Saturday, August 9, 2014

Going Thru The Alphabet.

X. is for X – TRA ORDINARY 

Asters By Michelle at InLightImagery

               Droplets of Flowers Macro By Adria at AdriaPeadenPhoto            

Awaken By Diane at  DianeKMillerPhoto

All I Need By Sherstin at TinyDelicateWorld

I really hope you enjoyed my take on X – TRA ORDINARY, let me know what you think :)

Have a Wonderful Weekend! Cheers, T. :)


PhotosByChipperfield (Etsy Shop)

PoppyPlacePdx (Blog) 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Day in the Life of MelaLuna Moonbeam

July 15th:

Hello! My name is Mela, I love the fPOE community and so wanted to give the “Day in the Life” challenge a shot :)

At this juncture of my life, I am a self-employed “multi-artist,” as my partner calls me. My business has multiple facets, including my photographic ventures, but I also read astrology charts and have a very strong interest in internal healing arts and martial arts and do a bit of teaching. As such, on any given day I’m usually engaged in a number of different things, and it’s perpetually changing. These days my photo business is the highlight, as I’m in the busiest season of the year, doing weekly art markets, and attempting to strengthen my online presence for the off-season!

July 15 was a nice, pleasant and mellow day for me, and I really liked taking pictures all day – it made me appreciate the little things more, instead of always flying by the seat of my pants! Ha!

So with all that – here it is! My day in the life…

Every morning when I wake up I always look out the window first thing. Basically, I guess, I’m checking the weather and trying to figure out what time it is. I live on the north side of the mountain so I can usually tell by where the sunlight has landed whether or not I’ve slept in for way too long ;) In early mornings, there can be a beautiful misty fog that hangs in the valley – but no such luck on Tuesday cause it was overcast!

There are a few rituals that happen every morning. This morning in particular I felt the need to record my dream from the night before, which I often do in a specific journal (fuzzy monster journal, apropos right?) I use for recording things like dreams, card readings, or anything else of a symbolic nature. There are times where I get into interpreting it all, but a lot of the time I don’t have the energy beyond jotting a few things down.

Once I’m up, I go to visit my altar space where I always light a candle, and start the tea. I often will do some kind of meditation practice, though just as often I feel pressed to start working right away. I find, however, that I feel more at ease if I take even just a short time to practice invocations, quiet sitting, or read the I-Ching before I dive into work projects.

I found the hawk’s feather while out in my yard the other day. A friend told me that it is a symbol of spiritual messages.

This is my lovely living room. Sometimes I don’t get a chance to appreciate it, but it is a beautiful place.

Now – work!

Lately I’ve been slaving away at these new wood block mounted prints. I think I started off with a simple idea but then got into this whole acrylic glazing/epoxy resin ordeal… and there’s been endless trial and error. However, when done correctly, I love the finish. The ones pictured here were dried and I put them out to cure.

OK, So evidently I worked for ten seconds and immediately needed lunch. Sometimes I’ll get so involved with my work that I won’t eat all day long, but on Tuesdays I do 3 hours of martial arts training in the evening so I need to make sure I eat a good lunch!

Quesadillas – easiest food to make with leftovers. Just butter up that pan, throw cheese on a tortilla with some hot sauce and put whatever veggies you want. Done.

After that I needed to digest, so I spent some time on Etsy fixing up my shop, doing promotions – whatever it is that I do there. Look! There’s a bunch of fPOE’s I was researching.

I have an actual office in my house but I often end up in the main room when I’m doing computer work because it’s so sunny and bright with lots of greenery to look at.

After working online for a bit I went to add another coat of varnish to a small batch of wood block prints. I took a picture of myself all geared up with my respirator and paint clothes but I looked ridiculous so you won’t see it, ever haha.

Anyhow, once that was through, I only had a little bit before I had to leave, so since it was it was such a nice day, and I had camera in hand, I took a wander about the yard.

There were lots of pretty rhododendron flowers to admire and wineberries to eat.

My yard is just full of flowering plants, fruit bushes and trees, and so many other great things. They bloom and fruit all spring, summer and fall! The rhododendron forests are completely wild, and cover the entire mountainside with pretty white (and sometimes purple and pink) flowers! Other things I see a lot are azaleas. I never used to care about flowers, but ever since I moved to North Carolina, there’s just so many and it’s great!

At around 3:30 on Tuesdays I meet my partner and we travel together to his internal martial arts school. He is an amazing master teacher, and also a great mentor to me in my life pursuits since he’s also a working artist in his own right. We set up the school together and chat, usually. I sweep the floor, answer the phone, collect tuition. It’s a really demanding job – ha!

This particular day I had some homework to complete – reading chapter 48 in the I-Ching, “Well.”

…The well is deep

The water is shallow

The rope is short

The bucket is broken...

My spiritual and martial arts life is very important and key to everything else that I do. I see it as a way of life, and something that my soul understands. In the most concise terms, my martial arts training keeps me grounded in my journey here on earth -- able to survive, and adaptable to change.

On Tuesday nights we practice Tai Chi. In the second / entry level class I am also an assistant teacher, which is something I really enjoy. We usually finish up around 8PM but this particular night we ended up staying very late having a discussion with one of my classmates, and got a super late night dinner at this foodie cocktail lounge next to the butcher’s shop – they served stuff like porkbelly poutine and rare salt-cured hamburgers.

It wasn’t our usual night, but it was good and ended warmly. Everybody was exhausted, and we all went to our various homes where, for me, I relaxed a bit and went to sleep!

Alright – so there it was. July 15, 2014 through the eyes of Mela!

More places where you can find Mela: // //

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Day in the Life of Claire Carpenter

July 15th:

We have a family of five living with us right now so each day is much more hectic than I plan, so on the 15th, I kept forgetting to take photographs until after each crazy event--meals, games, bedtime routines--was already over. But I did my best, so here is my best :)

5 cups for 5 kiddos; 2 kiddos not pictured ;)

We live in the Grass Seed Capital of the World, so even in July, grass seed allergy season is still in full swing for me.
Ah, the sinus headaches that these drugs only partially prevent.

Right after we moved in our house last month, I purchased this Shark Navigator vacuum. It is cordless and it is! I can vacuum the all-hardwood downstairs in less than 5 minutes and the whole house in 10. I love that is cordless and I love any excuse to use it.
Vacuuming after each meal is essential with all of these kiddos.

During naptime I squeezed in some doodling time. Good for the soul.

In the afternoon I baked two loaves of Egg Harbor Bread and started prepping green beans for steaming. Mmmm :)

That evening, the hubby and I headed over to our close friends' house--which also happens to be a sorority house at which they are the house parents--to watch Back to the Future II in the movie theatre basement for some good laughs. I had intended to take many pictures of our awesome good time but of course, completely forgot until we were getting into the car. So here is the front of the mansion in all its awesome and spooky glory.

Other places to find Claire on the interwebs:
- my two Etsy shops (Studio Claire and January Sun Yarnworks)
- and on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Day in the Life of Jessica Chevalier

I found myself in Connecticut this July 15th. Although I was missing my Adirondack home, the New England coastline chose to delight me with a gorgeous misty day! In the morning I went to work with my boyfriend. He cares for a gorgeous property with views of the Lieutenant River and many beautiful gardens!

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' was causing quite a ruckus among the hummingbirds who were fighting over their vibrant flowers. (Taken with a Canon 5D MK lll)

Common Echinacea or "coneflower". (Taken with my Canon)

The view of the Lieutenant River in the mist. (Taken with my iPhone.)

After work, my geeky 80's side got a treat when we drove past Mystic Pizza! I still love that movie! (Taken with my iPhone.)

We made our way over to Groton's Bluff Point and took an hour hike out to the beach. It was glorious!

The Rosa Rugosa was the first thing to greet us! What a treat! (Taken with my Canon.)

We had the beach to ourselves! (Taken with my Canon.)

The low tide left behind pools filled with hundreds of snails and hermit crabs. (Taken with my canon.)

The tide was so low that we were able to walk out to a nearby island. (Panoramic taken with my iPhone.)

It was getting dark fast so we had to power hike back to the truck, but what a day!

Instagram: @lostinthevalleyphoto



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Day in the Life of Michelle Wermuth

July 15th:

My day in the life did not get as many photos as I would have liked. We started out having to repair a leaking pipe in our basement! Obviously no photos of that! The rest of my day went pretty normal.

My days are spent working on wedding images. Today was no different, I had an album to design so I begin by sorting the images.

A last minute appointment at the studio gave me the opportunity to get a quick photograph of the church across the street. The sky was glorious!

Showing wedding albums to the potential client who booked to become a wedding to be photographed next May! Woo Hoo

The purple cone flowers outside of the studio were beautiful in the sunshine as I left to go back home.

My middle son and one of his best friends greeted me from the deck when I pulled into our driveway. (My son is on the right)

Now onto the actual album design.

More ways to see Michelle's work:

Masterworks Photography Blog
Follow Masterworks Photography on Facebook!
Michelle's Fine Art PhotographyIn Light Imagery on Facebook
Michelle on Twitter!

​Michelle's Etsy shop

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Document your Day -- July Fourth edition, Part II

More photos from our Instagram Document your Day photo challenge on July Fourth! Follow these ladies on Instagram for more photography goodness: