Category Archives: inspiring…

Be Brave

Sidewalk Chalk Inspirational

Be Brave Sidewalk Chalk Inspirational by OliveLoaf Design

{Art & Photo: OliveLoaf Design}


lost & found summer

Scenes {from my lost blogging month!} from Summer at Le Homestead and around Kentucky…



positively natural

“There’s a growing advantage over time to being in nature. When you have an extended period of time surrounded by that softly fascinating environment, you start seeing all kinds of positive effects in how your mind works — to be creative, to be imaginative, to problem solve, to feel good and be in a positive mood — things that allow us to be better, happier people who engage in a more productive way with others.”~Ruth Ann Atchley, psychologist {read more from the article “Nature-Creative Study Links The Great Outdoors With Positive Psychological Effects” here}

We went looking for signs of spring on a few of the hiking trails of Mammoth Cave National Park, Ketucky.  This overlook on Turnhole Bend Trail looks like a promising location to keep an eye on Spring’s progress…

Mr. D and I were seeking inspiration and a quality interaction with the teenager {Miss M}, letting the dog {Miss Sadie} run free, exorcising and exercising the winter blahs away. Looking for signs that nature had not given up on us yet…

Not so ancient arborglyphs. I was annoyed at first when I saw the carvings in this tree – how little respect humans have for nature and our planet, by leaving their mark everywhere.  Miss M astutely commented oh how fascinating it was that the tree kept right on growing strong despite being abused…

A stairway to the bottom of Cedar Sink Trail.  A metaphoric and literal staircase. While it’s refreshing to have a break after an uphill battle or endless disappointments and set-backs – you’ve got to go back up again sometime, no?  A life lived either passively or intentionally is what I’m contemplating in these woods.

You may find wondrous sights at the bottom of the overgrown sink holes and karst topography of the Mammoth trails. I love the herbaceous mosses. Although relatively fragile, they have survived the untypically cold winter by harvesting what little sun they received at the bottom of the sunken earth.  Making-do and doing the best with what they are given.


Only a little inspiration needed to create something weird and magical.


Our little adventure seemed to be just what we all needed. Miss M and I emerged from the woods singing songs we remembered from junior high choir {an impressive feat on my part} and thrilled at the spotting of a baby bat that flew right towards us and then fluttered away into the forest. Mr. D was logging in our hike mileage {you have to know where you started to see how far you’ve come} and Miss Sadie naturally, didn’t want it to end.  We drove home exhausted but I believe, happier, refreshed and more inspired.

“May the roots of suffering diminish. May warfare, violence, neglect, indifference and addiction also decrease. May the wisdom and compassion of all beings increase, now and in the future. May we clearly see all the barriers we erect between ourselves and others to be as insubstantial as our dreams. May we continue to open our hearts and minds, in order to work ceaselessly for the benefit of all beings.” ~Pema Chödrön

shades of violet

I’ve noticed an abundance of purples {& green} in nature lately…

So I compiled a few pictures for your enjoyment & inspiration.

When I was trying to think of a title for this post

I found this page on Wikipedia called Shades of Violet

which, according to this list – encompasses many of the colors below…









Voluntary Simplicity

I heard a marvelously inspiring piece on NPR this weekend about Voluntary Simplicity; what life can be about – a less complicated existence animated by inner joy. It resonated with me as I clearly have been aspiring or evolving into this lifestyle – without having a name for it – becoming less encumbered by possessions & consumerism, time for other people and oneself, caring about the environment, getting back to nature…

{see/hear more at}*

A little harvest from le gardens.

“We’re really led away from what we’re here for, which is to learn how to live sociably with others and soulfully with ourselves. And consumerism is relatively shallow and life is deep.” ~Duane Elgin, author of Voluntary Simplicity

Still life with wild daisies.

Wild Daisies by OliveLoaf Design

A walk in the woods.

Homemade strawberry pie {vegan}.

Handmade gifts {from up-cycled materials}.

Crafting art {from re-purposed resources}.

Observing the wonders of nature.

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”  ~John Burroughs

Abandoned Music

Hello friends. I received a note from a fan asking, “when are you going to show us more of your awesome craft-works!?” {sigh} Well, I have been working on several commission orders so I can’t show those until they arrive at their intended destinations.

I have several art pieces in the works for some upcoming shows & whatnots; I will share those soonly.

Spring has sprung! So, I am in full-on gardening mode. Meanwhile, I continue to collect inspirational images to share with you…

Mr. D and I happened upon a dilapidated & deserted shop. In the front was a forgotten player piano.

Abandoned Music



it was a little early in the season to visit cheekwood botanical gardens in nashville, tennessee

but there were still magical sights to behold…


{bamboo forest}

bamboo forest by OliveLoaf Design

{japanese garden}

{crawling lady hare by sophie ryder}

{steeple dance by frank morbillo}

SteepleDanceFrankMorbillo by OliveLoaf Design

{untitled(in a dream) by jenny holzer}

InADreamJennyHolzer by OliveLoaf Design

{reflecting at the water garden}

{stately view}

{be unique}

Be Unique by OliveLoaf Design

Shine On

Some Sunshiny Pictorial Inspirationals…

“Yeah we all shine on ~ like the moon & the stars & the sun.” ~ John Lennon

BlueMoonFence by OliveLoaf Design

Early rising wild daffodils.

Early Risers by OliveLoaf Design

Contemplating the morning.


A tree full of buzzards sunning themselves. {They need love too ☺}

Buzzard Tree by OliveLoaf Design*

Outdoor art at Hidden Hill {artists unknown}…



Outdoor Mandalas 3 by OliveLoaf Design