Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fireweed and Nettle

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Five years ago today I wrote the first, tentative entry into this blog, but since we already talked about that,  I want to commemorate this momentous occasion by announcing a bit of good news and a giveaway! 
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It's a time of transitions. Spring is on her way and things are shifting. Everything gets really old and soggy for a while, last year's worn-down loose ends need tying and then, spring! New sprouting seedlings, spring rain (and lots of it), new ideas, conversations, pursuits...
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Today also was my last official day at my job, I'm getting ready to go on a trip, and when I come back I'm going to focus my energies on a few other directions.
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I'm working on a couple of movies I'm planning to make myself, which I'm super excited about.  One is a super8 short and the other a kind of joint fiction short/ documentary, based on real local lore, but which I'm going to mine for my own stories. I also have some ideas for a couple of  really tiny films just for fun.  I haven't made movies in years and for the first time, the prospect actually sounds appealing.
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My friends and I will be keeping our store going for another year and I'll be selling my stuff on a few other places too.
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Including opening my very own etsy shop! It won't be open for another month or so, until I get back from my trip, but since it's our anniversary, dear reader, I thought I'd have a little giveaway for you.
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So leave a comment to this post and you'll automatically be entering a giveaway for one pair of leather feather-earrings in any color of the rainbow of your choice, or just these plain one's I'm sporting.
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I'll draw out the winner next week from my travels and once the shop is open, you'll get the first shot at perusing my "shelves".  Till then, happy anniversary!
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ps. It really pays off to have a super-talented sister. just sayin'. Or what do you think of this?



49 comments:

  1. hey, i am first!?

    bon voyage, friend! maybe in your absence i can catch up on all your beautiful blog posts :-)

    xoxoxoxoxo

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  2. So excited for your Etsy shop! Of course, I hope you have a wonderful trip, as well. But, I'm really looking forward to seeing the shop open it's virtual doors.

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  3. milla-- congrats! I'm excited to hear more about your shop and adventures :) Super beautiful earrings.

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  4. FIREWEED AND NETTLE?!! what a beautifully, wondrously perfect name for your shop. i am so happy. i know it will be a wild success and i await with bated breath to peruse your treasures. and you're making movies! i hope to hear lots about these ventures, and i know darin will be intrigued as well. happy changes love!

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  5. How exciting, they're beautiful earrings.

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  6. I wish I could draw plants like that! I've spent years trying.. but my drawing did not evolve past the age of 6.. now I just make big colourful round splotches that I call "peonies" and don't show to anyone..
    Safe travels! And hooray for exciting new projects!
    J. xx

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  7. oh, how exciting, and beautiful.

    Happy tripping and travelling.

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  8. such a great shop name and lovely earrings!! I fall more in love with your mystical island w/ every picture you post!Happy adventuring lady (psst!! come to see meeeee! I will bribe u w/ macarons if I must!!)! xo m

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    1. You do not have to bribe me! I want to come, trust me. This journey will probably not be it, but as soon as I can, 'k?

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  9. Looking forward to hearing more about your films someday!! And I think that is a lovely name and a sweet logo for what's sure to be a wonderful shop. Have fun on your travels!

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  10. oh how exciting milla!!! the earrings are gorgeous!

    and movies! yay! i can't wait :D

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  11. Your photos are always so enchanting. Have a lovely trip!

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  12. Your posts and pictures are always inspiring and beautiful. Good luck on your future plans!!!
    I love those earrings!

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  13. you + etsy shop = no brainer. you + movie making = me really excited! you + me + give-a-way = swooooooon. xo

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    1. you+me+same time+ same place= awesomeness waiting to happen

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  14. oh, and fireweed and nettle and that art?! inspired tingles and LOVE.

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  15. wow! five years! that's awesome! congrats.

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    1. Thanks Brigit, but victory means nothing, nothing without you and my food tastes like ashes in my mouth if I'm not eating it while choking because I laughed too hard at your awesome bloggings.

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  16. Your words, images, and (somehow through the 'net) spirit inspire me.
    Thanks for that, and please keep writing and sharing!

    out of my element in the Pacific Northwest,

    Emme

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    1. is it the endless gray skies? 'cos I don't blame you. To me this is such an inspiring, magical place most of the time, but don't get me wrong sometimes I feel totally out of my element too. Like when everyone gets excited over half and inch of snow ;) Wishing you lost of magic moments in the PNW rain and a long sunny summer to boot.

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  17. Oh Spring! What a beautiful shop name and logo! I love the earrings and am excited for your Betsy shop and movies.

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  18. "Etsy "... oh what these cheeky computers do

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    1. I'd love to have a Betsy shop. It sounds so old-fashioned.

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  19. My lady friend is quite fond of your blog and is a long-time follower. She recently turned me onto it and I have to say that I really enjoy your writing as well as your photographs. You and C remind me of A and I a lot. We frequent many of the same spots in this lovely state that we call home. A is an incredibly talented artist with a beautiful aesthetic, and I am her bearded woodsman. :)

    I hope the two of us will have a chance to check out your store next time we visit that island paradise!

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    1. Hey! You might be my only Dude reader! That's awesome! Thank you for reading. I hope you do come up and visit. If you ever plan to shoot me an email, we'd love to show you the sights. Such as they are. And say hi to A for me ;)

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    2. I say yes to all of the above! :)

      I'm sure we'll be out that way to camp and explore once the weather starts to turn. The island is a popular summer destination for us.

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  20. All the best of luck with your movie making! I can't wait to see that Etsy shop of yours!

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  21. Gorgeous gorgeous! Can't wait to see your shop! Have a wonderful trip!

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  22. I love the new plans, they sound so exciting! I wrote an e-mail to you a couple of weeks ago for your 55h anniversary, but I think i might have send it to a wrong direction.

    Anyway best of luck with you trip!

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    1. Oh hon, I think I got it, and I actually thought I replied. I'm a kind of a spazz attack tho... It was a very very beautiful message and I even showed it to my husband, who's always a little puzzled by this blog of mine, so as to say: this is the kind of strange and wonderful it brings me. THANK YOU!

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  23. Enjoy your travels! :)
    Looking forward to reading about them when you return!

    -Erika

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  24. All sounds wonderful! I LOVE those earrings. Can't wait for the etsy shop!

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  25. where are you going?? far away? i want to see you. perhaps we should just talk again. i would love to wear those feather earrings, and i am STOKED that you are opening a shop at last. Love u ocean beauty.

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  26. Yeah, you're going home right! Oh my, you'll be missed. And I'm sooooo happy for you opening your own etsy shop. xoxo

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  27. Umm, YESYESYES to movie-making and Etsy-making. You talented woman, you, it's about durned time you share your talents with a wider audience!

    BIG love!

    xoxo

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  28. And you're going back to the North Country? At least, I'm assuming you are...

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  29. congrats, milla! here's to your new ventures!

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  30. So many fun pursuits! Film-making AND Etsy? I can't wait to see what you churn out! : )

    Safe travels!

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  31. what an amazing year you are going to have milla, i am looking forwards to hearing of your new adventures :)

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  32. ihania suunnitelmia! Onnea kaikelle uudelle:-)

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  33. It's wonderful when the creative energy starts fizzing and all the ideas start to form a shape. Best wishes for all your exciting plans and travels.

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  34. I am so excited to see your shop when it opens and to buy some of these fantastic earrings!

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  35. Hooray for spring and new beginnings. :) I can't wait to hear more about your movies.

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  36. Sounds like so many great things are in store for you, friend! Congratulations on 5 years of blogging. I have loved getting to know you through this space. Beautiful earrings too! :)

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  37. Bravo! You have such a wonderful blog... I meant to mention a few posts ago that I found your blog via Violet Folklore, who I don't know personally, but who profiled a very good friend of mine in their NC community. I think it was around the time of the DNA/roots post. Anyhow, good luck with future plans. I haven't gotten my own blog rolling but I do have an art blog if you'd like to check it out: http://rachelpaigequaday.tumblr.com/ !

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  38. Spring is so exciting. Your movies sound like a lot of fun and I hope you give us all a peek when they're done. Love those leather feather earrings, too. I will definitely be perusing your etsy shop when it's open. :)
    jenergy2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. Yeah so happy to hear this! Cant wait to see the shop up and running. Another beautiful Mali Logo! We are pretty lucky to have such a talented friend making such cool logos for us! Blessings on you month away!

    -Lissa

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  40. Safe travels, Milla! I've enjoyed your blog for a while now, and it thrills me to no end that you and your friends were able to start a store. I look forward to seeing all the special treats on the new Etsy one! :)

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