Sunday, February 20, 2011

impression / reflection

L - Nikon / T - ipod

"Accept what you cannot change. "

- from the 54 precious keys to happiness list in "Choosing Happiness" by Alexandra Stoddard

Friday, February 18, 2011

creative / stylish

L - Nikon / T - Nikon

"Express your unique creative spirit."

This is one of the keys to happiness. * Lately I have been expressing my creative spirit with new ring designs inspired by nature. This one is inspired by the gently-flowing creek I hike beside on the weekends at Big Trees Forest. / I believe Taylor expresses herself creatively partly through the clothes she chooses to wear. Putting items from thrift stores together in such a unique way. I love it.
/ the weather was perfect this past weekend and that was a very nice birthday surprise [: so on sunday we decided to take advantage of it and go visit our tried and true abandoned house. we hadn't been back for over a year and it seemed like the perfect opportunity. everything was mostly as we had left it – there was something comforting about that. something very settling about the presence of something that hadn't changed in over a year when i know that i definitely have changed from year 20 to 21. this week we've had such warm temperature which makes me a little sad since i have so much studying to do. i would much rather be outside enjoying the sun! but spring will come soon and i'll get my chance.

*I found a book at the Goodwill store titled "Choosing Happiness" by Alexandra Stoddard. I just picked it up by chance and started flipping through because I saw highlighted quotes that I thought would be good for the heart garland I was making for Taylor. So I bought it. Later I found at the back of the book was a list of 54 keys to happiness. I liked them so much I decided to keep the book intact and to copy the key phrases in order to create 54 hearts - each one having one key to happiness - one a week for a year. Georgia B. suggested I do a series using the 54 Precious Keys to Happiness. I think that is a good idea. do you?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

key / open door

L - Nikon / T - Nikon

“Beauty is the mystery which enchants is dynamic.” -Rollo May

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

single /bouquet

L - Scannograpy / T - Nikon

"Whether people are fully conscious of this or not, they actually derive countenance and sustenance from the “atmosphere” of the things they live in and with. "
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Crazy synchronicity tonight.
A friend gave me these pretty purple tulips for Valentine's Day and when I got home tonight I noticed one of the flowers was bent. So instead of just throwing it away I decided to scan it for my scannography collection. I used some cracked textured paper for contrast. I love the grace this single flower has.
Taylor sent me a bunch of photos tonight from an abandoned house she had explored. To my amazement several of the photos where of the flowers I had given her for her birthday. I'm assuming she thought the contrast would be interesting. Or maybe she had seen the heart garland message I made that said "Realize that flowers create Paradise on earth." - one of the "54 Precious Keys to Happiness" I had found in an old book that I got at a Goodwill store. The author of the book suggested that to have flowers around the home bringing us happiness. I think that perhaps it does, don't you?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

hearts / flowers

L - solo post, iphone

I hope your day was filled with all that you love and special people to share it with.

Friday, February 11, 2011

baby girl / all grown up

solo post - L

Happy 21st Birthday Taylor!
Here you are today, 
all grown up and so lovely too. Such a warm and gentle person, 
so special in every way. 
Your childhood sparkle and charm still shines through today. 

My wish for you, on this very special day, is that all the dreams you hold within your heart 
come true and bring you happiness from which you'll never part.

She is still every bit the light in my life as she was the minute she was born. It's hard to believe my baby girl is now an "adult".

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

wordless / wednesday

L - iphone / T - phone pic

Snow is coming tonight. / bunny enjoying a sunny spot.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

rouse / awaken - oh spring

L - Nikon / T - Canon

"The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within."
- William C. Bryant

p.s. flower overlay is added to photo - not wall.


The photos on the left are taken by me, Leslye, the mother. The photos on the right are taken by my daughter, Taylor – unless otherwise noted. Comments are always welcome. thanks
If you care to visit, I, Leslye, have another blog - AutumnSun where I ramble around different paths and pleasures of my own.