Saturday, August 31, 2013

Relationship thoughts and a little fairy...



If I am ever in another relationship (and if I one day marry someone) whoever I am with will have to be supportive of my odd artistic whims. This includes being aware that he may walk into a room and see me resting on my back, on the floor, with my camera above my head just because there happens is a perfect patch of sunshine coming through a nearby window. He will have to be okay with the fact that I still read children's books aloud to myself sometimes and that I often wake up randomly in the middle of the night to jot down inspiration that has come in a dream. Lastly, he will have to be able to at least smile at my creative whims even when such times include the fact that I am a grown adult making a fairy home.

In the meantime, I am positively fine with the fact that I have such whims and I have wonderfully supportive family that simply smiles when I bring home a thrift store find and proclaim it is the perfect fairy house. I do not need a relationship to be joyful and creative in my life, but today I realized once again that if I am ever in another relationship it is vital that whoever I am with is supportive of my creativity and my love of children and childlike things.

Now, after that bit of rambling, back to the fairy house!

Today while thrift store shopping I came across what seemed to be a candle holder in the shape of a strawberry house. I immediately thought it looked like just the place a fairy would call home. So, I spent part of this afternoon creating a tiny fairy and a little piece of property for her strawberry house to rest upon. I named the little fairy Arunima. I carpeted her home with red felt, gave her a puff of smoke for her chimney, and a lovely little garden/yard where she can enjoy having picnics. She has a hand crocheted picnic blanket, blue button plates, and a bit of yummy fairy food. Her wings and hair glimmer with pixie dust and her dress is of the finest petals. All in all, I had a truly wonderful time with this creative whim. It was a grand way to spend the beginning of this three day weekend.









Thoughts to ponder-

Do you have interesting creative whims?
Are you ever creative in more "childish" ways?


Monday, August 26, 2013

Becoming a bridesmaid...

Bridesmaid dress

One of my dearest friends is getting married this December. I am so excited for her and her fellow! And, I am excited to be a bridesmaid! For this wedding I was asked to wear a cream colored lace dress. So, I did a bit of searching online and I settled on a dress from Ruche. Hopefully it will fit well and be just the right length for the wedding.

It is such a wonderful, emotional and strange thing to be a bridesmaid for one of my dearest friends. I can pretty much guarantee that I will cry at the wedding.The tears will be the happy sort, but they will flow.

This sweet friend of mine has sat with me many a time. We've shared tears, laughter, and stories. We have had honest conversations over cups of piping hot tea. We've celebrated birthdays, prayed together, encouraged one another, and spoken truth in love. Long before she became engaged we had conversations about hopes and dreams. We talked about our dream wedding rings and shared about how if we were still close enough come the time either of us got married that we would ask each other to be bridesmaids. It is amazing how quickly life has changed since we had such conversations a few years ago. When we talked about dreams of getting married it seemed so very far away and now here we are mere months away from her marry an incredible guy. I am so happy for her and I can't wait to stand up in front of the church showing my support.

Thoughts to ponder-

Have any of your dear friends gotten engaged recently?
Have you ever been in a wedding party?


Monday, August 19, 2013

Nature glimpses and a new adventure begun...




This weekend I went on a mini-nature walk. I only walked around my own backyard, but I decided to look closely at the details around my yard and capture little interesting glimpses. I noticed the ants and imagined I was much smaller. I imagined how incredible and huge the adventure of my backyard would seem from that perspective. With the help of my imagination and taking time to look at little things I capture some truly interesting glimpses.

There were three specific glimpses I wanted to share today. There was the jungle of weeds so thick and green. I could imagine trekking through it. Then there was the hidden green treasure nestled beside stones and twigs just waiting to be found. Lastly, there was a pure white feather resting in the shadows with the decaying things.

I truly like each photograph. They are each beautiful in their own ways.

The adventure I went on in my backyard was more of an adventure thanks to imagination, but the adventure I began today is very real. Today I started my very first office job as a student worker at my college. I put together folder packets, met the wonderful staff members I'll be working with, answered student questions, and worked diligently on the other tasks assigned. I began a new adventure today and I am excited. I have begun a much need newness. Today a new season and chapter started. I look forward to seeing what this adventure continues to hold. I am excited to work hard and do a good job while participating in this new opportunity.

Life is full of adventures. Sometimes the adventure is helped along with a little imagination and sometimes it is wholly and purely a real life occurrence.

Thoughts to ponder-

What little glimpses could you have missed in your own backyard?
Have you begun any adventures lately?


Thursday, August 15, 2013

My baby sister is an adult...

Lovely Dana




Time flies by so quickly! This week my baby sister turned 18. She is truly kind, thoughtful, loving, artistic and beautiful. She is one of my very best friends and I am so proud of the woman she has become. I can't wait to continue watching her grow. She is so dear to me.

We've been celebrating with yummy Alaskan Salmon from our Uncle Bill, homemade bread, and delicious cake and ice-cream. I look forward to continuing celebrations this weekend and with a tea we will be hosting in her honor in a few weeks.

Thoughts to ponder-
Does time seem to fly by quickly?
How do you make the most of the special days that come along like birthdays?


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Baby Elijah...

Elijah and his Momma

Elijah and I

Baby feet...


Today I was blessed to have the opportunity to see my friend Laura and meet her precious baby boy Elijah. I went by for a visit and to give her two baby hats I made for her little guy. It was wonderful to see her.

I always marvel at the incredible tiny features of babies and the reality that all of us were once so small. Elijah is a precious little one and he is blessed to have two amazing parents that love him so very much. I truly couldn't help but smile as I uploaded these photos. The gift of life is such a precious thing.

It is incredible to think about the fact that I met Laura before she was married, attended her wedding, photographed her baby shower, and now I have met the little life that grew inside of her. I have held Elijah, heard him cry, felt him grasp my finger tightly, and looked into his beautiful eyes. It is truly miraculous.

Today I am in awe and thankful for the incredible reminders in life of God's faithfulness.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Books make good pillows...

Girly Girl

This just in- Books make good pillows! Well, at least that is what my cat Girly Girl seemed to have thought when she took over one of my sister's books recently. Cats are such funny creatures. I don't particularly think that books make good pillows, but today I did enjoy a bit of rainy weather which happened to be the perfect weather to snuggle up and read a book.

Lately I have been reading multiple books at one time. Some people can't imagine doing such a thing while others tend to always be reading more then one book at a time. I think I tend to read multiple books at once most of the time. I am currently reading the Bible (Old Testament), an autobiography, a book of children's fiction, and I've just begun The Pocket Scavenger  by Kari Smith. I plan to write an in depth post about the autobiography and fiction book once I am done reading them. In regards to the book by Kari Smith, it is wonderful so far! It is an "interactive" book that takes you on a scavenger hunt adventure. The book also has a technique to randomly choose built in prompts to edit your scavenger find in some interesting way as you document it in the scavenger journal pages. The first item was stamps and the prompt I randomly had was to add string. I am very pleased with the book so far and hopefully I can share photos of some of my entries sometime soon!

Whether it has been the Bible, books of children's fiction, autobiographies, articles, or creative books, one of the wonderful aspects of this summer has been the allowance of time to read more. I still haven't read as much as I would have liked, but I definitely read more over the summer than during the past school semesters. However, one of my goals this coming semester is to read at least one book a month that is not a part of my coursework. I also want to work hard to take little moments to write things other than papers. One beneficial aspect of this semester is that I will be taking a creative writing class! By taking this class I believe it will help me remember to take time for creative endeavors along side my other courses.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoy reading and I am thankful for this rainy afternoon we had and the bit of reading I was able to experience as the rain dripped down.

Thoughts to ponder-

What is the best weather for reading?
Do you tend to strictly read one book at a time or multiple books at once?


Monday, August 12, 2013

Window gazing...

Daydream of Country Drives

Recently I enjoyed riding with my family on a short country drive. I sat in the backseat and window gazed. There was brown grass, green grass, wild plants, cattle, and rolling hills with trees. There were man-made fences, houses here and there, and road that flowed on and on like a frozen stream. I couldn't help imagining how beautiful the trees would be come autumn time. Yes, it was a pleasant window gazing drive.

On this Magnificent Monday  I was daydreaming about that drive a little and tonight an idea for a picture creation came to me. Thus, the above picture was born and inspired by daydreams of country drives.

Sometimes in life it is nice to go on a drive and enjoy a different scenery. It can be grand to sit in the back seat with your camera at hand ready to capture little glimpses of the scenes flying by your window. Yes, sometimes it is just nice to go on a drive.

I will continue to daydream of window gazing. Some days my daydreams may be about Texas country side, county fields, or other days it might be of Alaskan tree-lines and mountain peeks. Whatever the daydreams may be it is nice to daydream a little about beautiful scenery and remember the first time an aspect of those places took my breath away.

May your Mondays be Magnificent! 

Thoughts to ponder-

When was the last time you window gazed?
What scenery do you daydream of?


Friday, August 9, 2013

A week with this handsome guy...

Murphy makes me smile...

Murphy and I






I spent a week with a handsome guy named Murphy. Well, actually, he is a handsome dog. He is also one of the sweetest dogs I know. This was actually my second time to pet-sit him. The only difference was that last summer I took care of Murphy and another little dog, but this summer I just had Murphy while his owners were away on vacation.

While I was away I lacked my normal access to upload and process my photos. So, I couldn't post photos of this handsome pup until I was back home. (Now you get a Murphy photo overload. But, he is cute so that is okay, right?) Along with the photos I thought it would be fun to post a top five fact list about Mr. Murphy.

1. Murphy is a huge dog. This should come as no surprise since he is a Mastiff after all. But, upon returning home my medium size dog seems so tiny, especially her head seems tiny. Even though Murphy is huge over all he is a gentle giant. The only times he is not gentle is if his people or his yard/house are threatened or if he is too excited sometimes he doesn't know his own strength when he paws at you.

2. Murphy LOVES belly rubs! He will roll over as soon as you get close to him so that you can rub his belly.

3. Murphy can be a bit stubborn, but I have come to find that is true of most pets.

4. Murphy can make very funny faces when he squishes his cheeks against the floor or rests his head in funny ways.

5. And, last, but not least, Murphy has incredible brown eyes. His eyes are especially incredible when they are in the sunlight.

I hope you enjoyed seeing photos of Murphy! Now that I am back home I look forward to regular blogging once again.

Thoughts to ponder-

What do you think of Murphy?
Have you ever pet-sitted?


Monday, August 5, 2013

Visiting Murphy...


Murphy eyes.

I am currently away taking care of one of my very favorite dogs named Murphy. (The photos above are actually from when I took care of him last summer.)

My reason for being quiet here on the blog lately is because I am spending lots of time with that handsome Mastiff and I do not have a way to process my photos right now. I have to say that if there were ever a good reason to be quieter on the blog it is to be spending time with the sweetest brown eyed Mastiff. I will be back to blogging come Friday though and promise to share some recent photos of the handsome pup.

He is truly the sweetest dog!

And, here is a glimpse of what else I will blog about soon...

Photos of Murphy (as mentioned),
A yummy vegetarian recipe,
A impromptu photo session my sister and I had,
Post about college,
Crochet project post,
A bookish post,
And possibly a health update.

Thoughts to ponder-

Do you know any super sweet dogs?
If you too are a blogger, what are some posts you hope to publish soon?