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in the spirit of being more ‘open’ we spent two + days at a little cabin in the woods surrounded by quiet and snow. it was fairly primitive in that there was no plumbing or refrigeration; however we did have electric and plenty of propane heat, so we did stay toasty warm. it was quite cold out so we stayed in nearly the whole time, nothing particular on the to-do list, which was exactly the point. we talked and read and napped and ate. i had made a big pot of soup for dinners, yogurt and berries for breakfasts and plenty of good snacks; storing what we needed to in a cooler out on the deck where it was sufficiently cold.

we had not done anything like this the last five + years, so it was indeed welcome. as a proponent of simplicity and a slower pace of living i tried to be mindful of my thoughts and feelings during our time. time did certainly feel much more expansive then during a typical day. in my journal i penned these words …

“i am enjoying the fact that the phone can not ring, no one will knock at the door, nothing of impending urgency will happen … i am just able to begin whatever it is we may want to do; eat, talk, nap, stare out the window, write or take a walk with no pressure of something else requiring my immediate attention”

i think a lot of us would like that feeling much more often then we get it. i think simplicity and down time are becoming more and more elusive and we need to guard our time like it is the precious gift it is. we only get so much and what was so obvious during our little stay was that time can feel abundant if we allow our lives to fill up with it.

in my quest for more open space and time i have been sorting, purging and reevaluating what surrounds me … it is my wish to part with 1000 things … to recognize again what really matters.

 

 

open …

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hello blogland … i have neglected you once again … a well learned lesson evident again … it just is not possible to do everything … and more than that; it is absolutely not possible to do everything well … so this little space has not seen me for some time … sadly this has been the case far too frequently from the beginning …

when i started this blog six years ago i had hopes and dreams of where it would go and how it would develop … i was open to trying something new and had created time and space in my life for it … two years prior to that i had cleared a great deal of clutter from my life in the hopes of having room to find someone special to share it with and be a stepdad to my lovely daughter.

i had taken time, put in the effort, was very mindful, listed my intentions, and cleared space (physical, mental, emotional) for new things to blossom … and they did – a dear man entered our life and we have been a family for over five years now … so why am i sharing all this?

because i have come to the point where it is imperative to have a major clear out once again … i have done smaller versions through the years, but i feel compelled to free myself of encumbrances that are weighing on me, robbing me of new beginnings.

the last six years have been harder then easier, sometimes so hard i had no clue what i was doing … not an easy thing to write or admit … one reaches a certain age and one thinks things will smooth out, become less problematic and hit a stride … i am hoping this is the year …

this has been my hope the last consecutive six years and it has not been the case … ‘but this is life’ i have been repeatedly told … yes, it may be, but sometimes too much is too much … i could list all the calamities that have befallen us, but that just starts to sound like whining … i will share that there was time spent caring for family because of injury and serious illness and many hours in transit, much time entrenched in legal battles, periods of next to no extra money, times of complete upheaval due to home improvements and the loss of two parents …

at the beginning of this year i wanted to feel as if i could start with a blank slate and happened across lara casey’s goal setting … not a bunch of new years resolutions, but a fresh view to what might lie ahead … after completing the five steps i came to some huge light-bulb moments …

not least of which was that the last six years wasn’t anything i thought it would be …  i had visions of sweet traditions starting as a newly married couple; and some have, but there has been an overshadowing of everything else that has blurred many of the happier times … then each year i would hope for it to be better … and often it got worse … thankfully we have cleared through many things that needed to be addressed over the last five years and decluttered many distractions … so as a counterpoint to all of this, i am longing to feel lighter, more creative and adventuresome … i have often, over the years, chosen a word to reflect, guide or embody the year ahead …

so this year i have chosen the word “open”

“i want to open more space in my home & heart, open more time for photography, writing and staying healthy and i want to open my view toward expectations”

the lovely photos above, that i made into a collage, are from my ‘make it happen in 2016′ pinterest board; a suggested assignment as part of the goal setting. they exemplify what i would like to open up to in this coming year … perhaps you will join me to see where things go …

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with thoughts of easter …

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with all the expectations that easter may hold; preparations, travel, gatherings, meals, egg hunts and other festivities, sharing stories as we spend time together … remember the most important story … of mercy, grace, forgiveness and redemption …

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wishing you a lovely easter day x

take care …

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yesterday was a bit stormy, starting with deep rumbling thunder in a sunny sky and then quickly turning grey with the wind picking up. then it started to rain. then a bit later the sky got quite clear again but it continued with thunder and lightning. i don’t think i ever remember seeing lighting in the sky with the sun glowing … so i stayed in all day pottering around getting ready for my girl coming home for easter. the sunset was beautiful, brilliant, glowing and vibrant … sharing more photos as promised …

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have a lovely day :)

let a little sunshine in…

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today was lovely sunny and warm … the first real spring like day we have had in a long time … it was so wonderful to open the windows and let the fresh invigorating spring air into the wanting spaces of winters hibernation … it does a world of good for the ones outlook :)

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sharing a few more photos :)

spring greetings…

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spring greetings… we have not a bud to be found yet in my part of the world, but with it almost april i thought spring greetings would be welcome. i have been seeing so many beautiful, inspiring florals on pinterest and instagram over the last few weeks that i thought i would do a little styling photo shoot myself. i found some lovely old worn hymnals at our local thrift store and could not pass them up. they reminded me of my childhood as i paged through them, humming the tunes to myself, having not heard them in many years. my dear hubby brought home a bouquet of flowers last week to brighten my mood, which has been a bit up and down lately. i had so much fun taking these photos, i took a.l.o.t. so hope to share more over the coming week.

i have also been preparing for a home show i have on the 10th, 11th, 12th. spring is always the busiest time for getting new projects in order, so i am looking forward to that.  we have been contemplating quite a few of our own for our little house. the one i am most excited about is my plans to move my studio-office to a room upstairs with much more natural light, more windows and a bit more room. i have been putting in a lot of thought to how i see this space help me do all the creative work i do. i am looking forward to adding more systems and getting all my art and craft supplies set up in a pretty and accessible fashion. i also plan to devote more space to my photography and writing as these are interests i want to learn and expand on a bit more.

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wishing you a lovely week xx more florals to come :)

they live in houses…

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they live in houses all across the land …

wanting a slower pace of life …

a connection to those around them …

wanting the best for their children or those children of those they love and children of generations to come …

wanting tranquility and peace …

wanting to make simple memories …

share simple pleasures …

a walk in the wilderness, even if that means the local park …

they long for quieter days filled with forgotten pastimes …

they long for wonder and awe …

they long for seeing beauty in the simplest yet most complex of things …

a kitty’s paw curling over its nose while sleeping,

a budding flower on the windowsill,

the rebirth of leaves on a tree,

the melting of crystalized snow into puddles to nourish the earth,

the movement of the sun and the moon,

the incomparable artistry of a sunset …

they long for hearing music that moves them …

words that stir images and paint pictures …

they long for smells that remind them of long-forgotten days …

reawakening memories …

they long for remembering their long-forgotten days tinted with soft pink watercolor …

they sit in quiet contemplation thinking they are not like so many others …

they like quiet …

they like to be reflective …

they like all to be well with the world …

they live and love in houses all across the land …

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wishing you a lovely weekend x

happy valentine’s day…

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we are having some mighty cold weather at the moment … but the sun is shining brightly and i wanted to do a little photo shoot today to lift my spirits … february always is a bit hard for me, having been cooped up for so much of the winter, but playing with my camera and photoshop is another little step to brighten things up …

wishing you a lovely valentine’s day x

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three little words…

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three little words … words that we need to hear often … no matter who we are …

i found this sweet little figurine at a thrift store on my way back from dropping my girl off at college after christmas break. i was thinking a lot about her as i was looking around the little shop. i purchased the small oval platter (which ‘she’ is standing on) while i was there and just as i was making my way out of the store, this figurine caught my eye and reminded my so much of my girl and her kitty. i couldn’t pass it up.

we have been having so many grey days here, so when the sun came out i couldn’t help but get the camera and take a few pictures … in honor of my girl …

take time to give a special someone a hug today … tell them you love them … give them a kiss on the cheek … time is short in this life … let someone know how much they mean to you … don’t wait x

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