Wednesday, August 31, 2011

can we talk?

Of course we can.
Since you are still here with me.
Reading. Listening. Thinking. Pondering. Blogging. Surfing.

Someone recently asked 
"How many photos does one need of herself?"

uh, me, well, I have hundreds here

You see my passion is to photograph people and I am usually available, so I can count on myself to show up! I use myself to experiment with lighting, settings and editing techniques.

 You Are Your Own Muse led by Vivienne McMaster 
was truly an inspiring, igniting and invigorating course for me
Now I will be Swan Diving with her and my other Muses

When asked why she painted so many self-portraits, 
Frida Kahlo replied: "because I am the subject I know best."

Someday I want to host Art Retreats again for women
Would you come to Texas and romp thru a cow pasture 
with your camera, tripod and remote 
for some Self Portrait Play?
I've got ladders, funky furniture, vintage linens,
orange and turquoise walls, rusty and weathered barns
and lots of playful imagination
Wanna join me someday?

 Here are a couple inspiring links to get you thinking, if I haven't already!

Self Portrait Flickr Groups
So ya wanna take pictures of yourself

Sunday, August 28, 2011

No Poo

here's looking at you Deb

As I continue to walk softly, eat healthy, simplify and 
focus on the present moment 
I decided to eliminate bad shampoo/conditioner products. 
I am going No Poo using only baking soda to wash 
and  organic Apple Vinegar to rinse
My hair can be beautiful, but right now it is limp, dry, crunchy 
and falling out alot! 
Some say it is due to my Vegetarian lifestyle. POO!
Maybe it's just what happens to 53 year old girls like me!

Scary, huh?

Under the plastic bag on my head is olive oil, honey and egg, my weekly conditioner
So while doing it's magic, I masked my face with a mixture of honey, cinnamon and nutmeg 
and after about 10 minutes it was beginning to sting and run down my neck! 
My face felt smooth, rosy and kissable tasting like Apple Pie!!

 I am also making my own Laundry Powders and Dishwasher Soap

I am sick and tired all the shit in our food and
wasteful household products 
we pay way too much money for.

Come on now....even the Healthy Choices are loaded with crap


(Sorry, some folks get on their soapbox about religion, politics or reality shows...)

My reality is changing AGAIN from consumer to

Nuff said.

If you are interested in recipes/inspiration click the links below.
They work for me!

I use Citric Acid, not Koolaide

If you read the comments, it answers your concerns for HE Washers

In the meantime I am having some fun sewing again
making aprons from t-shirts!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday

Today Meri asks 

JOY was given to me by 
having the opportunity to photograph this family
of beautiful people,
family reunion of Kwaku and Barbara Bediko

Family faces are magic mirrors. 
Looking at people who belong to us, 
we see the past, present and future. 
We make discoveries about ourselves.
Gail Lumet Buckley

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

52 Photos Project

52 Photos Project
This weeks prompt : Silhouette or profile
One subject, dark against light

Every week Bella has a simple, yet challenging prompt. We are at week 18 
and you are always invited to join in anytime. 
Come on, the more the merrier! 
Won't you come play along with us?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday



~hanging by a thread~


~on the dotted line~

Sunday, August 21, 2011

just a rockin and a talkin

I spent three hours with my friend Laurence, 
   rocking and talking on his backporch

We swatted flies.

He told stories.

I listened...

and laughed at his clever jokes and salty humor

this was our view

I sipped wine from his grandmas juice glass

and at the end of the day...

                    our hearts were swollen, breezes had quieted, and summer seemed softer

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday

I have found that if you love life, 
life will love you back 
~ Arthur Rubinstein~
 me & Dawn
Dawn & me
me and Keira
me and Laurie
 Cassie and me

me and Laurie