Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Back to share another two weeks of The Documented Life project. The girls and I are keeping up with the art journaling challenges, but we are still trying to get the hang of the planning out our days part! Challenge 7 was to repeat a pattern.
I chose repeating hearts (above).
Olivia chose repeating owls and dogs, her two favorite things (above).
Sarah used a cut off celery stalk as a stamp to make repeating flowers (above). She really did a great job with this!
Challenge 8 was to add a flap to your flap or tip in that was already there for that week.
I added in an "Index Card a Day" card I made last year. Finally coming in handy (above)!
Olivia snagged a tag I made last year to add to her flap (above).
Sarah added two flaps, highlighting her favorite snack (above).
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Monday, February 24, 2014
What's so special about Sassy, you ask? Sure, maybe she's not the most physically beautiful shelter dog I've ever photographed, but maybe that's the point. I wanted to share Sassy with you today as my Best Shot Monday because she's exactly the kind of dog that gets most overlooked in shelters all over the country: a black Pit mix. Black dogs are often the first overlooked and wait the longest to get adopted in a shelter setting, particularly black Pits; it's called Black Dog Syndome. You can read a quick article about it here, or just Google Black Dog Syndrome and you'll get quite a few hits.
But spend a few moments with a dog like Sassy, and you'll immediately want to bring her home. When I walked into the first run of the shelter Sunday, Sassy was the first dog on the right and on my list to photograph. There she sat, just patiently waiting, no crazy barking or jumping up and down in her kennel. I walked through all the adoption runs to see who I needed to photograph, and just for ease of ending up in the last run, started there, so I had photographed about eight dogs by the time I got back to Sassy. Still she sat there patiently waiting. She was a breeze to get out and on the leash and then walked on her leash like she had patiently done it every day of her life.
Once we got outside, she nuzzled me for a bit wanting some hugs and kisses, and then she spotted my ball. She went to get it and actually brought it over to me to throw for her. Every time I threw it, she fetched and brought it back to me, gently letting me take it out of her mouth. Patiently waiting. She was a breeze to photograph, and I think this photo of her captures the soulfulness of her eyes and the sweetness of her spirit. So, this black dog, this black Pit mix, just so happens to be one of the sweetness, most loving and gentle dogs I've come across at the shelter, and if I didn't think my husband would divorce me if I brought home one more animal (given that we already have two dogs, two cats, and currently three foster kittens), she'd be lounging at my house right now.
So instead, she's waiting for you. Patiently waiting. She'll give you more love than you can possibly imagine. She'll share kisses and tennis balls and be your best friend. She'll curl up next to your bed and be your loyal companion. Ready to go get her? Animal Care and Protective Services, 2020 Forest Street, Jacksonville. They are open 10am-6pm, Tuesday-Saturday, and this Saturday during our First Saturday event, her adoption fee is just $25, spayed, microchipped, and up-to-date on vaccinations. And best of all, when you go adopt her, she won't have to patiently wait anymore. That's what's so special about Sassy.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Can you tell I'm juggling 18 projects rights now? :-) Still working on finishing up and scanning all my December journal pages. Hopefully by the end of March, I'll finish!
Challenge 6 (above) was to use stencils. That was an easy one for me. I love stencils!
Challenge 7 (above) was to create a variety of ornaments.
Challenge 8 (above) was to use or draw what's in front of you. I grabbed the heart stencil and Aimee's doodle card about kindness.
Challenge 9 (above) was to depict who you would be spending the holidays with, so I have letter ornaments for each of the humans and pets in our house. More to come! See more December Journal here.
Monday, February 17, 2014
He cringed a bit when I brought out the camera as he truly hates to have his picture taken, but the redheads and I appreciate the opportunity to have a nice shot of him without him sticking his tongue out or making a silly face. When I showed this picture to the girls, they both said, "Oh my goodness! He actually looked at the camera!" Thank you, Benny, for a nice Valentines Day lunch and a frame-worthy photo. You've been my Valentine for 22 years. Here's to at least 22 more.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Catching up on posting! The redheads and I are really enjoying this project. Here are Challenges 5 and 6.
Challenge 5 was to draw a doodle along one side. My doodle is along the left side, and then I added a little bling to it (above)!
Olivia doodled along both sides and drew a great palm tree (above).
Sarah already had this tagged tipped in for this week, so she just added her doodles and two of her favorite heart stamps.
Challenge 6 was to draw inspiration from one of your favorite Pinterest pins. I love Roben-Marie Smith's work (one of our hostesses for this project). I created this little collage on the back of one of Roben-Marie's postcards, which I had already tipped into this week's page. That was a little bit of serendipity (above)!
Olivia found a great VW bus in her favorite color and drew it in her book. You can see her inspiration here (above).
Sarah also took her inspiration from a vintage auto (above). You can see her inspiration here.
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