Monday, September 15, 2014

Wheel throwing for beginners

Mondays 5:30-7:30
Wheel throwing for beginners. Skilled throwers can buy studio time and have access to the studio during specified hours

Class includes:
1 bag with class sign up  ($15 bag for sale here if you need more)
We use only white clay at this studio.
6 week evening class, with 5 weekly open studio days available to you.
Saturdays/Sunday 10-4pm for 5 weeks of class.
We have clean up standards to keep in the studio, so please help to maintain cleanliness in the studio. We’ll cover it in the first class.
Please park on Street… dress warm, the studio gets chilly (fall and winter, definitely, but summer too-it's nice and cool)
Questions, please call 206-767-7735
Village Green Perennial Nursery
10223 26th Ave Sw Seattle Wa. 98146
Vera will be teaching.  Call to register, come in or paypal for class.
I have been working with clay for over 17yrs and been teaching it for 8 years to a small group of people, and now formally teaching. I studied under Dana Sanderson, (photographer, potter, archeologist) Dana taught at Southwest Community center and Alki bath house.

Blacksmith classes

Basic introduction to blacksmithing. 3 workshops to choose from. Skill level, beginner to intermediate. 
8 and up is best, adults are welcome to sign up with kids!

I can only take 2 people at a time in the shop.
Learn how to taper, draw out and scroll hot steel to form shapes for functional items, such as a fire poker, a towel rack or scrolled trivet.  A lesson in Physics!       I am not a knife maker. knives require special heat treating and annealing, however we can make the shapes if return student would like to try it.
S1,  11-1  Saturday's beginning October 18 (runs 4 weeks) $180 11-2pm
S2  6-9pm  begins  Wednesday October 22nd,  evening  6-9pm (special 2 night project/class) We will make  a camp cook set. A very useful camping tool! This class is $190 plus $25 materials fee.S3 6-9pm begins Wednesday November 5,  evening  6-9pm (special 2 night project/class) We will make  a camp cook set. A very useful camping tool! This class is $190 plus $25 materials fee.
S4 6-9pm begins Wednesday November 19,  evening  6-9pm (special 2 night project/class) a small trellis for your garden plants/vines.   This class is $190 plus $25 materials fee.
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Must sing a waiver. Village Green/Vera Johnson is not responsible for any injuries
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We'll hammer iron, learn proper posture and holding techniques, shop safety and more
I'll demo then you can try your 'arm and hammer'
Must wear canvas or denim pants, fitted cotton long sleeve shirt, wear layers. Flannel shirt, denim shirt, leather shoes. No synthetic materials. They can melt and burn skin.
Hair must be tied back. NO Fleece, no baggy clothes.
I would be willing to discuss the hourly rental of the studio with interested adults.
I have been a practicing blacksmith for over 15 years, taking classes from Scott Shattuck at the Duwamish trade center through SSCC, Continuing my education through weekend workshops with David Lisch, master damascus knife maker (I do not make knives,
we practiced other skills) and apprenticed for Shannon Buckner of 'Bent productions'
camp cook set
Vera 206-819-8544
10223 26th Ave SW Seattle Wa 98146 
Street parking. Shop is onsite at Village Green

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vacation home West Seattle

                                          Welcome to
'Tall Cedars cottage' at Village Green

Do you have Family coming to town and need a place for them to stay?

Do you want to have a 'friends weekend' and do some black smithing, pottery or learn about beekeeping? Want to Organize a retreat? Let's talk!

This Cozy Farm style house is situated on 2 acres of woods and gorgeous organic gardens...home to chickens, ducks, honeybees owls and plenty of birds. Wood stove, some hardwood floors, 2 large bedrooms with queen beds, 1 medium size bedroom with twin/dorm bunk beds, washer/dryer, 1 bathroom, and street parking. Nestled below the giant cedar trees this 3 bedroom offers charm and lush park-like grounds for rest and relaxation ~ A true organic gardener's delight and 'get away from it' all kind of retreat!

Where else can you stay in West Seattle and visit chickens, ducks and honeybees?

3 Bedrooms

1. Dragonfly room overlooks the front gardens, (2 twin beds)

2. Moss rose room with a view of the roses and chickens, (full sized be)

3. Birds nest room, with a view of the cedars from the bed, like being in a tree house (queen bed)

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Rental of the grounds is not included. Separate fees apply. Please inquire. Hourly Rates for daytime/evening workshops are available, please inquire. Available for Retreats, educational workshops, meditation space, cooking classes, herbal classes, vacation rental. . .what do you want to host here?


                                               *Backyard Wildlife Habitat Certified*
Vera can also help you plan and host your Wedding, take photos or host a private event. Gardens can accommodate 50-75 guests. However weddings and events are a Separate rental/reservation and you need to ask for more information.
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                                Vera is Ordained and can perform weddings

Unique in that we are a working urban farm and educational resource to our community.

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Did you know ??? I teach pottery, black smithing and many other lost skills workshops in addition to gardening, permaculture and beekeeping.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Antique rose simple syrup

Antique rose simple syrup

Made from ancient (historical old roses) rose petals grown organically here on the property.

Can be used in many different ways…

*Sparkling waters flavored to taste (talking rain)
For non alcohol spritzers…
2 tbsp syrup in a 12-14 oz glass
10 oz sparkling water
dash of fresh lemon or lime juice
stir, taste, adjust
add a fresh leaf of herb of choice-flower petals add a nice touch


*Proseco and syrup to taste

*Herbal tea sweetener

*Sweetener for herbal tea popsicles


*Ice cream

*Flavored ice cubes

For more information on how to make this syrup, please see my website instructional video:

Research some old roses: What makes an old rose an old rose?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

She let go...

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear.
She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.
Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice.
She didn’t read a book on how to let go.
She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word.
She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort.
There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…
~ Rev. Safire Rose