About the Rose

I am Alison, the running rose. The idea is rather silly; I pictured this rose breaking out of her terracotta pot and gleefully running toward something great. The image stuck and I identify with her.

I am a wannabe blogger, craft maker, and nerd (I really wanna be a nerd). I love Jesus, creativity, and teaching things. My blog follows all of that plus snippets of my journey in growing up. I will always have room to grow as a person, so this blog may last a while.

I recently left sunny Southern California for a new adventure in Elvis’ homeland in the South with my loving husband. I study journalism and art at the University of Memphis. I can occasionally be found on stage/back stage puppeteering.

My blog, Domestication of the Running Rose, follows my project in making art, getting crafty, and inspiring any creative project I can get into. It also follows my project in becoming more independent and grown up. I started my blog when I was preparing to get married at the end of the year (2013). This upcoming change sparked an increasing interest in all things related to having my own home and family to care for. As a result, I made a project out of “self domestication.”

The Free Dictionary defines Domesticate as:

do·mes·ti·cate  (d-mst-kt)

tr.v. do·mes·ti·cat·ed, do·mes·ti·cat·ing, do·mes·ti·cates

       1. To cause to feel comfortable at home; make domestic.
       2. To adopt or make fit for domestic use or life.


              a. To train or adapt (an animal or plant) to live in a human environment and be of use to humans.

              b. To introduce and accustom (an animal or plant) into another region; naturalize.

       4. To bring down to the level of the ordinary person.

n. (-kt, -kt)

A plant or animal that has been adapted to live in a human environment.

Much like a house plant or space alien, I do feel like I am taming myself for the first time to a normal standard of organization and function. On my blog, you will see the fun and games involved in my self domestication project.

Tame Squirrels in Akademgorodok, late 1970's

Tame Squirrels in Akademgorodok, late 1970’s (Photo credit: ressaure)


“domestication.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Company 12 Jun. 2013 http://www.thefreedictionary.com/domestication.


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