beads by breul

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 26 {?}

Sally gave us the prompt of

Our half way point in the journey and
our prompt is ours to choose.

I didn't make last week's post due to surgery.
Plantar Faciitis
Not so bad.

I am focusing on being good, staying off of it,
icing and healing.

Please visit Sally's blog to see what everyone 
else is focusing on.
Should be good!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Lensbaby Project {June}

Summer in full bloom!

My hubby and I headed to our local gardens to scout
out spots for me to shoot in. It was so amazingly beautiful
and peaceful at 7:30 am! Loved every minute of it.

I love the coloring in these.

The gorgeous pink edge.

Pure green and lush.

For those fleet of foot! 
(love my son's new socks)

Next in our circle is

Please hop over and see what this month brought
for these wonderful photographers!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Whoa - check it out!

A post about beading!
Who would have known......

Znet shows sent me some of these wonderful glass
conch shell beads!

Seriously, love them.

Here is what I have created thus far
(I still have red and orange to play with)

Wine glass charm
Kinda bummed, the charm looks like it is moving.
But this is on MY glass and I love it.

Emerald is the Pantone color of the season,
so I am right in step!

This is my favorite one!
The blue shell in a MOP square
hung on blue leather.
So simple, so elegant. Goes with everything.

I can't wait to play with the red and orange,
just waiting for the bead muse to catch up, she has
been sleeping for a while now. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 24 {Green}

GREEN!  The color of balance, learning, growth and harmony! GREEN evokes feelings of calm and symbolizes self-respect and well being.  What a great color to focus on!

I can do green!

I was out scoping places for shoots and came
across these adorable ones in a beautiful
green field. With all the water we have had
this year, things are so lush and full of life.

Hop on over to Sally's blog and see
what green everyone else found!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 23 {Typography}

This week Sally is asking us to look at the written word, 
to look at fonts, are some more pleasing than others? 
Do some draw you in?

Small confession - I was at Barnes and Noble this weekend....

I immediately pulled out my iPhone and took a few
shots. I love all the different fonts - from 
children's books to magazines. 
The color, size, lines. 
All intriguing.

The shapes

The use of color in the font

Quite possibly my favorite!

The depth and feeling

I love the jagged lines in the title

The shots of food are simply stunning!!!
(Had to buy this one, great recipes)

Please visit Sally's blog to see what other
wonderful typography others found.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 22 {Foodie}

I jumped at this prompt this week.
With the long weekend, and a party on
Memorial Day - I knew exactly what I was
going to photograph.
So divine!
Ice cream sandwiches stacked cross wise
covered in cool whip and drizzled
with chocolate and caramel magic shell.
The kids loved, loved this!
Please hop over to Sally's blog
to see what other wonderful foods were found.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 20 {Looking Up}

Sally has encouraged us to look up!
To not miss something fun.

These are the fun decorations hanging from the ceiling at school
for the 8th grade MORP (Prom spelled backwards)
Chinese lanterns and flowers.

So festive and fun.

Please visit Sally's blog to see what everyone 
else saw when they looked up!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 19 {Hope}

"If you feel you know how to get what you want out of life, and
you have that desire to make that happen, then
you have hope"
Jennifer Cheavens

Sally's prompt this week is Hope.

I have struggled with this prompt this week. 
Not really sure where
to start or end. 

For me, hope goes along with faith.

You all have seen this before, but for me, this is one of the
pictures that captures hope and faith. The hope and faith that these
two remain close.

This relationship. 
I know what I want from this and I 
have the desire to make it happen!
25 years together and the faith in each other.
I could not do it without him.

And then there are the words of encouragement
on my new journey.
Hubby says he is proud of me.
My daughter says that I inspire her by 
taking this new step.
And my son, always willing to be the
"test subject" in front of the lens.

In a round about way - all of this is my hope.
What I want out of life and the desire to make it happen.

Thank you Sally, for making me put this into words,
for making me think on this all week.
It has been very insightful. 

Please visit Sally's blog to see how everyone
else had hope.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 18 {Abstract}

Our focus this week was the abstract.

"Abstract: the use of a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.
All things have form, color, and lines we just need to step back and step away from the literal image you see through the lens.
Take into account the lines, color or form and look for a more figurative composition. A blurred reflection in a puddle, the photo above I took of brightly colored petals of a flower slightly blurred and cropped close."

This is actually one of the panes in my front door with the morning
light starting to come through. I played in pixlr and 
ended with this. It is a bit etherial, I think.

Please hop on over to Sally's blog to see how others
interpreted and found their abstracts!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 17 {Color}

Our prompt was Color!

"Whether photographing a full shot of amazing colors or small pops of color against a muted background, this week break out your camera and capture some color.   Think about how the colors of the shot effect your mood, feelings, perception of your surroundings!  Focus on how the colors impact your decision to take a particular shot. "

I saw the prompt on Saturday with the word color in the header 
and I hadn’t even read the email. 
I went upstairs to my bedroom, looked out the window and saw this.
There wasn't even a second thought, ran downstairs and grabbed my camera.
How spectacular, laundry drying in the spring breeze.

Now these are old but so colorful!

The University of Maryland's Holi celebration last year. I can 
not express the joy I felt taking these. 

Partly because it was a spectacular spring 
day, partly because of the amazing color, and mostly because
my daughter invited me to come along and take the pictures.

Sally asks us to think about how colors of the shot affect our mood - 
pure joy, for both.

The top one is pure simplicity and stunning, 
these bottom ones, joy.

Please hop over to Sally's blog to see how others found
color this week.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 16 {Talk a Walk}

Our prompt was to grab our camera, open the front door 
and step outside into the fresh air.
Take a Walk!

So I did.


Flower stalking! :)


And lastly, this is my fav!

Please visit Sally's blog and see what
everyone else found on their walks!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

52 Weeks - Week 15 {Aged Beauty}

Sally's prompt this week is to find some Aged Beauty.
Something from the past, an old building,
a vintage treasure from a flea market, maybe even a
wonderful piece of jewelry from our jewelry box.

I opted for some rust!
Glorious rust!
I love this fence. I drive past it twice a day to and from

You can see it in the background there.
I am drawn to this spot every spring as these daffodils
bloom all over the hill.


Look at the size of this one. There are a few odd ones
that are HUGE! 

Now, if you saw my "Flower Stalking - April" post
on Facebook, you know where these were taken.

(I have a habit of stalking flowers in my neighbors
yards and neighborhood and very carefully taking shots)

I was not driving!
I parked my car, right next to the
Secret Service Patrol Car, 
and took the pictures.

They happen to be on the grounds of 
the Embassy of Israel.

Thank you Mr. Secret Service officer for letting me!

Please hop on over to Sally's blog to see what 
wonderful Aged Beauty folks have found this week.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

52 weeks - week 14 {Up Close}

Sally has tasked us with getting 
close to our subject. To see something
we might not have seen otherwise.

We had a crazy snow storm that last Monday in March, 
and, with a bit of snow left on the ground I managed
to catch these in the early morning light.

Please visit Sally's blog to see how close
everyone else has gotten.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 12 {Observe the Curve}

First, I would like to apologize for not
making it to everyone's blogs last week.  
Things were crazy, my daughter is home for 
spring break and we were away last weekend.

Week 12 - Observe the Curve
We move, live and love in curves. Arms, legs and
bodies curve to propel us into the life around us.  Branches of 
trees curve to embrace the breeze.  Letters curve and form words.
Curves can keep things apart, hold things together to create a path.
We were to take this week and focus on all the different kinds of 
curves that surround us everyday.

This one was tough for me. But I
did take a few moments to observe what
was around me.

The curve of the tree in bloom.

The curves of my dashboard.

The curves of the hats blowing in the breeze.

The curves on this amazingly sparkly scrapbook paper.
Seriously, I want Dansko clogs made from this.
This picture does not do it justice!

But these curves (no pun intended)
are what are spring is all about!
The boy is playing JV!

Please hop on over to see Sally's blog
and what curves everyone is sharing!

Thank you, Sally, for encouraging us 
to take a moment!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 11 {The Possibilities are Endless}

new beginnings,

New flowers, a sign of spring.

Beautiful pink tree blooms.

Stairs - where do they lead???? Could be fun.

A construction site - what is being built?
Amazing shops
An amusement part

All are filled with the possibility of fun, greatness, 
success and joy. 

I hope your day is filled with possibilities today!

Please go and visit Sally's amazing blog
and see what possibilities are out there.

(ps - these were all taken with my iPhone on my lunch walks)