Great fashion: Spring 2013 collections

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I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! I enjoyed mine with my family. It was great. I’m glad the world didn’t end and I am looking forward to the upcoming year.

Most of the fashion I am posting here are part of STYLE.COM. Here I am highlighting the ones I like best. Enjoy

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Conneticut School Shotting: What to tell your kids

Painting by Nancy Noel, Angel of Peace

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What a horrible tragedy has happened today. As a civil person, I can’t even imagine or comprehend what would make someone kill children. As a mother, may God be with the parents and family of those lovely children. My prayers are with you.

While trying to get fully informed about what happened today, I came across this very interesting article from ABC News On line. Here is what they say:

“Your child doesn’t need to have been at the scene of today’s Connecticut school shooting to be traumatized.  Hearing about it and seeing images from it can be quite traumatic.

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It’s important to remember that children of different ages and levels of development will react differently to the tragedy. Here are some tips to help tailor your conversation to your child’s needs.

Children younger than 7

Shield them from this. They don’t need to know about it.

Children 7-12

They need to know that they are safe, and they’ll look to you for cues.

If you’re sobbing uncontrollably, overly angry or unable to express your feelings, it might affect how they process the tragedy. But if you’re expressing appropriate emotion — like sadness, concern and empathy — they’re going to see that it’s OK to be worried about this.

You want them to talk about it.  You want to ask, “How do you feel about this?” And then it’s important to support their feelings.  If your child says, “I’m really scared,” the worst thing you can do is say, “There’s no need to be scared.” Instead, tell them, “We’re going to keep you safe, and they got the bad guy.”

Children Older Than 12

With teenagers, you really want to engage them. Ask them why they think this happened?  And do they think anything could have prevented this?  You can have a real conversation out of that. You might also be able to channel them to a community project, some act of charity so that they believe they are taking positive action.”

Great Idea: Family cards

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When it comes down to Christmas time, it is almost inevitable that you will receive a card with a family picture on it. The cards that follow go beyond the obvious. These are all very creative. And, while some are a bit weird, they are still fun.

Girl Painting her family for her Christmas Card

christmas card 2006
This one is actually mine from back in 2006.

Ok idea: Family Portraits

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We want to get a family picture done this year. There are so many things to think about when getting a photo done that it can be overwhelming.

Should we go with a professional photographer? if so, where do I get one? where do we pose? what should we wear? Should we do a photo shoot at a studio? what to do? what to do?

while looking around for ideas, and there are many fabulous ones, I came across several pictures that I couldn’t help but share them with you. While I can see the…”thought” behind them, I can’t help but wonder, what were they thinking?

weird and funny family pictures

weird and funny family pictures

weird and funny family pictures

Funny Family Christmas Picture

Great Artist: Bella + Bunny

PRINT / Cherry Blossom Girl / pink hair girl with bunny

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I came across Bella + Bunny, Emma Bazan, work by a happy accident. I was captured by her use of color and line. I love how the composition of her works can be contained in an area and still feel free and fluid. Enjoy.

PRINT / Magnolia and beetles / girl with  teal and pink magnolia headband and beetles

11x14 Stella's Glowing fire

PRINT / Iris In the Afternoon / girl with rainbow leaf hair with butterfly

PRINT / Marigold's Butterfly Wing / girl with orange pink hair

PRINT / Dreamcatcher Art / Wolf/ Feathers

5x7 PRINT/ Wish we were butterflies

PRINT/  Robin's Reflection / girl with red robin, birds nest hair, blue eggs, green eyes

PRINT / Marina / girl with sailboat and octopus

Christmas Tree Decorating

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Decorating Christmas trees can be a bit daunting. There are a few steps that can be followed in order to succeed at it. Here are some ideas I got from Better Homes and Gardens

  1. Hang Christmas tree lights. The first step in decorating a Christmas tree is adding the lights. Tree lights typically come on green or white wire strands; choose the strand that matches your tree so the wire will be hidden. Illuminating your Christmas tree from the inside out will give it the most dynamic look. Start at the base of the trunk and work your way up, wrapping lights around every major branch, moving from the trunk to the tip and back.
  2. Add Garlands. There are no firm rules when draping garlands on a tree. To avoid the “sausage effect” (branches bulging between tightly cinched garlands), start at the top of the tree and slowly increase the amount of garland between each wave as you work your way down the branches. Plan to use about two strands of garland for every vertical foot of tree. To avoid a busy look on your tree, use a variety of garlands from plain to fancy. Thin, beaded garlands look best hung from branch to branch; thicker paper, ribbon or foil garlands look best wrapped loosely around the entire tree.
  3. Hang Ornaments. To showcase your favorite ornaments, place them in prime positions on the tree first. Next, hang your larger ornaments, spacing them evenly around the tree. Fill in around those ornaments with medium- and small-size ornaments. Be sure to hang some ornaments closer to the trunk to create depth and interest. Finish dressing the tree by adding specialty items, such as clip-on ornaments or icicles.

Like any decoration, a theme and a color palette is essential. I find myself making the same tree every year, but according to these examples, done by Martha Stewart, there is a better way.

Here are some more from Country Living

christmas tree decorated in pink and gold in front of a banister lined with stockings

close up of pink christmas stocking with paper clock facechristmas tree star with clock faceschristmas tree