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Picked up some tulips from Trader Joe's today. I love having fresh flowers around, but even more I love the creative opportunity that they provide. I took quite a few shots of these beauties.
And here's another one:
Word art on both is by Ali Edwards.
I bought a pair of dove gray UGG boots to wear on my trip up to Heber for the weekend. I cut the logo out of the box into 4x6 and added it into the page protector.
The rest of the week and the weekend was spent up in Heber with Mom, Marci and Karen. We had such a great time! Because I had so much journaling, I used a couple of Ali Edwards' templates in a 6x12 page protector as an insert:
I scanned in the next page. A little hard to see because of the glare of the page protector, but you get the idea:
That little sign on the "Everyday Life" card says "No shooting" which we thought was hilarious! The bottom right photo is our traditional "bed picture". Love these ladies so much and am so blessed to have them in my life!
Running a bit behind getting these posted! This first shot was another from the dying hydrangea in a pot out by the pool. I'm in Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers class and our first assignment was to use a simple texture.
And another shot using the same texture. This was taken in the front yard of the nandina bush.
I finally had the family portrait uploaded to Costco and had a 20x30 gallery wrap done. It is hanging in the front entry hall. Over the top of it is a rub-on that I picked up at Michael's. Everyone who comes into the house comments on it. The vase and pussy willows are from Target. I also framed a couple of small photos, one of Lisa and Christian and one of Jiana, to sit on the small table.
Our prompt in Picture Winter today was "frost". Since there's no frost around here except in the freezer, I pulled out a frosted glass and took it out by the pool to shoot. Everyone got a big kick out of it!
Went to Christian's basketball game and took my camera along. He is getting really good at basketball, both offensively and defensively, and his games are fun to watch. Date is by Ali Edwards.
I FINALLY got a Christmas cactus to rebloom! They say you are supposed to ignore them and I usually can't stand to watch them "suffer" but this one was ignored and here's what is happening:
Guess I'll have to remember that is what it takes!
Before I get back to posting my Project Life photos, I have an announcement:
Today is the beginning of a new adventure. Last September, two of my online photography friends and I began discussing the possibility of starting a collaborative blog. After months of planning, recruiting and a lot of hard work, we’re ready to unveil our new blog, “Focusing on Life”. We envision a place where we will be sharing photos, sharing thoughts, sharing dreams, sharing stories, encouraging one another as well as all other readers as we pursue our creative passions. We want it to be a community where everybody will feel welcome and in the company of friends.
We will publish five days a week and with our team of ten writers/photographers, we will round out a two-week rotation. The website went live yesterday morning and my first post was this morning. I would love for you to head over and take a look. You can find us at http://www.focusingonlifegrp.blogspot.com. Please stop by and take time to say hello and wish us luck!
Rolling right along with Project Life. Here's the next installment:
Our prompt for Picture Winter was "Bundle Up". Not a lot of that around here, but I did get this new sweater this winter and I love the color. Have even gotten the chance to wear it a few times. The necklace was a Christmas gift from my sister last year and I still love it.
Our prompt today is "Seeking Texture". Could have done double duty with my sweater from yesterday but decided to post this shot from camp.
I just love the green moss on the tree branches.
Not the best shot, soft focus and terrible lighting, but I just couldn't resist taking it. Christian came in from school and saw Jiana sleeping on her "boppy" in the family room. He layed down next to her and closed his eyes and this is what I saw when I walked into the room:
He is so sweet with her.
Daddy and daughter, catching a few winks.
Our prompt today was "Beyond the Chill", or finding signs of life at this time of year. We don't have a lot of "chill" but when I went looking for something, I noticed these berries on the Indian hawthorn bushes in the front yard and thought this would do fine for the prompt:
For January 14, I used some word art that I cut with the Silhouette that says "one little week". I like that you can see it from both sides of the page.
I'm going to try something new here and see how I like it. I was reading Erin Cobb's blog and noticed that all of her photos appear as though they are popping off the page. I wasn't sure how she did it, but played around for a bit and here's what I came up with:
Just added a little drop shadow. Not sure if this is how she did it and I may play more, but for now this will do. Our prompt today was "Cracked Open" in Picture Winter, so that's my photo for today as well. Picked up a nice, ripe pomegranate at the grocery store, cracked it open and caught the late afternoon light. The date is from Ali Edwards.
Our prompt for January 7 was "Quiet Beauty". I couldn't decide what to shoot and was still thinking about it as I started to throw out a nearly dead hydrangea plant in a planter out by the pool. As I looked closer, I saw some color still on it and decided to explore it with my macro lens. This is what I found:
I am doing Project Life for the third year in a row. I won't say that I shot a photo EVERY day the past two years, but the project was still so worthwhile that I decided to do it again and try to have "perfect attendance" this year! Here's what I have so far:
I'm doing Picture Winter for the month of January and our prompt today was "A Day for Rest". All the Christmas decorations are down except the tree and I decided to capture one more image with the wonderful tree bokeh before I have to put it away for another year.
Today's my birthday and our prompt for today is "Looking Out". We are having some amazing weather right now, so I decided to take a shot of my cellphone weather sreen and then contrast it with a similar shot taken last June. Suffering through our summers is a small price to pay for winters like this:
The prompt for today is "All the Possibilities" and I decided to take a shot of the supplies for Project Life:
Love the colors they used this year. So bright and happy!
The prompt today is "A Little Sunshine" and I received this wonderful boquet of tulips from Greg & Liz for my birthday. Nothing like fresh flowers to bring a little sunshine into your life!
Aren't they gorgeous! Even prettier today now that they have hydrated and are standing more upright. Will have to take some more photos of them.
Our prompt today is "Intended for Daily Use". First thing in the morning, I go directly to the coffee pot and start it brewing. This is currently my faovrite cup. The red just makes me happy. Sitting in the morning sunlight and sipping my favorite coffee is definitely a "daily use" type of thing!
I love the reflection, both right below the words and again in the coffee. I'm going to try to keep posting my Project Life photos every day or maybe a few days at a time, but I'm determined to make the effort to keep this project going this year.
And another December Daily draws to a close. It is hard work to keep this up through the month of December but so worth it in the end. I used one of Ali's templates for the left-hand page with various photos taken on Christmas Day.
And the right hand page are two photos of the girls.
Lots of meal planning going on around here. We'll have eight people for Christmas breakfast and dinner and 10 for the day after Christmas when Mom and Marci are coming down. Here's what we're having:
Pictures are from the internet, as obviously I hadn't cooked dinner yet on the 23rd. But I like having a record of what I fixed so I can do something different next year.