day 2 :: twinkle lights

on 3.12.16

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!

                                John 1:5
                 The light shines in the darkness,
             and the darkness has not overcome it.


                    

                                                                      Dean





                                                                      Tanya

day 1 :: gratitude

on 1.12.16

Several years ago I took a Tracey Clark class called Picture the Holidays.  It was a great way to focus on specific things, and be in the moment of each day.  I still really like some of the pictures I captured. I decided to do it again this year.  You can no longer join the class because it has been discontinued, but they gave everyone a download of the prompts so I am going to do it again this year. You can also check out Big Picture Classes for other classes they now offer.  Tracie West who has also taken some of Tracey Clark's classes is joining me.  My daughter who has just started her own blog, as well as Tracie's daughter Abbie, my friend Tanya who has a new camera she would like to use more, and maybe even my husband may be joining us. It is the holiday season, so I anticipate there may be missed days but Tracie and I don't sweat it.  

So gratitude.......it is a very important thing. I am currently rereading Ann Voscamp's One Thousand Gifts as I try to do each year. I always need that push to refocus, and reach for more gratitude. There are so many things big and small to be grateful for, some come natural and some I have to think about. I mean, I am daily grateful for being warm.  I hate, hate, hate to be cold.  I literally dance and sing around my house when I am warm just because I am so thankful for being warm. It actually brings me joy, not even kidding.  However in this photo I wanted to capture the thing I am most grateful for, God. I am so thankful that I don't have to have it all figured out, that I am not in control, that God has a plan even when I things don't go the way I had hoped.  I have experienced what may be the most difficult time in my adult life, and I am so grateful that God invites us to pray, to pray unceasingly, and to give thanks in all circumstances.  The difficulties have not shaken my faith in the least, in fact they grew my faith. I knew I was made for such a time as this. I know that God loves the people in my life even more than I do, and He has a plan out of the muck and mire. And while obedience isn't always the path that people take, I know I can pray God's will for them. The scripture says 1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. Now we might not always know what His will is, but there are plenty of things that are clear in the scripture.  2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  Thank you Jesus!  

I got this post ready last night minus Tanya and Dean's photos.  I did not know what they were going to take a photo of.  I think it is cool that we all had something similar in mind. 

I will leave you with one of my favorite verses, that I lived out this past year. My husband even bought me a ring for my birthday with part of this inscribed. 


James 1:2-4
 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything





                           Tanya
          I'm thankful for the guidance and reassurance
                that Jesus gives me through the Bible.
                I'm just so thankful that He meets me 
                when I stop and spend time with Him. 





                      


                                   Dean 
              Thankful for God's word in my life.

light

on 13.10.16

Here is another installment from the video project Tracie West and I have been working on. This project was about light.  As a person who enjoys taking photos, I am always looking for beautiful light, and drooling over the perfect light, whether for my photo or in some one else's.  Doing this project proved to be intimidating because my head was packed with ideas, and big plans and reality didn't match for several reasons.  I eventually had to just concede and know that next time I will do better, hopefully much better. I already had the privilege of seeing Tracie's video, which turned out so beautiful!  I love the fact that she narrated over the whole thing, such a great idea!  The correlation between light from the sun, and the son of light is also beautiful! That Tracie is very talented so be sure and check it out! The password is lightseeker.



In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.  ~ A. R.





                               light from 22 Limes on Vimeo.

Weekend moments

on 7.7.16

So here is my third installment of videos I have been making along with Tracie West. This project was based on capturing moments over a weekend in May, actually Mother's Day weekend. I went with random moments, and Tracie West went with the moments that made up her Mother's Day celebration. We were supposed to post this back in May, however I had one issue after another, including today. After making the video originally, I went to open it up and there was nothing. Arhhgggg. Then I had trouble with sound stutters, and uploading it. I am thankful that Tracie didn't give up on me all together.  Don't forget to stop by and visit Tracie's video.  The password is weekend.


Weekend moments from 22 Limes on Vimeo.

5 X 5 for Spring

on 5.5.16

Here is my second installment for the project I am doing with Tracie West. We are both busy women, and sometimes we let our creative endeavours take a backseat. We have joined up to make little films based on whatever themes or ideas we come up with. This project is called 5 x 5 as seen on Vimeo, and is made up of 5 clips that are 5 seconds each.  It is supposed to be made of the actual audio that recorded when recording the clips, so no music. When I shot some of my clips, I heard the beautiful sounds of birds, and other animals, but forgot to account for the wind. I filmed the one and only Magnolia tree we have in the entire city, but the wind was so harsh that I left it out. There were a few shots I wanted to get that were not nature related, but ran out of time.  That is why this is such a great collaboration, it gives us motivation to make these and lots of practice. 



It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

moving pictures

on 20.4.16

I am joining up with the beautiful Tracie West again to give us reason to keep our creativity alive!  I love that she is open to joining me in these creative pursuits. This little project is an extension of our photography by making moving pictures, aka little films. I don't know how often we will post them, once a month, a couple of times a month, depends on the project. We are starting out small.  This first project was just us recording 1 second each hour for our entire day. Short and sweet.  The password is 22.


Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson




1 sec recorded for each hour I was awake on April 16th.

taking stock :: February

on 5.3.16

I am just going to say it...
February sucked.
life happened
and
it derailed me
but I am not letting that keep me there.
I am getting back on the DO wagon,
and I am just going to keep DOING
whatever it is I want to be doing.





Making :  Quick sketches for habit

Organized : Not so much

Sketching : Hand lettering and also a daily thing

Cooking : Not a lot


Drinking : Fell off the lemon water wagon, and drank too much Mt. 

               Dew

Reading: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult 


Wanting: To give myself grace

Looking: Forward to dusting myself off and getting back on track


Health :  Turmeric and Ginger Root supplement for inflammation, so 
              many benefits, everyone should look into it!

Playing: Battle of the Sexes, don't really like it.  Guys get attributed to 

            smart questions, and girls get attributed with makeup   
            questions. lame.

Deciding: To be graceful to myself, and just jump back in
 

Blogging: Totally fell off that wagon here too

Enjoying: Learning spanish


Waiting: For God to do what only He can do


Liking: The nice weather that is unusual for this time of year

Participating: Mindful moments, maybe a video project with Tracie!

Wondering: How it is possible that so many people are supporting    

                  Trump?
Loving:  Our snowboarding adventure 

Considering: Hiking once a week until it gets really nice out, and then

                   doing it more 

Watching: Survivor


Hoping: For change to happen in days or weeks not years


Needing: To get motivated 


Wearing: A puffer vest which means it is nice enough not to wear a

              coat!

Following: Dr. Weils supplement plan


Knowing: That God is in control


Pondering : What the purpose of my blog is.....still

Thinking: That we live in the times the Bible speaks of

              when it says what is right will be wrong
              and what is wrong will be right....still it's the only way to 
              explain the world right now

Buying: Car parts....blah


Learning: Spanish, hand lettering, and more than
               I ever wanted to know about my 
               thyroid

Feeling: A lot of emotional ups and downs


Went:  Snowboarding and hiking
Goal :  Hike once a week if the weather is nice until and then increase
            it to 2-3 a week once the weather stays nice        

Listening: To lots of free classes on Creative Live 

Bible Study : Lent on She Reads Truth


Memorizing : The Sermon on the Mount, here is 
                    what I have so far if you want to 
                    join in. 

Matthew 5:1-10 
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.  And he opened his mouth and taught them saying.
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they 
shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.




Taking Stock :: January

on 3.2.16



Feeling proud of myself for the month of January. Now that the demands on my time have changed, I have been able to stay focused, and therefore be successful at sticking to something. Excited to see it continue!



Making :  candles

Organized : my kitchen

Sketching : hand lettering

Cooking : Salmon and broccoli for health and lots of 

               it

Drinking : lemon water and green tea even though it

               tastes terrible!

Reading: 8 Weeks to Optimal Health, 

              52 Small Changes

Wanting: everything to be organized NOW!

Looking: forward to the future


Health : focused on getting back into the habit of 
             taking a multivitamin
 
Playing: Jeopardy on tv with my husband, it is my all

             time favorite, and we believe we are 
             keeping Alzheimers at bay doing so.

Deciding: to jump in slowly and be kind to myself


Wishing: for some mum time with my son


Blogging: more frequently

Enjoying: time practicing hand lettering


Waiting: for God to do what only He can do


Liking: the many free things you can learn on the 
           internet

Participating: in finding color, and mindful moments

Wondering: why you do all the right things, and it 

                  still doesn't turn out the way you had
                  hoped
Loving: this new season in life

Considering: going on a summer trip to meet up 

                   with my photography tribe

Watching: the new X-Files


Hoping: this trial will not last long


Needing: more time with God


Growing: french lavender in my kitchen

Smelling: citrus essential oils


Wearing: lots of plaid, still


Following: Dr. Weils supplement plan


Knowing: that God is in control


Pondering : what the purpose of my blog is

Thinking: that we live in the times the Bible speaks of

              when it says what is right will be wrong
              and what is wrong will be right 

Admiring: Rand Paul


Sorting: through life and that which gathers


Buying: art supplies and all glass storage containers


Getting: stronger, and more flexible as I did a month 

             of push ups and continuing to stretch 

Bookmarking: a lot of hand lettering freebies and 

                     tutorials, here is a great one 
                                            Dawn Nicole

Disliking: when people jump on political bandwagons

              without counting the cost

Opening: the written word more often


Learning: spanish, hand lettering, and more than
               I ever wanted to know about my 
               thyroid

Giggling: at this video 3 year old Mateo


Feeling: a lot of emotional ups and downs


Snacking: on too much cheese, still.


Excited : for a friend who had a life breakthrough!

Goal : get back to adding photos to Flickr
              

Listening: to this version of Jolene by Miley Cyrus 
               who my momma heart aches for.  She did 
               an amazing job on this song.

Bible Study : Philippians

Memorizing : The Sermon on the Mount, here is 
                    what I have so far if you might like to 
                    join.

Matthew 5:1-5 
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.  And he opened his mouth and taught them saying.
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.


:: yellow ::

on 2.2.16


Some painters 
transform the sun
into a
yellow spot, 
others
transform a 
yellow spot 
into
the sun.

~ Pablo Picasso

Finding :: yellow :: 







:: red ::

on 27.1.16

These
are my
contributions
for week 1
:: red ::





                  Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. ~Wayne Dyer

the sixty second photograph

on 23.1.16

The sixty second photograph
I can dig it. 
Found while visiting Hula Seventy.
I love the concept.
So will you.
Click.

hospitality

on 22.1.16



Last year about this time, I talked about a website I was following that does daily Bible studies called She Reads Truth.  I love this site, and they started a brother site called He Reads Truth.  My husband and I did their advent series simultaneously this past Christmas as well as their study of Daniel.  I really enjoyed it. Some of the studies are topical and some go through whole books. They are not intense studies, more devotional in nature, and the scriptures studied are included as a link.  The link takes you to Biblia.com where you can choose from different Bible translations, and read two different ones side by side. 
I just finished a short study on hospitality and I really learned to see hospitality differently. Rather than something that involves inviting people into your home, it is something that we do each day when we interact with others.   Here is a snippet from the final day.
Hospitality is not just about the table. It’s about the people. It’s about the Gospel.
We’ve said that Jesus is the Ultimate Inviter. And what He invites us to is not just a gathering, not just a meal, but a whole new life.
The Gospel is life-giving. Hospitality is actively seeking to share that life with others.It is taking the gift of new life we have in Christ and giving it away with both careful intention and unabashed enthusiasm.

Update: The next study I am going to do is Philippians should you care to join me. 

:: red ::

on 20.1.16

Joining Xanthe and Andrea once again for their 
#colorcolourlover series on Instagram.

week 1   :: red ::

i love cool colors,
so this is not a color
you will find much of
in my world,
except
for plaid,
you can't have plaid
without red,
i love plaid.

Join in the fun!


fonts + art = hand lettering

on 19.1.16

I love fonts!
I love art!
I love hand lettering!
I am a little obsessed with Jacques & Gilles 
which is very trendy right now,
but I can't help myself, 
I think it's beautiful. 


2016

on 18.1.16







It's 2016, a new year......

I was trying to decide if I should post anything about my expectations, my goals, my hopes in the new year.   I was really leaning towards not doing it.

It's embarrassing.

I start out with so much hope, promise, and determination, only to let myself down. 

I hate that. 

And what is this blog anyways, I can't decide.  I don't really know what my purpose is.

And because of that it is hard to make goals.

But then I found that quote and I felt encouraged.

So I decided to continue on.......

There is one thing that is different. 

I am attempting to not be so gung-ho, guns a blazing, full monty about everything. 

The struggle is real. 

So for example, whenever I get on a workout kick, I don't slowly begin to do so.  I start  week 1, working out 5 days a week, strength training 3 days a week, and stretching daily.  When I don't keep this up, I get disgusted and things go bad quickly.  My goal now is to slowly add workouts to my life, allowing myself to create to new habits naturally. What a concept, huh?  My goal has also changed from losing weight, to just being my healthiest self. 

I started this year out by not signing up for every photography class I could find, and not putting every creative idea I had into practice. On days that I struggle with letting life get in the way of creativity, I am attempting to try things in blocks of time.  So one hour for cleaning, one hour for reading, one hour for messing around, and one hour for painting etc. I have liked it so far. 

I plan to attempt to designate days to certain tasks, Monday photography, Tuesdays blogging, Wednesday art, Thursday lettering. Of course I can take photos when ever I want to, but designating a day might help me to follow through with projects, regrouping, social media, and or just making time to jump into something bigger. 

Several things that I read have said how important it is to share your practice, your work, your art on your blog or other social media.  I guess.......I'm gonna give that a try. It is very uncomfortable for me, but then I think why should it be? 

It is what it is.

C

















What's cooking

on 6.11.15

I thought I would do a post of some of the newest things I have been cooking.  The ones I am sharing today have all come from the internet.  Why is it that autumn inspires us to cook and bake?  Not only cook and bake, but also to cook and bake new recipes, at least it does that to me.  I get so tired of what we are eating, and I just want to know what everyone else is eating.  I am not a food lover, in fact I don't even love to cook, but I love the idea of it.  I cook out of necessity so that we can eat healthy scratch meals.  I just get bored with food, and nothing sounds good so I scour for new things. I love watching chefs because they really do love food, and their passion inspires me.  When it comes to baking, I learned everything I know from Martha Stewart.  She turned baking into an art form, and that got my attention. You notice I didn't say cooking, that's because Martha cooks WAY above my cooking scale.  There are always ingredients I have never heard of, or they just scare me.  I mean an onion sandwich, who would ever......In all seriousness, I have made several cooking recipes but they have always been the easy ones.  We have been making the same turkey for Thanksgiving for at least 15 years.  It is a BBQ'd turkey with a homemade sauce that I got out of her magazine and it is amazing! So I have cooked a few of her recipes or recipes from her magazine so I guess that counts. 

So below are some of the recipes that I have tried and a comment or two.


So recipe is tasty and quick, however leftovers are not nearly as good.





Stuffed Pepper Soup from Cooking Classy
                                       
This was a huge hit, so delicious!  She recommends not adding the rice directly to the soup if you want to eat leftovers, however I did add it, and didn't find there to be an issue with sogginess.  





Ranch Cheddar Chicken by Damn Delicious


Another delicious one with little prep and bakes quickly.