Inspiration

Not all who wander are lost.

LouDog’s Cool Nomad Sandals….

Hey there Soul-Flower pal’s. It’s loudog reporting to you today on the great Two Tone Highland Sandals, made by Nomadic State of Mind. If you have been to any large music fest in the greater US of A you have probably encountered one or more of the nomadic state crew – they happily promote peace, love and good times. And they feel that if you insist on wearing shoes, you must try nomadic sandals.

So if you think they look cool, but wonder how they feel on your feet, they feel great! These shoes are very light weight. It’s literally like your walking on air or nothing at all. They are the best at festivals, the mall, walking the animals, around the house, right out of the shower or at the beach and in the water! Plus they float. How cool is that?

These shoes are made of the best poly pro rope material and made thoughtfully . Which makes them so soft and easy to care for. No matter how dirty you get playing in them, you can hand wash or machine wash them. I would suggest just setting them in the sun to dry. They are held together with glue, so no dryer. They run true to actual size, so if your a half size, you can round up to the next size. Anyplace I were mine I always get compliments. Remember as well, Nomadic means Wanderer so wander away. Thanks again Soul-Flower for bringing us another great product!

Your Bud Loudog

Stacey & Ricky Hit the Trails

Hey fellow Soul-flower Buds! Let me just start off by saying I have yet to purchase an item from Soul-flower that I was disappointed with and the Remember When…Tapestry Patchwork Backpack is no exception. I am absolutely in love with this backpack! The colors and designs vary somewhat, as the one I received is a bit different from the one pictured. However, it is just as beautiful! Besides, waiting to see exactly what mine would look like was half the fun and excitement! It has four different sized, zippered compartments on the outside and one small one on the inside. There is so much room in this bag! I have been carrying it around with me for a couple of weeks now and it’s holding up wonderfully. The hand-sewn fabrics are durable, but I don’t recommend carrying many books or other really heavy items in it. I have thrown my laptop in it a few times and so far, the weight of it seems to be fine.
The moment I laid eyes upon this bag, I knew it had my name written all over it. I love just about anything with patchwork and embroidery. I just wish I had owned this backpack last summer when I took my cross-country road trip. It would have been perfect. Traveling is one of my favorite things and I am really looking forward to taking this bag on lots of future trips with me. Hopefully it will accompany me on my vacation to Mexico and the Mayan Runes this summer.
Hiking is also something I really enjoy. From this point on, whenever my boyfriend and I hit the trails, you can expect to see me with the Tapestry Patchwork Backpack and him with The Wanderer Bag (which by the way, is also an excellent Soul-Flower item!) I am anxiously awaiting the warmer weather and the many adventures in store for me with my new backpack. Thank you Soul-Flower! You are and will continue to be my favorite store. ☮Peace.

Retro VW Bus & Patchworked Pants

It’s not often you find clothes to match the car you drive – in Trish’s case, that car is her recently purchased VW Bus. And those pants are the Soul Flower Retro Patch Pants – one of our latest additions for Spring. Each pair of pants is uniquely patched with a varitey of soft cotton jersey fabrics in funky prints & have a soft, lycra waist band. Comfort & coolness rolled into one. Just like a VW bus 🙂
Here is what Trish has to say: These patchworked pants were literally shouting my name! I have always been a huge fan of patch work and I loved all the bright, funky patterns and colors in these pants. Plus they match our new VW bus!

These pants are so comfortable. The soft knit design is not only superior in comfort but is also very flattering with the wide waistband and slight flare of the leg. These pants will definitely be a year-round staple for me on all my new adventures. If you’re all about comfort, and like being different; then you’ll love these pants. I know I do! Thanks Soul Flower!

A few of our favorite things…

We hope you can take part in finding your faves on soul-flower.com – we will even give away a favorite this week. Simply go to our facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/soulflower) and post a photo & link on our wall to your favorite fall product on our website. Be sure to include a little reason why it is a fave…then on November 4th we will pick a random person who will win their favorite item. So start checking out the site – in the meantime, here are a couple of our favorite fall things to inspire you.

Our first fave is this mosaic reversible skirt.

This skirt is so versitile, it is hard to know where to start…

Is it that it can be worn on either side, mosaic or black? Or possibly that you can turn down the top waistband to give it a sweet lowwaist banded look? Or how about the fact that you can roll it into a ball, throw it in your backpack & still wear it that night without a wrinkle in site? No matter how you look at this one, it is a must have for this season & beyond.

Click here to check it out.

And now our second fave, the Big Easy Tie Top.

This top is soooo soft & fun to wear. The artwork is intricate and so beautiful…when we designed this one we really struggled to name it so that y’all could tell how cool the artwork is. There is so much to see in it, it has a graffiti quality to it with a big of hieroglyphic Egyptian coolness plus the N’Awlins voodoo funkiness…maybe it is just one of those you have to see (AND FEEL) in person. So number two is the big ez tie top.

Click here to check this one out.
Trying to pick just one is the hardest part, right? So just jump on soul-flower.com, do a little window shopping & let us know your fave. That’s it, then you will have a chance to win on 11.4.09.

Blissful Pictures

Hey Hey Buds, We have received so many great entries for the blog contest, we just want to share a few of our favorites here. Thanks so much for the great stories & the fabulous pictures (especially those kiddles). We are here because of you & just love the vibe of all these photos. Our winner will be announced tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures:


Meet Lucy, the grandaughter of our bud Gloria. She is wearing her gauza dress, looking out “at all the wonderful sites that await her to discover”.

This is Nolan, right after his mama voted for the 2009 election. He is sporting his not too young for peace shirt. (along with his I voted sticker).


Not all our pictures we received were of kids, some were of our buds too – here is on on Jam Cruise. Wearing the Kingston Roots tee.

From Glen –
“Here is a pic of me in your pants … hmm that didn’t come out right !!
Peace and Love
Glen”

Adorable Siena twirling in our twirler skirt. This was one of our favorite skirts we carried….and so cute on her.

And here is our bud Kim at Hueco Tanks State Park in El Paso, TX.
I will post more pictures & announce our blog winner tomorrow.

Follow Your Bliss

Are you hitting the road for a festy or two this season? Do you have your soul flower threads packed & ready to go? We are so glad you are taking us along. But also be sure to bring your camera & join in our brand spanking new blog contest.

We want more of our buds’ smilin’ faces on our website. Wearing Soul Flower threads. So, email us a photo of you in your kindest of threads, along with a story of the photo, and you can win a $50 gift certificate. We will publish the winning story & photo right here on our blog in June. Be sure to get us those pics by June 18th & we will inform you via email if you win. We are going to add to our collage of customers using all the entries. Check out our current images here: http://www.soul-flower.com/feedback.htm. Now email your photos & stories to peggy@soul-flower.com.

Three Songs

Hi friends –
It’s 3:30am and it’s the crickets and me that appear to be the only ones up right now. I really don’t mind, it’s a great time to let the thoughts just pass through my head. However, there’s this one thought that just won’t let, go so here I am writing…

Being in an introspective mood, this idea came to mind to try and define myself via music. Specifically, if you could pick three songs that define who you are what would they be? I’d imagine that over the course of several years the songs would change as your circumstances in life change – but wouldn’t it be insightful if you could keep a list that from time to time you could go back and reflect on?

So, here I go – if you feel like sharing your list feel free – this is an exercise that hopefully will bring you closer to who you are – a reflection in the mirror type thing. Anyways, here’s my list:

Song #1 is Bruce Cockburn’s Wondering Where the Lions Are. This song has always puts me in a good mood and it’s always had this sort of spiritual, uplifting, the world can’t get me down kind of message that I think is great. This song has been on my list all along and I don’t really see that changing.
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Song #2 is John Lennon’s Watching the Wheels:
This song is a reminder to me to live my life the way I see fit, and not get caught up with what others are thinking. I need to be reminded from time to time – we’re not hamsters on a wheel or cogs in a machine. Jump off, reflect, take a break, blaze a trail, just be…

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The third song is Bob Dylan’s It’s Alright Ma (I’m only Bleeding). To me, this is probably the yang to Bruce Cocburn’s Wondering Where the Lions Are. There’s as much darkness as there is light (in this world) – it’s how we choose to deal with it that defines us. Not everything in this song I relate to – but to me it’s like Nirvana’s Teen Spirit. It’s angst, rage, cynicism – but it’s also saying hey, I’m going to be okay.
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So, there you have it – probably know more about me now than you care to but that’s where I’m at right now. ‘It’s alright ma – I can make it!’
Peace and positive vibes to you all. I can’t believe it – I just finished this at 4:20 – some things never change I guess.


-Mike

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