Sweet Triumph


Created in the image of God, his eyes focused on the fading shadows.  Just moments before, he was surrounded by a love he would never outgrow.  I continued to push the swing in motion. As my husband and son walked away, I realized how beautiful my life was. What a defining moment. Here was a child who unfolded the meaning of my family’s generation. There have been  many times when I felt I have failed, but looking through the eyes, heart and mind of my grandchild, I hadn’t. This is my greatest triumph.

Three generations of my family, you see.

Three generations of my family, you see.

 

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Double the Pleasure-Double the Fun


“Sight is what your eyes produce, Vision is what your heart produces.

Never let what you see affect your vision.”

-Shandren Reddy-

None of these photos have been edited to create a double vision. I was blessed to see these in their natural, twofold beauty. The third photo was edited but only to create a contrast from of the black to yellow.

When God sends us double blessings, it’s always a win-win situation.

May you always look for those unexpected blessings God sends your way.

 

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Looking Glass Reflections


 1950's Vintage Jeanette Lombardi Glass Fruit Bowl

1950’s Vintage Jeanette Lombardi Glass Fruit Bowl


 

Clear Glass Cake Stand with footed plate and ribbed glass cover from the 1950's

Clear Glass Cake Stand with footed plate and ribbed glass cover from the 1950’s

 

Bowl is still used almost 60 years later.

Bowl is still used almost 60 years later.

The fruit bowl was given to my parents as a gift for their very first Christmas from my mom’s parents (my grandparents).

It has been used and a part of their

lives for 60 years come this December. The cake plate was also a gift and

 just as beautiful and vintage as the fruit bowl.  It currently is displaying a yummy carrot cake of which I did not bake.

Carrot Cake displayed on glass cake stand

Carrot Cake displayed on glass cake stand

 

Another special piece which is used often is this beautiful  glass candy dish. It is usually empty rather than full.

Clear glass candy dish.

Clear glass candy dish.

What can I say…

I love sweets!

Each of these pieces have a special meaning to my mother. Looking back in time through these vintage glass pieces, I see a history. My hope is that the history will be carried down through the generations to come as a reflection from the past.

The photos below are some pics I took while experimenting with glass. It was once said, “The world is a looking-glass. It gives back to every man a true reflection of his own thoughts.”

Looking through the eye of a vase with glass stones at the bottom.

Looking through the eye of a vase with glass stones at the bottom.

This is a yellow vase with blue glass stones in the bottom. Just as the rule says, yellow and blue makes green. But it says more than that. This glass image says beautiful things can happen with a little cooperation from others.

Clear, empty glass appears to be half full.

Clear, empty glass appears to be half full.

This shot was taken with the light causing a reflection behind. Although the glass is empty, the reflected shadow from behind seems to make the glass appear half full. Half full or half empty doesn’t really matter. I’m just thankful I have a glass.

Reflecting beauty

Reflecting beauty

When thought of  placing a pink vase behind a blue-tinted glass, I had no idea what the image would look like. I was just experimenting and wanted to see what would happen. But, I love what it says to me. The glass is clear but the base and stem is a beautiful blue, my favorite shade of color. The vase is a bold pink. Because the top of the glass is clear,  it allows the pink to stand out and reflect its beauty from behind. The glass remains quiet to let something else more beautiful happen. A lesson we could all learn.

Glass votive with flickering flames

Glass votive with flickering flames

 

Glass votive with flickering flames. There’s a special look to this. It speaks softly. No matter how many candles are lit, the light reflected remains to be one.

 

“The world is a looking-glass. It gives back to every man a true reflection of his own thoughts.”

Please share what your thoughts are on the looking-glass reflection.

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The Same but Different


Country Fall

A LITTLE FALL IN THE COUNTRY, Gowanda, NY

NIGHT LIGHTS of Nashville, Tennessee

NIGHT LIGHTS of Nashville, Tennessee

BLUES and GREENS along a Virginia Roadside

BLUES AND GREENS along Virginia Roadside

CLOUDS OVER OCEAN, Destin, Florida

CLOUDS OVER OCEAN, Destin, Florida

These are just a few of my photos that are unique with their own beauty. Although these landscapes are uniquely different, there is one element in common. They are all cropped. With this simple step, each photograph improved  just by removing extra stuff from the perimeters that cluttered their beauty. In others words, I got rid of the junk to improve the overall look. Not a bad idea….Maybe we should try that in life, as well.

Side Note: If you click on the last image, it will take you to my newly published blog, Free Flow Friday, hosted on Blogging U Events: The Daily Post. If you are interested in writing, sharing a photo or just get acquainted with the blogging world…give it a click.  🙂

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