Day 1

on 5.9.14

This is day 1 of my 28 day fitness challenge to lose 4% of my body weight.  I am participating in the boot camp that can be found on the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans website.  The program uses burst training, so first thing I had to do was five 30 second sprints.  I would call my pace more of a jog after the first sprint and each one after got slower and slower.  Thirty seconds is a long time to sprint, just saying.  

I'm jumping in........

on 28.8.14

Weight loss, what is it good for....absolutely nothing, oh ho oh.  Ok, we all know that isn't true. Weight loss has eluded me since my first child was born 23 years ago, and not for lack of trying.  A couple of months ago I came across a website called Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans, and I fell in love.  Every month they put out a calender that focuses on a specific area or goal.  The first one I did was a month of squats. Just look at the corresponding day and it tells you how many to do of what.  Very simple, and each month is something new, I was interested! The following month I decided not to do their current calendar and instead picked from their past calendars, also a cool feature!  About a week ago I received an email from them stating they were going to be doing a "back to basics weight loss challenge" in addition to their monthly calendar, so I checked it out.  It turns out there is a cool website called dietbet that hosts challenges for anybody wanting to start one and or participate in one.  The person who starts the challenge, sets the fee, and also the goal.  If you meet the goal, then you and the other winners split the pot. Money as a motivator, hmmmmm.  So the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans opened a 4 week challenge that costs $25 and the goal is to lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks.  So if you weight 200 pounds, then you would need to lose 8 pounds in 4 weeks.  There are no rules for losing the weight, and the weigh in is every Wednesday.  Before joining the dietbet, be sure and read how their weigh ins work.  They have a few rules to prevent cheating.  If you are not interested in the dietbet, you can still join in on the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans website.  They have already released their monthly calendar for September, Buns and Guns, check it out. I decided to sign up for the weight loss challenge, will you join me? 

love notes

on 26.8.14

Do you love real mail?  I do!  I love finding a surprise in my mailbox, anticipating what it might be, to hold it, smell it, tear it open, and savor its contents.  This is where digital loses me, and I think people lose out.   I did a real mail exchange with a wonderful group of ladies I did a self portrait workshop with, and it was always thrilling to find that little something in your mailbox!  I need to make it more of a habit.  This is a project called Love Notes that is done quarterly.  Here is the dish from Jennifer Belthoff, the host.

This project will run for three weeks beginning on Sunday, September 7th  
All you will need is:
  • 3 Post Cards
  • 3 Stamps
  • Something to write with
  • The willingness to send some mail to someone you may not know

You will be matched up with a fellow Love Notes participant.  Each Sunday for three weeks, you will receive a writing prompt to respond to on a post card.  All you have to do is respond to the writing prompt and drop it in the mail before Friday of that week.  Its as simple as that.   

So how about it, will you join me?  


on 14.5.14

A couple of months ago, I asked 2 friends from high school who live in different states if they would be interested in joining me for a fun year long photography collaboration project.  They both said yes!  The idea was since we all live in different places, we would have a weekly theme, using our mobile devices, to contrast the places we live.  We post our weekly theme on Tuesdays, and it has been a lot of fun thus far!  It is always exciting to see how each individual interpreted the theme, as well as the differences in where we live, the flora, the culture, and our lives in general.  Below is the photos from last weeks theme, mornings.  To check out more, click 3 only.  

South Dakota :: California :: Wyoming

simple. details.

on 17.4.14

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. 
~ Leonardo da Vinci

this one is my favorite

taken with iPod 5

The Contemplative Gardener

on 15.4.14

Tarrnation Farm was featured in the April issue of Country Living  This quant little farm can be found in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire.  I am so going to stop there if I ever make it that far!  Just look for the hand lettered sign on the side of the road.  The owner, Reggie Tarr, bags all his vegetables in paper bags, and sells them for $5.95, and artful bouquets of flowers start at $9.95.  That's it in a nutshell.  Oh and it's self serve, just leave your funds in the coffee can on the counter.  I love it! The owner has more important things to do like tending to his beautiful flowers, and landscape.
I love his house with the weathered shingle siding, and the perfectly colored doors surrounded by God's amazing creation. Perfecto!  To read more about Tarrnation Farm, or see more of the photos, click here. 

Photographs by MAX KIM-BEE

store find

on 13.4.14

Be still my heart......I found this store via fvf. They interviewed the Bailey's, and took beautiful photographs of their store.  Here is a brief description of what they said about the store. 

"Housed in a converted English barn in the Herefordshire countryside, Baileys Home and Garden exudes a simple, utilitarian and effortlessly stylish aesthetic that infiltrates every corner of its homewares emporium. Worn wooden floors creak under your feet as you browse chandeliers made of antlers, alongside crates filled to the brim with pinecones and shelves lined with candles, stationery and an organic beauty range."  ~ fvf

A lovely description for a very charming store.  Who wouldn't love to stumble upon it while strolling on their bike along the fields of yellow Rapeseed flowers, while visiting England......I digress.  Here is a link to their store Baileys Home and Garden, it says they are not shipping internationally, yet.  To read the interview and see more amazing photos, click here

All photography by : Rich Stapleton for Cereal Magazine & FvF 


finding color :: green

biking lane. green.

old door. character. green.

lucky find. green.

simple. stems. green.

cherry bean. green.

breakfast. kids are hard on dishes. green.

industrial beauty. someone deserves a raise. thanks for picking color with style. green.

art. by me. green.

used stuff. great finds. one mans rubbish is another mans treasure. green.

finding color :: pink.

on 7.4.14

window. pink.

dressing room curtain. vintage. love.
art alley. pink.

farewell. pink.

What a weeks worth of groceries looks like around the world

Photography Peter Menzel photographed what would be considered a weeks worth of groceries, all around the world.   To see more photos visit Fstoppers.  One common thread I see with exception to only a few countries, is soda, soda, soda.  It's a little like "Where's Waldo", you just have to find it.  It is interesting to see what dominates in each photo, like bread, fruits and veggies, meat, dry goods, or chips and junk.  I think the USA has a lot of room for


                                                                       Great Britian


Biography of a moment

on 20.3.14

This is one of those stories that just brings you to tears. I love when couples have so much love for one another. Reminds me of the story about Fred  and the song he wrote about his deceased wife.  This story however doesn't involve music, but a lifetime of photos, documented moments.  I love how the photographer Art Shay says "photos are a biography of a moment".  So true!  So much of the time I try to capture moments of my family, and or the details of our life, much to their dislike.  As a detail oriented person, I want to remember everything but it is just not possible.  Photos capture it all, mood, moments, and details, a biography.  This is one reason why I love Vivian Maier's work.  Her photos are a biography of a time in which I did not yet exist, but still get to enjoy.  This story and his photos encourage me to do what I love even if it seems crazy to some, and annoying to others.  I know a day will come when my family will appreciate what I am trying to accomplish.  The complete story can be found here.


finding more yellow

on 19.2.14

diptych. yellow

 it's the small things. yellow.

pattern. yellow.

finding color :: yellow.

book finds. yellow.

downtown art. oversized paint. yellow.

found. yellow.
embrace the moment. yellow.


on 16.2.14

                     Sometimes it is difficult to decide to go
                     with the original or the recreated. 
                     Today I will go with the recreated.

light. solitude.

God loved flowers and invented soil.  Man loved
                                       the flowers and invented vases. 
                                                   ~ Jacques Deval