photograph vision

I am going to tell you all about the State I’m In.  But wait for it…

We’re in that famous wind-down, awaiting Easter.  I have been living a completely doughnut-free lifestyle.  Since March 4th, its been a stretch of Dunkin’ Donuts-free days.  And, no latte.  I still have a lot of faith-lifting underway before Sunday.

Finally… my long overdue photo project from last Friday.  I was on rain-delay but promise this Friday’s project will be published on time!

Last Friday’s project was the easiest in the history of this series.  I hope you have a beloved photo that you have been intending to honor in a big way.  It all started with this picture….

Photo Credit: Amy Bruss, Thistle & Muse

Photo Credit: Amy Bruss, Thistle & Muse

It perfectly captures the essence of this girl.  With the help of my friends at Office Max, I printed the image (18 x 24) on lovely matte photo paper.  Big photo, small investment ($15).  I used a 18 x 24 inch scrap piece of wood and applied black spray paint to edges, creating sleek sides.  The wood base simply provides a hidden frame.

A light coat of photo spray adhesive sealed the deal: attaching the big beautiful print to my wood base.  In the past, I would have used Mod Podge, but I am discovering that spray adhesive creates a smoother finish.  Try this project!


A peak at the edge.


The finished piece.


I recently ordered and received an iPhone macro lens from Photojojo!  In one morning, this $20 investment delivered more joy than a new concert t-shirt.  I was outside for hours on Sunday: crawling and climbing and searching for the most spectacular raindrop.


I didn’t notice how cold I was until I was forced inside when my battery died (to set the scene: it was rainy and 40 degrees).  This tiny lens rekindled that elusive childish wonder: at least for an hour.  No worries about muddy knees or frozen fingertips.  Just pure bliss.

Macro magic

I can almost see the whole lake within this raindrop.

I can almost see the whole lake in this raindrop.


Coming full circle back to my opening comment about the State I’m In!  We are celebrating the release of Rivers in the Wasteland, NEEDTOBREATHE’s new album today!  If you are new here (welcome!):  to bring you up to speed, I find a tremendous poetic joy in NTB’s lyrics and sound.  Through April 19, 2014 you can pick up the cd for $7.99 at Best Buy, when using the this coupon (valid both online and in stores).  Download the savings here.  To sample the tracks, hop over to the band’s website:  Promise me you will listen to the final track: More Heart, Less Attack, first.  Stop everything and listen to this song.  This one little song just might change the world.  Listen for the raindrop reference!

Here is a lyrical sampler:                     More Heart, Less Attack

Be the light in the crack
Be the one that’s been there on a camel’s back
Slow to anger quick to laugh
Be more heart and less attack  

-Lyrics by Bo Rinehart & Bear Rinehart, NEEDTOBREATHE

Tune into Ellen on Friday (4.18.2014) for a live NEEDTOBREATHE performance!

See you back here Friday!  In the meantime, I would love to hear from you!