|I love my collection of Ball jars!|
|Short on space, I purchased this solid wood shelf unit made from old barn wood and it weighs a LOT. They sent it to me in the wrong stain, but it was so heavy, I just asked for a discount, and they gave me one.|
|Some of my cookbooks, but sadly I think I use Pinterest for recipes more than these cookbooks. I must work on that.|
I had high hopes for this month. I started out "taking stock" for January, and then I was going to post my project for February. I did get started, but I didn't finish well. However rather than just starting again in March, I am forcing myself to follow through even at this late date.
My project for this month was to capture here and there bits of my home. I wanted to use photography to appreciate the details, as well as document them. I also do not have the best light, so that will bring a challenge. The good news is that I started taking photos right away, so I am not behind on that. It's unfortunate, in the winter we get beautiful afternoon sun filtering through the windows, but in the summer the sun is directly overhead so we get nothing for setting light. I did a film project for light this past summer, and I was never able to capture the beautiful light inside my place. So now is the time for me to enjoy doing that!
|This is a glimpse of my art room. I am trying to get it organized and finding the challenge quite daunting. I love the galvanized boards on the wall, you can write on them or use magnets.|
Making : my first quilt
Organized : I got all of last years bills and paper organized and stored, threw out a bunch of catalogs and magazines
Sketching : nothing :(
Cooking : made salisbury steak for the first, it was ehh.....
Drinking : Izzy, I have not purchased a can/bottle of Mt. Dew since March 2016
Reading: Small Great Things by Jody Piccoult
Wanting: to cut my hair
Looking: forward to starting one of my hiking goals, to hike the Centennial trail this year which is 111 miles long!
Health : been doing the fitness challenge for 4 weeks, and have not lost a thing, need to jump back into taking my supplements.
Playing: my record player
Waiting: for the newest member of our family to arrive
Buying: Baby stuff
Memorizing : Psalm 27
Have you ever heard of Rend Collective? This is a band that I just love! Below is an intro to who they are, and then a video of their newest song Live Alive. I thought I had mentioned it here before, but perhaps it was just on Instagram. We drove to Denver this past October to see them. They are a folk band from Ireland, and I love all the awesome instruments they play. On stage, they even played a suitcase turned Cello (I think), storage boxes, and trash can lids. I love their heart, their lyrics, their accents, their music, oh and their green Volkswagen bus......Did I mention their accent? I am Irish, named my son an Irish name, so it seems only fitting that I should learn how to talk in an Irish accent.
And this is their latest video, Live Alive.
My photography project is going to be something I focus on for a month at a time. I have several items that are written down, as well as books to work from. One month might be working through a book, the next using only one lens, or shooting film, capturing color, feet, or still life's. It all just depends on what I decide, I am not tied down to one thing. For January because it is so bitter cold, I decided to use this month to catch up on my 2016 projects (on my bucket list), including posting photos that I didn't get around to posting.
| Christmas tree hunt funnery |
I have fallen behind, which is rather sad I think. Instead of getting down on myself, I am just going to forge ahead. Our prompt for day seven was to express yourself, to tune into your emotional gauge and capture where you are at. My initial photo I captured was a rather moody shot, but then I decided to go with this one. I met with some ladies to talk about life at the Pure Bean. I HATE coffee, so I had my usual, hot chocolate. Yummy........anyways I have not fully been feeling the man made Christmas spirit manifesting as of yet. So I am just trying to be mindful of the moments, and appreciate what is.
Be sure and check out Victoria and Tracie's posts.
Today's prompt had to do with celebrating the tiny wonders in the ordinary moments, or mundane tasks. I was working on unpacking Christmas stuff to get ready to decorate. I have these real branches that are covered in little sparkling balls to look like frost. They have always just kind of fascinated me. I love when they catch the light, they turn into little bokeh balls. When I saw them poking out of the box, I grabbed them. Unfortunately, I had a hard time taking a picture that was interesting with out being completely abstract. I took many photos, until I finally just said, "well it is what it is."
Don't forget to check out Tracie and Victoria's interpretations!
Today’s idea of translating the divinity in our lives was an easy one to come up with after glancing over at this craft that my ‘best friend back home’ and I did together. (Though the execution wasn’t so easy for me, I had trouble getting the focus on the deer instead of just the glass in front of the deer). Anyways, for a long time my husband and I have felt like this deer-trapped within invisible boundaries while watching those around us flourish. Recently, in a rare time of joint-prayer, my husband got the clear message from the Lord that ‘[we’re] so close (to our happiness), just hang on’. So here we’ll stay, patiently waiting for God to bring us to the point where we, too, can be set free to live out our giftings and find our ‘happiness/fulfillment/whatever you want to call it’. This is the divinity in our lives, the actions of God in our lives, right now.
A day of hunting
always ends in smiles
and hot chocolate,
extra special hot chocolate.
Our prompt today encouraged us to look at the shape of things and see if what you find reminds you of anything. It just so happened that was the day we got our Christmas tree. Normally when we go there has always been snow, but this time we were not anticipating any. We have had a very mild winter thus far, and it really has only snowed in the northern hills. This was close to that but not quite. So we were a little unprepared for the snow we encountered, as it was knee deep. While we were looking for our tree, I noticed the top of some wild grass peeking out of the snow. There was my picture, a Christmas tree of sorts. As I was writing this I remembered what I had photographed the first time around. It was dill left over in my garden from summer, and the dried heads left on it looked like snowflakes. This wasn't an easy prompt. I didn't get pictures from my other co-hort's but don't forget to check out Tracie West and Victoria's interpretation.
Today's prompt is twinkle lights, and who doesn't love those! I love them so much that I put about 20 strands on our Christmas tree, always in white. When the kids were younger we would put up a second tree in colored lights. I have twinkle lights on my balcony all year round, and 2 other strands that I use in the house as regular decor. They just set the perfect mood. Even though I love the white lights, I will say that there is something about colored lights that makes you feel like a little kid again. Don't forget to check out Tracie, Abbie and Victoria's interpretation of the prompt!
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.