I love how this local restaurant created such a nice mural on their wall!  The red grate on the front of the train is also the pizza oven!  Utilitarian and picturesque at the same time.  ❤️

This is next to our walking/bike trail  it’s so nice to walk past it, appreciating the art.

Quotes about walls.  Wow, I just read about 15 of them on Goodreads and so many of them look at walls in a negative light.  Such as knocking down walls…even this quote (that I like) talks about walls building around us or a feeling of being closed in.

I told him I had once lost everything I had, too, and that I think that can be God’s way of building walls around us to force us to look up at Him.
Kimberly NovoselLoved

My picture of this wall reminds me of new opportunities!  A wall can be a building block to someone’s next best thing.  Whether it’s a new business for a small community to enjoy or a new home for family to cherish their loved ones within.  See walls don’t always have to be smashed 😦

Day 23:  My Round Up

Blogging Task:  create a roundup post – A collection of things or blogs you love.  Where is my lasso? Here I go…

round·up – a systematic gathering together of people or things; a summary of facts or event; Informal recap

I found this great link for a superb blogging roundup.

So, I found this awesome book at a thrift store, Photojojo! Insanely great photo project ideas and DIY.  After purusing the entire book I decided to start with the DIY altoids tin box idea.  For more photo project ideas, iphone assecories, or awesome inspiration!  Check out photojojo’s store and blog😁

DIY tiny photo album:  

After much thought about what pics to use for this project… I printed my puppy pics!  Hopefully, to show how he grew this year.  At the end of April he will be twelve-months.  This is a fun way to celebrate his 1st year with us!

  1. Select photos, print, and cut into 2″ x 3″ in size (wallet).  I’m sure I did this the hard way since I printed 4″ x 6″ photos and then cut them down… Easier would be to print 2″ x 3″ 😳 I had trouble figuring out how to print this small locally (Walgreens and CVS..).
Puppy pics

2.  Get them in your desired order, then your ready to make the accordion style background.  Measure out a 10″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle onto any color or patterned paper desired, next divide into 2″ wide sections.

3.  Fold along the 2″ lines marked back and forth opposite ways to make a paper accordion.  Glue photos 5 on each side.  I had extra pics so I glued one on the inside cover too!

Folded up in the tin! Nice compact album.

2nd idea from Photojojo:

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WPC: Orange you Glad!

Segments of orange that I found….

A glipse of the trail

For this challenge I went on a three mile walk/hike and took pics of the Orange I found 😊  It was a wonderfully warm weekend and so many people were out to enjoy it!

red-orange dirt

This sort of dirt is all over much of the south…VERY hard to clean off floors so just don’t track it in my house, ok?  This dirt stays outside!  Much prettier in the outside 😮

orange leaves

❤️ Love these trees with their orangy colored leaves ❤️ Orange is a fav color of mine, right up there with turquoise.

Lastly, I spied this girl in an Orange hammock!  Looks so relaxing.  It’s so important to have an outdoor space to relax in.  My spot is outside in the sun sitting in my padded lawn chair.  This is where I’m sitting at the moment with my dog and youngest son 😍

chill spot

Where is your chill spot?  What outdoor activity is the most relaxing to you?

WPC:  shadowed 

shadowed – My pics are more in the shadows…rather than the subject being partially shadowed.  I love the contrast in these pics!  Sometimes life brings a heavy shadow to our weary souls.  I’m trying to let my shadows fall away today 😁

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“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”

— Walt Whitman

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“Every life has death and every light has shadow. Be content to stand in the light and let the shadow fall where it will.”
— Mary Stewart

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Rule of Thirds

rule of thirds is a go to photo technique for me 😀 This last week we had an icy day and then this week 6 inches of snow!!!  Ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration…

In case you didn’t know ❄️ Snow ❄️ in these parts will always be surprising.  It’s funny how we all turn into local meteorologists out measuring the snow with yardsticks wherever the snow is piled the tallest and taking photos of our snowy yards before it all melts by noon.

However, I do admit it was tough at times having our boys 7 and 12 homebound for a couple days and a half…they tend to bicker.  Shocking I know! 😱 That sibling rivalry… The best part about snow days:

  • snowball fights – something so FUN about flinging snow at each other!  Squealing with delight for victory or shrieking from the coldest snow that just met your face or slid down your coat
  • snowmen – sometimes leafy around here, but so cute.
  • snow angels that showed through to the grass.  My son got mud on his boots.

I very much enjoyed the change in scenery for snapping a few pics!  Snow and Icey pics are the coolest!!!  Decided to go black and white for this challenge.  Enjoy!

Icey Handle Taking super, macro shots of ice is always interesting.  These icicles were hanging from a wheelbarrow handle.  I love to see the different patterns on the ice.  They look sort of like etchings.  Captured a little bokeh in this pic 😉 On the left side. Bokeh is a new word for me.  

A trick in photography where one part of the photo is in focus and the rest isn’t, so attention is drawn to the subject. That out-of-focus area is called bokeh. – urbandictionary.com

Icy berry branch in this macro shot gave the background a shadowy appearance, almost ghostly.  

Ice coated branch!  Not macro, but so intriguing.

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