April 29th, 2020
In keeping with the theme of useful items with a photo that you like on them, my website is now offering masks.
I thought it was an interesting idea to be able to offer these as I have many photos that translate from compassion to fun. I love the idea of being able to offer the funny faces of animals on the masks for children to wear so they can see a facial expression or something familiar as the go about their day. My idea is that it helps children feel like they have their own ability to choose what they are wearing as a facemask, helping them take charge of how they want to come across to others they encounter during the day. I like the idea that children might find some relief of their anxiety as they see a sea of facemasks as they go to the grocery store, or the park, or as they look out the window at people moving along the street.
When I found out that the facemasks were going to be offered I thought about teens being able to have some fun with all of this with their friends or their own personal statements that they want to make every day. It might be fun to coordinate with colors or personal preferences about animals or flowers that they like. It works well with groups to identify who is in a group, like 4-H, or a gardening group growing food at a neighborhood garden. It could even be a dog group where everyone is wearing a dog photo on the mask as they all get together in the dog park with their dog. It could just be a person walking daily with a mask that makes them feel good as they put the mask on before they go out.
I like the idea of being in the grocery store or a line somewhere carrying out a chore or a daily task and the photo on the mask contributing to others connecting with one another through the photo. It feels interesting that the photo would be a conversation starter whether it be a heart shaped leaf, a flower, or a llama face. I also thought it was fun to think about how people might appreciate putting on a mask that helps them express what they are currently going through even as it changes for them. It was a great mood indicator – like the old mood rings, if you will. Ha ha ha. It was just really evident to me that this was yet another way to choose how you are going to approach this with an item that you might need to incorporate into your life as you see fit. I am all about choosing things that work for you that you can stay excited about. It works for me.
April 21st, 2020
Whether you are already advocating to get your children to wear a mask or whether you are wearing a mask due to a family member that needs you to be more protective of them or even if the school requires you kids to wear a mask back to school, it’s a lot of explanation for a child to grasp and go along with. If I can turn some of that into some fun for families then I am really happy to do that with some of these simple photos of animals that may just encourage them to go along with what you and your family have decided you want or need to do.
I like certain photos just for the color pop and the fun. I figure it makes it more interesting to look at too as we stare into a sea of masks going around for who knows exactly how long. I like that we have the opportunity to make a smile happen through the eyes and therefore a feeling of coming together beyond just our own opinions. If wearing a fun animal face mask that is silly helps others feel better for a few minutes regardless of what is going on in their lives right now then I feel like it is a simple way to encourage one another as we go along together through this.
I thought about men and the mask wearing in a way that feels kind of Clint Eastwood like, so I went through some of my older photos that I love and keep just because I love them and I am hoping to bring some of those to life in these masks, they can wear them for the kids or even for the grandkids. They can wear them during the allergy season and just for mowing the lawn, too. Needless to say that they won’t go to waste because they are fun and guys can have fun with that with their golf buddies or gear heads going to the store. It’s okay to bring some fun to the situation is what I thought as I saw that masks were now something that I can offer through my website. Maybe you like the goat chewing on a piece of hay, or perhaps a flower is something that catches your eye as well, some color and some personality is nice to wear out as you do your daily activities.
April 16th, 2020
An update on the same women who ordered some journals to help each other stay focused on their goals as they made the changes in their life a little at a time to get there using a daily journal with a motivational photo offered on my website.
It’s been about three weeks now and we have been able to track our daily progress, which we both love, down to what we ate, in what recipe, what we weighed, how much we worked out, how the food made us feel and whether we wanted to purchase and eat it again for the next weeks grocery list. While we are miles apart, working on our goals this way has felt incredibly supportive in our chats and encouraging e mails to one another. I chose some funny animal expression photos for one journal and that face is what I see every morning as I log my progress. I chose it because it was so welcoming to me and it feels like exactly that when I write in it every morning, afternoon and evening. I am happier to return to it again and again as it feels so good just to look at it. My friend and I noticed that while this is an emotional time for us losing the weight and changing our habits that the extra feeling of an emotional and mental boost through our journals with photos that we love on them has made this far less of a grind then it has been in the past. We believe it is due to the mental and emotional “supportive” feeling that we get from these journals and that we chose them specifically to “cheer” us on this time. It is way more fun as it feels like we have another buddy always there encouraging us. Actually what feels really great is the feeling that I put into the photo on the journal as I chose it off of the website to encourage me during this time. I can feel my own encouragement and support as I come back to it time and time again throughout the day and that has made all of the difference in the world this time in keeping me focused moving forward with encouraging feelings and self-talk towards my goals. We are so glad you offer these wonderful photos in ways that allow us to integrate them into our lives on purpose.
I find it very fun and rewarding to be able to do what I love to do and to hear about how others are using the photos that I offer to encourage themselves throughout their day on purpose. I appreciate that they took the time to let me know how they are able to turn a daily item into a useful tool to get them where they want to be in their lives.
April 14th, 2020
Here is an e-mail I received from someone who ordered several journals from my website yesterday.
Recently a friend and I decided that we were going to work on our health goals via learning how to cook using the food that we know keeps us feeling our best. We do not, however, live close to one another and so we were trying to figure out how to keep up with what was necessary to stay in sync as we did this. I was on your website and saw your journals and it came to me that my friend and I could use these journals to keep us connected towards our mutual goal. It helps that we are both really interested in doing this so neither is being pulled by the other toward inspiration or motivation. I picked out a photo that I love and sized it for the journal that I now use for documenting my exercise and what I notice after I eat. I chose several fun photos that let me know the difference between each journal for easy access to keep within my allotted time and schedule in working this into my daily routine. My friend is just as thrilled to find some journals that she can use to track her results too. We made our grocery lists and allotted a quick set of time guidelines for recipes including only those grocery items for the next week so that we don’t spend hours on the internet neglecting our other “to do” things in our life. We thought this might keep it fun and interesting to have a quicker time and focus allocated to this particular goal. We are so thrilled to pull out those journals at various times of the day and then to relate to one another how we are coming along in our efforts, we wanted to thank you for the inspirational photos and let you know we really appreciate them, they are helping us very much.
I thought this was really neat to hear how they are using the journals to keep connected with one another during this time of reworking their habits and documenting how they are doing. I especially enjoyed where they were only giving the goal a certain amount of time to be “worked” on during the day so that they did not get into burnout and the feeling of not making progress due to the feeling of hours that they dedicated to looking up too many things at once. It was a great example to me of making the daily items you use and spend money on work for you.
Happy inspired journaling --- Christy
September 3rd, 2019
Sometimes you have to move because your parents tell you and sometimes relocation can be a decision on your own. This young teen was not thrilled about it but the llama photos on a t-shirt that she could wear after school helped soothes her. During the school day she was able to connect with the place that she left and the wonderful memories of her beloved Llamas and Alpacas through a spiral notebook. She found out one of the other students in her new school had Alpacas too when she pulled out her carry all pouch with her pencils in it. It bridged the gap and a friendship started. Moving wasn’t great but it felt a bit better as they laughed over the funny photo on the notebook and the pouches. They had a first class of the day together and they ate lunch together every day, too. She was able to go and visit her new friends Alpacas on the weekends. Her mom closed her e-mail to me with - It works for me! Glad to hear it.
The I heard from another dad who had to move with his son. He shared with me that his son was a lot like him, a creative introvert with a mop of hair that was a bit unruly. He wanted to bridge his son’s introverted creative self with the time that he interacted with the rest of the family. He loved the tote bags and purchased one for each of his kids so that when they went and did some errands in town they each had their bags to help out. In each bag was the list of how they would contribute as they ran their errands, it cut down on the asking and helped each one realize they were a part of making things happen in their lives together. He commented that the chores were less stressful and his children learned how to contribute to the family regularly by purchasing on purpose.
It's fun to think that Alpaca's and Llamas have helped kids make transitions and moves a bit easier.
August 1st, 2019
The other day I was drying my hands on my kitchen towel after doing my dishes. During my lunch I had been reviewing how my money was working for me. I thought about how to make my surroundings reinforce the concept that the things that I spend my money on work for me as well. I thought of the towel as a tool that I would not only dry my hands on but that would lift up my mood as I interacted with it. I purchased two hand towels with photos and colors that coordinated with my kitchen that made me smile when I saw them. I purchased two new bath towels that felt really relaxing and renewing to me. I purchased a phone cover that brings a smile to my face and decided to set my phone down with this photo showing so that I smiled when my phone beckoned me. Now when I interact with each item I think, “That works for me!” I find it empowering.
Recently I received a lovely e-mail from a client that purchased six hand towels with a variety of photos on them. She told me that she had a destination vacation planned and that it was just six short months away. She wanted to wake up every day and feel the excitement of getting ready to go and so she chose six of her favorite photos off of my website that made her feel like she was looking at little touchstones that she would encounter on her wonderful vacation adventure. She put them out one by one in the kitchen and in each of her bathrooms with each room having an extra change out for laundry day every week. She is thrilled to interact with them every day and eager for her trip, she loves the way they keep her focused on the fun!
July 26th, 2019
We are right in the middle of summer when everything at the local market urges you to get outside and enjoy the weather. Everywhere you look there’s fresh watermelon, pool floats and flip flops. Items that beckon you to relax and enjoy a day at the beach or swimming pool.
What better way to enjoy your water activities than with your own unique custom beach towel. Whether you choose a seagull or a tropical flower or even a Hawaiian ocean wave photo, your beach towel will surely stand out from the crowd!
You can’t wait to get to the beach, but the kids can’t find their “stuff”. Let’s save time- get a complete summer ensemble. Each kid can choose a towel, a weekender tote and a zipper pouch to protect all their small essentials. Now you have a quick and easy way for everyone to identify and keep track of their “stuff”. From the beach, to the washer and back to the tote again.
We introduced the idea of a summer ensemble kit. Coordinating towels, small zipper pouches and a weekender tote bag. Each kid is responsible for tracking their own stuff. This will make those summertime adventures transform into wonderful summer memories, while teaching them time management and organizational skills. This will help prepare them for the upcoming school year.
Not to mention how fun it is when each child get’s to choose their own favorites. If you daughter loves flowers, she may enjoy a rose flower photo on her beach towel, zen grasses photo on her zippered pouch and a yellow plumeria on her weekend tote.
If your son is into bugs and birds, he will definitely enjoy an orange dragonfly on his beach towel, a blue heron on his zippered pouch and a seagull on his weekender tote.
By each kid choosing their own unique collection, there’s no fighting over whose is whose…
This makes it a much more enjoyable trip for you as you sit with your heart leaf towel, zen coiled tote and your dandelion zipper pouch.
July 15th, 2019
If you read my post Monday, you know that I am a new “great Aunt”. It’s exciting to welcome this beautiful little boy into our family.
Let me share my vision of the wardrobe needs of my little grandnephew. I envisioned my niece and her husband both standing in the nursery in front of the dresser deciding which onesies to pack for the day. I thought of how we could streamline their laundry loads by having multiple clean onesies to wear each and every of the week. I got the picture of the top drawer of the dresser in my head. In each pile were 7 individually folded onesies.
7 piles of onesies marked with each day of the week all neatly folded and lined up in a row helped them to grab and go and pack his daily change bag. I thought this would make their lives easier as a quick check in the drawer by either parent to recognize how prepared they were for the week with their new toddler. I understand that the laundry loads with still be never ending but saw the piles as a easy indicator when they were getting low.
New parents are often faced with stress, lack of sleep and time management issues. This doesn’t have to be the case. Easy organization and communication even through a pile of onesies can make welcome their new addition to their family effortless and seamless.
Besides the humorous collection of animals, I also consider onesies from the Zen collection or even the peaceful flowers.
Seeing the baby in his new onesies, keeps you smiling and connected with this joyful time of life.
My grandnephew is already teaching me the value of having a backup shirt, always on hand. Too bad his parents didn’t pack and extra one for me.
Save 10 % this week on onesies- use coupon code BTXXZF
July 12th, 2019
I last left off with the newly discovered thought that the conversations that I was having with my sister about the color of my walls was teaching me about how to take a better photograph and be a more conscious photographer behind the lens. Well, all of that was in my mind but I may not have written that all out in the last blog. I will cover that in this one.
As I discussed with my sister the color of my walls in my home not just as a whole but in each room and what did I want the room to be for, how did I want to feel in it, did I want it to be light or dark, smaller or larger feeling, uplifting and encouraging movement or relaxing and encouraging peacefulness – she taught me a lot and had some really great large color splotches to chat and create around rather than the tiny color splotches in the paint department at the local home store. The conversations went on over time as she helped me to think in larger terms and greater scales rather than just “color”. At the time I was considering the color and the conversations were starting to include what the color would help me feel while I was in that space i.e. smaller or larger feel to the room etc. I wasn’t really thinking of the photos that I would put on the wall or how I would choose them. I was really just looking at getting the house to be brighter based on the position of the sun coming through the windows that were already in the walls. (Although we did have a fun time talking about the consideration of replacing the windows as well as painting. Ha ha ha) I was only thinking color of the walls and then decorating them and how and with what was an entirely different thought process exclusive of the wall color discussions.
Well, I did not come into the conversations with that in mind, whereas my sister did and that was pretty eye opening for me at the time. Now it makes considerable sense to me to approach the project of what is going on my walls in this manner and the “why” do I want that becomes more clear to me based on that way of thinking about it. It’s the consideration of the entirety of the space and not just the color of the walls as a stand-alone decision that began to evolve for me.
July 10th, 2019
These four flowers
My Peaceful Flower Décor Collection includes four flowers (so far!) that I have been thinking about and wanted to share some of the thoughts that have occurred to me as I look at them and gain an understanding of why they mean so much to me. It is in this time of just gazing at them and becoming aware of what I am wanting to convey through the colors, lines, exposure, focal points, depth of field of focus, composition and finally the background (or lack thereof) that brings to life why I took this photo and how it might enter your life as you set the tone in your own personal space.
In the past I tended to purchase things as a one piece at a time shopping moment and not really think about it as an entire room that felt like a relaxing, or whimsical and playful, or creative contemplative place to be. I considered the item and not necessarily the entire space I was creating a vibe in. It was not really my surprise to consider that other people purchase that way as well, too. I think stores sell that way as well as selling the entire concept of how they see a room. (It makes me think of a Dillard’s room set up vs Walmart room isle in the store)
Armed with this thought and concept playing out in my mind and a sister who understood this concept on a daily basis as an architect, I knew that I would be able to have multiple conversations about how my photos came to life in that construct as a foundation for me in bringing my collection to fruition. I found that very exciting on multiple levels of creativity and organizing my photo collections from start to finish. I found that it helped me develop (ha ha ha) as a photographer as well, both in the field and at the editing table as well. It also helped me create this blog to share how empowering it is to choose the photos you create your personal space with consciously infusing it with the details and touchstones that you mean to because they speak to you because they bring about a space that supports you and what you want to feel in your life. I find it enriching.