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The little things: simple pleasures that make me happy (hint: they involve art and nature!)


 
Experience the magic of Grey Fox Ranch, where art and nature intertwine to create pure bliss.


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Woven with love, this textured wall weave of luxury wools and vintage accents adds warmth and style to any space .

As someone who values the simple things in life, I've found that it's the little things that make me happiest. In particular, two things always seem to lift my spirits: art and homesteading. There's something about getting lost in a creative project or connecting with nature that always makes me feel centered and content. In this blog post, I'm excited to share some of my favorite simple pleasures that involve these two passions. So grab a cup of tea, sit back, and let's explore the things that bring me joy!


Appreciating the little things

In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to overlook the simple pleasures in life that bring us joy. But for me, learning to appreciate the little things has been a game-changer when it comes to happiness. Sharing my journey with my family has been an essential part of this process.

We often get so caught up in chasing our goals and striving for bigger and better things that we forget to stop and take a breath. When we slow down and look around, we begin to notice the beauty in the world around us. We can marvel at the colors of the sunrise, the sound of birds chirping, and the feeling of the sun on our skin.

For me, one of the best ways to appreciate the little things is by spending time in nature. Whether it's a walk on my mountain property, or sitting at the lake, being surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors has a way of making me feel grounded and grateful. I love the feeling of fresh air in my lungs, the sight of wildflowers blooming, and the sound of leaves rustling in the wind.

Another way I find joy is through artistic pursuits. I love painting, weaving, and creating in general. The act of making something from nothing brings me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. I find that when I'm fully immersed in my artistic work, the worries of the world melt away, and I'm left feeling calm and centered.


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Indulging in luxury wools, woven into this captivating textured wall weave, with vintage accents that add character and soul.

The combination of nature and art is pure magic for me. When I'm weaving outside, for example, I feel completely in the moment, taking in the beauty around me while simultaneously expressing my creativity. It's a powerful experience that brings me immense happiness.

At the end of the day, it's important to remember that happiness doesn't have to be a complicated or elusive thing. It's often found in the simplest pleasures in life, like the feeling of a cool breeze on a hot day or the taste of your favorite food. By learning to appreciate the little things, we can cultivate more joy and contentment in our daily lives. And by sharing my journey with my family, I get to experience the joys of life with the people I love most.


Nature as a source of happiness


brightly colores wall weave, made with texture from roving wool, and art yarn
Elevate your decor with a stunning textured wall weave made from luxury wools and upcycled fabric

One of the most reliable sources of happiness for me is spending time in nature. There's something about being surrounded by trees, fresh air, and wildlife that immediately calms me down and brings me a sense of joy. Whether it's hiking in the woods, going for a walk on the beach, or even just sitting in a park and enjoying the scenery, being in nature has a positive effect on my well-being.

Not only is nature a beautiful source of inspiration and wonder, but it's also a reminder of the importance of sustainable living. By immersing myself in nature, I am reminded of how precious our planet is and how essential it is that we take care of it. Sustainable living is about finding ways to reduce our negative impact on the environment and preserving natural resources for future generations.

By living sustainably, we can reduce waste and consumption and ensure that nature remains a source of joy and happiness for generations to come. In turn, our relationship with nature can deepen and bring even more joy and happiness into our lives.

Overall, nature is a vital source of happiness and inspiration for me, reminding me of the importance of sustainability and encouraging me to live my life in harmony with the natural world.


Artistic pursuits and their benefits

Art has always been an important part of my life, and pursuing artistic activities brings me immense joy. Whether it's painting, drawing, or writing, engaging in these creative endeavors allows me to express myself in ways that words cannot.



Sunrise over a mountain homestead
Step into our beautiful mountain homestead, nestled in Southern Colorado. With every sunrise comes a thrilling adventure on the enchanting Grey Fox Ranch.

There are numerous benefits to engaging in artistic pursuits, including reduced stress and improved mood. Studies have shown that creating art can have a positive impact on our mental health, providing a much-needed break from the chaos of everyday life. In fact, one study found that participating in a creative activity led to increased positive emotions and a decreased level of negative emotions.

But the benefits of artistic pursuits extend far beyond our own personal well-being. Teaching my children about homesteading through art projects, for example, allows them to connect with nature and understand the value of sustainability. It also fosters creativity and encourages them to think outside the box, leading to improved problem-solving skills.

Moreover, art can be used as a powerful tool for social change. Whether it's through writing about important issues or creating artwork that raises awareness, artists have the ability to inspire change and make a positive impact in their communities.

Overall, pursuing artistic activities brings me a sense of fulfillment and purpose. It allows me to connect with others, express myself creatively, and make a positive impact on the world around me. If you haven't tried incorporating more art into your life, I highly recommend giving it a try - you may be surprised at the benefits it can bring!



Wellies standing by a collection of old stick on the ground
Venturing through my ranch to gather weathered sticks for an upcoming weaving masterpiece, bringing the beauty of nature into my daily life and art.

Combining art and nature for ultimate joy

There's something truly special about combining art and nature. It's a way to appreciate and connect with the beauty of the world around us while also expressing our creativity. Personally, I've found that this combination brings me ultimate joy. Here's how:

Creating art from natural resources is one of my favorite ways to combine the two. I love collecting things like rocks, branches, and flowers, and then using them to make something beautiful. For example, I might use the rocks to create a mosaic on a cow skull or arrange branches to make a unique weave. It's amazing how much beauty there is in nature, and incorporating it into art only makes it even more special.


Another way I like to combine art and nature is by teaching my children about homesteading. We have a 62 acres of land where we raise animals, and it's been a wonderful opportunity to teach them about sustainable living and how to take care of the land. They also love using the materials we have available to create art, like using wool from local goats to make yarn and then felting with it.



Black hen in an upcycled farm nesting box
Tina in her upcycled nesting box!

Raising animals on the homestead has been a great way to connect with nature as well. There's something really special about seeing new life come into the world and watching animals thrive in their natural environment. It's a reminder of how interconnected we all are and how much we depend on each other.

Overall, combining art and nature is a way to appreciate and celebrate the world around us. It's a reminder that even the simplest things can bring us joy and that there's beauty to be found in every corner of our world.


Simple pleasures in everyday life

Aside from the big events and milestones, happiness can also come from the little moments we experience in our everyday lives. Sometimes, all it takes is a small thing to brighten up our day. Here are two simple pleasures that bring me happiness:

First, raising animals on the homestead. It may sound strange, but there's something deeply satisfying about nurturing and caring for animals. From feeding them, to giving them shelter and affection, the bond between human and animal is incredibly rewarding. It's no wonder why many people find joy in raising animals on their own land, whether it be cows, chickens, or even pigs. Personally, I find raising chickens on my homestead incredibly therapeutic. It's a simple task that connects me to the land, and it brings a smile to my face every time I see my chickens clucking around.


holdin a collection of weathered sticks from the mountains
Finding beauty in the imperfections. Excited to incorporate these weathered sticks into my latest art project!

Second, creating art from natural resources. Art has been a passion of mine since I was young, and I've found that working with natural resources, such as rocks, wood, and flowers, brings me even more joy. Whether I'm painting a picture of a stunning sunset or crafting a sculpture from driftwood, I feel an immense sense of accomplishment when I complete a project. Not only does creating art from natural resources allow me to connect with the beauty of the world around me, but it also gives me a sense of purpose and satisfaction that carries me through the day.


Gratitude and positivity as a way to increase happiness.

One of the most powerful tools for increasing happiness is cultivating gratitude and positivity in your life. Focusing on what you have, rather than what you lack, can make a huge difference in your overall mood and outlook.


Personally, I have found that my homestead lifestyle has greatly increased my ability to practice gratitude and positivity. Being surrounded by nature and living a simpler life has given me the opportunity to appreciate the little things in life that I used to take for granted. I am grateful for the clean air and the sound of birdsong outside my window. I am thankful for the vegetables I grow and the animals I raise.

And speaking of nature, another way I boost my happiness is by creating art from natural resources. For me, art is a form of meditation, a way to connect with the beauty around me and channel my emotions into something tangible. Using materials found in my own backyard, like dried flowers, feathers, and twigs, allows me to tap into my creativity while also feeling connected to the earth.


bright mountain top pasture, with blue skies and white clouds
A glimpse into special spaces on my ranch.

Of course, gratitude and positivity aren't just about living in the country or creating art. Simple pleasures like a cup of tea or a good book can also bring joy into your life. It's all about focusing on what you have, rather than what you don't have, and taking time to appreciate the small moments that make life worth living.


Before I sign off, I want to express my gratitude to my husband for being strong in our decision to leave the city and pursue a homesteading lifestyle. His unwavering support and positivity have been crucial in making this dream a reality. Thank you, love.

So there you have it, folks: gratitude, positivity, nature, and art. These are just a few of the things that make me happy, and I hope they can inspire you to find joy in your own life, too.

 

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