Monday, January 30, 2012

Marker Monday - Crazy Hair Hats for 100 day

I had the best time substitute teaching last week in a preschool class. What fun it was! Everything was new and exciting to these little ones. I was lucky enough to be there when they celebrated their 100th day of school. 

All the students from the PreK to the 5th grade lined up holding a number from 1 to 100. Imagine my surprise when one of the teachers told us this was the first time in a LONG time there were enough students to count to 100! Yep, we are a small school. 

The kids got to make a 100 Day Crazy Hair Hat. I didn't get any good pics of them but basically they had a piece of cardstock that went around their heads and they glued 100 strips of paper to it; ten colors in groups of ten. Twenty preschoolers all counting and gluing, oh my. The hats were wild! 

I thought we could do a smaller version at home with Yahoo. She loved it, especially when she shook her head. Ha! 

Yap decided to make one too. 

It was a nice quick little after school art project. You could crayon drawings, stickers, all kinds stuff! 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday Devotions - Friend Request: Jesus Christ

After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken. John 2:22

Recently I bought a new cell phone, an Android smart phone! It has been so much fun. I'm learning all about "apps" and I'm totally addicted to playing with my phone. I'm getting my butt beat playing Scrabble with my sister back in Indiana. My kids are loving shooting Angry Birds. I've got lists and all kinds of apps that has made life a whole lot easier!

The other day I downloaded Words of Jesus. "Words of Jesus is a daily notification that delivers the words of Jesus to your phone daily. A Widget that shows a verse each day from a large selection picked from the Bible, each of which are the words of Jesus from 2000 years ago, but just as wise and relevant today as ever!"

I've not only enjoyed the daily verses as a reminder for my daily devotional time but my daily delivery of Words of Jesus is almost like Jesus sending me a text message. I feel like I'm getting a message from a close friend just for me. It's amazing how those daily messages seem to be just the ones I need for the day. 

Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house, Job 29:4
There has never before been a time in our society when our society has been so connected. Technology, the Internet, smart phones, allow connecting with friends and family unbelievably accessible. Twenty years ago news that would have taken days to reach me now takes minutes. Twenty years ago I would have waited a week or more for a response to a letter I wrote. Now I can play a childhood game with my sister 900 miles away. 

I think if Jesus were on Earth today he would totally embrace technology; Twitter, Facebook, texting on Smart phones. Imagine how many people Jesus could reach today through technology today! Everyday Jesus could send a message to all his followers no matter where they are. 

Jesus is in Heaven and doesn't have a smart phone but we Christians ARE here  and WE have access to all this technology. How many people could we reach with God's word today? Do you Twitter? Do you Facebook? Who is on your contact list that could benefit from hearing God's word today? Send them a text. You may never know who your simple message may reach today. 

Dear Heavenly Father, Technological progress is amazing. What a blessing! Show me how to use technology to spread Your word. Remind me today to put Jesus at the top of my friends list. Amen. 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

My New Curtains that Aren't Curtains.

I really don't like curtains and I LOATH Venetian blinds.

What's the point in having windows in your house if you are just going to cover up the sunshine? I love sunshine!

In the past, most of our houses have been in the country and privacy was never an issue. (Past posts of my nude kids proves that!)

But now we live on the main street of town and it's kind of nice to have a little privacy. Our dining room is small and dark and situated at the corner of two streets. When we moved in there were paper curtains up that I liked but they finally got stained and torn and I had to take them down. 

But I didn't want to replace them with dark curtains. I wanted something to provide a little privacy but still let in the light. 

I saw this post (Frank Lloyd Wright inspired) and BINGO! This was what I was going to do!  

I only bought enough supplies for two windows to begin with, to see if I really liked it. I think I only spent maybe $12 on everything. It was such a hit with the family that we're going to get enough for 6 more windows! 

All we did was cut out circles from tissue paper and place them between two sheets of clear contact paper and then hang them by metal rings off a curtain rod. I also think this would be an awesome way to customize windows for kid's birthday parties, seasons, or holidays. 

I do have to work on getting rid of the air bubbles though. I'm so excited about this, it really brightens up our little dining room. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Foody Friday - Healthier Cheesecake

I am a glutton for free e-books on my Kindle. It's not uncommon for me to download a book, that I'd barely look at in a bookstore, just because it's free. Such was the case with The Perfect Ten Diet.  I thought it sounded interesting because the diet focuses on 10 hormones that need to be balanced to lose weight. I started reading not expecting that I'd finish it but it was a very interesting read and the author/doctor put explained difficult scientific concepts in understandable ways. I admit I would find it  VERY hard to follow this diet to the letter; no sugar or sweeteners, no processed foods, NO CAFFEINE,limited bread!! But also adding more healthy fats to your diet; eggs, olive oil, fish, chicken, CREAM, real BUTTER!! I can do butter!  After reading the book I decided to try and follow some of the recommendations. Can't be too healthy right? 

The book even includes healthier recipes at the end and imagine my surprise when cheesecake was on this diet! Aw, what the heck. I figured I'd make it, it would be lousy and I'd throw it out. But at least I'd try. 

Oh. my. goodness. It was great! It took DR and I about a week but we finally ate the whole thing. And boy, did it fill me up! It isn't as sweet as a regular cheesecake but it was VERY satisfying. 

New York Style Cheesecake

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup whole wheat cracker crumbs
1/2 cup agave (I used honey, not on the diet but darn natural in my book)
40 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup heavy cream 
3 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 t. vanilla
1/4 cup all purpose whole wheat flour

Grease the sides of a springform pan. In a large bowl, combine the butter and cracker crumbs. Press into the bottom of the pan, and place the pan in the freezer for 1 hour. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the agave and cream cheese for 4 minutes. Blend, with electric blender, in the heavy cream. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each egg is added. Mix in the sour cream, vanilla, whole wheat flour until smooth. Pour the filling over the crust. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Turn off the oven and let the cake cool in the oven for 5 hours (I only cooled it for 4 hours). Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. 

I enjoyed eating the cheesecake plain but DR had to doctor it up! Pretty though! If you make this I'd love to know what you thought of it. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Week 4 - Lines

Week 4 - Lines

This week has been super busy so I'll make this a short post. 

ISO 200, 1/125sec., f13
My garage with power lines overhead and shadows of my clothesline. I loved all the different directions I found in this one. 

ISO 800, 1/160sec., f11

Timbers in my yard with shadows of our fence. 

And just for fun, some crazy editing of the last shot. Invert and extra contrast. 

Week 5 - Steel.

Hmm, so what's made of steel? Does Superman count? 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Me, My Shoes and My Major Pains in the....

Feet! Pains in the feet...what were you thinking? 

You know the stereotype about women? That we just love to shop, especially for shoes? That's not me. And never has been. Shopping for shoes or clothes has never been enjoyable to me. I just want to get what I need and get out. Imagine my despair when I had to throw out all my shoes and replace them. Oh no!!! 

Let me explain..I've suffered from foot pain for at least ten years. It had been on and off and, up until a year and a half ago, I could always do something to ease the pain. Put arch supports in my shoes, stop running for a while or just buy a new pair of shoes. I had to completely give up wearing flip flops about 5 years ago because they hurt my feet so badly. But about a year and half ago I was having serious and consistent foot pain for months that wouldn't go away no matter what I did. Many days I was on the verge of tears because the pain was so bad. I was to the point where I was running on my treadmill barefoot and I had a pair of flimsy canvas shoes I wore all the time because that was the closest to being barefoot. I didn't own one pair of shoes that didn't hurt and going barefoot was the only thing that could ease the pain. 

I finally went to a podiatrist who measured my feet and, lo and behold, I was wearing the wrong size shoes. I had been wearing size 9 since high school and the doctor said I needed a 8 1/2 wide shoe AND I had high rigid arches. I was wearing shoes that were too small, squeezing my feet and didn't have enough support. 

Great (insert sarcasm). I had to buy new shoes. 
I've went through a lot of shoes in the past year. Some worked (I bought men's cowboy boots because they are wider than women's and they feel great), some failed miserably (I still have to put arch supports in most of my shoes). But I just have to share the VERY BEST SHOES OF ALL TIME!!! 

4 Reasons this company is awesome! 

1. Made in the USA
2. These shoes are completely recyclable. 
When your shoes wear out, send them back to Okabashi and they'll make them into a new pair. 
3. My feet have NEVER hurt in Okabashi shoes. (They're endorsed by the American Chiropractic Society.)
4. VERY affordable. Prices range from $13 - $20 dollars a pair. 

I just received two new pairs last week. These are Clogs
The Okabashi shoes are rubber like, not soft and foamy like Crocs but sturdier. 

Each pair of Okabashi shoes have a built in arch support. I've been wearing these brown ones all over the house and I've forgotten that I'm even wearing them. They are that comfortable. 

Please ignore my ugly toes. 
I also got a new pair of Classic Flip Flops this week! 
Last summer I wore a green pair of Okabashi flip flops everyday. No joke. I wore them to church, in the garden, EVERY WHERE! They felt so very good on my feet. I hadn't been able to wear flip flops for 5 years! Okabashi has been a blessing for my feet. 

My green ones aren't worn out either; they really do last. 
I just wanted a second pair for the summer. (Guilty pleasure)

My favorite part of these Okabashi shoes are the little bumps. It's like getting a foot massage all day long! That's my idea of heaven right there. 

GREAT SHOE #2 -Vibram 

I run a lot; 20+ miles a week. I did end up getting new running shoes after I remeasured my feet but I enjoyed running barefoot so much that I kept doing it a few days a week on my treadmill for the past year. Although running barefoot feels good, with my high arches I can't do it everyday or my feet start really hurting again. I have found that my feet feel much stronger than they did a year ago. 

DR bought me a pair of Vibram FiveFinger shoes for Christmas!
I admit, I over did in these shoes the first week I had them and ran in them 4 days in a row and my feet hurt for a week. I'm smarter now; a couple days on and a couple days off. 

Basically the philosophy is that our bodies were never made to shoes and the shoes we do wear make the muscles in our feet and legs weak and throws off our alignment. Naturally, our feet are designed to work best barefoot but after decades of wearing shoes (on concrete, not natural), it takes time to adjust to wearing or running in these shoes on a daily basis. 

So even though my feet should be able to go barefoot, I've spent too much time in other shoes and I don't have the strength in my arches (yet) to wear these shoes everyday. 

Despite not being able to wear them everyday I do love these shoes. They are comfortable to run in and much warmer than I anticipated. I don't wear socks with them though you can buy toe socks off the Vibram website. There's plenty of traction so I don't have to worry about slipping in them. The bottom of these shoes are strong enough too that I don't have to worry about anything poking into my feet as I run. It's kind of difficult getting used to putting them on, I'm still working on getting the right toes in the right holes! And when you run in these you almost have to relearn your stride. I don't take as long of steps and my feet land more on the ball of my feet rather than the heel. I have found myself lately running at a faster pace in these shoes than traditional running shoes and that's encouraging! Vibram's aren't cheap though; $100+ per pair. However if they strengthen my feet I think the price is worth it. 

My feet problems are probably totally different than yours but if you are looking for a new pair of shoes I definitely recommend that you check out Okabashi and Vibram FiveFingers! That may have something just for you. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Marker Monday - Microwave Mystery

And just WHAT is so interesting in the microwave boys? 
It's not popcorn. It's not hot dogs. 
No, they aren't having a Peeps war.

I don't think I've ever seen Yip smile this much over food. 
It must be more exciting than merely something to eat. 

Cool!!! .... What is it?? 

An Ivory Soap Explosion of course! 

(one bar of soap from microwave. Only do a 1/4 at a time!) 

All you need is a bar of Ivory soap, I don't think any other brand will work, and a microwave. Cut the soap in fourths and one piece at a time put in the microwave, watch it grow and take it out when it's done. Ours took about 30 seconds but it may take longer depending on your microwave. It won't be too hot to touch and the boys enjoyed playing with it right away because it felt like foam. After it cooled though and you squeezed it then it turned to powder. 

So, what do you do with it now? 

I used a whole bar of soap to make homemade laundry detergent. 
(4 cups of bar soap grated or microwaved in this case, 2 cups of Borax and 2 cups of washing soda. Mix and use 1- 1/2 T per load of laundry.)

We also made Clean Mud! 

You need one bar of Ivory soap foamed in the microwave, a few sheets of toilet paper and 1/2 cup of water. 

After the soap has cooled mix the toilet paper and water with the soap and it will dissolve into the consistency of mud. You may need to add a bit more toilet paper to thicken it up. 

What a ball this was! And it felt like mud. I was getting kind of worried because there were bits of this mixture all over the carpet but after it tried it vaccumed up super easy. It looks like a mess, but it's only soap after all and we just tossed all the toys in at bathtime. Double duty! Use the soap on the toys to clean your kids. I thought it might chunk up on the tablecloth too but I threw it in the washer, but didn't add detergent, and it came out clean as a whistle! 

Clean Mud...a pretty fun, and clean, activity for a cold winter day. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Devotions - Rest vs. Work

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. Mark 6:30-32

It's 8:30 on a Saturday night and I'm finally sitting down to write my Sunday Devotional. Whew! 

What a day it's been! The boys had a friend sleep over last night so there was an extra rugrat running around this morning. Later in the morning I loaded the car with kids to buy materials for 4-H projects. Then after coming home, fixing lunch and getting Yahoo down for a nap the boys and I worked on their projects.  After Yahoo's nap we had a fine time making animal cheese crackers for a church dinner this evening and then we played with some Clean Mud (check tomorrow's post for the recipe!). I timed it just right that I could run on the treadmill while the kids watched a movie and I'd heat up leftovers for dinner as soon as I was done running. But as soon as I got off the treadmill DR came home from working all day transferring grain to say he had to run to town and, "Why don't we go out to eat at Applebees?" After a quick shower, no makeup, and getting the kids hustled into the car, we were off! Dinner was great, then a fly by the store DR needed to get to, and we were home right at bedtime. Everyone was hustled through the toothbrush, pajama routine and were down for the count. Even DR's sleeping right now. 

I felt like I haven't had a chance to sit all day. But even as I'm sitting here looking around the living room my mind is building a To Do List; pick up toys, work on painting, fold laundry, the list goes on and on. But I have no energy to keep on working tonight. If I did I would be worthless tomorrow. 

I think the apostles probably had some problems with getting enough rest too. Jesus had sent them off to do God's work and they had returned, probably very excited, about what they'd taught and done! Who wants to rest when the power of God is with them to do great things? But Jesus knew that rest was important to his disciples, despite their great excitement and energy. If they didn't rest and recharge the power of God wouldn't be able to work within them in the future. They would just burn out. 

The same is true for all of us. Life is so much go, go, go. Where's the rest? If we don't carve out time for ourselves no one else will. No one can go indefinitely without recharging their batteries, physically and mentally, or burn out is bound to occur. I think for mothers of young kids it is especially hard to find time to rest and pray. We are on the go from sunup to sundown and many times up in the middle of the night too caring for our little ones. 

It's hard to carve out that time but perhaps it doesn't have to be a huge chunk of time all at once. Can you try five minutes of sitting down doing nothing? Ten minutes? There are days I feel lucky to get three minutes of time to just sit before I'm called on by one kid or another. But the intention is there. 

Dear God, Thank You for reminding me today that rest is so very important. Rest for my body and my mind. Resting is the only way I can prepare myself to do Your work. Help me find rest today Lord that I may do Your work tomorrow. Amen. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I wish...for a TOY library!

Over the past year I've been lucky enough to help our local Kansas Parents as Teacher (KPATA) coordinator, Melissa, plan out play dates in our town. Kids ranging from 0-5 come into her PAT (Parents as Teachers) room in an old high school building and do all kinds of stuff! We play games, read stories, sing songs, do art projects usually following a different theme every month but Melissa is awesome and has so much energy! She does different things every month! We are just gearing up for another year since we haven't met since November. 

While Melissa has tons of energy, her position is time consuming She is always traveling for many play groups in our area and has a couple rooms in this old school building to store things but has never had boxes or shelves to put them on. It's kind of become a dumping off spot for her before she takes off to the next town and the next group of kids. 

So this last week she and I have been digging through two rooms worth of stuff; cleaning, organizing, and throwing away. Toys, games, puzzles, blocks, art supplies, Little Tikes toys (that I drool over), manipulatives, books...all this stuff that ranges in age appropriateness from birth to kindergarten. 

She has so. much. stuff. 

As we've been cleaning and going through stuff she was kind enough to let me borrow anything I wanted to! This is only a few of the things I've brought home. It's been great because we've gotten new toys that all my kids are interested in (and it's gotten them away from the tv) and I haven't had to shell out a bunch of money for new toys and games. Plus Melissa has some great DURABLE toys and games you can't find at the local WalMart. I HATE spending money on a toy or game that breaks easily or doesn't work. (Like Elefun. Hate that game. It doesn't work. Don't buy it!)

Wasn't Christmas only a month ago? How many of your kids aren't playing with their presents anymore. It's true with some of my kids' toys. I've heard the advice to rotate toys around so your kids won't get tired of them. My problem is I don't have the time/space to do that or if I do when I bring them around my kids have out grown certain toys in a short amount of time and don't want them anymore. 

Wouldn't it be awesome to have a TOY library? (Not Goodwill where everything is broken!) A place where any parent or child can go into and check out a game or toy and bring it home for a couple weeks before they have to return it! Just like a library but with toys/games instead of books. 

How many problems would that solve? Parents wouldn't have to spend money buying new toys that their kids may or may not like. A toy library would be giving low income families the opportunity to enjoy high quality toys and games! Toys could be rotated as your kids outgrow them, especially for toddlers! Just like recommending a great book to a friend, parents could recommend great toys to other parents. 

I'm not sure if or how someone could even get a Toy Library started. I don't live in one location long enough to start one myself or I'd figure it out. 

That's what I wish for though, a toy library. That would be awesome. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Foody Friday - Cheesy Crackers just like Goldfish!

Last week I met with my ladies group and we were having a lesson on cheese and a cheese tasting. There was goat cheese, brie, hivarti, many to try! One of the ladies made these wonderful cheese sticks that I thought tasted just like Goldfish crackers! 

Cheesy Crackers

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 stick of butter
3/4 cup of flour 
dash or two of chili powder
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 

Process all ingredients in a food processor until worked into a ball of dough. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured tea towel or other cotton cloth and cut into squares, about 1" or so. (Next time I'm going to use alphabet cookie cutters!) Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes in 350 degree oven.  

Not all of my kids were convinced however that they were wonderful; one of them just had to veto it. Ah, two out of three isn't bad. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Week 3 - Dirty

Week 3 of 52 Weeks Photo Themes 

And I was fully anticipating taking photos of my kids amongst a giant mess of one sort or another. Imagine my surprise when this week's subject was my hubby DR instead. The weather was unusually warm this past weekend, upper 50's and low 60's, which DR took advantage of and worked up the dead organic matter and compost into our garden plot. 

f5.6, 1/100sec, ISO 100
f7.1, 1/320 sec., ISO 100

I haven't a clue why but this picture should be rotated 90 degrees to the left. I tried ever trick I know to get it turned but I couldn't get it to work.

I'm really happy with these photos. It was a beautiful day although tricky with the bright sunshine and the freshly turned soil smelled fabulous. It's one of my favorite smells in the world by the way.

Next week, Line(s).
Hmm, I'll have to do some thinking and looking on that one.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Another Radial Design and Etsy(?)

Here's the latest work I've finished. It isn't anything special in my mind. Not a painting but in colored pencil this time. I started this one day while subbing in a high school math class where I had absolutely nothing. to. do. I've worked on it a bit here and there for the last few weeks but had a huge chunk of time to finish it while I was subbing for a Spanish class and watching Shark Tale (in Spanish) over and over. Boring! 

It's about 7 3/4" square; a decent size. Although I don't think it's too special overall, I am rather proud of the blue background. For a while the drawing was taped to an old textured cookie sheet I have and a blue pencil helped create the background. 

I've been painting these small works for a while and when I'm done the artworks get put in a closet. I don't have the time (or wall space) to put up a bunch of my paintings. And really, I wouldn't want to have to look at my own artwork all day. I have a couple paintings up now and I am my own worst critic. I don't like looking at them at all. 

One of my readers asked me what I do with them and if I sell them. I was rather flattered that she asked! I do have an Etsy shop but I haven't sold anything there for a long time. I'm thinking to give it a go with some of these small radial paintings; getting them matted and posted on Etsy and see what happens. 

You guys have seen them. You've been around. Any suggestions on price? They are all smaller than 9" square. 

I'm not looking to make a fortune off Etsy or anything. I paint these because I enjoy it; it's a problem solver for me...but I can't keep everything I ever create! I have to do something with it and I might as well sell it to someone who's actually interested in them. 

Any constructive criticism or advice would be greatly appreciated! 

Monday, January 16, 2012

One Last Hurrah

The big old snow we had about three weeks ago has just about all melted away......except for a few piles left on street corners or in shadows. 

Last week five little boys spontaneously converged on one of the last snow piles on our block. One last hurrah!

I love watching little boys play because there is some sort of unspoken order among what looks like chaos. There were toy guns, shovels, bikes, wrestling upon the pile of snow. But never one fight or disagreement. 

From my untrained eye, it seemed like there were three or four things going on all at once on the snow. Girls don't play like that. Girls are much more soap opera-ish. Boys seem to be a lot more flexible in their play. I was wishing I remembered more from my college Child Psychology class. Girls and boys are so different it boggles the mind that they can survive in the same room for ten minutes. 

Have you noticed though that the youngest boy who was probably 4 or 5 years old (striped shirt on the right) didn't hardly move in five  pictures? I imagine he must be soaking it all in, everything those big boys (ages 6 and 7) said and did. 

There was some friendly competition; racing and jumping. 

Coincidentally my boys are both gone tonight (Sat.) at a sleepover at a friend's house as I write this post. My evening has been spent playing games and eating dinner with only DR and Yahoo. 

My house is so quiet..unnerving really...but I'm enjoying the silence nonetheless. 

This evening is making me look forward to the day they both leave for college. Just kidding..kinda...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Devotions - "What's This?"

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

I'm fortunate enough to live on the same block as my children's school and Yahoo's babysitter. This makes it very convenient for me to do some substitute teaching once or twice a week. I miss being a teacher and most of the time feel as though I'm able to impart a bit of wisdom to the students; except for when I substitute for Spanish and Trigonometry then I'm clueless. But this week I was asked a question by a child that really had me stumped.

I wear this cross necklace every day and while subbing at a preschool this week full of four and five year olds one little boy asked, "What's that?" while pointing at my necklace.

"It's Jesus' cross." I answered.

Not satisfied he asked, "But why do you wear it?" After this question I was aware that many of the little children were quietly awaiting my answer. I was getting more nervous as the seconds ticked by. This was more nerve racking than talking sex education to high school kids.

Why do I wear my cross? How do I answer the depth that question requires in a manner preschoolers will understand? I couldn't just brush this little boy's inquiry aside because this was a chance to minister to a ready and open heart, to a child I knew didn't know God or Jesus.

At that moment I felt very lacking in wisdom. I thought slowly and answered carefully, praying silently that my words had been well chosen.

"I wear this cross to remind me everyday that God loves us all so much that He sent us Jesus so we can live with Him in Heaven someday."

My answer could have been much longer and more detailed of course but hopefully the very essence of the meaning of the Cross was expressed. Wisdom doesn't always come from words in books but rather which words we choose to share with others.

Dear Heavenly Father, Grant me wisdom today. Wisdom to say the right thing, at the right time, to the right person. Amen.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Mmmm, Making Noodles!

I really love homemade egg noodles. They make me smile. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Snow - 52 Week Project

52 Week Project; week 2 - Snow 

I did these shots early in the week because I was afraid if I didn't there wouldn't be any snow to shoot. It's been awfully warm here this last week. 

f/11, 1/25 sec., ISO 1600
I've been missing the cool winter temps and have secretly been praying for another blizzard. Hey! We still need the moisture. Don't judge me. 

f/8, 1/80sec., ISO 1600
These photos are okay; I don't think there is anything exciting about them. 

Next week's assignment is Dirty. Shoot, I have three kids that one should be a breeze...well, at least I'll have lots of material to choose from :) 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Words, words, words...which for my blank wall?

The best thing about my bathroom is the huge mirror over the sink and counter. The worst thing about my bathroom is the huge space above the huge mirror. Ever since last year when I finished my Pheasant Mural in the boys bathroom, I've had in mind that I'd like to put something above the mirror in this bathroom. 

But I'm not leaning towards any objects like the windmills or barns in the other bathroom, rather I'm thinking of putting up some words...some great quote. 

And where do I go to look for something without knowing what I want?
Why, Pinterest of course. 

And oh boy, I was filling up my board with WORDS that I just love. 
Some though just aren't appropriate for my bathroom wall. 

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Maybe not for a mural in my bathroom but I'd love this as a T-shirt! 

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I can go through a whole jar of peanut butter by myself. No joke. Hmmm, maybe I could find a place in my kitchen to put these words. 

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Isn't this one so true? But not for my bathroom. I don't want to encourage the men in my family to stay in there ANY LONGER than they already do!

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I'm learning I really like Oscar Wilde quotes and need to read more of him.


Ah, Mark American...and so true. 

This sure makes me want to embrace every morning. 

You just can't help but smile after reading this one. 

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Irish blessings; You can't go wrong with those! 

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I wouldn't put this Oscar Wilde quote on my wall but I really, really, Really, REALLY want it as a bracelet similar to the one in the photo. I need to do some research on that one. 

I still want to paint above my mirror but I'm getting overwhelmed with the wonderful words, words, WORDS I'm reading everywhere! What about you? Do you have any quotes on the walls in your home? Any suggestions? 

It may be awhile before I get this project finished but hopefully I can get it done before spring. 

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