Monday, 6 May 2013

Photo Heart Connection


I can't quite believe it but this is the first photo heart connection I have managed to get my act together for this year.  Better late than never I guess....even if it is May already!

Which kind of sums up how things have been lately.  Nothing bad, just a lot going on and I have been feeling a little off balance.  It seems where one aspect of my life is relatively under control, another (or even the rest!) seems to be  all over the place.  And as someone who really craves balance and calm it can all seem a little overwhelming.

But slowly, slowly things are realigning and a sense of balance is being restored.  I think this image jumped out at me this month because it is a reminder of the quiet, creative activities that are always at the bottom of the to do list but should actually be much higher up for their restorative qualities alone.  I started this embroidery at the beginning of the month.  For the first time in a long while this is a little sewing  project that is not making me cross or frustrated and is truly serving it's purpose as a creative outlet.

The other reason I think that this photo jumped out at me is to remind me how much I love my 365: collection of moments project which has taken a rather major stumble.  Suddenly those little negative voices grew louder - what's the point of this?  why on earth do you want to remember that?  who cares?.  Well actually I've come to realise that I care.  Very much.  And whilst the moment might have seemed so fleeting as to be almost irrelevant, looking back on the photos I have so far I realise just how much I cherish those visual reminders of our daily life together.

Time is flying by. So fast.  My daughter finishes infant school in July.  How did that happen?  We will soon be on to the next little chapter and I want to savour every moment I can.  My 365 is back on. :)





Embroidery pattern by Alicia Paulson



14 comments:

  1. Time...is flows too quickly, especially when you realize the changes that are happening in life...as in your daughter finishing Infant School.

    Becs, I love this embroidery project and when you said you realized that those "moments" that you capture matter to you -- that's really all that does matter...what and how it affects you. I'm so glad you recognized that. xo

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  2. Good on you for deciding to keep going with your moments. I think it is a treasure that can prompt memories in years to come.
    And balance can be elusive can't it? Life is full of changes & things that throw out our longed for rhythms & routines- I feel like I've been off balance for the last 18 months!! My solutions is to be resilient & ride it out :)

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  3. You are so smart to savor each moment -- our kids grow up so fast-- it's all a blur and then they're gone!
    I am so grateful now I can slow down and enjoy the small moments with my grandchildren, it brings me so much joy! Your 365 project sounds important, and it's good that you can find time for it.

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  4. First, I love your embroidery piece! I love alphabet samplers and I love to embroidery, although it's been a while! It's such a peaceful thing to but needle, thread, and fabric together! I'm with you on being unbalanced lately. I can't even think of anything to blog about or photograph! Your words about how important it is to continue capturing the moments of our life encourage me to keep on keeping on!

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  5. Beautiful stitching, and just a lovely photo!

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  6. Thanks for sharing this, Becs. I need the reminder, too, to do the SSSLLLOOOOWWWWWW creative endeavors again. --Visiting from PHC, Michele at Sweet Leaf

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  7. Hooray for you and you re-commitment to your 365 - collecting those tiny moments - the one that capture your life with your family. Speaking as the parent of grown adult children, it is so very true how fast the days go by. And how much you forget. I wish that I had been able to capture some of those moments of their growing up. What a beautiful image and beautiful needlework - a beautiful reminder of the importance of daily creativity.

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  8. A really wonderful Photo-Heart connection, Becs.
    They really do grow up all too fast.

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  9. Your flower ABC sampler is lovely. I used to do embroidery and remember it was soothing and made time pass unnoticed in a peaceful way. Your post sent me off to check out your 365 on Flickr. Becs, your little snips of everyday life moved me to tears. First, the photos are beautiful in themselves. You often use POV and focus in ways I'd never think of. But it's the subjects that make them truly special. I think you'll treasure those moments forever, and so will your daughter. I'm so glad you've decided to continue.

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  10. Wonderful photo-heart connection. Beautiful image and beautiful needlework. I can relate to your post in so many ways. This kind of little projects always bring back a sense of calm. I finished my 365 project back in october, and I am missing it...

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  11. Yay! I love how this process of review and discovery helped you realize and recommit to something you really wanted to do. You figured out why - and it's all you. That's the best motivation of all!

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  12. We will definitely have to see this tapestry when you have finished it. The green fabric lends a serene air to the piece and the few motifs visible here promise a lot of whimsy throughout. It looks like it will add a lot of cheer to your environment even when everything seems not quite right.

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  13. I like your embroidery work and I hope it will help you to get in balance again.

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