Happy Wonder Wednesday 74! Do you find that the transition seasons (fall and spring) are chock full with outdoor events and entertainment? I sure do, only I’m usually hosting them rather than participating! I’ve met up with so many old and new friends over the past month at various events – and I’m continuously
Happy first Wonder Wednesday of fall 2018! Last Saturday was the autumnal equinox. Did you do anything fun? Have you noticed and seasonal shifts? On top of it actually being fall, I learned from friend, fellow nature lover, artist, and Wings, Worms and Wonder collaborator Yuko Miki, of Honeyberry Studios, that this week is “Thinking
Y’all know I love a good female nature inspired artist who makes her art her way regardless of the social norms of what women were/are “allowed” to do. I’ve written lots about Beatrix Potter and Anna Botsford Comstock over the years. And on the blog we’ve looked at many more female identified nature artists from
We’ve painted with a flower petal and printed with leaves, so now it’s time to print with petals! As we learned in the Wonder Wednesday 36 activity Chlorophyll Collage Prints, leaves get their green color from chlorophyll, but where do flowers get their color? Well, it varies. In plants, just like in animals, genetics decide what
The World of Wonder Conference in Chicago last week was simply fantastic! I got so much inspiration and so many ideas I can’t wait to share them here. It was also so wonder-ful to meet so many awesome people working everyday to keep humans and nature connected in so many unique, mindful, fun ways.
I had such fun teaching an insect anatomy nature journal class last week, that I thought what a great Wonder Wednesday project! Not to mention why not celebrate all the awesome summer insects flying around these days? Cicadas, dragonflies, butterflies, beetles, even mosquitoes – insects are cool! The neat part of anatomy – in most
In the current flashy fast modern life, I dare to say ordinary is exactly what we need. A constant media barrage of horrific events and tumultuous political climates – all on top of regular life challenges, it is tough to keep that glass half full outlook. To find respite, look to the little things, the simple pleasures. Spend time
It’s Wonder Wednesday 70 and this month we’re growing plants in the kitchen from our dinner leftovers! It’s kitchen propagation! This activity is modified a taste of the “RE-Grow Gardening” activity from my new book ….. Wonder and Wander Which released today! Hooray! It’s been 3 years coming, so the fact that today is actually here is hugely
Books & Brushes: An Art Journaling and Watercolor Beach Retreat I’m super excited to invite you to a very special event this August! It’s a creative retreat I’m co-hosting at the beach! Join me and Kiala Givehand for a two day creative immersion retreat at Flow Studio in Neptune Beach, Florida! The two-day, hands-on retreat starts on day one with blank pages that become handmade
School is out (or nearly out), summer is officially around the corner and I imagine everyone is ready for the nostalgia that summer brings –watermelon, ocean breezes, and bare feet. Summer is amazing. It affords us the time to explore ideas and projects that we put off during the school year. It also offers
Happy Wonder Wednesday! If you follow me on Instagram (@wingswormsandwonder) you’ve seen at least one of the many new illustrations I’ve posted each day from my upcoming book Wonder and Wander: An Early Childhood Nature Connection Activity Guide! I’m super excited about the fact that Wonder and Wander is nearly a reality! It’s been
If you follow me on Instagram, You may be following along with the growth of my backyard Eastern Black Swallowtail caterpillars. I love to observe the life of the caterpillar and its metamorphosis into butterfly. It’s full of slow paced action (eating and pooping), mystery (when will they go into chrysalis), suspense (when will
This month we’re taking a photo walk! Happy Wonder Wednesday 68! Photo walks are really fun ways to get outside, hone our “seeing” skills, and encourage friends and family who prefer an ipad to a lily pad to start creatively connecting with nature! They seamlessly blend place connection & nature with the tech we all
Life is nature. Nature is life. Full of cycles and seasons, births, blooms, growth, high tides, storms, struggle, low tides, deaths, but a sunrise always follows a sunset. With every sunrise and moonrise, the cycle begins again. Each day offers get a chance to start fresh and try again. A new day is nature’s do-over.
It’s officially spring now in the northern hemisphere, and officially autumn in the southern. This means lots of changes are afoot in nature. So what better time to get out and listen for nature’s whispers, seeks nature’s signs, and learn to read the book of nature. It offers so much information about our local world!
Happy Wonder Wednesday 66! February is the thick of winter, so if your neck of the woods is short on color and foliage these days, hop over to the store and pick up a cheerful bouquet and get petal painting! Once spring rolls around, you can head out for a walk and try this one
Tea, like creativity, is a ritual. The preparation, the smell, the kettle, the cup, the spot we sit and sip, it all adds to the experience. It’s a small part of the day, but when small things are done with mindfulness they can be rituals that bring joy to the routine. Ritual also brings motivation and inspiration