I came across this book sculpture when I was Christmas shopping last month at one of my favorite bookstores, Third Place Books. It's such a fun piece, illustrating the way a good book can reach out and grab you. I always enjoy art that incorporates text and paper.
Finally! Summer in Seattle is glorious. I love it here so much.
Everybody's out playing. At this time of year, I pine for the summers of the past. When I was wild and free. I'd take my record player to the yard, dance and make up games, spend hours lazing about in the grass, play with friends, daydream the magical future I just knew I'd have. I couldn't wait to put those days behind me then. Life is good but I could do with a few me hours of lazing about, daydreaming my magical future.
I'm back, it was great and I have the pictures to prove it. Unfortunately, my laptop decided to throw a tanrum and not work, right after I downloaded all of the photos. The photo below is from last year.
There was very little sleep (at least for the grown ups), perfect weather, giant tree swings, beach exploring, lots of laughter and exploring, a few minor accidents, and art journaling. The classes were once again great fun for all, including a couple of grown ups. I'll post photos when my computer is fixed.
I signed up for Kelly Rae's e-course "Flying Lessons." I'm looking forward to what she has to share. So far it's looking fabulous. She's directed us to a video by Brene Brown that I've read about before but hadn't taken the time to listen to until now. I can't recommend it enough, especially for parents. Since I was sequestered with 50 children for three days, I've negotiated several hours of alone time today. In addition to a yoga class, I'll be stopping by Elliott Bay Books in it's new digs to pick up one of Brene Brown's books. The video was that inspirational! Take the time to give it a listen.
Recently I attended a workshop with Sabrina Ward Harrison, organized by Angela Ritchie of ACE Camps. It was more retreat than workshop and was just exactly what I was hoping it would be. Held in the gorgeous historic Shuey House here in Seattle. I was fortunate it was local. Women traveled from all over North America and Argentina.
Sometimes I treat my blog as a letter to my friends. Sometimes, like today, it's a note to myself. I found this video on Pia Jane Bijerk's blog. I enjoy Nathalie Lete's style so much and don't want to forget this lovely find. Pia's blog is fabulous as well. She's just published a book I spied at my local bookstore last week and can't wait to get. I made my way to Pia's blog via LeSophie. Another lovely place to while away a lazy Sunday morning. With that I leave you to enjoy a glorious day full of sunshine and making.
I love a lazy sunny Saturday morning, ripe and heavy with possibilities. So many ideas for how to occupy the next two days. It's a delicious luxury. They way I wish I could start most days. I'm longing for the summers of my youth for me and Tanner. The unplanned days seemed endless. Now I'm watching them slip by filled with the responsibilities of my adult self and wondering how I can change my life so I can have more of this. Unscheduled time, wide open spaces, magic, freedom, fun.
Last weekend there was raspberry jam and fresh squeezed lemonade. This week maybe there will be a ferry ride and exploring a nearby island or blueberry picking or playing in the sprinkler and creamy sweet ice cream. I love the fullness of possibility.