Peace Always…Texture Tuesday

2 Thessalonians 3:16
I co-teach a ladies’ Bible study at my church and we are finishing up 2 Thessalonians. The phrase, “Peace Always in Every Way”, in chapter 3:16, struck a chord with me. I am using this phrase in my closing applications so decided to create a postcard to print out and give to each member of the class. Maintaining peace in the midst of our daily lives is a blessing only God can give. It is kind of ironic that the texture I used for this Texture Tuesday piece is kk_calamity!

Love Flowing…

Windsor Riverfront Regional Park These wispy little seed heads were getting blown hither and yon in the light breeze that was blowing as we walked the main trail at Windsor Riverfront Regional Park yesterday. When I read this quote last night in The Daily Bread devotional, I thought it fit well with this photo. As the seeds spread, so do our little kindnesses to each other.

Grandma’s Letters

Grandma's Letters
I set up this vignette using a letter my grandmother wrote to my family when I was young. My Mom’s parents had come from Lucca, Italy in the early 1900s. I regret the fact that I was never taught to speak Italian (my grandmother’s English was always pretty broken). My mother was of a generation that wanted to be strictly “American” and was derided for being Italian. I have entitled this piece “Letter from Nonna,” the Italian word for grandmother. I was never taught this word growing up, and wonder if it would have pleased my grandmother to be called “Grandma” in her own language. My mother must have been able to still read Italian in the 60s when this letter was written. I wish I had been taught to cherish this language and heritage. I have many letters written by my grandmother and also some from her relatives in Italy that I cannot read due to their being written in Italian. I may have to try to decipher them with an English-Italian dictionary. During WWII, my grandmother (who was not yet an American citizen, although my grandfather was), had to register as an “enemy alien” and was not allowed to have a radio in her home. My grandparents lived in San Francisco at that time. My Mother has often told me how proud my grandmother was when she took her American citizen test and the judge told her that he wished he knew American history as well as she did.

The Flicker Returns…

The-Flicker-Returns-copyI posted a photo of this flicker to my other blog and on my Flickr page, but edited this photo for Day 32 of Kim Klassen’s Beyond Beyond class. I used her copper 2 preset for Lightroom as a start then added a few of my own tweaks for this image. I used KK_Chase texture but only at 6% opacity and at a Soft Light setting. This flicker returned October 1 to my yard, and his distinctive call always says “fall is here!” to me.

Memories of Summer

The Roses of SummerAs I was putting away books I had gotten out a while ago, I took another look at some of the pages I had marked in Deborah Schenck’s Fern House. This is my take on her photos of flowers laying on open books. I used some dried roses from the summer and a vintage dictionary. The lace is from a runner that belonged to my husband’s grandparents; made for a nice vintage touch to the background. This shot was taken indoors; I used a gold reflector to the side and had a diffuser on my external flash that I aimed at the reflector. I used a kk_daysofold Lightroom preset; added a kk_canvasgrunge texture, and a Photoshop Artistry Grunge Edge Effect.