Rain drips from golden leaves outside my window. Last night, I watched them dance in the windy night and I painted my first picture in our new home, at Christmas Rose Cottage. Inky gold dust sang a lullaby, and a release of joy to be useful again burst from brushes and charcoal! Another followed, and an entire story filled hungry pages. A children’s book and artwork (originals, art prints, and stationery) for this fresh fall collection will breeze into the shop this week & more this Autumn.
My collections appear in the shop, available to purchase, as they are made. This allows my dear customers to snap up the original paintings, first prints, first greeting cards & stationery sets, and first book printings as I am working on the collections in real time. They are new for me and for you! The Enchanted Tree Collection will be the first in the Golden & Earthen Collection, new additions and a part of my Growing Collections. This collection of artwork has backgrounds and imagery adorned in Earthen hues and glorious golden dust. The soft colours feel beautiful for your interiors and senses. The golden pieces catch the light so you Live in the Light from morning to night. The Figure Drawing Collection will grow and be added into Golden & Earthen, as well as other categories. The collections are not only seasonal, but rather they grow as the years dance on and as positive memories are made here at Amor Milagre. This year, many collections will be released, several who have been waiting patiently for us to move and unpack. The Enchanted Tree is like these collections in the encouragement and Love for Nature and A Gentle Life! It is lovely for all ages. More Soon, XOXO ~Amor Milagre
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Music of the Moment: The Old Gypsy, The Paganini Duo, Gustaw Szelski on violin, and Georg Mertens on guitar, in the Cathedral Chamber, part of the Lucas Cave at Jenolan Caves, world’s oldest Cave (340 million years).
‘The right plant in the right place’ gardening principle is all about choosing the right plant, that you love, and placing it in the right conditions (soil, wind, air, water, sun, temperature, etc), but also in the right place in the garden.
Our house renovations extend into the garden as the overgrown shrubs and trees were placed too near the house walls, windows, and doors years ago. Choosing the right plant for the expected mature growth is also very important. Yes, all the baby plants look tiny and darling when you first tuck them into their new beds, but oh how they will grow! The plants in our garden here are over 30 years old and many look lovely as a hedge border, but too many are sick because they are too near manmade structures and are not getting the proper amount of light and air circulation. House foundation and siding issues are common for old houses that have large, deeply rooted, plants too near the house walls. This week, we’ve been busy removing such large plants, but it’s sad to cut any living plant. For empaths, it hurts. It’s very important to choose and place your plants in a well-planned spot because they spend their whole lives striving, growing, and surviving the conditions you place them in, only to be cut down at their beautiful peak.
Everyone can design their gardens with the knowledge of plants so that we may look out the windows to admire them, sit amongst them with a cup of tea, take care of them over a long loving lifetime, and so they may proudly grow in beauty and age undisturbed. Research your plants before you add them into the Earth, move them, prune, or remove them.
*All ages enjoy Nature, gardening, and plants. Nature calms the nerves, solves problems, and restores us to our real Selves. This state opens our ‘Light of Love’ up to the knowledge of the Universe, and this helps us, here, in our daily lives. Be kind to your plants and they will continue to take great care of you, too. Live in Nature, where life makes sense…
Plants provide beautiful sound barriers as well as creating fresh oxygen for us all. They are dependable homes for all living animals and insects, and inspire us to live outside more. If you do have to cut branches, place them in the woods or in a spot in your garden to make a nice organic compost pile. This also makes a nice home for your garden dwelling wildlife. Today, we made a kind of burrow stack in the side woods and invited all the animals and faeries to nestle in before Winter. Back into the Earth to renew and provide nutrients for a most precious gift, Soil.
How difficult are the roots to remove? Probably very as that is their beautiful design. Will everyone like the plants you’re adding? Yes, at some point, we all move on and new gardeners come in. It’s tricky to please everyone as plants keep our connections and memories, but if we let go and sense the plants as they truly are, we can appreciate them as they are, connected in Nature. We couldn’t help but notice that rhododendrons are tricky ones. Roots spreading sideways like walking trees…so many roots and shoots. These plants need space, so next to a house is not a good place for them, especially if left to grow into a hedge.
Our new garden plans are coming up so please stay tuned! In the meantime, take a wander outside into the botanical world and browse your library. Experience the marvels of Nature. You can save seeds and spread Nature everywhere again, while keeping in mind to preserve our silly manmade structures, so we use less of Nature’s resources to rebuild our neglected, non-living contraptions. Exploring how Nature grows proves human invention nonsensical. How truly smart Nature is…how she weaves all her creations together in such a harmonious world of inclusiveness. We are the ones who are getting in her way. Oh, how I wish I were the wind, a snail, a fox, or a more natural human…perhaps I once was and will be again…but for now, I’ll take care of her and us. Happy Nature Explorations! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Green to golden, crimson, plum. My beloved Autumn has come. Tangerine, apricot, chestnut. Dusty hazy seeded sky…and what? A walk under the trees. Let’s speak in leaves. A basket of deeply coloured wild berries, fresh bread, cucumber tomato balsamic salad, hot cacao, and a cozy plaid blanket unwinds your senses with a picnic in the country forest, a city park, your back garden, and anywhere you desire. Pause and connect with Nature. Feel the changes. All throughout Autumn, picnics of small and grand scales are waiting. Safely explore the beautiful light of arching rainbows and tree limbs above. Hear the rustling of furred friends below, preparing for Winter’s cold snow. What flavour combinations do you Love? Olives and marmalade? Anything goes! Fresh from the garden, from shops, and handmade. Let’s get outside where Fall memories won’t fade. Happy Autumn picnics to you and your Dear Ones! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Little explorers Love to bring: A compass, map, journal, camera, and lots of extra wild berries!
To grow a tomato that tastes like a tomato, the old ways are beautiful, flavourful, and healthy. Let the bugs roam, let the sun shine, let the rain fall, and let plants be natural in Nature.
We love to plant organic, non-GMO, heirloom tomato seeds, in a sunny spot each year, on a fresh layer of homemade organic plant compost, in our organic no-dig edible plant garden. Clear other plants from the bottom layer for optimal air flow and remove lower leaves after they’ve grown strong and healthy. (No sprays or chemicals. No tools needed). Enjoy the colours and taste of all kinds of lovely tomatoes! Plant organic basil nearby for a delicious salad picnic in the garden. Guiding the plants, watching the flowers and bees, and being a helper of Nature feels amazing. We love to take a closer look and thank Mamma Nature for her beautiful designs, colours, textures, scents, sounds, and tastes. We’re fascinated by her natural packaging, recycling, and life cycles. We also save the tomato seeds for planting new plants and label with the date.
Heirloom tomatoes taste wonderful and have old origins. The seeds were passed down from generations of gardeners. They are heirlooms like a beautiful antique gift from your ancestors, but these gifts produce gorgeous food over and over again to sustain a healthy family of growers.
Remember to: Support your local organic plant farmers and gardeners at local markets, restaurants, and shops. Get your hands dirty. It feels good to connect to the Earth and grow healthy food for yourself, Dear Ones, and your community. Children love to grow and eat their own garden. One handful of seeds grows an abundance of healthy food to be eaten that day and preserved for the year. Grow flavours, colours, quality, and good health in your garden all year round. Plants are best when eaten when in season, ripe, fresh, and kissed by the sun. Happy Late Summer Foods! Enjoy Nature: The Best Show on Earth! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Coming Up in 2020: New Organic Edible Gardens
Music of the Moment: Stone on the Water, Badly Drawn Boy
Carpets of moss stretch over stones and trees. Foxglove sway in the dewdrop morning breeze. Sweet roses scent the air at home and beach. Thank you, Summer for your glorious, loving kiss. Nature is where I find inspiration for my gentle life & my A Gentle Life Collections. What inspires you? Happy Late Summer! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Libraries are beautiful places to visit and explore! Their magic is elevated up to the stars when you meet a kind librarian who knows the sense of each book spine, cover, and ribbon bookmark. All the ideas of those before us inspire our minds to open to new clouds of thought, sensed by us long ago and once again. What revelations will you have today? A library can be a community’s heart. It’s that time of year when many children go back to school. For us, as year-round homeschoolers, it’s another season to learn wonderful, dear stories. Here are a few we love.
One of my upcoming books includes a wonderful story of lovely librarians. All of my books include families who love to learn. There is power in understanding and empathy. Live in the Light!
This list is part of my new ‘Favourite Series’ which I’ll add to each season. I can only recommend the books on this list in the means of imagination, and not always for how each book is made. The only books on this list that I know for sure are ethically made are my own handmade books. All of my books feature the benefits of learning. The books here are chosen by the young, and as a parent, I agree that these are helpful and beautiful. This is the children’s list! I won’t write our impressions, as it’s best to allow your first impression to be purely your own. Many more children’s book reading lists are coming up! Happy Reading & Library Explorations! xoxo ~Amor Milagre
We connected dearly with these and read them many times over:
The Library: Sarah Stewart, David Small
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré: Anika Aldamuy Denise, Paola Escobar
Bunny’s Book Club: Annie Silvestro, Tatjana Mai-Wyss
Library Lion: Michelle Knudsen, Kevin Hawkes
A most sincere Thank You! to all of the people who made the books above!
All ages love a sweet bedtime story. Magical pages inspire dreamy adventures in the starry nights and plans for the day’s light. Explore A Gentle Life Book Collection, ethically handmade with Love and positivity. New books for all ages and genders will be added to this collection this year, in 2020, and beyond. Happy Reading! xoxo ~Amor Milagre
When you feel like you’ve done too much, it’s not time to do more. Pause, Stop. Rest… Unwind with meditation to remember how to truly rest all of you. Here are 10 helpful tips for calm meditation for all ages. Take gentle care of you. xoxo ~Amor Milagre
Eat fresh plant foods and hydrate. Stretch slowly to circulate any trapped chemicals in your body. Drink water to improve the flow.
Routines that build energy help you. Matching low energy with unhealthy foods and negative habits harms you. What is helpful? What grows positive habits? What gives you energy?
Breathe fresh air. See the leaves and seasons change. Harmonize with Nature’s rhythms.
A calm space where you feel safe and are able to sit or lay still and quietly is helpful to unwind into meditation. With practice, you can meditate in any place.
Open and unwind. If you’re unsure how to begin, try resting quietly, without added layers of sound. If you have trouble with this, a guided meditation can help you build a meditation routine into your memory to use any time you need to let go and refocus. Use something as low-tech as possible. You can even write your own guide and read aloud before beginning. Natural sounds are helpful for connecting to Nature, so open a window or visit a garden. A comfortable position, balanced for your spine and posture, and able to breathe in your best way, is helpful for grounding down into the Earth. If you can, go outside, remove shoes, and ground your energy down, energizing from the Earth’s core.
Keep a small and large perspective for a balance of calm reflection and revitalization.
A healthy skincare and Self care routine helps before meditation so you feel settled and fresh, ready to explore knowing your Higher and Inner Self. Unplug electronics for a quiet space. Low lighting is soothing. A soft eye mask or a cloth over your eyes can help block light, and with lavender or other favourite scented plants, you can ease into feeling your senses and awareness more naturally.
An hour to let go, explore, and open helps you to not rush or dwell too long. Release any pressure for specific goals or expectations. What will come will surface. Listen with your heart, open.
Maintaining a healthy meditation routine helps you to keep your energy, so you don’t dip too low, lacking energy. Humans’ ways and routines are often energy zappers for others, so be mindful to create your own unique routines for your unique needs.
You can heal your Self with breathing, processing, and letting go. Trust your Self to take care of you, and you can take care of your whole Self, your Soul, and the Universe.
[This text is from my A Gentle Life Book Collection.]
The air is moving, and a delicious new novel is flying in. It will land in my bookshop very soon, and is the first in a new original seasonal series. All ages can delve into this world between the pages. My pen has been dancing all week and is now resting, out of ink. Stay tuned for this new book release. Happy Midsummer Days, XOXO ~Amor Milagre
The moment a seedling blooms, after a year of peaceful patience, the senses dance and celebrate the miracle of Nature’s gifts. Our children’s garden sways with beautiful tall foxglove ladies, in their pretty gowns where faeries sleep and children smile. I am forever inspired by the wonders of Nature. View the ever-growing, unique, and customizable Illustrated Garden Alphabet Letter Collection here. These little darlings are for all ages, but especially sweet in a baby and child’s nursery room. (Original Paintings, Art Prints, Stationery, and Custom Options are available to purchase for this collection). Bring Nature in, and she will inspire you to go out to play! Happy Summer Gardening! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
This morning, we relished in our first peach of the Summer Season. Apricots, plums, peaches, and nectarines kiss sandy tapestry prints as I choose new colours and healthy materials for our new organic home. This year, I’ll be posting ‘before and after’ designs, tips for non-toxic material choices, fresh colour moods, and new art collections so you can follow along with our renovation adventures. We’re saying goodnight soon to this beautiful organic home that we designed and hand built with Love. Design highlights are coming up! Today, we’re happy to have a fresh fruit salad and new ideas breezing around blank pages. Inspired by Nature and the Senses. Happy Summer! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
There are increasingly more ethical materials to choose from when you’re buying furniture, bedding, plants, and more for your home. Looking for the organic, healthy options will boost your health in the moment and in the long run. Ask questions to find what options are best for your specific needs and design desires. This comes in handy when registering for wedding gifts, new baby presents, holidays, birthdays, and gifts to celebrate your Self and Dear Ones. These new dining chairs are custom designed by me and ethically made by a local company. They’re so comfy and built to last. We’ll be releasing ethically handmade (completely by us) furniture collections here at the Amor Milagre Shop in upcoming seasons, including children’s toys like dollhouses and customizable gifts for all ages. It’s so much fun to design these collections for you. You can choose goodness for yourself in every thing you do! Breathe deeply, knowing your home is a healthy one. For design advice and custom projects, please message me here.
Whether you’re moving to a new home or job, switching schools, beginning college, in or out of a relationship, getting married, having a baby, or moving yourself into a more positive mindset, these tips may be helpful as you embrace your new adventures. Find joy in custom designing a fresh healthy lifestyle, tailored just for you. We’ve met so many new people this year and many more this month. I’m posting these tips to answer some recent questions sent to my inbox and asked while on outtings as we prepare to move to our next adventure. Every day, no matter your age, we begin again. This happy thought entices new ideas and old pleasures to be brought in the Summer sunlight to play, laugh, and plan for longterm Love and blissful moments today. (This text appears in my upcoming healthy lifestyle book). Happy brave and glorious planning! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Gentle, loving processing frees up your mind to new possibilities. Plan and organize, but leave space in your days for healthy breathing which leads to new ideas. The truth of Nature surfaces when you take a break to breathe and rest.
Researching and exploring new places of interest for today’s needs and wants is a journey all of her own. Keep a funny journal of what you find along the way.
Think about the qualities of character traits you’d like to attract in new friends. For example: kind, compassionate, patient. What loving traits do you want to have for your own character?
Keep on the lookout for fun, healthy activities you can safely do on your own and with the community. Trying new positive things may lead to unexpected smiles. Unpack and make your new home your own. If not moving and want a new home feeling, minimal changes like fresh paint and new colours for accent pieces can transform the mood of a room.
If in school or college, which classes can you choose or focus on? What brings you joy? What clubs, extra classes, or events can you attend to learn something new? Research what would help you with your interests. Which study abroad programs or internships could be healthy choices for you? Which jobs are healthy options that will aid you in the future, if even for quicker motor skills or schedule planning diligence? Plan for yourself, even if the curriculum wasn’t designed for you. Ask if you can design your schedule. They may be impressed with your inventiveness and allow you to substitute or add extra classes you want to learn more about. What can you learn on your own, and how can you share this wonder with others? Everything you learn helps you learn something else. Don’t let people pressure you or make decisions for you. It’s your life. It takes time to find what you love in this varied and expansive series of made up jobs. Everyone has natural gifts. These gifts may or may not be involved with your passions. You are allowed to enjoy many things, have a few different jobs at once, or several various aspects within one career. One thing leads to another, and you can choose what you do and in which direction to move next. Life is ever-evolving and we cannot be labeled or boxed into one word, department, title, or major. We are made up of infinite words and feelings without words. Let’s always be learning…for there is always something new and exciting to learn!
Asking polite, brief questions is a great way to find things that interest you. If in a new country, learn the customs for proper greetings when asking questions of new people. Often times, your dreams are not posted on a bulletin board in town, on campus, or online. You may have to start something new that may attract healthy like-minded people.
If places, people, or programs don’t add positivity to your life, you have the power to choose something else. Begin healthy patterns and habits, careful to not repeat negative ones. Say no to all kinds of abuse. Reporting abuse is important to protect yourself and others after you. It’s tricky, so you need to stay safe and healthy. The people you report it to may not actually help you, but your voice is heard and this can help you heal. The recorded case could help to stop it if it happens again to someone else or make awareness to prevent it. Abuse is much too common and needs more awareness to make positive changes for everyone. Believe in your Self and be smart. Do what you need for yourself to be healthy and feel safe, healing as you go. Most abusive people pretend to believe that they are not hurting anyone. Remove yourself from manipulative situations and don’t waste time trying to “make sense” of abuse. Abuse doesn’t “make sense” because it’s destructive and because the senses are designed to keep you safe and healthy. Love is not destructive. Resolve issues kindly, without gossip, and hear both sides with compassion. Have a laugh with someone, and not at someone. There are so many fun, kind ways to live. What is yours today?
What do you need and want? What don’t you need or want? Write it out, and you may be surprised what appears on the paper. Update as you go and reread old lists to stay true to reoccurring needs and feelings.
Steady your pace and customize your natural, healthy routine. Manage priorities in organized, realistic ways to reduce stress. Set boundaries, goals, and work time limits. There is no rush, no matter where you are or who you’re around. Choose this moment to live in. Plan wisely and develop positive, creative flexibility when changes are needed. Use a healthy perspective and neutral accurate language to keep yourself real in dramatic situations. Being efficient is faster than the stressful panic of false urgency. Keep calm, work, and then go home. Try to do what you love, so you’re truly living wherever you are. If you can’t do what you love, or don’t know your passions yet, working to help others at a company that doesn’t harm anyone or anything is also a great option. The clock won’t tick as loudly if you enjoy your work. Your days will flow sweetly and you’ll end up with work you love and a schedule that lets the wind dance in your hair.
Always stay true to your Inner Self, in the moment, and process each day, so you may be open, clear, and aware to choose goodness for yourself as you go.
It’s a new day! What would you just Love to do?
You are strong and delicate, take the greatest care in being Purely You.
A special note to all of the younger people I’ve recently met who are looking for Summer internships and jobs: Congratulations on your graduation! Thank you sincerely for asking me, but even though I don’t have employees and it’s just me here, I’m am here, so send me a message any time if needed. I designed my process to suit our lifestyle and evolving routines, as my process really is just that I’m working all of the time, even when dreaming. All of the pictures and stories are inspired from our life moments. This is why I call Amor Milagre a company for Authentic Romantics. I am real and so are my collections, sincere and loving. Keep asking companies until you find a positive place to work that will help you with your goals.
It’s good practice to ask, gaining confidence each time. Remember when interviewing or working for people, that they are just people, regardless of titles and words. They all eat, sleep, and want the same things: to love and be loved, to create and share. If they are frustrated with their personal life and try to take it out on you, that’s not your fault, and you don’t have to take it. You can report it and ask to be transferred or have a meeting with HR saying there needs to more of a professional, respectful attitude. People need to learn how to sort emotions in healthy ways and not hurt the world just because they are hurting. So no need to be intimidated or nervous. You can learn how to do a new job well by trying your best, being on time, asking respectful questions, taking self-helpful notes, and presenting your ideas. Stand up for your work if someone tries to take credit for it.
Research companies, ask to shadow for a day, and say why you want the job or why you don’t. Is the working environment healthy, what are the hours, pay, and benefits? Interviews can be double-sided. Prepare questions to ask your potential employers. It’s not just about you getting the job before someone else snaps it up, it’s also about if you want to work and spend time there. What do they do? Are they an ethical company? Asking to see where you would work and meet the people you’d be working for before accepting the position and paying attention when you meet them can help you in the long run. The way jobs are presented needs to change to be suitable for both the employers and the employees. This can change if the workforce changes it. Ask questions. Why would an employee want to be a part of their company? How will this be a positive experience for them, the makers, and the company’s consumer audience? Be your unique Self and love that everyone is their unique Self. Being unique connects us all together. If you can’t find a place of employment that meets your goals and needs, you can make one. What are your passions now? See what they will lead to later on. Ask for help if needed, keep asking until you find help, and help yourself by staying aware and independent. Never forget or lose yourself, you are enough, you are Love.
I am working on something positive that everyone can be included and involved in. Keep checking back for the release of this fun new project…and in the meantime this journal,shop, and book collections are here to help you with your daily connection with your Self and the Universe.
Whether you’re a parent or a child at heart, remembering your favourite childhood memories is beneficial for a happy, healthy lifestyle at any age. How did it feel to fly down the street on your bicycle, wind on your face, and freedom in your heart? Here are just 10 things I’ve Loved since childhood. No matter what else was going on, Nature was my reverie for funny ideas and soothing rhythms. Speaking to your Inner Self and Inner Child helps you have fun every day. This practice also helps you to teach your children how to have good, simple fun, anywhere at any time. What do you like to do in your imagination of the senses? Happy Spring!
Swinging with my hair down in the breeze.
Walking up a hill, climbing a tree, and watching the sunset’s beautiful colours each night.
Carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Swimming in the ocean in light rain.
Drawing pictures of anything.
Running barefoot in the grass when it’s lightly raining in the summer.
Making up stories and silly games outside in Nature with a friend from down the street.
Dancing with the fireflies in the magical summer evenings.
Designing my ideal town of kindness with chalk on the driveway, and then wheeling around on the tiny roads.
Eating watermelon and tomatoes in the garden.
Of course there are some more, but these were sitting in my eyes. Everything I Loved then, still lives in my mind now, so it’s easy to have innocent, real fun because I’ve been practicing it since then. Remember, there is no age that you can reach that says you’re not allowed to laugh and play. So laugh, so play, have a lovely time today! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
We love books and gardening, so when the stories are set in the garden, the imagination tangles like vines and brings us outside to read in our Children’s Garden. Planting seeds in the Earth and positive seeds in our minds are healthy ways to celebrate the glorious Springtime!
To start your own children’s garden: Find a little place and plant favourite seeds, chosen by children. Little hands find little stones and moss to make pathways, faerie houses, and spots for new flowers and herbs. Explore daily to enjoy new sprouts and blooms. Open the imagination and unfold stories waiting under leaves and branches. Divide and replant perennials each year to expand your garden. If in a small space, pots are helpful. Some are specially designed to stack for vertical colour. Create a wall of vines and climbing flowers for faeries to sleep in. Breathe in your fresh healthy garden. Teach your hands how to measure a garden naturally. Children of all ages from 0-1000+ can enjoy the Love a garden gives. Grow and eat organic foods to boost immune systems and give energy for daily play. Fresh air is vital for a healthy body and mindset. Leaves and petals inspire a most sincere connection with Nature. Happy Mother Nature and Happy Mother’s Day! A garden is pure magic to all who befriend her. These book covers are beautiful around the house, and their pages are positive senses in the library of childhood memories.
This list is part of my new ‘Favourite Series’ which I’ll add to each season. I can only recommend the books on this list in the means of imagination, and not always for how each book is made. The only books on this list that I know for sure are ethically made are my own handmade books. All of my books feature the benefits of gardens. They are inspired by how the senses connect with Nature. The books here are chosen by the young, and as a parent, I agree that these are helpful and beautiful. This is the children’s list! I won’t write our impressions, as it’s best to allow your first impression to be purely your own. It is hard to choose only a few to share, so many more children’s book reading lists are coming up! Happy Reading & Spring Gardening! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
We connected dearly with these and read them many times over:
Around the Year, Elsa Beskow
A Seed is Sleepy, Dianna Aston & Sylvia Long
The Little Gardener, Emily Hughes
The Night Gardener, Terry Fan & Eric Fan
Grandpa Green, Lane Smith
The Rabbits’ Wedding, Garth Williams
A Child’s Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson & Cooper Edens and another version illustrated by Erik Blegvad
Bear Sees Colors, Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman
Miss Rumphius, Barbara Cooney
The ‘Frog and Toad’ Series, Arnold Lobel
Sunflower Houses: Inspiration From the Garden–A Book for Children and Their Grown-Ups, Sharon Lovejoy
Faerie Pop Up Book and The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, Cicely Mary Barker
The ‘Mr. Putter & Tabby’ Series books featuring gardening: Pick the Pears, Smell the Roses, etc.
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggywinkle, Peter Rabbit, and more books by Beatrix Potter
The Complete Brambly Hedge, Jill Barklem
Child of Faerie, Child of Earth, Jane Yolen, Jane Dyer
Red Sings from Treetops, A Year in Colors, Joyce Sidman, Pamela Zagarenski
Sensuous Garden, Montagu Don (Gardener’s Books are helpful to learn techniques, botanical imagery, and terminology).
Hypnotic blues from light to dark kiss the sandy shores in water, forest, and stone. We explore, meditate, and restore in Nature’s watery blues and blacks. Beachcombing in cozy layers, reading antique stories made in transplendent detailed form, and delighting in deep berry bakes, this cool oceanic Springtime rushes up the branch buds and winds down and around to rest in the wake. Somewhere, Spring is warm pink winds. Here, she runs through the towns, cool and blue. XOXO ~Amor Milagre
By layering colours in the same depth and temperature, but in different textures and weights, one can accomplish a level of visual and textural coziness that feels richer than an outfit of one colour shade. An outfit using well-fitting, classic wardrobe pieces is a helpful go-to for every wardrobe. Why not have a smaller wardrobe where every piece is classic, well-fitting, and timeless? This way, you can easily mix and match to combine many outfits for maximum wear and versatility.
Blue & Black colour combinations is beautiful for women, menswear, and baby & child. Lovely for the home, garden, and menu. Beautifully dressed books in blue with golden edges and satin ribbons. Water and sky, shining stone and hedge leaves, moon and star…natural blues of all shades and hues…soulful and true.
This weekend, I chose moody blues and blacks to wander the chilly windswept beach: A navy blue fisherman knit sweater, a corduroy dusty blue skirt, black cable knit stockings, boots, and topped with an Irish cap in navy wool tweed. Another day, a simply elegant look: well-tailored black cropped trousers, black sandals, a black ballet wrap sweater, a blue neck scarf, and a navy blue velvet beret. Accessories accent an outfit. Keep them minimal for a look that is effortlessly chic. For Spring & Summer, a simple basket purse or small cross body handbag is light and easy. A larger basket or tote is helpful for outtings to parks and beaches. A quilt and a picnic basket for lunches on the lawn or sand. Scarves and hats help keep good health during the transitions between seasons. Always a hat and scarf for us, but the type changes with the weather. Another: A navy print fitted sundress, a sheer black blouse, and black espadrilles. Endless possibilities!
As with all shopping, look for ethically well-made items, that fit your beautiful body very well, and are healthy, durable, and comfortable. Do the fabrics use vegan organic non-toxic dyes and materials? Darker shades are generally more difficult to find healthy options in, but not impossible. Are conditions healthy for the makers and areas around the production houses? How does the fabric feel on your skin and senses? Are the colours flattering for your skin tone? What is the silhouette? Is this piece a classic, timeless look? How do the items work together as a family or wardrobe? How do you feel in these colours and shapes? How can you layer your colours for a cohesive mood?
Blue and black together catch the light and create interest and richness in the shadows. More colour mood journal posts are coming up, as well as some outfit inspiration! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
A sketchbook and pen, a quilt on the sand, a family at play, and fresh air all day…
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To me these colours are: Refreshing, moody, reflective, calming, grounding, connecting, cozy, and meditative.
See below how the moonlight and sunshine shade and light these honestly soothing colours! Fascination…
Amor Milagre Children’s Book Animals Illustrations The Squiggly Blue Elephant beautiful for all spaces and ages, especially in a nursery amormilagre.com
Amor Milagre Children’s Book Animals Illustrations The Dalmatian Puppy Dog Custom Pet Portrait beautiful for all spaces and ages, especially in a nursery amormilagre.com
Amor Milagre Children’s Book Animals Illustrations The Grey Elephant beautiful for all spaces and ages, especially in a nursery amormilagre.com
Amor Milagre Children’s Book Animals Illustrations The Happy Elephant beautiful for all spaces and ages, especially in a nursery amormilagre.com
Amor Milagre Fashion & Shoe Design Children’s Book Illustrations Shoe Design Book Lucca Beaded Embroidered Blue Shoe Design amormilagre.com
~More New Items for The Stationery Shop with Customizable Gift Sets (Ethical, FSC Certified Papers, non-toxic inks, and original Amor Milagre designs). This shop is now open with new products trickling in each day!
~Sylph: A New Amor Milagre Apparel Collection, made with Ethically Sourced, Organic Cotton Fabric in Natural Cotton Colours as well as organic vegetable-dyed hues. Pieces will be available to purchase soon for Summer 2019, here on the Organic Apparel & Toys Collection page, for women and toddlers. Menswear and baby clothing is coming up, too! A journal post to celebrate the release of these lovely, handmade garments will appear on this NEWS! page this Spring season. Subscribe at the bottom of the page to stay tuned!
XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Music of the Moment: Rumble, Link Wray and His Ray Men
Opening a book is opening a window to the imagination of the author, the illustrator, and your very own wild, vast, unending possibilities. I not only create children’s books, but our world is rich with stories from all times and places. Here is a very short list of some wonderful children’s books that we’ve found recently and have always loved. This list is part of my new ‘Favourite Series’ which I’ll add to each season. Reading Tip: Requesting books from the libraries around you is a joyous way to discover which books you love and which books you’d like to add to holiday wishlists. Bringing a book into your home is an important choice. What are the messages, images, and feelings transferred by a book? I can only recommend the books on this list in the means of imagination, and not always for how each book is made. The only book on this list that I know for sure is ethically made is my own handmade book, Antonia’s Bakery. The books here are chosen by the young, and as a parent, I agree that these are helpful and beautiful. This is the children’s list! It is hard to choose only a few to share, so many more children’s book reading lists are coming up! To me, books are amongst the most important objects to respect, protect, and preserve. They are pieces of moments that once lived and breathed. These moments are powerful connectors for all of the souls in the Universe. Write a good story for yourself today, and live your story. More about this is coming up in a special book series and lives in all of my books. Reading is also one of our family’s greatest ‘Pleasures for the Weekend’ (new series). To hear someone read to you is a very special gift, and with the help of a library, it can be free. Happy Spring Reading! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
The people that know us know that we adore books. Reading books each day thoroughly intertwines the routines and elements in our lifestyle. We have to be very aware of holidays and know when the library will be closed so as to not be ‘bookless’ over a weekend. Many of you have written to me asking about our favourite reading lists, and I’m just now able to share this series with you. Thank you for your patience! (This is not sponsored nor a paid ad, and we don’t promote other company’s products, but I wanted to share something dear to us in case it’s dear to you). Some of these books are in our humble library collection and some are requests from the library. One of the best kinds of gifts for babies, children, and everyone is a book. Children’s books are timeless and for all ages. Choosing books with positive messages and images inspires healthy mindsets. You can enjoy reading them and reconnecting with your inner child to lighten and brighten your sweet life any day! Stay connected to your true self to truly live! Look for healthy materials and non-toxic ethically made books for healthy reading. Encourage children to write their own books. You’re never too young to express your stories and illustrations. Then, you can look back on your first books in amazement at the truth and depth of a seemingly simple story, written on scrap paper, drawn in a moment of intuition and loving attention. Books are valuable and can be priced affordably. I won’t write our impressions, as it’s best to allow your first impression to be purely your own.
We connected dearly with these and read them many times over:
The Pink Umbrella, Amélie Callot, Genevieve Godbout (Favourite ‘New to Us’ Book this Month!)
The Complete Brambly Hedge, Jill Barklem
Summer Party, The Cobble Street Cousins Series, Cynthia Rylant, Wendy Anderson Halperin
Around the Year, Tasha Tudor
The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, Cicely Mary Barker
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, Jessie Wilcox Smith
The House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne
Bloom, A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Kyo Maclear, Julie Morstad
I Am Yoga, Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds
The Library, Sarah Stewart, David Small
The Wump World, Bill Peet
Child of Faerie, Child of Earth, Jane Yolen, Jane Dyer
Red Sings from Treetops, A Year in Colors, Joyce Sidman, Pamela Zagarenski
Planting seeds of goodness for a lovely Spring & Summer. Tidying the gardens and potting up some fresh soil to plant organic basil seeds to enjoy in Summer’s dishes. Reading Spring faerie poetry to help the seedlings grow strong and healthy. Inventing a few simply wonderful organic ways to celebrate Spring and this Easter weekend. What do you enjoy planning for your weekend?
We love to splash in puddles outside on fresh rainy days or at a local plant nursery. Devising edible planting lists and layouts in sketchbooks while watching Gardner’s World is very fun with a cozy cup of tea and fresh cream clothes. The windows open for fickle winds to breeze through our hair. Drawing new book illustrations in candlelit evenings to low tender violin hums, when all the world is asleep, tickles the imagination and delights my dreams. Writing about our week in letters accompanied by astounding drawings, with stamps placed proudly by little bunny paws. Visiting the new fleecy lambs at a local farm is a special Easter tradition. A gentle lifestyle reminder whirls in our hearts when we smile and quietly cheer them on as they learn to walk. All of the sheep smile, too. It’s the natural way for all of us, remember? Enjoying the week and now enjoying the weekend.
Getting personal items ready to sell & replace is on the list. Did you know little bunnies grow quickly sometimes in great bunny spurts? Must be what comes from eating so much lettuce. A pleasure we have each season is carefully choosing new children’s clothing and also making seasonal collections. I’ll soon release a collection of organic apparel that I make for us. Now you can wear these lovely healthy items, too! I’ll also release another new collection, this time ethical woodworking! These original designs include handmade dollhouses,home & garden gifts, and also unique pyrographs. So much of what we do is catching up, so when we carve time for new adventures and fresh air, we have energy to catch up with all those little weekly necessities. This is a beautiful process that allows for more adventures big or as small as writing a letter or getting my new ethical stationery collection ready for you to shop. Letter writing is a great passion of ours and a freeing form of expression. Try even writing to yourself today, and see what comes of it! Did you know that about yourself? More on this is coming up in some new uniquely designed book collections!
This weekend, we’ll try a different local Spring Festival. We’re building positive traditions for our family to enjoy each season, while keeping our sensitive needs met. So many festivals are overwhelming, energy-draining, and unhealthy. We find ways to do what feels good and fun. A quiet picnic at a local park or beach is on the list. Being out in vast Nature feels nourishing for a fresh season and a healthy holiday. Happy Spring to you and your Dear Ones! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
*A warm Thank You! to all of our Dear Customers who bought gifts from my Shop this Spring to fill May Day & Easter Baskets for Dear Ones! I love being a part of your thoughtful and loving gift-giving! It’s truly why I made this shop. Thank you for supporting Amor Milagre. This helps our family live a healthy life here at Dove Cottage. Supporting small businesses all over the world is very important and life-changing! This is especially true for sensitive people like us, who are environmentally allergic to the usual business place. We design our lifestyle and encourage others to create what they need to be healthy. When there seems to be no healthy options to be found, one must create what is needed. Ever since I was a little bunny, I have been designing this company for myself and future family so that we could truly Live! Quietly and sweetly. There is SO much more to release, tip of the iceberg. Endless ideas are hard to catch up on, but I work all the time, even when dreaming. I adore reading your loving comments and messages. Gifts from the heart are remembered and loved with great fondness and often passed on to new Dear Ones. *Remember, you don’t have to give a thing to show Love. Being your true self is a gift to the Universe and for everyone who meets you.
We freshen the house each week during the year, but in the Autumn and Spring, it feels especially healthy to reorganize, sort, and reset plans for good, useful household routines. Each item has a home and a purpose. I always adore the last part of my favourite show, Gardener’s World, when they give “Jobs for the Weekend.” You can apply this list idea not only for gardening, but for housekeeping, business, and outtings! Instead of Jobs for the Weekend, we call it Pleasures or Ideas for the Weekend. Set up pleasures for yourself. Like Mary Poppins says, “In every task that must be done, there is an element of fun!” Here are a few ideas that we’re doing this season. Happy Spring! Please visit my Shop for fresh inspiration for your home and a healthy lifestyle. I’ll share a few ‘Pleasures for the Weekend’ each season, and you can read more in A Gentle Life Book Collection. What kind of pleasures will you plan for this weekend? XOXO ~Amor Milagre
~Sort and review items. Keep the useful for the every day, used lately, and useful for this season. Organize one area a day/week so you take your time mindfully. Sell, donate, gift, recycle, or reuse unwanted items in another way. Gently and lovingly organize useful items with tidy, beautiful aesthetics. Repair any items that need mending. Crack the windows and clean your home with non-toxic cleaners. (We use vinegar for most things. It works wonderfully for organic beauty routines, too! A post for this is coming up.)
~Wash windows, inside and out, for a clear view and mindful perspective.
~Go on outtings to seasonal local places that are now open for Spring. We enjoy strolling plant nurseries for fresh inspiration. (Remember to look for sustainable packaging when plant shopping. Bring reusable shopping bags with you when doing any kind of shopping! A post about this is coming up.)
~Cook with seasonal, farm-ready vegetables and fruits. Revel in the beautiful shapes, flavours, and colours of Mamma Nature!
~Browse your library and request specific books. Read stories and poems about the current time of year. (A favourite book list post is coming up!) Notice in your daily surroundings what is revealed in the book illustrations. What wonders are around you that you may have overlooked? How refreshing it is to be aware of life regrowing this month!
We love to share valentines with dear ones in February. We also love to make valentines to share love with local communities, such as elderly homes, children’s homes, and hospitals. A simple message to know that the universe loves you just as you are is a very powerful thing, especially if you’re sick, scared, or hurting. We encourage this easy and happy gift for you to share with your neighbouring communities. There is always room for more love!
The very loving & talented toddlers in our Crayon Club made cheerful drawings on the back of these little valentine’s day cards. (A responsible paper choice is important, too.) View our little film, showing more drawings, below. As I edited the film, grouping these lovely drawings and offerings of love together, they connected to form a powerful and peaceful statement, one that I express in everything we do. If everyone loves, then everyone feels loved. For more fun ideas, for any age, check back here in our journal and for our upcoming Crayon Club book! Happy Love Day! ~Amor Milagre
Art is a wonderful way to express emotions, release, and dream. Art therapy is easy and free to try. Just pick up a crayon, pencil, paintbrush, and let go. See what amazing colours, shapes, and imagery you can explore. See how much better you feel by adding this relaxation technique into your regular routine. Unwind your mind and sleep well. We incorporate lots of healthy, therapeutic art & storytelling techniques in our original series of Classes & Clubs. Know yourself and love yourself.
There are so many people who would love a visit from a kind soul. (It’s best to visit only when you’re healthy. It’s the same for making cards to send to critically ill people. It’s always good to be mindful of the whole picture). Many nursing homes and hospitals have a space set up for colouring and crafts. They have rules for gifts. Usually they accept new gifts still in the packaging with specifics to the kinds of gifts that are allowed and loved. Art has endless possibilities. It improves memory and has a calming effect. If more people lovingly and gently visited others, who maybe don’t have many visitors, these communities might get more funding, updated interiors, which may improve health conditions, and they would definitely benefit from something new to talk, sense, and think about. They would feel more loved and listened to. Everyone has many stories in their book of life, and so many people would love to share their life with others. This kind of sharing is so inspiring, even on a subconscious level, for some, if not immediately touching the heart on a very aware level.
Helping others in ways that you can help, while setting healthy boundaries for your own health, sets off a loving chain of events into the universe. Teaching children to help others is important in forming a well rounded perspective. (Always keep a good watch over your children, in general, even when helping out. Talk to them about their experiences and help them sort emotions. Prepare them with information and tell them to ask for help if needed. Moments can feel overwhelming, so communication is key.). If we help ourselves first with basic needs, when possible, we can help others much better. If everyone helped, even a little bit, then everyone would feel more loved. Many people are resting and ill, so when you visit, consideration and empathy are always good tools to bring with you.
Some Ideas for Care Centers: Better, more natural facilities, with views of nature would help everyone want to come and spend time there. Encouragement and appreciation for the caregivers, volunteers, employees, and visitors. Safer, more ergonomic ways of lifting and moving for patients and caregivers. (So many injuries happen when transferring a patient to a bed.) Non-toxic cleaners. Open flow with lots of space for wheel chairs and rolling beds. Great security, friendly employees, and a welcoming entryway that is family friendly. If elevators are outdated with yellow flickering lights that are scary, not only for children, add natural daylight light bulbs and freshen up the elevator walls with new paint, and clear directory signage for floor layout. Well designed, beautiful, cozy, comfortable, homey shared spaces, rooms, and nooks in between the bedrooms for everyone to sit peacefully, enjoying visits, reading, or movies. Restful rooms with windows and a respectfully healthy space for each person would encourage health to improve. Small rooms designed only for the bed- and wheelchair-bound encourages diminishing health and abilities. More natural light, better updated lighting, and an air circulation system for fresh air. In house: doctors, therapists, beauticians, cooks, holistic healers, and other helpful people would greatly improve the quality of daily life for patients, caregivers, visitors, and others. It’s important to ensure that the caregivers are up to date on their qualifications, not overworked or understaffed, and kind and gentle with the patients. Ideally, if everyone helped, donated, and made care centers a healthy place to live and work, they could be a lot more affordable and less stressful for everyone involved. Another idea is safe pathways to take a walk in gardens outside. Perhaps a garden room inside for people who would greatly benefit from ‘greenhouse’ air. Feeling close to nature is so calming and connects you to the world.
Local people could take turns setting up a time to come in and share their talents: Musicians can sing or play soft, sweet songs. Artists and crafters could come and sit and paint or knit, allowing everyone to see the process. If allowed, gardeners could donate a few window boxes and patients, gardeners, and school children could plant seeds together, watching them grow every day. Herbs have calming scents. Make an environment that hugs the senses, and there will be a waiting list of excited people to come share their gifts. Read a nice story. It would be especially nice for students who ‘need’ community service for their schooling requirements to do something they love in a beautiful place.
Everyone is a baby after all, and so many people are tucked away unseen. We encourage everyone to make a positive change in the care centers just down the street or on your block. (No need to travel far in order to help someone. Though there are so many people, especially children, who do need immense and immediate help all over the world, there are probably people who also need help right next door. It’s good to go through proper channels for even a day of volunteering, even if it’s as simple as an email, so you can be accounted for). You don’t have to donate monetary things, but you can sit and listen pleasantly. That would make all the difference in someone’s day. Give what you can. Give only one afternoon. Give an afternoon every week or month. Make a garden outside the windows. Celebrate holidays. Call or email ahead to ensure healthy security. Teachers or anyone who sees someone being hurt or sees signs of someone being hurt, don’t turn a blind eye, seek help for those people. It only takes one person to try to destroy someone’s life, and it only takes one person to try to help someone’s life. Be the helper. Seek help for yourself if you need it, and keep seeking until you find it. Sadly, many people whose job it is to help can add to the existing problems. Assess your comfort level, trust your instincts, and be careful.
If no one visits, then no one sees the positive changes that can be made. Let’s treat people like people, and not like storage boxes left in a room to collect dust and painfully deteriorate. There are so may opportunities to make people a priority. Just as we think there are many ways to set up beautiful activities for local families with children at a library or the town meeting hall, it is the same for people of all ages and abilities. You never know when you may fall on difficult circumstances and need a shelter, hospital, or care center. Making these places wonderful for those who need them now helps everyone in the future, too! If the food was fantastic and the places were lovely, then people would feel comfortable living there at any age, of any ability, and before they are not able to move or do anything. Design the spaces for everyone, and everyone will come. Design the spaces to have different ‘landmarks’ with colours, artwork, sections of gathering spaces so the patients are not wandering, lost in beige hallways, unable to find their bedroom. Visitors need to be able to navigate, too. This is especially important for sensitive people, like empaths, who often feel immensely overwhelmed in crowds (more than 1 person) or large housing facilities. Donations of books, homey things like lamps, bookcases, etc might be great tools for designers to play with and arrange when making these spaces. Local shops like grocery stores or art stores could donate supplies. Others could volunteer their time to help patients use the supplies.
How inspiring and fun would it be for the clean up crew to have a nightly gallery viewing of all the artwork made that day? (Using pin boards or magnets.)
There are so many children that need safe, healthy, positive, loving homes and family. There are so many people being abused that have nowhere safe to go and no one to help them. There are so many opportunities to help in positive ways. Everyone has beautiful gifts. Let your light shine! Help others so their lights can shine even brighter!
Parents: Colouring with your children is a great bonding practice. Ask them about their pictures, get to know their beautiful thoughts, and ease their concerns. Play is a good way to communicate and learn about one another. More information about these topics is in our Crayon Club books and upcoming books! Giving artwork to others is a great way for children to participate in helping their community. Write their age and date. Others will adore and marvel at their beautiful and smile-inspiring pictures.
Amor Milagre Stationery Collections are coming in 2019! We encourage expression. The insides of our cards are blank for our customers to express their love. A handmade card or note means so much more than just signing your name. Take a moment to share your love. It is unending and grows when you share it. Children of all ages, 0-1000, can make their own cards.
Giving Real Love Feels Good in the Soul ~Amor Milagre