Friday, March 25, 2011

Blooming Recklessly

"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night."  

~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

It wasn't until today, when I noticed the pink and red blooms outside Cory's home, that I realized Spring was here. They seemed to have blossomed overnight. Even though it was cold and stormy, I couldn't help but snatch up my camera, venture outside and capture the pops of color that were existing amongst  the grey of the day.

Today, just in case you are like me, I wanted to remind you that Spring is officially here. 

                               {Bridal Beauty}                                                                                            {Dream}

                                          {Early Spring Flowers}                                                                                       {Forsythia}

                                         {80:365}                                                                                                    {Untitled}

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tiny Treasures in Shades of Black and White

There is something about a black and white/monochrome image that is so captivating and powerful. The image somehow seems more serious, as if it has an incredibly important story to share. Today I'd like to share a collection of intriguing images that celebrate the beauty of black and white from some of our talented Tiny Treasures members. These images are breathtaking. They make time stand still.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Whispering Heart

"Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely."       
~ Unknown 

Happy Valentine's Day  everyone (and happy 152nd birthday Oregon)! I have always loved Valentine's Day because I see it as a day to tell everyone just how much you love them. Cory and I conducted our own little Valentine's Day photo shoot for this occasion. See it here!

Last year on Tiny Treasures, I wrote all about the history of Valentine's Day and I shared photos from the Tiny Treasures Group that all had to do with love! This year I decided to focus specifically on hearts.

I hope your day is full of love and maybe a chocolate heart or two. Here are a few hearts from the Tiny Treasures group to get your Valentine's Day started out right!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Table and Chairs Project


Are you on Flickr? Have you heard of the Table & Chairs Project? If you have answered no to either of these questions, I have to say that you are seriously missing out. The Tables and Chairs Project was created by Machel Spence, a supremely talented, creative and kind hearted nature photographer whose love of capturing nature's tiny treasures is undeniable. Seriously, just check out her lovely Flickrstream.

Table & Chairs started when Machel had a wonderful idea to photograph a teeny tiny table and chairs set belonging to her daughter, India, and then send it around to her Flickr contacts and see how they would photograph it. It's been all over the country including (but not limited to) Washington, Vermont, Texas, Mississippi and finally into my hands here in Oregon. I had so much fun photographing this lovely set! You don't really understand how tiny it is until it's in your hands. We had our first taste of snow so I knew I had to get a shot of the Table and Chairs in it. I also took a picture as an ode to Machel's faboulous bokeh shots. My boyfriend even got in on the action and took a few shots of his own. Do you see the tiny ant that is in focus in the bottom right picture!!? I just love it!

Once we were finished taking photos of the precious set, I was instructed by Machel to send the set off to San Fransisco, California to the next contact on the list. The contact just so happened to be Steve Brison and his wife Laura. Steve is actually a Flickr contact of mine who's clever photostream and stories keep me endlessly entertained. I love it when I am reminded how small a world we live.

*Update! Since I first started writing this post, Steve has photographed the set. See his image here!

Here are a few of my favorite Table and Chairs shots but please be sure to stop by the Table and Chairs group on Flickr and check out all the wonderfully creative shots!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Anniversary Giveaway! {Closed}

Did you know that Tiny Treasures turned a year old on January 13th? I've been a bit under the weather so I wasn't able to properly celebrate until now. I have had so much fun this year seeing all the wonderful treasures that everyone holds near and dear to their hearts. I'm excited to see what this new year holds for the group: giveaways, interviews, prompts... the possibilities are endless!

Today, not only do I want to celebrate the anniversary of Tiny Treasures but I also want to celebrate the fact that the Tiny Treasures Group on Flickr has reached over 1,000 talented members! I am giving away these adorable salt and pepper shakers! Tiny Treasures all started with these little guys, and now you can say that I have become somewhat of a collector of kissing salt and pepper shakers. To win this darling bowling couple all you have to do is leave a comment below. Be sure to leave an email address so I can have a way to get a hold of you if you are the lucky winner!

For an additional entry, feel free to tweet about the giveaway and/or share it on Facebook! Just be sure to leave a comment below sharing the link to the comment with me.

This giveaway ends on January 25th. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified by email by January 28th!

Thank you everyone for all the love and support you have shown me this year. It's been unbelievable. Can't wait to see how this year unfolds!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas in the Air

"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air." 
~W.T. Ellis 

During the month of December, I am overjoyed at the site off all the beautiful lights and decorations that can be seen all over the place: in storefronts, on sidewalks and lining people's mantles. Cory's grandmother gave us these darling Santa and Mrs. Claus salt and pepper shakers. They have been in her family for years and she thought we should have them. And would you believe that she didn't even know that I collect kissing salt and pepper shakers! I guess it was all meant to be. Christmas is now over and life is already settling into it's normal ebb and flow but I wanted to share a bit of joy from our Tiny Treasure members that I witnessed over this holiday season.

PS: Please check back here at the Tiny Treasures blog in a few days because I will be hosting a giveaway in honor of Tiny Treasure's one year anniversary!! :D

 {Candy Canes}                                                                                 {Ho Ho Ho}

{9~25}                                                                                         {Untitled}

 {I'm Dreaming...} 
 {344:365 Christmas Knocking}                                                                    {Sweets}
 {Untitled}                                                                           {Christmas in the Cabinet}