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What a beautiful journal with a glorious theme for Spring. I am a keen gardener and I get that thing every spring
where I need to get seeds into the ground,
Spring Fever so my page was inspired by wonderful seeds.
I have been playing around with seed themed elements
for a while now, and they fascinate me.
Deb's journal is just gorgeous,
I love her cover with its combination of painted papers
and sewn fabrics, it is adorable.
I always admire sewing in a journal,
it is something beyond me so I am always taken
by its tactile and rhythmic qualities.
This journal has so many sweet pages
and this lovely girl being swept along
by a leaf in the breeze is Debs entry.
Sharon takes us right into her neighborhood
and shares the gorgeous nature all around her.
Danielle has us pondering over a magical dandelion.
Nicoles beautiful pages really pop and I can almost smell that flower,
Jan brings in some texture and
transports us across the world on her travels,
I love the roots growing down through the ancient bricks.
Roz's beautiful pages
continue with wonderful texture and details.
This cute little owl caught my eye.
Janene has bought her lovely layered texture into her pages.
I decided to do 2 pages as one page just wasn't enough
and there were plenty of pages to play with
and it is Spring after all !
All of that wonderful texture
in the pages I had to add some as well.
My last page is inspired by Gaia I used John Seed's Invocation from Deep Ecology Council of All Beings
"We ask for the presence of the spirit of Gaia and pray that the breath of life continues to caress this planet home.
"May we grow into true understanding — a deep understanding that inspires us to protect the tree on which we bloom, and the water, soil, and atmosphere without which we have no existence.
"May we turn inward and stumble upon our true roots in the intertwining biology of this exquisite planet. May nourishment and power pulse through these roots, and fierce determination to continue the billion-year dance.
"May love well up and burst forth from our hearts.
"May there be a new dispensation of pure and powerful consciousness and the charter to witness and facilitate the healing of the tattered biosphere.
"We ask for the presence of the spirit of Gaia to be with us here. To reveal to us all that we need to see, for our own highest good and for the highest good of all.
"We call upon the spirit of evolution, the miraculous force that inspires rocks and dust to weave themselves into biology. You have stood by us for millions and billions of years — do not forsake us now. Empower us and awaken in us pure and dazzling creativity. You that can turn scales into feathers, seawater to blood, caterpillars to butterflies — metamorphose our species, awaken in us the powers that we need to survive the present crisis and evolve into more eons of our solar journey.
"Awaken in us a sense of who we truly are: tiny ephemeral blossoms on the Tree of Life. Make the purpose and destiny of that tree our own purpose and destiny.
"Fill each of us with love for our true Self, which includes all of the creatures and plants and landscapes of the world. Fill us with a powerful urge for the well-being and continual unfolding of this Self.
"May we speak in all human councils on behalf of the animals and plants and landscapes of the Earth.
"May we shine with a pure inner passion that will spread rapidly through these leaden times.
"May we all awaken to our true and only nature — none other than the nature of Gaia, this living planet Earth.
"We call upon the power that sustains the planets in their orbits, that wheels our Milky Way in its 200-million-year spiral, to imbue our personalities and our relationships with harmony, endurance, and joy. Fill us with a sense of immense time so that our brief, flickering lives may truly reflect the work of vast ages past and also the million of years of evolution whose potential lies in our trembling hands.