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Do the best you can.

It is all anyone can do, the best they can. I am amazed at the amount people are happy with not doing and when someone calls them out on a mediocre job they are indignant. How dare you! Not me. Or I am doing what everyone else is doing  so why do any more? Do the most. Do the best. Do all you can with not one reward. Do it because you will not do anything halfway. Do it for yourself. There is a great feeling of doing the best you can.

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Amaryllis Watercolor by Laurie Rohner

Why am I saying this? After a couple of weeks switching up my web sites, changing around my internet/TV service and still having a house on the market it struck me.  I worked with many people from all around the world (not by choice) and not one person could give me a straight answer. Is it me? Or did the human race become complacent and stop doing their best.

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Painted Furniture Nature Box Keepsake by Laurie Rohner

Working for yourself is difficult. Working as an artist/designer/entrepreneur at times daunting, for one person wearing too many hats can be tiring. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have had to learn web designing marketing and promoting products and myself in a world where texting is more used than the spoken word. You adapt and you work hard at always giving it (your business) your best.  Whatever the business is if you are marketing selling promoting and creating an agreement with someone then YES do your best.

 

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Spread your wings and fly.

Original Illustration to Inspire.
Original Illustration to Inspire.

I did this illustration to inspire and remind the viewer that everyone has wings to fly so spread them wide and use them.

Enjoy the day and see where it takes you.

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An art studio for a woodland fairy to sit and create along side you.

Just as nature starts to awaken from the long slumber of the winter months the fairies start to reappear. There is much work to do. Are you watching? Have you noticed the flicker of light under the pine branch? Now is the time, help nature and all its wonderful creatures and beings to awaken.

Want to help? How about a fairy house for the fairies to relax and do what they love to do, create magic.

Art Studio Woodland Fairy House

custom sculpted woodland fairy house

An art studio for a woodland fairy to sit and create along side you, how magical is that? Inside there is an easel set for a fairy creation with a stool and behind are rolled up canvases.

handmade fairy sculptures by Laurie Rohner

On the other side is a fairy computer and tablet with a few old-fashioned books in the corner set upon a drift wood table with chair. The floor has a natural woven rug and on the back wall are cedar panels.

The roof is from branches and strewn across are pebbles, cones, sea glass, and raffia in a bow.

The roof is from branches and strewn across are pebbles, cones, sea glass, and raffia in a bow. The cones are separated and form shingles to help prevent the weather from coming in.

Pine cone frame the window on solid cedar wood.

The sides and back also have decorative cone shingles. I glue each and every piece you see in place by hand.

This is a custom handmade woodland fairy house sculpted from wood pine cones sea glass pebbles and natural finds.

Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 7 inches
Weight 5 lbs.

Note: All my houses are blessed by a fairy.
I also enclose the name of the fairy so keep your eyes out for the fairy.

I wrap each house carefully with tissue on the inside of the houses and then the entire house is wrapped in brown paper. But be careful unwrapping these beautiful sculpted work of art.

There are more in the Woodland Fairy House Studio, check them out here.

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Sharing some warmth during these cold days.

Woodland Winter Tree Landscape
Woodland Winter Tree Landscape

So how is everyone doing this year in 2015? In the northeast my heart does go out to you. I remember when living in NJ around 1993-94 (not sure of years) there was a similar weather pattern happening and the snow kept coming down. I not only shoveled by hand my drive but then hiked up the hill to shovel out my parents. They were both retired Dad with high blood pressure and Mom too much like me born with the attitude if it has to get done then do it. Still have the same attitude and proud of that gift she gave me. Anyway, it became a game to find where I could throw the snow since the piles were now way above my head. I also remember the camaraderie between neighbors all doing what we could to help each other. Knowing the Bostonian heart well I am sure that camaraderie is alive and well today in your town.

Better sunny days are coming.

Cottage Garden I. Art by nature artist Laurie Rohner for Between The Weeds.
Cottage Garden I. Art by nature artist Laurie Rohner for Between The Weeds.

Happy Days!

Today in North Carolina it is warmer but by tonight I will be in temperatures I saw in Vermont. Heating systems are not capable of handling such drastic temperatures. Mine has been working overtime with the cold morning temps and found out yesterday I needed oil for the back up system. Well the last time I ordered oil since switching my system to the heat pump was two years ago but now no oil in the tank for back up. Ugh! Called the oil company and the very nice gentleman said there was no way he could make it to my place until next week. Oh No! Then he said listen to me there is something you can do. Go down get a 5 gallon can and fill it with diesel fuel. You can add that to your tank and it will be fine. Bless that man because I did, added several 5 gallon cans and this morning when I turned up my heat on came the warmth.

Help each other if you can and if you cannot help a smile works wonders along with thank you.

Stay warm!

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Today. Today I embrace my intuition.

This year started with a feeling that this was going to be a grand year, full of new exciting profitable projects and selling my studio home. It is November and I still am waiting for someone to buy this home. I am still waiting to sink my teeth into that new exciting project. I am still living in a place called limbo town. With each hour day and month I have grown more anxious and fearful that my timeline won’t be met. I wake every morning with hope seeking for an answer only to flop into the bed at night totally exhausted and stressed. My body aches from the stress and my mind is on its own continuous loop never disengaging making getting a good nights sleep not so possible. Yet today I got up thinking today is different. Today is different because it is today.

Original Artwork by Laurie Rohner
Nature Art with Quote Garden Wildflower Botanical Watercolor

Today I stop waiting. Today I start doing. Today I start allowing. Today I stop controlling. Today is new and exciting. Today is the project I have searched for starts to give birth. Today when I fall into bed I will be tired not from stress and dreams unrealized but from working and creating in complete synergy of my life. No restrictions. Today I am co-creating my story.

Iris nature art garden watercolor painting a botanical garden original artwork by Laurie Rohner
Iris Watercolor Painting White Botanical Garden Flower

No more thinking it through or is this being realistic? Being realistic and thinking it through got me to this point and well that did not work out to well for me. Today I embrace my intuition, my soul whispers, the little signs you only see when you stop pretending they are not there. Today my belief in the divine plan exists is my guide. Today it all begins, an epic journey, is today your today?

Original oil painting by Laurie Rohner
Oil on canvas titled Autumn begins in Underhill, VT
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Discovering a new and wonderful part of your self.

Woodland fairy houses by laurierohner.com
Do you believe there is more?

There is not one thing more thrilling than discovering a new and wonderful part of your self. The familiar energy you feel when you meet an old friend again after years apart only to find you start up exactly where you had left off. Or the wild electrified yet peaceful energy of a hike or walk in the woods alone or with a friend, human or animal. For me the energy of nature has made a big play for my attention for some time and it is like an old friend coming back into my life, this time to stay. I am finding little treats gifts from fairies all around.

For the longest of time I have believed in realms that coexists to ours and fairies nymphs sprites and nature spirits travel back and forth. I also believe the bodies we see are not our true selves but the energy propelling us through the Universe trapped inside these vessels most definitely is who we are. Tap into the ancient energy flow that exists within all of us is the uniting thread between all things and between Spirit and Nature.

Fascinated with the realm of fairies, my creating woodland fairy houses is a gift of gratitude back to these wonderful beings many think of as being fantasy. I spend hours making and cutting the branches so they fit together with notches. Building with no plan but the inspiration nature and the energy coming from the branches provides and found items I have collected on my walks. Time disappears for me in the studio and I am blissfully content working.

If you have some time please come and visit my fairy house studio here at Laurie Rohner Studio. Briar, fairy consultant and dear friend. Tucker, my furry companion, and myself hope you enjoy the visit.

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Are you allowing abundance to appear in your life?

What better way could anyone spend money than back into the economy which gives more people work? What you call your economy is the exchange of human Energy. And so, think back a few hundred years about what your economy was in this nation. And what has changed? Have more resources been trucked in from other planets? Or have more people, over more time, just identified more things that they desire — and the Nonphysical Energy that is endless and infinite supplies that? We never hear any of you say, “Well, I have been well for so many years, that I’ve decided that I’m going to be sick for a while to allow some other people to be well.” Because you know that whether you’re well or not doesn’t have anything to do with them not getting enough wellness. You’re not using up the wellness and depriving them of it. And it is the same thing with the abundance. People that have managed to find vibrational harmony with abundance, so that it is flowing to them and through them — are not depriving anyone else of that abundance.

—Abraham

I love that image of trucks appearing from other worldly planets bringing more ‘stuff’ because we here want more ‘stuff’. I also have often thought if the economy is shrinking than where is the stuff going? Could it be just a misconception by humans? I am slowly believing that attitude has to change in every person alive. Think of how many us suffer because we think someone else has more and we need to redistribute the wealth and get our fair share. What a ridiculous assumption? We have the precise amount we think we should have. We the individual create that feeling or vibration. Eliminate the need to have more replacing that need with a thought of how would I feel if with no attachment and watch what will happen. What you receive may be so much more than what you thought you needed in the beginning.

whimsical hanging basket fairy houses nature art by Laurie Rohner
One of a kind Woodland Fairy House

Woodland Fairy House is one of a kind whimsical sculpted hanging basket fairy house. I altered this woven twig basket turned it on its side and placed branches in the back. Along the bottom is an enchanted magical fairy vignette with chairs cut from branches and stools by tables with moss and pine cones lichen and sea glass tucked in the nooks. My  woodland fairy vignette is a fun piece for any age.

Basket size is 13 – 18 inches and 4 inches deep.
Weight: 2lbs

Woodland Custom Fairy House
Close up of the Fairy Basket House

 

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Just create to create.

“You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don’t have to be. Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you’re still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself.” ~Frederick Terral

Watercolor landscape
Landscape Watercolor Nature Art Summer Shore with Clouds

Landscape Watercolor Nature Art Summer Shore with Clouds

Watercolor on board landscape of the shore line with a hint of the ocean beyond and sea grasses. This nature art painting is titled Summer Days. The clouds and sky are a mix of storm and blue sky. Remember those days at the shore when you cannot figure out rain or shine? The sun shines down in one spot illuminating part of the shore.

Medium: watercolor on board
Palette: cobalt blue, lt. ultramarine blue, ochre,  red, leaf green, lt. chromium yellow, white
Image and Board size: 10 x 16 inches.
Signed on front – Laurie Rohner
Signature date and tile en verso.
Unframed.

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I would rather be a superb meteor.

“I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.”
~Jack London

There was a time when I delighted in sitting in a hot tub in New Jersey. One night while relaxing across the night sky shot a ball of fire, a superb meteor a fiery blaze of large spectacular beauty. I can still see it vividly in my mind’s eye.  In all its wonder did the Universe put on a show just for me. I never heard or read anything about a meteor which I thought how could anyone miss it but not one word said or written. Maybe it was a private showing?

Handmade garden fairy house
Woodland Fairy House

Garden woodland fairy house is a custom made bedroom cottage magically sculpted with moss fern twigs and branches. Handmade to delight fairies and believers of all ages. My woodland fairy house is for gardens or inside your cottage. This woodland garden fairy house bedroom comes furnished with custom fairy sized woodland furniture.

Inside you find a nice large bed with windows

Inside you find a nice large bed with windows to allow for breezes and sky watching next to the bed is a table and stool. A beautiful lichen rug is on the floor. On the other wall is a long table with two stools. Just outside the entrance is a fairy light hanging from the branch. Moss twigs pine cones and other natural finds decorate the house but I left enough room for your own or fairy touches.The entire house is constructed of branches custom cut and notched together to form this amazing enchanted magical fairy house.

Measures: 11w x 8h x 11d.
Weighs: 5lbs

Available at Between The Weeds Shop

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How can you eat lamb?

I picked up an ad today from my local food store. On the front is a leg of lamb and realized how many years it has been since I ate lamb. Though I agree lamb is sumptuous, I have to ask how can anyone sit down and enjoy a meal with leg of lamb? No lamb or veal because I keep seeing these precious faces looking back at me.

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I see raising animals for their milk to make cheeses or their wool for clothing and blankets. So enjoy that leg this holiday and think of that adorable sweet little lamb’s face as you stuff your own.

Gratitude Lamb
Gratitude Lamb

Nature watercolor lamb painting is an original illustration of a sheep looking up to the sky and being bathed in sunlight by Laurie Rohner, titled ‘gratitude lamb’ is an original art.

Title: Gratitude Lamb
Medium: Watercolor on Paper
Paper:Arches 300lb hot pressed watercolor rag paper.
Image size is 5  x 7 inch.
Paper size is 5.5  x 7.5 inch

Me I am having fish. I hope the fish do not mind if I think they are not cute.