Sunday, May 10, 2015

10 on 10 May

"The Earth laughs in flowers." 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

May is a beautiful month in my part of Northern California. The temperatures have not yet reached unbearable highs and the air is filled with the scent of beautiful flowers. 

This month I have been surrounded by gorgeous blooms. I have only 3 rose bushes but they bloomed prolifically in my favorite colors: a honey gold and a perfect pink. Then, on a mid-week excursion to my local Trader Joe's I was pleasantly surprised to find peonies! I've never had peonies before so I jumped at the chance to bring some home. They did not disappoint and I am very motivated to try growing some. Lastly, my dear in-laws surprised me with a Mother's Day bouquet of blossoms in the most gorgeous purples, oranges and yellows. Sigh...I do so love flowers!  

And I know they are not flowers but I just couldn't resist including these two images of succulents that arrived in the mail as a surprise. A dear friend of mine sent me all these starts after I told her Gus the Wonderbeagle had taken to eating the few I had planted (one of which she had previously sent me).  Seriously...I'm in succulent heaven! 

Thanks you for humoring me while I showcase some of my favorite flower images this month.  I just couldn't help myself. Please continue on to Trine's gorgeous blog...and don't forget to leave some comment love! 

Friday, April 10, 2015

10 on 10 April

 "A gush of bird-song, a patter of dew, 
A cloud, and a rainbow's warning, 
Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue-- An April day in the morning."
- Harriet Prescott Spofford, "April"

April is perhaps my favorite month. I love that here in Northern California, the trees and flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing, and the birds are singing. But most importantly, my husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary in April!  This year marks 23 years! The best decision I ever made was marrying the Love of My Life. I met him just a three weeks shy of my 18th birthday and start dating two weeks later. We've been together ever since (30 years in September.)  

We didn't do much this year to celebrate as our anniversary fell the day before Easter, we had one child returning that day from building houses in Mexico over spring break, and there were eggs to dye, baskets to fill, and a big Easter dinner to prep.  

But no matter, I love him, he loves me...that's all that counts! 

So, for this month's 10 on 10 post I've included images of beautiful flowers, 
morning light at my dining room table, a bit of watercolor faffing ( a delightful term indicating time wasted), still life images from Kim Klassen's "The Studio Online" (see sidebar for a link), my youngest's table decorating handiwork, and a fun little stop motion movie inspired by Xanthe Berkeley  

I hope these images find you well and bring a bit of springtime to your screen. 

One can never go wrong with ranunculus!
We had to remove our apple tree. These are a few branches and blooms we snipped before the removers came. 
Another view of the apple blossoms.
The morning light was gorgeous!
My great grand-father's egg cup. He was blind, so the shape and texture helped him find and eat his morning egg!
Having fun with watercolors and and egg (since the watercolors are not food safe, I tossed the egg after painting it.)

A behind the scenes of my dining room table...just trying to keep it real.
Watercolor faffing inspired by this post by Lindsey of The Postman's Knock

She made sure we knew where to sit!
Top down view of our table...the table runner is vintage. 

A bit of fun with Easter Eggs!

Please continue on to Kathleen Ries's beautiful blog to see her wonderful contribution to this month's 10 on 10 blog hop! 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

10 on 10 March

Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. 
~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

Unbelievably, spring has begun with gusto! A couple of weeks ago my youngest two daughters and I took our annual trek to a beautiful working ranch in the Sierra foothills that   the beautiful acres and acres of daffodils planted there. This year because of our mild winter and low rain fall, Daffodil Hill opened up nearly a month earlier than usual and as it only stays open for a few short weeks we needed to act fast.  So a spur of the moment field trip was in order!  

I also had fun taking some top down images of a few flowering plum branches. And I couldn't forget the planter of oh-so-popular succulents sitting in my windowsill! 

And lastly, while looking through the images I had just imported into Light Room I came across several (as in a couple dozen!) images all taken by my 9 year old.  Nearly all were out of focus (she's too impatient to actually wait for the lens to focus before taking her shot) but I could tell she was having fun. She snapped this of me while I opened up a package containing my new calligraphy supplies. This is one image that she really loved so I included it. 

Thank you for joining me for this month's 10 on 10!  I hope you enjoyed seeing what spring looks like in my part of the world.  Please continue on your 10 on 10 tour and visit Micah Hewett's absolutely beautiful blog! And don't forget to leave a little bloggy comment love while you are there!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 10 on 10

"February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer." 

-  Shirley Jackson, Raising Demons

This month has found me in a bit of a creative muddle. Do I spend time indulging in my first passion: photography? Or do I spend my limited free time developing a new/old love: calligraphy? the month progresses we'll see which wins. 

While looking for images to show here I realized I had seldom used my DSLR since Christmas and my iPhone only slightly more. So while the idea behind "10 on 10" is to showcase the 10th day of each month, this month's edition highlights 10 images from the last 2 or 3 weeks. And as it's February our theme for the month is LOVE. It's a rather hodge-podge but I hope it will give you a glimpse into what makes my heart go all aflutter. 

Teatime Tuesday (join me on IG and hashtag your tea/coffee/hot cocoa images with #teatime_tuesday)
Trying out a new dip pen nib. 
Making Valentine's for the family...a tradition  
Coffee with my sweet husband at SightGlass Coffee in San good!
A morning routine...solitary breakfast in the morning light.
A very old leather, hand painted handkerchief box. It reminds me of my dear Grandma very time I see it.
 I've rediscovered a love from my youth: Calligraphy 
Practice makes perfect. And what's not to love about a PINK pen holder? 
A good idea while sipping tea. 
Handmade Valentine's for my children. A tradition I started 20+ years ago.

Thank you for joining me this month. I hope you continue along the circle and visit Luciane Steiner to see her wonderful entry in this month's 10 on 10 Collaborative. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

My morning mantra and a fun Saturday

I wrote this on my pantry door at the start of January. Just a little something to remind me and my family to CHOOSE joy. It was the first time I'd ever written on the pantry chalkboard. I did it freehand. I thank Lindsey at The Postman's Knock  for inspiring me to attempt calligraphy again. I loved it as a child but through a series of events never really followed through on the desire to master it. Fast forward 35 years and I've purchased all of Lindsey's calligraphy worksheets AND today I'm heading to San Fransisco to attend a workshop given by Brianne of Brown Fox Calligraphy! I am so excited. I'm choosing JOY!

Friday, January 2, 2015

My "Word of the Year" and A Manifesto

Since 2009 I have spent the better part of each December really thinking about "my" word for the coming year. A word to help keep me focused on an attitude or an idea I want to incorporate more into my life; a word to help guide my thoughts and actions. This past December was no different, I  pondered, contemplated, and generally obsessed over just the right word. And it seemed to elude me nearly to the very end. But, as I knew it would, my word did come: JOY! 

My words over the past few years have included: grace, embrace, grow, simplify and breathe. All have served me well but they seemed to turn the focus inward or on an action I needed to take. This time around I truly felt the need for a word that encapsulated an outward focus; that would encourage me to look for the positive and not necessarily DO something. I wanted a word that had more to do with my attitude than my actions.  

I believe JOY is just such a word.  My hope is that as I go about my day dealing with the mundane that I will stop and notice the JOY in my day: that first sip of my morning coffee, an unsolicited hug from one of my kids, a beautiful sunrise or sunset, no dishes in the sink! 

And as I did last year, I've made a Manifesto that I can print out and place in my home where I can see it everyday!