’tis the season

tis the season

so it has been hazy, foggy and grey for days and today the sun has peeked out so i took some photos. lots going on … picked up my girl on monday, yesterday we found a little tree … well not so little, but not a lot left to choose from around town so we were a bit concerned at what it looked like once we got it home … just finished putting the finishing touches on it and we both said it turned out to be quite a pretty ‘charlie brown tree’. christmas eve is but a week away…

most of my design work has come to a stopping point until the new year. i added a portfolio page here and still need to make space and time to photograph my work in january and set up the new website. i have been journalling every day to see where my thoughts take me with regard to my new direction and how that all melds with my love for interior design.

i have very purposely stayed out of the hustle and bustle of the season, making time to meet up with friends, sharing lunch or a cup of tea and a chat. a group of us went caroling last sunday afternoon; it was a bit damp, but so fun to sing together and brighten someone’s day. hopefully you can take some time for quiet reflection over the next couple weeks; in between the twinkling lights, christmas parcels, festive parties and family gatherings…

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thanksgiving

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so many things to give thanks for … having my daughter home and her lighting up the room with her wit and love of life … being able to host the meal yesterday with turkey, stuffing and all the traditional extras, gathering around the table sharing laughter and tears … being blessed with a warm dry house protecting us from the bitter mid-western winter … dear friends to meet with as the weeks ebb and flow, learning and growing together …

i often start the day with giving thanks for where i am right now; at this moment, in this place, no matter how i am feeling. being present and acknowledging that i do not need to know the whole picture to be at peace with what is going on in my life on this very day. it is not always easy to remember to do this, but my desire is to be more aware of intentionally doing it.

i also want to give thanks for this pull in my heart to move outside of my comfort zone; to explore other avenues and learn things i know i am not so good at, but still have interest in. i would also love to get back to doing more craft or art type projects, things that i can put together or make with my hands, small and personal bits and pieces … and what better time to stay in, cozy and warm, then winter.

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it is chilly again today. blustery and snowing. i am tucked up warm looking forward to the coming days. this last week was full. we gave our sofa (that was gifted to us two years ago) to somewhere that needed it more then we did. so i have been doing a bit of rearranging in preparation for the holidays.

we also completed a dozen shoeboxes for operation christmas child that we had started putting together before my daughter went off to school. we have done these on and off for the past eleven years. today is the end of collection week. so much fun to think of the children being given the boxes each year and their shining faces when they open them up.

i am excited to have my girl home for a few days, relaxing and catching up. wishing you a lovely thanksgiving day; may it be joyous, calm, renewing and happy! x

another small step

 

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i have so many thoughts and possibilities swirling in my mind. not unlike the freshly fallen snow we have had…we went from autumn to alaska overnight.

i feel i am at a crossroads; thinking about why i started blogging four and a half years ago and why i want to start again. it seems i am feeling like starting again with quite a few things. not all of them monumental; actually none of them really monumental, but they are important to me.

since my daughter went off to college this autumn, things just seem different. i feel like i want to reinvent myself. after being a mom for 19 years and focusing much of my attention on helping/guiding/teaching my daughter to bloom into the beautiful, bubbly, friendly girl she has become; i have more time to refocus on all the bits and pieces of what i am drawn to.

so i have been taking classes, learning photography (manual settings, photoshop, styling), trying to grasp social media, updating the look of this blog, completely redoing my website (which requires i use said camera abilities for client work), reevaluating my wardrobe and planning house projects.

all things i really enjoy doing, but there are only so many hours in a day. so i am always brought back to the idea of simplifying. i want to share how this all comes together with you. i am not sure i will really reinvent myself, but i want to hone and distill what is swirling about at the moment.

anyone else feel a similar pull…like you want to in some way  start over?

today is a new day

this little space has not seen me for over a year …

i have wanted to visit time and again, but other matters were more pressing…

sometimes often, you just must put one foot in front of the other and move forward…

today was the day that kept pressing me to post…

just put something on the page…

just make a step…

i have been thinking of this little space a lot…

i have been part of an amazing photo workshop by christina greve

i love taking pictures…capturing moments…

it slows me down…makes me focus…

i love how i feel composing an image…

i am also taking a class on blogging

holly, fiona and nichole have been so generous with their knowledge…

i am feeling the pull to post again…

i am a dreamer and a ponderer…

i ponder how this will all turn out…

i dream how this will all turn out…

i ponder if anyone will ever visit…

stay true and be yourself…

i read this time and again…

i want to be an encourager…

i want to create a restful space of solace…

i want to connect and make a difference…

one small step at a time…

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inspiration rx …

I very recently came across Miss Tristan’s beautiful blog ‘Besotted‘. A calming, curated collection of loveliness. I then happened upon the Inspiration Rx series started by Michelle to coincide with the beginning of a new learning season. I couldn’t help myself but do all the prompts in one sitting during some quiet time I had a couple days ago.

prompt one. emerging

comfort … warmth … security

this is the safe place i know

nurtured … protected … embodied

this is the safe place i grow

changing … expanding … unfurling

where i was can not contain me

stepping out … being bold … trusting

emerging stronger than i was before

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prompt two. muse

color …

you are warm on my face as i sit here

with eyes closed you are dark grapefruit pink

the more i relax, as my head tips back

your color becomes lighter

as a plump pink rose in the summer garden

as my eyelids gently open

my lashes filter the blinding bright white i see

above me is the most perfect blue

cool, clear, crisp, calm

in gradiating tones as it moves away

from the brightest of glowing white

my gaze lowers to the grounding grass

tones of green

refreshing, resplendent, redolent and rolling

in natures perfect harmony

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prompt three. tranquility

draw a deep breath

expel all your worries

calm your heart

make weightless your woes

quiet your thoughts

dwell on thanks giving

be at peace with

who you are right now

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I am looking forward to continuing these prompts, I am enjoying them very much. I seem to be in the learning mode, as I also enrolled to be part of  a photography workshop given by Christina Greve which began today. I am looking forward to learning much. Wishing you a lovely week.

 

 

summer…

S        savor breezy bug-free days

U        under bright blue sizzling skies

M        make merry of idle pleasures

M        mud pies, picnics, cat naps and dreaming

E         escape routine and busyness

R        reawaken a sense of awe

 

 

 

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happy birthday…

Yesterday marked the third year of this small undertaking … I am still not sure where this jaunt in the land of blogging will take me, but I continue to wander and see what blooms along the way … much like after the long, long winter we have had … there now appears to be sprigs about to blossom. All in good time.  Photos from Easter, Ingebretsen’s, thrifting and a special party with dear friends. Wishing you a lovely warm spring week…

my book…

 

Things have been busy here; design work, planning projects for our house and preparing for a ‘Remodelers Expo’ that I am doing consultations at this weekend. The weather was unpredictable once again yesterday and we have about a foot of snow once again. It was so beautiful as it clung to all the trees just like in a ‘Grinch that Stole Christmas’ illustration. Now to share another little piece of my book…

…whether in our homes or our lives, cultivating a sense of modesty and unpretentiousness allows for a more appreciative outlook…

Hoping for blooms and sunshine very soon, have a great weekend. x

my book…

Happy weekend, hope you are doing well. We had a few days of warm spring-like weather that melted a lot of our snow. Not so today however, cold and a couple snowflakes in the air. The sun managed to peek out from the clouds this morning, but today has been rather gloomy. I did get out for a brisk walk yesterday and today; it felt great to get some fresh air. Here is the next snippet…sharing time once again.

…a thankful heart can be the most powerful catalyst for change. it can be the greatest attribute to alter our perception…

With that I will say I am thankful for our snug little house (which we will be working on quite a lot over the next couple months) the dear people in my life, our sweetest kitty and being right where I am in life right now. Wishing you a weekend that is cheerful and sunshiny.