Saturday, August 16, 2014

Inspiration: New Hampshire's Natural Beauty

I graduated from Colby-Sawyer College in May of 2014, therefore this upcoming September will be the first time I haven't had to buy school supplies and get ready for a year of thinking. Sounds nice for some, but truthfully I feel lost and sad knowing that some of the most inspiring doctors (shout out to Pat Anderson) and professors will not be teaching me, that my mind will not be packed full of newly learned information, that I will not be surrounded by like-minded students, and that I will not be leaving a classroom in awe and haste, running back to friends to boast about what my mind has began to reflect upon about things such as Native American poetry. Also, another huge downfall is that art studios will no longer available to me, and I will no longer (until one day when I make one or find a used one for cheap money) be able to use a printing press or kiln at any hour of any day (yes, Colby-Sawyer art students are allowed to enter the studios at any time--which is awesome when you can't stop thinking about the next piece you want to create!). How beautiful learning is...

Being up in New Hampshire, surrounded by nature--mountains, lakes, trees, even the dreadful months of monogamous snow--lead me to so many thoughts that otherwise would not have been revealed to me, along with the ways in which my surroundings pushed me to interpret the world around me, which I then brought to life through art. 

Above is a print I created using these weird cabbage-like flowers from Spring Ledge Farm in New London, NH, located just up the road from Colby-Sawyer College. This print is part of a series I called Flower Series in which I created images using flowers and ink. This series won "Best in Show for Creativity" at my very first art show--I was stoked! The prints included in that series are my favorite pieces of art that I created. Fortunately they all sold at the art show, though also unfortunately because I love them so so much; selling art is like selling part of your creative spirit, and it can be really tough.

Above are wall hanging ceramic slabs that feature images of carved flowers. While using clay, these types of pieces were my favorite to create--they are original, and also time consuming, which gave me time to sit in peace and create without thinking, and being an english major--when reading, thinking, analyzing, and writing were constant--art gave me piece of mind. The little flowers at the bottom of the photo are necklace pendants, very similar to the larger slabs; each displays a unique carving of a flower. The necklace pendants will be available in my Etsy Shop, also called Sunlit Air Moonlit Fire, in about a month (as I am due to have my baby any time now, and I am also in the process of moving and do not have time to list them--check back!).

The earth presented so much beauty to me throughout my time living in New Hampshire, and I will forever be grateful for its presence. To the left is a monotype print I made using brown paper, a ripped page from a book and ink, as well as a print I had previously made using ink and baby's breathe; it is titled "Gaze the World". To the right is a poem titled "Earth" that I wrote; it was published in the Solidus Literary Magazine Spring 2014 issue, along with five other poems I wrote and six pieces of my artwork (you can check those out here). It is my favorite poem that I have written. It reads:

The Earth recycles her self
and is recycled through me.
I am but a chain of genes;
an inception of Nature.
-Taylor McCarthy

Overall, New Hampshire's natural beauty holds a special spot inside my soul, as it guided and transformed me for the better; it mentally and spiritually stimulated me; it is the thing thus far in my life that has brought me closest to my self and soul; it is original beauty that will live forever.

* To view my art and writing portfolios go to my website at or click here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Green Heart--A Beautiful Flower

photo via Google

My Reiki masters informed me that the color green can stand for love. Once, during a session I was receiving, I saw Tari's (one of my masters) purple aura spill green out of her heart into my essence. Call me crazy, but it happened, and what it was was a giant form of energetic love spilling into my aura. She gave me love because she knew I needed it; knew that it would make me feel better; knew that I was dealt some tough cards and needed some love to sort them out. She knew that my over thinking mind was getting the best of me, and that a little love could slow it down. She was right, and she helped my soul blossom again.

What Reiki and my lovely Reiki masters have taught me has helped me grow and blossom into the person that I am today. What I have learned is that a green heart tends to grow a beautiful flower; that a person who feels and promotes love--has a heart filled and spilling with love-- will grow and blossom, and help others blossom, too.

Love and let feelings grow naturally. Don't obstruct and hinder the future of your feelings and thoughts by over thinking or letting negative thoughts take over your mind, it will only give birth to an unnecessary internal war. 

love Love LOVE = green = growth and blossoming = a beautiful flower = YOU

What is "Reiki"?
Reiki is a Japanese technique that uses energy to calm the mind, body, and spirit in order to promote relaxation and health while simultaneously reducing stress. Through the use of Reiki, practitioners focus on all energy surrounding and inhabiting the bodywhich causes all seven chakras to open, and leaves you relaxed both mentally and physically. 

Recite the Reiki principles for daily inspiration and relief:
I- Just for today, I will not be angry.
II- Just for today, I will not worry.
III- Just for today, I will be grateful.
IV- Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
V- Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.

Shout out to my Reiki masters, Venita Nudd and Tari MacDonald--the best Reiki masters out there!!! 
Reiki in Paradise, 75 Newport Road, New London, NH 03257

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Vintage Vanity Fair Nightgown

Pictured is a beautiful Vintage Vanity Fair nightgown with a white-laced bust and flowing nylon fabric.

Beginning in the early 1900s, Vanity Fair made some of the most desired lingerie, and continued to until 2007. This vintage nightgown was made somewhere between the 1950s and 1960s, as, according to research, Vanity Fair began using only Nylon to create their lingerie after World War II--this piece is 100% Nylon, and one of a kind. It is marked a size 34, which is about a US size 4-6, or medium.

For more information and photos, be sure to keep a lookout for the shop "Sunlit Air Moonlit Fire" on Etsy!! Or, if interested in the nightgown, leave a comment below.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lace & Life

lace & life

Lately I have been really into neutral colors-- my bedroom is painted a light taupe, my bedding is all mixed white fabrics, the window curtains (as shown in photo) are white trimmed with lace, and even my furniture consists of neutrals, as it is white wicker. The room is decorated with three mirrors-- two gold framed (which are my favorite) and one vintage hand-painted one (kind of shown in the photo). Baby's breathe, green flowers, and this pretty little yellow flower are spread throughout to give the sense of nature within the room, which is all a necessity to make me feel comfortable. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Tranquil space enhances a creative awakening

I mostly become mentally stimulated whilst diving deepest into my soul and self, thinking of what lies beyond while simultaneously appreciating what is--the beauty that has originated around me. In order to create, I need to be in the right mind set, but also in the right space--something that enhances my creative mind. Waking up this morning I felt as though a tranquil, creative day was due (motherhood is about to begin any day, and alone-time or creative-time is going to run sparse). So, I ventured to my aunt's boho-chic home to spend the day creating.

Random belongings that made the ride with me:
~ A vintage sterling silver bowl
~ Tea bags
~ Paper and paintbrushes
~ Sea shells, coral, and rocks
~ My Nikon 40X
~ The lavender and sun-colored wildflowers (fresh from my aunt's backyard) + green leafs

I chose to set my belongings on top of a wooden table that sits beneath a tree. The sunlight peaked through the openings of tree's leafs, allowing for shadows to cast onto the table and dance around joyfully. While looking around, I couldn't help but to incorporate the lavender and sun-colored wildflowers that grow all around my aunt's backyard. I didn't know what I was going to do with my supplies until my mind was shut off and the creative juices began to flow.

I made my own color pigments with the wildflowers and leafs-- purple, yellow, and green-- and a sand color with tea. Then I painted a mountainous landscape that now hangs on my bedroom wall next to a piece of baby's breathe. 


Thursday, August 7, 2014


Our baby boy is going to be born any day now, and I can't wait to meet him! I am planning on breast feeding--for nutrients and comfort, and I hope to stick with it even when I want to give up on the pain (I've heard and read that it can be excruciating). But, why not give your baby what your body has made for him? Think of how amazing it is to create a child, and then think of how amazing it is to help that child grow even out of the womb--beautiful. Oh, life's blessings...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Blue Copper

My aunt recently gave me her Nikon D40X, so in order to learn more about the camera I asked my best friend, who is a photographer herself, if she would be my model for the day. Above are two of my favorite photos from that that day; the coloring reminds me of tarnished copper, a magnificent green-blue, so I shall call these photos Blue Copper. 

You can find more photos of mine on my Flickr: