Project 365 Day 2: A Treasured Keepsake

Project 365 Day 2

A Treasure

It’s Day 2 of Project 365 for me.  It’s been so much fun thus far.  For today’s photograph I took a picture of my most treasured material object (other than my diamond engagement ring).

This beautiful hand-blown glass egg was give to me by my husband nearly two decades ago while I was senior in high school.  We were living in different states at the time and the separation was difficult.  This object, coupled with phone calls and letters, made the time apart much easier.  It has a lot of meaning for me, and is something I will always treasure.

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Project 365

Project 365 Day 1

A Photo A Day

Thanks to a whole lot of inspiration and encouragement from Lynda at Daily Window (her photography blog is awesome – check it out!), I took the plunge and joined Project 365.

I’ve seen many fellow bloggers mention Project 365, but never gave participating in the project much thought.  Lately, however, thanks to the recent gifting of a new digital camera from my parents, I’ve begun to take an interest in learning about photography.

I love the idea of chronicling my life and interests for an entire year – whether or not I can stick with it…we’ll have to wait and see.  This will be a great opportunity to learn a little something about an art form that has always interested me, a good excuse to get outside and soak up some fresh air, and hopefully at the end of my endeavor I’ll have something to look back on and cherish – God willing I can finish. ;)

Here’s my first photo for the project.  It was taken in the parking lot of my local Walmart (I hate shopping at Walmart, but it was a toilet paper emergency…), and since it’s breast cancer awareness month I made it pink.

What about you?  Do you have a passion for photography?  Are you participating in Project 365 too?  Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know. ;)

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Did You Know…?


This is a Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop Prompt.  This week: About me. Do you have an about me page? Because people want to know. Write a page that describes who you are and what you’re about or spruce up your current about me page!

I am…

  • A daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother of three.
  • A lover of life.
  • A firm believer in GOD.
  • Always in awe of and inspired by nature, the world, humanity, and the universe.
  • A believer in peace and social justice for all creatures great and small.
  • A lover of books and the written word.
  • A yoga enthusiast.
  • A fighter.
  • A free spirit.
  • A woman.

Want to know more about what makes me tick and what my blog is all about?  Then check out my Thirty-One Things About Me page, as well as Green Earth Bazaar’s About section. ;)

Have anything to say?  Feel free to leave a comment below.  Oh yeah, I love comments too! ;)

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How to Use Artweaver, Inkscape and Picnik to Create Your Own Graphics


It’s DIY Friday! once again.  This week:  How to use Artweaver, Inkscape and Picnik to create your own graphics.

The Evolution of a Peace Sign

On Sunday I told you how you can use Artweaver, Incscape, and Picnik to design your own graphics. Today I’ll show you how I do it.

For this tutorial I’m going to illustrate how I used three free resources to create a peace sign for my blog.

First I created the basis for my graphic using Artweaver.

After deciding the size I wanted my graphic to be, I used the brush tool to swirl the colors of my choosing around on my page.  I like to just go for it when it comes to picking colors and the placement of them – I like not knowing exactly how it will turn out.

Once coverage of the area was complete, I saved my work as a portable network graphic (.PNG).

Next I uploaded my design to Picnik where I could change the look of it with some filters, and add some other small images to it.

Once the design was loaded I then proceeded to change the look of it with some filtering effects.

Next I added my peace sign.  Using some more filtering, I overlaid the peace sign on top of my design.

After adding my peace sign, I wanted to add some flowers and a butterfly to my design.  (Don’t I just scream hippie?)  Aren’t those cute?

Now we’re nearing the finish line!

After adding those cute yellow flowers and that lovely little butterfly, it’s time to use Inkscape for the finishing touches.

Using a couple of Inkscape’s really cool filters, my peace sign graphic was complete.  For the text I used the Bevels/Buttons filter, and for the design itself I used Textures/Crackled Glass filter.

Now that my design was complete, I uploaded it to Picnik for some resizing, saved it, and uploaded to my blog to be used as the graphic for my most recent Peaceful Wednesday ~ Tweet for Peace post.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial! ;)

Have something to say?  Feel free to leave a comment below – besides, comments just make me smile. ;)

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Hopeful Romantic


This is another one of Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop prompts.  This week:  Share a photo that represents how you see yourself.

Hopeless Hopeful Romantic

I’m a very private person, that’s one of the reasons my readers have never seen a photo of me or my family.  From time to time, however, I like to share a tiny glimpse into what makes me, well…me.

So here is a photo of my husband and I that I happened to take on a lovely Sunday while walking around the small wildlife preserve that lies literally in our back yard.

My husband is my best friend and the love of my life.  God has certainly given me a tremendous gift in him – so thank you God, there is nothing greater than You.

Have something to say?  Feel free to leave a comment ~ I LOVE them! ;)

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