All posts tagged: reflections

Pink Inspirational Thoughts

The first eight days of October are a rush of memories, dreams and thoughts for me. For everyday from the first to the eighth someone I know celebrates a birthday. I have to admit I’ve fallen into the jaws of modern technology, and in the rush opted to send electronic messages by phone and social networking sites, but with inspirational comments this week and visual boards that I created today, I’ve been inspired to make my own cards, write in them, create a little something special  in each and send them to everyone of my friends and family. Written, signed, sealed and delivered!   We all know that giving or sending greeting cards is a simple and effective way of staying in touch, adding a truly personal touch and reaching out to those we care about, but where did the greeting card come from? The first civilization to employ the use of greeting cards was the ancient Chinese, who used them for the purpose of conveying New Year’s wishes. The earliest paper greeting card in …

TT – Gratitude eDition

Well, I’m here again at the beginning of the week entering into the world of textures and photography. This weeks Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen is to use two of her textures and capture ‘Gratitude’ in your photo. How do we start each day with a grateful heart? We give thanks that our heart is beating, we give thanks for the start of a new day…we smile and carry on! I’ve used the same original photo, (hard to believe) and have been experimenting. Non conclusive recipes this week, I just kept working on them until the image appealed to me. I give thanks for the little things today, that may well be the bigger and brighter things tomorrow. The rose bud today, that tomorrow is beaming in full bloom. The rainbow today, that brings tomorrows falling raindrops. The smile today, that may bring tomorrows friendship. Join in the fun at the cafe…have a coffee and meet the other players in the party of Texture Tuesday. Have a wonderful week, everyone. Yvette…x

What about me?

How many minutes in the day, capture the love of a child? How many minutes of the day capture the words from a friend? How many minutes in the day captures a thought of a loved one? How about a second to think of me! With this ongoing rush of life and everyday routines, do we find enough time for ourselves. And if we do find that second is it a selfish second? Be it child’s play…another go at bouncing the ball, an extra lolly, a kiss on the cheek, an extra hug, another piece of vegemite toast, another glass of water…in a child’s voice…What about me? Be it adult antics…a cup of coffee, my ironed shirt?…another paid bill, a glass of wine, another cooked dinner, a simple heartfelt touch, a whispered word…in an adult’s voice..What about me? Do we hear our own voice? These rushing minutes within the week, reminded me to stop, look around and take a deep breath. Look outside and see the bigger picture, and also reminded me of this song. …

In Gratitude

As the hands of the clock tick over twelve the start of the new year adorns. Thinking over the past year, of the passing moments and memories, the transparent memories of last year had all it’s usual challenges and more. A reflective year, a breaking year…a year full of love, happiness, sadness, and loss. A rollercoaster of emotions, of growing up even in my forty something year. Taking the challenge of expressing my creativity of photography,food and life. The past year I’ve grown with love in strength to take the little challenges in life of expressing gratitude in my little world for the “little” things that can make a world of difference. Looking back through my blog, I have had many highlights and expressions of the seasonal changes through the lens of the camera and the creative visual displays I’ve done, I so much enjoyed creating a visual magazine and sharing it all with you. I thank you all for visiting me within the first year of blogging and wish everyone all the best for …

Welcome Autumn

Welcome Autumn. Tuesday here saw the start of Autumn. Falling leaves,changing colours and chilly temperatures on their way. There are so many wonderful changes in the garden.Leaves,seedpods, berries, acorns and with all these wonderful changes to the eye there’s the changing acoustics, the rustling leaves of falling freely, crunching and kicking of leaves underfoot, changing melodies of Winter birds. “Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting  and autumn a mosaic of them all.” –   Stanley Horowitz   This Autumn wreath was made with all the findings of this time of the year from the garden and we’ve just starting harvesting our corn crops. Hence these rustic looking corn flowers,made from corn husks, one hint on making these always remember to spray them with hair spray or fixing spray, otherwise beasties will eat them and the wreath won’t last for the following year. I love the natural colours of the corn flowers, however they can be spray painted also.   Because a garden mean constantly making choices, it offers almost limitless possibilities for …

Summer Tutorial

Our Summer days are here, and how I long for blue oceans, waves and a little vacation time. Sun, sand, beaches,an Australian slogan from a sun protection campaign: slip,slop,slap always comes to mind,pebbled beaches,and shells…shells!When I see shells, my minds reflections are always of Summer. For the last few weeks I’ve had a Summer blue and white theme throughout my home…summer dinner table settings, ocean themes, and here is my shell starfish.This is my first tutorial, and wanted to share this with you my friends…time is precious I know, but if you can find an afternoon to dabble in a few things creative,this shell starfish is for you… Materials to start with,you’ll need a Styrofoam star, hot glue gun and a variety of shells,and I used neutral coloured ribbon cream and grey.   Cut a 10cm long piece of ribbon and make a loop at one point of the star with your hot glue… Proceed to cover the whole styrofoam star in a wider ribbon,winding and gluing as you go around the five points and move …

After the Storm

The early hours of this morning we were awoken by rain,hailstones and violent winds.No electricity,alarms,sirens and an eerie,scary view from our windows.Yesterday,with scorching temperatures,obviously it was natures way of cooling things down. We were lucky in one respect only one tree fell due to these forceful winds,we were amazed that there wasn’t more damage, the vineyard survived.! One of our friends lost his whole crop with damage from hailstones. This is the tree that fell on the roadside in front of our house. After harvesting this was the first Sunday morning home in a long time for Silvano, but had to work just the same… We’ve had grey skies all day, as the hour of sun set approaches however the suns rays are dazzling and playing shadows within the garden. Oak tree and acorns…. The photo above…plant unknown   The vineyard…these are table grapes,which we’ve grafted onto one vine…   These are Pinot Grigio…   A Sunday full of daydreams,writing and reading…quality time for me and with my man… My friends,I hope you had a …

Rose Petal Pink

Pink is part of my world. You won’t find any pink in my wardrobe apart from a newly purchased pair of pink pearl earrings…on the good advise from a friend. You’ll however find pink, not lollipop pink more like antique rose pink in my house… rose frosted glassware,freshly cut pink roses,scatted pink rose petals, rose colored champagne, rose cake tins and the list goes on. However,my childhood memories are lollipop pink. The strawberry pink milkshakes and ice creams, marshmallows and hundreds and thousands. Going to the local fair hand in hand with my Nonno (grandfather) to buy pink fairy floss and maybe you remember those dollies on sticks, antique looking with plastic painted hair,wanting to choose first, the one in the pink dress. I remember my mother dressing me in a Sundays best pink crochet dress and funny enough my 21st birthday party was all pink with hand painted rose invitations, so yes pink is part of my world. Why all this talk about pink…Today I received a lovely pink  award…it’s pretty and pink…and a …