Around my home

I took a workshop called 'A Slice of Inspiration' with Darrah Parker over at the wishstudio. I didn't know it until I was doing it that I really, really needed that class. It was refreshing to walk around with her 'seeing' suggestions, capturing those details that I see but sometimes don't see.....

printer's drawers that house my bills and receipts

the almost tidy stairs where the light is lovely in the morning
lamp that was a glass jar at my entry
Max's trike in the fireplace???!!!

oh my speakers that make everything lovely

his patient waiting to get up

school in PJs

fridge love

I think that I like when my art time allows me 'see' my life, cause when I am just living it I know only the messy mundane.

Max is a typical 15 month old - climbing on tables and chairs, flushing the toilet, opening the fridge, rummaging in the pantry, spilling things just because he can. He is not bad, just curious. And messy. I can't watch him like I would a first child because I have to do school with the others. And so, he bounces around making messes that I have to tidy. I am so glad that God saw fit to give me an artistic vision. He knew I would not survive this crazy life without it!


  1. such a lovely post...images are great.

  2. Oooh, seeing like this is fun! I love all your captured moments.
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  3. "He is not bad, just curious. And messy." I have one of those too! :)

    I love how photography has helped me open my ideas to the beauty in my ordinary, wonderful life.

  4. P.S. I think it's past time for me to walk around my house with the camera and catch some shots like this--thanks for the reminder!

  5. may g5:20 PM

    beautiful images - i like the one of the stairs. yes, we are in the "messy" stage too. however, these stages go by so quickly. i am loving the new wonders through his eyes, discovering everything for the first time.

  6. I think reading your blog has answered a question I didn't realize I had. I had been walking around with my camera a few times this week, looking for something "interesting" to photograph. Needless to say, I was frustrated not to find anything. Now, thanks to you sharing your thoughts on the workshop you took, I get it! I couldn't see the forest for the trees. Thank you...

  7. Those print drawers are genius. I love them!!!!

  8. Lovely.

    I also struggle with young toddler and trying to homeschool the olders! I let my youngling make messes just to keep her occupied. so trying.

  9. Hey! I guess since I got Kaden later in his life, I didn't realize how close he and Max are in age. Kaden is currently 13.5 months. So fun that they are not too far apart. Love you and miss you. Wish we could parent together again in close proximity.

  10. Dear Shona,

    This is so beautiful. love, Beth

  11. I really enjoyed this post. I've been trying to appreciate the beauty in the "mundane" a little more often these days, and carrying a camera around to do it seems to help out. I have a 2 and 3 year old, so things don't stay tidy for long around here, either, but there's beauty to be found in the messes (I guess!).

  12. Is that first shot of a printer's cabinet? It's a gorgeous piece and photo. And sweet Max waking up, aww.

    Beautiful photos and a great way to "see life".

    Cheers, jj

  13. Thanks for leaving such a nice comment on my blog. I will definitely be following your blog now. :)

  14. It's all in perception!

    I can't believe Max is 15 months old. I love that you are able to recognize the difference between bad and curious!

    Another wonderful day in the life of a home-learning family!!

    Gerushia's New World

  15. Ah, Shona, I wrote about messes this week too over on my blog...even posted photos from my house! Must be that season!

  16. Oh, I love seeing your Slices of Life!

  17. I love the picture of the stairs! You're right, the light is lovely.

    Little messes, big messes, our children definitely keep us busy. But they also provide so much inspiration.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  18. Such lovely photos. Thanks for reminding me to see all the beauty around my house too, instead of just the "to do list" along with dust, crumbs, and toys!! I forgot that I wanted to take "around the house" photos..I need to do that soon. Thank you.


  19. Anonymous5:30 PM

    moments of life...captured beautifully...love them...warm and wonderful...blessings my friend...blessings...xoxo Eden

  20. Anonymous7:14 PM

    so,so true....I'm so glad that I'm not the only one. And yes, Thank God for my outlet in Art to keep me sane.

  21. Oh! Those drawers! sigh . . . xo

  22. I don't know how you see these things Shona..but you do. I love these photos! Perfectly enchanting. :o)

    Inspires me to take more..and keep aiming to see more.



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