Free Ground Shipping in the domestic U.S. on orders over $110

IN A SENSE : November

A monthly composition of sensory inspiration.
In November we observe crimson leaves and waning light. We invite steady rhythms, warming flavors, and friends around a table. November is a time of gathering. A time to honor the tangible and intangible gifts we receive, to turn inwards towards oneself, and towards each other. This month we invoke a feeling of gratitude and take note of all that we have, and all that we have to give. 
Above Images by Faith Ringgold.
Faith Ringgold  is a visual artist and activist whose work incorporates radical explorations of gender and racial identities in America. At 92, her art practice spans a 60 year period and has evolved numerous times to meet the changing political and social landscape. In her work, Ringgold draws from both personal and collective histories to bring a voice to the struggles for justice and equity in America.

We recently visited an exhibit of Faith Ringgold at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. As a viewer, you're asked to bear witness to the complexities of the American experience. This month, we feel compelled by her art and message to connect more deeply with our closer and widening communities. 

Faith Ringgold's exhibition, American People, is on view at the De Young Museum through November 27th.

Emily Sese has been working at Leaves and Flowers for three years and in that time has taken the informal title of resident DJ. We're constantly turning to her for musical knowledge and inspiration. This month we asked her to create a playlist in preparation for colder weather and cozy gatherings. Her playlist is the perfect set to put on while cooking, or at the start of an evening in with friends. 

Emily also hosts a live DJ set on Lower Grand Radio the third Tuesday of every month, 5:30pm PST. To tune in, go to at the scheduled time and click the live stream button.

To listen to her November Playlist, click the button below. 

Megan Camp, founder of Summer Solace, describes her Earthen Tallow Candle as "a reflection of the Northern California landscape in form and spirit."  This limited edition candle was produced in collaboration with Berkeley-based ceramicist, Matt Fishman, who created the vessels using locally foraged clay and minerals. Megan's tallow-beeswax candle is scented with a custom perfume blend of smoky Lapsang Souchong tea (sourced by Leaves and Flowers), Vetiver, Frankincense, Siam Wood, and Cardamom. These candles fill the dark evenings with warm, soft light, while the spicy, moody fragrance gently envelops the room. We are lighting this candle every time we have guests for tea, or when setting the table for a meal.

Tis the season of pumpkin spice! This warming spice blend is a bit overplayed we know, but before you knock it, we highly recommend you try this absolutely delicious concoction. Our version of a pumpkin spice latte highlights our nutty Hojicha Powder, which adds just the right amount of earthiness and body to the sweetness of pumpkin and maple. This warming beverage has quickly becoming our go-to afternoon treat. Maybe yours too?

Hojicha Pumpkin Spice Latte
1-2 Servings

3/4 C Water
1/2 C Milk of Choice

3 g Hojicha Powder
1/3 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice**

2 Tbs Canned Pumpkin Puree 
1Tbs Coconut Butter
1 Tbs Maple Syrup
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Sea Salt

**Look for Pumpkin Pie Spice at your local grocer, or make your own mix by blending 3 Tbs Cinnamon, 2 tsp Ginger, 1 tsp Nutmeg, 1/2 tsp All Spice, 1/2 tsp Clove.

- In a saucepan, warm milk and water together.
- Measure all other ingredients and add to your blender.
- Add warm milk water mixture to blender and blend on high.
- Taste for seasoning, adjust as needed.
- Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy.

Note - If you don't have an upright blender, you can easily prepare this drink on your stove top. Just add all ingredients to a saucepan and use a hand held whisk to blend. 
Gary Snyder is a writer who has explored a wide range of social and spiritual subjects through poetry and prose. His reflections and celebration of the natural world inspires us to connect with and appreciate the environments we inhabit. Through his skillfull wordsmanship we experience the texture of a leaf, the foggy morning air upon our face, the electricity in glimpsing a shooting star. His love of the world connects us to beauty, and we feel simultaneously obsolete and deeply woven into the fabric of nature.
Prayer for the Great Family
Gary Snyder
Gratitude to Mother Earth, sailing through night and day—  
and to her soil: rich, rare, and sweet
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Plants, the sun-facing light-changing leaf
and fine root hairs; standing still through wind
and rain; their dance is in the flowing spiral grain
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Air, bearing the soaring Swift and the silent
Owl at dawn.  Breath of our song
clear spirit breeze
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Wild Beings, our brothers, teaching secrets,
freedoms, and ways; who share us with their milk;
self-complete, brave, and aware
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Water: clouds, lakes, rivers, glaciers;
holding or releasing; streaming through all
our bodies salty seas
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Sun: blinding pulsing light through
trunks of trees, through mists, warming caves where
bears and snakes sleep— he who wakes us— 
in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Great Sky
who holds billions of stars— and goes yet beyond that— 
beyond all powers, and thoughts
and yet is within us— 
Grandfather Space.
The Mind is his Wife.
so be it.

after a Mohawk prayer.
Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can
update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list .


Net Orders Checkout

Item Price Qty Total
Subtotal $0.00

Shipping Address

Shipping Methods