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.
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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.
February 12th, 2016
In a friends backyard at the Las Vegas Ranch in Prescott, Az, a hummingbird feeds on this lovely flower. I captured the moment in a way that highlights the grey of the hummingbird but no colors. Also I thought it was rather interesting that the hummingbird was not eating from one of the newer blossoms but seemed more interested in this bloom that I thought looked a little less than tasty! Meanwhile back at the computer for the development process, I thought it would be more interesting to continue to highlight the blossom color and wash the rest in the same sort of grey that the hummingbird was. I like the way it came out and the way it sort of draws your attention to the details by doing that. It was a pretty sunny day in the backyard as I followed this hummer around. I had my pick of bugs and blooms as well as some other animals that I did my best to capture that day as I took it all in. This one not only caught my eye but kept me coming back for more as I worked with it. Something about it was just fun to play with and I really enjoy the end result. Over the Christmas holiday I was getting eager to have some of my work displayed around the town and so I started reaching out to the local coffee houses to see where I could display my work. I am pleased to say that I had some very nice responses to my request and that after all of the glitter settled in January from the festivities, I again made my inquiries and was met with the same eagerness. I set about to hang some of my photo's at Gurley Street Coffee, just a block off of the square in Prescott. I love the way the wall color highlights the color of the blooms and calls the viewer in to the photo for a closer look at the hummingbird that is hanging suspended behind the entire flower bush. I have about seven photo's there so far and am looking forward to hanging a few more larger sizes there as well soon. Feel free to stop on by to get some coffee and some of their new line of home made soup or check out a local band playing some great tunes, peer out the window at the creek below, read the paper on the couch, and don't forget to take a gander at this great hummingbird who posed for me ever so nonchalantly! I have some not so shy flowers eager for everyone's attention in the back, just beyond the bakery case so you have something to peruse as your order is prepared. Happy marveling, and thanks for stopping by! Who knows, you just may take one home with you! :)
February 11th, 2016
Over and over again, I feel this nudging to get out into nature. The locations flow into my head slowly and I hear some encouragement, "I should go to Watson Lake today", "Oh, I bet the water is flowing around the back of the Peavine Trail today. I would get some great shots there." "I think the ducks are out on the Oak Creek, I should go there soon!". At first it just comes along as an easy thought crossing my mind. Then it becomes more and more persistent as nature is literally calling to me to come and play! I can hear the crunch under my feet of the gravel as I walk on the trail. The sound becomes my familiar meditative background music as I plod along knowing I will get what I came here for, that sense of blurred lines, and some really wonderful photo's. My ears feel like I have stuck the horns from a Victrola in them as every noise begins to register in my brain. I can feel myself settling in with my scenery, I am no longer feeling separate. I love this feeling. It renews me, time and time again. I absolutely know that it will and I not only count on it but I look forward to it. I feel like I either know who I am out here, or I really begin to lose myself and become part of it all. Either way, I begin to notice that I just stop thinking about it. That is usually when I begin to feel the feeling of what I call, blurred lines. It feels like I am connected to nature and that I really take into consideration that it is all just as alive as I am. Then I feel the interaction of myself with nature and the big reveal begins. I can be there for hours, effortlessly following cues to go there and to wander that way. I love it. My rewards are endless and I take them with me. What I love the most is the moment when I something just catches my eye and then I find another world in the details of my subject. The veins of a flower, or the delicate lace of a dandelion, the lights that seem to appear in the dandelion blossom as the sun shines on it just so. What a magical place to be indeed!
February 5th, 2016
I started taking photo's to fill in some time with a hobby. I noticed that my days did not include as much creativity as I wanted and I was trying to "fit" it in somewhere in my days. Usually at night, or during some free time. It just was not fulfilling me this way. I thought if I could combine my time in between my appointments during the day with my creative desires then maybe I would feel fulfilled throughout my entire schedule. I work with horses and so I drive quite a bit and I would find myself seeing things that called to me in the moment. As I began to notice that this was occurring on such a regular basis, I decided to get a camera and capture some of those moments. If I could. I found a great camera for me, the Canon Powershot SX 50. It's Canon's bridge camera and it turned out to be everything I was wanting in a camera. Thank you, Canon! A photographer was born! The world was my playground and people were lining up to buy my photo's for their hotel walls, card stock, walls in their homes, ad's for their companies, offices, screen savers, shirts, sails on their boats, hats, wraps for their cars, totes, billboards, dividers for their hair stations, covers of their books. The list goes on and on! Well, in my mind, so far. Lol! That is what I wanted, to wake up the part of me that dreams and feels connected to life around me as I am out driving to my work spot. I love what I do and I am thrilled to be doing it. I just was not enjoying the down time sitting in my car in a parking lot somewhere waiting for the next appointment. I wanted to keep that connected feeling that I was feeling during my appointments with the horses while I was on the way to my next one. I wanted to do that for two reasons at the time. I felt like it kept me grounded, something the horses really look for during our appointments, and it also allowed me to have my heart stay connected with nature and the life around me while I was alone. It was the same grounded feeling that I felt working with the horses. I did not realize that that was what I was missing in between appointments. I mean I knew I was missing it, but did not really narrow it down to that exact emotional feeling until I recognized that I had recreated that same connecting point in my life with the camera in my hand. Minus the heart to heart connection with the horses, of course! The camera in my hand helps me to ground myself and I love it. I feel connected to life around me, just like I wanted, in between appointments or during the times of the year when the weather slows my horse business down due to inactivity. I can find my place of creativity. I can see things that I may have missed before, and I find that I am taking the time for myself to just be out in nature, breathing it all in and feeling a part of it. What a gift to be finding this perfectly simple moments filled with the gift of life as only nature has to offer. I loved it. I soaked it in every blooming flower that turned it's petals in my direction! Cows were looking at me as I drove down the road, sunlight highlighted the horses mane just so, sunsets were calling my name even more clearly! How can a camera do all that, you ask? It was like a key, granting me access to that part of my self that I wanted to open up, not quite to people yet but at least to myself so that I could learn how to feel my connection to myself and what I wanted. It was a moment when I would just grant myself the permission that I wanted to slow down and take it all in. For me. Take it all in - for me to enjoy it. Take the time for me to just feel my heart opening and stabilizing in a much broader way, in an atmosphere that felt more safe and nurturing for me to go there in my emotions. It was a way, that I found out as I went along, for me to be there for myself in what I needed emotionally. While the camera allowed me to have a conduit for my creativity, it also allowed me to reconnect to my emotional self and let that take shape without the perceptions and comments from others. I did not know when I decided to purchase my camera and start taking photographs that it would help me to find my voice within myself for me. This time has allowed me to not only connect with nature but to find myself, feel how I fit in in my world and to reconnect with my own emotional foundation of who I feel myself to be. A "bridge" camera as well as a Powershot, indeed! Thank you, Canon! Thank you to me, for following my own path for myself and my adventures that shape my life. I am so happy to be here with my camera in hand, sharing my view with all of you!
January 12th, 2016
I am out in nature. The sun shining all around me, like a highlighter it shines on precise moments occurring right in front of me, one after the other comes into focus as moments in my life as I feel my finger press the shutter button and I hear time stop - click. There it is again, the moment frozen now for me to hold, manipulate and share my interpretation of it. Each viewer takes away a moment of their own as they gaze upon it. It's a never ending gift that way.