Family Fridays~Early Morning Sunrise*

Standing in front of the french doors, looking across the deck through the bare forest trees over to a distant hill…I see the sun rise this morning. *

At first a beautiful rosy glow crosses the eastern sky, changing to a paler warm orange…

Until the light disperses the color, and the sun finally peeks over the horizon.

DSC02041PeekingOverTheHorizon

Thinking about the arrival of 2013, I assess the joys and challenges of this past year.

This reflection provides reminders…,

a possible change in perspective…

a sense of renewal…

And, taking a breath,

I decide I can slowly begin moving forward with courage…

peeking over the horizon into the New Year

*Do you have a sense of newness as the New Year begins?–For your life, family,or creative pursuits?

Back to the Studio~ Reflection in a Soap Bubble.

Postcard New Years Resolution Soap Bubbles 1909
Postcard New Years Resolution Soap Bubbles 1909, Public Domain via Wikipedia

Today it’s back to the studio…Beginning a new calendar always gives me a feeling of a new start–sense of closure to the previous year and a chance to make changes, adjustments, and achieve new goals. This reminds me of being a child beginning a new school year after a  carefree summer break. One time ends, a new time begins, and a transition occurs. With the holidays over and the start of the new year 2012, my schedule returns to a more normal pace. The workspace is organized and ready-to-go. There are a few art quilts to finish, some new ideas to explore, and a plan to re-shoot photographs for my Portfolio and the website’s Gallery page. Spring also brings deadlines for various juried exhibits.

This week Peach Farm Studio nominated my blog for a Versatile Blogger Award and I want to say thank-you to them. I appreciate having Lifeweavings considered. This award is to help bloggers find new blogs. So, while I can’t do all the criteria to pass along this award right now, here is a quick list of some of my favorite blogs to read. You might like them too… (And, this reminds me to update my blogroll/inspiration sites!)

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As in the photo above of the vintage English postcard, I may not reach all of my resolutions, or goals, made for the new year, but envisioning things we desire to achieve  helps the creative process…

  and just perhaps some of those soap bubbles will soar and float in the air!

Reflection in a Soap Bubble, Mila Zinkova via Wikipedia.

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Image Credit: Postcard New Year’s Resolutions, Public Domain via Wikipedia.                     Image Credit: Reflection in a Soap Bubble, Mila Zinkova via Wikipedia.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Lifeweavings: Top 5 Posts of 2011…

A blog I was reading this week listed their top 5 posts for the year and I decided it would be interesting to see which of my blog posts have been read the most in 2011–my first year, beginning in March?

And, ~~~drum-roll please~~~~, they are:

1. Quote…Life as a River

       River...Flows

2. Trees, Symbols for LifeRed Maple

3. Tuesday…In the Studio–“An Artist’s Response to Materials”

Batik Cotton

4. Creativity~ More Than One Right Answer

One Answer,(c) 2011 Joni Beach
One Answer, (c) 2011 Joni Beach

5. Goals…Discouragement or Motivation? tied with…

Backing Lifeweaving #3
Studio Goal #3: Adding the Backing Fabric to Lifeweavings #3, Quilt the Top, and Finish Details and Photographing...Hoping to Enter This Into a Juried Exhibit This Fall.

Living Life Using Creativity.

English: Self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci. R...

If you missed any of these, you may want to read them now! Also, thank-you to everyone who has encouraged me by reading, liking, and subscribing to this blog. It has been educational and fun to set-up and manage a blog and website, and have visits from people around the globe!

My best to all as the New Year 2012 begins!