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Beyond Layers Class

Hello there! Hope all is well with you.

Today,  I finally found a teeny bit of time to work on one of the lessons from the Kim Klassen Beyond Layers class and I must say, it was so very delightful to have a moment of creativity! Our assignment for today was to use this lovely photo (provided by Kim)…

and rework it however we choose, using textures, layers and any other editing goodies. Here are two versions of mine…

I used Photoshop for my editing, layered several textures and used some fun brushes to get these effects. Of course, I had to add a French label to the bottle in the first one! ;) Okay, I hear my Claire-Bear waking up so I gotta leave you but I promise to be back soon!
xo,

p.s. Thanks to Kim for all the inspiration and encouragement. If you are into photography and you haven’t been to Kim’s blog, I highly recommend you visit!

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Music-scape: Into the Light

I’m sick in bed…lame-o. my faithful laptop sits on top of my layer of quilts, keeping my legs toasty and a steaming cup of tea is keeping me company. what to do? listen to music, dive into blogland and create a post.

i don’t know if you are like me but when I listen to music i often see images in my mind. visions, dreams…pictures. they race around my head. creating a landscape for the lyrics and colors for the notes. a whirlwind of scenes. when I was a kid, i often imagined music videos, sketching them out roughly. i used to write to music a lot too. in sixth grade i wrote an entire (kid sized) novel listening to “A Brand New World” from the Aladdin soundtrack! ha. that’s embarrassing and funny now. but then, i was so serious, so focused.

anyway, today i am completely obsessed with Sara Bareilles‘ song – “The Light“.  so, i decided to make a little music-scape and share some images that i feel connected to the song.

instructions for your Music-Scape…

1. press play. wait 2 secs.

2. start the slide show from the beginning.

3. enjoy


To explore all the amazing photographers included in this slideshow go here to find all the links.

Have a wonderful weekend.

xo,

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Quiet Day

Hello friends. I hope the first week of summer has been good to you. Grace and I are both home sick with a summer cold. Yeah, I know…so annoying…the two words summer and cold don’t belong together at all.

After both seeing the doctor, we’ve spent the day sipping orange juice and doing a massive 1000 piece puzzle. It may have been a tad ambitious. Grace helped for about five seconds and then left me for Curious George and a cuddly quilt on the couch. sigh. The sliver of my personality that is Type A kicked in and I have sat hunched over the damn puzzle for most of the day. Sorting the tiny pieces into color piles. Super exciting.

However, I do have some exciting news to share. One of my photos was featured today on Kim Klassen’s Inspiration Studio! I am so honored! Here it is…

This is a self portrait I did during my Unravelling class with Susannah Conway – which I highly recommend, by the way.

Anyway, it made my day to be featured on such a lovely blog. Kim has the best site and amazing photography tips, online classes and generous freebie textures! Total heaven!

Okay…I’m off to go down some more OJ.

xo,

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Sunlit

Hello dear friends!

I’m so sorry for my absence. My uncle passed suddenly and so I traveled to Florida for his memorial. It was a bittersweet trip…sadness and loss coupled with the heart warming sense of a family coming together and reconnecting. I saw cousins and aunts that I hadn’t seen in over a decade. We cried, we hugged and we laughed too. My uncle would have liked that. My hubby and dear Grace stayed behind and I missed them but of course leaving your home for a period makes you appreciate it that much more. I am glad to be home.

Going from the Florida sun to the Oregon rain was a tough downshift though, so I thought today I would share with you dreamy images filled with warm sunlight. A little eye candy to start your week off right…

Can’t you almost feel the warmth? Here in Portland, we live for the scattered sunbreaks that Spring delivers. We had one on Friday and I found myself driving down the road, sun roof open, windows down, radio up with a ridiculously huge grin on my face!

Although brief, it was magic.

Hope sunlight is flooding your day!

xo,

Images via 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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Christmas around the world: Paris

I miss our Vicarious Vacations. Do you? I do love to research new places and although it was hours of work, I miss that feeling of discovery. So…I thought I would start a new little series celebrating the holidays. These journeys won’t be as thorough as the VV’s, but I couldn’t resist hunting down beautiful images of places around the world and how they look at this special time of the year.

I asked Grace which city I should begin with and of course she said, “Paris!” Together we perused Flickr, finding the prettiest pictures of Paris during Christmas.

Here’s what we found…

The City of Lights certainly doesn’t disappoint. It would be truly magical to stroll the Parisian street during Christmas. Maybe one day we will…

Want more? Check out this video tour…featuring some of the elaborate window displays on show this season…

What is your favorite city at during the holidays?

Hope you have a lovely Monday.

xo,

Photos via Flickr 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

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I need a zen moment.

Okay…look I’m all for multi-tasking but I really don’t advise trying to make lip balm, cutting out paper snowflakes, printing flyers, doing laundry and blogging at the same time! A blend of afternoon coffee and my nerves about the gift show have got me into quite a tizzy.

I really need a zen moment.

Breathe deeply and enjoy a quiet moment admiring the beautiful work of cheshire smile from Flickr….

The softness of her work makes you feel better doesn’t it? Soothing and so lovely.

I needed that. Badly.

Hope it encouraged you to relax…

Okay! Back to work!

xo,

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