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SUN day

Yesterday was SUN day! The sun finally vanquished the clouds in my part of the planet. So, I picked a few flowers to enjoy on the porch.

SUN day Flowers by OliveLoaf Design

{Photo: OliveLoaf Design}


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

Glass Gem

UPDATE: 10/21/15 We do not have seeds this year. You can find Glass Gem corn seeds at Native Seeds. Cheers!

Now available in our Barren River Emporium shop:

Glass Gem Corn Seeds, 60 Seed Pack. Shipping Included for USA orders. Organic, Non-GMO, Heirloom.

This beautiful, multi-colored heirloom flint corn is used for making flour or as a popping corn. Unlike sweet corn, it is not typically eaten right off the cob. However, it was likely bred as an ornamental variety.

After wait-listing our seeds for a year, we grew the seeds available here last Summer 2013. Grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers; Organic. Each ear was like opening a surprise gift – each more colorful and unique than the last.

We wanted to spread the Non-GMO corn love to you. They make beautiful seasonal decorations and delicious & super-white popcorn.

Glass Gem Popcorn by OliveLoaf Design

Grown in South Central Kentucky, USA.

Glass Gem Growing by OliveLoaf Design

Via NativeSeeds.org"Its origin traces back to Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer living in Oklahoma. Barnes had an uncanny knack for corn breeding. More specifically, he excelled at selecting and saving seed from those cobs that exhibited vivid, translucent colors. Exactly how long Barnes worked on Glass Gem—how many successive seasons he carefully chose, saved, and replanted these special seeds—is unknown. But after many years, his painstaking efforts created a wondrous corn cultivar that has now captivated thousands of people around the world." 

"Approaching old age, Barnes bestowed his precious seed collection to Greg Schoen, his corn-breeding protégé. The weighty responsibility of protecting these seeds was not lost on Schoen. While in the process of moving in 2010, he sought out a place to store a sampling of the collection to ensure its safekeeping. Schoen passed on several unique corn varieties to fellow seedsman Bill McDorman, who was owner at the time of Seeds Trust, a small family seed company then located in central Arizona. (Today, Bill McDorman is Executive Director of Native Seeds/SEARCH.Curious about the oddly named Glass Gems, he planted a handful of seeds in his garden. The spectacular plants that emerged took him by surprise. 'I was blown away,' McDorman recalls. 'No one had ever seen corn like this before.' "

Rainbow Corn by OliveLoaf Design

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hello! a little of this & that today…

i’ve been getting inquiries about the forest findings that i often sell {& sell out of!}

in the other etsy shop barren river emporium

so ~ whenever it’s not raining and ice-storming {no snow in south central kentucky, yet}

 i’ve been gathering gum tree seed pods & these are excellent specimens…


Gum Pods by OliveLoaf Design


and collecting more crinoid fossils that jewelry designers love to use in their wares…


but i pause to capture a lovely scene.

the clouds parted and colors rained down. a beautiful & fleeting sundown…

January Sunset by OliveLoaf Design


and for brunch the next day…

you must make this! vegan eggs benedict from vegnews.com

even if you aren’t a vegan it.is.to.die.for! & nothing has to die for it! win-win

i posted this pic on their site {i know – geek}

{the actual chef who made it for his restaurant in toronto gave me props! far out…}

recipe here

vegan eggs benedict by OliveLoaf Design


fall: a color study

a day in the life of fall

in south central kentucky {october 23, 2010}

a color study…






Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird

I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”

~George Eliot