Wordless Wednesday


From Answers.com: On Wednesdays all over the internet, bloggers post a photograph with no words to explain it on their blog. Hence the ‘wordless’ title. The idea is that the photo itself says so much that it doesn’t need any description.

So what does this say to you?????

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Am I Too Late for Easter?


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I really meant to get this post published last week.  But Life said I was needed elsewhere.

Little J is about too old to be excited about Easter egg hunts and baskets with plastic grass.  I still like to put together goodies for holidays, and thank goodness, I have an elementary class in St. Louis to which I can send surprises.  My bud Joe is the teacher and he calls his class the SuperStars!

I am not the artsy/craftsy kind of person that can draw and design and cut and come up with original ideas.  But there are many bloggers who can do all that, and they are generous enough to share their talents with us.  One of my favorites is Amy of Living Locurto fame.  With her help, I put together these cute Valentine bags for the SuperStars!

For you, Amy :>)

I went to Amy’s site for Easter help and found a link to Skip to My Lou.  I discovered cute bunny cards that you print, cut out and staple to a goodie bag.  I added the SuperStars! label with a program that can write in a .pdf file, like Adobe.   I bought pastel cardstock at Michaels, then raided Dollar Tree for goodie bags and candy.  I printed the cards, cut out the bunnies and stapled them to the top of a carrot goodie bag filled with Easter grass and candy.  It (kinda) looks like the bunny is holding the carrot!

So here is what I shipped to Joe last week.

easter1 He emailed me today to let me know the bunnies arrived, so the SuperStars! will be noshing on sugar, sugar, sugar Easter Sunday.
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I hope to gather a listing of artsy/craftsy blogs that I like.  There are quite a few young mothers at my church who are energetic, fun, and involved with their kiddos, and I think they could be inspired by and have fun with some of these blogs.

Here is another project I HOPE to get done before Easter.  These will be for my grown-up friends.  I think they are SO CUTE.  Hint: there are Peeps involved.

SuperStars!  Enjoy your bunnies!

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I {Heart} Faces. “Dramatic Black and White”


This week, I ♥ Faces is calling for dramatic black and white pictures.    Here is what they are looking for:

We are looking for B&W photos that are dramatic, sensational and/or moody in the way they are presented. Please don’t just enter a typical portrait photo that has been converted to B&W  (portraits are allowed, but they need to come across as extremely dramatic.) Something about your entry must catch our eye as being dramatic or moody for it to be passed along to the Guest Photographer Judge as a top entry for them to choose from.

Little J is seldom quiet and still, so catching him thinking, reflecting near the water in Corpus Christi was a real treat for me.


There are many, many more beautiful black and white pictures over at

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I {Heart} Faces. Fix-It Friday 3-26-10


The photography website I ♥ Faces encourages and advises all levels of photographers.  Amateur and Professional photographers come together to give advice, compliment, teach and promote photography.  Early in the week they host a theme challenge.  This week it was “Focusing on Angles” and I entered this picture. On Fridays they host Fix-It-Friday.  They provide a photo that you can work on and link back to the photo.  I think it is fascinating to see the multitude of fixes, all different and creative.  If you have an interest in photography, this website is for you.

This week’s photo comes from Natalie P who blogs at And Then There Were Three …although we’ve heard that soon there will be four! 🙂 This photo is of her adorable little gal, Abigail.

Original Fix-It Picture

Here is my fix. I wanted to focus on Abigail’s eyes (get it, focused?!?!?), so I removed the color from the picture *even though pink is about my favorite color* so that it was easier to be centered around her eyes.

Here’s the before and after:

Want to study more fixes? Click on the I♥Faces camera below.

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Wordless Wednesday. Dedicated to Michael.


From Answers.com: On Wednesdays all over the internet, bloggers post a photograph with no words to explain it on their blog. Hence the ‘wordless’ title. The idea is that the photo itself says so much that it doesn’t need any description.

Normally, I would honor “Wordless Wednesday” but today is a little unusual.  This picture is in honor and memory of Michael Bonine (March 25, 1975 – March 23, 2010).  Michael is the son of a dear friend of mine and he died unexpectedly and much too young.  I babysat Michael and his siblings when they were young, all under age 10, so he has been in my life a very long time.  The word I think of when I think of Michael is steady. Steady as a rock. Whoops, I can’t stop with just one word.  Loyal. Trustworthy. Gentle. Polite. Respectful. Christian. Father. Husband. Son. Friend.  Whenever he saw me, he would make his way to my side, give me a big hug, ask how I was doing and mean it, speak proudly of his wife and 2 young daughters, all with a smile.

I love love love bluebonnets and have told my friends I want bluebonnets in my casket bouquet when I pass.  This picture is my vision of heaven, a continual spring day with bluebonnets in season all the time.  And pie. Lots of pie. With ice cream on top.

Goodnight sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.  I know your Dad and Papa Bob were waiting for you, along with many others we have loved on this earth.  I told my dad you might be coming and that you two would get along, so I expect he was also there.  I know heaven is rejoicing to welcome you through the gates this night.

Michael’s Caringbridge site is here.

Love to all the family.

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I {Heart} Faces. “Focusing on Angles”


I ♥ Faces chose “Focusing on Angles” for this week’s photo challenge.  Here is what Faces is looking for:
We think most of us realize by now that taking a straight-on photo of someone is usually not the best choice for portrait photography. Boring! 🙂
Unusual angles are fun and cool…and they make your photo stand out from the rest of the pack.
For this week’s photo challenge, we are focusing on unusual angles. Stand higher than your subject, lay on the ground, move to the side, tilt your camera while you are shooting…do what you need to do to give your photo a uniqueness of it’s own. A unique angle is what this week is all about.
And (of course!) make sure at least one face is clearly showing in your photo entry as well.

See life from other angles here:

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Flashback Friday.


My blogging bud Bobbi, who writes at kidtogrownup had something on her blog last Friday that interested me. She had a Flashback Friday post. Flashback Friday is the brainchild of Tia over at Christopher and Tia. Go on a flashback with me.

OK, go ahead and laugh.

Are you done?

This was the night of my 7th grade banquet and dance (1969).  I wasn’t allowed to dance, but it didn’t matter.  Nobody was going to ask THIS girl to dance!

I had most of my clothes made as I was tall and off-the-rack dresses were too short for me.  Well, not too short for me but too short for my parents.  That dress was blue dotted swiss.  The fab shoes will be revealed in a moment.

I went to Novene Cox’s beauty shop to have my hair sculptured.  She turned her garage into a shop and she did my mom’s hair every week.  I bought the gold clip at Snyder Drug.  The carnation corsage came from Sis’s Friendly Flower Shop.

That was a real organ in the front living room.  I took organ lessons and knew how to play.  Th front living room was only used for company…..and for my interpretive dances to Glen Campbell singing Wichita Lineman and Galveston.

OK. Ready for the shoes?

I should drag out the diary from this time period and use that for photo narration.  Meh.  That might put you over the edge.

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