Monday, January 22, 2018

Best Shot Monday and 365 Somethings Project: Week 2

Tools of the trade

Since it's Best Shot Monday, I decided to do another seven of my favorite January shelter shots for week two of the 365 Somethings Project (there will other things coming later this week!!!). This was a fun little accidental shot. Sweet little Hazel here really couldn't sit still for longer than a second or two most of our shoot, but this was a fun little find on my camera card. Shows one of the tricks of the trade! Treats! Below are six more of my favorite shots from the second week of January.


This little bit of adorableness is Gracie. She is about 90% blind. She was one of six dogs who came into the Tallahassee shelter when her owner died. Three of the dogs were adopted out, one was taken by the Leon County Humane Society, and Gracie and her brother Frankie were taken by Tallahassee Big Dog Rescue. Right now, Gracie relies on Frankie as her guide. Big Dog Rescue is currently raising funds for her to have surgery to help her regain her eyesight. She has been seen by the same animal eye team who treated my sweet blind girl Savannah, Drs. Brown and Chandler from the Animal Eye Clinic in Jacksonville, and they are developing a plan for her treatment. The surgery will be approximately $1,700 for one eye or $2,600 for both. Interested in helping Big Dog Rescue help Gracie? You can make a donation towards her surgery and everything Tallahassee Big Dog Rescue does here. TBDR is an all-volunteer non-profit who relies solely on donations. Every little bit helps!


This is Mia. She came through the City of Tallahassee Animal Service Center and had the opportunity to get through the UTOPIA program. The UTOPIA program is a partnership between Animal Services and the Taylor Correctional Institution (TCI) in Perry, Florida. This program began on June 4, 2007, and aims to increase the adoptability of the dogs in training. The Animal Service Center dogs are housed at the TCI for eight weeks to receive socialization and basic obedience training. All dogs participating in the UTOPIA Program must complete their training before being adopted (minimum eight weeks). Programs like these benefit not only the dogs but also the inmates working with the dogs. The dogs learn basic obedience training while the inmates learn to care for another while incarcerated, thereby giving more meaning to their time in the facility. Tallahassee Big Dog Rescue took her in from the shelter and now she is in a TBDR foster home waiting to meet her forever family.


This is Samuel. He's also being fostered by a Tallahassee Big Dog Rescue foster family. He's a super shy, pretty fearful fella, but once we got him outside for some playtime and fresh air, he came out of his shell a little bit. He'll need a patient family willing to take their time with him so he can learn to trust you.


This is Eugene. He and Charming below were part of a litter of nine Great Dane puppies that Tallahassee Big Dog Rescue rescued from a puppy mill case in Missouri. TBDR started off with nine and are down to two! The redheads and I enjoyed hanging out with them at the recent Tallahassee Adoptathon Pet Adoption the second weekend in January. We love dogs that lean on us, and these two are definite leaners!



And lastly, this little sweetie is Emmie. Smaller dogs and puppies are the first to get adopted at municipal, open admission shelters, and Emmie was one of those! She was adopted through the City of Tallahassee Animal Service Center the day after I took this photo! Thanks for stopping in! All my 365 Somethings Projects posts can be found here.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2017 Documented Life Project: July


July in my Documented Life Project includes Denver, this incredibly handsome dog that we fostered for Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services. I first told you about him here.  He enjoyed watching the fireworks along the river with us from our backyard (unlike our Isabelle, who is definitely not a fan of fireworks). We enjoyed a nice day on the dock for the 4th.




The end of the second week of July, the redheads and I went up to the Washington, D.C., area to spend a long weekend with my sister and her family.



My sisters' girls enjoyed having the "big girl" cousins around for a few days. We spent one day visiting a couple Smithsonian museums along the Mall, another visiting the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum at Dulles Airport (truly a must much cooler than the Air & Space Museum on the Mall), and the last day just hanging out at the pool.



The last part of July brought the start of band camp (the redheads first) and their birthdays.



Thanks for stopping in and for following along with the Documented Life Project! To see more of 2017, click here. For 2016, click here; for 2015, click here; and for 2014, click here. Thanks to the ladies at Art to the 5th for creating the project!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Best Shot Monday and 365 Somethings Project: Week 1

Kale is a super sweet, incredibly smart six-year-old fella who knows sit, shake, and paw.
On the first of the year, I mentioned that I'd be participating in iHanna's 365 Somethings Project this year. While it seemed a little daunting at first, when I realized that I create multiple photos every week and could make the "somethings" any creation that I wanted to, the doors sprung open. With my schedule, I know that there will be weeks when I won't be able to get into my studio for any mixed media or jewelry creating, but I almost always find at least a couple hours each week to get into the shelter for photos. That's what a true volunteer passion will do for you. And when I can use my artistic talents, in this case photography, to also help a great cause, that's all the better. So here's week one! All theses photos were taken the first week in January at Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services. Adopt a shelter pet! 

Betty is an absolutely gorgeous, gentle three-year-old gal.
Queenie is a volunteer favorite who has great leash manners and loves to give kisses.

Seth is a high-energy two-year-old who loves to play fetch.

Bill is a nine-month-old pup who got adopted right after I took his photo!

Georgie loves to fetch!  Even at six years old, he says, "So many balls, so little mouth space!"

Luna...she has the sweetest face, doesn't she?  She's a two-year-old heart-stealer with a future in modeling. 
Thanks for stopping in today!  I'll do my best to do at least one post a week for this project! 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2017 Documented Life Project: June


In this dreary January weather, let's celebrate June with my June spreads for the Documented Life Project! Last week of May/first week of June above ... took that photo at the bus stop with my girlies. Called it Converse-ation. Get it?


The second week of June included our annual trip to Boca Grande, so I popped some pictures from the trip in some photo sleeves.


Close up of that week's art journaling side. These carrots just spoke to me and I've had these fish swimming around for a while. I must have been hungry!


That top left photo is my favorite of Sarah from the trip. It was totally caught by accident. I was just checking my camera settings, and poof!, there she was. Beautiful.




I have an embarrasingly large collection of old postcards that I flip through every once in a while. This one just screamed Boca Grande to me.



This little pup jumped out at me from a magazine page, so I created a spread around him focusing on my love of shelter pets.


The tail end of June found us scalloping in Steinhatchee. It was the first time for me and the girls, and I loved it! I will admit that my competitive nature got the best of me gathering up those little buggers. Very fun!

June 11


I closed out the month using a Brave Girls Club postcard as the focal point.  You can see the rest of my 2017 Documented Life Project here, see 2016 here, 2015 here, and 2014 (still my all-time favorite) here.  Thanks to the ladies at Art to the 5th for the inspiration!  Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Best Shot Monday: Meet Abby!


Sometimes the best dogs end up waiting the longest times for their forever families. Meet Abby. This super sweet girl has been waiting for her forever family since early October. And I can't figure out why. She's a little older, about seven, but other than that (which is certainly not a bad thing!), she's the perfect dog! She's pretty mellow and easy going, not too big, not too small, walks well on her leash, loves to sit for treats, and as you can see from the picture below, sits up to play peek-a-boo! Next time you are considering adding a new four-legged friend to your family, first, be sure to visit your local shelter, and then second, consider an older dog. While puppies are super cute, they are also super time consuming when it comes to training .... and eating your shoes. Older dogs like Abby have already gone through that phase and come out the other side! Abby is available for adoption at Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services.

I'm a member of an organization called HeARTs Speak. It's a global group of artists and photographers who donate their time and talent to helping shelter pets find homes. Recently journalist Scott Smith wrote a beautiful piece about the work of HeARTs Speak and its thousands of artists in Consumer Advocate. It's a great look at what this wonderful organization does. Go take a peek here. And thanks to Scott for writing such a beautiful piece! 


Friday, January 5, 2018

January Free Bling Friday!

January Free Bling

Hello! I've decided to bring back Free Bling Friday for a while in 2018! For those of you who've been following along for a while you'll remember that I do this occasionally! These little cuties are pink jade highlighted with silver metallic Czech glass and sterling silver findings.

To get your name in the hat, leave me your first name, city and state, and a way to contact you in the comments below no later than midnight ET Thursday, January 25. Share this post on Facebook or Twitter and post a separate comment with the link to the share for two entries! New to commenting on Blogger? At the very bottom of this post, you'll see a date (1/5/2018) and comments in hot pink. Click on the "comments" and a comment box will open. Open to U.S residents only.  Please help me spread the word and share this post! Want a reminder of Free Bling Friday each month I do one?  Sign up for my monthly newsletter over there in the right column! Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Best Shot Monday and 365 Somethings Project


Happy New Year! I hope this January 1, 2018, finds you in good spirits and ready to roll into this new year with hope and excitement. We've been home in Jacksonville for the Christmas holidays, so I spent this first morning of 2018 at the shelter. It was darn cold, wet, and windy, but we suffered through for a couple hours! This sweet fella here is Billy. He's a bit frustrated in his kennel (and again, wouldn't you be?), but take him outside to enjoy the fresh air and play a bit and he's loads of fun. He was the best fetcher of the week! He's available for adoption at Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services.

I've been seeing so many "new year" projects come across my Facebook and Instagram feeds and even into my email inbox from my artsy friends. I know that I need to do something to get my creativity back on track in a more manageable fashion, and the email I received from Hanna describing her 365 Somethings Project stuck with me. I've been thinking about it for a few days, and her words really rang true for me. I know I can't commit to making time and space in my head and schedule to create something every single day. But I think I can commit to creating seven somethings a week, not necessarily every day.  I also know I have the attention span of a gnat, so I won't even begin to say what those somethings will be as I envision it will be a variety of somethings, rather than the same somethings. Make sense? For example, while I first felt like I haven't done anything creative while we've been home for the break, when I thought about it, I've certainly been creating photographs. Billy and his nearly 30 friends I've photographed for the shelter this week and last are proof of that! And while binge watching The Hunger Games movies with the Daily Dose of Awesomeness yesterday, I picked up a cross-stitch project I've been working on since, um, 2012. But hey, I'm almost done with it now! So thanks, Hanna, for the inspiration. I will be joining you for your 365 Somethings Project, and I will be doing my level best to post my somethings weekly.  If you'd like to join in, pop over to see Hanna and join me!