Merry Christmas Everyone!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
|365/365 Just a few of my favorites!|
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” N.D.Walsch
"Above is the quote that started it all! What have I got to lose, just go for it," I thought!
With the encouragement of my friend Mary, my year long journey began on
November 8th 2010 and what a journey it has been.
I did this for my self first and then it became clear that it was something that I could publish myself and leave as a legacy to my children, grandchildren and generations forward. They could get to know me in a way that I wish I had gotten to know my grandparents, they had all passed by the time I turned sixteen. There is so much to learn from our elders and we are not always ready to receive it as a young person.
I also thought that I could sell some of my prints online and I quickly realized that this was not about money at all, I had to take that factor out of it completely and then the blessings began.
I started e-mailing some of my friends and my email list quickly grew, my friends Judy and Peggy started their own e-mail lists and so my words of inspiration spread.
I was blown away by this, I started getting emails of encouragement from people that I had never met. People were telling me that I made there day or they had learned a new way to look at issues in their troubled lives. One asked if she could share some of my writings with her sobriety group! WOW! I began to realize the true impact of my words, somehow I was somewhat intimidated by this new responsibility. People need to grasp onto something positive, I thought there is so much negative in this world.
Just keep writing what you feel and not to worry, I vowed!
I have had over 27,500 page views, nearly 1300 comments and visits from countries all over the world, some I have never heard of before!
I had to keep a balance between the very serious to the ridiculously funny. People need to laugh and life has it's ways of presenting us with loads of material to laugh about if we choose to see it that way. I have a bizarre sense of humor so I used that to my advantage, surely I raised a few eyebrows along the way. With new found confidence I proceeded taking more risks doing my own thing.
The ironic thing about all of this is that I honestly did not know that I had a knack for writing. In the beginning it was more about the photos and then it became more about the writing, I do believe I found a happy balance.
Learning the many facets of Photoshop was also a goal.
I'll turn every photo into a work of art, how very cool, I thought.
I am truly amazed by the versatility of the Photoshop Program and have so much more to learn.
My new family of blogger friends has been a great source of inspiration, there is such an abundance of talent out there and they are always willing to help. Many are grandmas just like me. Their wisdom hath no boundaries!
There were days I had no clue what to say but if I had a beautiful photo on my screen the words would just seem to come. I began to enjoy the wisdom of many who had left behind such insightful quotes their words humbling and inspirational. I learned quickly that writing your words and living your words are two very different things. Living your words is not always an easy task and many times they kept me in line, whispering in my ear.
I found that my brain was far more creative at 4:00AM, my sleeping patterns became erratic. Sometimes I would wake in the middle of the night with a great idea and quickly had to jot it down for it would be gone by morning. Some nights I could not shut my creative channel off, please let me sleep I would beg. So my new found dark circles are now permanent and I can't blame my makeup anymore, a small price to pay. I suspect there is a lot more to come and I have only scratched the surface so stay tuned if you please.
"I recently received this email from a friend of a friend it sums it all up for me...
YOU DO NOT KNOW ME, BUT I FEEL AS THOUGH I HAVE COME (AND STILL BECOMING) TO KNOW YOU. WHAT AN ADVENTURE IT HAS BEEN... JO, MY DEAR AND LONG AGO GIRLFRIEND SINCE 5TH GRADE, PAROCHIAL SCHOOL, INTRODUCED ME TO YOUR BLOG DURING HER VISIT TO FLORIDA THIS JUNE. I HAVE LITERALLY BEEN REAWAKENED TO MY SENSES OF ART PERCEPTION...FROM MY VIEWPOINT, THAT IS! THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR CREATIONS...I SINCERELY LIKE YOUR TASTE IN STYLE. I WILL, HOWEVER, MISS YOU DAILY BLOG. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE TWICE A WEEK BLOG." PAM
I have inspired one, my purpose defined!
Thank you all each and everyone. I have received far more than I have given, the abundance of my blessings overwhelming.
Yes I Can......and you can too!!!!!!!!
Posted to: http://www.the-creative-exchange.com
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Our two little goblins Hannah and Sophia!
Hannah was The Mad Hatter and Sophie a Purple Crayon!
Their older brother Mike, now fifteen is way to cool to Trick or Treat!
He went out to eat with all of his way to cool but very sweet fifteen year old friends.
The girls were adorable in the color photograph via my daughter's cell phone, but I decided to do something a little artsy today instead.
Had some fun with layers and filters. Made a copy of the background layer followed by a line and pencil drawing filter.
Reduced the opacity and erased around the girls faces.
There you have it instant art ready in less than ten minutes.
Got to love that photoshop!
Have a wonderful day!
Monday, October 31, 2011
|A Witch's Brew 358/365|
by Rosemary Aubut
A witch's brew I make for you
A stinky stew a hearty brew
Health be not a scary thought
My caldron ready to see you through
Sticks and stones and brittle bones
A stock of plasma boiling red
A smell to surely clear your head
O eerie ghosts and goblins too
Come to me I will care for you
O me O my what's in the sky
My hairy arms raise on high
Bats swoop down to compete my stew
Let chill my brew let curdle too
It best be eaten by the midnight light
Raising your spirit to all new height
Let your soul take to flight
Yes my darlings come to me
A scary witch that I be
I love you all as a good witch can
This Halloween Night be full of fright
Try as you might to break my spell
There is no escape from this fearsome hell
For those in doubt I can not cook
I have my sacred spellbound book
A boiling pot I saved for you
To drink or not up to you
Posted to: http://www.the-creative-exchange.com
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
"Beauty without expression is boring."~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
My 365 day journey is coming to an end, I will stop posting everyday and probably post once or twice a week thereafter or at least when I find something interesting to photograph and write about.
Just when you think you have seen the last wedding photo from me I post another one!
Well folks I just couldn't help myself on this one. It is my all time favorite. I took this photo of Allicyn just before entering the reception and the pro photographer was shooting her from the front. I loved many of my 500 photos but this one just sings to my artistic soul! I love the way the light and the wind are dancing romantically around her creating an ethereal effect.
A very happy photolistic accident on my part.
Some of you may be thinking well why do you love it so much, you cannot see her face and your son is not in the photo? Well because I am speaking from a totally artistic point of view.
This one is for the artist in me the rest of the photos are for a mom to cherish!
Just can never suppress that artist thing it always seems to resurface and finds a way to manifest itself imprinting joyous joy on my unsuspecting absorbent soul!
My guess is I will continue to feed the little beast and trust my instincts even at the risk of seeming odd!
Wait until I really get old kids!!!
Have a wonderful day!
Friday, October 28, 2011
|A Thousand Words|
Sometimes a photo just tells a story and we have all heard the phrase, a picture is worth a thousand words!
I captured this photo just before entering a tour bus in Costa Rica. We had enjoyed a river cruise thru the Rain Forest earlier in the day.
Over the past year I have come across it several times wanting to use it for a post in some capacity. This photo just speaks to me.
I have no idea who this gentleman is, however I can only imagine his lifestyle by observing this photograph.
I would say he is a man who works very hard and long hours to support his family. He is a man of modest means enjoying only the essentials of life. His work would be that of a farmer his hands rough and soiled, his skin tanned from the blistering sun. The animal by his side well groomed and fed. His shirt clean and pressed, he is loved and well cared for. A proud and honorable man, a kind man, rather quiet and soft spoken.
I would say he knows that his efforts are most appreciated and keep him going.
Well folks that's my interpretation of this photo and I could be all wrong but that's my imaginary story. Do you have anything to add? Can you only imagine his lifestyle?
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
|Painting By Lynn|
I guess you just never know how you can inspire another person. I posted the photo below on Sunday, October 23rd, entitled, Health Is A Large Word. I liked the photo but wouldn't classify it as one of my top ten. Thought it just OK! A fellow blogger from California, then commented that she would like to paint the watermelons and would I grant her permission! Yikes, are you kidding me, yes, yes, yes!
It brings me such joy to know that I actually inspired someone like Lynn. Wow, she has inspired me as well, look at her painting above. Makes me want to pick up a paint brush again!
You can enjoy Lynn's blog by clicking here --> Getting My Feet Wet. She is a very talented quilter as well, and a very proud new grandma.
Thanks Lynn, you have made my day!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
|All Pink & Frilly|
I came upon this lovely tree the other evening while walking the boulevard. It stopped me abruptly, begging a closer view. Wish I could tell you the name of this beauty but for now I will discuss it's visual impact.
Large plumes of lantern like flowers hung in clusters throughout it's sprawling limbs. Salmon pink in color, quite the ostentatious display.
I couldn't help thinking that they looked like frilly little tutu's hanging out to dry. Hence my imaginary name for this gargantuan wooden structure, Mother Nature's TuTu.
So until one of my more tree educated, blogger friends, facebook friends or email friends lets me in on it's proper name it shall be forever known to me in an abbreviated version, as the TuTu Tree!
I kind of like that name, it just rolls off the tongue. Silly, yes, but a moment captured and stored in my creative memory. I will never pass one by again without taking special notice.
The prima ballerina, Mother Nature herself, dancing her graceful dance, showering us with elegance and grace, a grand performance!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The Bird of Paradise are native to south Africa and mean joyfulness, freedom, and magnificence.
They are also referred to as Crane flowers for resembling a bird’s beak and plumage. Bird of Paradise are the 9th wedding anniversary flower.~google search~
If you have read this chances are that you have learned something new today! As far as wisdom and letting go of something is concerned, I guess it would be some of the little stuff that stands in the way of seeing what is really important or seeing things from a different prospective. Just knowing that there is a better way! Good Judgement! Making a good sound decision and having the knowledge and experience to back up that decision.
A little bird once told me that controlling the impulse to flip someone the bird, replaced with a kind smile goes a lot further in the feathers that flock together. A bird in the hand is far better than two in a bush. You might have to clean up a little poop though! That eating like a bird gets you sick. Having a bird and being able to let that bird go is like killing two birds with one stone!!! The birds and the bees are always to busy pollinating to sweat the small stuff!
A little cockeyed wisdom for you today!.
OK, so now that we have that all down pat... "Let the Bird of Paradise fly up your nose." Let joyfulness, freedom and magnificence become the contagious allergens that contaminate your being today! The bird just might cause a little tickle in your throat and a whole lot of smiles!!! Just never know where all this is going to go, but it's kind of nice to be a somewhat wise old bird!!!
Monday, October 24, 2011
"Fashion is always of the time in which you live. It is not something standing alone. But the grand problem, the most important problem, is to rejeuvenate women. To make women look young. Then their outlook changes. They feel more joyous."~Coco Chanel~
Is this photo joyous or what? Walking thru a grand flea market recently, Judy and I came across this more than colorful store. Yikes, flea markets have come a long way, I thought! Judy suggested I take a photo for my blog, there was no twisting my arm on this one!
Neither of us were quite sure where one would wear such attire? My friend being of an adventurous nature decided to interview the owner!
The white dress with the red trim is actually a wedding dress. "The remaining could be worn to proms and social events," the owner said. Upon further investigation I noticed that not one was made out of flannel or had the proper coverage for my liking! Call me old and a little old fashioned but I also think that fashion should be comfortable as well. Look at that mannequin on the bottom right...Holy guacamole!
There is something out there for everyone, I guess. Feeling a little more rejuvenated, joyous and fashion educated for having visited this colorful place, we moved along. A store for the younger fashion savvy generation for sure!
Ahhh... the flea market a wonderful place to find the unexpected, overloading the unsuspecting senses!
Sunday, October 23, 2011
"Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well, and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man."~James H. West~
Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy spirit, If you have all three you are a very wealthy person!
It is the gathering of one's being blended into a happy soul that knows no boundaries.
A wealth that money just can't buy!
Attending a flea market yesterday we enjoyed many treasures, lots of bling, items to help one sing and a few items that one can fling! Nine hundred stores under one roof!
Wow, talk about sensory overload! I brought my camera to see what I could capture. There are always many sights and sounds to behold here!!! Not to mention the smell of hot grease torturing fresh vegetables.
The most interesting and colorful for me were the vegetable stands. Farmers neatly and proudly displaying their precious bounty.
Taking charge, protecting one's health is the greatest purchase and investment one can add to the portfolio of life!
Now go eat your veggies and french fries don't count! I really need to start living my own words here! I have fallen off that long wagon train of health once again!
Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
"True silence is the rest of the mind, and it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment."~William Penn~
Chairs waiting to seat a weary soul for some quiet time and refreshment!
Turning a corner in a very busy place was this sweet little respite. Quiet, colorful, yet peaceful. Just my kind of place to regroup, refresh the body and nourish the mind.
Silence sweet silence such a wonderful gift!
Have a great day and enjoy your weekend!
Friday, October 21, 2011
"All we need, really, is a change from a near frigid to a tropical attitude of mind."~Marjory Stoneman Douglas~
The sun is finally shining again, my tropical paradise has returned.
Gray and gloomy be gone you have served your purpose well. It's time to change my attitude to that tropical state of mind!
Just a pretty picture today to remind us that paradise is really never far away! It's a mindset no matter the atmospheric conditions that surround us!
Don't Worry Be Happy! Remember that tune? Now hummmm it! Bet you can't get that catchy little tune out of your head...now can you???
Thursday, October 20, 2011
|Birds Of Paradise|
"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we only tune in."~George Washington Carver~
Is it not paradise while watching any bird? Birdwatching has become a recent past time for me. One must look for new subjects to capture when one loves their instrument of capture. Never really paid birds much attention in my younger years they were just kind of there.
Thru the glory of digital technology, however, I have captured me quite a few.
Above is a collage of some of my favorites. Can you name them all?
It's OK, neither can I. Just enjoy them!
My friend Sue recently told me about her new App for the IPhone, it shows you a picture of a bird and then proceeds to sing out it's call. If the bird is in the area it will soon appear!
Gosh I have got to get me one of those!
Ahhh... technology, what would we do without it?
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
"Be calm and strong and patient. Meet failure and disappointment with courage. Rise superior to the trials of life, and never give in to hopelessness or despair. In danger, in adversity, cling to your principles and ideals. Aeauaninitas!"~Sir William Osler~
Who among us has not lived thru some type of disappointment? If someone or something is sucking the colorful rainbow out of your life you need to ask yourself why that is? Is there something I need to do? Speak up for myself perhaps? Above all one must stick to their principles holding on to their ideals, knowing that you have done the best you can.
Disappointment builds character and lends itself to finding new solutions! It is a temporary roadblock to new possibilities. It takes a coward to criticize, especially anonymously but a noble man to move forward in spite of that criticism!
The harsh opinions of others will fail in the attempt to sabotage the noble soul!
The noble soul thrives in the comfort of inner peace.
A peace that is precious and others wish to possess.
Stake your protective umbrella of happiness, let no one tear it down!
Latin Dictionary- Aeauaninitas-calmness of mind/ patience/ tranquility/ equanimity/ goodwill/ favor.
Not a popular word but one to hold on to!~google search~
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
This is the third ad that I have designed for my baby brother's place of business. I wrote about him earlier this past summer, you can check it out by clicking on the following link, True Craftsmanship!
The ad will publish in a local magazine to be distributed in the South Coast Area of Massachusetts. A bit wordy, I think, but he wants it all in there!
Not sure how I acquire these little jobs along the wayside, but attracting them seems to be what I do best. He promised to buy me an ice cream when I visit for Christmas! What a guy!
Since I am allergic to ice cream I'm going to have to settle for a sincere thank you!
A thank you he generously provides, I'm more than glad to help him out!
What else are big sister's for???
He is my brother after all!
Monday, October 17, 2011
I chose Lantana to fill my window box! It is a very vigorous grower that is draught tolerant and colorful as well!
Lantana is symbolic for the word rigor. Why rigor and not vigor, I am not sure? I'll take it either way! I have had some luck with this plant before and hopefully with some consistent watering and a little fertilizer it will do just fine!
It is raining today and I am longing for some good old fashioned Florida sunshine.
Have a wonderful day!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
|The Steel Ixora|
"Related to the gardenia and coffee plants, Ixora is said to be native to Asia and whose name derives from an Indian deity."~google search~
The Ixora plant is quite common here in southern Florida, a source of constant color, they bloom all year.
As anyone who follows my blog knows I left my green thumb back in Massachusetts.
Resorting to clay pots of foliage that are inhabited by true and blue indestructible proven to grow living organisms, another words they survive on sheer neglect, remaining contained as well.
What could I plant in my newly vacated by a weaker species, royal blue pot, I thought?
Walking thru my favorite home improvement center, lowes and behold the Ixora Plant appeared, on sale to boot.! Yes the answer to my not so green Floridian thumb prayers.
These plants survive in abandoned vacant lots with no care at all. A true child of Mother Nature, herself, caring for the not so very privileged!
The variety I chose above is rather wispy which lends itself to clay pot habitation, I think!
We shall see!!! I figure some famous explorer went to India and brought this species back to this continent. Hmmm... lets go with Ferdinand Magellan. Wasn't he the Portuguese explorer who sailed around the world??? Hence the title!
You google it I have to go and plant my Ixora!
Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Cleaning the sink after dinner I noticed something on my glass lanai door as I was gazing out the window thinking about today's blog. Obviously this gentle little creature was not what I had planned for today. It was dark and I only had the porch light to work with as I did not want to scare him with my flash. From the hall inside I took a couple of shots of froggy glued to the window, a suction cup kind of action, almost an invasion of his privacy! Belly and fingers flattened like we use to do as children pressing our nose against a window. I walked out thru another door to capture his backside.
My guess is that there was good eating around the lone shinning light. Flying creatures in a frenzy like state of being, sensing a ferocious predator! Guess you can never have to many frogs around, not particularly fond of insects myself!
Hubby arrived home just in time to enjoy the show, however froggy remained frozen in place, one eye fixed on my lens.
Go away lady, how rude of you to interrupt my dinner, may have been his froggy thoughts.
Wonder if he would have liked some of that seaweed stuff I've been eating?
We respected his imaginary wishes and went inside, only later to discover that he had vanished.
Guess I never know where my next inspiration will come from, sometimes they just drop by inviting themselves to dinner! How pleasantly rude!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."~Rabindranath Tagore~
We were sitting on a bench appreciating the beauty of the Caloosahatchee River the other evening, enjoying the cloud formations and all that Mother Nature had to offer! Spending time with her seems to be an addiction I have developed of late. I have learned to love clouds and cloudy days. Finding familiar objects in their formations is a fun game to play. Cloudy days are best for photographing, allowing one to rest from the sometimes, blistering sunshine!
Clear blue skies are wonderful to witness but clouds build character, adding interest to nature's canvas and character to one's soul. Another layer of texture in the fabric of life!
No man is beyond a little rainfall, it's how we weather the drops that matter!
Examine the clouds as they are sure to clear leaving one wiser to truly enjoy the blissful sunshine!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
"The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire."~Pamela Hansford Johnson~
The silence was so loud one could hear the grass grow! Last evening our golf cart expedition set out a bit late around 7:15PM. We only had a short period of time to capture the quiet. It was as though the earth took a deep breath and held it the entire time we were about. No breeze to be had, yet warm and comfortable. Many homes scattered about the golf course, not a sound to be heard. The insects held off on their evening melody, croaking frogs lay silent, chirping birds home in their nests! A feather falling may have been detected! Mother Nature was taking a nap! Eerie but very beautiful we forged ahead. Hubby at the helm!
No wildlife to capture and a bit disappointed, when suddenly the sun saved the day and bid us a fond farewell in very grand style.
It is wonderful how it happens day after day, repetitious yet unique each and every time if we only take a moment to notice.
Have a wonderful day!
Kim Klassen's texture, Scratched Magic July.