Pieces of an Outfit

KIOUTFIT0005_500Daughter in a few pieces of the Hmong traditional outfit for the Capture Your 365 daily challenge.

In Disguise

M0928130016_640Took this shot for the Capture Your 365 challenge.  To my surprise this morning, I learned that my shot made their Photo of the Day on Facebook.

A Labybug In The Rain

LADYBUG0913130019_640How brave a ladybug must be!
Each drop of rain is big as she.
Can you imagine what you’d do,
If raindrops fell as big as you?

~Aileen Fisher

The Rain

BWRAIN0912130021_640xLast night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,
what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way
on the earth!
That’s what it said
as it dropped,
smelling of iron,
and vanished
like a dream of the ocean
into the branches
and the grass below.

~Mary Oliver (Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me)

My New Silhouette Portrait

Earlier this year I was looking at the Silhouette Cameo and Portrait to supplement my crafting hobby, especially the Portrait.  The Portrait costs $180, which was something I didn’t have.  I soon started to see giveaways for the Portrait on my Facebook feed and crafting blogs I follow so I would enter in these giveaways.  I never won so I pretty much gave up for awhile.  Never winning in these giveaways got depressing and I still wanted the Portrait fairly badly so I made the decision that I’d save up for it and get one on my own.

Then one morning as I was looking through my e-mails, I came across another giveaway for the Portrait.  It was through crafter/graphic designer, Lori Whitlock, whom I’ve subscribed to for some time now, and in which I’ve participated in her giveaways before but didn’t win.  I told myself that if I didn’t win this time that I’d stop doing them and just save hard.  Well, to my surprise, I won the giveaway.  A few weeks later, the Portrait arrived at my doorstep.

SIL0147_500I am still shocked that I won this.  I’ve seriously been wanting this so badly and just knew some day I’d get one.  I just didn’t know when.  I’m a believer that if you ask the universe for something you truly want, you shall receive.  You might have to wait awhile for it but it will come.  For me, the Portrait just came sooner than I had expected and I am over the moon about it!  I’m very thankful for Lori for having these giveaways (she has them quite often) and for Silhouette for their generosity.

SIL0150_640 I can’t wait to start playing with this, and when I do, I’ll be sure to share my experience here!