A Double Dose of Cute

All day midterm grading has left me completely exhausted, but my “wiring” will not allow me to miss “Microblog Monday,” so here’s a cute notecard Arielle W., a new pen friend sent:

Papyrus Stationery. Art by Betsy Snyder.

The art is from Betsy Snyder’s “over-the-top” cute Haiku Baby.

While we’re on the subject of “cute,” check out my little “sister” Brittany’s latest blog post, Doll Yourself Up, Mama.  She encourages us to be our cutest selves–even if we’re no longer 20–and invites us to join her Fall Challenge.

Have a cute week!

Purple Reign: Loving the Purple Journal

I have often wondered what happens to the photographs I send into the world. Diane (aka Midteacher), one of my photog pals in the A Thousand Words group on swap-bot, takes the guess work out of it for the photos I send to her.  She often lets me know that she has included or plans to include my photos in her various art or mixed media journals.  When I sent her this year’s “love post,” she shared that it was going to be added to her Purple Journal. Yes, her purple journal!

Alistair posing with the purple journal page featuring my 2017 “love post.” Photo by Diane (Midteacher)

Take a look at detail!

Close-up of the “love post” in Diane’s Purple Journal–Photo by Diane (Midteacher)

View the full post here: Playing in the Purple Journal.

I’m delighted that Diane found a beautiful use for the photo, but I’m sharing her post because she shares how she transformed the simple photo into a beautiful journal page. [She’s even running a contest for naming her purple journal.  Help her name her journal and you could be the winner of a purple 8×10 mixed media piece].

I’ve always been intrigued and inspired by Diane’s work. My seeing how she crafted this page gives me the creative courage to give mixed media work a try.

You can see more of Diane’s work on her blog, A Focused Journey: Finding a Focus on the Other Side of Fifty, or you can check out some of my earlier posts which feature her photos:

I’ll be sharing more of Diane’s work within the next week or two.  Until then, enjoy the reign of purple!

 

Blog Every Day? Yes Way!

After spending the better part of an afternoon “organizing” the incoming mail that cluttered my desk, I decided November will be “Pics and Post Catch-up Month.”  To make sure I follow through with the plan, I made a commitment to participate in BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), which means I will post every day in November.   I just might be crazy since November for English professors means grading, grading, and more grading and lots of one-on-one meetings with students.  With less than four weeks left of the semester, it’s all downhill.  Really.  It already feels like someone pushed me down a hill while I am already speeding on roller skates.  So talk me out of this madness!

No?

Mail Call!

Mail Call!

Postcards, letters, scripture mail, quote mail, poems, photo inspirations, and so much more!  This is only a fraction of the clutter and it does not include many of the things I plan to blog about this month–photos I’ve captured, fun packages, and artsy and inspirational mail that found places on my walls and in my journals and planners.

I will not blog about the entire mountain of mail, but (starting tomorrow) I will blog about what I feel should be shared–because I find it interesting, unique, or beautiful.

I enlisted a crazy-busy-mom friend to join me in this venture–Brittany of OrdinarilyExtraordinaryMom.  Brittany, whom I’ve known since she was a teenager, is a faith/inspirational blogger who shares her experiences as a mom/wife/teacher/woman trying to make it through this life unscathed.  She also regularly features her adorable family.  She had an “all at once” life change, so I offered her a way out of this gig, but she replied, “I think I’ll need the daily dose of therapy.”

Me too, Brittany.  Me too.

 

 

 

I Am “One Lovely Blogger”

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I finally read comments on my July 17th blog post a couple of days ago and found that I’d been nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award” by the inspirational blogger Evangelist Jeanie Shepard.  If you’re looking for a “brighter life in Christ,” you should take a moment to check out her blog.  Thanks for the nomination, Jeanie!

Blogger awards typically come with a set of rules and here they are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to his or her blog.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 5 bloggers and contact them on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
"Just a Touch."  The cafeteria tables at my son's school are adorned with "lovely" photo arrangements. Such a nice touch that I'm sure elevates the mood of students as they partake of their midday meal.

“Just a Touch.” The cafeteria tables at my son’s school are adorned with floral arrangements. They are such “lovely” touches that I couldn’t resist pulling out my phone and snapping  a few shots.  I’m sure the flowers elevate the mood of students as they partake of their midday meal. [iPhone Photo.  August 2014]

Chandra Lynn Facts:

  • I am a recovering perfectionist.  I’ve been in recovery for about a decade+ now.  I have to remind myself almost daily that everything does not depend on me and that there’s something beautiful and useful even in imperfection. Otherwise, my tendency for perfectionism–and extreme self-criticism–would consume me.
  • I need a larger home office or a workshop just for crafting.  I like the second space idea a little better–then, I wouldn’t be tempted to defer “serious work” for playtime.
  • I have no rhythm for dance.
  • I have at least 7 books in my head that need to come out.  I’m making a concerted effort to get at least two of them out of my head by the middle of next year.
  • I do not like driving and would gladly welcome a full-time chauffeur.
  • I’m really missing my baby boy.  Every day, the little boy departs a little and I can feel his need for me lessening. His growing independence is a good (and necessary) thing, but my Mommy heart still aches.
  • I do not like hierarchies.  I have a new “higher” position at work that reminds me every day that we live in a world in which hierarchies and power really matter to a lot of people, but it bothers me, and I’m trying to figure out how to deal with the psychic clash.

My Nominees:

  • Amy Saab of 2me4art.  Her blog features striking images of, as she puts it, “Alabama as seen through the eye of a Vermonter.”
  • Broken Light: A Photography Collective which features the art of those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.  The blog features the work of a different artist in each post.  We learn a little about the photographers and get a glimpse of their work.
  • Laura Lynn’s Cancer: My Journey Back to Health–Kicking and Screaming the Whole Damn Way.  Her blog is meaningful to me because she is brutally honest about her experience with cancer and it gives me quite a bit of insight into my sister’s feelings when she was on that journey.
  • J. Patterson’s You Can Shout Now, an inspirational blog that uses our (extra)ordinary experiences to discuss the Christian walk and relationship with the Divine.
  • Kollette Hall of The Art of Choosing Joy.  Read her “My Story” post and you’ll understand why I find her (and Jason, her husband) “lovely” and inspiring.

If you have a little time to spare, take a moment to check out these blogs.  There are so many more I would love to nominate, but rules are rules!  Happy reading!

 

 

I’ve Been Nominated–Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Very Inspiring Blog AwardThanks to Noor Gharbo, I’ve been nominated for a “Very Inspiring Blogger Award.”  How cool is that?  There are a few things the award requires.

  1. I love children’s art.  If it weren’t for the pesky issue of time, I would cut and paste and doodle with my son all day just to have loads of his work to mount and post and place in our journals and scrapbooks.
  2. I can hardly draw a stick figure, but my son thinks I’m a good artist. I appreciate that.
  3. I enjoy cooking, but haven’t found (or created) my dream kitchen, the one I actually enjoy cooking in.  While we’re on the subject of cooking, I am looking forward to my six-year-old developing more sophisticated tastes.  How much longer will I have to endure rice and pasta?!
  4. I admire my parents probably more than anyone else in the world.  I seek to emulate their courage, strength, faith and integrity in parenting and in life in general.
  5. I really can live without chocolate, but I don’t want to.  I lived without it (and did not miss it) for about 8-10 years (from pre-teen years to maybe early twenties) and then later all throughout my pregnancy and the first 10 or so months of my son’s life. I just like it and it helps me get through the emotional rough spots.  Do I sound like an addict?
  6. I write and decorate postcards when I’m feeling the crafty urge, but don’t really have time to create.  When I have “even less” time, I just pick up my camera and snap whatever is around me.
  7. I really like people and, in spite of the few not-so-good people I’ve encountered directly or indirectly, I believe people are generally good and want to “do good.” I typically give people the benefit of the doubt–unless the issues of domestic violence, molestation and/or rape come up.   Then, I assume guilt first and ask questions later.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.  My choices are varied. I’m sure you expect mail, art, and photography.  Other blogs I’m nominating (and I’m inspired by) comment on academia (teaching, writing, research), feature creative writing and artistry, shed light on (seriously and humorously)  parenting and womanhood and  inspire self and spiritual awareness and growth.  And the nominees are…(drum roll, please):
  1. Mictlantecuhtli
  2. Wacky Womanhood
  3. Writing for Daisies
  4. Studio Mothers: Creative Practice and Life Design
  5. Unbound Boxes, Limping Gods
  6. Friperee(n)
  7. Small Matters: Taking Time to Notice
  8. Cakers & Co.
  9. Brent’s iPhone 4s and Japan
  10. Stillness of Heart
  11. Jo’s Little Pictures
  12. Scott Fillmer: Life in Faith and Photos
  13. Glenrosa Journeys
  14. Edith Levy Photography
  15. Leanne Cole Photography
  • Now, I must inform the bloggers of the nomination.  I will do that as soon as soon as I click “publish.”

Please take some time to peruse the blogs listed.  Maybe, you’ll find them very inspiring too!

Here’s a quick review of the rules (just in case you missed something).

  • Display the award logo on your blog 
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • Post 7 things about yourself not listed on your About Me page
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them 
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements

Happy Reading!