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For the first time in many years, I’m attempting to introduce a vaguely autumnal color palette to my wardrobe! Crimsons, browns, creams, and olives – sure, you might surmise that  this reflects my growing desire to blend into the natural landscape like a quietly rooted tree, but let’s not be too hasty. I could not, of course, pass up the opportunity to match my favorite antique book!

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pin review: mousemoth by minnow & moss

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My menagerie of pins continues to grow, broadening into a bestiary of the most fantastic creatures! The newest member of my merry band of enamel revelers is this gorgeous leafy creature–a mousemoth by Minnow & Moss.

It’s been many a year since I darkened the door of a certain extremely popular microblogging site, but in the days that I did, I used that platform exclusively to discover enchanting artists. Among those lovely illustrators kindly introduced to me through Tumblr was Olivia Chin Mueller: now you too can spend hours poring over her magical portfolio!

Anyway, Minnow & Moss is the combined efforts of Olivia and her mother Tracye, and they have a variety of beautiful pins for sale. I bought this mousemoth as a seconds-sale item, which usually means the pin has some kind of minor flaw (hence the discounted price)–though I can’t for the life of me figure out what it might be! This mousemoth is perfect just the way she is.

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Fairy Days

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W.B. Yeats–one of my favorite poets–described my entire relationship to the natural world perfectly through his verse. Just like the narrator in “The Song of Wandering Aengus,” I very often essentially can say that “I went out to the hazel wood/Because a fire was in my head.”

Unlike Yeats’ speaker in that poem, though, my woods activities tend to be less related to fishing (and being amazed when trouts transform into glimmering girls) and more photography-heavy. True wildflowers have arrived at last in Massachusetts, and I plan to capture each one of them before they fade into summer greens.

(That said, if any magical glimmering girls want to materialize out of thin air à la Yeats and join me on my forest adventures: you are most welcome!)

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Spring, Sort Of

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Hampshire County has become one great stretch of liminality of late–everything is hovering between not-quite and just-beyond, immersed in indecisiveness and overlapping. It’s almost (but not entirely) spring, and it’s mostly (but less than lately) winter. Plants are dying and growing, ice is forming and thawing, and nothing’s completely sure about what it should be yet.

Is that a good metaphor for twenty-something-hood or what? 

I’m a photographer in search of magic, not metaphors, though, and this fluid, volatile period between death and renewal is practically brimming with enchantment. Plus, there’s nothing better for beating February blues than a little photo-walk in one’s own backyard!

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Thrifting Haul: Sand Dollars & Sweaters

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Every year, my personal style shifts from the sleek, colorful, vintage-inspired silhouettes of the summer to neutral tones that maximize coziness–in fact, by the end of November I’ve usually morphed into a being wrapped in countless layers of knitwear. With the warm autumn we’ve been experiencing lately, though, I’ve tried to delay my sweater-covered transformation as much as possible, and have been delighting in every opportunity to wear lighter clothes.

A search for winter wardrobe necessities, however, is one of the best excuses to go thrifting. Hey, brand-new sweaters are extremely expensive! I’m lucky to live in a place where the thrift stores often teem with high-quality items that have been gently used (if at all)–and with a keen eye and a lot of patience, it’s possible to find some very unusual, unique pieces while still participating in the reuse and recycling of perfectly good items.

Don’t believe me? Check out this $4 sweater and $2 necklace from my most recent thrifting quest!

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Writing in the Woods: A Stationery Roundup for Forest Dwellers

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Fall approaches, the mornings are misty, and Over the Garden Wall (only my favorite show of all time) just won the Emmy for “Outstanding Animated Program”–what a time to be a fan of all things forest!

This is my first foray into writing a links roundup, but I’ve been bookmarking so many delightful, woodsy items lately that I just had to share them with someone. If you’re fond of leaves and dappled sunlight and love the aesthetic of pines, cable-knit sweaters, and exposed wood branches, this is the stationery wishlist for you!

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Forty-Minute Forest Fix

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During my childhood, I spent infinitely more time outside than indoors. There’s nothing I enjoy more than sitting perched on a stone or hiding under the shade of a tree!

Even as a full-time employee, then, I try to use my lunch breaks as an opportunity to spend as much time active and outdoors as possible. Usually, this just takes the form of walking through town and climbing a few imposing hills, but I decided recently that I needed a bit more of an adventure.

(My Kanken Mini and a good book were, of course, my sole companions!)

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