Friday, March 4, 2011

Bringing the Outdoors In [GUEST POST]

Another Guest Post! Today the young lady behind Fall Creek Fibers, and my dear friend, Brie Rudy, will be filling in. Her yarn shop, located smack dab in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, is filled with all sorts of earthy goodness. She's not a hiker, backpacker, climber, and has never performed an ice axe self-arrest, but she does know a thing or two about having adventures (and lots about Merino Wool!). A visit to her home feels like a walk in the woods (or the jungle depending on how many cats she's fostering at the time).

When you work from home less than a quarter of a mile away from a beautiful hiking trail (BB - one of my favorite's too!) it’s easy to get down on yourself for not getting out enough. Sometimes work, school, socializing and Grey’s Anatomy marathons just take precedent over getting layered up and hiking in the mud and ice.

However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of your desk chair. Our domestic lives seem so distant from the tangled wild, but we (as humans) are creatures of the forest, hills, oceans, plants and streams and we have natural tendencies to bring the outdoors, in.

We surround ourselves with animals.

this is the life.
(mountain lion, obviously)

We bring in fresh flowers.

flowering cactus in my garden

We bring in the harvest (the act is the same, be it from the garden or local grocery).

new favorite
sunflower sprouts
sunflower seeds
red onions
fresh basil
balsamic vinegar
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

We collect treasures from recent adventures to the sea.


We warm ourselves in primitive ways.

it's cold here, today.

We unintentionally live our lives in touch with the earth, no matter how far removed we may seem. So next time you’re beating yourself up for not taking that 10 mile hike in the sleet and slippery mud (BB - someone's been reading my twitter feed), remind yourself that you’re closer than you think.


  1. I want to be much much closer to that fireplace, great pics Brie!

  2. Love this guess post, Brie! Gorgeous photos, as usual. Also, I want to pet that kitty's soft belly. Too cute. :)

  3. @ADK - The one thing about the outdoors you don't want to bring in are freezing temperatures.

    @Bey - There are two kitties here at the house that are going to be very upset to hear you're looking at other cats.