Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday...

...sundries

Hello March!
You certainly know how to make an entrance. We're being treated to rain...lots of rain and a bit of thunder too-which might not be a big thing in your neck of the woods, but here? Thunder is a stranger and I'm always happy to welcome it's familiar rumble. With February's departure it left a path of all good things for me. I entered a "Mardi Gras" themed photo challenge over at twenty/20 not expecting anything. Just the experience of entering challenges. Other users vote on photos on any given theme, which are announced on IG.
 Well, wouldn't you know...I made top twenty with my interpretation of Mardi Gras! Believe me, I was just as shocked as anyone...

...so I entered another one. This theme is "Vintage." That's my photo of the LP under VOTE. Again, I don't expect anything but as you can see by the screen capture, there are 1,147 entries. I came in at 1,021 and as of right now, I'm 186th with 2 days left in the voting. I'm not sure where all this new found competitiveness is coming from, but I seem to be making up for lost time...like 40+ years of hating competing for anything.  

You can download the app for your i-phone and upload photos to sell, buy and have fun entering challenges. BTW...you can order canvases from them. I think the company changed from Instacanvas. I cried the first time I saw a photo up on a 12x12 canvas.(I know, I'm a nerd... but I've been telling you that for years now!) It's all good and fun.

I've got critters again. It's awfully cold and wet for them but it is what it is for now. I have about 10 little ones. I've moved them from direct weather elements to potted milkweed under our front porch.


Cutie bug! I love my critters. 

I love this...I'm a Shavee.


As of today, I'm 50 bucks shy of $1000...and in exactly 21 days I will be bald, smooth shaven, chrome domed, hairless. However you wanna call...all in the name of pediatric cancer research. Have I mentioned that I'm beyond excited? The wait is killer. 
UPDATE:
 As I went to copy the donor link...another $15 has been donated...if my math is correct...that's $965.
Yes...March is going to be exceptional. My heart is full.

Happy (almost spring?) snapping!
xo
Kelly 



I'm celebrating, playing & linking up over at Barb's today.  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Brave the Shave...

...chronicles #2


What an exciting week of fund raising & sharing my shavee story for St. Baldricks.  
On Friday, I chatted with a 3rd grade teacher that takes a worthy cause & gets her students involved in community spirit and giving back. Interestingly, my head shaving coincides with a language arts story they're reading about a bird who gives away his beautiful feathers and is afraid he wont be beautiful on the outside but the moral of the story is the beauty on the inside. I'm fired up to see what they do after she told me what the class did last year! I'm 25% away from my goal & I'm thinking of upping my target. In fact right now, Austin is urging me to! 


Making a Donation Page for the teacher's lounge!



I'm humbled and grateful beyond words at friends and family's pure generosity. I was standing in line at JoAnnes yesterday & it dawned on me that I'll be out in the public, with no hair in less than a month, people are going to stare...What do I say? Do I say anything? I was sharing this with Frankie over a FaceTime call & he made me aware that I'd be essentially walking in someone who is going through Chemo's shoes. Talk about an aha moment. But then I get another donation, with a cancer story behind it and I know with every fiber in my body that the time is right for me to do this. Friends ask if I pull my hair back to get an idea of what I'd look like, I'd be lying if I said no! I wake up dreaming about the event too. I'm pretty sure that's normal...well, for me anyhow! 
 Until next time...
Happy (brave the shave) snapping!
xo
Kelly

Linking up with Barb over at
with her Sunday sundries

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday...

...sundries

Barb over at keepingwiththetimes usually has a linky party today to chit chat about this & that-but I do believe it's her birthday weekend and family will be helping her celebrate-so there's not a link up...yet. For now though I wanted to pop in and say hi and give a run down on my week.



Hope you had a beautiful day of love. Frankie & I don't do anything for V-day. We believe in doing little things for each other everyday and we don't need a day "to make up" for missed opportunities to show how we care. It just works for us. The last time we actually went out to eat on Valentines Day-the service was horrible and the food was less than stellar. We were not impressed. Maybe it's the area we live in, but I'd much rather order a pizza, open a bottle of wine and watch Netflix.

My St. Baldricks fundraising kit came Friday. Frankie actually surprised me with a donation and said he couldn't wait to feel my bald head! That's saying a lot as the thought of shaving your head is not his thing-so his words speak volumes.
This is a shameless plug-but I am trying to raise $500 for pediatric cancer so if you are interested in donating here's the link to my participation page...
https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/754780/2015
I still have no quams about shaving my head...I just think the time was right.
Thank you in advance (insert happy face)

I'm fighting crud again. The kids at school are just so germy-it's no wonder once a week a feel yucky. So I took my Emergen-C suck on cold-eez and popped some Aleve, took a nap. We're off to see
50 Shades of Gray. I started the book, but it was during the time when my mom was sick and I just couldn't get into it-so I'm happy to just watch the movie. Have you read the book? Seen the movie? What did you think? I'd love to hear.
It's crazy to think we're in shorts and sandals here in CA and the East Coast is getting hammered with snow...again.
I've got a few caterpillars. One egg and a critter disappeared and I'm pretty sure something ate 'em. Not sure what...maybe a lizard. I'm keeping an eye on the 2 little ones that I know of. I'll be posting the progress of the critters growth on IG.

Ok my friends, we've got a 3 day weekend so I'll be around to visit your blogs tomorrow.
Oh how I love 3 day weekends.

Happy(I'm gonna be bald) Snapping!
xo
Kelly


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Brave the shave...


...chronicles 
 no.1



 Sarah over at 
has a delicious segment, "The Coffee Shop Chronicles" over on her blog and I hope she doesn't mind if I borrow her idea of a "chronicle" format...but just temporarily. If you read THIS POST then you'll know I've been thinking about braving the shave for the St. Baldrick's foundation. I had a few responsible details to clear with my principal, Victoria first before I share the news. Can I just tell you...not ONLY is she completely onboard and supports me 100%, but the idea of getting dialog started about pediatric cancer among our 700+ families was also met with enthusiasm. If you haven't figured it out yet...
YES! I WILL BRAVE THE SHAVE!
The first thing that will be done is an article in the school paper will be written up about St. Baldricks and what I'm doing. It's very important to let the kids know I am not sick. So often, it is automatically assumed that if you don't have hair, you're sick. I've been at this school for 12+ years...I know a lot of kids and their families. 
Next, I had to tell Frankie! I was actually really nervous about telling him. True to himself, this is not something he would do but is happy that I'm excited about doing this. I asked him if would please stand with me and I'd even let him take a swipe with the razor!
Last, I'm registered!
 I'm participant #754780
It all happens March 21st!



This video make me cry...every time.

Until next time...
Happy (head shaving) snapping!
xo
Kelly




Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday Finds...

...& bravery

I discovered a French flea market through a gal's booth I visit monthly at a Vintage Faire.


I fell in love & bought several items at the flea market (wanted to take the hydrangea home!) but saving them for another FF. Today though, I wanted to share my beautiful new/old music book and a pair of scissors I found.
I have a bit of a scissor fetish right now!


The photos are the perfect lead into something I'm weighing...a lot.


When was the last time you did something really brave? I don't consider myself a brave person and  I've never done anything that I would consider brave. Every year there is an event called
BRAVE THE SHAVE
with St Baldrick's Foundation,
 a volunteer organization that raises money for children cancer research. 175,000 kids are diagnosed with each year. That number is just too high. Austin braves the shave and actually looks forward to it each year.

That's Austin on the right.
(2014)




Austin is already collecting money for this years event. I had the itch to brave the shave last year. It was just an itch because of the whole bravery thing. This year is different. I keep thinking, how and when did hair get so much power? When I cut my hair pixie short, I'm always telling people, "it's only hair, it grows back." Kids with cancer don't get a choice wether or not to shave their heads.  It's not that I'm not brave, vanity is not an issue. I want to be a part of something bigger than myself. Right now it's more of a courtesy situation-I work in an elementary school. It would be a total disruption of instruction time if one day Ms Kelly had hair and the next day...oops...bald Ms Kelly walks into class. 
So today I'm having a meeting with the principal. I'm going to ask her thoughts. Then my really big idea is to get the school involved somehow! 
Shaving my head and raising money for children's cancer research would be the bravest thing I've ever done. 
What's the bravest thing you've ever done?
Please share.

Happy (brave the shave) snapping!
xo
Kelly
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Texture...

...Tuesday

It's only taken me all day to get here...between work, not feeling great, grocery shopping, laundry and dinner. Frankie surprised me by heating up the jacuzzi for an after dinner dip to help rid me of the cold that's working me. You can add jacuzzi soak to the list of why this post is up late. 


I received a beautiful vase of purple tulips for my birthday a few weeks ago. They'll be the gift that keeps giving once I plant the bulbs in the ground. The petals are slowly falling off but are still so velvety, feathery, and feminine looking. Jamie snagged a gorgeous tea cup for me from her husband's grandmother. She was asking the girls in the family to claim some items left from another relative that had recently passed away. I've done a whole series of pearls, petals and that pretty bokeh tea cup that sits in the back.


For texture Tuesday, I really tweaked the 2nd image and used Kim's FRENCH MARKET texture on overlay at 35%. I added some Florabella's Vintage and Add Drama to the photo. I also played way too long because everything I was doing to the photo, wasn't quite how I envisioned. Too anal? Probably...but some things I just won't settle on. 

In other news...
...there are so many sick kids at school that I know that's where I pick up crud...quite literally once a week. I live on Emergen-C. (love that stuff) I still feel yucky, but haven't gotten full blown sick...yet...

 I just finished a terrific read...The Witches Daughter by Paula Brackston...you can find it on my side bar. Loved it from beginning to end. I've have never had good luck reading back to back author's books. I've usually loved the first read but not so much the second. At the moment, I'm thinking of giving it another go though. The two other titles are The Midnight Witch and The Winter Witch. The jacket photos alone suck me in! If you have read either of the latter-please chime in.
Ok, I think I'm going to go park myself on the couch and veg out until bedtime. I will be making my rounds to your blogs in the coming week. I love to see all your beautiful photos.

 Happy (tulip lovin') snapping!
xo
Kelly


Kim Klassen dot com

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January in a...

...nutshell

I feel a sense of urgency to write this post today or the end of February will rolling around and I'll be left scratching my head wondering where the time has gone.
 I had birthday #51 on the 14th. I happen to be the nerd that likes my birthday but something rather profound has happened on this birthday. I've been cleansed and feel I've done my time to arrive at this place where a feeling of confidence and security in my life has empowered me. I no longer feel like I need to validate or need validation on anything I say or do. So much so that when the subject came up on date night, Frankie said he noticed the shift. There is a learning curve to put feelings and words into their rightful compartment, but my 2015 word, BALANCE, seems to be coming into play in an unexpected way. I like the change.
 Have any of you had similar experiences? I'd love to hear about it.


Friends who give me wine for presents...are MY kinda friends!


I flew up to the Oakland area to visit Jamie and help celebrate Erik's first birthday.
 Erik is a great eater. He might not like everything you put in front of him, but he tries everything.
He really, REALLY likes cake !


I brought back some amazing treasures gifted to me from Jamie. I haven't even had time to photograph everything. She nabbed, grabbed, claimed this scale as hers...to give to me. She had a recent visit to my SIL's grandmother's house. Antique items were being given away and the grand-daughters were allowed to come and take what they wanted before everything else was given away. Lucky for me, Jamie is like Quick-draw Mcgraw! I love that she knows my taste.


My oldest son, Justin, turned 30...yikes and Frankie turned 60 this month. We got Ms. Kitty to sleep in the garage at night. That's huge. It's nice that we don't have to wonder and worry about her when we hear the coyotes having a party on the golf course at 2 a.m.-Come to think of it, I've been sleeping better knowing she's safe in my garage. Today, I managed to slip a thin collar on her so she'll get use to having one on because Frankie ordered a kitty door, he'll install, that opens electronically by a chip in a special kitty collar. She was NOT happy but hopefully by tomorrow, she won't be giving us the cold shoulder. This weekend I'll be going to a French Flea Market. I'm so excited to see what's for sale.
If you follow Kim Klassen on IG, you know she has a weekly competition-Sat-Tues @ #mystillsundaycompetition
On Wednesday she posts her favorites.

I'm excited to be featured this week as one of 6 artists.
That's my photo up on the top (R) with my new/old scissors. (photos to come)
 Kim is like a blog guru and it's an honor to be included among these great photos. There are some amazing artists and photography going on over there. I'm blown away by what is being posted.
I'll be by your blog this weekend to say hi...
Until then,
Happy (come on February) snapping!
xo
Kelly