Posts from the ‘Inspiration’ Category

“As the purse is emptied the heart is filled.” – Victor Hugo


13 days and counting down…
Help-Portrait Date for ♥’Hamsters Helping Bellingham ♥ is December 11, 2010.

 

“No person was ever honored for what he received.  Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
– Calvin Coolidge

In this case, the honor given would be that you have helped someone receive a gift that will honor them and make them feel special. Your donation will help many hearts feel warmth this holiday season by supporting a one-day environment that will inspire both photographer and portrait subject. The gift recipients, for many years to come will have a picture or two that will remind them of that special day when someone did something for them, “Just because….” Nothing is asked of them in return but that they enjoy the day and be treated by the volunteers – and all involved – with the respect they deserve . Everyone involved in the project, Help-Portrait / ‘Hamsters Helping Bellingham, will still receive the gift of happiness from them. To me that seems a reciprocal honor. What could be better?

Give a little, feel great about helping a worthy cause!

All purchases made for the event are accounted for by receipt and detailed expense report, then sent to the non-profit group Help-Portrait (H-P), who will then receive/gather, review and approve all receipts and reimburse the original purchasers with monies from the donation fund for each H-P group. Again, I will mention that ours is Hamsters Helping Bellingham!

SO, as you can see, this will literally come out of the local event coordinator(s)’s pocket, namely ME, and anyone who kindly fronts  money or products – believing in this event – for necessary items, if donations are not made. Donations “in kind” are still being debated amongst H-P and their legal team, so hopefully there will be civic-minded, huge-hearted, caring individuals that will donate in-kind type items and services on a wing and a prayer, “Just because…”

p.s. If you live in the Bellingham/Whatcom co. area and would like to volunteer just let me know. I can be contacted at help.portrait.cbr@gmail.com. There are many positions open: greeters, photographers, print/editing station operators, runners/liaisons between print/editing stations and photographer, hospitality hosts, etc. Any and all help is appreciated!

Donations of all sorts of photographic and computer items are needed too. Just write to the email address listed above, if you want to help out and become one of the ‘Hamsters Helping Bellingham!

p.p.s It will make you feel all warm and fuzzy to help out. I promise!

The ‘Ham is a great place to live!


Sustainable Connections

“Goals that are not written down are just wishes.”


“All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rétrofuturs (Hulk4598) / Stéphane Massa-Bidal

“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.” Joe Girard

Photographer Unknown

…and for my husband, as he is known to NEVER pass up a good Star Wars reference:

“Luke Skywalker:  “I don’t believe it.”
Yoda:  “That is why you will fail.” ” – Star Wars

I have many irons in the fire right now, some for personal need and some for community need, but I choose to “DO”, as Yoda would say- I am sure my husband is grinning right now, upon reading that bit! – and not falter or fail.

May you all find that strength that sits within you to keep going forward toward your health, strong relationships, community, and last but not least, your dreams; for dreams are there for a reason. Just remember that and take the word “can’t” out of your vocabulary, when it comes to that first step or accepting the opportunity that the Universe is putting before you. Go ahead take the challenge, which is being given to teach you your own strength and fortitude. You might just surprise yourself! ♥

“It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” – Chinese Proverb

To Market To Market…


Just a few more pictures from the BFM. Enjoy!

All pictures ©Carol A Bourns 2010

Bellingham Books


Today, I became an official ‘hamster, so to speak. I went to the Whatcom County Central Public Library and acquired my library card! I am like a kid in a candy store, when inside a library. You can’t believe the excitement I feel when walking into a library or bookstore. My automatic response is “So Much Knowledge! I want to read it all!”

That’s all for now.

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I MUST be a geek. I get excited about library cards. Sheesh…

Shadow Box Art and The Art of Finding Patience


For years, I have been interested in shadow box art. (Please note that I said art and not display. They are two different things in my book. Though, sometimes, a display unintentionally becomes art.) Maybe it came from the dioramas made in grade school; maybe from my love of collecting odd knick-knacks and bits of visual art that I found fascinating. Who knows?

As I progressed to college, Joseph Cornell entered my vision. He was a curious, quiet man, a bachelor, who lived with his mother, and created wondrous assemblages, like those I dream of creating. His boxes remind me of finding treasures hidden away in attics, antique stores and junk shops. They are strong, yet quaint.

A few of my graduation year projects involved using shadow boxes and boxes of all sorts, but in a less decorative or narrative style than Cornell’s. I focused on lighted triptychs and “finding hidden pasts”, using words and images in a different manner than he did. There was a simple message that I wanted to express and I believed too many visual segues would distract from that message.

Lately, though, my interest in these little assemblages has been reignited. Each a seemingly-homegrown object d’art – layers upon layers to ponder and sometimes, it would appear, just capricious fairy tales, per se – created with such detail and devotion. Ahh, the patience. Do I have the patience, I wonder? Yes, I am tenacious, but patient…?

I get easily distracted from one project to another. *Oh, look, a squirrel!* There are so many things that I want to try and do, the list is endless; so much to create…read…experience. Do I have the patience required to sit down and pull the pieces together and lay them out, assemble them and finish the “labor of love” without the piece looking thrown together? Will I just set it down for “later” and never return to it until years later, if ever? Maybe, I am still that little girl that would hurriedly finish a paint by numbers project, just to get it done, bored with it already. Or, am I still the little girl that could sit for hours, creating and hand-sewing outfits for her dolls? That is my challenge to myself. We shall see.

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…and just because we all appreciate old photographs:
Joseph Cornell Family in his Youth with His Family

Want to Learn more about Joseph Cornell. recycled art and assemblage?:

“Shadow boxes become poetic theaters or settings wherein are metamorphosed the element of a childhood pastime.” – Joseph Cornell’

Richard Haymes

Patty Cake, Patty Cake, Baker’s Man…


It all started with watching a bit of the Food Network this morning and seeing Anne Burrell whip up some Meyer Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Macerated Strawberry Coulis. From there, I went digging through food blogs and found a version I thought sounded more along my “tastes”: Berry Myer Lemon Pancakes on Joy’s site, Joy the Baker. Yummy stuff! Food can be an inspiration and be inspired.

And, how about this?

Blackberry & Lime Miniature Tarts with Cardamom Ice Cream
from Golubka blogspot.


Are you hungry yet?
I know I am.

I ended up drooling over a picture of Chai Tea Spice Cake; a recipe found on Vera’s Baking Obsession blog. The cake is from Carol Bloom’s The Essential Baker. That is a definite “must bake” item.
I LOVE chai!

Spoonful of Sugar has a delectable looking Blueberry Struesel Bread

Coffee with that, anyone?

…and, since the weather has turned warmer, how about some of these: Creamy Lemon Popsicles from Gimme Some Oven?


Bringing us back to lemons.


See? There is a method to my madness.