sent me this fun little gift - a hand made magnet with bling!
She and her mom made them together for Paying it Forward. What a fun project.
So, to keep this great idea of using what you have, allowing yourself to be creative, and sharing with people around the globe, I too will be paying it forward.
I will send 3 people hand made greeting cards sometime in the next couple months. All they need to do is promise to do something hand made for a few other folks sometime this year. Nothing elaborate, just something to share.
(Samples, yours will be made especially for you).
If you are interested in participating in this fun event, leave me a comment telling me and an email address. If you prefer not to leave an email where it is public, you can just leave me a comment indicating your interest and send your e-mail to mine: email@example.com.
I will go with the first 3 lovely people who are interested. I do encourage anyone else to leave regular comments or maybe do something similar in your part of our fun blog world.
While cutting celery the other day for dinner (and leftovers for my lunch the next day), I noticed the cross section of the celery bunch was quite pretty. So first a took a few regular focus shots, then additional ones that were progressively more out of focus. What I created were some really neat textures to use in the future.
Huh, who knew you could make art by playing with your food?!
F 5.6 1/30 ISO:200
I used the macro shot SOOC, then duplicated the layer a couple times, added the "bokeh" version of the same celery over top, then brushed away the center to see the details again.
I will definitely be using the blurred version for future texture use. Love the soft colors.
The weather outside is still between seasons. The occasional pop of color from daffodils and crocuses give hope over the brown grass and gray sky. The rain (and dare I say it, occasional snowflake) have kept folks inside. Although, the trees truly have sprouted itty biity leaves in just the last few days.
I am waiting patiently for a lovely day to take some more little person photos. My friend Amy and Baby A are up for more portrait fun, as soon as Mother Nature gets the parks back in shape for us! This time I have some idea what my camera can do, which it a huge step forward from the first time around. Luckily, with a kid this cute, she does all the work.
In the meantime, I've gotten the spring cleaning bug, which means there are boxes, piles, and bags strewn about the place. No artistic pictures to be had inside right now either. It's a bit of a holding pattern.
However, one bonus to not-so-colorful skies, is natural black and white. I took this in later afternoon light. I would say sun, but you can see that would be a stretch. I ended up liking it very much after some cropping for effect.
I actually walked by it a couple days before I realized what it was, and then I was stunned by it's size. The continuous rain and more moderate temperatures that summer might have been worth it for this beauty alone. I also really liked that they hadn't over landscaped anything, but just let the area grow. It was nice to have a snack outside here on occasion.
When I fly I usually prefer an aisle seat. My short attention span (and economy seat) means I pop up and down occasionally in longer flights. This one however, was a short flight into Philly, so I sat by the window. This perfectly clear view was somewhere over Pennsylvania.
I once read a book where the main character was from Montana and wanted to know what Pennsylvania looked like. The other character described it in one word, green. I thought that was a really good description.
A few weeks ago, Cat over at The Whimsical Gardner in Austin, sent me this lovely award. Thank you so much!
If you would like to see stunning floral, gardens, and critters, you absolutely want to add Cat's blog to your list of daily visits. The color, light, and variety always make me happy.
With this award I am suppose to share 7 random things about myself and share some new blogs I've come across.
(I realize a lot of my followers read many of the same blogs I do, so I will attempt to list some new ones.)
7 Random Things about me:
*I am a night person, even after years of working day hours.
*As a child soccer was the first sport I stopped playing because it involved too much running.
*As an adult I ended up getting a job that required running!
*I can sit and eat an entire container of strawberries or blueberries without regret.
*I find myself watching TMZ, even though I know it's a train wreck.
*One thing on my Bucket List is the Boston Pops at Christmas.
*I would like my next house to be a small cottage, and if it were in England or Ireland, that would work too.
(Ok, that is a really far off dream).
This verse is usually associated with weddings and anniversaries, but I think is should be broader than that. I think we show acts of love and kindness everyday to our family, friends, co-workers, and sometimes even strangers. My friend Amy made these and brought them in to work one afternoon, just because she felt like sharing.
I thought the lines of them, all perfect with their little frosting hats was too good to pass up photographing
(in fact, I told the people they had to wait until I got in a few shots).
I don't think God meant love to become this big grand gesture that marketing and jewelry and candy companies want to define. I think he meant that even on regular days or bad days, patience is love. Sometimes just a kind call or text, maybe helping an older person tie their shoe, or listening to a child tell you a story, ordinary kindness is love.
So as we head into spring and new growth and new beginnings, maybe we add on a little more love in simple ways.
Well, I finally lost the battle against the headcold. The good part is, I very rarely get sick, so hopefully this is just a pause in the daily action and I'll be back up to snuff soon.
Thanks to everyone's thoughts and prayers for my friend the Dean. Her surgery went well and she is headed back home to Virginia. I'm hoping to get down there in a while to catch up in person. I'll be sure to take my camera, the blooms should be wonderful very soon!
In the meantime, here is a photo of a paver patio design from the home and garden show (oh yes, I have many more to come). This part is the guitar head and neck, which made the walkway to the patio.
The patio itself was shaped like the body of the guitar, with the cooking equipment around the edge. And I would show you a photo of that too, but there was a group of people walking all over it. So, just imagine with me. I don't know what this cost, but I'm willing to find out for my next house!
I pass this barn everyday. It is quite an attractive little building in person and quite well maintained.
You can see, however, that one of the storms a couple months back yanked off a portion of the roof.
The owners - who are a little of a mystery, because there is no house nearby, just fields and a road - tried to put in a temporary patch/fix. But, that too was crumbled by the high winds and rain of the last 2 weeks.
I hope in a few weeks, the owners will have a chance to really get in there and hammer on a new roof.
We are still gray and brown here, so I had to seek out some flowers and loveliness for this Macro Monday. I went with a friend to the home and garden show and just seeing all those flowers and bushes made my week. The low and filtered lighting inside the huge building, however I did not love so much.
These are straight out of the camera. The nice lady siting nearby and hand painting flowers on greeting cards told us it was a form of Magnolia. I liked the delicate flowers on the bush.
she's a force to be reckoned with, in such a good way
she's been a strong woman since before it was acceptable
she lights up a room by walking in and makes your day when you hear her voice
her family and friends are her life
but her work is a darn close second
she is a leader by example, even when she messes up
she will own her choice, correct the mistake and share with anyone who can benefit
she fought a modern political Goliath and won
even though it broke her heart a little
you see, she loves working with students and puts them first
sometimes administrators and bean counters and lawyers don't get it
but she doesn't give up, she pushes through
your kids would love to have her as Dean
a title few realize is all about the time, commitment, work, and faith
and not at all about the title
I have known her almost half of my life
and I want her to continue to show us all what really living is all about
so as she has brain surgery, for the second time
could you send some positive vibes towards Pittsburgh Medical Center
'cuz we really need to get her back in the game!