Let the Sunshine In


Monday, February 27, 2012

This sunshine appears to be a warm Spring morning, but was it actually about 37 degrees outside, and there was frost on the rooftops.  Still, I had that familiar feeling of freshness that only comes when you begin to see buttery daffodils and cherry tulips popping up, and you smell the first blades of crisp grass being clipped next door.

Before heading out the door to begin our day, I needed to capture that sense of Spring.  So, I grabbed a sunny lemon--since daffodils haven't been on the scene yet--and a stack of blue measuring cups.  Snap!  Then, it was mittens for the kittens, and we were off to school.

Z is for Zest


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Merriam-Webster defines 'zest' as, "keen enjoyment; an enjoyably exciting quality."  I thought this would be fitting for my letter 'z' subject.  It speaks to life on various levels.  Zest truly makes you want to live in the moment and be grateful of what you have, what you're experiencing, and what you've been challenged to face.  

I have had the most fun capturing my alphabet.  Even though I've strayed at times from my 'senses' theme, I was happy to be staying on top of things for the most part.  I am definitely grateful for this experience.

Y is for Yarn


Saturday, February 25, 2012

I have all kinds of yarn for half-finished projects from partial scarves, blankets, God's eyes...  Well, they're always nice to have around for wrapping presents, playing cat's cradle, and making plastic animal necklaces with my boys.  So, I won't get rid of them just yet.

X is for xoxo


Friday, February 24, 2012

I saved these candy hearts from Valentine's Day because I wasn't sure if I'd have any luck finding an x's.  The hand painted mini-journal that the hearts are sitting upon was something that I picked up at a little stationery shop in Venice last Autumn. 

W is for Winter Branches


Thursday, February 23, 2012

The blossoms are beginning to sprout from the bare branches in our backyard.  My boys really liked the "W is for Winter Branches" theme, but I think that "W is Waiting for Spring" would work just as well.

V is for Victoires


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Les petites victoires (the little victories).  I love this t-shirt and its meaning.  I think that everyone has simple little victories each day.  These are the ones that matter most.

U is for Umbrella


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

You would think that being in Seattle would be easy for me to find someone with an umbrella on a rainy day.  I came across a red and white one earlier today, but the man holding it collapsed it before I got the shot.  Then, I remembered that I had this book on our shelf called, "Now is the Time" by Patrick Lindsay.  It's a sweet little book with encouraging words about carpe diem.  Now is the time to... nurture your creativity, live in the present, seek authenticity, change your attitude, take a walk in the rain...

T is for Trees


Monday, February 20, 2012

Living in the Pacific Northwest, you're pretty much surrounded by trees--and occasional rain. Wherever you look, it's very beautiful from almost every angle. This is the southern view from my bedroom window in the late afternoon. I wanted to give it a quiet, sleepy mood. We just got home from work, my boys were tired after a fun sleepover at their auntie's house, and we wanted to get cozy and eat pasta.

S is for Spoons


I found these smoothly carved South American spoons by way of a Parisian market last fall. I haven't used them, as they just hang out in a little yogurt jar.

R is for Ruby


I took this photo of a bottle stopper with a crystal brandy glass on top of a 1960's vintage T.V. tray to give it a retro feel.  I also wanted to have the hard edges of the glass pieces to contrast against the flowers on the tray.  I decided not to sharpen the overall image or do any post-processing because I kind of liked the softness between the two types of textures.  

Q is for Quiet Reading


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Whenever I need a bit of quiet, these are just a few great books to sit down and relax with. They help me to slow down and be in the moment.  My anxiety and impatience melt away, and I am able to enjoy what is right in front of me.

Here are the titles:
Quiet Mind by David Kundtz
Small Graces by Kent Nerburn
Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary (Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is my other favorite)
Shelter for the Spirit by Victoria Moran
A Year of Mornings by Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes
Joie de Vivre by Robert Arbor
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood

P is for Polaroids on Platter


Thursday, February 16, 2012

For my 'P' I took my stack of Polaroids and scrambled them on a silver platter. These were shot with an old SX-70. While I did have other digital photos that showed these images in a sharper, crisper tone, they didn't have that nostalgic feel to them. So I went with this.  

O is for Owl


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I was trying to think of an 'O' all day today, and once I got home from work, I remembered this little coaster. I love that the owl has a crown above his head.  I do think that owls have a regal quality, and I couldn't pass it up when I came across it.  Thought I would place this against a "foresty" wood background for a woodland creature feel.  

N is for Notebooks


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Yes, I'm caught up!  I found these colorful notebooks at an Asian market in the neighborhood.  They were so cute and, at .49 each, I bought them all!

M is for Marie Antoinette


I bought this compact mirror in Versailles.  This place was amazing, decadent, beautiful...  All of my senses were alive when I was there, and if you've seen Sofia Coppola's movie about the young queen, then you understand how delicious it was to sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.

L is for Lavender Soap


The scent of French lavender soap is always so calming.  I also like the texture of the lavender flowers in the soap bar.

K is for Keychain


I was able to visit Paris last fall (I plan to post more photos from my trip soon), and it was a dream come true for me.  Such a beautiful city--there's so much to say about it.


Sight: the gold tinged saucer and the gold Eiffel Tower.
Touch: smooth paper heart

J is for Jelly Beans


I snapped these jelly beans in morning, low window light.
For the senses...
sight: soft pastels, reminds me of little Easter eggs
taste: my favorite ones are the marshmallow, strawberry cheesecake, and coconut (my most favorite is buttered popcorn, but it's not here)
touch: first a crunch into the gritty candy coating, then a satisfyingly chewy texture

I is for Iguana


This is my 8 y/o's toy iguana. He got it for Christmas from his Godmother. I love the feel of the rubbery skin and little spikes along the spine. He's a great bath time toy for the boys too!

H is for Handkerchief


I picked up this handkerchief in Chinatown, Victoria, B.C. too.  For the senses, definitely 'touch' for its silky texture.  Also 'sight' for the little red umbrella on the boat.

G is for Golden Cat


As you may have noticed, I'm playing catch-up here!  I bought a couple of these golden cats for my sons.  They're supposed to bring good luck.  They're fun because, with battery, the paw waves back and forth.  I love the golden sheen and glitter catchlights along the chest--and you can't go wrong with tomato red nails.

F is for Fig


This fig jam is delicious on Hawaiian sweet bread in the mornings or for an afternoon snack.  It's not as tart as our favorite raspberry preserves, but it's a nice alternative.

E is for Eggplant


This is another great idea from my sister.  E for Eggplant.  There were so many photographic opportunities here in Chinatown, Victoria.  We were all shooting everything left and right.  I definitely want to visit again.

D is for Dessert


I am a little behind in posting my alphabet on my blog.  As long as I get them in!  I chose D for Dessert.  My sister had the idea while we were in Victoria.  We shared this delicious chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake after lunch (or was it dinner?).  Anyway, it was perfect.

C is for Chinatown


Monday, February 13, 2012

My sisters and I visited Victoria the other weekend to catch the Victoria Film Festival.  One of the mornings, we stopped into Chinatown for breakfast.  These beautiful red lanterns were hanging everywhere.  It would have been nice to see this little street at night time, but I didn't have another night to catch it.  Next time.

Venus Sophia is a sweet tea room right in the heart of Chinatown.  It has a unique blend of style, mixing in Middle Eastern, European, and Asian together.  I hope to spend some time here again soon.

B is for Beloved Books


Thursday, February 2, 2012

On Day Two of Souvenir Foto School.  I know that I've photographed these books sometime in the past, but I wanted to share them again because I really love them.  The stack is definitely missing my most favorite, the Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary, but I didn't have time to get them together.   For the senses, these definitely touch on the sense of smell.  That old library book scent is always cozy to me.  A rainy day with a good book and an afternoon snack is one of my most cherished pastimes.  The other sense would be touch with book creases and rips as I turn the pages.  Sight with the yellowing paper and lovely illustrations.  I love that I get to read with my boys and that they enjoy the same stories that I have loved as a kid.  We are currently reading Ramona and Her Father.  It's precious to see how they can relate to the same emotions that Ramona feels, and that I also felt at age 7.  Re-reading these stories helps me to remember and to understand.

Creative Courage


I have definitely been keeping myself busy in 2012.  I am on a roll here!  With Stephanie Levy's inspirational Creative Courage e-course, I am learning so much.  I highly recommend it the next time she offers it.  Check out the link for more details.

A is for Acorn


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

For our first day of Souvenir Foto School, I took a photo of these two little acorns.  I chose "the five senses" as one of my themes.  I like how the texture of the acorns tie into the sense of touch with its cool metallic surface; smooth and rough against my fingertips.  As for the sense of sight, the aged silver patina glows against the white fabric.  Each acorn represents my two sons who are currently 8 and 6.  Like the acorns growing into fine oak trees, so too will my boys grow older--aged with beautiful and challenging experiences that we all have to go through in life.

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