Best Shot Monday and 365 Somethings Project: 31-36

Abigail, three-year-old mixed breed
More sweet faces for Best Shot Monday! I photographed these pups at the City of Tallahassee Animal Service Center this past week. This first gal, above, is Abigail. She was my favorite of the week! This photo was neither zoomed nor cropped. She was just that in my face! I shoot with a 35mm prime lens, so yep, she was that close. Super sweet mama girl with so much love to give!

Tallulah, two-year-old chocolate Lab mix
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Moss Boss, two-year-old American Staff, 75 pound sweet gentle beast!
Juniper, two-year-old cute little hippo
Denzel, two-year-old super suave ladies man
Baxter, four-year-old Lab mix
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2017 Documented Life Project: September


Hello, there! Thanks for stopping in today! Continuing in sharing my 2017 Documented Life Project, September started out with a beautiful Labor Day weekend--this photo above is from our dock looking upriver...


...and then Hurricane Irma hit...while last year Hurricane Matthew left us a tree in our roof, this year Irma gave us nearly a foot of water on our ground floor, about six or seven docks in our backyard, our dock in shambles and damage once again to our roof. While we got the flood mess cleaned up within a week or so, the rest has taken a bit longer. The roofers actually just finished the roof this past week! And we've not even begun to work on the dock. We're hoping to be able to just repair what we have instead of completely rebuilding. We're lucky that we have any dock left! Most of our neighbors' docks were completely destroyed.


I love the ways the greens played off each other in this spread. On the right, that's just one magazine page that I tore apart and popped in there. Making things as easy as possible!  You can click on the photo to see it larger in Flickr.


I started incorporating some of the pages I created in Pam Carriker's workshop this month. This "window" started out as transparency. Pam was using them to teach image transfers, but I actually liked using the transparency itself!


Clearly I struggle with faces. :-)


And these last two were actually one spread that I pulled out and used as two here. We were creating in a Strathmore mixed media journal, but I ended up pulling each page out and using them here in this journal, finding ways to incorporate both the front and back of each page. You'll see more in October's pages!  The faces here were printed on tissue paper, so they just basically dissolve into the page. Very cool technique. Now if I can just get my printer to print on tissue paper correctly...


Thanks for stopping in again today! To see more of my 2017 Documented Life Project journal, 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 originally creating the project!

Best Shot Monday!


Many people think that open-admission, municipal shelters have nothing to offer but Pit mixes (...and, of course, I would argue that Pit mixes are awesome anyway), so this week I decided to share some of the variety of dog types I photographed this past week! Above is sweet Bobby. He's a Beagle/Treeing Walking Hound mix. The reason you see nothing but his sweet little mug is that he wanted to do nothing but sit in my lap. For this shot, I was sitting down on my knees with Bobby basically hugging me, and then I reached my arm back and clicked, having no idea what I'd capture, and I captured this!


This fella above is a yellow Lab mix named Bam. Fetcher extraordinaire! He's got that game down and will play as long as you want to toss, bring it back, and is ready for you to throw it again. If you happen to take a moment to review your notes, thinking you've finally worn him out, he will try to push the ball into your leg to get you to throw it again. Yes, I know this from experience.


This little beauty above is Cecilia, a Welsh Corgi/Cardigan mix. She was a little shy at first, but once I gave her a little time to warm up to me, she turned into a super love bug.


And this incredibly handsome fella is Chato, an Alaskan Husky mix. This fella had some super separation anxiety issues and thankfully was adopted by someone who could spend all day with him! All four of these dogs were at an open-admission, municipal shelter, the City of Tallahassee Animal Service Center! And go adopt a shelter pet! They will bless your life immeasurably!

February Free Bling Friday!

365 Somethings Week 2-4

Welcome to February Free Bling Friday! Congratulations to Summer from Jacksonville for winning January's Free Bling! You may have seen this sweet little pair in this post, where I shared seven pairs of earrings I created in January. They are petite handmade lamp work beads topped with Swarovski crystals and highlighted with sterling silver wire work and findings.   

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