BirdDog im{press}ions

Year of the Rabbit!
February 3, 2011, 7:57 am
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According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of the Golden Rabbit, begins today February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012.  The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac.

According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves.  I like the sound of that! To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children. Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle. I couldn’t have written a better New Year resolution myself.

The Rabbit is the symbol of the Moon, while the Peacock is the symbol of the Sun, and that together, these two animal signs signify the start of day and night, represent the Yin and Yang of life.  It is said that in the Year of the Rabbit, the wish-granting aspect of the Sun and the Moon combined is multiplied.  The Moon is YIN and this is the Yin of Heaven, signifying magic.  On each of the Full Moon nights of this year, it is advised that you go out into your garden to gaze into the Full Moon and visualize Moon glow flowing into you, filling your whole body with bright white light and granting you fearlessness, love and courage.  This will not only strengthen your inner Chi energy, it will also bring wisdom into your life.

Always curious about other cultures traditions, I am especially intrigued by the Chinese New Year this year as I was born a Wood Rabbit, and my mom is the Metal Rabbit – so this really is her year! We are supposed to be creative and wildly ambitious. I’ll take it. For the past four years, I have been excited to visit the Post Office around this time to see what the Lunar New Year stamps will look like. I like being on the forefront of most postage stamp releases, really. The art depicts kumquats, which are apparently eaten for luck and given as special gifts during the new year celebration.

So, Since the year symbolizes diplomacy and is a good year for negotiations, maybe we should all write some letters of hope, of worldly wishes and a more peaceful lifestyle and send them on a full moon – it will change the world! Is that wildly ambitious?


September 22, 2010, 8:43 am
Filed under: Craft Biz, inspire . spark, Life, Tangents

Visited the Horseshoe blog this morning and found this little wonder waiting for me. Just HAD to repost!

before & after : tractor bar stools

Big, huge thank you to Design*Sponge for posting my Tractor Seat Bar Stools on their Before & After feature today. They’ve offered years of inspiration and that extra shove I needed to get this idea of two years done, finally! So very satisfying.

A little backstory … My mom had been moving these seats from storage space to storage space and when we went to North Carolina for the last move, I immediately fell in love with them. One day, the bike shop in front of my studio was throwing out an old stool that the upholstery was tearing on so I asked if I could have it. Next I found another torn up stool at a flea market that swiveled! I used a wire brush and steel wool and a lot of elbow grease to clean each piece up. Then I tried to remove the excess pieces from the seats which I believe was part of how the seats actually bolted to the tractor. They were quite rusty! Then I called up a local welder and told him my vision. He helped me with that part and then I primed and painted with spray paint. I love them!

Five Alive!
June 16, 2010, 8:48 pm
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Siler was named for Silers Bald on the Appalachian Trail. Of course we still call her just “bird dog” most of the time. Cullin was named for a mountain too, the Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Anywho, the point is – Siler turned 5 today!

She is truly a part of our family and even with her doggie quirks, she’s the most well-behaved, tolerant pup I know. She does what she’s told, doesn’t bark, she’s fetching maniac – on land and water, and she endures daily life with a 3.5 year old, oh, and annual halloween costumes. We love you, bird!

Today, she got to go for a big hike and last weekend, at the Lyons Outdoor Games, Siler took 3rd place in the Canine Cannonball competition. She’s always #1 with us. Happy Birthday, bird dog!!

precious push
March 15, 2010, 11:49 pm
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push preciousI watched Precious with my mom this weekend. Any human with the strength and spirit that could push through such a horrifying parental experience is an absolute superhero. The acting was incredible, the story was far beyond heartbreaking, and at the end you are still somehow left with hope. Crushingly devastating and fearlessly uplifting at the same time.

Thank you Sapphire for writing it, Lee Daniels for directing it, Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique for giving it everything you had within you {I sound like I’m accepting an award for watching it} Wow.

ps. I spy patterns. Check out this wallpaper and that fancy floral jumpsuit.

March 8, 2010, 5:01 am
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C and I went hiking on our Thankful Thursday right after music class last week. I had been telling him that we were going to take photos. He has this little plastic one-time-use style camera in the toybox at his Agi’s house and is always chasing us around beckoning “Say Cheese!” I loved photography class in college and had a great teacher, Baldwin Lee. This was real 35mm film photography, developing my own photos in a darkroom, I remember a high grain Illford film being a favorite. I loaded up the old Pentax K1000 with some film that I found, who knows if it is any good {or really where to even get it developed?} We set out and I taught him how to advance the film after each shot. He struggled a little with the weight of this metal beast, but was thrilled with the sound of the shutter. I am thinking of getting him one of these Diana Minis for his birthday. Digital cameras are great, I love the technology, but there is still something special about a limited number of frames and waiting to see the image.

Now for the professional side of photography, my dear friend Julie Afflerbaugh, who has taken photos of C since he was just sitting up, is launching seasonal mini-sessions starting this weekend, email her and get professional shots of your little one at a great price. Check it out:

Julia Afflerbaugh Photography is excited to introduce a Limited Edition shoot for every season. This 15 minute mini session is a great chance to creatively document your kiddos for an entire year!  Keep your eye out for new dates announced each season held at my favorite outdoor locations around Boulder.  Each session will have a fun theme and we will help you make choices about clothing and accessories to get the cutest results.
Cost $75 for two kids, Additional family members $25/each
Upcoming Session: Cozy in Color {Dress the little ones in colorful hats and scarfs for some outdoor play.}
Betasso Preserve, Boulder, Saturday, March 13
Drop Julie a note to hold your spot.

a little something, something

Must take some time off from blogging to catch up on designing and printing WEDDINGS! I have too many ideas and need to focus. So I leave you with the video from Friday, illustrating our letterpress printing process, a photo of one of our favorite local event venues, Planet Bluegrass Ranch {complete with a chance to vote for Lyons to win America’s Coolest Small Town} AND this:

Something old represents the couple’s friends who will hopefully remain close during the marriage . Traditionally this was an old garter given to the bride by a happily married woman in the hope that her happiness in her marriage and the stability of married life would be passed on to the new bride.

Something new represents the new adventure the newlyweds’ are embarking on as a married couple along with a happy and prosperous future.

Something borrowed is often lent by the bride’s family and is an item much valued by the family. The bride must return the item to ensure good luck. This symbolizes the love and support of family and friends

Something blue originated in ancient Israel where the bride wore a blue ribbon in her hair to represent love and fidelity.

And a sixpence in your shoe was to ensure wealth to the couple in married life. Today some brides substitute a penny in their shoe during the ceremony, as silver sixpences are less common.

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