer this year!

So use coupon code  CYBER40  when you check out to get your savings!

 HERE is the link to my 2017 Faerie Houses calendar in Lulu:

and HERE is a link to my other books in Lulu:

Happy Shopping and Thank you so very much for supporting my art with your really does help keep the lights on! 

With Gratitude 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fairy House book on sale at Target

Greetings savvy readers who may be looking for my book at a nice sale price. A fan told me today that my book is on sale at Target online. I checked it out and it seems to be so...if you too want to see their sale page, I have a link HERE 

The book is on a pre-order sale for $19.49 which is the best price I've seen so far for the book. Happy Shopping!


Monday, November 21, 2016

First Snow and first peek at the book!

Greetings Everyone!

  We've had our first dusting of snow here at the studio and it is so pretty to see the smallest details of leaf and twig etched in white against the dark and grey forest now that all the leaves have browned and fallen off. Up in the mountains a few weeks ago they had their first snow and it was at a time when we down here at the lower elevations were still enjoying colorful leaves of autumn. Naturally a crazy idea got sparked and I decided to see if I could bridge the two zones with a bit of creative expression.

  I had a small house I had been working on but the roof was not finished on it so I decided to quickly change course and made a delicate twig frame to support a leaf roof. I then took the house and drove up to the mountains in search of fresh snow, stopping at several good maple trees that were still in their autumn fire best foliage display along the way. I collected leaves and attached them to the twig frame using Hawthorne thorns (my go-to natural stapler). By the time I cleared the village between myself and the high mountains, I had a fully covered leaf roof that was gloriously bright and festive.

  I headed for a small lake that often has good rocks along the shore for scenic shooting and hoped that I could find a place to set up the house before the sun went behind the ridge. But I did not count on the fact that it would STILL be snowing up there! Thick clouds swirled and blew a blizzard of flakes in every direction. I was woefully under-dressed but I still had an inkling that a good shot could be had if I just persevered and found the right spot. I tried several locations and the sky looked even darker each time I tested the shot thru my viewfinder. I could see that I had just a few minutes left before the pale disc of the sun (when it was visible thru the raging clouds) would dip behind the cliffs and all hope would be lost for a good shot.

  There was one more lichen-covered rock right down by the shore that looked very inviting. I scrambled down, shivering and determined. A misplaced foot went into a hidden boggy part and I fumed at myself...what was I trying to prove? Why bother? This is ridiculous I railed at myself while I set everything up. Then I waited. And waited. And finally, a break appeared in the cloud cover and even though the sun was no longer able to shed light directly on the scene, there was still sufficient golden ambient light to take some shots. One had some of the magic I had hoped for.... this one: 

  In our area it is very rare to get snow AND fall foliage at the same time so I'm glad I followed the nudge from the faeries and went up to the mountains to have this little adventure, and it is fun for me to share it with you now.

Speaking of sharing, it is WELL past time for me to start sharing some of the actual pages from the book. There is so much to say about this book I hardly know where to begin. I'll just share a few snapshots from the pages with you right now and then, in my next post I'll begin to describe in detail what each chapter is about and what you can expect to see and learn from the pages of this book.

Here are just a few snapshots for you to enjoy now:


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Reflections on polarities

Greetings Everyone,

  It is difficult to know what to say or how much. America has been shaken. And now New Zealand has too, but by entirely different events. My heartfelt prayers go out to all who feel scared, fearful, angry, confused or disillusioned. Kia Ora to my friends in New Zealand.

We are living in difficult times and what saddens me most about this most recent American election are 4 separate but related issues:

1      - That we are all being manipulated to think, feel and thus believe that we have to be on one side or the other and that whichever side you choose, the other one is evil, horrible and must be silenced and defeated at any cost. This is not true and this false narrative must be stopped.

2    -  That we have elevated denial to dysfunctional degree and instead we see and hear only what we want to see and hear. We ignore what doesn’t fit our model of what we think is going on. The increased use of denial to cope with a challenging world lubricates our inward spiral towards dis-empowerment and detachment and makes us less able to think, feel or act authentically.

3    - That the fine arts of diplomacy, inspirational leadership, deep listening and creative cooperation seem to be relegated to the trash bin when they are some of the most important tools that are needed now to get our divided country moving forward towards a better future for all.

4    -  That civility and basic decency seem to be fading from the cultural discourse and are being replaced by a sense of righteous entitlement and permission to bully.  I find this deeply worrying.

I know that you come here to find inspiration and connection to something sweeter and deeper than the chaos of modern living… and I will do my best to dig deep and bring forward what creative expression that I can in an effort to celebrate the beauty and magic of this world and our lives here… but this moment has been a big hurdle to get over/through as our collective has been deeply shaken.

What I know to be true beyond all the drama in the airwaves is that we are all connected, no one is separate and that we will get thru this. Nature delivers her own shake-ups: floods, earthquakes and all manner of upheaval and she recovers afterwards, just as we do when exposed to such unexpected and traumatic shifts. We can learn from her example: that every single thing is needed in an ecosystem, whether it is a mighty oak or the delicate, microscopic threads of mycelium that connect the roots of the trees deep underground….ALL of it is needed and crucial. Every rock, every flower, every bug is a part of a greater, magical whole and we each are needed now too. Every voice matters, even those we disagree with. However, as the now-dominant species here on this planet, no matter what we disagree on, we must learn to live more respectfully with the earth that is our one and ONLY home and we have to do this together.

  So on to some inspiration…

As a meditation on how useful it can be to engage with the opposite of our point of view, I give you an image of a sculpture I did earlier this year:

Blessed Be to you and all your Loved Ones

Friday, October 14, 2016

2017 Faerie Houses calendar (Lulu) is ready!

Greetings Everyone!

Happy (almost) full moon!  

Exclusive news: I am thrilled to announce that my self-published calendar, printed thru is now available at a 15% discount just for my blog readers for a limited time.

Here is the cover image:

I will upload all the other pages to my blog soon, but in the meantime, if you want to see the entire calendar or place an order, you can just click HERE. (to see all the calendar pages now, just click on the link above and then click on the word  "preview" once you get to my Lulu storefront page.)

Soon I will be advertising this calendar on my website and thru my newsletter and the discount will be reduced so this is a good chance to get your order in early at a savings. I've just gotten the proof copy today and it looks really great. I've decided to offer just this one version this year. Last year I had a second version with more border art on each image and the feedback that I got from many kind fans was that they preferred the version without the overlaid border art. I listened to your comments and I hope this sleek new layout will be pleasing. Each monthly selection is framed with a color-matched edge that compliments the image. I hope you like it, and as always, thank you for taking a look!

  This time of year is soooo incredibly hectic... the fall leaves are in full glory now and it is a race to get as many new houses photographed with the special colors of autumn as I can. A few days ago we had one of those incredibly magical days and I was fortunate to be up high nearly at treeline to capture some great shots. Here is a special preview for my readers....may you have a wonderful, magical week-end!

Welcome to the enchanted world of Environmental art and Faerie Houses sculptures created by Sally J Smith. Here you will find photos of the artist's unique art-forms and hear some of the stories from behind the scenes as she shares with you her creative process.