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:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Focus on Life Week 37: Simplicity (Windows)

I was looking through photos to see if I had taken any interesting ones with windows lately and stumbled upon this taken in 2005 when we visited New York. We made our way to the site of the World Trade Center where this was the view for so many years before the new structure had taken shape. The scaffolding around the site created a window-like framework through which we peered.

There is a new memorial today but during our visit, these plaques with the names of the fallen and a solitary vase of flowers brought tears to our eyes.

And here's what's happening in our other window views this week:

Friday, September 5, 2014

Focus on Life Week 36: Simplicity

Well, the door I came up with certainly looks odd this time of year. This is from our place in Pennsylvania during our first winter after we bought it. No, we didn't have second thoughts!

But Sally's theme of simplicity made me think of a recent project. I think the shape of a cross is both simple and complex with the meaning we bring to it. And maybe it is a doorway of sorts. That's why I loved this pattern by Juelles Designs that I found on Etsy earlier this year. Here is my version of it, which I backed with ultrasuede and embellished with the spirit charm. Julie designed this to be a pendant but my additions of backing and ring at the top make it more of wall adornment.

Thanks to Julie, the creator who developed this design for her mother-in-law and gave me permission to share my version with you. If you like the pattern, I have provided the screen shot and link from Etsy. 

Charlcie's Cross by Juelles Designs

Let's see the other renderings of simplicity for this week.