Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Photos of The Lion

                                                       Project 365: Photos of My Little Lion

I haven't exactly been wordy lately. I've been spending a lot of time knitting and spending even more time trying to overcome my lack of professional instruction in photography. I've always felt a little pride at being self- taught, but lately I've been feeling the limitations of that pride. I had started Project 365 back before Zoey was even born, thinking that since I was home from work I would have plenty of time to take pictures. Oh, I had plenty of time to take pictures, but I never quite got around to uploading them.
I've come to the conclusion that I will be studying and shooting my way through these limitations. It's time to get back to reading - the manual, all those books on exposure, metering, and photoshop that I bought ages ago, and hopefully getting some critiques along the way.
Hopefully I will begin to incorporate some photos into 365 that are not just of my daughter. This is supposed to be an exercise for me to expand, after all.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Naptime Crafting

I love when Z. takes a lengthy nap; my creativity and ability to craft is directly influenced by not only the length of said naps, but by the frequency of them. Fortunately, just before Christmas, she began napping regularly. This enabled me to get lots and lots of knitting done. This piece is my favorite and one I would have loved to keep for myself had I not been commissioned already to knit it! This is a great bulky scarf with nice subtle color changes and a tweedy feel. It was my first attempt at a Basket weave pattern - Just complicated enough to keep me interested but still so simple as to glance at the television every now and then.
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Monday, January 3, 2011

Things I Love

Most of my past New Years resolutions seem to come from a negative space. If I'm feeling fat, I resolve to exercise more. If I'm sick of being broke, I resolve to work harder toward that promotion or spend less time ordering drinks at the bar. The majority of the time these resolutions don't last beyond the second week of January. The beginning of this new year finds me in a slightly different state of mind than those before. This year I am overweight not because of alcoholic beverages and fried foods, but because I have so far lacked the ambition to shed these ten or so post-pregnancy pounds. And our "just above the poverty level" household income is due to the fact that we believe it's better for me to raise our infant rather than some anonymous daycare worker. Rather than dwell on the negative, I have resolved to begin the New Year with a post about things I love.

Among the things that follow, I have one big, big love of the year. I loved being pregnant. I loved feeling Zoey kick and stretch inside of me. I loved the thought that she was growing, each minute detail so perfectly created day by day. I loved the moment that I realized I was going into labor (and thought I would soon meet our little girl,) and the nearly three day experience that followed, frustrating that it was, because it meant that she was on her way.

1. The smile on my daughter's face when she wakes in the morning.
2. Seeing a wedding band again on my husband's finger. (He lost the first band last year sometime.)
3. The cobalt blue of a winter sky just after the sun has set.
4. Soft creamy paper and a fountain pen.
5. The clicking together of wooden knitting needles.
6. The rush of exhilaration when an artistic endeavor is finished, or begun.
7. Excited voices singing to God in a crowded room.
8. The quiet, electric buzz that hangs in the room when our community group is in prayer.
9. The smell of cedar and ferns and pyrite when days are dry and I am hiking.
10. Over saturation of color in French films.
11. Anything that reminds me of my Grandmother (long list, be warned...)
hot dog buns baking in the oven, needle arts, I Love Lucy, Heidi, bowling, simple German phrases, marigolds, Red Pop floats, Big Boy (especially the Slim Jim Sandwich and cup of soup she always ordered,) lunch at Jacobsen's, walking with her up and down her driveway, playing Candyland, Wheel of Fortune, & Solitaire, and dressing up in her and my Grandfather's old clothes. I so wish my daughter Zoey could have met her.
12. Pedestrian cities, even if I get a little panicky when I'm turned around.
13. Coffee from a French press.
14. Spices like Curry and Ginger.
15. The book of James.
16. Waking up before sunrise and having a purpose, somewhere to be.
17. Yoga - the way it makes me feel longer, taller and lighter.
18. Camping - the drowsiness of sitting around a campfire and the chill of the Earth after waking up in a tent.
19. The lush greenery of my Husband's Grandfather's place in the summer.
20. Driving down gravel roads in search of old architectural relics that time seems to have forgotten.

Mostly, more than anything, I love that God has given me this fantastic Husband, Daughter and life. I love that he has brought me to Him and opened my heart enough to let me fully appreciate it. I am so grateful.
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