Friday, October 31, 2014

Focus on Life Week 44: Extraordinary Photo - Ordinary Everyday

What is more everyday than a Halloween photo posted on Halloween? Here is one of my all-time favorites.



These are two of our nieces and a nephew from many Halloweens ago. The extraordinary part is where they are now. The tallest pumpkin is working on her doctorate, the lobster just completed his MBA at night while working full-time, and the smaller pumpkin just graduated with her B.S. and started her first full-time job in her field! Like all of our 20 nieces and nephews, they are quite extraordinary individuals.

Let's take a look at more of the ordinary-extraordinary from our other contributors:


Friday, October 24, 2014

Focus on Life Week 43: My Favorite Color

Oh dear, impossible! A favorite color is like a favorite child. I love them ALL.

I guess my favorite color is whatever I happen to be working with at the moment. And my current project happens to have a whole lot of color thanks to Sue Vandever from SuzieQBeads on Etsy. Sue made a custom batch of these wonderful bracelet cuffs for me. How is this for color?


This is the beginning of my Christmas gift-making frenzy. I have already made up the Pitt and Schwick bracelets and here is a peek at the completed items.


In case you're wondering, Schwick is a card game a group of us have gathered to play for over 20 years. I thought my card-friends might appreciate a memento of our many fun evenings. The band is a flat Turkish crochet treatment I learned from Marion Jewels in Fiber, who used it on her Princess Warrior bracelet kits. Here is another one I made with a link I bought from Sue last year.



Let's see if our other contributors can pick a favorite color.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Focus on Life Week 42: The Color of Evening (Golden Hour)

The golden hours are my favorite time of day in Arizona. The contrast between shadows and light is so pronounced and seems to bring more drama to the landscape. But the golden hours are wonderful in the East too, especially in the Fall as they accent the magnificence of the changing leaves. I was visiting my sister and photographed her children playing in the leaves right before she called them in for the evening.


I just missed that period right before twilight so I used Picasa to give the photo a little golden boost.


Let's take a look at some more golden hours.



Friday, October 10, 2014

Focus on Life Week 41: A Punch of Color (Macro)

OK, I confess. I am crazy for cabochons. I love their bite-size bursts of beauty and the opportunity to embellish them in unique ways. They create almost-instant beading satisfaction as many projects can be finished in a day, to package up for a gift or last-minute night out on the town. Here are three different punches of color.




Let's visit our contributors to see what punches of color they found this week.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Focus on Life Week 40: Colors

I am guessing I will have company thinking of Fall colors this time of year. The photo below was from a recent road trip when I was snapping away. I love how all these lovely grass plants are aligned in a row. You can catch the muted fall foliage peeking out from the green and beige.



On a more personal note, I just love the colors in this Cosanti Quail Bowl, given to me this year as a birthday gift from my good friend, Janet. If you're not familiar with Cosanti Originals in Paradise Valley, AZ, it's definitely worth a visit - online or in person.


Let's check out some other "colorful" activities this week:



Friday, September 26, 2014

Focus on Life Week 39: Simplicity (Hands)

For this week's post, I thought I would share one of my favorite quotes. I used this graphic as my design in a Bead It Forward quilting project awhile back and when I saw Sally's theme of hands, it seemed the right time to share.


Let's see what other handy business our correspondents are up to:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Focus on Life Week 38: Simplicity (One)

Yay, football season has started and with it is the promise of cooler temps in sunny Arizona. But the team nearest and dearest to my heart hails from my home state of Pennsylvania and although they have had a bumpy start to the season, they are always #1 ("one") in my heart.



Let's see what's number "one" with everyone else this week: