:::NOW CLOSED::: GIVEAWAY — Let ‘er buck!

Thanks to you all for your WONDERFUL contributions to this giveaway.  I’ll be pulling reading recommendations from this comment section for months to come, you should too.  I wish I could have offered 217 of these horse prints to give away but the one print I have to give has been won by Barb Stellmach — original comment #42.

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Thanks to you all for being here, as always.



IMG_5492elk goodIMG_3756IMG_3775 IMG_3782 IMG_3752I thought you kiddos could use a little pick-me-up this week so I’m doing a giveaway here.  I shot one of my favorite photographs of 2013 while I was out pheasant hunting with Robert in autumn.  It’s a shot of five horses loping away from where I was standing with my camera in a ditch on an Idaho backroad that took us to somewhere beautiful; the buckskin in the middle of the frame is frozen, mid-buck.  Sweet!   It’s not a technically perfect photograph, in fact, it’s a bit front focused for my liking, but I like it for the feel of it, for the freedom of it, for the symbolism, for the memory of that day when I was out with my man and our dogs, fall was fading into winter, the wind was bitter cold and we were having a delightful time gunning for dinner.

I loved that day.

I love this picture.

I’ve had it printed up on the highest quality metallic Kodak paper and mounted on a gorgeous wooden block — it has a lovely shimmer to it that you are going to seriously appreciate.  Minimal.  Classy.  Dare I say…modern?  It’s lovely and it is TINY.  It looks great on its own and wonderful if you have a cluster wall somewhere in your home.  This print measures about 2.5×3.5 inches and comes equipped to hang (there’s a hole on the flip side that makes things real easy).

As always, I do giveaways because I appreciate you being here.  There’s no need to tweet, pin, FB, insta or WHATEVER you crazy social networkers get up to on a regular basis!  All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on the end of this blog post with your email address.  Say whatever you want.  Come to think of it, I need some new reading material, give me a title or two if you can think of one.  If you win, I’ll hunt you down (in an un-creepy way).  Also, I should mention that this giveaway is mainly for this wee horse print but I always send out a bevy of goodies in my winner packages so prepare for some of my homemade organic Methow Valley peach lavender jam,  maybe some earrings and some other goodies, to boot.  If you fear entering this giveaway may be a waste of your precious time because you live in Zimbabwe, fear not, I will be glad to ship this magnificent prize anywhere in the world.

I’ll leave this post open for a few days before I draw a name.




  1. the joy of kicking up one’s hooves….
    love that photo.

  2. The signature of all things by elizabeth gilbert is a great read…i’d love to have the photograph on my wall! Beautiful photograph!

  3. That’s an awesome idea – the metallic paper and mounting, I mean!

    Hmmmm titles… Right now I’m reading The Luminaries, which is set in NZ (I seem to remember reading somewhere on your blog that you and Rob spent some time there). It’s a tangled tale and a little bit dense, but I have a feeling I’m going to like it.

  4. “We the Animals” by Justin Torres. It’s about young boys wild as mustangs. Also, you may have read everything by Craig Childs, if not, start with “The Secret Knowledge of Water”. It’ll take you right back to the desert.

  5. What a gorgeous photo! The feel of it is so lively and joyful; kind of like we’re all feeling now that spring has peeked out from the shadows!

  6. It IS modern!! And so delightfully unexpected. Love it.

    Books–anything written by Tim Winton (I think I may have actually sent you one!) or Joy Dettman. You can’t find Dettman in stores here, but you can on Amazon. Both amazing Aussie writers 😀

    Sending you love (and thanks for the laughter!)

  7. Christina says:

    Love,love,love what you do from top to bottom. Always bummed when I miss out on an amazing piece such as my favorite ,those trout rings. Always keeping an eye out for another one! And the best moments are never really perfect so why should the best photos be?

  8. Good golly! YEEHAW! Oh how I want that baby up on my wall!! Okay, I have a few – Dream Work by Mary Oliver. A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman, and for some good young adult…Tender Morsel by Margo Lanagan.

    I think you have my email! XO

  9. oops.
    forgot to add a book title.
    “cold”….bill streever.

  10. I could use a reminder to kick up my heels a bit more often. Thanks for the chance, lady. In a bit of a reading lull here. Thinking about the next Amelia Peabody story for a quick fun trip. Oh and the third of the Wildwood series and some Madeleine L’Engle. Some hammock reading for the upcoming spring! Thank you for curating such beauty in the space. I am ever grateful for it.

  11. Yay

    • Whoa. My entire rambling response disappeared so I’ll keep it simple- The Signature of All Things!! Thank you!! Xo

  12. Clair Nordine says:

    My husband actually found your blog for me while he was looking for a valentines day present:) i’ve been hooked ever since! i love love love the horse print. i grew up with them in SD (now in the PNW), but still have many fond memories of long rides through the Black Hills with my momma. Which is who this gift would be for. She’s obsessed with her horses and recently just had to sell her favorite boy, Jack because he was a bucker and couldn’t be trusted with her grandkids. Anyways, i just started reading Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Also, just got word that The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is available for me to pick up at the library. Sorry, this is too long…Love your blog!

  13. The wilderness inte the photo reminds me of all that beatiful things that we have around us…sometimes we just need a little reminder 🙂

    “The elegance og the hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery

  14. “Rain of Gold” by Victor Villasenor. It is a story about the author’s parents growing up in Mexico, how they moved to the US during the revolutionary war and eventually meet and get married. The women in the story are incredibly strong and intuitive characters.

  15. Oh, I love that picture and instantly thought of exactly where I would put it. I have a photo of Grandmother and Grandfather’s wheat field in that lovely light that would make a beautiful contrasting partner to that spirited horse.

  16. Dear You,

    Thank You for Your freely flowing words and pictures that capture souls.
    Hugs and warmth,

  17. It’s beautiful print! I really adore it:) About the book, i am reading lately The Book of Legendary Lands by Umberto Eco:) Sending some love from Poland! Xo

  18. You are an inspiration. So is Light Boxes by Shane Jones

  19. We’ve never met but you’re one of my favorite people…keep living and documenting the dream (that is your life). And I hope you’re writing your book. 🙂 Have you ever heard of Shreve Stockton from dailycoyote.com and/or honeyrockdawn.com? If not, you should check her blogs out. For some reason, I feel like you two would be fast friends. Another reason I mention her is because she had an interesting approach to writing/publishing a book…it’s comprised of all her blog entries. It’s a lovely read entitled The Daily Coyote and I think you will enjoy it! Jillian you’re a gem.

  20. Napakettu says:

    (Im really sorry about my writing errors, english is not my first language)
    I’ve been following your blog some years now and i have to say there is no words to say what it means to me. I have a dream. A very big dream when you look it from here. Im living in Scandinavia, up north in the middle of fjells in Finnish Lapland. My dream is overthere where you stand. I hope that one day i have a chance to see the amazing nature in your country. Mountains and deserts.
    I love your country even ive never been there and might never have a chance to see it.
    Im building a logcabin deep in souther woods of finland, where my roots are. Everything there is old, renewed and hand made. Everything has a meaning and a piece of history of my life.i’ve beeb trying to find a piece of map to hang on my tiny wall. A map of Alaska or Rocky Mountains ir whatever mountain. A map to look at and keep on dreaming.
    Only things i have from America is a silver ring shaped as a saddle and a horse from Kentucky.my sister bought that ring for me on her 2month road trip in the States.
    And a horse. The horse is love of my life. First time i saw him i fell in love. Horse was stressed out, mad, wild trotting horse that no one could handle. Year after i first saw him the owner asked me do i still want him. I said yes and we have gad amazing time together. He was not a trotter, he is a wanderer just like me. We are learning western horse riding together and he is born to do it.we dont have prairies in Finland but we have our imagination and big fields. He has seen the place i was born and raised and id love to see where he was born in Kentucky.
    im living my life here with my dogs, cats and horses, wandering around Scandinavia and in the sama time living my dream through your blog and pictures. I want to thank you for giving me that possibility and i really do love your life.

    point of my story here is that im jelous for that person who is going to win your photo.
    (It would be perfect for my cabin. Horses, mountains, prairie)

    I love your blog. You are amazing!

    • your comment/your story made my heart swell….I have my fingers crossed for you, napakettu..

    • nathalie carles says:

      Lovely post Napakettu, I live in the western part of Canada and I would be very pleased to send you a map of the Rockies or even find one of Alaska for you!!!!
      I would love to win that photograph but boy, you deserve it!!!!

    • nathalie carles says:

      This site is always a dream…and that photograph!!!!
      The nice post of Napakettu (and all the others) proves it!!!!
      That photograph just looks like you and your site and your way of living and your free spirit, the horse kicking meaning that you are also strong minded and don’t let anybody get in your way.
      I love it.
      Very beautiful.
      So many books…I read in french mainly…but this photograph makes me think of the work of Tony Hillerman. Great author.

    • Roberta Malkiewicz says:

      I want to say you have expressed yourself just fine and your dream has so touched my heart.
      I do not know if Jillian picked a winner, but if I win the photo, I will send it to you.
      We will wait and see.

  21. “funeral for a dog” by thomas pletzinger is one of my favorite books in the world. for me it’s not so much about the story but about the way the story is told.

  22. Dear Jillian it’s good to see you back here!
    oh this picture!
    just seems to tell us: hey do you hear this sound, do you hear this music, it’s fredom yiiiha! maybe the technic is not perfect but who cares, not me, cause something get throught it. i can hear the sound of the hoofs stamping the ground, i can feel there heart beats and the pleasure to feel the wind in there nostrils.
    Thanks again for what you share here.
    Actually i’m reading differents Indians’ texts gathered together by T.C McLuhan, it’s called in french: ” Pieds nus sur la terre sacrée”. no word for it, just feel it!
    Love AL

  23. I would love to win this picture! I love it’s momentum; I love that it captures a moment and that moment’s spirit…..books – anything by Andrew Greig. I think your descriptions of your life make me think you would appreciate a) his beautiful and spare prose and b) his sincere attachment and characters’ attachment to Scotland (my home country too). He is just the most fantastic, beautiful and thoughtful writer! He is also (and primarily I believe) a poet (and his poetry is wonderful too), and I think you can really tell when you read his books. Not flowery in any way, you just feel that each word is there deliberately and with care.

  24. I just read Wild by Cheryl Strayed…For the second time in six months. Her humor and honesty make me snort out loud in bed, and then seconds later I have tears in my eyes from some beautiful string of sentences that came from a place that feels strangely like it could have been inside my head. I’m you’ve probably read it already, if not it’s a beautiful addition to the shelf 🙂 Thanks for the chance to claim a Plume package, Aloha…

  25. The feel of it – how fantastic, I like these words alone. Plus the photograph, your words, your generousitiy.

    Not sure what sort of reads you’d like. But I’m currently reading (for the forth time I think) Astrid Lindgrens parents love story, the only book she wrote for adults. But I can’t find out if there’s an english version. If not, have you read her “Ronia, the robber’s daughter” or ” The brothers Lionheart”. The latter includes horses which might just match…

    Love, AnKa.


  26. Sweet! That image should be titled Freedom … I love it. Thank you for the chance to win 🙂

    I’m reading Gossip from the Forest, a book about the connection between the deep woods and fairy tales. Non fiction, but with inbuilt fables … might just be your kind of thing.

  27. Charlene says:

    What a stunning photo! I recently read “The Consolations Of The Forest: Alone In A Cabin On The Siberian Taiga”. The author wrote beautifully (for me, achingly) about living in a remote cabin alone for six months. He encourages everyone to meditate on the live of one in retreat, and it is the most gorgeous, visceral, and moving book I have read in a long time.

    Thanks for all the beauty you put out into the world!

  28. ooh, what a great way to display photos, and as always, stunning photos.
    Reading: Barren, Wild and Worthless by Susan J. Tweit
    Listening to: Lake Street Dive

    happy day, it’s snowing!

  29. Danièle says:

    Hi Jillian,

    great snapshot!

    Here some of my favorite books which might please you:
    “The Dark Side of Love” and “The Calligrapher’s Secret” both by Rafik Schami
    “The Timetraveller’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger
    “The Art of Arts” by Anita Albus
    “The Yacoubian Building” by Alaa Al Aswany


    Have a great day!
    Cheers from Europe

  30. Hi Jillian!!
    Awesome kick!! The metaphors are billowing in my mind…ah, to hang this in an office where you have to work everyday, make that a cubicle- could be very funny! I love it!!

    I’ve been reading and want to finish for some perverse reason, The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic- but, it’s bringing me down and I’m ready to go back to Wild even though she’s going through heavy stuff right now (I like to read two books at once.) I did read Composed and found it compelling- she had moments of pure brilliance among the everyday life circumstances we can all face- worth the read!! eweigand@vt.edu xoxo

  31. At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill is incredible and heartbreaking.

    Lovely photo! I hope no horse will ever buck with me on him. I would definitely fly through the air.

  32. Holly Hood says:

    Oh how I miss the freedom of the west here in VA.

    Just want to say thank you so much for your blog, it has given me
    such inspiration. Living in VA and
    pining for the mtns of the west you brighten my day. Thanks

  33. uummm, so many, but you may like gwen roland’s memoir “atchafalaya houseboat: my years in a louisiana swamp” and “the last unicorn” by peter s beagle…. 😉

  34. Love your photos. I recommend Late nights on air by Elizabeth Hay.

  35. your photos are so very beautiful! that last batch from your vacation was stunning, such vivid colors. and then these gorgeous horses, in their gorgeous environment! one day I’d love to own something of yours, I’ve wanted an article of jewelry of yours for 2+ years but so far my income hasn’t allowed it. I’m infatuated with the perfectly round-gemmed greenish ring among the many others on your hand in your last post, what stone is that may I ask?? thank you for the time, best wishes as always with your adventures!

  36. Well, I haven’t had much time for reading lately, with a wiggly baby to occupy my hands and eyes. But my ears are often free, so I listen to podcasts. My favourite is Professor Blastoff- they are three comedians who chat about things they’re interested in (but have no expertise in) like science, environment, religion, psychology. Always funny, sometimes informative, like the hooligans that sit at the back of the class. Love it.
    Thanks for the beautiful words and stunning photographs. Reading your posts are always a highlight of my blog-reading! We should all be sending YOU goodies! If you’d be comfortable sharing your address with me, I’d be happy to pop a little something in the mail for you!

  37. Love this giveaway! Love your soul, as always. I was actually thinking about you last night (in an uncreepy way) and was wondering how a person who loves a person whom she has never met and may not even know about is kind of extraordinary and magical! So thank you for your extraordinary magical-ness!!

    As for books, I recently discovered David Abram… his writings about nature are truly inspirational… I also agree about Liz Gilberts new book, I know you like her and actually let me send you an autographed copy?!

  38. Your photo makes me smile – I still miss my TB boy….

    I know I mentioned previously this book: The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna (I’m mentioning it again in case you are like me and note it down somewhere safe…. only to forget where that safe place is!). I also read in Jan.: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov – I loved this book and it is a classic that stands the test of time (unlike others that you might read “because it will be good for you”! I also enjoyed The Emperor of Paris by C. S. Richardson. And finally (because I could go on at length), I’m enjoying the series by Alan Bradley (a Canadian!).

  39. What fun!

    My reading lately has been either business (boring ones lately too!) or spiritual- the Garden series (Garden of Emuna, Garden of Wisdom, Garden of Gratitude, etc…) by Rabbi Shalom Arush translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody is amazing and life changing.

  40. I’m a horse gal myself…love 🙂

  41. Well, I thought about this awhile before posting and realized that while reading was my favorite thing to do years ago, it has been too long since I truly focused on a book. Reading everyone’s suggestions has just be so inspiring! Of course I want to be selected for the give-away like everyone here, but the book-list I now have is worth gold! With gratitude all!

    • I feel the same way too!….thank you everyone for sharing your literary favorites!…..gonna be hard to come up for air with this fabulous reading list! Namaste

  42. I recently read all of Tana French’s novels and I think “The Likeness” was my favorite if I had to pick.

    Lovely little picture (as always)! And those rings…classic Plumage I can’t wait to see in the shop!

  43. my horse obsessed little girl would be SO thrilled if this photo were to fall into my hands. we shall see if it’s meant to be. thanks jillian for the awesome giveaway!!

  44. I love the picture! As far as reading, I know you’ve read Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” books, and I’m sure you know the new one is coming out June 10th “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood”). Did you know that Starz is currently filming a series (in Scotland and DG is involved) based on the books? I don’t have TV but I am going to join a friend who does. It’s very exciting!

  45. Those horses are beautiful! I would of course love to hang them on my wall, perhaps next to a little Icelandic landscape and a pencil drawing of the house I was born in by my mom. But honestly, I have to say I kind of just hope that Napakettu would win 😉 Her entry is very touching.

    Your life seems so beautiful, like a work of art, I’m so impressed with what you share and how you look at your world. Thank you for letting us all peek in. It’s a dose of adventure, of beauty, of giddiness and calm into my day to look at your posts. It is my hope that some day on our travels our paths might cross, though I have a feeling that you’re the kind of person that I can’t even speak to from being so awed and because I become shy and awkward when I feel like I should impress someone. You’re impressive, you see, even from a distance that much is obvious 😉

    The first book that came to my mind, to recommend, is by a local woman of much talent and impressiveness that I think you would really enjoy. It’s called “A Sudden Country”.
    Also Annie Proulx, especially “Wyonming Stories” and “The Shipping News”, “The Golden Spruce” which is hands down the best non-fiction book I’ve ever read, “The Summmer Book” by Tove Jansson and every gal should read “Women Who Run With Wolves” if you haven’t already.

    Hope that helps, happy spring,

  46. Elizabeth Waggoner says:

    Love the little picture. Love the way horses will just take off- sometimes I think, just for the pleasure of the run, especially before the snow comes and they start conserving energy! You’re very gracious with this give-away – thank you so much.
    I have to laugh about reading material. I have nothing spiritual or educational or uplifting to offer at all! I’ve been reading for pure mindless pleasure this winter and have gotten caught up in Craig Johnson’s “Longmire” mysteries. Couldn’t help it – a modern day Wyoming sheriff! LOLOL. I think there are 9 of them now. Fast reads, very enjoyable!

  47. I always love coming here. So grateful for all you share!

  48. I’d love to have a reflection of your spirit hanging in my home!
    Recently finished The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin… it might be right up your alley!
    Thanks for the great giveaway … xo

  49. Hi There,

    Super cute photo, love tiny art!

    I confess I haven’t been making much time for reading these days. I’m about halfway through A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but haven’t picked it up in over a month. 🙁

    As for a recommendation, I read a rather peculiar little book a few years ago that you might enjoy. It’s called Observatory Mansions, by Edward Carey, http://www.amazon.com/Observatory-Mansions-Novel-Edward-Carey/dp/0375709231/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394719846&sr=1-1&keywords=observatory+mansions

    My all time favorite books are The Awakening by Kate Chopin, and The Sound and The Fury, by Faulkner.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. What a lovely photo, brings a smile to my face
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  51. Why hello there. How lovely! I just finished ‘The Snow Child’ by Eowyn Ivey. Love, love, loved it!

  52. HOWDY. Love horses. Love the wild places. Love your photos. Here’s an oldie but a goody that I recently re-read – The Thorn Birds. If you haven’t read it I recommend. It’s set in Australia..mostly on a sheep station. FORBIDDEN Love. Betrayal. Conniving. Spanning generations. Epic. Another book that’s a quick read (actually a young adult’s book) is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. About a young boy who survives a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness and his adventure in surviving. A favorite of mine from youth. And Ishmael by Daniel Quinn – a philosophical work of fiction about our civilization and the way it interacts with mother earth. Good Day Jillian. Be well.

  53. Sadly, I haven’t read a book since December, but two that I read last year and enjoyed were Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson and Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Also, My Dear I Wanted To Tell You by Louisa Young is very good.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  54. warmest greetings, and much love from the snowy northeast!
    “The Blue Fox” by brilliant Icelandic writer Sjon is an amazing book that i know you would love……..always happy to get a glimpse into your lovely world here, plume…….xoxo dina

  55. Yoohoo! I’d be so happy to have your gorgeous little print hanging up on one of my walls! Thanks so much for the chance, Jillian 🙂
    I just finished reading yesterday ‘Come, thou tortoise’ by a sister Canadian, Jessica Grant – I absolutely loved it!
    Merci encore bella XX

  56. I am reading Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks right now. Its set in Eastern Montana where a young archeologist works her way deep into a canyon searching for evidence that the place is sacred to tribal communities. A dam project threatens to fill the canyon and flood its spiritual and historical value. An amazing read!
    xo from the northwest corner of MT

  57. The photograph is really wonderful! The horses are really one with themselves and the world.
    Some books I think you would like: Riverwalking, The Pine Island Paradox, and Wild Comfort by Kathleen Dean Moore. Also The Gift of the Deer by Helen Hoover and Mean and Lowly Things by Kate Jackson.

  58. This is so beautiful, as always! Would LOVE this hanging in my baby boy’s room!

  59. Love this photo- I just got back into horse riding- I learned English and have been riding Western- I’m hooked!
    A fun, fast read is The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball. It’s about a girl who grew up in NYC and falls in love with a farmer and starts up a Whole Diet CSA with him in northern NY. They farm with draft horses.
    Can’t wait for your Etsy shop to re-open tomorrow…I’m hoping to score a ring!!!!

  60. I have the perfect wall to hang this little beauty, next to a black and white photo of my late Grandmas Mare Serena with her foal Duke, and a wooden sign of my Grandparents that says ‘Patterson Foxtrotters’

    I love that you had it put on a wooden block.

    Books! Peace like a river, by Leif Enger, I’m also reading one by him titled So brave, young and handsome.

  61. You’ve captured joy in that photo – I love it! Thanks for the chance to win such a grand work of art. My book recommendation is: Letters From Yellowstone by Diane Smith.


  62. I’m currently reading Promiscuities By Naomi Wolf
    Love the picture

  63. I just love photos that have a little action!
    Someone else mentioned it above, but I really enjoyed “The Goldfinch”

  64. I love the sass of that buck. I am taking a break from devouring the Phryne fisher mysteries to re-read “when women were birds” by terry tempest Williams.

  65. Love the horses…these horses, all horses! “Mutant Message from Down Under” by Marlo Morgan and “The Road from Coorain” by Jill Ker Conway are both wonderful.

  66. Jessica Gayton says:

    Oh, horses… how I’ve always loved them. Speaking of, try The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans. The book has a different ending than the movie! He also wrote Smokejumpers, something I’m sure you’ll find interesting! I love all your blue, wintery pictures. Something I don’t see a lot of here in the Caribbean!

    xoxo Jessica

  67. This picture reminds me that there are still wild and free places in our world. Thanks for sharing it 🙂
    I don’t read much in my free time; but when I do, it’s usually something by Neil Gaiman.

  68. i just finished “the circle” by dave eggers. easy read, but a little frightening with the now-ness of the all knowing internet taking over the world. i also have mark helprin’s newest on my stand as well as elizabeth gilbert’s newest. i shall report back on these. xxxooo

  69. Dear Jill-girl, glad to pop over on your blog and see your new happenings! It’s a beautiful photo you took, and I’m very happy that you had such a wonderful day last year.

    It’s the Year of the Horse around these parts, and that’s my year! *smiles* I’d love to win this giveaway on that sentiment. I’m very much a sentimental child, and I’ve got little notes and postcards and mementos strewed all around my rooms. A mini disaster, an explosion of color, but I love it. I’d be very honored to stow this little guy on my bookshelf or on top of my desk or near my dresser. But anyhoo, it’d be just a lovely addition to anyone’s household, so gratitude, my sister, for thinking of your friends over the net.

    My bedside table and bookshelves and booklists are all just overflowing. Currently, I’m trying to have a go on my Classics section, especially Ms. Jane Austen’s works. By the way, if you’re up for a movie, Austenland (hence me going at Austen’s works) is a wonderful, wonderful, so lovely, revamped 90s style romantic comedy with actually laugh out loud moments. As far as a book that I think you will personally love, The Curve of Time by Wylie Blanchet. A classic travels book documenting her journeys in BC. I have not read it, but when I heard of it, I definitely thought of you.


  70. Noisy Plume!!!

    My sister and I just finished “The Snow Child” by eowyn ivey and we loved it. So magical and beautiful! I think you would totally be into it.

    Also, I’ll be turning thirty in a month and the theme of the party is “Buckalicious” (themed after a mural in Omak, WA) we are taking a girls road trip over to Montana to celebrate so this buckin’ picture totally aligns!

    Love to you!

  71. i absolutely LOVE how the global community gathers when you host a giveaway! the stories people share are uplifting, inspiring, and heartwarming… and i appreciate the book recommendations immensely. had to laugh at Kate’s hope that a horse never bucks with her or she’d go flying– ha ha, been there done that, and while i don’t remember the “flying” last fall i do indeed recall the landing and breaking into many pieces, thankfully all of which have mended and i’m ready to go out and get back in that saddle again! it is also delightful to hear people express a desire for someone other than themselves to win– i feel a decided perspective shift when i read the stories of others, and i love that.
    as for books, 2014 is my year to read the classics and i dearly love Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. i adore Virginia Woolf’s Moments of Being and am on a quest for more of my own moments of such, and as far as more recent novels Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog was a true pleaser!
    thanks for such a pleasant start to my day– it’s going to be a beautiful one!!

  72. I would participate … the last book I read and loved was:! Walden, life in the forests of Thoreau (guess I’ve read) and I am very excited about the work of Whitman Wal … now I’m reading “nimbly” Estanislao Bachrach on creativity …. good luck to all 🙂

  73. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Plum & Jaggers by Susan Richards Shreve

  74. If you’re in to cook books and entertaining, I’ve been reading a beautiful book called Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining by bill Staley and Hayley Mason. 🙂
    XO- Beth

  75. Hello, darling. What a lovely giveaway!

    Good books these days: The Rise (about creativity, failure, & mastery), The Kindness of Solitude (Yiyun Li’s new novel).


  76. I don’t usually enter contests but I love this tiny picture so much!!
    Thank you so much Jillian for the chance:)


  77. Mashed potatoes says:

    PLoomie-It’s sooooo beautiful!
    Crossing my fingers… Lucky BD 13. Right?!
    Kisses and hugs. Miss ya!

  78. What free wheeling beauties!
    Thank you, as always, for the lookers!

  79. You are a delight and your blog/IG is a bright spot in my day. You’ve probably read it, but Kerouac’s “The Dharma Bums” is as delightful as your blog. I also really love Laurie Colwin, either her books about food or the novels.

  80. Hmmmm..book recommendations. Have you ever read Half Asleep In Frog Pajamas, by Tom Robbins? It’s a fun quick read. Or perhaps, Shop Class as Soulcraft, by Matthew Crawford? I think you would enjoy it!

  81. I’m just finishing The Orenda, and it’s fantastic, as are all of Joseph Boyden’s books. If you’re into dystopia, I loved Margaret Atwoods The Year of the Flood, and the others in the trilogy. (Why yes, I am Canadian.) One of my favourite books ever is Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver. I just finished Settlers of the Marsh, by Frederick Grove, and it was full of quiet beauty. And another fave from a long time ago–The Fifth Sacred Thing, by Starhawk.

  82. Wow,love the picture of the horses you took. It reminded me of the wild horses I saw at Mormon Lake, AZ last year, while attending the Herbal Resurgence Conference. Made me want to leave my cubie and do a road trip. Sigh. Oh, yes I better stop daydreaming. Since attending the herb conference last Sept, I have been reading books on herbs. The book I am currently reading is Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman. Going to practice working on herbal remedies this weekend. During the Holidays I read Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis. Talk about being grateful for the blessings we have. Katie leaves TN at 18 and adopts 13 Ugandan orphans. Awe inspiring book. Happy reading to you.

  83. “Perdido Street Station” by China Mieville is on of my all time favorites. I love your photography! I found your Flikr today and fell in love. You remind me of someone from my past, keep doing what you’re doing, it’s amazing.

  84. Count me in! Your giveaways always sound so lovely 🙂

    I’ve been rereading “the consolation of philosophy” by boethius, which is probably my favourite book of all time.

  85. Love it! Need it! Have you read The Circle by Dave Eggers? Much food for thought.

  86. well absolutely, count me in, and a new email is mona.shahgholi@gmail.com altho the old one works. I am reading “the physics of consciousness: and “Madeleine Albright”, Peach jam made my mouth water. Thank you for the giveaway and everything else in between. xx

  87. I love this space you have created for us to come, to meet, all of us from near and far, to take a moment out of our lives and bask in beauty and community. Thank you Jillian, you give me faith that you can in fact, live the life you’ve imagined.



  88. Three of my favorites…”Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History”, “Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul” (a must if you love Chicago or read “The Devil in the White City”), and “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”. Perfect giveaway, I need some suggestions myself…thanks! The oldie “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” is the next on my list.

    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

  89. Maegan Sara Reid says:

    Love the shot Jil! As always your blog inspires me! I get to live the change of season vicariously through you and I appreciate it more than you will ever know. 🙂 thanks

  90. No to long ago I read a book called “turn of mind”. It was a staff pick at my local book store and it was wonderful! The book is am easy read about a woman who is suffering with dementia and becomes a suspect in her best friends murder. It was very interesting to read from the perspective of someone who often times doesn’t even recognize her own children let alone the police and her deceased friend. Very cool read check it out! The photo is lovely as well! Love stopping in and seeing all of your pretty pictures!

  91. Beautiful, beautiful picture. Lately I have following my kiddos reading, so lots of non-fiction about owls, Siberian Tigers and greek myths. I long for the next installment of the Harry Dresden saga.

  92. Showing a lot of wild spirit, much like yours. The Spell of the Sensuous – I think you’ll love it if you don’t already. Love from wild Sweden.

  93. Kokie Larson says:

    I loved this picture from the moment I first saw it. I loved it for me, but I also loved it for a girlfriend. She has a love of all things (especially horses) that inspires me to look for the good in the world-even when things start to buck. This giveaway is splendid for all of those reasons and more! As always, thank you for the chance to win! Now for the books! I am *slowly* savoring the Song of Fire and Ice series. I’ve also found myself picking up a few smaller books here and there The House on Mango Street was a short imaginative read that made me want to write about everyone I see! I’m working my way through Laurie R. King’s series about Sherlock Holmes female protege. The first book is The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and they’re short-ish intriguing books.

  94. Hi Jillian. 🙂
    Are you familiar with the work of Gary Snyder?
    THE PRACTICE OF THE WILD is a great book. Other titles are: THE REAL WORK, THE ETIQUETTE OF FREEDOM, there are a few out there. If you would like to read his poetry, you could read NO NATURE, NEW AND SELECTED POEMS.
    At the moment I am re-visiting the book I AM THAT, by NISARGADATTA. It always blows me away. But in a verrrry different way than Gary Snyder’s work. Nisargadatta is not a cup of tea for everyone, but it’s a brew that suits me perfectly. 😉 I recommend it with a warning label.
    Lots of love to you!

  95. Love the picture that you are giving away! I am also glad you asked for book recommendations. I read through the comments so far and added three to my list. I am just starting Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish For. It is the latest in his Clifton Chronicles and if you love a good saga, this is a good series.

  96. Oh gosh! I love it!
    So… one of my favorite books ever is by Louis L’Amour – ‘Last of the Breed’. My dad treated me like a boy, so I grew up loving Louie L’Amour and the Tarzan series (and shooting guns and arrows).
    Also, I love ‘Redeeming Love’ by Francine Rivers. I’m not a huge romance fan, but this book was her statement of faith. It is a retelling of the book of Hosea, and is just incredibly beautiful and unbelievable in showing us that God truly always wants to restore and redeem us – no matter our past.

  97. You could always read my blog… http://www.theroadtoshangrilala.blogspot.com
    or one of my favorite books if you haven’t already : The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver; Love in the Time of Cholera (read this one slowly and savor every word), by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Deep Gratitude,

  98. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a good one. It’s supposedly written to be ‘teen-fiction’ but everyone I have encountered who is a fan is at least 22. It’s pretty great. I’m a docu-junkie and love books about food, so I’m going to also recommend Hungry for Change. Rock your worldveiw, whaddup.


  99. Hi Jillian,
    Thanks for doing a giveaway – it’s a lovely picture. I just read ‘The Earth Hums in B Flat’ by Mari Strachan – I liked the cover as much as the story. This girl flies in her sleep – I think you could probably relate to her.

  100. so, i saw a real mountain for the first time ever last summer. my husband took me to the tetons (wyoming side) in july. oh. my. then to the sierras (mammoth lakes, ca by way of lone pine and bishop). so – now when i read your blog – i know what your pictures feel like in real life. your blog reminds me that i need to go to the mountains again. and that i would love to live in them some day! (possible blog post – what if i had never seen mountains until i was 33 years old). anyway – i love the horse photograph – partly for the horses – partly for the mountains in the background. i also love your writing and your pictures and your jewelry! thank you for sharing a bit of your life and the things you love here with us! and have a rockin’ awesome day!

  101. Ah Hah! I am not afraid!
    Love the petite scale of that photo!
    David Abram Becoming Animals
    david Abram The Spell of the Sensuous
    Anne Patchett Essays This is the Story of a HAppy Marriage


  102. As swoon* as a I saw this image i had a deep feeling about it being on the wall in my bathroom with my favorite necklace hanging under it….**love**

    sending you sunshine & laughter

  103. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg. Love also Haruki Murakami’s books. Enjoy!

  104. What a beautiful picture! Love the colors. You’re so generous.
    I always like the Father Brown mysteries by GK Chesterton. Recommended to me by someone I lost, so there’s always happy memories when I read them.

  105. Wow…that’s a beautiful picture!
    I’ve been loving anything by Gail Carriger lately. The Parasol Protectorate series is great, and I’m currently waiting on the next book for the Finishing School series to come out. Don’t let the title of the first book of the Parasol Protectorate series throw you off, it’s called Soulless. They are all lighthearted fantasy/steampunk type books, so it’s not something that would offend on a religious/spiritual level. 🙂
    I just happened to scroll up and see that someone recommended Haruki Murakami’s books. I’ll second that. I’ve been a fan of his for years.

  106. I love all of Mark Helprin’s books… you can’t go wrong in choosing one. Such a lovely photo! I hope i win 🙂

  107. Lovely little print! Such movement and grace… And it reminds me of my dearly beloved Wyoming. I’ve been reading a book called Quirk, by Hannah Holmes, about the biology of personality- really fascinating! She discusses all the studies done on the different facets of personality- mostly done on mice, and also what we know about how human personality and temperament from those same mousy studies. Very readable science. It’s kind of changing the way I see myself and those around me!
    I’m so glad you’re back- I missed you when you went away. A new blog post is prize enough, but a giveaway is a perfect little cherry on top!!
    Happy Spring, Plume!
    <3 Beth

  108. Roberta Malkiewicz says:

    “Because I Get a Kick Out Of you”. That song came to me as soon as I saw this photo. I also
    get a kick out of your writings. I have mentioned before that your photos and writings draws
    people. There is an interest in what you have to say and I don’t even know you. There is a purpose in your life that I believe the Lord has for you. Whether you believe or not that all your talent was placed there from the beginning of your life and you were able to tap into it. He also gave you beauty that is not always important to draw people but it helps when you have being given a voice to affect people and their thinking. You have a maturity
    that shows and has come from life and hurts and insights that many your age do not possess yet. You have be given an awesome gift. The Lord puts trials in our life to strengthen us for what is ahead and in the hopes that faith arises. I love the fact that you have risen above your hurts and have learned to work through them and what has come out is an amazing woman. I encourage you to recognize the voice of your creator. It is mostly a still small voice that comes in unexpected times. He can speak to you while you are walking your dogs or in your studio while you are creating a piece of jewelry. He speaks during a rainstorm or even through a song on the radio. Listen for it. If you ask of Him to teach you He will.

    I so hope I can be in time tomorrow to get a few of your rings. I have my eye on that smaller pointer one and one of your turquoise that I have been wanting. We will see if I get there in time. They all turned out amazing. I hope in wearing one, a little bit of you will rub off on this older woman and encourage me to awaken and rise up. Thank you Jullian,
    Hugs an admire, Bert
    I have been wearing your earrings everyday. I LOVE them. They are the longest I have ever wore and the most comfortable.

  109. Oh, how I miss that feeling of freedom! 2 more months of nursing school and I can spread my wings, romp in a field, run up and down the mountains again.
    I’ve been reading “Skin” by Roald Dahl. Quite the dark collection of short stories and but an escape nonetheless.

  110. What a great photo. Horses are such wild and cheeky creatures, aren’t they? I take it as a blessing and a gift that they allow me to ride them.

    As for books: I just read “Why We Write”, edited by Meredith Maran, and found it incredibly inspiring. To know the process that other writers more gifted than I go through to bring their wonderful books into the world. It was a quick and lovely read.

    I also always recommend books by Barbara Kingsolver, many of which take place in Arizona. You might like “Animal Dreams” (I did, a lot).

    Thank you for giving things away!

  111. Good reading material is hard to find these days. Not because it is scarce, but because bookstores are becoming scarce, and having the time to go peruse them it practically non existent. This is why whenever I come upon a good read these days, I relish it to the last. I bulldoze read it, non stop, think about it at work, pine for it- read it. I actually come to your blog for book purchase advise when I do by books, because I just can’t find the time to go source one myself. Anyway, my recommendation is Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson. I have not finished it myself, but it has potential and outdoor loving girls such as ourselves will appreciate it. Cheers!

  112. I love that you can see some of the horse shoes! The last book I finished was The Kitchen House. Historically driven, heartbreaking and tragic at times, but all in all a good read. My next book awaiting in the wings on my shelf is Orphan Train. I chose this book b/c my great grandmother was actually one of many on the Orphan Train from NYC to NE! You are so kind to put these giveaways together. Have a wonderful week.

  113. What a beauty little piece o’ wild! Wonderful.

    A fisher-lady like you is likely well-versed on some great fishing literature, but if you have not read (and re-read) it already, I highly recommend you pick up Haig-Brown’s “A River Never Sleeps”. I am getting full immersed in his river-side commentary these days, even more so knowing the river he spent his adult life beside is my home river, the Campbell.

  114. A lovely shot indeed…
    Along with a slew of others I am enjoying (again) “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
    With fingers crossed for this most thoughtful and divine giveaway!

  115. I would totally put this with my 3 horse prints at home – a pen drawing my mom gave me when I was young, a watercolor from a friend, and an oil painting BY a friend.

    Most of the books I have been reading lately have been either Geology texts or the history and landscape of the Chesapeake Bay, for my grad classes. I can recommend a cookbook though! Veganomicon is wonderful, even if you are not vegan (I am not) and I often tweek the recipes to make them exactly how I like, but even my carnivore husband goes to it the most of all our cookbooks!

  116. “Our job is to record, each in his own way, this world of light and shadow and time that will never come again exactly as it is today.”
    Edward Abbey 1927-1989

    Never enough Idaho backroads or Edward Abbey is there?

    From an Idahoan in permanent Canadian midwestern exile.

  117. Charlotte says:

    Love the reaction of the horse on the far left…”yikes!”

  118. Mandy Jean says:

    You can almost taste the freedom, can’t you? Makes me miss the wide open spaces of my Idaho home. I currently reside in the Central AZ Highlands. Plenty of wide open spaces here, too, but different.

    One of the best books I’ve read in the last year is Julia Child’s My Life in France. She was such a bold and unique woman in her time. I think you’d appreciate it.

  119. Hi dearest Jillian,

    So generous as always, and such a gorgeous photo! Loving you!

    xoxoxoxoxo M

  120. I love the kicking bronco photo. It is so clean and you can feel the freedom. Thanks for the opportunity.

  121. Hi Jillian,
    I love the colors of the late fall: the bleached grass and bright sky. Your photo captures the colors and mood of that time of year so well.

    Two very different books to recommend: “Till We Have Faces” by CS Lewis and “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman.

    Cheers, Julie

  122. saw this gorgeous image on flickr (instant fave)
    thanks for the chance to win jillian
    love anything Thoreau ~ “Walden; life in the woods” is wonderful.
    listening to Ron Sexsmith <3

  123. That photo is full of energy — even in the grass! I am re-reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird — she’s always a fave for me, and some books you have to revisit. Thank you for being you!

  124. This post made me SAD! Isn’t that crazy? I had a Bay quarter horse growing up, and my gosh seeing this photo brings back a rush of memories. The SMELLS of the barn, the quiet hours mucking stalls, picking out horse hooves. The first time I rode my horse he bucked like crazy, and I just remember laughing and laughing. I miss it. I’m so preoccupied with caring for others but now that I’m starting to realize how strong that cowgirl inside of me is. She’s coming back!

    I’m reading The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart, which is about Merlin. I love those types of books! Also, you must read Mists of Avalon if you haven’t done so yet!

  125. Lovely Jillian,
    We all need to kick up our heels like that buckskin once in awhile! AMEN. Wonderful picture!!

    I asked my 10 year old (Doltry) what he thought of when he looks INTO the photo. This is what he said:

    Once upon a time
    On the plains –
    the OLD plains
    in the old grass
    horses played together
    under a bursting blue sky.

    I thought that about sums it up! 🙂
    I just finished 3 horse books by Susan Richards. My favorite is “Chosen by a Horse”. And another one I just started that you might appreciate “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv.

    Thank you for your generous heart and delightful blog!

  126. Faith proctor says:

    Oh this picture reminds me of when I was working on the medical team fot Ore-Ida Women’s Challenge. The racers were riding in Eastern Idaho and a herd of wild horses decided to join in. I was panick stricken thinking of all that could go wrong. But, all ended well. The horses were so beautiful! Have you read Jayber Crow by Wendall Barry or Hannah Coulter by the same author? Good stuff.

  127. Kathleen says:

    Truly love your musings(you write beautifully),photography(amazing eye)and jewelry(incredible talent).
    Am presently reading Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro after finishing The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Thank you everyone for all the great book suggestions.

  128. Count me in! I also recommend Signature of All Things. I was not an Eat Pray Love fan, but this book was just a good, entertaining story about a really interesting woman.

  129. Dear Jillian,
    Discovering your blog has been an inspirational delight. Love your photographs and your poetic writing style. Your jewelry is as unique and gorgeous as you and a very direct reflection of your spirit and congrats on the race with your dog. Thank you for taking us along on some of your adventures.

    Please read Truck by Michael Perry or any and all of his books. His website is Sneezingcow.com. I have been enjoying reading books from the past lately. The Trees by Conrad Richter and Giants of the Earth by O. E. Rolvaag. Pioneers were some hearty folk!

  130. well of course. that bucking creature is YOU. flying about in all the best ways.
    it’s a bandwagon thing, but i just started Quiet. as an introvert, it’s extremely empowering.
    thanks for your message earlier this week. i’ve been kind of out of commission, lately.
    but i’m here. i’m always here.

  131. Beautiful picture, Jillian! Love it!

  132. The photo is luscious and so is your life. I’d love to keepsake that magical day!

  133. You can throw my name into the hat. I’d love to win that sassy little print!
    “When Women Were Birds” by Terry Tempest Williams, was the last book I read.
    I loved reading all the comments. Lots of books to add to my reading list.
    Great idea, asking for suggestions.
    Thanks for the give away.

  134. I love this photo. It’s so beautiful and looks so lovely hanging on the wall.

  135. Enter me in your contest please 🙂 efaruolo@gmail.com

    I’d like to recommend an album to you, the album I was listening to when I first found your blog- it sounds expansive.. kind of like a galloping horse..

    The album Bloom by Beach House

  136. Yeee Haaaaw! I’m reading a book by Monique Truong(her 1st novel) called: The Book of Salt. It’s told in the voice of Binh, the Vietnamese cook who lives with and cooks for GertrudeStein (it’s always one word) and Alice B. Toklas. It’s a little sad, but very well written!

  137. Stephanie Gill says:

    Your blog touches me in so many ways. I am currently reading Winter’s Tale. It is a beautifully written novel. When I saw your photo of the horses I instantly thought of the horse named Athansor that reappears throughout the book. Captivating. You would also want to move to the fictional community “Lake of the Coheeries”…
    I love art and photography and you combine both in a way that touches one’s heart and soul.

  138. Ha! I’m part of the myriads of people who would love to win this little token of your adventures ♥

  139. Jillian, you beauty!
    Spring is coming, slowly but surely peeking out during warmer mornings and longer afternoons. Glad to see you’re finally on the ol Instagram:) love from up in the top left corner<3

  140. My Western Roots

  141. Love your writing, jewelry and gorgeous photos! Would love to hang a wild stallion photo from you on my wall. Thanks so much for your generous giveaway!

  142. Everything you touch is beautiful

  143. You are very blessed and so very talented. You are my hero because you have made a life you love doing what you love and making so many others happy. I am an old lady and if I could say that about my life I would be pleased, proud, and happy. You shine just like your wonderful works of art. Who knows, maybe, in the future decades your remarkable designs will be passed on as family heirlooms. You could call them forget me nots. Thank you for sharing (I am smiling).

  144. What a treat! Thanks for sharing this wonderful little photo with us!

    My latest read was rather cryptic, but I’ll share the title anyways because it is a very important story full of women who deserve to be remembered for all their smiles, laughter and heart and not just their ending. It’s called “On the Farm” and it details the lives of the women who met their demise in the most horrifying and unbelievable way… It’s a difficult read but certainly wakes you up.

  145. Beautiful, just love it!

  146. The new Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson book was released Tuesday. If you are an Urban Fantasy fan this is a superb one to check out. She was actually in town tonight for a book signing. Oh, plus the cover art is awesome! Thanks for having a give away. xoxo 😉

  147. Great, Western, photo! I like the horse that is drawing back to protect itself. I feel that way often… You bring beauty to the world Jillian, you just do .

  148. What a beautiful photograph! I’m reading The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Anything by Annie Proulx speaks to my soul. Oh how I’d love to win! Fingers crossed. jmendenh@ualberta.ca

  149. Annalissa Purdum says:

    Your posts spark fire in my soul every time! Eye of the Blackbird by Holly Skinner, my soul sister Becca Skinner would agree its one of the BEST reads!

    • Your soul sister is one of my very favorite women, ever. I think of her and miss her every day. She mentioned her aunt’s book to me and then I forgot the title and have been haunted by it ever since. I am so glad you mentioned it here! Next time I give myself a payday, I’m going to order a copy. Let’s meet someday. Any soul sister of Becca’s is a woman I am BOUND to love. X

  150. Jillian,
    I have always loved your images and the fact that this one has horseys is AMAZING!!! Speaking of, will you ever bring the postcard packs back to the shop? I’m crossing me fingers!!! Thank you for doing a lovely giveaway!!! xoxo

  151. Yay! Giveaway! Love the horse print, it’s filled with such spirit!
    I’m reading: The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be by JB MacKinnon. A bit nerdy but I’m really enjoying it. It reminds me of the Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold which I also recommend! 🙂

  152. My daughter has always loved horses and was lucky enough to learn to ride and jump when she was younger. This little print would be a lovely addition to her dorm room. Thanks for all your beautiful images.

  153. We all need to kick up our heels once in a while x

  154. Kimberly says:

    “Hold your head high, maybe your leg too!!” Beautiful photograph. Would love to see the beauties myself. only an eagle in these parts. 🙂 Thinking spring here in MN, 45 yesterday. Still have a lot of thawing out of the bones after this winter. Hope it’s springing in Idaho. Happy Trials.

  155. Oh I love them horseys! I grew up in Idaho riding bareback like a wild thing, barn sleeping and kitty raising. This picture reminds me of that.

  156. Thank you for always bringing a smile to my face with the beauty you share and the compassion you carry.
    Essex, a story about the Nantucket whaling ship that was attacked by a sperm whale (impetus behind Moby Dick).
    The Art of Fielding, a fast dramatic fun story
    Saints At the River, a compassionate, thought provoking story about nature & ethics
    I enjoyed all three the past few weeks.

  157. Slightly embarrassed that it has taken a giveaway to make me finally leave a comment and say Hi! on this wonderful blog of yours. Reading you and looking at your imagery makes me truly happy, so all I can say is thank you! Keep your creativity flowing!
    Much love from España.

  158. Feeling the freedom in your horse pic.
    My 2013/2014 favourites: I’m sure you’ve read Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Loved ‘An Equal Stillness’ by Francesca Kay; Enjoyed ‘Notes from an Exhibition’ by Patrick Gale; Surprised by ‘The Signature of All Things’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

  159. Love this image, & like your other commenters, I come here for the beautiful glimpses of a well-lived life. It is always a visual & narrative treat. So thank you, thank you, thank you for the time you put into this space! Some good books…if you haven’t yet read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, I highly recommend it. It has characters you’ll be carrying around with you all day & I’m a total bibliophile & it’s one of the best I’ve read in a long time. xo

  160. Veronica says:

    Hey precious, so nice to see your work continuing on with all vigour and might, Happy belated Birthday wishes to you! http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Life-Reclaiming-Lost-Pieces/dp/1452532230/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394802261&sr=1-3&keywords=nancy+levin
    Writing for My Life…Reclaiming the Lost Pieces of Me: A Poetic Journey by Nancy Levin

  161. Hi Jillian – don’t know if you read any science fiction, but Jack McDevitt is my favorite author – once you pick up one of his books you can’t stop reading, the characters come to life even though they’re a couple hundred years in the future. The latest one, Starhawk, is about an interstellar pilot named Hutch and her travels to a sentient planet ….. and even though it’s his latest, it actually sets the background for his earlier books, so it’s a good place to start. Enjoy!

  162. Short and sweet. I want to win this giveaway.

  163. Such freedom captured in that photo … such an inspiration. reading mostly text books right now but always have collections of short stories on my bedside table. Anything by Alice Munro, and having a love affair with Sherman Alexie’s “Blasphemy”.
    Thank you for sharing your life!! xoxo

  164. I love the photograph! Here’s my book recommendation: “It All Turns on Affection” by Wendell Berry. It’s a short essay about making AFFECTION (for the land and for the community) our primary motivation for doing anything.

  165. Kimberly says:

    Love your photography as much as your jewelry!

  166. Lauran V says:

    Hello! Your blog is such a pleasure to read, to look at, to drool over (sorry). It’s like a little vacation! The last books I read were: The Garden of the Last Days by Andre Dubus III and Just Kids by Patti Smith. I’d love to win your Horses! Can’t wait until your shop is open again.

    • I read “Just Kids” two summers ago, under a weeping willow in the Methow Valley. I found it fascinating. I always find it fascinating when people create from a place of darkness, violence and chaos…because my process is SO different. The root of what I do is SO different. Great read. Thanks for mentioning it.

  167. Jennifer says:

    The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton, Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, or ANYTHING by Gary Paulsen.

  168. What a sweet slice of spirit! Wearing my giant green druzy you made today, hope your day is going quietly with great work, and plenty of tea. I’m still working through Van Gogh’s letters to his brother, and “My Faraway One” – which I picked up on your recommendation, I think. xoxo much love to you!

  169. Wow! Would love this photograph 🙂 Love when you do a giveaway!
    You may have already read it but ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ by Mitch Albom is brilliant!
    Much Joy and Love xx

  170. The book of barely imagined beings by Caspar Henderson. 🙂 you would love it, a bestiary of fantastic creatures found in nature, zebra fish and yeti crabs. Peach lavender jam sounds oh so lovely. Keeping my fingers crossed to win your beautiful horses photograph. xo!

  171. Anne Marie says:

    Great shot! Lovely little print. 🙂

  172. WOWWEE!!!
    You guys are READERS!
    I always appreciate, so much, the way you contribute to this space. This is a magnificent reading list that will last for months and years! Thank you all so much.

  173. not so high-minded guilty pleasure: Flavia DeLuce!
    thanks for a chance at small piece of your Idaho goodness. great writing.

  174. I am always so amazed at the community which is drawn to this space– how authentically and honestly you all (we all) share parts of our stories. Thanks for bringing us together Jillian!
    I just finished two fiction books: The Interpreter of Maladies and Americanah. Both hauntingly beautiful tales that span the borders of America, India, England, and Nigeria.

  175. Yeehaw! Dare I say this is rather serendipitous…See, the past few years I’ve been flitting around the West like a Sandhill crane & (due to a more stationary job) am finally able to dig my toes into the WYO snow for more than one season! No longer largely living out of my trusty truck–I need artwork for my new bare walls!

    And, perhaps I’m a bit slow on the giddy-up, but nonetheless am thrilled by Craig Childs treks, scouring the southwest’s deserts in search of that essential elixir in “The Secret Knowledge of Water”

    Thank you for sharing!

  176. love you to bits. peace baby!!!

  177. The sun is out in the midwest…all I can think about is my garden. Miss Plume, I suggest you read Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim to get ready for your season.

  178. Jilly Sue,
    As always, your talents continue to amaze me. This is indeed a wonderful snapshot. The fact of the matter is, I must see more of you this year in the flesh. I can’t wait for that!

    Have you read “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. I really enjoyed this one.

    Take care babe! Miss you pretty girl! xoxo, Biz

  179. I loved that photo when you originally posted it! Great capture.
    Have you ever read Ishmael by Daniel Quinn? It’s somewhat of a cult classic. I love it.
    Have a wonderful day!

  180. Beth Bourque says:

    Wild by Cheryl Strayed, amazing read, devoured it this winter while home with a broken arm. Beautiful shot; the wild in this photograph is captivating.

  181. I love this so much ! It is a great capture . Pure win!

  182. Love the shot! Love the rings! My heads always in a book but for now they’re school texts books about nursing!

    • Nurses are awesome people. Go for gold, sister. X

      • Woot, thanks! This post reminded me about a book I bought a while back after you posted about it. I was inspired to pick it up, “The Anthropology of Turquoise” and it is now my before bed read : )

      • Woot, thanks! This post reminded me about a book I bought a while back after you posted a suggestion. I was inspired to pick it up! “The Anthropology of Turquoise” is now my before bed read : )

  183. Hello Jillian!
    I hope I’m still on time to post my comment…
    I’m glad to be able to read you again.
    I hope this won’t sound creepy to you, but I just want something from you with me! I admire you so much and I love your soul too.
    I’m always reading you and getting inspired by your words and beautiful pictures.
    Thank you for the opportunity!
    Good to know that those living in Zimbabwe or Argentina (like me), can still participate! 😉
    I send you all my love from here! x

  184. Oh my! Let your wild horse run. I would love to have this sweet little thing in my office as a reminder of that very sentiment. Reading an oldie at the moment, Journal of Solitude by May Sarton. It fits my mood at the moment.

  185. Love this picture!!!
    I’ve just finished Gillian Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’

  186. Great photo, I must move to the West someday.

    I loved The Signature of All Things also.

  187. Beautiful little print!
    Watership Down never gets old!

  188. I love wild beasts, I love the color turquoise and I love your jewelry! I have been reading The Pythons, a very large & wonderful book about Monty Python troupe – lots of their own words and pictures. Lots of fun! Also reading Stormy Weather, about women in jazz & blues.

  189. i see you have a bazillion people to pick from that would love to win this little print, so i will be number bazillion and one. i’m currently not reading anything between my “day job” and then my side business i just havent had a lot of spare time as of late. i’ve been concocting up organic deodorants..organic bar shampoos and conditions and new soaps “flavors” for the shop – https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHiveBotanicals always busy right now!

    hope all is well with you!

  190. i love reading your writings – it’s like a breath of fresh air to my soul 🙂
    thank you for sharing snippets of your yourself in this space.

  191. A quick read that was beautifully haunting, “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” by Shirley Jackson. “Wave” by Sonali Deraniyagala is quite moving. Caitlin Moran’s “How to be a Woman” is amusing. A book I just got my paws on today which has gorgeous photography, “Fairie-ality from the House of Ellwand.

  192. I’d recommend reading “Bluebird: women and the new psychology of happiness” by Ariel Gore. Thanks for sharing your beautiful life and self with the world, Plume!

  193. I think that picture is really nostalgic and beautiful.
    Here’s a token for you: read Cheryl Strayed’s book entitled “Wild” with a hot cup of tea and a blanket.

  194. BEAUTIFUL rings!!!! I always wait for more rings to appear on the site with hopes that there’s one is a larger size for me.
    A short, old novel that is one of my classics is Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller.

  195. Oh boy! The book that came to mind first was “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight,” but of course you’ve read THAT one already! How about “Finding Your Way in a Wild New World” by Martha Beck. 🙂

  196. Sunshine says:

    Although I haven’t had much time to read to myself lately I read nightly to my children and one of our favorites has been the Wolves of the Beyond series by Katherine Lasky. I’ll have to check through the comments now and pick one for myself:) Love your blog it brings calm and inspiration to my day:) Thanks!

  197. Oh man, I absolutely love your blog and your shop! You inspire me so much to go out and find the wild places in this city that I live in now. I miss the mountains, but now I live by the ocean and am finding all sorts of great places where I can rest with the shorebirds 🙂

  198. Jamie Kroeger says:

    This photo makes me smile. It reminds me of riding out at the Yaha Tinda in the pasture with all of the two year olds. Beautiful shot Jillian 🙂

  199. Jamie Kroeger says:

    ps. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. I had to read this for my painting class and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  200. CrazyHorse says:

    Your pictures are a huge inspiration for me! Thank you 🙂

  201. Hi jillian
    Welcome back & thanks for the lovely giveaway .
    I’m currently dipping in and out of “letters of note” Shaun Usher which is as beautiful to look at as it is to read & is being given for every birthday for the rest of the year!
    Also can’t get enough of Jason Isbell’s new album “southeastern”
    Hope you check them out if you haven’t already .
    Angela xx

  202. Cristina Andor says:

    Hi Jillian,
    Thanks for doing another giveaway! Right now I’m reading the The American Indian Almanac by John Upton Terrell. It’s a little dated, but it gives amazingly detailed histories of all the indigenous tribes of the US and delves into traditions and customs for each one as well.
    Happy reading Jill!

  203. Audrey Fetterhoff says:

    That is beautiful!!
    I am reading Stephen Ambrose’ “Undaunted Courage” about the Lewis and Clark expedition.
    It is so well written, I feel like I on the voyage with them!!

  204. If you haven’t read it yet, I always recommend the YA book Laddie, by Gene Stratton-Porter. Even back in the day when I didn’t think I loved dogs, I loved them because of Laddie. Also, I have not found them yet, but I am dying to read Winter Sunshine and The Snow-Walkers by John Burroughs. They appear to be full of the most gorgeous quotes about winter. Also, you might like The Book of Qualities, though I am fuzzy as to the author right now.

    Happy reading!

    • You could not POSSIBLY comprehend how much I adore Gene Stratton-Porter’s writing — specifically Limberlost and Freckles. I read both once a year. I’ll look for Laddie. 🙂

  205. Jillian,

    You are such an inspiration! I know that is another thing we women say. However, this work and what you are truly speaks to me and is a shining example of what I am working to become. I love what you do it is an honor to share this cyber space with you. Well done. I would LOVE to win the giveaway and open the door to getting one of your pieces when my earnings afford it.

  206. What a perfectly beautiful piece! There is almost nothing better than being in the wild with one’s closest kin. I absolutely love the shades of brown in this photo!

  207. Comment giveaway is always a way to see all the hiders and seekers come out of the woodwork! I wish I took the pause of time to comment more as your posts are always soft and peaceful spots in the day when they appear. I quite like that photograph – it is evocative of childhood to me. In the wilds, chasing horses.

  208. Try Joseph Boyden’s newest, The Orenda. Though you may well like all of his novels… Thank you for your sharings and offerings—makes me miss my recently abandoned yurt-life in the north country. Soon! Again!

  209. That’s an awesome photo!

    One interesting (and funny) book I’ve read lately is Cockeyed by Ryan Knighton.

  210. The book I’m reading now is Infinite Self. A good read thus far and since you mentioned the ego in your last post, I thought appropriate too.

  211. Nothing more beautiful than horses !!!!

  212. So – As a ode to “Let’er Buck”. Paul St. Pierre a Canadian writing about the Chilcotin country. “to recall a time and place where people may not have had much in the way of creature comforts but they sure had a sense of humour.” One of his fine stories “Breaking Smith’s Quarter Horse”.

  213. Hi Jillian,

    I love your blog. I am also looking forward to a book by you. I live in the suburbs of Detroit, it is so industrial here, your pictures, jewelry and writing just take me away. I have 2 Black Lab mixes and love to drive off to the country to take long hikes with them. I have just started reading The Cranes Wife by Patrick Ness. Two of my all time favorite books are, Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver and The Loop by Nicholas Evans. Thanks, Nancy

  214. Tracey Gardner says:

    Hopefully the giveaway is still open, I’m a little late to the game. So I was actually just thinking of emailing you to see if you would sell some more of your horse postcards from last year, so this picture comes at a wonderful time and I sure hope I win! I am reading An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler right now and it’s all around awesome. It also reminds me of your writing a little, so if you haven’t read it yet, I definitely recommend it!

  215. Lori Stewart says:

    Thanks for all of your give aways. It is always fun to hope.

  216. Lady, I love ya

  217. Guess I’m the rotten egg.
    Well, hope I’m not too late.
    Not long ago I read a book called Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs and the Human Imagination.
    Not something I thought would have been so captivating, but it takes you past the muck.

    I’ve also enjoyed all writing by Banana Yoshimoto. A “cult” writer in the 90’s after the release of Kitchen.

    Your blog and jewels are a treat to follow.

  218. Oh my, am I too late?
    I’d love to leave you with a witty and intelligent book choice, but you see…I had a baby just Monday, so my brain is a pile of mush, and my eyes protest focusing on lines. And, prior to labor day, perhaps I was a wee bit lazy 😉

    Love to you, plume!

  219. Love the photo! Makes me want to run wild and free under the big open sky. But over here in the grey wet foothills of the Rocky Mountains in B.C., I’m biding my time till spring with some good reads. Most recently was The Orenda by Joseph Boyden. It just won CBC’s Canada Reads contest. Very intense, but my life is richer for having read it. Now I’m gonna read something light and fluffy! Any suggestions for happy and easy? Also wanted to tell you that checking your blog for the first time in a few days, and finding THREE new posts, (and it was on my birthday too) what a gift! Thanks for the continual inspiration!

  220. Looks like I missed out on the bucking buckskin.
    It only took me two days to scroll through the comments and book title recommends. 😉
    I can only imagine the look on that little girls face when her mama hands her that precious picture. I’m happy she was the one!
    The Book of Idle Pleasures. Lovely prose with amazing art accompanying every poem.

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