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Monday, November 28, 2011


So, you can't jump up on the furniture . . .

or down from the furniture . . .

You're afraid of photos of other dogs . . .

But, suddenly you're the daredevil that climbs onto the end table------and can't get down again! And you don't learn---you continue to do it over and over again! Crazy dog!

The Great Pumpkin

Day 28 - While the green pumpkin I picked a month ago has turned a bright orange, the small pie pumpkins that I purchased a the beginning of October are a deeper shade. I think that the green stem provides such a nice contrast.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Leafy Love

Day 27 - Leaves are so interesting in whatever state they fall. Each is unique. Just like people, these two leaves are complete opposites in many ways--their size, one has fallen on its back and the other on its front. The smaller one even seems to be further along in the journey of changing colors. Yet they have so much in common---their general shape is similar, the veins in which they receive nourishment are clearly etched and let's face it---they have both fallen.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Open Hearts, Open Minds

Day 26 - Contemplating what I need to leave "open" led me to this photo--something that I need to use more often, to study and consider as I make decisions.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Sewing Room Inspiration

I've always dreamed of having my own sewing room---a space that is neat, pretty and inspires creativity. Instead, my sewing machine has been crammed into a tiny space between the laundry room and computer room that mostly serves as a junk room. I clean it and try to organize it fairly regularly, but the furnishings are of the "early attic" variety and aren't really designed for the space at all. But, lately I've been gathering images of inspirational spaces that I might be able to adapt to fit my needs.

I'd love to have a corner desk like this that would accommodate both my sewing machine and my serger.

This desk is beautiful! I love the soft colors and the inspiration board on the wall.

Something like these Expedit shelves would be perfect for storing all the books and fabric.

And this little room is perfect---from the drawers beneath the desktop to the oilcloth covered surface on top!

Stayed tuned----the cleaning and re-organization are about to begin!

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Fall Colors

Day 25 - Before my camera battery died at Don's house, I was able to snap a few pictures outdoors. The oak leaf hydrangeas were beautiful even in their dried, brown state.

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P. S. I even managed to capture that ever elusive bokeh!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Rhythm of Repetition

Day 23 - After a LONG drive over from Shreveport yesterday, we arrived at Don's house in Atlanta late last night. The stormy weather gave way to cooler temperatures and a beautiful day here in Atlanta. Their stepping stones remind me of a Thanksgiving many years ago and adventures involving cousins, a broken leg and a backyard fort.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lights and Darks

Day 22 - Yesterday morning, the electricity went out just as I was getting out of bed. Since it seems that my life revolves around electrical appliances or gadgets, I decided that this would be a great time to be outdoors. After sweeping the carport, taking out trash and visiting with my next door neighbor (and still not lights), I grabbed my camera and headed to the duck pond. I love being there early in the morning when no one else is there. This one little branch stood out to me, and I was able to capture it against the gray morning sky (don't be fooled by that sky,though---it was quite warm and humid rather than chilly).

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Monday, November 21, 2011


Day 16 - At first I was totally stumped by this prompt, but then, suddenly I started seeing contrasting images all over the place. Instead of just posting one, I decided to go ahead and post two photos today.

This lone morning glory was blooming on the ground among all of the brown, fallen leaves.

While the leaves are beautiful and seemingly harmless, better not touch---this one is poison ivy.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011


Day 20 - When I first read this prompt, I envisioned the many connections between people that I see on a daily basis. However, today is Sunday, and I didn't bring my camera to church so I didn't get pictures there. But this evening, while working on the jewelry for the upcoming craft show, I realized that I was busily working with connections of a different sort. This photo could probably have been used yesterday, too, since they are definitely scattered, but here are the connections I worked with the most today.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011


Day 19 - This evening, Callie and Jordan came over to fix dinner for me for my birthday. I chose the meal----barbeque shrimp! Yum! These shrimp, before marinating in sauce, onions and lemons, posed perfectly for this prompt.

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Friday, November 18, 2011


Day 18 - Lately, my photographic inspiration comes from the colors and textures of fall in general. I love this season--the cooler weather, the rich colors, the acorns on the ground, squirrels scurrying around and the leaves that fall from the trees. The duck pond near my house seems to be filled with all of these elements, so I hope each afternoon that I will have time for a quick walk up there with my camera. The water level is still way down, but even with all the traffic whizzing by on one side, sitting on the benches by the water is so peaceful.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011


Day 17 - I doubt you noticed that I skipped a day, but yesterday's prompt kind of stumped me and I'm still searching for the proper inspiration for it. In the meantime, I went ahead and found this photo of a bounty of berries- found on my front door wreath.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mid-Month Message

Day 15 - Today's message definitely "found ME" rather than the other way around. After a roller-coaster visit to the newest hand doctor, I sat in front of my computer researching the latest diagnosis. I flipped over to one of my Pinterest boards, only to find this quote from Volume 25----just what I needed to hear this evening!!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Unexpected Enchantment

Day 14 - I struggled with this prompt a bit. After all, I have surrounded myself with things that I love---both old and new. This evening, in less than ideal light, I finally just grabbed the tiny salt and pepper shakers out of my kitchen window and took a few pictures. They belonged to my grandmother and are one of the few pairs that I kept from her vast collection. I do believe that they are kind of enchanting---what do you think?

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Memory Collage

Yesterday, I helped my friend Danette with a project for her parents' 50th anniversary. Inspired by these wonderful pieces of art that she'd seen for sale at Canton by J L Art, (click on that link to see their full collection)

I offered to help her make a knock-off. Her next door neighbor (I think they call him Super Mike), built the wooden frame, which is about 2' x 4'. Then we painted. I used painter's tape to get a nice straight line for the "binding" and we used a light gray and a deep blue. I "distressed" them with black and beige paint and then we were ready to begin adding the pictures.

Danette's sister had snuck in her parent's house while they were out of town and made copies of a bunch of their favorite photos, so we had some great pictures to work with. I used my Cricut to cut out the words and accents from black vinyl.

After a couple of coats of Mod Podge, she will add the metal accents. The crosses, fleur de lis and horseshoes all have special meaning to their family, so it really is a personalized gift.

****Danette just sent me a picture of the finished product! I think it turned out great!

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Take Some Time Out

Day 13 - Sunday. A day of rest. Sometimes it is for me and other times it is way to busy. This morning's sermon was about an addiction that many of us share----the addition of being busy. I am definitely guilty of that one. It sometimes seems that the old quote of "the busier I get, the behinder I get" was written just for me. Today's message and the photo prompt remind me of one of the goals of my One Little Word---that even stillness can have an important purpose. Relaxing for me can mean doing a craft, taking a nap, watching a movie, window shopping or just "chilling" on the back deck.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Good Day Sunshine

Day 12 - I decided to mix it up a little bit today. Not that any of you know, but I'm switching around the prompts a little bit to make them fit my schedule and life. This particular prompt says that "A burst of round, ripe sunny color can totally transform the gloomy grays that may be lurking outside. That is so true! And this burst of color found in a tallow tree definitely made me smile.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Stripped Down

Day 11 - I have always been drawn to textures, whether in fabric, paper, or nature. This prompt asked me to find something that is "begging to be photographed", then to strip away all the color. Once the color is removed, lighting becomes more important in letting the natural texture shine through.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011


Day 10 - As you know, I'm not a huge fan of cooking. Contrary to what many people think, I CAN cook, but I would much rather be concocting some sort of masterpiece on my sewing machine than stirring and measuring. That's not to say I don't enjoy eating---because I do!--and I love pretty kitchen things, like great dishes. A couple of years ago, I decided to begin collecting turkey plates while antique shopping. There are very expensive, high-quality turkey patterns out there, but I prefer the lower-cost alternatives---ones that won't make me cry if I drop one. Thanks to my flea market buddies, I've found enough plates and salad plates that I can actually set a table for the holidays if we happen to stay here in Shreveport. Here's my collection, patiently waiting in my cupboard to see if we will dine here or in Atlanta.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What Remains

Day 9 - The prompt this morning was to photograph something that is not willing to let go. Seasons come and go, and most of the summer blossoms have faded by now. But this miniature rose, on a bush from my childhood home, still holds on, despite the recent drop in temperatures and storms of last night.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Keeping It Simple

Day 8 - Wouldn't you know it, the day we're supposed to use "light" is the day that is totally overcast with little to no natural light on much of anything. So, I brought my object, a ceramic pumpkin into the living room and turned on the indoor light, only to have it burn out before I could snap the picture. I decided to go ahead and go with the overcast skies outdoors and decided it would be a good time to experiment with the settings on my camera. I've got a lot of practice and learning to do, but I like the way the stem reflects light in this picture.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

After The Fall

Day 7 - While we have yet to enjoy the change of colors in our trees this year (and may not, due to the severe drought), one of the trees that is unique to the South is the Magnolia Tree. In the fall, their fruit fall from the trees, littering lawns with these cone-like structures. I love their texture and the tiny bits of red peeking out.

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