Rachel Awes: Psychologist, author, and art playgroundist

On magic and dreams…

By Rachel Awes on May 7, 2018

Magic finds you when you dress up for it

I’m thinking a lot about dreamy living lately… writing about it, inviting it, listening to it, wearing it.

You and your dreams are magical, and I wish you much breathing into them and living them. Where might you start? With a pair of socks, a first written sentence, tuning a guitar?

I’ll be back with new art, June 18, in commemoration of summer! (& include photos of upcoming travels too!)

See you then, with all my love xox, Rachel

Listening to You

By Rachel Awes on May 4, 2018

This beautifully crowned artist is Maggy Navin 

Maggy made this crown for a child:

& made this one for her friend’s rabbit!:

& also makes crowns for adults!:

I’m also gaga for her violet mug & other marvelous makings!:

And here are some words from Maggy:
“Through my artistic practice, I seek to serve mother nature and acknowledge my most inner self with playfulness and reverence, with the belief that the objects we surround ourselves with can reflect our deepest values and to normalize socially sustainable/regenerative creation and consumption as a way to empower ourselves, support makers, and heal humanity!
Last Christmas, I ran a handmade gift drive called Peace by Hand which gifted one of a kind handmade creations to Chicago’s south side community, including: blankets, baby hats, soap, jewelry, crowns, and ceramics. The idea behind that initiative encompasses everything I believe: that handmade creations empower peace within ourselves, our community, and our world.”
You can find all this and more in her SHOP, WEBPAGE, & INSTAGRAM worlds!

If you would like your art/photography referencing listening here, please email me with 1-2 attachments, your links + short bio to rachelawes@gmail.com

Self-care & an invitation

By Rachel Awes on April 2, 2018

You are invited to The Bohemian Enchanted Forest Workshop at Hawthorne Hill Farm in New Berlin, Wisconsin, June 23, 2018! This will be a day of energizing sisterhood, beginning with my offering a serenade about shining your light (I’m realizing I really am more of a “serenader” than a “speaker” ) ~ followed with beautiful food & a private artist pop-up shop & a gift bag (including a signed book by me  ) & a whole day of creativity & art supplies included, facilitated by women you will LOVE, Vanessa KiKi Johanning & Bonnie Lynn Loduha! Boho or Bohemian means having informal and unconventional social habits, and may just be another way of saying: Come as you are. 

Space will be limited to 40 people and you can inquire further by emailing Vanessa at Bepoztv@mac.com

Speaking of “Come as you are,” newborn babes know how to do this well! (Here is my new lamb bundle great niece, Elin, who I had the great honor and pure bliss of meeting yesterday!)

All with love to you, and encouragement for the care of your most precious being xox

New spring art: Fan the Flame

By Rachel Awes on March 19, 2018

Through trauma & trial, one of the ways our resilience can wither is through the loss of imagination. As we become more conscious of this relationship, let’s embark together, deliberately fanning the flame once again and imagine new things. This new spring art print is available at http://rachelawes.etsy.com and is shared with all my love, as we walk alongside one another, into this next season of new promise. xox

Happy spring! 

New art is coming…

By Rachel Awes on March 12, 2018

Next week I’ll be releasing a new art print, to welcome in our season of spring! I’ll see you here March 19! With all my love! xox Rachel

Listening to you

By Rachel Awes on March 2, 2018

This inspiring artist is Danielle Doby:

Danielle Doby identifies herself as a author. artist. activist. and can be wonderfully found here:


if you would like your art/photography referencing listening here, please email me with 1-2 attachments, your links + short bio to rachelawes@gmail.com

Pillows in shop! (Extra February post!)

By Rachel Awes on February 19, 2018

New 14 X 14 decorative pillows are in shop! 

A bunny named Tulip, in 5 colorways:

(See all colors here: http://rachelawes.etsy.com)

& Affirmation pillows!

All with great comfort and love, xox Rachel

Pillow perusing here: PILLOWS


It’s a small world after all, plus some baking, bathrooming, spring, & cats!

By Rachel Awes on February 5, 2018

I love the reminder of what a small world we have, after all, with how deeply connected we each are. Someone bought a few art prints from me to give away to her friends, and got them in time before flying out to California to gift her first one, whose word of 2018 is to “Shine.” She sent me this photo the next day, saying, “You aren’t going to believe this!” along with this photo of “Molly,” who is a dear heart I met through another friend a couple years ago. Not only do I adore the reminder of our miraculous interconnected relationships, but also how soulful messages persist to find us, repeating their encouragement, “Shine, shine, shine.”

& speaking of shining…in the depths of this cold Minnesota winter, here are a few other things I’ve been up to, to warm up my heart, like baking this delicious Orange Cake!:

Orange cake 🍰
Add 1 t lemon extract and 1-3 oz packet lemon instant pudding and 3/4 cup orange juice and 4 eggs and 1/2 cup oil to yellow cake mix. YUM!!! (& simple powder sugar & vanilla & milk for icing)

& together, our family designed & had our old bathroom remodeled!

& in the land of Gudrun Sjoden, spring has sprung! you can find all kinds of delicious colorful garments and read interviews from some of the clothing ambassadors here: http://gudrunsjoden.com

And then I count my blessings for sweet moments, like this one, where I was over the meow-moon to be twinsies with my sweet veterinarian friend, Suzy, in our Gudrun Sjoden cat tunics‼️ She has the most tender heart and I am humbled to call her friend & bask in such a love bubble 💕 I think such moments speak to the little girl within, and I send much love to your inner child too!

Happy Valentines Day to all, with the spirit of embracing your every beat, your tears of joy & sorrow, all that you hold in the open & in secret, & with so much love always, xox Rachel

♥♥♥New spring artwork releasing in upcoming March 19 blog post♥♥♥

Listening to You

By Rachel Awes on February 2, 2018

This dear artist, Daniela Gargiulo, is a sister Gudrun Sjoden ambassador in the U.K!:

The pic above is Daniela wearing some glory from Gudrun’s new spring collection, and if that isn’t enough to be delighted by, she also makes her own dresses AND ukulele cases!:

Ivy Arch is the creative project of British artist-maker Daniela Gargiulo. A lifetime crafter, maker and fabric hoarder, the birth of her daughter gave her the opportunity to leave a career in publishing and launch her own craft label. Her handmade quilted ukulele cases and appliqué bags took the international ukulele playing community by storm and she made and sold over 100 of these in a 3 year period. In 2013 Daniela pledged to give up buying clothes for a year and embarked on sewing her own handmade wardrobe – and she hasn’t stopped sewing since!

One of Gudrun Sjödén’s colourful ambassadors, Daniela continues to make and create from her seaside home in Lancing, West Sussex, UK. She also works on local arts and heritage projects, and with her ukulele partner Harriet Booth runs L.U.V. Club – Lancing Village’s ukulele jam.




If you would like your art/photography referencing listening here, please email me with 1-2 attachments, your links + short bio to rachelawes@gmail.com

My dreams are coming with me & blog update

By Rachel Awes on January 8, 2018

Dear friends, Out of a sense of surrender to all that calls, and after more than 10 years of weekly blog posts, I am going to begin posting just once a month. Behind the blog scenes, I’ll be continuing to cook up a new art print once each season/quarter, engaging in Gudrun Sjoden ambassador adventures, writing my middle grade fiction book (it’s been a couple months since I’ve written, given holidays, unexpected care of my mom following her fall, some lovely and commotion-filled house construction, and other life stuff–which I know you can all relate to!) and additional spontaneous gallivanting–all of which I’ll share here in monthly love morsels! (I post more frequently on Facebook these days at: https://www.facebook.com/rachel.awes) ♥

Into 2018 we go together, with deliberate loving care for our dear lives ♥♥♥