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The Alchemy of Making Paint From Dirt & Sand

stella maria baer digging dirt

Hello, my name is Stella Maria Baer, and I am a painter and photographer. I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I live in Colorado with my husband Seth, our boys Wyeth and Whitman, and our sheepdog. In my work, I explore the mythology of the desert and the cosmology of space. In my paintings, I work in watercolor and oil. In my photographs, I look at the relationship between how we see women’s bodies and how we treat our land. Six years ago, I started asking more questions about where the paint I use comes from, how it’s made, and what it is made from. These questions led me to start making paint from dirt and sand – to create work not just inspired by a landscape but made from the land itself.


Bring the Outside In with a Winter Floral Arrangement

hyssop floral arranging

Hello friends! My name is Ann. I am the founder and owner of Hyssop, a floral company in Minnesota. Hyssop designs lean heavily on local and foraged botanicals, creating nostalgic designs that are seasonal and inspired by nature. I have designed for weddings, restaurants, and editorials, including Kinfolk and Tierra magazines. Today I am sharing with you one of my winter rituals for embracing the season and bringing beautiful bits of the outside indoors to make a winter floral arrangement.


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