Thursday, February 26, 2015

Summer Play

So at this point in February, do any of us
still remember summer?
 I’m not complaining about the winter and the snow,
in fact, I’m still enjoying it.
 But it’s kind of like when you’re on a trip. 
You’re enjoying where you are,
but every now and then you think about home. 
And you know that’s where you really want to be. 
So today my mind is drifting somewhere
away from the white stuff that keeps covering all the outdoors,
away from the snow clothes piled in the living room,
  and away from my always chilly feet. 
I’m thinking of those long warm summer evenings,
bare feet, suppers made with fresh vegetables…

Today I’m sharing photos from a warm summer evening.
Nathan was gone so it was just us girls at home. 
Their eyes literally glittered with excitement when I told them my idea,
 and we scrambled around finding bits of this and that to take into the woods.
 My aspiration was taking “arty” photographs
and theirs was the three of us dressing up and playing “Indian” together. 
Our ambitions meshed well.

I used a tripod with a remote shutter for the photos of the three of us.  
For the self-portraits the girls pushed the remote shutter button.

 One of these girls is a bit of a wild child.  
She’s wearing a shirt that her daddy used to play with 
back when he was a kid.

You shouldn't always be serious.  

"Let everything that has breath praise the LORD." 
Psalm 150:6

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Photo Canvas Project

Last week I tried something new for me – taking a photo 
and making it look like a piece of printed canvas wall art.  
I just can’t bring myself to shell out the $ for photo canvases! 

I did this one for a surprise for my brother and sister-in-law.  
 I’d taken a few photos of my niece, Shayla, 
while they were gone on a vacation, 
so the whole thing was a secret. 
Very fun!
 The project was easier than I thought it would be, actually.  
That’s nice for a change! 
The blank artist’s canvases came from a Michael’s craft store 
when they were by-one-get-one-free. 
I get my prints done online from  
This one is a 12x12.  The only other things I used were 
Mod Podge, and some white craft paint for the edges of the picture. 
Oh, and a paintbrush and piece of canvas-like
textured fabric to apply the Mod Podge.
And coffee. 
But that's optional.

I spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on entire back of the photo
 and centered it on the canvas.  
Then I painted with white on the edges of the canvas 
and overlapped the photo a bit to create
 a brushed looking edge.  
 When the paint was dry the whole thing got covered 
with a layer of Mod Podge.  
 Since I wanted it to look like a canvas texture
 and not shiny and smooth, 
I laid a piece of fabric with a canvas texture 
over the wet Mod Podge and then gently lifted it off.  
The texture impression stayed behind.   
Unfortunately my fabric had some lint on it 
that I hadn’t thought about – next time I’ll make sure it’s lint free, 
so I won’t be furiously digging bits of fuzz 
out of the Mod Podge before it dries, 
forever embedded on someone’s nose. 

 And there you go – that’s the finished product. 
 Now I just need to find the time to update some 
of our own family photos to hang on the wall. J

“But let all who take refuge in You be glad; 
let them ever sing for joy. 
Spread Your protection over them, 
that those who love your name may rejoice in You.” 
Psalm 5:11

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February Winds

On a beautiful gusty day in February…

 When you don’t have a kite…
 but you do have a jump rope,
missing handles,
from the bottom of the toy box…
 and you have a plastic bag…
you go outside play with the wind.  

The Wind
by Robert Louis Stevenson

I saw you toss the kites on high
And blow the birds about the sky;
And all around I heard you pass,
Like ladies' skirts across the grass--
                  O wind, a-blowing all day long,
                  O wind, that sings so loud a song!

I saw the different things you did,
But always you yourself you hid.
I felt you push, I heard you call,
I could not see yourself at all--
                 O wind, a-blowing all day long,
                 O wind, that sings so loud a song!

O you that are so strong and cold,
O blower, are you young or old?
Are you a beast of field and tree,
Or just a stronger child than me?
                O wind, a-blowing all day long,
                O wind, that sings so loud a song!

"He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind,
 and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness,
and treads on the heights of the earth --
the LORD God Almighty is his name."
Amos 4:13

Monday, February 2, 2015

Heart and Soul - I Heart Faces Entry

“Heart and Soul” 
is the theme for this month at I Heart Faces.
What does “heart and soul” mean? 

To me it means “the real me”,
“the deepest most intense part of me”,
 “who I am”.

So for this theme, I chose this photo that shows
 worship to the God who created me.

“Lord, I give You my heart
I give You my soul
I live for You alone.”

“Every breath that I take
Every moment I'm awake
Lord, have Your way in me.”
Michael W. Smith

Photo Challenge Submission

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