Oh, hello – I’m Melissa.


I thrive on people who inspire me. Those brave souls who are  growing gardens, being community leaders, or creatively building beautiful, healthy public spaces that inspire.  That kind of stuff.

This blog will highlight inspiring people, projects, and stories as documented in my sketchbook and through the lens of my camera.

I am a Northwest girl exploring my world through the pages of my sketchbook while caring for 6 delightful, jumping Nubian goats. Four new babies joined our herd in April, 2016 and we named them Waylon, Willie, Merle, and Miss Maple (the only girl).

Baby Willie and Mama Mickey just hours after his birth.

Currently, I reside on Urban Eden Farm in fabulous Spokane,Washington.

Some fun facts to start:

  • I love french press coffee, simplicity, sketchbook journaling, Oaxacan cheese, getting my hands in the dirt, writing letters,  people watching from a park bench, and the power of human connections.  
  • Professionally, I am an ESL (English as a Second Language Educator) educator and food literacy trainer.
  • Lover of big mountains and the mind boggling views they give us.
  • I have five goats with baby goats on the way.
  • I had a pet hedgehog in high school.
  • I think some of the most amazing people in the world are the oldest and the youngest ones.
  • I can grow my own food.
  • I can shell sunflower seeds in my mouth  faster then anyone I know.  Want to give it a go?
  • I have eight nieces and nephews who I adore.  Kids allow us to live a little piece of our childhood again through their eyes.
  • Most of my closest friends have names beginning with S.  My two  older sisters, too. Odd.
  • I also like to take photos of my feet in different places.  And plates of food.  Strange, I know.


The Flying Ear Sisterhood – Gidget, Sophie, Sally, Zephora and Mickey

Hopefully you too will find inspiration in their stories and be inspired in your own life.

Let the inspiration begin!


Sassy feet in my new cowboy boots in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
On the farm – Goat grain and muck boots!
Feet in black sand in Nicaragua.

Feet in red leaves in Central Park in New York City.

Sandy feet in Senegal

Muddy feet in Panama.

Feet and ducks at Lost Valley Education Center in Oregon.

There, are you satisfied?  Enjoy.

“Oh, you were looking for a new blog to follow? Oh, you wanted it to be by an absolutely amazing woman who happens to perhaps have achieved perfection? Oh, you wanted it to contain beautiful photographs that document inspiring people and projects and sustainable lifestyles? Wow. You are SO lucky. Melissa Johnson is yo girl.”

— Miss Aubrey Oberhouse

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    1. I love how your are documenting your animals, and am always looking for project ideas. Your blog is fun!

      And the feet shots….when I was first putting together my blog, I realized I have a collection of them, so I incorporated them here. I am glad you like them! Watch for more soon 🙂

  1. I love how your blog is so differently set out. It is one of the stand outs from many that i have come across, Instant follower of you now, cheers! 🙂

    1. Wow! Thank you for the nice words.

      I have been blogging for a while, but just did a re-design that focused on a bit more on images. Lots of free designs are on WordPress now. Guess it was a success!

    1. Thanks for connecting, Chez Shea! Blogging is really fun, and I am always impressed with the richness of content and community building to be found. Cheers!

    1. Hello Patch! Whew! I am doing great, and life has been full of happenings in the last week or so. We are making goat milk soap that has been a whirlwind project. Thanks for the check in! You are awesome 🙂

      1. Goat milk soap, indeed! Fun, right? We have a whole bunch of extra milk since we have weaned our babies goats off of Mom. There are some fun projects happening. 🙂 Good to connect with you again, Patch!

  2. I am here because of the lovely Sarah at Miss Gentileschi and I am delighted to have found you. Not just because of the goats you understand, though it would be a fib to say that I am not captivated by them. But your work is delightful and I believe it will be my delight to follow you. Hello.

    1. How wonderful you found me through Sarah! She is a dear friend, and I am happy to make our circle grow. I do have goats…they are so fun! I am so happy you enjoy my work, and I am inspired by my everyday life and connection with wonderful people that come into my path like you. If you like, send me your address, and I will send you a handmade card via snail mail card that I send to my new followers via snail mail.

      Happy Tuesday to you, friend!

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