Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Favorite Spring Pinterest finds!

You know how Pinterest stresses some people out or makes them feel like there are unrealistic expectations looming overhead? I am not one of those people. 

I adore Pinterest. Like I treat myself to it every now and then, just to browse around.  It's a vacation for my mind, not stress or idea overload.  So today I thought it would be fun to do a little internet scavenger hunt for spring.  I've compiled some of my favorite ideas, photos, and pins that are inspiring me this spring.  Click around, sit back and relax, and enjoy! 

















Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Time is running out to sign-up for my Photography class!

I am a self-taught photographer, which means hour after hour have been logged reading manuals and guides, taking online classes, and simply practicing. This one day class will speed up the learning process for you because it is going to be packed full of instruction!

Let's get right to the important details! 

When and where will the class take place?- Saturday, March 11th on my farm, near Fayetteville.

What is the time frame?- Class starts at 9:00 and ends at 3:00.

What is the price/investment?- The investment is $250 which includes all instructional materials, snacks, lunch, and a few other workshop goodies!  A $50 non-refundable deposit is due when you sign-up, with the remaining $200 due by March 4.

What will we be learning?- During this six-hour day of instruction we will learn so much! We will cover the following topics: Shooting in manual mode, lighting, creating authentic moments to capture, styling a photo and favorite props, the editing process, what to do with your photos, and more!

Is this the workshop for me? -We will be covering topics applicable to DSLR shooters, as well as phone photography.  There is much to gain from this day for both! I personally shoot a bit more with my Nikon, but also use phone photography on a daily basis as well.  The class will cover both.

How do I sign up? - Simply email sunshinebysara@hotmail.com with the subject line "Photography Class" and I will send you an invoice via Paypal.  You may either pay the $50 deposit by itself, or pay the full workshop price upon receiving your invoice.

Any other questions? Please feel free to email me, write me on Facebook or Instagram, comment below, and ask!

I am dreaming of this day already and would love to have you join me!  We'll sit around the table together, explore the farm, and learn how to combine our hearts and souls with our knowledge!

Sign-ups will remain open until Wednesday, March 1!

Monday, February 20, 2017

The bouquets are back.

While some of you have experienced mounds of white snow, flurries of snowflakes, and dreamy winter scenes, we've had an Arkansas winter yet again.  This means a bit of cold (which feels like a LOT of cold to us Arkansans), a lack of color outside,  and just enough snowflakes to raise our hopes we might get a real snow.  But here we are in February, not a snowflake in sight. 

Instead, the bouquets are back. 
We have a random patch of daffodils that cheerfully lead the parade of spring onto the farm each year. I like to think the patch is our own secret spot, seeing as it's tucked back into the woods where most wouldn't even notice it.  But we know it's there.  A few weeks ago we went to check on the progress of the daffodils after having a string of warm days.  Sure enough we spotted green poking their way through the mound of brown leaves.  A spring color! Hooray!

The girls and I went back on Friday, taking a ride on our Ranger.  As soon as we peered down into the woods and saw that flash of yellow we started cheering.  The daffodils were back and blooming!


We quickly picked a bouquet and as soon as Brett got home I said this:
"The bouquets are back and that means everything is going to be ok." 
Without missing a beat, he smiled and said "yep", knowing exactly what I meant. 
The bouquets are reminders of God's beauty, a sign of cheer, and excitement and hope for all that is to come. For when our winter grown looked brown and dirty and vacant, something was brewing underneath. 

The bouquets. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Forget-me-not frost

 I thought I'd take a peek into the posts I had stockpiled, pictures just waiting for their words. 

A few posts made their way into the trash, the memory of the moment enough, words not needed. 

A few posts though, needed to be written about before the seasons changed again. Here in Arkansas we are well on our way to spring already and these photographs of the first frost feel like a distant memory.  I have never once regretted taking a pause to remember the ordinary signs that life was ALIVE, the world more vibrant than what typically meets the eye. 

I remember this morning well.  It was a Saturday and the first frost had coated the ground, as if Jack Frost himself had paid us a visit overnight.  He spared not a single blade of grass, nor a shard of beauty.  I quickly suited up in my farm boots and bulky coat, camera in hand.  It wasn't long before my breath swirled in frosty tendrils through the air, my eyes wide open and my camera going "click, click".  

From a distance the earth looked simply cold. Nothing to see, just a barren winter ground waiting for spring. 

Until I got closer. 

Once I got down to the frosty leaves looking like cookies coated with frosting, to the blades of grass still colorful and sparkling like glitter, I knew this was a moment to behold. 

I wonder how much this forget-me-not frost is begging me to learn this lesson in my day-to-day life? 

That season, neighborhood, situation that looks barren and cold from a distance? 
Perhaps I just need to look closer. 
Maybe once I put my ear down to the earth and the hearts of those around me, my world will come alive with the beautiful details and intricacies of a God-made world. 

This little nugget of truth is what I'm choosing to carry with me this Friday. 
Even though my eyes may be delighted with the bright yellow daffodils we discovered yesterday, that's almost an easier beauty to notice.  Of course we can smile at the sun and the flowers! 

But what if your season of life isn't full of sun and flowers currently? 
Remember the forget-me-not frost. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What to do? and Happy Valentine's Day to YOU!

First things first, Happy Valentine's Day! 
Do you like this holiday? I'm always curious to see what people's reactions are surrounding the hearts, chocolate, and flowers of today.  My post really has nothing to do with the holiday at all and please don't think I'm a cynic or an old married woman, lol.  It IS my mama's birthday today and that's one of the main reasons I love it.  Brett and I do pretty well celebrating each other year-round and we have invited his mom and another family member over for dinner tonight. I'm looking forward to that for sure! I'm making a dish with spaghetti squash, capers, kalamata olives, and coconut milk that is just so rich and tasty.  Plus I may even attempt a healthy version of chocolate cake. It really is a thing! I'll let you know if it works out. 

Of course the girls are over the moon excited about the hearts and candy. 
To be young again! 

(one of our simple joys this season is an old-school popcorn maker)
In other news, I got a new camera! 
I almost panicked purchasing it and didn't think it would even come. 
But it did. 
It is a refurbished Nikon D750 with a new Sigma 35mm f1.4 lens. 
I need to tell you more about it once we get to know each other a bit better, my camera and I, I mean. 









And now for what to do.
Our internet is giving us fits. We live in a rural area, which you all know.  We have a tiny amount of data per month and keep getting extra charges for going over. 

That, combined with other reasons for feeling unsettled about the internet world lately (negativity), has me wondering if I can dedicate an hour or two a week to blogging a few days in advance. 

I've thought about even giving up the blog for a while, seeing as it's the primary reason I'm using the Internet. But I just can't.  You see, I truly do blog for myself and my own story and it's been 10 years almost! Better not quit now. 

Do you read blogs? Do you blog yourself? On home internet or at a cafe or coffee shop? 
Any advice for me? Do you use the Internet for a host of reasons, particularly for enjoyment, or are you strictly an IG person? 

Lend me your internet thoughts. 
Time to run, 
talk soon. 
xo-much love Rosy readers! 

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