Thursday, October 13, 2011

Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile...

{photo taken by Labour of Love}

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. - Stanley Horowitz

Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile. -William Cullen Bryant

October's poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter.-Nova Bair

Here is my October 2011 Desktop Calendar. Autumn is one of our favourite season...we love when the leaves change into their vibrant + glorious colours. For a couple of weeks it hit 80 degrees...but today it has been raining like cats+dogs all day...

This shot was taken nearby UM-Wisconsin Arboretum. Two canoers just started their journey on Lake Winagra. I wanted to capture the Fall beauty...I truly love seeing all the different colours through my camera lens. It was a perfect shot!

What are you planning for this weekend?!

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the beautiful Fall weather! Until next time...

au revoir xoxo

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


lately this month, i've been watching a lot of superhero type of movies with my munchkins: Thor, Dare Devil, Electra, Transformers, Aeonflux, Indiana Jones, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Hornet, Harry Potter, heck, even Charlie's Angels. it's very fitting for this month as Halloween is just around the corner. don't you wish you could just have superpowers and get everything you wanted done?! sometimes having superpowers can help you ward off evil mojo + bad karma that negative people try to displace onto unexpecting souls. hmmm...what superhero would i be? what power would i want? well...

a few days ago, a friend on fb tagged me to do this fun meme:
1 - Go to wikipedia and hit random. The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band. 2 - Go to and hit random. The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album. 3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”. Third picture no matter what it is, will be your album cover. 4 - Use photoshop or other similar free online photo editors to put it all together. 5 - Post it with this text in the "caption" and TAG the friends you want to join in...

i did everything, except #3 had me thinking about copyright laws and the owners of those pictures on Explore/Flickr. i found a cool picture (that was the third picture of Explore) of a woman in a long, white gown. her hair was wrapped around her face and her arms were wrapped around herself. it was gorgeous. i believe the photographer's name is Vanessa Ho. i added text to the picture and it looked great. but i didn't feel right using that photo without the expressed consent of the owner. so i deleted it. but i loved the title of my band: Flygirl and i loved the title of my first album: No bird soars too high, if (s)he soars with her (i added the word 'her') own wings (quote from William Blake). it got my creative juices flowing and i edited a photo of myself by using the pencil sketch option via photoshop and added the text and viola, a great poster/album cover was born (see photo above)...

so, i guess the universe is telling me that if i were to be a superhero, i would be 'FLYGIRL' with supermagnificent and unbelievable speed, intelligence, power , strength and of course the natural ability to FLY.

with that being said, this one superhero (ha~moi!) has been a busy lil' beaver...we've decorated our lil' house with neat + stylish Halloween decos (will take some shots soon)...we're going to be making our lil' mummy cups (see this post for mummy goody cups + more Halloween ideas) for their treats to give out to their lil' buddies at school and i've been scouting our town for our next family portrait photoshoot location. i'm also preparing to send my 1st 52 week mail out of town + a long-awaited package to someone special. whew...i'm just exhausted reading all the things i have to get done.

well... i hate to talk and run, but duty calls...until next time! mwah~Flygirl ;)

Monday, October 10, 2011

52 Weeks of Mail Love...

A sweet friend, Anastasia, wrote about this special event in FB. She is a beautiful artist and also loves letter writing and receiving mail from all over.
I instantly fell in love with this idea!

I love letter writing, receiving letters from pen-pals and just checking the mailbox for any sweet surprises from special hearts across the world. Call me old-fashioned. But whatever happened to sending mail through the postal service? In this fast, high-tech world, I think people have forgotten how to be civil to one another. I think the Etsy Creators have got a great idea.
Bringing people closer together by a simple surprise in the mail. I like it.
I'm participating in this event and I'm starting with a person that has been waiting for something from me for 3 whole years. I don't know where those years have gone. All I know is that LIFE got in the way (esp. with my Hubby deployed to the Middle East-life was hectic for sometime.) So, to get back into the groove, I'm preparing a lil' package to this special heart. They should receive it before Halloween. I'm determined to mail it this week. I'm getting everything ready and I'll post a quick picture of it before the week is out.

Check out 52 Weeks of Mail here for more info and check out the other FBers looking for pen-pals. Great way to connect!

Also, through FB, here is another Artist, Jenny, (The Modest Peacock) who writes a great post about how and why she's participating. She also gives out fab links to other places to connect with and find some great pen-pals!

If anyone would like to send me their snail addy (mail address), I would be happy to send mail from my lil' world to you. Just let me know your snail addy by sending me a quick e-mail at labourof_love at hotmail dot com or you could send me your blog link and I could contact you through your blog.
(Please no weird, stranger-danger types.
Just real, wholesome+good hearts, PLEASE!)

Looking forward to sending my lil' something to that special heart soon...
Hope you will join in the fun too!

Until next time... bonne nuit!