postcards from the farm…goat yoga*

leipers fork sunrise“life is getting up an hour early to live an hour more”…

Another brilliant summer sunrise at the farm…granted it is 5:30am and getting up this early is not for everyone. Well, pretty much not for anyone. But I will always get up and run across the pasture to capture my favorite purple sunrise. It is always fleeting…only lasting a minute or two over the far off ridge…but it is always worth it.

The heat this August was not overly oppressive…unless of course you have hair like Libby & I do. It is akin to wearing a heavy blanket on top of your head. Hair, more hair and more hair. So what better way to beat the heat than to wear the same matching braids. I think she kind of liked them!

Nigel got his usual short summer hair cut and was all ready for his morning duties to clear the pasture of birds. He takes this very seriously.

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Goat Yoga in Leipers Fork

My friends over at Gratidude Ranch here in Leipers Fork have a charity for foster children called Safe House. It is an awesome charity for children in the foster system and they work tirelessly  to give these children a better life. They personally keep a petting zoo of 27 different animals on their property that the children can visit.

They came up with a wonderful idea of having Saturday morning Goat Yoga on their farm in order to raise money for their charity.  Why not? They had lots of willing goats and a pig or two.

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The hardest part of the whole thing was not laughing. Constantly. They were so darn cute and they wanted to snuggle. Although some people brought carrots and had an unfair snuggling advantage. We will be going back again next time for sure! Carrots in hand. If you have a chance check out their Safe House For All and the wonderful work that they do!

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Sundance says don’t forget to stop and smell the sunflowers!
(he’s ver wise…not just a pretty face)

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a little gypsy in your soul*

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We all have a little gypsy in our soul…this is one of our most popular bracelets. In fact we have one client that travels a lot and annonymously sends them off to fellow gypsies that she meets along the way. How awesome is that! Summer is also a perfect time to get your wanderlust on.

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Here are a few of our newest necklaces…of course you know which one is my favorite. The running horse is actually of my Gypsy Vanner horse Sundance called the Wild & Free Necklace. And that is just what he is…my little wild child and appropriately named after the Gypsies of Wales where he originated from.

The Wisdom in your Heart Necklace represents the tree of life and all of the branches of wisdom that go with a life well lived.

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My little gypsy wild child

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summer postcards from the farm*

“…every summer, like roses, childhood returns…”

It is summertime at the farm and truth be told Nigel is the only one that gets up early with me. We have a deal. I feed the horses and he chases the birds. We both take our jobs very seriously. In fact he has declared the whole pasture a “no fly” zone. I will go as far as to say that the birds are not even allowed to sit in the trees anymore.

Some old fashioned things like fresh air and sunrises are hard to beat and there are some amazing sunrises here in Tennessee in the heat of the summer.

So a few weeks ago we went to use the BBQ on the deck…and inside there was a bird nest with eggs. We unanimously decided that we would have to cook the burgers inside the house…and save the baby birds.

Well they hatched and I found a fat one in the Magnolia bush who had apparently launched himself off the deck. At least he had a soft landing.

The other one is still up on the deck and seems to be a late bloomer. He’s been hopping around for three days with his mouth open hoping his mom will still feed him. He’s been making a sorry attempt to fly…but gives up pretty fast and would rather just have take out brought in from his mom. We think he is acting a little bit like a Millennial. Living at home in his parents basement and getting fed. Ryan says he’ll figure it out. He was rocking a pretty nice Mohawk though.

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The last thing a carrot sees…

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Does this dog make my butt look fat?

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Breakfast with Sundance…

We believe in Nashville because we believe in faith, family & farm. In being a little closer to heaven. And we believe that Heaven is always a little closer from the back of my horse.

“Summertime is always the best of what might be…”

shine on purple rain*

Rest in peace, my friend. He was a force of nature, a shining light of musical brilliance and really did see the world through purple colored glasses.
He had a nightclub near mine in Miami…and would come into our club with a cane & his crazy outfits that only he could wear…and I would make him Kahlua & cream…shaken like a milkshake. It had to be made just so. He never really drank it…he would just let it get warm and I would bring him another.
He was funny, eccentric, surprisingly shy and kind. He loved to watch the club chaos and was a great observer.
I had the honor of attending his birthday one year at his nightclub, Glam Slam which was an old theatre. He played non stop on stage until 3am…I have never seen anyone so talented or musically brilliant in my life. Or since then.
You will be missed by all. We lost one of the great ones…

a new leaf*

My new mantra for the year…and I am trying to live by it. Like so many of my tribe I struggle with being too much of a giver…Balance, making boundaries and saying no are now in my vocabulary. It is a long time coming…and sorely past due. 

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show me your horses

…the more we work with horse rescues who take horses out of deplorable conditions the more we learn this to be a big true.

Two of our favorite rescues are Sunkissed Acres and TheraPony…If you are feeling generous today they would love to have your Starbucks money for today! Even $5 would go a long way…

morning mantra from the farm*

“there are only two days in the year that nothing can be done…one is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. So today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live…”  ~ dali lama

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and then it was pink*

So…you learn a lot when you live on a farm. Not the least of which is that cream colored rugs have no business being anywhere in your life. Not with two horses and a dog. And mud. And hay. And dirty boots.
I was in love with this vintage rug that I got in Turkey…It was just the right amount of faded and vintage blue. For about 2 months. Then it slowly turned a brownish grey with dirt stains. And then it was pretty much done. I folded it up and replaced it with something more practical. Continue reading

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can words describe*

Not entirely sure why…but I am having a torrid love affair with spring…Perhaps it is the fact that we are in the middle of one of the most beautiful areas of Tennessee…or the fact that we just went through what was described as the worst winter in 30 years…but spring seems especially sweet this year. Continue reading

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she had horses*

This is Libby. Liberty Belle…A.K.A. the pesky instigator, my little red, white & blue eyed girl and my little dirty hippie chick.

“Why do I ride horses?
Because I look at my horse and I see my hopes and dreams. I see my happiness. I see my pride and my soul. I look at my horse and I see myself…” Continue reading

things are blossoming @ our flagship store*

Love, love, LOVE the new spring window display at our Flagship store. Its filled with tons of great season appropriate inspiration. Giant carrots, butterflies and flowers are just some of the decorations that can be seen in our store front! If you live in or near Huntington Beach make sure to stop by and check it out for your self!

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…luck of the irish…

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A limited edition boho wrap bracelet, just in time for Saint Patricks Day. The ‘Luck of The Irish‘!

And with March right around the corner, it has us thinking about a few of our favorite Irish phrases

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What is your favorite Irish saying?…We’re wishing everyone lots of luck in the month of March.

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…a little birdie told me…

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Soft chocolate leather, combined with heartfelt charms, results in the perfect Island Cowgirl piece. Each token is etched with its own romantical saying. Check out all of our pieces and find an item with the sentiment that matches your own loving feeling!

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