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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Inspired by... beautiful quotes


Kim's inspiring us to search out beautiful quotes this week...




"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it."

~ Mother Teresa


Of all the statements about life, Mother Teresa's seems to convey the enormity of what life is and means.  Her last two statements were especially poignant to reflect on this past Monday, Memorial Day.  There are some things that are impossible to fully comprehend until we have experienced their loss.

Life, I think, is one of these things.

Have you ever taken a life? Human or otherwise. Have you ever watched someone or something die?

Felt the finality of their presence here on earth? There is life all around us, and we are so very careless with it.

There is part of the quote above that I cannot agree with; life is not luck.

Life has a very definite purpose.

Personally, I believe that purpose is to know and love God.  Knowing Him gives us the freedom to do and experience all the facets of life that Mother Teresa spoke about.


"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." ~ Jesus Christ


Have a wonder-filled day,



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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Inspired by... warmth


Nothing speaks warmth to me like the Hawaiian islands!




Forged from molten lava, their very heart beats with fire.




Knowing this, you might expect the intense beauty that is birthed from the mineral rich soil.






...it might just take your breath away.


Have a wonder-filled day,




Volcano image is textured with Kim's serious magic and the orchids are textured with her awaken texture.



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Monday, May 28, 2012

Inspired by... an anniversary


Today is the one-year anniversary of Inspired by...!  I'm so thankful for all of YOU! Who read, comment and inspire me!  I hope that this blog has been, and continues to be a place of inspiration and encouragement.


Out of nearly 200 posts over the last twelve months, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the top seven...


Inspired by... Austen



Inspired by... pink



Inspired by... Noel {Inspiration #3}




Inspired by... bees {free printable}



Inspired by... pumpkins



Inspired by... flaws


And the #1 most viewed link...


Inspired by... Noel {Inspiration #4}


I hope you've enjoyed today's recap.  All the pictures link to the original posts if you're interested in reading more.


Have a wonder-filled day,


Inspired by... easy dinners


Is it just me, or have you noticed your appetite changing as the weather turns warmer? It seems we're eating lighter around here lately.  Salads and fruit smoothies, rather than the heavier stews and chicken and rice dishes.

Salads are one of the easiest dishes to prepare and adding some delicious grilled shrimp doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming.



I stuck with a traditional salad mix, added some baby spinach and the preferred veggies.  Instead of firing up the grill or heating up the house by turning on the oven, I broiled the shrimp in my toaster oven.



I use my toaster oven a lot in the summer.  It works just as well as my oven and keeps the kitchen (and the rest of the house) much cooler!

My recipe for the shrimp is pretty basic – but, oh, so delicious!

Arrange the shrimp on the broiler pan, brush with 1/2 T melted butter, shake on some of Penzey's Lemon Pepper Seasoning and broil for 3 minutes.  Remove shrimp from oven, flip and repeat the process on the other side.



Add the shrimp to your salad and toss with your favorite dressing. Enjoy!


As I said, basic – but, oh, so delicious!



For by him [Jesus] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. (Col 1:16)


Wishing everyone a fun, safe, memorable,

Memorial Day.

And to those who serve:








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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Inspired by... nature


It's been awhile since I've had the opportunity to participate in one of Bonnie's challenges.  This week the challenge is to present an abstract photo art with a design from nature.

Designs in nature! Definitely right up my alley! I'm always looking for patterns in nature.


Hawaii delivers...

In spades!



The fern head pictured above was about twelve inches in diameter and those are banyan tree roots climbing down on the left. The "recipe" for all the images is at the end of the post. This one is finished with the color burn blend mode. Each image contains one layer of Kim's confidence texture and final layer of Bonnie's sweet secret texture.



I started with the image of the cardinal, then added the textures and other images and played around some with other blend modes.  The one above is the color blend mode.



In this vivid blend mode, you can see more of the original colors coming through.



...here are the originals...



Bromalaid Banyan_tree Fern_Head


I'm so glad to be participating in Bonnie's Photo Art Friday this week!  Be sure to click on over and see what the real artists have displayed in her gallery!  As always, you're in for a visual treat!


So... which blend mode is your favorite?


Have a wonder-filled day,





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Monday, May 21, 2012

Inspired by... light


Were you in the path to see the solar eclipse yesterday? (Deborah over at Musings got an incredible shot!)


Can you imagine our world without the sun?


What a precious gift light is to us. One small flame can chase away the deepest darkness. Is your world dark? Listen... Morning Light, by Phil Keaggy. 


Kim's challenge this week was "light".  I thought these morning glories fit the bill pretty nicely.


Morning_Glories Textured with Kim's "chase"


I love the way their trumpets fill with the morning light.


Morning_Glories2 Textured with Kim's "epiphany"


"Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)


Have a wonder-filled day,






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