Friday, April 29, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The first photo is the view of Seattle from the area where I used to live - West Seattle. The rest are from the famous (for a reason) Pike's Place Market.
I didn't end up taking nearly as many photos as I thought I would. I found once I got there I was in the mood to experience the city without a camera in my face. Do you ever have days like that?
It just felt that having the camera in my hand meant that I wasn't fully experiencing everything around me - and as much as I wanted the memories the photo would bring, I wanted to feel every bit of being back there more.
I had a conversation with a friend last week about doing things solo - for the most part I love it. I have no problem going to the movie, traveling or even going out to eat solo - but I haven't yet worked up the nerve to go to a concert on my own. Which stopped me from going to one Saturday night just down the street from my hotel to listen to one of my favorites, Mindy Smith. I wanted to go, but just couldn't work up the nerve. What about you - would you be up for a solo concert?
Speaking of concerts - anyone out there, Utah based, and interested in a Ray LaMontagne concert in June?
Here's one of my favorites from Mindy Smith One Moment More
Monday, April 25, 2011
Thanks to the generosity of Maegan, I have a very special giveaway for you today - a slot in May's Creativity Bootcamp course. So, if you haven't already signed up, here is your chance!
To win, leave a comment on this post before the end of day Wednesday. I'll announce the lucky winner on Friday.
I spent the weekend in Seattle (my former, and much missed home.) I went to some of my favorite spots (Lincoln Park, Alki Beach, Discovery Park, Pike Place, the Waterfront, the Locks and Golden Gardens) and ate at some of my favorite restaurants (Etta's, Anthony's, Wild Ginger and West 5.) I'm still in recovery mode after the rush of fitting everything in!
Saturday was glorious in Seattle and I wanted to be out on the water, so I hopped the ferry to Bremerton. Two hours on the water to relax and marvel at the beauty all around - and as a bonus we had a clear view of the Olympic Range and Mount Rainer. While I rode, I listened to Ingrid Michaelson (and Adele, Band of Horses and Ryan Bingham.) Her Keep Breathing came on and I kept playing it over and over. I think we've all had days where the most important thing we can do is keep breathing and moving forward, with faith that tomorrow will be better.
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Friday, April 22, 2011
I've shared my experiences during last year's Creativity Bootcamp before - it was one of the best things I've ever done for my creative-self. So you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to be a guest for this year's session. Then last week, when I saw the post listing the guests, I got a little giddy, I can hardly believe I'm with such amazing and talented artists. Reading the details of this year's session has convinced me it is going to be an amazing experience.
Are you planning to participate? If you have no idea what I'm talking about - or haven't decided yet if you are in - head over to Maegan's site and check it out, I promise you won't regret it.
I'm honestly counting down the days - I know I'll push myself beyond what I think I'm capable of doing.
I'm in Seattle for the long weekend and am loving seeing my old home again. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
I fell a bit in love with eastmountainsouth when I unearthed one of their cds at my local library. Have you heard of them before?
Eastmountainsouth - Still Running
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
While we do still have patches of snow on the grass, it is rapidly melting and on Saturday I noticed the first signs of spring in my yard as green shoots are starting to make their way above ground (if you look closely in the photo you can see a patch of snow behind the green.)
We were out Saturday evening enjoying the warmer weather and dusting the scooters off after a long winter. It felt so good to be out there without coats and boots! My nephew seems to share my hatred for shoes because we were both outside barefoot. He, however was the only one to run through the snow in his bare feet - I just stood there and watched him do it because I thought it would make a cute photo.
Is winter still holding on at your house or am I the last person to see spring?
There are times when I feel like I'm experiencing my own personal spring. I can feel myself growing stronger and getting ready to break out of my winter hibernation - ready to move forward to a brighter, shinier me. This song reminds me of those times.
David Nail - I'm About To Come Alive
Monday, April 18, 2011
My nephew turned 2 on Friday. I'm not completely convinced he understands what a birthday is, despite the fact that his sister loves to play "birthday." He does, however, understand it is fun to get presents and eat cake. My sister planned a party at an indoor amusement park. We were one of the first to arrive so the kids had their choice of rides with no lines and the adults had the task of keeping track of all the cousins and friends who came out to help celebrate.
It was pretty much the perfect way to spend a Saturday. What did you do this weekend? I hope it was equally perfect.
I've fallen in love with Peter Bradley Adams over the past few weeks, his voice is beautiful and his songs are amazing, the lyrics to this one are so perfect.
Peter Bradley Adams - Family Name (bonus: this single is a free download on amazon, just click the link.)
Friday, April 15, 2011
Here's a link to my Inspiration Studio post this week. I shared an amazing playlist that celebrates the everyday gifts in our lives.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
- Set Fire To The Rain - Adele
- The Other Side - Ryan Bingham
- For You - Peter Bradley Adams
- January Hymn - The Decemberists
- Tree By The River - Iron & Wine
- I Meant to Do My Work Today - Carrie Newcomer
- Good Man - Josh Ritter
- Flags - Brooke Fraser
- Barton Hollow - The Civil Wars
- Little Lovin' - Lissie
- Walking in Circles - Azure Ray
- Something Good This Way Comes - Jakob Dylan
- Windows Are Rolled Down - Amos Lee
- L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. - Noah and the Whale
- Starry Eyed - Ellie Goulding
- Towards The Sun - Alexi Murdoch
- Little Song - Sarah Jarosz
- Wreck Your Wheels - Kim Richey
Monday, April 11, 2011
- to spend less time worried about where and when I was moving on to my next work assignment and to enjoy the time I had at home
- to reduce the levels of procrastination in my life
- to enjoy the time I have with friends and family
- to let go of the worries of work once in a while
Looking for some new music? There is still time to enter to win some of my latest favorite songs. Leave a comment here before the end of the day.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I love my nephew's latest hairstyle - the faux-hawk, I think he looks adorable and oh, so handsome. My favorite part about it may be the name my niece has given it - the dinosaur head.
After a month with the little ones in the house I'm completely in love with them and am in awe of the way their minds work. I can't help but wonder, when do we lose that special view of the world that kids have - where we can see the animals in the clouds or a dinosaur head in a hair style. Can you imagine how much easier our creative efforts would be if we could get back to that child-like view of the world where all things are possible?
One of my favorite songs as a kid was The Rainbow Connection when I heard the Sarah McLachlan version a couple of years ago I fell in love all-over again.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Here is the SOOC photo.
Here is the edited photo - I added a soft light layer, adjusted the levels and applied the texture 3 times using different mixes and opacity levels.
Kim's Warm Sun texture brought one of my favorite songs to mind - and it played over and over in my head while I worked. Joseph Arthur's - In The Sun (Album)