Monday, February 21, 2011

Journal Cover Competition from Nestle and Soar Studio

Redhead Journal
May I have your feedback? I'm placing cover art for my upcoming series of journals on this post and it is my hope is you will look at them all. The feedback I need is simple! As a comment posted to this blog, please tell me your top 3 favorites in order, beginning with the journal you'd love to have in your hands right now! On March 3rd I will tally everyone's opinions and post again with the results. A prize from my Nestle and Soar Studio of a free journal is up for grabs! Let me know your opinion and I will put your name in a random drawing. Fun? I'm having fun just looking at these images, and I hope you will, too!
Thanks for stopping by,

Standing Sentry Journal

Freckled Egg Journal
Sweetheart Owl Journal

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Penguin Family is my new "Cover Girls"

This charming photo will grace the front of a new line of journals I am creating for my Nestle and Soar Internet shop. When I came across this image, I had that female "Awww" response. The care shown by the adult (and it may not be the mom, by the way) is so tender. Dad penguins spend the coldest part of the year sitting on the eggs to protect them while the mom seeks food. It is a real family nurturing community. The looks on the faces of the two babies is what got my Awww going really good!

I remember thinking that penguins are mammals, but they are not. They are aquatic, flightless birds and live almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere, especially in Antarctia.  I will share some of my other journal covers with you in the days ahead. I'd love to hear quick votes on which image is your favorite! You can start now by telling me if you like this one. Awww!

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Trees teach us and comfort us

Coexist, Georgianne Holland, 2010
"I am a tree of the field, and I honor that about me. I have been planted here in the earth to nourish, give comfort, and shelter other forms. I am a vital expression of support and supply." Paraphrased from Science of the Mind, January, 2011.

I often look for tree inspiration and these words speak to me today. When trees are a part of my life, I think it enhances my daily living. If I were to live on the tundra or any other treeless landscape, I would feel at a loss, even "un-comfort-able". Perhaps that is why I relate to the suggestion that trees offer comfort.

Many of my friends and family live in places that are currently being hard-hit by winter weather, with a few complaints about it all coming to the surface. When I am in a long stretch of snow and cold at this time of year, I think about how trees are quite active, or soon will be, running sap and preparing to move into the green part of the year. Not long from now, as time marches by quickly, the leaves will be unfurling and the days will begin stretching longer with light. Trees teach me to relax and rejuvenate in the winter--to stay inside and sleep a little longer. I do feel right about being a tree-like personality in this world, or at least, I aspire to this ideal. How about you?