Friday, September 26, 2008

Beautiful Gift Tags - or Love Notes

New Item!! Gift Tags.
Great for Birthdays, Valentines, Mothers Day or Christmas. Anytime you want to make that gift extra special.
Or you can just use them for small love notes. Great to stick in a pocket to be discover at work and let them know your thinking of them.

You can fine the Wild Red Rose Gift Tag and the Bleeding Hearts Gift Tags in my photography cards section of my etsy store.

More images and paper combination coming soon.

Monday, September 22, 2008

I made the Front Page.

Etsy FP Treasury 9-22-08, originally uploaded by ThePeachTree.

Just thought I would share. This is only my second time on the front page. Thank you to thebline for including me in your beautiful treasury.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Patience is a Mother

Have patience, please.

Patient is an adjective that at times appropriately defines motherhood. One of its meanings to calmly endure confusion, inefficiency, difficulty, etc. or to be tolerant and understanding. (The noun form of this word is patience -The capacity, quality, or fact of being patient.)

For me it is something I have to remind myself to be each and every day now that I’m a mother. My daughter is 3 years old and everyday, sometimes it seems every minute, she tests her boundaries and my patients. This is normal and what she is should be doing this at her age. But sometimes when you’re a mom, or parent, you just need a few minutes without a test, to find that tolerance and understanding again. We shouldn’t feel guilty about needing this time. When I can’t get relief I remind myself that this to will pass, just as all the stages in our children’s lives, good and bad, pass, sometimes too quickly.

Why is it so important to practice being patient? Everyday I remind myself that she learns and copies my behavior, that she is not doing these things to be mean, but to see how I deal with the situation that she puts in me in. I want my daughter to grow up to be tolerant and understanding. I need to try and do what I want her to emulate, and that also includes not being perfect all the time.

No mothering style is alike, just like no person is, but all of the wonderful mothers I know have patientce. It is something that is difficult to capture in photos, but here are a couple from my Motherhood series. This is a catholic mother of 6 who home schools and makes it all look so easy. Her children are sweet, well behaved and just wonderful to be around. I had the pleasure of spending a day watching their routines one day, so I could document her for my series.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A New Period in Life - Tackle It

Today I officially start a new period of my life, "Mother of a Preschooler". The beginning of rising early, packing lunches, getting dressed with a purpose, being on time. These are things that for the last 6 years of my life were reserved for special trips and events, but not a regular, everyday schedule.

I know, I've been luck to be able to work at home, then stay home with my baby, who quickly turned into a toddler. I've been luck even before that to only have one job since college that made me get up before the sun and then I had only myself to get ready, but that era has come to an end. While I'm back to working at home while my daughter is in preschool in the morning, we have to get up early to get things done, people dressed, and ready for our day. The being on time thing is something I've yet to master in my life, but this AM we were the first ones at Preschool and were 10 minutes early.

The motivation for me to get her there at the earliest possible time is so that I can go to the fitness studio afterwards and take yoga and aerobic classes. This is also a fairly new thing in my life. We haven't had a gym or fitness studio close for years, but since our move we now have one just 10 minutes from my home and I pass it each time we go to the preschool. I'm determined to get back into shape and health. I've been putting it off for years and it need to just stop (putting it off that is.) So today I took a basic yoga class that focus on correct positions (sounds easy, but you can't cheat so it is not that easy) and the second class was half aerobics and half ball. Neither was easy for this out of shape mother. I've been taking the aerobics/ ball class for a couple of weeks, but this is the first time paired with the yoga. Wow. But I'm so glad I did and I still get home in time to get some work done.

So as I see it, today I tackled more then these basic tasks, I tackled getting started on a new period of my life. And I dealt with it much better then last Friday when I was just dropping my daughter off for the first time (one day of school before the holiday weekend) and went home to cry.

For more inspirational Tackle it Tuesday post visit 5 Minutes for MoM and this weeks Tackle it Tuesday mister linky.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Wild Sunflower and Toddler Hands - New Photographs

I've been looking forward today, thinking of what I need to get done this week, and before I get started with anything else new I thought I would show off some of my latest pieces. No grand landscapes or Route 66 photos, but a beautiful end of summer flower and the beginnings of a new series.
This wild sunflower was taken on the side of the road while on Route 66. These small sunflowers were everywhere on my trip back to Kingman a few weeks ago. I wanted to pull over and take photos of one of the large fields, but with my 3 year old daughter I just needed to get home as soon as possible. These were right by a sign that I had pulled off to photograph (you'll see that in my next Route 66 post) and I love the way this one turned out. Not the often seen straight on sunflower shot, but a side view that gives the flower a little personality as it blows in the wind.

These sweet little flowers I found during our recent little adventure in the woods near the Pecos River. I'm not sure what type of wild flower they are, but I just loved how sweet they looked. I haven't decided if I'm going to add it to my Lorissa J Design and Photo Fine Art Photography shop yet, but you can always order it as a custom order if you want.

And then there are these two photos that might, or might not, end up being a new series featuring hands and gestures by children. I just loved them and "Touch" from my Motherhood series.
Hands and gestures can express so much and I love the innocence and freedom of childhood. That one minute a child can be digging in the mud by the river and the next she will be picking wild raspberries to share and not worry about the bit of dirt still left on her hands. I've titled this Fine Art Photograph "Sharing" and it is limited to an edition of 50 prints from size 5x7 to 16x20.
In the second she was offering me rocks and stones she had dug up. This things were precious to her, but we lose that as we grow.

I'm wondering what you, my readers, think about this idea of a new series. It would be close to my motherhood series, but focus in the child rather then the mother. Thanks ahead of time for your comments and opinions.

Oh, and if you don't remember "Touch" here it is:

more great quotes

Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.
- Salvador Dali

Living is more a question of what one spends than what one makes.
-Marcel Duchamp