Thursday, February 26, 2015

Self Portrait Week 8: Put on a Happy Face

Even when I've got the winter blues, I can pull out the polka dots, grab a Cheetos smile, and shine.


How 'bout you?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Self Portrait Week 7: Let Me Speak

It took me a long time to find my voice. I take exception to being silenced.


With endless gratitude to my classmate Kim Barnes who, through word and example, reminded me that my story is sacred.

And to the guy in a bear suit who is my inspiration.

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Here's a sillier photo from the session that expresses my rebellion:


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Self Portrait Week 6: Meditation

Meditation is becoming more and more important in my life. So much so, in fact, that we've converted one room in our home for the practices of meditation and massage. I spend about an hour in this room each day doing a bit of yoga, some meditation, and writing in my gratitude journal. These practices help me keep emotionally centered - and easier to live with!



This photo was taken in a nearly dark room, lit primarily by the candles you see and a small light to the right of the camera.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Self Portrait Week 5: The Needlewoman

Depression slithered under the door last week and is sucking at my ankles like a primordial ooze. It's all I can do to keep from allowing it to pull me under.

When thoughts go sour and energy sinks, it's a good time for this needlewoman to pull out her crochet hook and soothing colors of yarn, creating a river where I can drift on calm waters. A meditation of movement, the rhythm of stitches and color change rearranges the pattern in my brain.

I tread in steady beats, waiting for light to break through.



Friday, January 30, 2015

Self Portrait Week 4

Contemplating the state of the kingdom with the frog prince.

(In honor of last week's State of the Union address)


Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Year of Self-Portraits


This year I've given myself a photography assignment: a self-portrait each week. I'm hoping to learn more about my equipment. I'm going to experiment with lighting. I'm expecting to capture different parts of my personality. I plan to play dress-up and to be a little daring. Sometimes these portraits will be simple selfies taken with my phone's camera. Other times I'll work with my big camera, tripod, and lighting tools.

We're into the 3rd week of the year. Here are my first three self-portraits.


Week 1


Week 2

Week 3

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Gifts for My Girls - Part 9

My eldest daughter, Jeanne, has long kept a journal. I was just like her at that age. I know how nice it is to have a special journal in which to write. She is also a lover of cats. I decided to combine her two passions into one gift.


I found this simple chart of a cat silhouette on Pinterest. I stitched it on 14 count Fiddler's cloth which is sort of a tweedy brown and beige cross-stitch fabric. I sewed it onto a coordinating cotton print, then used it to cover a simple spiral notebook.


I lined the inside of the front cover with an interesting scrapbook paper.


Next, I collected images of cats from magazines, catalogs, and other print media. I glued them to the corners of pages throughout the journal.


It makes for a whimsical piece that is useful and practical. I like that it's another way to let Jeanne know she has my emotional support.

(Thanks to Jeanne for the photos)

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The chart was inspired by this publication: