My how time flies!
Have I been busy? Yes, I have been busy.
Will I start blogging again? I think so, lol. I have been writing for a project, but it is not for my blog.
With holidays right around the corner I am picking up needles and hooks once again. The hours in a day are over in the blink of an eye.
Looking into a few new directions, or perhaps they are just forks of the same direction.
I have been getting quite a few new visitors to my lil’ neck of the woods here so I will be popping in again, even if just for a brief post of randomness. Eventually I will be back regularly, until then consider this my pit-stop in the sky.
Wishing you all much love in this world and beyond.
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As many of you know, I was a finalist in the Organic Gardening Magazine Reader’s Photo contest. Well, I stopped in a bookstore yesterday and when I saw the magazine section I decided to see if they carried the magazine. I saw it was the Feb/March issue and I thought the results were going to be in the January issue but decided to look at the issue anyways because I just love the magazine. Then I was looking through the pages I saw the winning image! It wasn’t mine, but my name is listed in the magazine as one of the top finalists. Maybe it sounds dorky but I am ecstatic to have MY name listed in a magazine that I love to read. This is my first time in a magazine AND they spelled my name right.🙂 So for those interested in seeing the winning image AND just seeing my name in print check it out on page 16. At the end of the article they list that my image, and those of the other finalists, can be viewed online at OrganicGardening.com. A huge thank you to those that did take the time to vote for my image. Still dreaming of a DSLR and as it is on my list, I know it will happen one day. Thank you to Organic Gardening Magazine for sponsoring this contest and for all the great info you share with the world. *If you mind this image being shared here, please let me know and I will take it down. No intention of violating Rights on your magazine*
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Welcome 2012! I am grateful for the New Year which is bringing many new beginnings for me. I have an ongoing list, a bucket list if you will, and I have already been able to cross one thing off my list. I took the leap, or better to say ascent, and went up in a balloon! Up, up, and away….well not exactly away since the balloon is lifted by helium, not hot air and it levels out at 400 feet high but still tethered to the ground.
As a Massage Therapist, I am constantly learning of new things from my clients and this one was a hit! Thank you to Laura for the recommendation for free things to do in Orange County. The Great Park in Irvine features free balloon and carousel rides(check their website for special events that might have a fee on certain days). I haven’t been on a carousel in forever and of course I eagerly jumped in line for a ride! We lucked out because there was no line for the carousel ride and it helped to pass the time as we waited for our turn to go up in the balloon. They also have farming exhibits and an art gallery within easy walking distance of the balloon. Here is a pointer, check the website first for the hours of the balloon rides AND go check in and get on the list for the balloon ride as soon as you arrive at the park.🙂
Happy New Year! What’s on your list?
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Today was a project assessing type of day. I dug out one of my craft storage bins and found a sewing project in a plastic baggy. I got out my iron and decided to iron the pieces and see what sense I could make of it. Feels like I haven’t sewn from a pattern in a long time and I was feeling a tad confused. There are other factors involved in my confusion: 1. It was not originally my project. 2. Not all the pattern pieces are included with the pieces. 3. There are no instructions included. So I started searching online for more information with what little information I had. It is a Simplicity Pattern 8018 circa 1977. I found one blogger that has made the project and I am anxiously awaiting to see if she replies to my request for more pictures/info on her successful projects with this pattern. My fingers are crossed and I am hoping for some guidance with this pattern. Anyone else out there have experience with Simplicity Pattern 8018???
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Artistic Family? Yes, I think we fit the bill. To prove this point I want to share with all of you my husband’s latest creative venture. It is about Reviving the Creative Spirit. I definitely think it is worth a few minutes of your time. Click the link and watch the video. He has put loads of time, his heart & soul into this project. Honor the artist and creative spirit in all of us. Share the dream & spread the word!
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I am slowly updating this website to reflect more current things in my life. First thing that regular visitors may notice is that I have added a “Massage/Bodywork” tab above. This tab and the pages connected to it are a loving work in progress. One I could have done last year, but for some reason the time just didn’t feel right until now. So, the updates begin and I will allow myself plenty of time to get the pages to convey my information as heartfelt and accurate as possible. Massage/bodywork/energy work/healing all come from my heart and it is important to me to try to present it via written word as appropriate to that place. Therefore I am giving myself the gift of time and patience to complete the updates.
I feel like the little bee in this picture. I have been out collecting all this pollen and now it is time to make my way back to the hive. If you look closely it almost looks like legwarmers, 80s flashback moment!
I am still waiting for the winner announcements from Organic Gardening Magazine. Ahh patience is a virtue!
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September already! Wow! Thought it was about time for an update for those of you following my blog. To begin with, I just found out that I am one of the Top Ten finalists in the Organic Gardening Magazine photo contest! I cannot even begin to express how excited I am about this news. The following is a link to the photo contest, my image is number 3. Because I want to make sure there isn’t a conflict in showing the image on this page, I will ask you to click on the link to check out the image as well as view the other finalists. I will show another one of my bee images at the bottom of this blog post. I took both images with the same camera. The photo for the competition was taken using my Canon Powershot. Yes, that is correct, I use a point and shoot as I currently do not have a professional level SLR. People always seem surprised when I tell them what camera I use. I have always been one of those make the best of what you have type of people and I have been very happy with the results of my macro shots using my Canon Powershot. I won’t deny that I would love to upgrade in the near future, possibly by winning this contest! Online voting is open through the end of this month and you can vote once a day if you want. I appreciate your votes as it will help bring me one step closer to winning.
I have a passion for taking photographs of bees. I have been following any news posts I can find on the disappearing bee. I have had conversations with a man at the local farmers market regarding his bees, the quality of the honey production, and their dropping numbers. I have expressed my interest in bees to other artists and have been sending out feelers for other artists that might want to participate in an art show to raise awareness to what is happening to bees and how it will effect all of us. Not just in terms of the sweet honey the bees provide but in the pollination of our plants. Ah, the interconnectedness of life!
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