Friday, November 13, 2015

A little bit of reading in November

I've have a busy day in front of me, so I thought I'd just pop in with a little Hello. I enjoy getting caught up in a good mystery and I never guess who done it. I enjoy reading these books "Love Inspired Suspense" with the trials of these fictional characters and just a little hand holding sprinkled in.
Books I've read
These books usually have the main characters struggling with their spiritual belief's where they may have suffered a tragic experience that challenges them in their faith.

I'm currently reading another Love Inspired Suspence book. I'll let you know if it follows the same genre.

Connie Bradshaw

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I discovered some little quatrafoil shapes

While taking senior pictures I discovered some little quatrafoil shapes.
Rockford Iron Foot Bridge

Isn't it so cool when you aren't even looking for something and all of a sudden there it is. That is what happened to me while taking pictures of my kids on this footbridge. I really love metal I have mentioned that before in a few of my post. But to be looking up at this beautifully old constructed bridge only to discover the Quatrafoil shape I have been on the look out for in current design here in Michigan, was truly a blessing.
Rockford Iron Foot Bridge

I thought I'd just take a few overhead shots where the structure connected vertically and horizontally with all the added support which includes the lovely curved angle iron and all those little zigzag ladder pieces bolted on.
Rockford Iron Foot Bridge
 I was trying to just get a close shot of some of the rust that has developed making it multi-colors of oranges and the many shades of brown. So I was playing around with my camera to see if I couldn't capture these colors. Even though the sun was shining it was coming through many tree branches that surround this spot, which created shadows on spots I wanted to be clearer. I thought I might try to paint this sometime in the future but I don't know how realistic it would be. I love abstract paintings that depict a blending of color instead of a detailed replica of the picture. So this may become a very abstract painting just because I do not want the accuracy.
Rockford Iron Foot Bridge
I don't know maybe I'll have two make a couple of paintings or maybe I'll just have pictures printed. I'm not sure yet, but one thing I can tell you is that I was so surprised, SO SURPRISED that I grabbed my sons arm and said "that's my quatrafoil". I was surprised it was just over my head. All I needed to do was look up.

Connie Bradshaw
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sharing this little scrap booking organizing procedure

I have started a daily post that shares something "little" each day. I need to notice the "little" things that bring me happiness. It could be just a moment or an incident that brings a smile to my face or joy to my heart.

I found joy in sharing over this past weekend at a scrapbook event with family and friends. The event planner, Chris, on the left had the theme as "It's the little things". Which is so true. With Thanksgiving coming up this month, I thought it would be nice to look for something I'm being thankful for each day.
So many little things added up to make an enjoyable weekend for me. One was bringing a friend along who I wanted to get to know better. I totally enjoyed myself not just because she came but because she usually accomplished only one or two pages at our Friday night crops. From start to finish this weekend she had accomplished 12 pages. I was so excited for her as she took a baby step while working on her scrapbooks. I had fallen into this habit myself of always sorting the pictures again and again each time I attended a cropping event, instead of actually accomplishing pages.
I didn't know how to get to the next step of how to actually get my pages together. It was truly a blessing when I stumbled upon Sarah's technique so I gleaned this information.  Sarah Eelkema who has given wonderful useful tidbits of how to be successful while scrap booking has contributed a few post concerning this topic on Jen's blog named "IHeart Organizing".
Sarah has become the person I keep referring back to even though I do not have all the folders or containers for each event, I can still mimic her process by simply sliding my grouped items I want for the page I'm laying out into the album sleeves. When I noticed my creative scrap booking friend whom seemed to be spinning her wheels, I let her in on the amazing discovery. She was so pleased with herself and I found joy in sharing this "little" organizing procedure watching my friend accomplish so much. I am already planning for my next week Tuesday evening crop right here in town.

Connie Bradshaw