The importance of making/choosing non-toxic & ethically responsible art materials/supplies means health for: the artist, the framer, the customer, those in the artwork’s new home, and the earth.
Today, I’m varnishing some oil paintings for my shop. This is a lavender varnish. No carcinogens! My lungs don’t instantly collapse when using it, but it’s not as great as it could be. I still wear a mask and gloves. A while back, I happily switched over to FSC Certified non-toxic art supplies as the old ‘classic’ ones impaired my health. I also choose these healthy options for you! I do think that the makers of art supplies could do even more to help us all to be healthy art lovers.
Years ago, (before my decades-long non-voluntary social hibernation and severe illness due to the world’s pollution/abuse), my artwork would sell quickly. This was way before the pandemic, so I’m used to the hermit life. Most highly sensitive people, and those with chronic illness, have to be so until the world collectively chooses peace and non-pollutive lifestyles. Often, my pieces sold before I finished them, varnished any oils, or even got to take pictures. This is the first time that I’ve varnished my oils, and I’m glad that there are better options now. My watercolour paints have also been replaced with non-toxic options. The oils and cleaners have been changed, too. I am a lie detector for chemicals. I can tell if something is harmful right away. Chemicals are painful for everyone. You just might not realize it instantly, but your health will deteriorate with exposure. All of my papers and canvases are at minimum FSC Certified, including my stationery and art print papers. There was a time when I had set up a silkscreening studio. I was making my own recycled paper and using eco-safe inks and organic cotton tees (made in the USA). I’ve always been choosing the healthiest, most local, most sustainable options. When I cannot find what I need, I make my own. This was before it was a trend, and when customers would complain about the slightly higher prices. I try to keep prices low, despite the high costs of our modern world. The standard needs to be health first and affordability. I don’t believe in suffering for art or charging millions.
Note to Art Supply Companies: please keep going in the green direction. Artists need to be free to express…without our health/life being repressed. All paints, pastels, clay, brushes, and papers need to be helpful, not harmful to us, the soil, the water, the air, and the trees. We all deserve good health. Where the wood of your pencil comes from matters. Is it from a sustainably, responsibly managed forest? Our hands and lungs need gentle materials, not damaging ones. This is especially important for children’s art supplies. Start us all out right. We want to be making art…every day…for years and decades…and lifetimes. It’s what we do.
Now, to paint up some new loves!
All of my artwork is featured in my various novels and children’s books. I have some exciting new stories and art to release soon. Happy Healthy Autumn! Choose wellness. Love, ~ Amor Milagre
I love dancing, playing piano and guitar, and singing…and after you haven’t had them near in ages, it’s all the more beautiful. Even without the floor and keys, even without a voice, the mind can play any time or place. Use the air. Imagine it. Nothing planned, no steps or sheets to follow, just play. Hear the notes? Feel the movement? Ramble along, wander, get lost in the senses of them entangling together…
Now that we have finished our new kitchen, I continue my evenings of dancing there, with a farmhouse sink ledge for a barre, moving towards the soft notes and crickets.
This morning’s Miniview answers a mix of some of your questions. They were the one-of-a-kinds, so I’ve grouped them together here. I will post another to answer one specific question soon.
Q: You mention the word ‘hope’ a lot in your books. How do you sustain hope during these uncertain times?
A: Yes, I love the word hope. To me, it means a possibility that we can choose and allow good energy to live, thrive, and spread. Hope isn’t a mere wish or just an idea. Hope indicates that peace is always there. We just need to choose it. Awareness and helpfulness are ways that hope blooms into a wonderful daily reality. Dream it and help it come true.
Q: When will The Love Letter Diaries books be available in audio? Love the books, but also want to listen in the car on the way to work. So calming. Can’t wait for the next volume!!!
A: Thank you! All of my books have the audio option so far, except the Leona books as they are the longest. I am still editing those files, and I will have that series available as a digital download audio option this winter at the latest. Thank you! They are my favourites as well.
Q: Are you still making organic cotton clothes? I’ve worn out that dress you made for me years ago. The cream one with the embroidery on the hem. We have some baby showers coming up and need more of those tiny outfits. Are you doing custom clothing orders still? I couldn’t find the option in your shop.
A: Thanks! Those were fun to make. I have sold out of that collection of the little suits and dresses, but a few graphic toddler tees are still available. I plan on releasing some new organic apparel collections after our atelier renovations are finished. I do have magical nursery artwork, stationery, and sweet children’s books available. They’re wonderful as gifts, and I can write a custom inscription, if you like. Message me! Thanks, Hannah. I do remember that dress!
Q: Who are the artists that work for you? I like the varied styles, but I cannot find their names. Can I order a custom size? I’m interested in the person who does the pastels.
A: Thank you, but it’s all done by me, Emmanuelle, aka Amor Milagre. I am the original and authentic maker of my collections and I sign all of my artwork and books for each order. Depending on my mood, and the medium, the pieces may look a little different. I don’t believe an artist is limited to one look, style, or medium. Charcoal drawings have a different energy than landscape oils. You move differently with a special posture and time for each, but they all build on one another. The same goes for books, music, sewing, home design, dance, and photographs. I like to explore different forms of expression. It’s just what comes out in that moment. What does your soul need? How? They are all connected though, by me. Yes, please message me for your specific custom sizes. Over the years, I’ve made tiny to gigantic pieces. I have many new pieces coming up! Thank you.
Q: How can I apply to work for your company? I am an art teacher, and I’m interested in what you are doing. Are you still holding classes? If so, I’m interested. I’m a bit rusty.
A: Thank you, but at this time, it’s just me. I have postponed all Amor Milagre classes and clubs until the pandemic is actually over. I might do a collection of video classes later on that customers can purchase in my shop. I was the only teacher when I held my classes, and I’m the only person in my company. I do all of the different stages of work for my company. I have plans for expanding my online shop to include a local New England shop later on. I’ll email you then.
As for the rusty part: Practice drawing every day. Begin again…as if you didn’t know any techniques or any art history. Use big, sweeping gestures to loosen up. Relax your wrist. Don’t think. Feel it, use your senses and intuition, let go of all expectations, and express… Use nature as your forever model and meditate there. (These are some of the things that I teach in my classes for all ages/levels.)
I encourage you to explore what you could offer in your own potential business. You can also teach online, make process/demo videos, sell your art, and teach/volunteer locally. Community centers and children/adults everywhere need good safe teachers. Building up a community of inspiring teachers and thriving students is important. Get involved in community projects…or start new ones. Support the arts. Thanks for your interest!
*This answer is also meant for any college students who asked if they could intern with me. We’ve been self-isolating to stay healthy, sorry! Hope you find that right fit for your credits. I know it’s not always easy to find. Stay safe!
I will answer more of your thoughtful questions later on in another one of my Miniviews (Mini Interviews).
In the meantime…
*Express yourself, paint with plants, and adore all of yourself. Love, ~ Amor Milagre
A story as delicious as a good dinner… In my original plans for my company, I designed Café Amor Milagre. The idea is a plant-based, vegan, organic, European peasant-style, garden-fresh café to accompany my shop. As my store is online, my upcoming cookbooks will teach how to bring our kitchen to yours with simply delicious recipes. We adore this custom home café that we have nearly finished building at our Rose Cottage. I’ll keep my original company plans, perhaps to open up later on down the road. The world can really use more of this type of dining. We never eat out, so we made our own restaurant at home, growing plants in the garden for our daily food.
I love to lounge by our grand new windows that look onto the morning’s dewy flowers and herbs, write a new story, share a funny teatime with my family, and dream in the evening sconce lamplight. Simple peaceful pleasures build up a beautiful life…and story. I’ve written so many books this summer, and every day there are three more. Now, I just have to catch up on printing them all so you can enjoy them, too! I’m out of ink and journals, and my poor hand needs a break. But then, oh!
I will publish more treasury compilation-style books going forward as printing costs are high. My shop uses sustainable materials, which do cost more for me, but the preservation of nature is vital. In general, the cost of everything now is quite high. I design my products to be as affordable as possible. I don’t believe that high prices elevate works of art. I believe in equality. In making affordable collections, everyone is invited. With treasury books, my readers can enjoy many stories within one book. Quick, connected readers will really appreciate this type of book. Reread these new classics over again. This will be the new format for some of the children’s book collections and the Self-Health Novelettes. I do have some books that I’ll release on their own as they have specific illustration designs that need a certain book shape or size. Some novels, like The Love Letter Diaries, already contain four seasonal books within one volume. I will keep that style for the second year/volume of that series.
As our renovations wind down, I will release many new artwork and stationery pieces and collections. If only the computers could keep up with my brain, I’d be all caught up. That is my process though…true thought and handmade creative works, inspired by nature. Cherish the real, the natural, yourself.
Children’s meals are easy to assemble and beautiful with whole foods, such as these nuts. I love how the walnuts look like owls. The senses relish in the shapes, scents, textures, flavours, and colours of natural plant foods. Let children design their own lunch and flavour combinations. Little chefs always come up with something we haven’t tried yet!
Design Tip for A Calming Space: If you group ‘like’ items, or items that you use together, on a tray then the visual clutter goes away and you have a sensually pleasing atmosphere. Store unneeded items out of sight. Have a focal point, and let it be useful. Try it in any room. Do you feel more relaxed?
What is a soup? Easy. Add fresh vegetables to a pot, add some spices, add water. Cook. Enjoy! (My cookbooks include a few more details, but try it!) Last evening, I wrote a story near a simmering tomato fennel soup. Our custom kitchen design was intended for just this moment. For this one, I will puree it. For our regular weekly recipe, we don’t. These simply nourishing soups are versatile and help sustain your week. Delicious recipes, such as these, are featured in my upcoming vegan, organic, sugar-free cookbook. Enjoy soup every day of the year to boost health and relax, knowing that you always have a good dinner waiting for you!
I love gentle rain showers and slow cooks. If a recipe is going to take a while, it can do it on its own. We’re quite busy, so minimal steps and a house filled with a gorgeous subtle scent is my design. The buzzing machines that I do not love do not live in our kitchen. They live on the other side of the door, in the pantry. We also made sure to research the quietest ones. The pantry, mudroom, and a full bath/laundry room are our next renovation projects to finish this fall/winter. Yes, every inch of the house and gardens… Sensitive design considers your whole health and how the senses work. I design to keep and boost energy, not zap it away. Even our clocks don’t tick, and why should they? Check back to see how we have done this to our entire Rose Cottage.
I’m happy that we are finishing up our last rooms. We deserve a break to watch the flowers grow and have little dates in our cosy café. Last night, we had a half-date half-measuring party. Just us two…and I do love it when my husband says…”I have a design question for you.” Get out the pencil and paper…let’s figure it out. Can you tell that we like a bit of a puzzle?
If your children need something to do this weekend, consider a little scavenger hunt with clues on notepaper leading to a surprise..or even just to breakfast! Our family loves to do things like this. The mind loves to learn and be useful. Recipes are a versatile way to keep your senses moving. Growing and preparing organic food is a wonderful puzzle to practice.
Today, I’m introducing Hoppy’s New Paperback Option, which is ethically and responsibly Made in the USA. Many more paperbacks will join the hardbacks and audiobooks in my Book Collection each season.
Hoppy Bunny gently teaches little readers how to use alphabet letters to invent nursery games and tell loving, kind stories with friends. Enjoy these sweet watercolour illustrations for a cozy feeling every time you snuggle up to read. Each letter of the alphabet is highlighted in a custom colour for that page.
A classic tale of the beloved toy friends in our Rose Cottage nursery makes for a favourite bedtime comfort. One of the infinite lovely things about children is the way they leave hilarious and darling scenes and surprises around the home. These pages capture a few of those precious moments when I happened upon a nursery story unfolding.
Hoppy Bunny practices mindfulness and shows how to take respectful care of all you have and love. This book was designed for all children, and it is especially inspiring for homeschool students who can use their surroundings and imagination to invent a story land of peaceful messages. Positive self-care practices are included as a loving guide to lead the self on a healthy path for a beautiful life.
A Gentle Life Book Collection: Peaceful, beautiful, healthy inspiration for a Gentle Life. Give the gift of Love & Peace by being Purely You.
Hoppy Bunny Tales #1 Choose printed hardback, paperback, digital audiobook, or add all to read and listen together.
Shop the Hoppy Bunny Collection for Nursery Art Prints & Greeting Cards of these cuddly children’s book illustrations!
Hoppy Bunny Tales #2 is coming up next! Love, ~ Amor Milagre
Designing the garden to be as soft, natural, and perennial as the interior is something that I love to do. Outside, we have organic vegetable gardens, cottage flower mazes, and wildflower meadow borders. It’s as easy as painting with plants. Choose your colours, textures, seasons, and heights. Replace lawns with perennial flowering plants. Creeping thyme is a favourite bridge for plant gaps, and the pollinators love their dusty lilac flowers as much as we love to use it for cooking. Plant your desired seeds and enjoy all of their stages. Inside, cosy up by the window on a rainy day and sketch the blooms of the week. Go out for a dewdrop stroll to explore watery worlds. Arrange your teacups and dishes on wide heavy cream shelves, and lay down charcoal cacao floors to connect the inside to the garden. Your flowers and curtains can reflect similar colours and patterns. This encourages humanity to feel more a part of nature. By connecting indoor and outdoor spaces with sensitive design, one finds themselves going out more naturally to benefit from the air, blooms, and roots. Fawns love to wander in the meadows, too.
Meditate inclusivity, harmony, and peace. Love, ~Amor Milagre
More than ever, we need nature. Natural landscaping is sustainable for all.
Plant self-seeders of goodness today!
Today, I am working on these upcoming Loves for my Shop:
Pollinator-Loving Flower Seeds
Stationery Notecards & Sets -Featuring Art from my Original Book Illustrations
Affordable Mini Original Watercolour Paintings (Art Collectors get ready…) -Golden & Earthen Collection
Did you know that clothing companies are making the world sick? There are hazardous, toxic chemicals in most clothing. Research products before you buy. Even the chemical safety certified clothes will often arrive heavily scented. Look at all aspects of their system to truly know if the garments are non-toxic.
We have given up on clothing companies, even the ones who claim to be organic. Everyone: We encourage you to tell clothing companies who send perfumed items to stop. Ask before you buy for clear answers. Ask: “Are there harmful chemicals in your products?” Research the best fabrics for the body. Demand real transparency and respect for the consumer. Return items, delete accounts, and send detailed messages requesting process and policy changes. Prevent illness and chemical run off into nature. Positive change is needed. It is dire. Illness is prevalent. Illness is preventable.
Most clothing is polluted with PFAS, formaldehyde, pesticides, and other damaging forever chemicals. Items are then sprayed with perfume to distract you from those chemicals. It is a toxic mess. Set boundaries. We cannot even open the box. We cannot even try it on to see that the designers are still not doing fit tests or proper colour matches. Suitable clothing is hard enough to find without adding dangerous chemicals into the mix. Yes, I worked briefly in fashion as a designer and did everything I could to make sure my designs would be healthy and fit real humans, but the big wigs wouldn’t adapt to my changes so I quit. They wouldn’t even do one organic fabric! They dare not order a single swatch. They feared a health-conscious revolution, and that would cost them. One must be proud of their work. The toxic office sensory environment issues and constant sexual harassment also made up my obvious decision to leave. The inhumane conditions and lack of pay/benefits for those making the products is a crime. Children should not be the work force behind our daily outfits. All of the industries need to be examined, held internationally accountable, and redesigned to benefit all involved.
The fashion industry is a foe. They are quite terrible. Research it. The messages are unhealthy. The warehouses are a dump. The waste is expansive. The lack of care is disgusting. The human form, and how we move and live, is rarely taken into account. The off-gassing from a roomful of unboxed shoes or outerwear is instantly damaging to the body. Even the poison exuding from one box of shoes or one coat causes immediate issues. Health is not usually even mentioned. They take no pride in their products. Department store shopping is like wading in a cheaply made sea of strings and tags. Boutiques and designer shops overcharge for the same bad quality sewing and continue to pollute their items. French companies lash out when you ask them to simply not perfume the items before sending, claiming that everyone loves their signature scent. We don’t. They don’t care. We don’t count in their view of everyone. They only count positive feedback and imaginary ideal customers. Even the well known organic companies pollute their clothes. They have sold out and have lost control. Fast or slow fashion, it’s all the same junk if you don’t take care to not pollute your designs. Storage is key as well. What scents and toxins do products absorb in storage? Every step in the process is important. The packaging materials also need to be non-toxic and unscented. Think of a shirt like a pear. Are they grown organically? How does it get from here to there? Is it intact? Is it still good when it reaches the customer? We are absorbing our surroundings…and we do not want to ingest pollution.
Until adding heat to fabrics stops conjuring up clouds of toxic pollution, this is not a pleasure to help your clothes look and feel smooth. It can only be an occasional thing to do with proper ventilation and a mask. The fabrics, iron-steamer-dryer, detergent and packaging all need to be safe and healthy to use. The iron itself emits toxins. The production of these machines is toxic as well. Remove the chemical coatings and replace plastic pollution with earth-friendly simple routines. The amount of toxins in a fabric is obvious by the instant headache and difficulty breathing. Prevent illness and redesign the world to be a healthy life cycle.
This poison and poisonous mindset does not listen to those of us who sense danger immediately. Personal safety is attacked by merely ordering a sweater. Chemical and perfume allergies are real and painful. Their products instantly cause sharp blinding migraines, an inability to breathe, and various painful long-term illnesses solely caused by air and chemical pollution. Asthma, cancer, baby issues, and skin conditions are directly caused by these chemicals. Highly sensitive people benefit the world. We are the truth tellers. Listen to us to prevent catastrophes. The stores won’t change anything and do not tell the vendors of the customer’s concerns or returns. Reviews online are false. The truth is deleted. You are wearing toxins. It’s back to sewing for us, but really…where do we get the fabric, as all of this is true of the textiles industry as well? They go hand in hand…spreading pollution as they ship poison around the world.
Redesign the world to be healthy. We deserve clean unpolluted fabrics and clothing.
Setting, and keeping, healthy boundaries is a vital way to survive this strange modern world. Boundaries have always been important to realize for every individual. This is especially so in transitional times when war, violence, illness, AI, climate change, pollution, mental health neglect, and random storms of negative energy spin across the world causing devastation. In the heat of all of this, it’s crucial to teach children about perspective and peace as you go about your daily life lessons.
Only yesterday, we had such a lesson thrown at us as young neighbours were presented with a choice of becoming ‘hoodlums’ or being creative people who can peacefully entertain themselves on their own property. I was folding laundry and looked out at our flowers. Watching the group of children choose to be negative was disheartening and created more unsafe conditions for the world. The eldest was the leader and responsible for the care of several young ones. This is why being a follower is not a good idea. Think for yourself. (Ironically, their family runs a daycare.) Vandalism and rule breaking are misguided ways of asking for external acceptance. Why seek it at all, in any form, if you lovingly accept yourself? There are positive ways to be a part of a community if you feel excluded in your life. Helping others by volunteering is one way.
Children thrive in a gentle structure. Saying a simple ‘no’ to dangerous ideas shows that you care about their safety, their effects, and their evolving character. Although illegal, the neighbour children’s mistake was the least of the day’s stress, and their source of inspiration was obvious. What is that strange phrase, “Like father, like son”? Children absorb. Be careful what you send out. Talk with children calmly about issues instead of yelling. Suggesting alternative scenarios helps to prevent similar issues. Emotional health requires daily attention. Boredom is often the thing that comes before trouble. The only thing I’m ever bored of is violence. I wish it wasn’t so predictable. I don’t know how anyone can be truly bored for want of fun. Use your endless imagination. At the very least, be neutral. The word ‘sorry’ has lost all meaning from a history of insincere use. Live peace. Prevent ripples of negativity by not sending them out. Plant seeds of goodness instead.
Where does it all begin? It is often said that everything is generational, but you don’t have to be the product of your environment. Babies are not born violent. They are love energy. Every generation is responsible for replacing ‘inherited’ negativity with healthy, peaceful lifestyles. Even if those who surround you are violent, you can choose not to be. Hate breeds hate. Violence creates more. Wars ensue. But if you choose peace each moment, and teach peace, you can inspire more positive mindsets and actions with yours. It’s sad to watch young ones follow engrained paths of negativity. Hop off of that path. Everyone can choose for themselves, at any point. Be free of other people’s cloaks of anger and denial. They are not yours.
You were born from the universe. You are love. Think big. Zoom out. How do your thoughts, words, and actions affect your entire life? How do they affect your family and neighbours? Your children? How do you affect the earth? Track the patterns. Respond, don’t react. You have the choice of setting healthy boundaries to keep yourself safe. Don’t be threatened. Say no. Stand up for yourself. Report abuse. The world needs to be a bully-free zone. Peace is possible through self-exploration, health education, and the teachings and practices of neutral communication. Respect and empathy are a relief to our world, an often cowardly world who lashes out before thinking. Be brave and confront reality. Inspect your mind. Trace the threads of negativity. Where are they coming from? Cut the cords of violence. Communicate new paths for your brain to learn and use first…and always.
You choose. You are responsible for yourself. Heal. Let go. Be free.
It’s been a week, and a lifetime, of forming healthy boundaries. Making exceptions doesn’t put you in a place that you want to be. Explore your development of healthy boundaries, and let them keep you safe.
Live Peace. Imagine a respectful world. We can use our time and energy for goodness.
We choose…Love, ~Amor Milagre
(These journal posts are excerpts from my self-health books.)
On hot summer days, we make simply refreshing flavoured ice.
Sometimes mint or rosemary, often wild berry, and today…lavender!
Homeschool is lovely in the summer. Explore all things botanical in the garden, come in for a cold drink, and let the mind soak up beautiful latin names, fascinating plant uses, and charming origin stories. Nature is the best teacher.
A few fresh books will be finished this month, and then it’s off to the printers!
Stay cool. Love, ~ Amor Milagre
A Gentle Life Collection
Coming Up: New Audiobooks & An Ethical Paperback Option
We suffer through more sleepless nights…all throughout the summer, especially around the dreaded day, the Fourth of July. Something akin to the inescapable, unnecessary sounds and sensation of war, cannons and gun shots boom and shake our house for hours every night and without warning or an end. Could it even be so, in this uncertain time? This simulation of a bombing needs to be banned. Anyone who has survived any kind of war needs calm healing, not more sense experiences of threats and danger. Fireworks are highly insensitive and painful on many fronts.
There are more than ten thousand injuries caused by fireworks each year in the US. Some people even die. Such was the case at last night’s firework show in Michigan. Property damage occurs as well. Increased painful hearing issues, migraines, buzzing nerves, PTSD, and no sleep (which causes more illnesses) are our common effects from fireworks, and that is from inside our home with the windows closed. Babies and children are crying in their beds, and their routines are disturbed instantly and for the long-term. Pollution negatively shapes a baby’s entire lifetime. Sleep-deprived parents, with very early work times, are endlessly working more over time to calm the alarmed little ones while writing emails to town to ban fireworks. The town never answers us. They think it is their American right to pollute everyone whenever and however they like, no matter the effects. Spin-off sound/vibration pollution from random neighbours goes on until early morning with no signs of stopping, despite the curfew. This, as well as the horrible local gun shots, sound off all year. Why is this allowed? Why was this adopted? Who can change it? Who will? When? We needed it to never happen. Loud, intense sounds and vibration trigger PTSD, deepen a sense of unsafe conditions, cause illness, prolong insomnia, and prevent healing. As a young child, I was put on a river boat at night and had to endure being right under the fireworks for a long period of time. They thought it was a luxury, but it was abuse. This annual crippling nightmare caused permanent hearing conditions and chronic illness. All of this is preventable pollution. Stop the suffering. Stop endangering whole cities. Repay our sleep deficit.
To truly celebrate freedom means giving everyone the freedom of quiet peace to sleep and to do as they need, without harming others. This annual toxic terror needs to stop. It allows people who already behave disrespectfully to feel free to worsen and cause more havoc. Give us freedom from pollution instead. End war and remove symbols of glorifying war. Free us from your violent mistakes. Fireworks are also a terrible fire and safety risk, especially during these hot months when wildfires rage and pollute everywhere. Air pollution is already at a dangerous high. We don’t need more smoke.
Prevent illness and pain. Fireworks are cruel to highly sensitive people, all people (whether they are aware or not), and anyone with hyperacusis, migraines, autism, empathic senses, synesthesia, any illness, sleep issues, and hearing or nervous system issues. Everyone deserves quiet for sleep and personal sense of safety.
STOP! Just flat out STOP. Stop assuming people love fireworks. We don’t. Pollution is a hate crime against sensitive people, all people, and the Earth. Positive change is needed. There are already too many layers of pollution that need to be dismantled and discontinued. Fireworks need to be extinct. If you don’t think fireworks are loud, you may be deaf as many people unknowingly are. The vibration does affect you negatively whether you notice or not. The make and use of fireworks was never a good idea, and they are not even American. Research how to safely dispose of fireworks as they are toxic and can cause toxic run off pollution for land/water. Be considerate and respectful. Let everyone sleep and heal.
Alternatives to Celebrating Holidays with Fireworks : Listen to loud heavy metal with headphones for hours-make popcorn-and watch your screen saver explode in spirals (have fun healing that blinding headache, no don’t do that)….or….help someone who needs basic things. Which one will fill you with a sense of love? Also, a simple thank you to a person who has worked to do something positive for your country would be a good small way to appreciate how they made a big difference. Having a quiet day of silence is also a wonderful practice to celebrate holidays. Meditate peace. More joy and excitement can come from meditating and resting than from overwhelming the senses with senseless blasts of fire in the air. Let the birds rest. Let yourself heal.
I make awareness in my books for replacing toxic traditions with healthy positive ideas. Sage’s July calendar book page is mostly about this post. Leona’s town has a lot of seasonal fun, but only in healthy ways. What else could we enjoy during July? So many summery things…. What can you think of? There are endless imaginative ways to spend your holidays without harming others.
Give Peace Today. Make amends for harming the world. Redesign your calendar to help, not harm. Wake up to peace, because we’ve been awake for eons…
Wishing for Rain. Love, Amor Milagre
Update: After years of messaging various towns in Maine about the damages of continued pollution here, we have finally received a response. No apologies or sign of humanity. It was an automated response directing us to a page that we had already read. It briefly shows the town rules and says a town vote would be needed to ban fireworks. We have written back to them, and all levels of government, about the negative effects of fireworks and have requested a ban. We’ve also pointed out that the voters would need to be educated on the facts. As is it now, the vote would not be accurate as the voters are uneducated on this topic and are, like many people, de-sensitized and/or deaf from pollution. This kind of broken useless loop system, designed to deter anyone in need of change, is in denial and only provides a dead end.
Governments need to wake up to reality before it’s too late for everyone and more large scale damage ensues. Why isn’t the suffering of an individual enough to stop pollution? It is a warning that can save others from suffering, too. Look at reality. All of the little choices effect the entire world. It has been happening since the beginning of time. The damage to us is terrible enough, but they won’t listen. They hide from responsibility and no matter the issue, they refuse to change. They have stolen the energy we would need to fight this and many other issues, and that is their plan. We don’t want to fight anything. We want to live quietly. I don’t understand why humans make life as horrific as possible. After surviving so much, where can one rest? Where? We asked the town to change the rules so we’re not being polluted because it’s their job to protect the people in the town. We already have jobs. We’re not asking for anything new. Just stop. Don’t add more. Subtract. Stop doing negative things. Stop.
Maine is a state that I moved to hoping for peace and quiet, but instead I have had the most shocking danger and illness of my life due to the toxic, dangerous, sexist, stubborn old rules of the people who live here. And…that is saying something as I have survived many impossibles before coming here. They don’t care, and certainly not about women. Now, we are stuck…again. Does anyone other than us care…anywhere? What the townspeople, who are our disrespectful pollutive neighbours, don’t grasp is that we haven’t slept due to their pollution. They don’t even realize the damage it has done to themselves either, such as hearing loss. We haven’t been able to do our regular routines as we need to, let alone rally an effective peaceful protest that could sway this town’s way of thinking to care about other people. I send the town information, like this, but we are sick at home and cannot go perform speeches at town meetings. We support our town by paying taxes, following the rules, buying things, and starting positive community programs for free. Why can’t they support us by respecting our safety and health boundaries? Why are fireworks, leaf blowers, gas-powered machines, guns, motorcycles and trucks, chainsaws, and many other pollutive practices not considered a public nuisance that can be reported and fined? If someone broke into your home and banged pans together over you while you tried to sleep, that would be considered a viable issue. This is the same, if not much more invasive and damaging. To have to explain to children that they have no control over pollution and that we have to invent endless creative ways to get by is not right. The fact that these are the laws of humans is revolting and disparaging. This contradicts what we teach. So…we write letters and emails. This separates us from the town. We moved here because it seemed like a good family community. Nope. Well, at least we have our beloved Nature. No again. Not allowed to be in it or enjoy it. Too much constant pollution. The humans have devastated our world. Change it now. It can be good. We need nature to heal ourselves from the damage of pollution. Preserve nature and all in, around, through, and under it.
America wants fighting. They make you have to fight for your life every day and at every stage. It is disgusting and damaging, especially when you need dire help. We are just surviving every day’s endless and layered pollution caused by the town and it’s mismanagement of how people are allowed to behave. They have taken the beautiful gift of nature and ruined it to the point that sitting in your own home is too painful to bear. We planted flowers everywhere and cannot sit with them. It’s too polluted. Town outtings are rare, brief, and damaging due to pollution that prompts us to have to retreat home. This is one of the least polluted places. Think about that. This pollution occurs every day of the year. We’ve had to move many times because of this unnecessary pollution to our extreme detriment. Where can we go? It has cost us in every way.
*My message to you is: What you choose to do affects everyone. Are you helping or harming? At the very least, be neutral. No more fighting. Listen and help everyone to have what they need. Respect all kinds of people’s needs. They may be different to yours, but they are equally important. We need options and the freedom to make our own choices. Stop forcing pollution into our homes, surrounding us everywhere, and making us ill for the short and long term. If you think that you’re not affected by pollution, then you are simply in denial and are not aware of the effects. It is not that you are not sensitive enough to feel it. You need to wake up to reality and make changes for the better. Our outer and inner ecosystems need repairing. Prevention, preservation, life cycle redesign, and healing are vitally important for our future.
Now, after another night of fireworks, baby cries, and no sleep, I am even more ill. Getting everyone back to sleep will take months. PTSD is quite difficult to counter. I will leave you to examine the world’s continuation of negative choices and how you can make instant positive changes to improve daily systems and stop dangerous traditions for every neighbourhood and for all people. We have noticed that just this week a few US towns have banned fireworks for this year due to the threat of wildfires, which is good, but can they be permanently banned everywhere based on all of their negative effects?
What you do matters to everyone around you. Stop smoking. Stop sexual violence. Stop abuse. Stop fighting, killing, and damaging. Stop. Learn how to deal with your mental and physical health in positive, neutral, and peaceful ways. You can do this. The world can easily be a safe, wonderful, natural place for everyone…if you can realize it in your choices.
In the evenings, scenes spill out and characters breathe life. Brushes sway and paint glistens in lamplight. A word can change your direction. An image can inspire a change in the wind. A voice can help the universe.
Fellow Authors, your work is powerful. Make it positive. Let’s turn this around and let it all be wonderful and safe. End the violence. Communicate love.
If you can spare any amount, please donate to helpful causes. The women and lost children of the world needed help yesterday. Use your empathy to help others survive. Save lives, prevent trauma and illness, and heal the world’s next generation of people, plants, animals, energy, water, earth, and air for a positive future.
A table of earthy lavender feels real and full. So much of our modern world is fake, in denial, distressing, and all about the intended facade, but plants are usually pretty honest. I relish in the green air of my garden. The buds, the stems, the scents, the textures, and the flavours…
Bundles of twine-tied and dried bedroom bouquets, petals for dollhouse and wardrobe sachets, and savoured preserves for kitchen teatime potions adorn our Rose Cottage rooms this last week of June. Many blooms are left growing for the pollinators.
This spell is a simple one…scatter some seeds…rain…wait…and enjoy as your plants grow more lush every year! New blooms will come back soon after this trim. Our flowers bolted early from spring’s heat waves caused by climate change, and I am learning their new rhythms. Weeks of rain follow none at all, and I am glad we designed a drought-tolerant garden. The wildlife and pollinators adore the various intermingling plants. Glistening wings hover over large patches of colourful petals in a sparkling, humming cloud. Bliss! This is the ‘reality’ we love the most.
Roaming our rambling minty hills, we find inspiration. A handful of mint makes for a refreshing vegan shake. You can also mix the lavender and mint together in a fresh tea infusion to brew up a calming enchantment. Sit in the moment…feel that you are real and full of life! Grow goodness!
*New Green Witch books are coming soon. Check out my Lavender art pieces and books for more fresh air. Be truly you! Love, ~Amor Milagre
This is the week of the foxglove, buttercup, peony, iris, pollinator-loving wildflowers, lavender, and the first rose bloom. The soft, pillowy petals are beloved by all wildlife. It rains, bathing fuzzy stems in shining dew. We visit each bloom as it unfurls. The flowers are helped by glistening insect friends and greet the clouded sun, “Good morning!” This is an especially magical time to study and write about the poetry of nature… and of the self. Our lessons are taken into the garden with a cup of tea and an umbrella.
Sense all around your lovely being. How do you feel? What kind of messages are whispering to you?
balance in the dance
Happy Last Days of June! Love, ~The Botanists at Rose Cottage, Amor Milagre
With each season, our garden renovation design grows in fuller than the last. We replaced lawns with perennial flowers and edible organic plant foods. We made fun pathways to explore under arches of towering stems and sweet blooms. The low buzzing hum increases, and new winged friends stay a while.
Scatter seeds and wait for your gorgeous surprise! Life awaits…
Let other flowers hold up earlier bloomers…they help as they grow…no prop sticks or twine needed!
Our first sense of the new flowering trees’ beautiful blooms! Stars! (Kousa Dogwood)
Sweet as June, an English Rose…heavenly scent…
Planting beds of flowering, fragrant thyme with many pollinator-loving flowers in between is a sustainable way to replace lawns, enjoy your garden, encourage wildlife, and always have healthy organic herbs for the kitchen! July blooms are coming soon…but we’ll sit and hum with these first…
Visit my nature photography and artwork collections to browse more inspiration from our garden.
Synesthesia often feels painful due to our polluted world. When there is a rare, open, quiet moment I can add some low music to the air and paint the sound energy. This is a truly beautiful release of expression! Let go….. and smile…
The homeschool portfolio has been sent in. The kitchen renovation is wrapping up. This coming year allows for more painting time. New artwork and prints will flow into my shop in the coming seasons. Many new books feature fresh pastel and oil painting illustrations. The oil originals need some drying time before they ship. There are many new ideas and sensations to blend, scrape, and brush onto the patient blank canvases. I’ve been dreaming up stacks of paintings for decades…and now I have my little seasonal painting studio!
How do you love to enjoy your minutes?
*Health Tip for Painters: Don’t just stretch your canvas…stretch yourself! Music also helps to remind you to stretch before and after painting. Dance-painting is needed to reach the span of my larger canvases…and it’s fun! Sing, release, and have a blast connecting with your soul.
Grateful for these few rainy June days to help clear the wild, smokey air. Love to all who are affected by the wildfires.
A small way to remember a Dear One is to keep something they adored near you.
Teacups and a purple cow creamer are our usable memory keepsakes. Baci, Nonna.
The new cottage kitchen shelves are happy to be useful. Unpacking after decades of being boxed up feels like a sigh… We’re little Mrs. Tiggywinkles today, washing and making things nice…but just need to find…the iron… We’re still a bit ruffly…which I do like, too.
If your keepsake is broken or lost, your sense memory is still there. The item was a just a symbol. Recipes are a great keepsake. You can remember flavours and scents to take you back into that joyful moment.
The Earth has been showing symptoms. We cannot ignore it. This affects everyone, every plant, every animal, and every drop of water. We are connected. What happens there…changes it here. The land is burning. She has a high fever. She has been asking for help. The new smoke adds even more layers of air pollution. We cannot breathe. Fresh air? Where? There is nowhere left to escape to. People are fleeing all kinds of danger. Elsewhere, her cries flood. More symptoms show. This trauma reaches everyone. The Earth is sick. Humans inflicted this pain. Let Earth heal, and all of us with her. Get back to Nature. Grow plants everywhere. Green will burst out of the concrete cracks, if you let them. This is not merely something to get through, but our world needs lasting, intensive healing. Stop polluting. Plants grow up by themselves, so let them be. They are here for a vital reason. We were never meant to live without Nature. We need to live on her, with her, because we cannot live without her. There are no weeds. Lawns can easily be replaced with perennial flowers. Let fields be wild and native, where trees can grow old, and they may be our steady guide. Oxygen needs to be abundant, not a rare luxury when it’s too late. Don’t cut nature down. Encourage her to be herself and flourish. She feeds us. Plants grow all together. They share a language. We can learn this. Plants need one another, just as we need them to live.
Redesign it all. Design for green movement. Sway in the wind. Plant healing seeds today. They will grow.
Live Peace. Begin the Plant Era…once again. Love, Amor Milagre
When you stop eating grains of sugar, tastebuds can truly taste flavours of natural foods. The body does not have to work so hard to combat the pollution that sugar causes and you are aware of healthy portions. Food tastes better because it tastes like itself. It took so much energy to grow…why would you bury it in sugar? Prevent illnesses, like diabetes, and live a delicious healthy life with this one easy step. Be free of addictions. Begin a baby’s life with true health. Give your body peace.
Less is more. Less/no processed sugar means less: preparation time, shopping, storage, dirty dishes, ants, money, energy, medicine, pain, inflammation, illness, doctor’s visits, addiction, and conflict. Less/no processed sugar gives you MORE time, energy, money, space, confidence, wellness, and health to enjoy your life!
Transition into health. Grow and eat whole, organic, non-GMO, plant foods. Go vegan for peace.
Good Afternoon. Did you know that Peace is where Romance lives? This post is an excerpt from my healthy lifestyle book, A Gentle Life by Amor Milagre. I sense the world has long been in a tangle. To unwind and release from this static, each one of us may gently be our true self and connect naturally. This is how the universe may feel…just right.
1. Awareness for the Senses
Feel your skin, your body functioning, your heart exhale, and your electrons buzzing all around you. Breathe in…and out. Feel what you love and what you lack. Listen and give. Feel again. Smile with your entire being. Connect with the trees. Feel their energy. Connect with each other. Send and receive loving energy. This is you. You are love. Love your body, mind, heart, soul, energy, and daily choices. Heal the past, be in the present, and open to the future. Love the connections and find pockets of joy in how you can share and grow this love. It’s infinite…and it’s always there…everywhere…waiting to be kissed up and hugged up and embraced fully with every spec in the universe. Burst with love! Let love accompany you during your day. Consume love. Breathe love in…and out. Listen to love as your lullaby. Dream love. It feels good.
2. Date Yourself
Before you can be present and emotionally in tune with anyone else, you can choose to be eternally in love with your inner and outer self. Try out self dates. Go to a variety of places (safely) and become aware of what you love. You may be surprised what you didn’t know you could enjoy! You can easily date yourself at home, too. Even ten minutes is enough time to check in. Explore new experiences. Exercise in gentle ways. What kinds of movement feel healthy? Wander and sense what your soul connects with. Take your time to know and feel and process. Sort it all out. Nourish healthy habits and memories, and let go of all negativity. It’s too heavy to hold, so let go. Adore your body and the mysterious and magical things it can do. You are connected to everything in the universe. What would you like to adorn your web with? People, places, and nature that match your true energy will connect with you naturally when you are living as your authentic self. Connect within. The confidence, sweetness, and fun that you have when alone is felt everywhere by you being you. This is attractive to yourself and the world around you. This is where peace and romance live…within your authentic self. You are all you need to feel wonderful. Always stay aware of the messages from your inner self, your soul, and your body. You can date yourself all your life. It is important to keep up with this respectful relationship, especially when you have others in your life. Communicate in a love language within and with others for a peaceful day. You choose…everything.
3. Express Yourself
Dancing to music you love, singing in the bath or shower, daydreaming, helping others, laughing and playing, crafting and scrapbooking, drawing and painting, exploring, sewing clothes and toys, acting and reading, inventing and building useful things with natural materials, sailing out with oars to float and unwind, sowing seeds and bulbs, playing instruments, writing creative stories and love letters, decorating, cooking and savouring, simplifying, walking in nature, swimming and climbing, being still, and meditating are just a pocketful of ways to embrace your emotions. Be aware to not bother or neglect others while you are expressing. Feel all of the emotions, process, and release. This positive practice allows air to flow through your energy. Your senses are set free, and you are open to experience this new moment. What do your senses tell you?
For more gentle living, read my original book collection and these journal posts. Listen with your heart. It may tell you something very different than what you think you feel. Listen….and love.
Love, Amor Milagre
What is in your basket today? What spills out into your journal? Examine….and Live Peace.
All children communicate in their own way. This post is a reminder for parents, caregivers, family, and school staff to be a safe place for children so that they may feel comfortable to express themselves in any way that comes naturally.
If you don’t yet understand their beautifully unique language, it is your responsibility to find out ways to learn their language and how to teach them everything. Neglect and negativity is unacceptable and so very damaging. Bridge the communication gap. It’s all about a translation. Think of people like countries, if it helps you, to understand that we each live in our own experience of the world. Begin with love, trust, and a sensitive promise that you will help them always. Let them know: You will be there, being supportive, healthy, safe, encouraging, and inspiring. You will listen with all of your senses. Empathy is the key to every language.
Everyone learns in their own way. Everyone deserves attention, patience, love, and a real education. Each child is beautiful and intelligent. Equality for education in every way is a basic right that needs to become a reality for each child worldwide. Every person has a lifetime of wonders to live and share with the world. Be the guide, the helper, the parent.
In our homeschool, we love to learn every language. We learn with every sense. We keep our minds open and invite new ideas and connections. Learning languages is interesting, humbling, and I encourage everyone to learn as much about other cultures as possible to create awareness for world peace.
Every person, no matter the age, can resolve, redesign, and replace ways of living that we know do not work by simply living empathically. Make it all better, not worse. Confusion is the beginning of learning something new. Open your heart and find out what comes next… I’ll let you know…it’s something very good. Trust me. You’ll love it!
Love to all of the children. You deserve everything positive, respectful, inclusive, and so very kind. Shine your light! Love, Amor Milagre
The Silent Child by Rachel Shenton is a short film that sheds a profound awareness for one example of a child who needs someone to really listen and help. Redesign every educational system to help everyone. Love to all.
In the pocket of a trusty travel bag fits a delicious novel and a sweet children’s book to savour on a train or plane, in a lamplit inn with the summer breeze kissing your robed cheeks, or swaying on a hammock in your back garden. ‘Il dolce far niente’ means the sweetness of doing nothing in Italian. Letting yourself find what you love nourishes and rejuvenates the soul. My books are for all ages and encourage authentic, kind, peaceful practices and ideas to try. I love rereading them with our family as I hope you do, too.
In this often chaotic world, I write ways to live beautifully and naturally. My characters help instead of harm. They are funny, sweet, thoughtful, and very real. I send love to anyone who must travel due to emergencies in their homeland. As I know too well, this kind of travel is not at all relaxing as a vacation would be. People leave to save their lives. They are trying to escape danger. All they had built is left behind, and they have to start over, usually with nothing. This is heartbreaking and incredibly dangerous. Precautions and safe help are urgently needed during times of war, natural disasters, and abuse. Every country must protect the rights of women and children. Re-abolish slavery for good. Replace the history of negativity with positive growth that benefits everyone. New beginnings are a chance to redesign for a better life. Although we all may miss precious things that were lost due to trauma, we can heal and rebuild a healthy future to keep all of the babies of the world safe. Peace is possible if we all choose it.
I include tragic misfortunes and terrible struggles in my books, but I paint up characters who help those in need of a positive solution to solve troubles that seem out of their control. There are too many large and small scale problems on every street and hill in the world. I write peaceful ideas in the hope that positivity will spread down those streets and over those hills to reach anyone who needs help the most. Any little bit of help can make the most important difference for one or many. I wish you a peaceful summer, and I urge everyone to do something that helps someone in the coming months. *Ask how you may help, and then listen. Work with people to solve and prevent problems. Ask if you did help, and listen again. Repeat forever.
I am working on a way for a percentage of each sale to be donated to an organization that directly aids those in need of help while searching for a safe, new home. Being forced to live a nomadic, uncertain life is cruel, dangerous, and terrifying. We all need a steady, safe home. We all can work together to help everyone have this basic need. Our world must get out of this constant survival mode and change into a deep, lasting time of healing. Equality and safety is needed worldwide.
In my gift shop, I also feature artwork and photography inspired by my travels. Nature adores us always…trailing all the way from a rose wall in Tuscany back home to a sweet rose blooming in our New England cottage garden. Help, don’t harm. Preserve nature. Enjoy your unique senses of nature.
Shop: A Gentle Life Collection
Books Sizes/Types: Digital Audio, Hardback Pocket, Digest, Square, (Paperbacks are Coming Soon)
My books are cosy to read, or listen to, when at home, on a work break or weekend, and while travelling. Many of my stories are set in New England, such as my Sage Rose Sorrel children’s books, but here are some others that you might love to tag along with as my characters explore new favourite places.
Amaranthe tells of living in NYC and France. Leona has lived in two homes in Italy: one by the mountains and one by the sea. Ellary Eden grows a helpful, enchanting garden in the Witching World! I have just finished three fresh novels for you to explore soon. There is one especially delicious new book that is set in Belgium! Every time you explore a new place, you learn so much for your life ahead.
Just a a quick note to say that I am posting more about the Home & Garden Design side of my business. Visit and subscribe to this journal for the various renovation project reveals and design tips that I share as we renovate our New England home. My soulful designs are all about sustainability and a healthy sensitivity so that everyone can thrive. The Amor Milagre design and lifestyle book is in the works!
Amor Milagre hardback books are now available to purchase on Amazon.
The entire collection is available and growing each season at amormilagre.com
I will first release all new original books on my company bookshop at amormilagre.com. This is where the audiobooks and custom inscriptions are available. (Contact me to provide your note and name information.) Then, I will release the hardback books on Amazon. If you would like an order of books combined with audiobooks, artwork, stationery, custom gifts, and more from my collections, please shop amormilagre.com. (Amazon Pay is an option at checkout.) All orders from either site will be directly shipped from me to ensure quality. All books are signed and dated by myself. I will be releasing a few new books this year so please check back to enjoy these fresh first editions.
I wish you a lovely summer of peace and gentleness in Nature. My seasonal books of loving characters are excited to befriend you.
Novels, Novelettes, Children’s Books: Inclusive, Loving, and Inspired by Nature