Dakota Midnyght » Art, Writing, and The Search for Zen

As you know, I’m a mom to two wonderful boys. And as you also probably know, I adore the sheer act of making. Sewing, embroidery, crocheting, jewelry-making, you name it (except knitting, ugh, never knitting)… Even before I had kids, I knew I’d want to share those skills with my offspring and make things with them. […]

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  • Bev - Yes! Great post. #5 is so important, and as adults probably the most challenging to do with your kids. But it’s how they really expand their creativity!

    I used to wear Eve while I made jewelry. Sadly she doesn’t watch me much while I make it, though I talk to her about the jewelry I make, and she has her own supplies.ReplyCancel

    • Dakota - Bev, thank you *SO* much. That is awesome that Eve has her own supplies. I can imagine that in a couple years she’ll really take off in that direction with such a creative & committed to her creativity Mama!ReplyCancel

  • Nina - I wish you could meet my Rebecca who is SO crafty even though I do not so much as even color.ReplyCancel

    • Dakota - I wish I could too! Isn’t it amazing how kids can have so much aptitude for something that parents don’t? My oldest boy is a heck of a good athlete – but I’m not sure where he gets it from!ReplyCancel

So now, dear friends, is when I admit that I am, was, and will continue to be, a complete geek. It’s interesting saying that in this space. I have posted about geeky things in the past, but my writing has been more literary-inclined of late. I circle around several themes though (long-time readers know this) […]

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  • Sarah - Literary is all well and good, my friend, but sometimes you just gotta let your geek flag FLY! These are brilliant! <3 I can't believe you made them. That's amazing. Well, my beautiful Zelda, you are…a legend. (LOVE the fire mage outfit. I would be casting spells, too. Because. Fire. Mage.)ReplyCancel

    • Dakota - Oh my sweet friend!!! I am blushing – thank you! It was fun to do (despite the late night swearing and second-guessing)… now I’m totally eyeing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as a potential costume source for next year. (Lizzy has a fabulous coat that I’m just in love with.) Did you happen to see the movie? And I think you TOTALLY need a fire mage cloak. ❤ReplyCancel

  • Bev - Your outfit looks amazing! And I’m so impressed that you sewed your outfit, and made that necklace out of sculpey. So glad you shared this 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Dakota - Bev, thank you so much! And thank you for being glad I shared it… I was definitely wondering how people would receive it. 😀ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Yes! Please do a Pride and Prejudice Zombies set of costumes! That would be awesome. I haven’t seen it but it’s on my list. I’m fiery so the Fire Mage would be great for me. *flicks hand* *sets ablaze*ReplyCancel

    • Dakota - It’s a totally corny movie – so go into it not expecting anything good and with a healthy appreciation for the ridiculous and you’ll be just fine. <3ReplyCancel

  • swati@mammabugbitme - Love love love love!!!!! Some more love!!!!! I have been admiring your dress for days now! And the necklace is so pretty and made with sculpey too. Pride and prejudice I say! And I know the lovely coat!! You ‘d be the best lizzy ever!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Dakota - Swati – thank you!!! Yes, I think it’d be a really fun costume to do. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Nina - WOW! I love them all!ReplyCancel

    • Dakota - Thank you so much Nina!!! They were so much fun to do.ReplyCancel

We recently got back from a trip over to Port Townsend/Seattle area to see family and unwind a bit. It’s a place that’s near and dear to my heart. We do have dearly loved family over there, but also there is just something in the air, the soil… the way everything is green… that speaks to […]

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  • Sarah - Beautiful. 💕 The imagery and sentiment both lovely.ReplyCancel

    • Dakota - Oh my goodness Sarah – how did you get here so fast!!! Thank you so much friend. <3ReplyCancel

      • Sarah - I’m following you. 😉 (I know. I’m wicked funny.) I was on my laptop when your notification popped up. So I scooted over. And I’m not sorry.ReplyCancel

  • Nina - Really beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Bev - Absolutely beautiful and makes me want to travel out to that region of the U.S. even more!ReplyCancel

  • swati@mammabugbitme - Fragrant ! opening some doors new. So much surrender and the calm that it brings – the perfect ‘love letter’❤ReplyCancel

  • swati@mammabugbitme - Fragrant! Opening some doors new. There is so much surrender and the calm that it brings – makes the perfect ‘ love letter’❤ReplyCancel

  • joellen - Beautiful <3.ReplyCancel

  • Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri - Lovely! Love this in particular:

    “Lay me down
    under scarlet pink rhododendrons
    cover my soul with soft loam
    and let me dream”ReplyCancel

This is a story about chicken, and salt, and spices. This is a story about loving your food, about laughing over the dinner table, and wiping your plate with a hunk of bread afterward to salvage every last iota of delicious flavor. (Or sneaking into the kitchen during clean-up to sop drippings right out of […]

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  • Nina - This is my kind of chicken for sure. Will try it your way.ReplyCancel

  • Bev Feldman - This looks so scrumptious! I have’t made a whole chicken in awhile, but I’m going to pull out this recipe the next time I do. (We also save our bones and whatnot to make broth that we freeze and pull out as need!)ReplyCancel

    • Dakota - Amen to saving bones! It’s so handy!

      I hope you enjoy it! I also use this rub for chicken pieces, you can just sprinkle it on and then mist with oil after. It’s still pretty tasty! ReplyCancel

Spring hastens forth, and I’m viscerally, pathetically grateful for it. I’m late to formally welcoming the Vernal Equinox in this space, but it comes and nods and passes, all the same. My feet long for the touch of cool – not cold – earth, I want to caress young pea plants in the garden and […]

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  • joellen - Hugs! It’s so easy to become lost. May this spring bring you a gust of fresh air in your life! I look forward to seeing your new prints :).ReplyCancel

    • Dakota - JoEllen – my friend. Thank you so much for your sweet words and thoughts. <3ReplyCancel

  • Nina - I love this image of you gathering your threads again, as you said, and letting the coming spring help lift any darkness.ReplyCancel

  • swati@mammabugbitme - Oh! I am grateful, thankful for the friends who could reach out and pull you out, sweet friend! I know exactly how , ” I chose not to medicate.” Because you put that and the lines that follow in words , I have to tell you that I felt healed too.
    I am hoping the sun shines bright , the buds bloom and you feel the essence of it all in your dear heart.
    I darn clothes, the old fashioned way or hem a kitchen towel when I am depressed. I tend to get angry at my work , at my art too because I suppose my art is me too. So,I pick some other threads and knots to hang on.How you brought up the threads analogy is absolutely striking!
    And how wonderful that sweet small changes are waiting to happen!ReplyCancel

    • Dakota - Swati, thank you so much for your sweet comment. The sun has been out and I have been outside too and that just helps so much! I hope you’re finding sunshine too. <3ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Dakota,
    This took my breath away. I, too, loathe February and yearn for not-cold ground beneath my feet. I’m desperate to be in my yard, hands deep in the soil, the sun warm on my back.
    Depression is such a beast, such a sneaky, enervating foe. I’m sorry this last bout has been (was?) such a rough ride. I am thankful for your friends and thankful that spring is making its way to you.
    I’m so happy to know you.

    • Dakota - Emily, thank you so, so much. Yes, what is it about February?! I’m climbing out – or – as I described it recently – it’s like a visitor saying an Irish goodbye. I think I’ve got it out the door and then it turns around with “one last thing.” Overall though, better, yes. I am so happy to have connected with you, too. <3ReplyCancel

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