Monday, March 23, 2015

Be Still - Weeks 39, 40, & 41

Although my days have gotten a little busier, I have managed to sneak in a little time for photography. I especially didn't want to get behind in the Be Still exercises. Finding time to put together a post has been another matter. Finally the opportunity came, a rainy afternoon.

Week 39
The exercise included 
glass, light, airy, and shades of white

I have a small collection of glass jars and bottles that I choose three from. Then, I added a few buttons tumbling out of the jar and a piece of lace in the background. Very simple, but that was the look I wanted.

Week 40
Our exercise was to make something that we could use in the next week's exercise. I looked through my Pinterest boards wanting something springy. Since my time is limited I was also looking for something easy and fast. I decided to create a couple of simple little paper birds, gathered my supplies, and began to create.

Week 41
This week's assignment was to photograph what we made three different ways. 

First, I brought in some blossoms from my flowering plum tree. They are such pretty, delicate blossoms.

I embellished a small nest with blossoms and stuck a couple of limbs in a bottle.

Next, I covered three books with scrapbook paper, added one of my grandmother's doilies for the background, and picked a bunch of daffodils "for you."

And, lastly, just for fun I took these little sweeties outside. They are not very stable on those paperclip feet, so the breeze kept blowing them over. It became a race between me and the wind.

I finally got one I was fairly happy with.

Then we just wandered around the yard together
checking out the spring colors.

I loved the "make something" exercise and because I love these little birds, it was easy to photography them.  I definitely needed the time outside enjoying the fresh air and the beauty of spring.

A quick update on my mom. She is now in a rehabilitation center. I'm not sure she'll regain much use of her right leg and arm. There is a little movement, but not much. Her speech has improved each day and we are so grateful for that. Things can still change, nerves can heal and that's what we're praying for. I want to thank each of you for you thoughts and prayers. You're each very special to me!


  1. Cathy, your little birds are adorable and I LOVE all your photos, especially the ones outdoors. Well done!!! I'm happy the project gave you such a lift, too. I'm glad to hear that your mother is improving. I'm continuing to hold her (and you) in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Beautiful! I love the light and airy and that little bird is too cute! I'm so glad you're able to carve out time for yourself. I know it's more precious, and necessary than ever. Glad there is improvement in your mother's speech. The rest may come in time.

  3. these are all so beautiful, really beautiful!!! good news about mom and i am so happy you found some me time. it's all about balance!!!!!!

  4. Glad to hear that your mother's improvement. I hope she continue to heal.

    Those are very creative ideas. The first one is simply exquisite. I like white. Paper birdies are adorable, love the one on the nest most.

  5. Oh, my goodness Cathy, you are so creative! I love your still life with glass and your birdies are so sweet. The books, bird, and daffodils just made me smile. I'm so happy to hear the good news about your Mom's health. The human body can bounce back against many obstacles. May she continue to gain strength.

  6. Glad you had time to get outside and enjoy the weather. I love the birds. They are so cute. I love this time of year. Your pictures bring spring to us.

  7. Wow those little birds are just darling and so creative. I love what you did with them. Also I'm glad to hear your mom is doing somewhat better.

  8. It's good that you took time for yourself to do something you love to do! Hope your mom continues to improve!

  9. Those little birds are so sweet! And their little feet! You have a magic touch. Really good to hear about your Mom's speech. Keeping you in my prayers.

  10. So glad you were able to find time for these because we would have missed one special post and photography session from you. That little bird is just the sweetest little bird love love love the feet. Brilliant idea and so well done with these exercises. Have a wonderful Tuesday Cathy.

  11. Oh, I simply adore your little paper birds and their struggles to stand up in the breeze. What fun! Such a creative idea and I love each of the scenes in which you placed them.

    Thinking of you and your mom - I hope she continues to improve..

  12. What a lovely and creative time you've had, Cathy! I do love those little birds, especially in that last mosaic of the three in nature! I also love the picture of the three books, covered in pastel-coloured paper with the daffodils and that little bird against a backdrop of your grandmother's beautiful lacework.

  13. I'm glad to read the update on your mom, Cathy--it must be so hard to watch her go through this... I do hope the rehab helps her regain her strength--it really can do wonders. Thinking of you...

    Your photos continue to make me smile :) I'm glad you are having at least some time to create such lovely scenes!

  14. That is the cutest bird and I love that you took him outside and used him in different settings. All your shots are awesome. Glad too that you were able to just have some creative time.

  15. Love the little birds you created and I love them images you created too.

  16. That's a cute art. And I like the subjects you used it with.


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