Wednesday, September 28, 2011

cRaZy bUsY !!

Mike, my "little BIG" brother came to help us at Happy Belly!!

So after all this fun when the show closes Saturday.....


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Getting Layered

I am having just a little bit too much fun playing with my photos 
in Vivienne's SWAN DIVE online workshop

This week we are learning how to layer 
using our own photos 
I have been doing some extra Rain Dancing 
(wishing, hoping, praying for rain)
and playing with fun techniques!!

If you have ever considered taking an online class...
She is always available, full of information, inspiration and encouragement.
The classroom setting is user friendly, full of resources, videos, tutorials and links
I can't say enough about this ...just plain ol FANTASTIC!
And I have met so many new friends during these workshops.

And hey! 
She even interviewed me here...come have a read!

Vivienne McMaster e-courses

How are you discovering you JOY today?

Joy Movement

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

52 Photos Project

seems like I have a common theme here, huh?
Yep, that's me.
and more here

Gotta ~FLY~

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

this day

Just about the time I felt a bit relaxed about the local fires and smoky air we are trying to breathe, I drive 5 miles from here to see a field on fire.It was so swift. The 7 units were all racing from tree to tree with water hoses and trucks. It was only about 5 acres, and they had it under control in less than one hour. But my stomach was in my throat. My heart pounded. I just can't imagine the magnitude of this kind of disaster that has claimed the lives and homes of so many, near and far.

We are still under such a severe drought warning and smoking ban
which is a huge concern with the upcoming Antique Festival 
as thousands of people arrive 
for the next few weeks.
This video BASTROP FIRE  
has some amazing,unbelievable  images of the recent fires 
I have a renewed respect for Firefighters everywhere.
Several of these men lost their own homes 
while they were fighting these fires

The tension is as thick as our 102 degrees hot afternoons
with the sounds of sirens on roads nearby...neighbors call each other,
checking in.

But on a much lighter note...

..we are still getting ready for Happy Belly days!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday


~Process of Elimination~


The 80's


~Flying High~

my "Courage to Fly" story
click the above link to read more

click here

Friday, September 9, 2011


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Texas is on fire-UPDATE

I just received word from Laura's Mom that both Tim and Lauras employers have been generous with the next 6 months 
of living expenses, so there is not a monetary need right now. But oh how those boys love their Beanie Babies!!
and Laura is on the streets helping 
her neighbors with their own losses.
She is just that kind of gal!

....and we are OK...but thousands 
         of families are not. 

photo by me
Our friends above lost their home, 
burned to the ground.

 photos by Laura
and all the boys have asked for 
is Beanie Babies. Got some? 
You can mail them to 
PO Box 2177 
Bastrop, TX 78602

Laura Cruise is the daughter of my 
neighbors Linda & Richard Hamilton of 

photo by me December 2010

Share the Joy Thursday

Amidst all the smoke,stress and sadness 
of Texas Wildfires nearby, 
I have used a little photography play and art therapy 

We are encouraged to get messy with layering techniques 
and playful post processing,
something I normally do not do with my photos...
but as you can see, I am having a blast!

How are experiencing JOY this week?