Be love can’t just mean sit there and think loving thoughts and hope that things will get better. For it to have impact we must embody love in all we do: act with love, resist with love, show up with love, speak truth to power with love in our hearts, and when necessary act a full donkey with love. Be you. Be love. Be. 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️
This Cherry heart is a work in progress in my work shop right now. It will drink in another coat or two of finish before it is ready to do its work in the world. If it speaks to you, the listing for this live edge heart is up in my shop.
Thank you 💙🔥

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” -Maya Angelou

Sanding the rough edges of this Purpleheart art with @gatorfinishing’s Micro Zip Sanders. These little guys save my hands a lot of stress and make detail sanding much more fun.

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of wrapping up this Walnut “Breathe” for the kind soul who purchased it from my Etsy shop. Yesterday I handed it over to my friends at the Decatur Post Office, and entrusted them to start its journey to Maine. Tomorrow, it will likely arrive at its destination. I know there can be surprises and bumps along the way, but the general ease and speed of delivery that we have now amazes me when I stop to think about it.

I’m truly grateful that I get to spend much of my time doing work that I love. Every time I pack up a finished piece of art and send it out into the world, I do so with care, love, and the hope that it will speak to the person who opens the box. I’m grateful that @jeanrobinmartell trusted me to bring her personal symbol to life and thankful for her thoughtful post about its meaning and our creative process: “When I was at Patti Digh's @lifeisaverbcamp last November, I took a class taught by Mary Anne Radmacher, Em, called Mighty Makers. One of the things we did was design a personal symbol for ourselves. By answering questions we honed in on things with special meaning to us. My final design is shown here brought to life in this wood art piece by Muse. I really love it. My symbol is a J with an infinity spiral at the bottom. The leaf at the top represents my love of nature. The leaf has 7 veins representing my favorite number. The swoosh, aside from being the top of the J is to represent a free spirit. Blowing with the wind or flowing along with moving water. Muse and I communicated throughout the process of creating this custom piece. It was a very positive experience. If anyone else that took the class would like a beautiful 3 D version of your symbol talk to Muse. Or if you want any custom made wood art she is the one to reach out to...”
Thank you for your continued support of my work, Jean! 💙🔥

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu.
I almost never use pink, but this Oak heart asked to be painted in this soothing shade. I made this using my drill and my scroll saw; this heart was sanded and shaped by hand and then painted.

WednesdayWondering: What do you do to help cultivate moments of peace in your life?

I find them while relishing the velvety feel of my pup’s belly, in the ritual of making a fresh mug of coffee, watching hawks soar in circles overhead, and oddly, in enjoying my imperfect vacuuming lines on carpet. Taking time for these simple joys goes a long way to help me feel a bit more at peace even on the hardest of days.
What works for you? ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️
About this custom ordered sign: The letters are cut from Ash- this strong wood is sometimes used to provide a barrier from negative energy.
The peace symbol itself was cut from layered Birch wood and painted a deep purple- this uplifting color can offer a calming energy.
The sign was built from planks of a discarded pallet that once carried pipe fittings, may this wood now do the bigger work of helping those who work near it to cultivate peace.

“We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
back to the garden”
-Joni Mitchell

I am spending some of this cloudy spring afternoon packing up the art that will come with me to tomorrow’s Holy Taco Pop Up. Between stretches of soggy days spent working inside, I’m delighted to be looking forward to a day outside tomorrow! Bring on the llamas, bands, tacos, and fun. Click the event link in my bio if you’d like more information.

Someone in an online woodworking group I occasionally visit recently asked, “who even tries to cut Purpleheart on a scroll saw?!” Chuckling to myself, I answered “anyone who loves the wood enough to take on its tool taming reputation and has a spare blade (or five) on hand.” So when one of you asked me if I would make an important piece of art for you out of Purpleheart, I knew it was just the right wood for the project. As things always do with this dense and determined wood, the process is taking longer than I thought it might. It is worth every minute to honor this wood and to create a piece of art worthy of your word. On to the sanding stages! 💙🔥

I’ve been working on a few more Hanging Stars cut on my scroll saw from Ash, Maple, and Purpleheart. I finished this Ash Star yesterday and got it outside to snap this picture during a dry moment. I will have a small selection of these one of a kind handcrafted works with me on Sunday at the Holy Taco Pop Up here in Atlanta. If you’re in town and looking to hear some live music while enjoying local art and llamas, come see us on Sunday. Just click the event link in my bio if you are looking for more info.

I finally finished sanding this live edge Be heart during my time in the workshop today. I’ve been excited to get a coat of oil on this Cherry to see it get some of its beauty back after the abuse of all the sanding. A couple more coats and this heart will be ready. I hope to have this with me at the Holy Taco Pop Up this Sunday. Click the link in my bio to get to that event page for more information.

“Bloom” - I finished this street sign earlier this week. I took my first foray into epoxy to make sure these Oak mosaic pieces stay put while this sign is on display. Deep thanks to Decatur’s own @fisbn for making yet another fun public art project happen on the streets of #DecaturGA.

As polls close on this Election Day in Georgia, I am hoping the candidates who come out on top believe these words and are ready to work: “Peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.” ~ John F. Kennedy

A customer who has been sharing love heARTs and gifting my handmade necklaces from my early days of creating recently sent me a note. She wanted to know if I could take her personal symbol and create a wooden version of it. As soon as I saw her hand-drawn symbol, I knew this would be a fun piece to make dimensional. We immediately dove into the creative process together. The woods she chose for the components of her symbol are Cherry and Ash. The oil finish on these pieces is curing and they are in the process of being mounted on a reddened base of Cherry. ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ About these woods: Ash is a strong wood with healing powers that some people believe also provides barrier against negative energy. The bark and energy of Cherry have long been used for healing; the tree is known by some as the Tree of Love. Together they create a beautiful and meaningful pair.

Some of my favorite humans have been in Ireland on a transformative creative retreat. I had the honor of creating two Ash Celtic Crosses for them to take on their travels. I also enjoyed the challenge of hand cutting stencils of the same shape for all the participants to use in some of their arting adventures. It’s been a joy to witness some of what people have created during their time with @maryanneradmacher and Pam Matchie-Thiede. They’re going leading a retreat in Amsterdam next year, friends. It’s not too early to plan to join them.
📷 cred: Mary Anne Em Radmacher

This gold is so decadent; #montanablack has that Midas touch. #wip #musefireart

A thoughtful mom wrote me with some ideas for a custom pendant to help celebrate her son. This Zebrawood star will soon be on its way to him. I enjoyed stepping outside of my usual necklaces to create these. I will have many handcrafted wooden necklaces with me at the Little 5 Arts Alive Market this Saturday and next Sunday at the Holy Taco Pop Up too.

My #lookupdecatur sign pieces are coming together. Today, they’re getting doused with coats of protective top layers to keep them as safe as possible out there in the elements.
#wip #bloom #musefireart

I wanted to write something to mark the complexity of this day and to send love to all of you. These words written and shared by Michele Woodward earlier today feel just right: “It’s a happy accident of biology which makes someone a mother. The harder job to sustain is love for a child. If you have ever loved a child, cared for a child, helped a child, sacrificed for a child, then I salute you today and every single day. Regardless of your gender or whether you have given birth, by loving a child you have made our world a more humane and kinder place. Thank you.”

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