5.29.2012

From Under His Feathers - A Welcome Hello + Giveaway {CLOSED}>>>


I am happy to be here on Laura’s blog today to share with you, her dear readers, more about me. I just want to say before I start that Laura is the real deal, y’all. She is authentic in her passion and a real, accessible human being with a heart that can be felt across the interwebs. It is a real honor for me to have a space here.

I’ve been blogging now for about seven or eight months. I started blogging because I thought it might be – as it is for many – “an outlet”, be it creative, expressive… whatever. And I won’t lie – in the midst of our financial hell I began exploring the double whammy of blogging as not only this medium of communicating with the world whatever I felt inclined to share, but also a means of generating income at some point. Simultaneously I opened my vintage shop with items from my own personal collection. Since then both have grown some, which is fine, but the overwhelming value of blogging has been in the connecting with others. I have developed some friendships through this medium that are genuine, life-giving and inspiring. So, what I want out of this opportunity presented to me here is to connect with readers that will join me for the long haul... I want you to know more about who I am and what rattles around in my brain… where I’ve been, where I might be going… so, come along, if you will.

It took me a little while to think about just one thing to share. I am not a very fancy or crafty gal (I am, but I’m not). “Red Clay Halo” is my anthem. My mom refers to me as an earth mother, but I don’t find my identity in that. I’d like to say that I am a simple gal who needs to stay close to nature to maintain my sanity, not because it’s cool to grow your own food, swim in rivers or eat organic. It’s just a lesson that I learned about myself as a child … that I am wired in such a way that if I don’t maintain the perspective that being in the vast quiet of nature brings me, I will shortly fall apart, spin out and start to lose my proverbial sh*t.
Getting into the woods… onto the beach… into the mountains… into the dirt… just getting close to nature brings perspective that is backed by science as good for my overall wellbeing. As far as I am concerned, I don’t need science to tell me what I already know.

As a child, my mother fostered my love for the outdoors through camping trips, picnics and kite flying in wide open meadows, biking, rafting and hiking, long beach trips digging in the sand and swimming for hours and the like. The outdoors became a sanctuary, a place for us to connect outside of the chaos of the reality of our day to day lives. The endorphin uplift obtained after a five or six mile hike… the sensation of still floating on the waves while lying in the bed at night after a long day at the beach… the perception of smallness obtained walking beneath the canopy of an old growth forest, looking out across the vast expanse of the Appalachians from an outcropping on a Blue Ridge mountain trail… there is something about these experiences that brings the finite and tangible into its correct and rightful place in my mind, and brings to the forefront of my consciousness those things that matter; that make life worth living; that making going forward another day worth it. 


For me this is spiritual. The connection to creation and my Creator through experiencing the work of his hands just cleanses me of all the garbage that pollutes my mind and brings me back to a place of simplicity. For me, as a Christ-follower, I am perpetually wrecked by how simple Jesus’ message and example were, and yet how we continue to complicate it and over-engineer it. Not only do I feel so treasured and honored to have been made a steward of such beauty, but the feeling of smallness that I come away with reminds me that he loves me, that there is a plan for all of this that is much greater than I could ever imagine. It challenges me to rest in God’s hands, trusting and taking it one day at a time. This brings me a deeper sense of peace that lasts, but soon after I find myself longing to go back to that place. When I find myself unraveling, I realize that it’s time to get away.

The good news is that although I feel that I’ve been spinning out of control in the last several days, culminating with a major meltdown today, I am leaving for the mountains in two days, to swim in the river and go on long walks with my family. We all need it so badly right now.
And if you feel that you’re unraveling too, may I suggest you find a mountain vista to gaze upon, a lush green forest to walk in or a field to lie in… and I suppose you might feel just a little more sane, a little more centered and a whole lot more alive when you’re through. 

~Brooke

 Brooke is giving away a 25$ shop credit today! 

<<< TO ENTER >>>
Visit Clementine & Nellie and tell me your favorite item
Follow From Under His Feathers blog

<<< EXTRA ENTRIES >>>
Follow Brooke via facebook or twitter
Follow Brooke's pinterest boards

*giveaway will end on June 7th* <------- CLOSED

THE WINNER IS:
Shelley Weber

PEACE,
Laura

38 comments:

  1. So many great things in her shop, but I am in love with that boho peasant top! I am very much of the same nature... no pun intended. Growing up in the rural northern Adirondacks surrounded and one with the beautiful natural world, it is so hard to feel connected and sane when you are out of that element. I live by the ocean now, but in a very rural place still. City living is so not for me.

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  2. i love the owls and the cropped boho top (although i wouldnt wear it!) and p.s.- creepy clown alert!!! lol

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  3. This is awesome. Following from Under His feathers :)
    My fav item would definitely have to be the vintage black Work Out lace see through t-shirt top. I love me some black lace <3

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  4. I love the owls and the vintage formal white lace gown.. TO DIE FOR!
    shanno83@gmail.com

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  6. I am a Pinterest junkie, love her boards!

    Molly - maelivefree@gmail.com

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  7. Her shop is so great! I love the brown corduroy mini dress. I also really love the owl wall art. so cute
    avintagejoy@yahoo.com

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  8. I REALLY love that San Gabriel tunic with the fluttery sleeves, gorgeous green threads, and ric-rac! Brooke is such a beautiful and inspiring woman, inside and out. :)

    Molly - maelivefree@gmail.com

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  9. Now that I'm following her blog on facebook I'll remember to read it regularly. :)

    Molly - maelivefree@gmail.com

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  10. Love pinterest, now following!
    avintagejoy@yahoo.com

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  11. my favorite is the vintage turquoise teapot! i love that color and i needed a teapot for my Winnie the Pooh tea leaves strainer :)
    Following from under his feathers blog

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  12. following Brooke via twitter

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  13. and following Brooke on Pinterest

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  14. Love this! All of it is so, so true. I think its easy for us to forget that we are as much a part of nature as everything else.

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  15. i follow her blog and my favorite item is:


    vintage full suede leather fringe baby mocassin booties


    sooo cute.

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  16. Wow. Reading Beth's description of her need for the outdoors mirrored mine so closely, I'd be an idiot if I didn't follow her.

    My favorite item in her shop is the pair of vintage Sophia Loren glasses.

    I also followed her blog via reader.

    lgaston1@gmail.com

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  17. Extra: also following Brooke* (losing my mind today) on Facebook as "Worth Saving"

    lgaston1@gmail.com

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  18. I love the http://www.etsy.com/listing/100121768/vintage-buttery-yellow-lattice-top-sun
    and am so excited to find a vintage dress without an xxxs waist! Thank you Laura :)
    Mary
    wishuponthis {at} gmail {dot} com

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  19. What a lovely blog to start following, and my favourite item in her shop would have to be the white lace gown by Jack Bryan, so beautiful.

    http://wildnectarinedreams.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. the yellow lattice sun dress is beautiful and so delicate :)

    and now following From Under His Feathers!

    www.caraclaudia.blogspot.com

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  21. That was a beautiful article, and I can relate to it 100%! I am already a follower of From Under His Feathers, and my favorite item from your shop is the vintage button front high waist midi skirt floral print with blue and red.

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  22. this is lovely!
    brooke, i too love the mountains. i wish you much peace and rejuvenation.

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  23. I love the buttery yellow lattice top sundress!

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  24. Following Brooke on twitter!

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  25. Following Brooke on pinterest!

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  26. LOVE the lil brown baby moccasins!!!

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  30. love the vintage navy strapless dress! <3 and i'm following from under his feathers blog.


    xo,
    jessie

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  31. I like vintage turquoise teapots! :D
    I'm following her blog through bloglovin and GFC.

    voodoo.moon28@gmail.com

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  32. I also liked her Fb page. :)

    (FB: Barbara Jurić)

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  33. I LOVE Brooke's shop. I have already bought a few items! My current Fave item is this sundress!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/100121768/vintage-buttery-yellow-lattice-top-sun

    I follow Brooke's blog already!

    Amy

    amykaireen at hotmail dot com

    www.fate-filledtimes.blogspot.ca

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  34. I also follow Brooke on FB!

    Amy :)

    amykaireen at hotmail dot com

    www.fate-filledtimes.blogspot.ca

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments!