Miniature Poppies

Currently growing in an area of Mr. Livings and my garden in Oregon are these super sweet miniature poppies I planted, which are smaller in size than my pinkie finger or even a small coin. I find them really lovely and magical. They are the perfect size flower for a miniature vase in a dollhouse:

...or an acorn vase in a hummingbird nest:

Here is a photo of me with some of the miniature poppies from my garden for my hummingbird friends in the woods in Oregon, as well as birdseed cupcakes for the birds. Ever the ruthless capitalist and intrepid entrepreneur, thinking of nothing but the bottom line, my own profit and self interests, and the ever expansion of my mediated, branded empire, seeking nothing but merchandising, followers/likes, and ever rising social/mediated status, with no interest in beauty, truth, magic, meaning, being, connection, presence, the power and preciousness of nature, the power and pleasure as an artist in creating your personal vision, and wonder..(as evident...(or not ;) in how I have gone about creating The Simple Livings over the past six years) here is my new "business" plan: a stand in the woods with bird seed cupcakes for the birds and miniature poppies for the hummingbirds that I grow in my garden (as I am a flower farmer for hummingbirds as well as bees, butterflies, and other pollinators) - all of it free of charge of course, except for those birds who want to give me a song in return. "What do you do for a living?" other Livings shall ask to which I will say that I am a flower farmer for hummingbirds and a bird seed cupcake baker for the birds in the woods in Oregon. Yes, that sounds good to me.


When I Grow Up...

You know when you are a kid and everyone asks what you want to be when you grow up? Well after rewatching E.T. with Mr. Livings the other night, I have a new answer if someone should ever ask: intergalactic gardener/intergalactic plant collector. That was what E.T. and his kind were -going to various planets, like Earth, to collect plant specimens for their garden. I love this! I want to do this! And love this classic film, as well as these classic scenes:

A Wild Bouquet

Here is a photo that Mr. Livings took of me holding a wild and pollinator-friendly bouquet I made from gifts from our garden. We have monarchs and bees and dragonflies and hummingbirds and so much other life in our garden. I have two different kinds of milkweed for the Monarchs growing too. It is our big trees on our property they love the most but having steady food to eat is nice for them too.

And I love this beautiful, wild, pollinator-friendly bouquet I made:

Don't these lovely wild gatherings look so beautiful inside our home? The light. The light.

And I love this quote: "Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them," by A.A. Milne.

It really is so true.


Thistle Inspiration

The inspiration for this bouquet I made started with a bunch of thistle growing in Mr. Livings and my garden in Oregon. To which I added Queen Anne's lace, lavender foliage, chives, oregano, nasturtium foliage, some lovely and bright summery flowers, and a few other of nature's offerings from the garden. I really like the way this seasonal bouquet turned out...and the sculptural qualities of some of the materials that I gathered.

Like all of us this bouquet is...Every angle...another side...


Here, below, is a photo of our sweet cat, Miss Meow, in our dining room at home, where my bouquet I made of flowers, kitchen herbs, and thistle is on our dining room table:

She is just the sweetest, isn't she? Mr. Livings and I love her so much!



...the movie, Harold and Maude, with the soundtrack by Cat Stevens. I love this movie so is just so full of life...and love...and love of life...and freedom and choice and possibility...and so much more...

Well, if you want to sing out, sing out.
And if you want to be free, be free.
There’s a million ways to be.
You know that there are…

And if you want to say yes, say yes.
And if you want to say no, say no.
There’s a million ways to go.

You know that there are.


Happy 4th!

Happy 4th, dear friends!  


Tonight, for dinner we are grilling veggie burgers and veggie dogs outside at home, and having something tasty for dessert.  It has been warm in our region this week, so today we are all about keeping cool!

I thought I’d share a picture of my friends, Bean and Dexter, being extra-festive in their patriotic bow-ties:


Aren't they sweet?

And these two vintage 4th of July postcards I thought were very lovely too:

May thy sweet blooms never cease to bloom in love and trust and peace...

Wishing You A Glorious 4th Of July!


My Light Is Love

Too many days, like on this day, I look at the news and it is heartbreaking. So much dark and sorrow, pain and loss, violence and fear and fearmongering and hatred and senselessness. So much loss. And the helpless feeling inside at times amidst all this of how little I can do about so much. It makes me hold close ever more tightly to those I love and who love I..,those who are my life and my world. And cherish even more than I already do each day (which is a lot already), the gift and grace that is to have an ordinary day alive with those I love. Like this morning in the garden watching the dragonflies together landing upon the flowers. Or blowing bubbles with Mr. Livings and Ellie, like in these photos of us in Oregon. To have a day, an ordinary day (which never are just ordinary) - to have THIS day is such a blessing. Amidst all in the world going on. Amidst the senselessness. Amidst such darkness, my light is love.


Chocolate Flowers

I made a really magical bouquet that I just love full of garden goodness with lots of chocolate flowers. After baking chocolate chip cookies and clipping chocolate scabiosa from our garden the other day to bring inside, I was inspired and decided to make a bouquet with lots of chocolate flowers: chocolate scabiosa, chocolate cosmos, chocolate poppies, chocolate candy geraniums, chocolate nasturtiums, chocolate amaranth, chocolate ninebark, thornless blackberries, dahlias and lots of other garden loveliness. I love it. Pure magic!