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It’s a New Year and as I shared with you, I have started a 365 (actually 366 this year) project. I thought I’d share my photos from the first week:

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On January 1 we were graced with this awesome sunset.  I know a lot of you saw this because there were a bunch of people down at Sporthaven walking on the beach, or just sitting in their cars. And more than a few were taking pictures.  I plan to regularly take pictures of sunsets.

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January 2 we finally had some rain.  I snapped this picture of the raindrops on my car as I looked out my garage door up my street.

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January 3 is a photo of my dog, Snickers, in one of her favorite places to lie down these days – behind the dining room table.  She is getting deaf in her old age and I think she feels safer there. Gotta love that one ear up and the other down look.

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January 4 I had some fun playing with my iPhone camera. This photo was snapped in the dark outside Fred Meyer in my car.  See, you really can take pictures anywhere anytime. Who knows what you’ll come up with.  I think it is a good idea to take a picture of yourself from time to time.

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January 5 we had a wild winter ocean going on outside my window.  I took quite a few pictures of the waves crashing over the rocks.  I plan to take regular photos of the ocean too. Just because I love it and feel so fortunate to live here.  Before I moved here, I never realized how much the ocean changes day to day.

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January 6 is a photo of my new exercise shoes that I bought that day.  It’s actually a photo for a new class I signed up for at Big Pictures called Move More, Eat Well.  The bracelet on top says “I Think. I Live. I Am. PINK.” Great new fitness and nutrition program I started.  You can find out more about that here.

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January 7 I got home exhausted and tired from work. Something to do with an in-store birthday party making scrapbooks with 7 girls (age 10 and under). I was getting ready for bed and all of a sudden remembered my photo. I grabbed my camera and had fun working with very low light.  I really wanted to capture the sparkle on these Christmas flowers that are still out.  Found I have an ISO 3200 setting on my snap and shoot.   See what I mean about learning more about your camera with this project?

My daughter sent me a link to this site where someone has made a list of things to take a photo of every day, should you need some inspiration.  I’ll take all the help I can get.

If you don’t read Allie Edwards’ newsletter (you can subscribe at her blog), she had a great post on Creative Practice.  That is what this project is all about.  If you are interested in reading what she had to say, send me your email and I will forward it to you.  Meanwhile, I hope you are busy creating new memories for 2012.

Marjorie

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Come the new year, you may think what you need to do is get your things organized.  I did a series of posts on that subject last year and I would encourage you to re-read them, or read them for the first time.  But I think there is something even more valuable for you to do.

For four years now I have been doing the One Little Word project (click on this category from the list on the right if you want to see my posts on the subject).

Every year I struggle a bit with remembering to be engaged with my word.  You know how that goes…January, right on top of it but by summer it’s way off somewhere in my mind.  Well, last year I did a couple of things to keep it more current in my thinking.  For 2011, my word was STORY.  First I took a Big Picture class called Yesterday and Today.  I don’t know when it will be offered again but it was so good and I really recommend it.  It was all about writing stories about your past and stories about today and stories that include a little of both.

Along with that class, I also signed up for and took Allie Edwards’ One Little Word class at Big Picture. It made such a difference and I can not say enough about how valuable this was for me.  This class costs $36.  Drink one less Starbuck’s latte a month and take this class! You will get one “prompt” each month. The prompt includes handouts, photoshop/Adobe .pdf files to print for the monthly project, and a short video presentation by Allie.  The projects are a great combination of art, writing, and picture taking. I am so looking forward to doing it again this year.  I urge you to consider it too. As Allie says, “These words have each become a part of my life in one way or another. They’ve been embedded into who I am, and into whom I’m becoming.  They’ve been what I’ve needed (and didn’t know I needed).  They’ve helped me to breathe deeper, to see clearer, and to grow.”

I have ordered the We R albums and C-Line page protectors that she recommends in the class supply list so it will be really easy for you to get what you need right at Creating Lasting Memories.  They should be in by the middle of next week.  Oh, my word for 2012? FOCUS.  “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:2) Don’t know where that is going to take me this year, but I’m excited to begin the journey and to see where it will lead. So join me!  I know you will be glad you did.

Marjorie

PS I am also planning on doing another 365 project.  It’s been four years and I think it’s time to do it again.  The 365 project is a photo project where you take at least one photo every day.  You don’t have to do anything with them if you don’t want to.  But you can also use them for layouts (once a week? once a month?).  All I know is that I took more photos that year (2008) than every before or since, I learned a ton about my camera and it gave me an eye for the ordinary as well as the special events of my life.  A variation on that theme is to take a specific kind of picture everyday, like a photo of the clouds, or a photo of the sunset, or a photo of the ocean (since we live by the sea).

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This year’s crop-for-a-cure was another big success. Creating Lasting Memories’ scrapbookers raised $150 which will be donated to CC’s in Brookings.  Here’s a picture of this fantastic group of women I am lucky to call friends:

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Our guest of honor was Shirley Bowden who is a 5 times lymphoma survivor, hence the Violet.  That is the ribbon color for lymphoma. She has been cancer free since 2000.  Her stirring testimony of faith in God and the peace He gave her was a tremendous encouragement to all of us who were there listening.

Shirley

Shirley Bowden - Survivor!

I had an idea which turned out to be really fun.  It is my belief that the best photos of people are “staged.”  I mean, you may get lucky with a random photo but most of the time, if you tell someone you are taking their picture, then ask that they look at you and smile, you stand a better chance of getting a nice picture.  And if you tell them to do something crazy – well who knows what you’ll end up with.  And that is what I did.  First I chose individuals as I drew their prize drawing tickets.  Then better yet, I choose two tickets at once and asked them to do something crazy/silly with their friend. And here is what happened:

Ruth and Sarah

Ruth and Sarah

Jscki and Sherry

Jscki and Sherry

Teri and Marrian

Teri and Marrian

Clary and Sonja

Clary and Sonja

Cathy & Shirley

Cathy & Shirley

Lori and Helen

Lori and Helen

I got home from the crop exhausted but feeling so happy.  I decided to look at the photos I had taken and I was so filled with joy.  I hope you can see that in these pictures too. Watch out Gold Beach Retreat ladies, I may do this again soon when we meet in just 3 short weeks from now.

Marjorie

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