Saturday, May 30, 2015

It's Almost Here! The Photo Scavenger Hunt that is.

On Monday morning, June 1, the list will be posted for this year's summertime photography scavenger hunt! I'm so excited! I hope you will like the list and have fun participating in this year's hunt. You can read details at this post. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Scrapbook Friday: Finding a Theme

During my National Scrapbook Day scrapfest, I made this layout of the first day we brought Luna home. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with the photographs, but I started by looking through my bin of page elements. I came across a bag of pink "love" themed elements and thought, "Why not?" She was a little baby, and we certainly fell in love with her. Plus, I wasn't sure I would ever find another use for these elements. So I created this layout which I like just fine. I like even more that it's done and that I used up those page elements!
I've actually found that coming up with a theme helps make my scrapping more meaningful. And easier because it helps me find a color story, papers and elements. In looking at my 2014 photos, I had a handful of a trip to the University of Redlands sitting with other photos from the trip to So. California Clara and I took during the summer and a few from our visit to Carroll College in Montana in the fall. Because I usually scrap chronologically, it took me a while to pair these photos together and write about them as the trips we took to look at colleges and to write about what she's looking for in a University experience. It allowed me to go to my "school" embellishments and find some stickers that supported the theme (globes and school phrases). I ended up very happy with the outcome.
I've made great progress on my 2014 photographs this month. And I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I've got less than 10 layouts left to do! Besides the creative process, one of the things I like most about scrapbooking is the feeling of accomplishment from finishing a project. I should definitely put the 2014 scrapbook to bed before the end of the summer. And then it will be on to 2013, 2015 or Henry's sports album.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Visiting in an Enchanted Garden

About a half hour from my home is a beautiful estate called Filoli. It is surrounded by gorgeous gardens.
Yesterday I had the great good fortune to meet my friend Alison of Life in the Slow Lane who was visiting from Spain. We have met twice before (once in Spain and once here in California), and we always enjoy our time together.
We wandered through the gardens, sharing laughter and stories , before having lunch at the cafe. I learned that one of Alison's favorite flower is this one:
It's an aquilegia, commonly known as columbine or granny's bonnet. Besides visiting with Alison, it was also wonderful to spend time with my camera. I have many more photographs to share over the next few weeks. But, today, I just wanted to say "Thanks Alison for coming to visit and giving me a great reason to go visit Filoli!"

Monday, May 25, 2015

Me on Monday

We've got a three day weekend here in the States (what the rest of the world seems to call a "Bank Holiday"). It's Memorial Day, and we're celebrating and remembering those who served in war. Thinking about my dad today and waving hi to Sian from High in the Sky with a check in on my (ongoing) weekend.
What kind of a weekend was it?
It was graduation weekend at the Law School where I teach. The highlight might have been the special ceremony for Latino law students that took place the night before.
That's me, with one of my favorite students and a group of mariachis (and one of my colleagues, Bill Hing, singing with them) featuring another of our graduates.
It was also a CCS Track and Field Championship Weekend watching my girl and her team mates.

It was also a volunteering at Guide Dogs; visiting with friends and eating at an unusual "Islamic Mandarin" restaurant; watching baseball on TV; catching up on paper work; chatting with the boy on the phone; planning for Peru; and writing a draft of an article for the symposium I'm attending this upcoming weekend kind of weekend.
A very busy weekend indeed!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Peek Inside my Art Journal

I had some spare time today, and I decided to do some work in my art journal. This is a page thinking about my daughter's plan to study abroad this summer in Peru. I started with a heavily textured orange and blue background. I drew South America free-hand and then covered the rest of the page with white paint before adding ephemera and journaling.
And here's a page I did in my travel art journal a few weeks ago when I went to visit my son in Oregon. It features a group of flags on a flag pole, each representing something on my mind at that time.
Even though I set an intention to focus on photography this month, it's nice to continue with other artistic pursuits like art journaling and photography as well.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Scrapbook Friday: Scrapping from a Sketch

I'm continuing to scrap (currently working on photos from 2014) and sharing layouts on my blog on Friday. Most of my layouts are grids or modified grids. But occasionally I like to mix it up and use sketches to break me out of my rut. I found this sketch over at Stick it Down. It features photos from Mom's Weekend at my son's fraternity last year. We had a fun time, but I didn't really have that many photos. I started with an assortment of green and yellow photos because those are the colors of the University of Oregon. I added touches of blue to pull everything together. Stick it Down has three sketches a month - a one page layout, a two page layout and a card. Have you visited there before? Know any other good sketch sites?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Bit of Random

Right now, my days are just packed! 
*The kitten nursery has started up again to take care of litters of motherless kittens that arrive at the local humane society and are too young to fend for themselves. Like last year, I will be volunteering once a week with my daughter Clara. Get ready for cuteness overload. We are also still volunteering at Guide Dogs for the Blind. For those of you who asked about the blue bottle of liquid in this still life post, it's a ChX wash that is used to clean dog's ears and lots of other things (it reminds me of how the Grandmother used Windex in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding).
*I am done teaching classes for the term, and I spent many many hours grading exams. This week there's celebrations and graduation to get to. Plus, I'm on the bargaining team for our faculty union, and we're working on creating a new compensation structure. It's an interesting and stressful assignment, but will be very satisfying if we can work something out. I also agreed to teach this summer. I'm putting together a negotiation class that focuses both on basic skills and on cross-cultural issues. It will be a jam-packed  five weeks.
*Most of the TV shows I watch are over for the year. Loved watching the Mad Men series finale. As a result, I'm reading more (and listening to more books on Audible).  Right now, I'm reading Denali's Howl (a nonfiction book about a fatal climbing expedition to Mount Denali in Alaska) and listening to All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 
*I'm doing a lot of traveling. Last weekend I was in Chicago. I'm heading to Seattle at the end of the month and then to Detroit the following weekend. All work-related, sadly.
*Clara's got a few more weeks left of school, and she's struggling to keep her head above water. The Junior year of High School in the U.S. can be very stressful because the grades are key for university admission. She has been suffering from a hip injury for most of the track season and not competing. But, she did come back to compete in the season finals. She decided to run the 3200 meter race because (oddly) it puts less stress on her hip than running 800 or 1600 meters. For someone who didn't run all season, she did great. She notched a personal record and qualified for the sectional championship. That will take place this Saturday. This summer, Clara will likely go to Peru for a Spanish immersion/ community service trip. More on that later, if it comes off.
*We lost another chicken. One of the Buffy's succumbed to something. On the upside, our dog Aria's leg is healing nicely. In another month, we hope she will be running along the beach again. 
*And, I'm getting really excited about June 1 and the start of the 2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt! Read more about it here.  There's an instagram hashtag at #rindas2015photohunt and a facebook page called Summertime Picture Scavenger Hunt 2015.  Come on over and join there if you want. But, as always, the main portal for the hunt will be right here at Gallo Organico!
*Not too much time for creative pursuits right now, but I do have some scrap book pages for you on Scrapbook Fridays this month, so please come on back then.