Monday, November 28, 2011


Typographical print by Jeff Rogers as seen on the DesignWorkLife blog.
I am totally loving this quote - and the typography as well. Here's to living a dramatic life - in the Hitchcock sense anyway...

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday Photo Love - The Exotic Edition

Recently my husband & I took an amazing trip to visit friends in Hong Kong. They live on one of the outlaying islands away from the hustle and bustle of HK central. This was the amazing view right outside our home-away-from-home on Lamma Island. I plan on posting a more photos from HK, as well as photos of a mini-book that I completed to document this amazing vacation.

Stay tuned...and happy weekend!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo courtesy of Anthology Magazine
I am grateful for so many blessings in my life, most importantly my family and friends. Here's wishing a happy Thanksgiving to all.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Gratitude

 I am grateful for the fabulous sock monkey slippers that were a present from my best friend Deana...but I'm even more grateful for her love and friendship.

I still like presents though....

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Photo Love - 11.11.11

I am blessed to work with our nation's veterans every day. But today I am particularly grateful for to have that honor. Thank you to all veterans for the gift of your service.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

OLW Blog Hop - My Dreams in Pictures Redux

Welcome back for this month's installment of the One Little Word Blog Hop. As the year winds down, I am so very grateful to be able to look back at all my previous posts about my word of the year, Dream. I love having the concrete evidence of how much my word has come to be an active part of my life. I love seeing where my word has taken me. And I love seeing how much I have changed and grown with the influence of my one little word.

This month, we have 14 amazing women participating in the blog hop. I've said it before but it's worth repeating. Be sure to check out all of these fabulous ladies' blogs. You will be amazed at the creativity, humor, sentimentality, depth and joy that shines through on every single page. I know I can't wait to see each and every post.

October's prompt was a return to a class favorite - using 9 photographs to illustrate your word right now. What I really enjoyed about this prompt was going back to look at February's collage after I had put together the collage for this month. It was interesting to see what inspired my dreams now compared to those images that sparked my imagination near the beginning of this journey.

Below is this month's collage. I've listed the words behind the photos underneath. Once again, I plan to make a layout incorporating these words + photos. But in my album, the photos will not have any words on them (or numbers for that matter). The numbers correspond to the written statements for each photo.

1.I dream of new directions.
2. My dreams are bright and sometimes burn with intensity.
3. I dream of the exotic, the foreign, the unfamiliar.
4. Some dreams strip you bare, exposing all of my vulnerabilities and fears.
5. My dreams, collected and savored.
6. Dreams can be mysterious, leaving only hints and remnants for me to piece together.
7. I am ready to go where my dreams lead me.
8. Some dreams are comforting, like the sun shining warmly onto my face.
9. Some dreams are a baptism, like a clean rain sluicing through my soul.

I've been thinking a lot of the dreams I had in childhood, how as a child I wasn't afraid to dream, how I didn't put limitations on my dreams. Through my recent experiences in Mondo Beyondo, I've re-connected with these childhood fantasies. Some bring me laughter and amusement, some are unrecognizable, some generate a bittersweet sense of loss, and some still ring so true. More importantly, Mondo Beyondo taught me how dream again. I mean really dream, with abandon and imagination and longing...and without practicality or limits or fear.

I am learning to let go of fear, of all anxiety as I face the future.

I wanted to use a photo enlargement to convey this re-connection to my childhood dreaming.

What are your dreams right now? Are you pursuing these dreams? I really hope so...

Next up in the blog hop is the fabulous Cheri. Check our her blog and enjoy the rest of the hop!