Sunday, July 31, 2011

Postcards from Paradise: Play


I don't know why these moments



caught my attention



or why I wanted to alter reality.



But play is my paradise. . . .


and so is this post by Lisa
at Curious Girl 
and this post by Noelle
at The Angels Wear Fins 

that I hope will inspire you
because we create paradise right here,
right now
when we act with intent
to touch the lives of others with love.






what's paradise for you?


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Jury-Selected



I'm a bit surprised by an email I got yesterday.

This photo was jury-selected for a show



put together by photographer Peter Serko that runs 
August 7 - Jan 8, 2012 at the Museum of Glass.

I've been invited to the opening on August 13,
along with others whose works will be featured.

Been to lots of openings,
but never as someone
with work in the show.

A new experience. . . 


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: Bubble Gum Wall

Time for some more JOY. . .

for me, it was finally finding
the bubble gum wall
at the Pike Place Market.



And there were a few layered posters
along the way
that also made me smile.



An "I know Jack Shit" t-shirt
that I thought was much funnier than the Rat Man one
(even if Rat Man did have boobs).



Some crunchy dill pickle spears.


Loaves of fresh-baked bread.



You know -- the usual stuff --
but things that made me smile
and say, "That makes my day!"

What gives you JOY?

To play along and share the joy:





1. do a post that tells and shows us
 what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post 
and paste it into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.


3. Then click the NEXT box
If the "next" box doesn't pop up, click the link
to go to the page to select your image --
choose one from your post so you'll entice people to visit.

(If you just can't get it to work, email me
and give me the URL of the post you're adding
and I'll take care of it).

4. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  

5. Leave them a comment about their post
because everyone enJOYs getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of joy!




Sunday, July 24, 2011

Postcards from Paradise: Unique

Paradise is the place within


where we know joy and gratitude.


Where we know our own magnificence



and the power of our dreams.



Where we awaken to our unique genius


and authenticity



and feel free -- no, compelled -- to express it,



no matter what others think.



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: Garden Beauty

Today's walk in my garden provided me with abundant



because the lilies -- both day lilies and the other kind --


were putting on a show.


I also discovered that my Columbines have produced
massive amounts of seeds, so if you want to grow a crop
(they'll self-seed year after year if they're suited
to your climate), drop me a note at my email
and send me your address. I'll pop some seeds
in an envelope and send them to you.



Oh yes -- I'm doing a happy dance and got some



because my repeat mammogram was perfectly fine,
so thanks for holding health energy for me
and saying a few prayers.




What says JOY to you this week?
To play along and share the joy:





1. do a post that tells and shows us
 what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post 
and paste it into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.


3. Then click the NEXT box
If the "next" box doesn't pop up, click the link
to go to the page to select your image --
choose one from your post so you'll entice people to visit.

4. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  

5. Leave them a comment about their post
because everyone enJOYs getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of joy!



Monday, July 18, 2011

Lead Us (Not) Into Temptation. . .



"Oh mischief, thou are swift to enter in
the thoughts of desperate men."
           - W. Shakespeare









Told you I scored at the Arts and Crafts Fair.
It's a spirit house.




I just couldn't resist the temptation.


* * * * * *

p.s. In case you're wondering where the "men" went,
well. . . . I'm still looking.



      


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Postcards from Paradise: Arts and Crafts

Though the day was looking drippy and drizzly
I ventured off to see the offerings at the Farmer's Market


and the artist wares at the Gig Harbor Arts and Crafts Festival,
an annual event sponsored by Peninsula Art League.

By the time I'd bought sweet peas and bread


at the Farmer's Market and headed down
toward the harbor to the Festival,


the clouds decided to behave
so the wander was dry.

And colorful.


Quirky.




Full of browsers. . . .



Fun seekers




 and adorable pups.



It was also productive. . . . 

But more about that later.



Friday, July 15, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Foxglove

This week's Haiku My Heart offerings
can be found at Rebecca's place.





foxglove stands proudly
tapping toes with summer's beat 
no stately matron 


Thursday, July 14, 2011

One of Those Days

Do you ever wish to be held gently in strong hands
and tenderly led through the shoals of doubt and fear?



Today's one of those days for me.

I just need to focus
and listen for that little voice inside me
that provides me with guidance
if I'm patient enough.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: For Joy

For joy, for joy. . . .

I spy



artful faded posters that have been exposed


a bin full of stars


plaster pieces BEFORE I got too heavy-handed 
with the sanding block (oops!)


intricate rusty iron gates

and


odd assortments of shapes and textures.



What says JOY to you this week?
To play along and share the joy:





1. do a post that tells and shows us
 what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post 
and paste it into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.


3. Then click the NEXT box
If the "next" box doesn't pop up, click the link
to go to the page to select your image --
choose one from your post so you'll entice people to visit.

4. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  

5. Leave them a comment about their post
because everyone enJOYs getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of joy!




Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Limits and Imaginary Lines




If you want a power statement to live out loud,
try this one out:


Buddha in Shadow © 2011 Meri Arnett-Kremian



From this hour I ordain myself loosed
of limits and imaginary lines.

- Walt Whitman