Archives for August 2012

A Weed by any other name…

Lush and oh, so green — that’s Kentucky in the spring.  Come August and it’s a very different story.  After a dry August, it’s a crisp, brown wasteland.  As I was walking my dogs, brown grass crunching with each step, I noticed mixed in with the drab landscape, tiny bits of color.  Weeds.  Even with the heat and lack of water, weeds were blooming.  I thought it would be fun to capture some shots of weeds in a different perspective.  Capture them as “color”, not as an obnoxious plant needing to be hoed out.  Ironweed, Queen Anne’s Lace and even the ever so obnoxious thistle — a bit of beauty on the parched landscape.

August Color Challenge

I’ve neglected Louise Gale’s Creative Color Challenge 2012, but I’m back for the August challenge!  The theme is “rainbow of colors”.  I usually like to use photography/mixed media for the challenge; this month I decided to only use photoshop elements.  Louise provided a rainbow list of colors with their codes.  Perfect for computer only.

Yes, I know.  It’s simplistic.  But I did use all of the colors and I worked at arranging the bursts of color in what is hopefully a balanced design.


Not the SumMEr of Me

With another tax season behind me and summer approaching, my thought was “this is going to be MY summer.”  I had neglected myself for far too long and the effects of non-stop stress had taken their toll on me — mind and body.  Not long afterwards, my wonderful friend Renee announced her blog series, SumMer of Me.

Perfect for me; fit right in with my plan.  Alas, so much for plans — sometimes life just happens.  Now as summer is drawing to a close, I have to admit it clearly was NOT a summer of me.

However, I did have a week of me!  It was to be my kickoff for the summer.  Kris Carr has an amazing story, and she is my hero.  If you’re not familiar with her and her bestselling book, Crazy, Sexy Diet, check it out.

I had passed it along to my daughter and in June she suggested that we do a detox week together — well, as together as you can get when I’m in Kentucky and she’s in Texas.  Using many of the suggestions from Kris Carr’s book and some of our own, we came up with a list of things to try to do every day.  Here’s the sheet she made for us.  By the way, if you read this, “crack” is sugar.  So, don’t call the authorities — sugar is a legal drug.  You can download a PDF copy here.  Or there is one with a whole month on one page here.

For over a week, I was sugar-free, caffeine-free, gluten-free, alcohol-free and vegan.  The toughest was giving up my morning coffee.  Next was sugar.  I meditated, exercised and did yoga.  I drank green juice daily.  Once I got past the coffee withdrawal, I felt amazing.  Then life, and the stress that comes with it.  There were less and less check marks.  Then maybe only a check mark here or there.  The summer was no longer about me.

But I’m not quitting.  My list can be full of checks again.  It will be the “Fall of ME.”  Or maybe before you start imagining my demise, it should be the “Autumn of ME.”  As a side note, my daughter has continued with all things healthy.  I would love to hear what you think should be on a healthy list.

P.S.  My daughter just commented:  Just wanted to clarify “my daughter has continued with all things healthy”…. it should read, “my daughter attempts every day to do all things healthy (but sometimes fails miserably, which is ok).” It’s a struggle to fit all these healthy things in each day with all the stresses, drama, and lack of time associated with everyday life. It’s the attempt that counts.  I’m one lucky Mom!

Fly Tribe Anniversary – Giving Flight

A year ago, I signed up for Kelly Rae Robert’s e-course, Flying Lessons.  I don’t think that any one of us could have predicted the friendships that would develop from the private Facebook group.  Not only do we share our creativity, but our daily ups and downs, our very lives.  Regardless of what is going on in your life, there is always a fellow flyer to support you.  In celebration of our one year anniversary, we decided to “give back”.  Ideas buzzed around, and before long we had collected enough money to sponsor eight spots in Kelly Rae’s 2012 Flying lessons.  And to top it off, Kelly Rae has generously agreed to match our sponsorships.  Sixteen sweet spots!  Read all about it here (link goes live at midnight CST), and you could be a lucky winner.

Our blog hop is about giving back.  In addition to the Flying Lessons, we have all been concentrating on other ways to give back.  It reminds me of something Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  I am so proud of our little group.

My give back is and has been for several years, Women For Women International.  Through their sponsorship program, they not only provide food and shelter but teach women the business skills and job training they need to provide for themselves and their families.  When I read these stories of courageous women who overcome unimaginable obstacles, I am reminded of how blessed we are in our country of freedom.

Join the love and check out more give back stories from fellow flyers.  And a special thanks to Susan for creating our awesome logo and collecting the money, and to Rachel for setting up and coordinating our blog hop.  And to all of the fly tribe.

Janet Forrest

Cat Athena Louise

Stacey Bockness Curry

Kris Lanae Binsfeld

Renee Burke

Mary Sterk

Michelle Reynolds

Constance Rawlins

Kelly Hoernig

Cindy Jones Lantier

Kathleen Conard

Claudia Dow

Susan M. Walls-Beverly

Linda Barutha

Linda Kinnaman

Cheryl Dossey

Sofia Dabalsa

Jill Lambert

Sally Rose

Ursula Smith

Deborah Eaton

Lori Leissner

Creative Clearinghouse

Lenore Angela

Katharina Star

Rachél Payne

Sherry Richert Belul

Deborah Velasquez

Shannon Etnyre & coming soon

Live Laugh Love Retreats

Kelley Miller Artworks

Wini Dougall

Carol Bray

Tracy Yarbrough

Diane Enright

Jamie Burch

Mary Cottingham

Susan Dietz

Lori Moon Studio

Kim Hyer

Tina Carlborg

Catherine Pistone

Mary MacIlvain

Asymmetrical Composition

Asymmetrical composition is the first assignment in Claudine Hellmuth’s “Composition for Collage” over at Big Picture Classes.  I love her retro-whimsical style  This is the first piece I created for this assignment.  I think it’s fairly balanced.

Claudine provides downloads of a variety of vintage images.  You could add your own images or items, but I chose to only use what was in the downloads.  Give me too many options and I would never get it done!  It was then just a matter of cutting out some pieces and trying to make an asymmetrical composition.

This one doesn’t seem quite balanced to me.  It definitely needs a splash of color.  But not sure what is needs to balance it out.  Maybe if I lifted the man and clotheslines, and then moved the bicycles a bit to the right.  What do you think?  Wish I had more downloads.  I have to say that I love cutting and pasting.