Saturday, January 26, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 4 - Create

This week's prompt is create. I love to create jewelry. Particularly, resin pendants. I enjoy making photo pendants with my original prints and I like making mixed media collage pendants with other artists digital art. This is what I have been working on this weekend. It snowed last night and I feel particularly creative when it snows.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 3 - Take Time

This is my week 3 contribution to Focus on Life 52 Photos
The prompt for this weeks challenge is take time. I adore antiques.  I love everything about them.  The way they smell, look, feel. The stories behind them.  Most of the antiques I own I have no story to connect with them. I do not know who their previous owner/s are.  

In this picture are many different eras of items.  The hat I think is from the 20's or 30's  The iron, I can't begin to think.  Probably around the turn of the last century.  The milk bottle is probably from the 50s and the martini glass the 60's.  The tonic bottle from the back I am thinking 40s.  My idea of taking time is to slow down and enjoy my home. I imagine the woman who wore this hat.  Was she happy?  Did she have a family? Where did she live.  I imagine the milk bottle in a school cafeteria in the 50's. A little boy or girl drinking out of it.  Maybe worrying about a recent bomb drill or having their homework done for arithmatic.  The martini glass I picture a woman with a bee hive entertaining her husband's boss and wife on a Friday night.  The iron...don't get me started.  The thought of having to heat up an iron in the fire to press my clothes is beyond my comprehension!  :)  I find ironing relaxing (when I do get to it) but to heat up an iron in a fire. Ut uh!

Franklin Institute

Center City Philadelphia Row Home
I also took time this week and went to the Titanic Exhibition at the Franklin Institute with my boys. I was unable to take pictures in the exhibit, it was prohibited.  But seeing all of the artifacts made me think of some of the treasures I have here at my house and how precious they are.  I am not much of a photographer but I am trying to learn how to use my new camera. I enjoy taking pictures.  I need to work up my nerve to position myself lying down or twisting myself, etc. to get the shot.  I am not quite there yet.  :)   So I took some time this week to enjoy the treasures I have in my own home, my children and exploring Philadelphia a little.  

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Week 2 - Your Word

I chose FEARLESS for my word for 2013.  Over the past year and a half I have walked over 500 miles and worked out 329 times.  That might not sound like much but for me it is an awesome feat. I joined Weight Watchers July 22, 2011.  Before joining WW I was only able to walk around the block a couple of times and exercise for 15 or 20 mins at a shot.  I started documenting my miles and workouts in the fall of 2011. I have lost 73 lbs and walked over 500 miles on this weight loss journey and by the grace of God I am still going. I have learned a lot about myself over the past year and a half.  I don't have to be afraid anymore. Weight Watchers, walking, and a program called Made to Crave are the tools I have used to get where I am.  I even joined Boot Camp at my local Y and get up at 5 am three days a week to go work out.  Now that is an accomplishment just in its self as I am NOT A MORNING PERSON!  lol  Not at all.  So yes, my word is FEARLESS but it is not me who is fearless. I chose FEARLESS because with God I can do anything.   Here are this weeks photos for Focus on Life

Friday, January 11, 2013

Self Portrait - Week 1

I joined a 52 Week Photo Challenge at Studio Sublime.  I already am a day late and a dollar short as it was due to be posted last Saturday. :/ But here it is.  I got a new camera for Christmas and I thought this would be a perfect challenge to learn how to use my new camera. 

I have to admit i  have a hard time with getting my picture taken especially as I get older and I do not like my wrinkles but I know it's important to have pictures of myself for my children.  My mom never liked having her picture taken. When she passed away at 50, 21 years ago, we had barely any pictures of her which is sad. So even though I am not jumping in every possible picture I am getting in pictures more for that very reason.