Tag Archives: nature

Unloved Flowers

In honor of all the dandelions that were mowed this weekend.  {micron & colored pencils}

Unloved Flower by OliveLoaf Design


Love Sand


“When I was twelve years old, the world was my magic lantern, and by its green spirit glow I saw the past, the present and into the future. You probably did too; you just don’t recall it. See, this is my opinion: we all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand.”  ~Robert McCammon

Sand Love by OliveLoaf Design

Photo: OliveLoaf Design, Beach at Barren River Lake, Kentucky

commune with nature

{via Karen Kaplan/L.A. Times}

Communing with nature can recharge your creativity according to findings from the study called the Attention Restoration Theory (ART). It suggests that exposure to nature can replenish our cognitive reserves when they are worn out by overuse. And if you live a modern urban or suburban life, your cognitive reserves are surely depleted.

“Our modern society is filled with sudden events (sirens, horns, ringing phones, alarms, televisions, etc.) that hijack attention. By contrast, natural environments are associated with a gentle, soft fascination, allowing the executive attentional system to replenish.”

Baby Fiddle Head Ferns by OliveLoaf Design

The Attention Restoration Theory also states that not only do people concentrate better after being in nature, but that even looking at scenes or photographs of nature helps with concentration and creativity.

Good to know! No wonder I’m more inspired to create after a walk in the woods. And it definitely helps if I’m having a creative dilemma or need to clear the brain clutter. {No iPods & Smartphones allowed!} If you can’t be amongst the wild things today – gaze upon the baby fiddle head fern or these little wildflowers…

Tiny wildflowers begin to awaken throughout the woods in South Central Kentucky. By OliveLoaf Design

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…









graffiti gardening

If you have alliums in your yardscape design & they’ve finished their bloom regenerate them with paint ~ it’s super-duper easy!

All you need is a piece of cardboard or paper plate and your choice of color spray-paint.

Spray all sides of the allium by moving around it using the cardboard/plate as protection from spraying your deck/porch or other plants

Garden Graffiti by OliveLoaf Design

Now your allium will continue to be delightful balls of awesome for many more weeks!

Painted Allium by OliveLoaf Design

Alas, we only had two {of 4} alliums pop up this year {note to self: plant more allium bulbs for more garden graffiti next year!}

{Thanks to Mom who gave me the idea last year!}


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 http://www.humanmedia.org}*

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


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