moving pictures

on 20.4.16

I am joining up the the beautiful Tracie West again to give us reason to keep our creativity alive!  I love that she is open to joining me in these creative pursuits. This little project is an extension of our photography by making moving pictures, aka little films. I don't know how often we will post them, once a month, a couple of times a month, depends on the project. We are starting out small.  This first project was just us recording 1 second each hour for our entire day. Short and sweet.  The password is 22.


Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson




1 sec recorded for each hour I was awake on April 16th.

taking stock :: February

on 5.3.16

I am just going to say it...
February sucked.
life happened
and
it derailed me
but I am not letting that keep me there.
I am getting back on the DO wagon,
and I am just going to keep DOING
whatever it is I want to be doing.





Making :  Quick sketches for habit

Organized : Not so much

Sketching : Hand lettering and also a daily thing

Cooking : Not a lot


Drinking : Fell off the lemon water wagon, and drank too much Mt. 

               Dew

Reading: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult 


Wanting: To give myself grace

Looking: Forward to dusting myself off and getting back on track


Health :  Turmeric and Ginger Root supplement for inflammation, so 
              many benefits, everyone should look into it!

Playing: Battle of the Sexes, don't really like it.  Guys get attributed to 

            smart questions, and girls get attributed with makeup   
            questions. lame.

Deciding: To be graceful to myself, and just jump back in
 

Blogging: Totally fell off that wagon here too

Enjoying: Learning spanish


Waiting: For God to do what only He can do


Liking: The nice weather that is unusual for this time of year

Participating: Mindful moments, maybe a video project with Tracie!

Wondering: How it is possible that so many people are supporting    

                  Trump?
Loving:  Our snowboarding adventure 

Considering: Hiking once a week until it gets really nice out, and then

                   doing it more 

Watching: Survivor


Hoping: For change to happen in days or weeks not years


Needing: To get motivated 


Wearing: A puffer vest which means it is nice enough not to wear a

              coat!

Following: Dr. Weils supplement plan


Knowing: That God is in control


Pondering : What the purpose of my blog is.....still

Thinking: That we live in the times the Bible speaks of

              when it says what is right will be wrong
              and what is wrong will be right....still it's the only way to 
              explain the world right now

Buying: Car parts....blah


Learning: Spanish, hand lettering, and more than
               I ever wanted to know about my 
               thyroid

Feeling: A lot of emotional ups and downs


Went:  Snowboarding and hiking
Goal :  Hike once a week if the weather is nice until and then increase
            it to 2-3 a week once the weather stays nice        

Listening: To lots of free classes on Creative Live 

Bible Study : Lent on She Reads Truth


Memorizing : The Sermon on the Mount, here is 
                    what I have so far if you want to 
                    join in. 

Matthew 5:1-10 
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.  And he opened his mouth and taught them saying.
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they 
shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.




Taking Stock :: January

on 3.2.16



Feeling proud of myself for the month of January. Now that the demands on my time have changed, I have been able to stay focused, and therefore be successful at sticking to something. Excited to see it continue!



Making :  candles

Organized : my kitchen

Sketching : hand lettering

Cooking : Salmon and broccoli for health and lots of 

               it

Drinking : lemon water and green tea even though it

               tastes terrible!

Reading: 8 Weeks to Optimal Health, 

              52 Small Changes

Wanting: everything to be organized NOW!

Looking: forward to the future


Health : focused on getting back into the habit of 
             taking a multivitamin
 
Playing: Jeopardy on tv with my husband, it is my all

             time favorite, and we believe we are 
             keeping Alzheimers at bay doing so.

Deciding: to jump in slowly and be kind to myself


Wishing: for some mum time with my son


Blogging: more frequently

Enjoying: time practicing hand lettering


Waiting: for God to do what only He can do


Liking: the many free things you can learn on the 
           internet

Participating: in finding color, and mindful moments

Wondering: why you do all the right things, and it 

                  still doesn't turn out the way you had
                  hoped
Loving: this new season in life

Considering: going on a summer trip to meet up 

                   with my photography tribe

Watching: the new X-Files


Hoping: this trial will not last long


Needing: more time with God


Growing: french lavender in my kitchen

Smelling: citrus essential oils


Wearing: lots of plaid, still


Following: Dr. Weils supplement plan


Knowing: that God is in control


Pondering : what the purpose of my blog is

Thinking: that we live in the times the Bible speaks of

              when it says what is right will be wrong
              and what is wrong will be right 

Admiring: Rand Paul


Sorting: through life and that which gathers


Buying: art supplies and all glass storage containers


Getting: stronger, and more flexible as I did a month 

             of push ups and continuing to stretch 

Bookmarking: a lot of hand lettering freebies and 

                     tutorials, here is a great one 
                                            Dawn Nicole

Disliking: when people jump on political bandwagons

              without counting the cost

Opening: the written word more often


Learning: spanish, hand lettering, and more than
               I ever wanted to know about my 
               thyroid

Giggling: at this video 3 year old Mateo


Feeling: a lot of emotional ups and downs


Snacking: on too much cheese, still.


Excited : for a friend who had a life breakthrough!

Goal : get back to adding photos to Flickr
              

Listening: to this version of Jolene by Miley Cyrus 
               who my momma heart aches for.  She did 
               an amazing job on this song.

Bible Study : Philippians

Memorizing : The Sermon on the Mount, here is 
                    what I have so far if you might like to 
                    join.

Matthew 5:1-5 
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.  And he opened his mouth and taught them saying.
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.


:: yellow ::

on 2.2.16


Some painters 
transform the sun
into a
yellow spot, 
others
transform a 
yellow spot 
into
the sun.

~ Pablo Picasso

Finding :: yellow :: 







:: red ::

on 27.1.16

These
are my
contributions
for week 1
:: red ::





                  Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. ~Wayne Dyer

the sixty second photograph

on 23.1.16

The sixty second photograph
I can dig it. 
Found while visiting Hula Seventy.
I love the concept.
So will you.
Click.

hospitality

on 22.1.16



Last year about this time, I talked about a website I was following that does daily Bible studies called She Reads Truth.  I love this site, and they started a brother site called He Reads Truth.  My husband and I did their advent series simultaneously this past Christmas as well as their study of Daniel.  I really enjoyed it. Some of the studies are topical and some go through whole books. They are not intense studies, more devotional in nature, and the scriptures studied are included as a link.  The link takes you to Biblia.com where you can choose from different Bible translations, and read two different ones side by side. 
I just finished a short study on hospitality and I really learned to see hospitality differently. Rather than something that involves inviting people into your home, it is something that we do each day when we interact with others.   Here is a snippet from the final day.
Hospitality is not just about the table. It’s about the people. It’s about the Gospel.
We’ve said that Jesus is the Ultimate Inviter. And what He invites us to is not just a gathering, not just a meal, but a whole new life.
The Gospel is life-giving. Hospitality is actively seeking to share that life with others.It is taking the gift of new life we have in Christ and giving it away with both careful intention and unabashed enthusiasm.

Update: The next study I am going to do is Philippians should you care to join me. 

:: red ::

on 20.1.16

Joining Xanthe and Andrea once again for their 
#colorcolourlover series on Instagram.

week 1   :: red ::

i love cool colors,
so this is not a color
you will find much of
in my world,
except
for plaid,
you can't have plaid
without red,
i love plaid.

Join in the fun!


fonts + art = hand lettering

on 19.1.16

I love fonts!
I love art!
I love hand lettering!
I am a little obsessed with Jacques & Gilles 
which is very trendy right now,
but I can't help myself, 
I think it's beautiful. 


2016

on 18.1.16







It's 2016, a new year......

I was trying to decide if I should post anything about my expectations, my goals, my hopes in the new year.   I was really leaning towards not doing it.

It's embarrassing.

I start out with so much hope, promise, and determination, only to let myself down. 

I hate that. 

And what is this blog anyways, I can't decide.  I don't really know what my purpose is.

And because of that it is hard to make goals.

But then I found that quote and I felt encouraged.

So I decided to continue on.......

There is one thing that is different. 

I am attempting to not be so gung-ho, guns a blazing, full monty about everything. 

The struggle is real. 

So for example, whenever I get on a workout kick, I don't slowly begin to do so.  I start  week 1, working out 5 days a week, strength training 3 days a week, and stretching daily.  When I don't keep this up, I get disgusted and things go bad quickly.  My goal now is to slowly add workouts to my life, allowing myself to create to new habits naturally. What a concept, huh?  My goal has also changed from losing weight, to just being my healthiest self. 

I started this year out by not signing up for every photography class I could find, and not putting every creative idea I had into practice. On days that I struggle with letting life get in the way of creativity, I am attempting to try things in blocks of time.  So one hour for cleaning, one hour for reading, one hour for messing around, and one hour for painting etc. I have liked it so far. 

I plan to attempt to designate days to certain tasks, Monday photography, Tuesdays blogging, Wednesday art, Thursday lettering. Of course I can take photos when ever I want to, but designating a day might help me to follow through with projects, regrouping, social media, and or just making time to jump into something bigger. 

Several things that I read have said how important it is to share your practice, your work, your art on your blog or other social media.  I guess.......I'm gonna give that a try. It is very uncomfortable for me, but then I think why should it be? 

It is what it is.

C

















What's cooking

on 6.11.15

I thought I would do a post of some of the newest things I have been cooking.  The ones I am sharing today have all come from the internet.  Why is it that autumn inspires us to cook and bake?  Not only cook and bake, but also to cook and bake new recipes, at least it does that to me.  I get so tired of what we are eating, and I just want to know what everyone else is eating.  I am not a food lover, in fact I don't even love to cook, but I love the idea of it.  I cook out of necessity so that we can eat healthy scratch meals.  I just get bored with food, and nothing sounds good so I scour for new things. I love watching chefs because they really do love food, and their passion inspires me.  When it comes to baking, I learned everything I know from Martha Stewart.  She turned baking into an art form, and that got my attention. You notice I didn't say cooking, that's because Martha cooks WAY above my cooking scale.  There are always ingredients I have never heard of, or they just scare me.  I mean an onion sandwich, who would ever......In all seriousness, I have made several cooking recipes but they have always been the easy ones.  We have been making the same turkey for Thanksgiving for at least 15 years.  It is a BBQ'd turkey with a homemade sauce that I got out of her magazine and it is amazing! So I have cooked a few of her recipes or recipes from her magazine so I guess that counts. 

So below are some of the recipes that I have tried and a comment or two.


So recipe is tasty and quick, however leftovers are not nearly as good.





Stuffed Pepper Soup from Cooking Classy
                                       
This was a huge hit, so delicious!  She recommends not adding the rice directly to the soup if you want to eat leftovers, however I did add it, and didn't find there to be an issue with sogginess.  





Ranch Cheddar Chicken by Damn Delicious


Another delicious one with little prep and bakes quickly.




Art that inspires

on 5.11.15

 Well, I already messed up and missed a day of my 30 days of blogging.  I am taking stock and it is taking me longer than I expected. Today I am sharing something that inspires me. The photo's that follow are examples of the work of artist Andrew Myers.  I love it when I come across something that just stuns me, surprises me, and excites me.  To have this kind of vision, and to take something so ordinary and plain and use it in a way that represents something as extraordinary as the human face in 3D and do it to perfection, just amazing.  It is hard enough drawing somebody and working out the kinks so that it really is a true representation of not just a person, but a specific person.  Imagine doing it on this large of a scale with these materials in 3D.....   


3D art screws:

Ordinary

on 3.11.15

or·di·nar·y
adjective
  1. 1.
    with no special or distinctive features; normal; plain or undistinguished.

noun
  1. 1.
    what is commonplace or standard.


So my friend Tracie started a project that involved capturing the ordinary in her life.  I have just loved what she has been capturing! She is not only a gifted photographer, but a gifted writer.  Her words, especially those that follow her ordinary captures are so honest, open, and paint a lovely story. This is not an area that I am gifted in, so I find it very inspiring.  When I take a picture I hope that it captures what I want to say.  I love great quotes and often use them instead of my own words.  This is one of those times where I have to remind myself, it is what it is, right?  I love the ordinary, and I love documenting the ordinary.  This is something that I often get teased about when it comes to taking photos.  I take the obvious photo, and then I get in real close and get the details, those little things that you don't realize matter today, details that will long be forgotten but will perhaps be appreciated when looked back upon one day. Today they are ordinary so why would anyone care?  It requires insight to know that one day you WILL care, one day those little ordinary details will have extraordinary meaning. I know this to be true. So I asked Tracie if she minded if I joined in.  Her project is a 365 project, far too ambitious for me at this time.  I am just going to chime in from time to time with my ordinary capture.  I love too that Tracie waits, she doesn't go looking for it, but waits until it finds her. beautiful. 



Here is a video that really demonstrates the legacy of a photograph, the ordinary details of a life lived. I have been talking a lot about this lately to some people....cough cough. 



So with out further ado, here is my first capture of the ordinary, candles. I am known for lighting candles, I do it often.  I love candles, they transform an atmosphere, they create mood, scent, warmth, and coziness. It doesn't matter the time of day, I light a candle.  At night, I light several candles. It's a beautiful thing. My husband and I joke because it seems that every house we have lived in has found itself with wax in the carpet. A few days ago, there was an incident, a near miss. 
There is a lady that when I run into her while out and about always refers to me as the one who turned her on to candles. We were working on a homeschool project years ago, and she came to my house several times.  I had candles lit. To me it is everyday, ordinary.  Apparently that is not the case for everyone.  She just loved that there were candles lit, and told me when she left she was going to the store to buy some for her house. Of course running through my head was "what, you don't own any candles, how can that be".
Last year when I went on my first trip away from home to meet up with my photography friends, I brought gifts.....all natural candles. surprise.  I recently visited my daughter in her new home, and what did I find?  Several lit candles, and a candle mishap, so proud. In her words, "I am my mother's daughter".





NaBloPoMo Month

on 2.11.15

It is National Blog Posting Month, which is a challenge to post once every day for the month of November.  There is only one rule,  that you post every day. So as you can see I have already broken the one and only rule.  Seriously, I only learned about this last night.  I could have said, "meh, too late, maybe next year", but I didn't.  I am terrible at consistency, and this will be good for me.  I was going to do a big post, but I didn't around to it until now, and I have to be to work soon.  Again, I could have said, "nope, not happening", but I didn't.  I am going to let this little tidbit be my post for today, and I am going to be ok with it. Every day is a new day, tomorrow will be better. 

“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” 





Progress....

on 18.9.15

As I spoke of in my last post called Creative Thursdays, this is my first week for attempting to be creative on certain days. Of course I can be creative when ever I want to, but this is an experiment to help create habits of creating regardless of how perfect my world is around me.  Normally if I only have 20 minutes to spare, that means no to creativity.  I feel like I need hours, even a whole day.  I am learning to just do it. This piece below that is not done in any way shape or form, is one such example.  I had about 20 minutes before I needed to leave for a football game.  So I just drew my number 2, and then got the first layer of paint on.  I forgot to take a before picture, and this is not the finished project, just the beginning.  I love the number 2, and 2 2's are even better! At our last house I had painted a huge 2 on a wall that met our vaulted ceiling.  Here at this place, I have tried not to paint on the walls, as I will have to paint it back when we leave. I am losing that battle.  I have some antique 2's, but was really feeling the need for more, so I decided to do one in a size that might fit in with some photographs.  



 
For my photography this week, I worked on my polaroids.  I thought I might do a series called a girl and her hat.  I have this straw hat, and it is quickly becoming my favorite.  Ok, well it is also my only straw hat because it would seem I have a very large head by industry standards, and hats that fit are hard to come by.  The other 3 are some flower photos that I actually purchased this round film specifically for, and I am really glad I did.  I love it!  

These photos of my projects are just two photos I snapped quickly with my iPod, not intending to use them for this purpose.  But as I was sitting here, I knew that if I didn't write this post now, I wouldn't end up doing it at all.  So I decided for the sake of accomplishment, I would post regardless.  If I am successful in the two art days, maybe I will add a blog day.  Maybe then I would post more that once every couple of months.  A girl can dream......




creative thursdays

on 16.9.15

I am currently reading a book called Creative Thursdays.  It is a quick read that talks about the creative process and that which can hold us back. It really has been a freeing book for me to read.  I love creating, designing, making, but I just don't make enough time for it.  I get everything ready for a project and then I procrastinate ever starting it.  I have to clean my house first or do some other chore first, or check my fb, or catch up on emails, or.........or..........or.........you get the picture.  I have never understood why I am this way considering how excited I am to do the project to begin with.  I just figured it was a me thing, but according to this book it is actually a very common trait with us creatives. What, there are others like me out there?  Honestly, that felt very freeing to know.  One of the things that she suggests in the book is making art a habit.  She suggests picking one day a week, a month, or whatever works and just creating something.  It doesn't have to be a "project", in fact it is better, if you have issues with starting and or finishing to pick something that can be done in one setting.  Just create, just paint, just draw, just do and then share as a form of accountability. Start with small little canvases, and paint anything that comes to mind.  These are not master pieces, they may not even be your style, or taste, this is just about forming a habit of creating. So I have decided to make Monday's and Wednesday's my creative days.  Monday will be my photography day as I am still trying to get my mojo back, and Wednesday will be my art day.  I am really good at starting things but not necessarily sticking to them.  I always try to do everything, get overwhelmed and over scheduled and in the end I finish nothing.  So just a warning this could end this way as well.  I beat myself up about this always, but I am learning more and more to just say it is what it is.  I can't be afraid to stop doing something that isn't working for me because I will see it as a failure. This is an experiment, I will see how it goes. 

book review

on 15.9.15



Well I have not done much on my blog this whole summer except update my summer manifesto occasionally. Trying to get back into a groove, so I thought I would review a book I just finished.  It is called Seven by Jen Hatmaker, and I really enjoyed it.  I love her sense of humor, it reminded a lot of my own, and of my best friend.  Actually I thought if you combined myself and Tanya, you would get Jen Hatmaker. And it must be mentioned, Jen claims to have a big head, like literally.  I confess, I do too.  Of course I wouldn't know this if it weren't for the hat making industry who makes hats that say one size fits all, and I can't even get it around the very top portion of my head. Even when hats say M/L rarely do they fit my head.  It makes for lots of laughing when hat shopping with Tanya, by that I mean she really splits a gut at how ridiculous I look.  She can put on any hat, and it looks fabulous, me, nada. First world problem, right......  So when I read that about Jen, I immediately bonded, us big headed ladies have to stick together! I loved the premise of the book, and closed the last page not only inspired, but also feeling consoled.  I have survivors guilt, why not me guilt, guilt period, some of which is good common sense, but not all.  She gave me a little perspective for seeing it biblically. Jen says : Hear this: I don't think God wants you at war with yourself.  He sent the Prince of peace to soothe those tumultuous waters already.  Self-deprecation is a cruel response to Jesus.  Guilt is not Jesus' medium.  He is battling for global redemption right now; His objective hardly includes huddling in the corner with us, rehashing our shame again.  He finished that discussion on the cross.  Plus, there's no time for that.  Did you hear that, Jesus is not in the medium of guilt.  That is the truth.  I should make a sign to hang in my house that says that.  

I loved hearing about their church and their world view concerning it.  That is so where I am, but not necessarily my church.  I am trying to figure out what I need to do about it, what God would have me do. More guilt. Right now there are Christian refugees that are fighting for their life, and I am glittering stuff for an upcoming wedding, trying to carve out time for art, and happy to get to enjoy more warm weather before the cool weather moves in. It rolls through my head constantly, especially any time I am enjoying myself or feel excited about something. I have heard stories of retired military people going over there to fight along side others, and well as help the refugees,  praise God. 

It was entertaining to read Jen's experience going through the different months.  I related to several of those occasions as well.  The one thing I wasn't in agreement about was her view of environmentalism, had to part ways a little bit there. I plan to explore her resources for companies with a conscience.  I recently found out about the documentary on Netflix called The True Cost that is about the unconscionable things that are happening all for fashion. 

In month seven that covered fasting from stress.  I loved the idea of honoring the hours through prayer pauses, seven to be exact, every day.  This is a practice that goes way back.  I love how it makes stop, and be mindful .   I usually pray through out my day, but I like the fact that there are specific times, with specific purposes based on the hour.  I am going to work on incorporating that to some extent.

So if any of this appeals to you, or you want to join the mutiny against excess, then this book may be for you. It will open your eyes, and support you through the journey. I don't think you will be disappointed.  Here is a link the Jen Hatmaker's website.

I will leave you with a photo of myself taken by Tanya who could barely contain herself long enough to take this picture.  This is a beanie, it's supposed to have stretch, and yet it was so tight around my head that is was distorting my eyes and forehead which is not evident in the photo, but you can see how tight that thing is. It should have a nice slouchy fit.