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create (a life): volcano breath

When Isia gets upset about something, her focus locks entirely on the desired outcome. She forgets how to reason, how to articulate, sometimes even how to talk. I understand her steadfastness very well- she gets it from me. When she was about a year old, I began working with her to find her "volcano breath" in these moments. When I see her getting upset I'll say, "Please take a volcano breath." She'll look at me, breath in, then breath out reaching her arms over her head and releasing them in a wide arc back to her sides. It doesn't always work, few things do, but sometimes it's just the reminder she needs. A release and a pause before the storm. It took me over twenty years to find my own volcano breath, and sometimes I still have to go looking for it. I was especially grateful for it this holiday season.

Because after days of failing to design my niece into a magnetic paper doll, I needed it. Thanks to Sarah Jane Studios, and some magnetic paper, I found an alternative worthy of gifting.

Because when our kitchen began flooding from an upstairs bathroom leak, and we had to leave for our holiday three days early, I needed it. As I rushed to pack Christmas and a week's worth of Everything while leaving all my last-minute projects behind. (And I am so good at a last-minute project!) Several volcano breaths later I was able to focus on the positive, more time with my family, and not my projects- including this sweet little ruffled skirt that I'm saving for later.

Because when my camera's battery died after my first holiday picture- with my charger at home- I needed it. I had visions of photo sessions by the tree, but ended up with candid shots on our phones instead. And that's okay. It's more important we're all together then a working camera. Of course, it didn't hurt that my Christmas morning rolls turned out stupendously, or that my Mom was busy with her (working) camera! (wink)

Cassidy Sevier

Cassidy used to teach in the city, now she homeschools three active kids in the woods. She spends her days reading aloud, crafting, getting lost in nature, and refilling her teapot. Her best parenting advice: You should never give kids more water or glitter than you're willing to clean up! Read more about their learning adventures at Freshly


  1. OMG Those rolls! Gah! Must have some....Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Hope your New Year is fabulous!!!

    1. Thanks Melissa! They've been years-in-the-perfecting (wink). Hope you have a fabulous New Year's too! ~Cassidy


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