Getting Caught?

We burned things last week.  The neighbor kids came to help break up sticks, throw them into the fire, play with the dogs and get popsicles.

Jeremy was the Fire Builder that day, so I took pictures.  When you are the picture taker, you are almost always in the background.  You become invisible like servers at a party.  But then occasionally your object looks up because they are “caught” in the act.

Nothing shows this more than these pictures of Sutton.

Caught in the Act!

Caught in the Act!

He smiles widely and backs away from the gate

You didn't just see me do that did you?

You didn’t just see me do that did you?

Graffiti is Everywhere

On Iguana island, just inside the belt of trees, Sean and his buddies found several decaying buildings.  Large concrete structures that once was a house or out buildings.

DSCF3063You couldn’t really see the buildings from our side of the beach. In his words, people had painted all over the crumbling walls.  “it looked kind of cool, so I some took pictures”.

Cool indeed.  Great photo’s Sean!!

DSCF3053 DSCF3055 DSCF3056I wish I was born a bird instead.  I wish we were all born birds instead.

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Daily Prompt: Beginnings

Today’s Daily Prompt question wants us to explore how long we have been blogging and what brought us here.

I have been writing forever in stashed away journals, scrapbooks, and steno pads.  I can not think of a point in my life that writing or drawing didn’t help me work through issues in my brain.  Whether it was working through a personal problem or working through the creation process, journaling, photo collection, and writing has helped me noodle in peace, let me sleep and generally allow me to function throughout any turmoil or problem.Photo Journals

I first started blogging in secret in July 2011.  Yes in secret.  I didn’t tell anyone or bring my blog live until October 2011.     http://moderndaydesigns.wordpress.com/2011/07/             I slowly categorized my quilts and wrote something about each of my pieces.  Putting pictures and captions on the blog was really no different than what I had originally done with my quilting scrapbook. This blog became a place to so the ladies how their quilts came out.  They were able to share their wonderful creations with the world.  I loved taking pictures and describing the process on how pieces came into being.

For example, take a look at the picture and drawing below.  I first took the picture of the vendorista on the beach in Mazatlan.  I knew I wanted to make a quilt out of the picture.  From picture, to drawing to quilt, I document the process.Mazatlan Fish IdeaGeometric Mexican Fish

Now, I document and share the process online.  I love to share the how and why I did what I did.  I know there are people that are secretive about their processes.  But in my opinion, It’s like creating a meal.  You can look at the recipe and get all the ingredients, but still not make it the same way as the original chef.  Artwork is the same thing.  You may have “borrowed” the idea as a jumping off point, but you wont be able to ever make a  Julia Original.

Getting from Art Quilts to Food & Fitness???

After I let my art blog go live, I actually found myself creating more in the kitchen than in the studio.  So, in the fall of 2011, I started Moderndayfitandfood.com

Modern Day Fitness and Food became the place to share what we were cooking in the kitchen and doing on the weekends.  My hope was to inspire more people to put some “ING” in their lives.  Playing and getting outdoors was brought back to the front of our family.  I had been that outdoor girl growing up. Bad habits, modern diet myths, poor choices, etc buried that girl under the layers of a big mamma bear grizzly.

Mazatlan 2001While I haven’t completed my journey (and don’t think I ever will), I have moved from just happy to WAY more Healthy.

A BIG THANK YOU to all the people that have given me encouragement!!  Whether it was writing, pictures, quilts, weight loss, or playing out side, this journey would not have been possible with out you!!

Julia 7-20-13

Daily Prompt: Pat on the Back

I am trying something new with WordPress.  They have a daily writing challenge/ weekly photo challenge.  Today’s topic is a Pat on the Back.  Show someone’s success and how proud you are of them.

As I go through our trip pictures, my favorite picture of “success” is this one.  Sean had just finished his final dive certification for Scuba.

Sean Day completes Scuba certification in Bahama's

Sean Day completes Scuba certification in Bahama’s