Saturday, March 30, 2013

52 Weeks Have Faith

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What an appropriate assignment for this week since we are in the midst of Holy Week.
I love the season of Lent and had several ideas in mind for this week's photo. 

Unfortunately I've been so busy this week and today snuck up on me so quickly that I didn't get a photo.  And of course today is another gloomy day, making it difficult to take photos. So I'm sharing one that I took several months ago.
But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust.  ~Walter Raleigh
My husband and I were driving home one evening and I thought the sunset was so beautiful that I snapped a few photos as we drove along.  When we got home my husband noticed this telephone pole that looked a lot like a cross.   I didn't even notice this  while I was taking the photo because the sun was so bright. 

Thank you for stopping by.  Blessings to you this Easter.
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Friday, March 22, 2013

52 Photos Observe The Curve

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“In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.” ~Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

This week our assignment is to focus on the curves that surround us in our daily life.

Searching around the house I found many beautiful curves.  I love antiques and it seems there is an abundance of curves in the antiques we have acquired.

An antique claw foot tub in our spare bathroom. We found it at a salvage place in Kansas City.  It's small, maybe just over four feet.  Our girls liked to take their baths here occasionally when they were little.

A footed pedestal on our antique oak kitchen table.

A sweet antique iron stone pitcher.

A lovely curvy sofa passed down from my husband's grandmother.

As always, thank you for stopping by. 
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Saturday, March 16, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge Weeks 9 and 10

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At the beginning of the year I signed up for the Art Jewelry Elements Earring Challenge. I missed more than a few of the reveal dates but now I'm back in the game.
The first pair is made with sweet little bronze daisy flowers from Cathy Daily, patinated 'seagrass' copper bars from Miss Ficklemedia, tiny dark coral swarvoski crystals and Vintaj components.
'Bloom Where You're Planted'

The second pair is made with ivory gold lampwork beads from Something New 4 You, enameled beads I got from the Art Bead Love Tour Chain, Czech beads from Arte Bella Surplus and Vintaj.
'Sage Meadow'

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52 Photos The Possibilities are Endless

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“In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility."  ~Victoria Moran

Sally's assignment for this week:  There are many things around us that hold so many possibilities, a child's face, a seed of a flower, the tools pictured above.  This week pay attention to your surroundings and your daily activities and show us what holds endless possibilities for you.

This assignment was particularly difficult for me.  I needed something I could see or touch.  And here it is Saturday morning, gray skies, and even if I did think of something there would be no light  with which to get a good photo.
So I decided to show a photo that I took on one of our favorite family vacations to Northern California.

Here we are in the Beautiful Redwoods of Northern California in front of a behemoth of a tree.  I'm pretty sure my mouth was open in awe the entire time we were there.  I remember each time we got out of the car and slipped just three feet into the trees, it was like we were in another world. It was a hushed quietness that surrounded us, and it was like we were the only ones there. 

We have lots of nephews and nieces, and when my husband and I were married we decided we would take each of them on vacation with us when they turned five. The kid on the left is our nephew, and the other three are ours.

So what does this have to do with the assignment?  I can think of nothing better than seeing this beautiful U.S.A and all her amazing sights. The Possibilities are endless!

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

52 photos week 10 All Wrapped Up

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I'm happy to be back doing the 52 photos.  I missed several weeks because of illness. 
This week our challenge is to take a photo using the word 'wrap' as a verb or a noun.

Though my photo is of wrapping paper, this is certainly no ordinary wrapping paper.  It comes with a story, and fond memories.

This wrapping paper is all vintage.  I just turned 50 the end of February and I don't remember a time when we didn't have this paper around.  The paper came on huge rolls which my dad hung on metal racks in the basement.  Every holiday, birthday, wedding, or shower my sisters and I saw this wrapping paper.  There were times we got tired of seeing it, and other times when we just had to smile as we were ripping open the package with maybe a bit of eye-rolling.  The paper came from my maternal grandfather who never threw anything away.  He worked as a janitor at our local Sears store which used this wrapping paper in the store.  One day he was told to get rid of it--which he did--right to our house.
Now that my mom has passed, dad has been getting rid of stuff and passing it along to us kids.  He still had huge rolls of this and carefully cut off some for us girls and all the grandchildren, and there's lots left!  I never  thought I would feel so nostalgic about this paper after seeing it so many years, but it holds so many memories of gatherings with family...especially with mom, who loved any reason to celebrate.

Blessings to you, and I hope you are wrapped with love and joy today.
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