{Echo} Week 15- Rouge

 

I chose rouge as Week 15’s theme because my birthday is tomorrow… and quite simply… that deep shade of red is one of my absolute favorite colors. It evokes both passion and warmth. It transports me to moments that speak of ruby red lips and beautiful gowns. I think of all the delight that cherries, apples and strawberries bestow upon us or perhaps that cool crisp feeling that red & white together bring to me. The comfort of a deep red barn or the tint on someone’s cheeks as they give one of those amazing, authentic, full-belly laughs. 

I can’t think of a better present than to be showered with your images featuring rouge.

 What does it conjour up within you?

Photo Credits: © Christy Hydeck (left), © Susan Tuttle (right)
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Susan & I invite each of you to participate in the project and show us your unique vision, your voice, your echo. Remember, to share your link in the comments here so if I get a chance to do a round-up I can add your site to the post, besides I don’t want to miss any of your stories.

NOTE: I’m still taking a bit of a social media break as I focus on getting my new site finished, once and for all. . There, I will have larger images that you can breathe in a bit, a much better navigational system as well as a plethora of information. I am beginning to get really excited for it and hope you’ll follow me there! Roadblocks keep taking away the time I allotted for it – my birthday wish is to complete it soon without interruption! I think I’ll feel as if a weight has been lifted once it is complete.

You cans till join in on the 2 collaborative projects I will be hosting there — information is on this post, leave a comment to sign up – and I’ll contact you as soon as the time is right!

Warmly, Chrysti

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{Echo} Week 11- Blossom

Life with a kitten often yields photographic results i didn’t quite intend… but my gosh, how freakin’ adorable is he? Totally makes up for all the mischief he causes.

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun.” – Kent Nerburn

Where’s my usual narrative you ask?

Buried under out-of-town guests, family matters, and medical issues… I always feel so badly when I post and run… as if it some wicked, artsy… blog like one-night stand. Don’t feel used, I promise it was good for me too; does it help if I say I’ll call tomorrow? Ok, ok so now it’s just obvious I am drugged …. get-on-with-it-already-chrysti …

Photo Credits: © Susan Tuttle (left), © Christy Hydeck (right)
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I look forward to seeing what you in have store for Week 11 of Echo–blossom. Susan & I invite each of you to participate in the project and show us your unique vision, your voice, your echo. Remember, to share your link in the comments here so if I get a chance to do a round-up I can add your site to the post.

“Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.” – Doris Lessing

Go, blossom.

Chrysti

{Echo} Week 8- ‘Juicy’

“Don’t miss all the beautiful colors of the rainbow looking for that pot of gold.”

Susan chose the ‘ juicy‘ prompt because  she was “craving some color against this white backdrop of winter”. While I loved the prompt, I admit to being a just-a-tad-bummed initially; as my heart has been drawn to the pale, the delicate and the serene these days. However, I love a challenge (well, on most days) … and breaking out of one’s-current-musely-mood is indeed, challenging.  Am I the only one who has a muse with a severe case of tunnel vision?

There was a particular shot I wanted to get for this round of {echo} and I was not at all successful in making it work – disappointing but an excellent, much needed reminder that I need to make time to learn all the technical skills I lack where photography is concerned. While I admit I sometimes wish I could bypass the whole learning process and instantaneously have the knowledge residing in that cluttered space I call my brain… I know I would be missing out on so many opportunities to fumble and fail … and that would truly be a shame, because those are typically the e x a c t moments new discoveries and successes are made of.

So easy to lose sight of that.. such a juicy tidbit of knowledge to be reminded of.


Photo Credits:
© Susan Tuttle (left), © Christy Hydeck (right)
(click image to view it  larger)

JUICY has this wonderful spectrum of meaning that should make for some amazing interpretations this week. What does it mean to you?

I look forward to seeing what you in have store for Week 8 of Echo– Juicy. Susan & I invite each of you to participate in the project and show us your unique vision, your voice, your echo. Remember, to share your link in the comments here so I can add it to the roundup next Wednesday.

Chrysti

{Echo} Week 7- ‘Whisper’ Roundup

:: color the wind ::

“Let your heart guide you. It whispers softly, so listen closely.” -unknown

Which is exactly what I have been trying to do these last few weeks.; that whole listen to your heart thing.

You see, it’s not the listening part that is difficult for me…. it is the trusting part. Over the years as I have taught myself to manage living with Bipolar Disorder…. second guessing my instincts has become natural to me.

Too much so.

I am working on changing that, just a bit mind you.. so that I can allow more joy and light into my life. Routines do wonders for me – but there is something to be said for the one-of-a-kind exhilaration that arises out of spontaneity. Ironic isn’t it, having to teach myself to be spontaneous again? That, and becoming less reclusive are the two things I have been really trying to work on. I am probably the most outgoing, shy person you’ll ever meet. It takes me awhile to warm up, but once I do… I realllly do. I’m not exactly sure when I became so riddled with insecurity and stress that socializing became difficult, but the weight gain and health issues over the last few years didn’t really help matters much. I am working on it… and learning it is truly o.k. to be a perpetual work-in-progress.

Those are the whispers I hear today, the whispers that have been calling me to seek solace and wisdom in nature as well as myself  – even in this frigid winter. With each passing day I know I am becoming stronger, wiser, and one step closer to my goals. Not so bad when I really think about it. I am looking forward to leaving here – the here which I now call limbo, and starting the next chapter of my life. I think I have some creative ways to help make that happen – and hope you’ll consider helping me when the time comes.

The whisper prompt brought about some amazing images and stories. I have truly delighted in sharing in them, and hope you’ll enjoy looking through them too.

Here’s the roundup for Week 7 of {Echo} – Whisper:

:: aubergine:: (by ArtByChrysti)

{Echo} Week 7 - Whisper (by ArtByChrysti)

If  I have inadvertently forgotten you, or you choose to join in (yay!) … please let me know in the comments section and I will update the list .. it is wonderful discovering  the unique visions y’all have in this beautiful life, I can’t get enough of it.

  • New Flickr Group for the collab. ~ Join Us! Find a partner there, read the guidelines and more!
  • Add the new Echo button (susan’s awesome design) to your blog if you’d like! Get the code here.
  • Catch up with the previous {Echo’s}

See you tomorrow with the new {Echo} prompt!

Chrysti

{Echo} Week 5- Melody Roundup

“Music is the melody whose text is the world.” -Arthur Schopenhauer
(Photos of
the talented Jon Troast)

As the old adage goes, better late than never!  aside: How is it exactly that a day can turn into a week with the simple blink of an eye?

I loved the beautiful array of melodies this week:

“Melody is a form of remembrance.   It must have a quality of inevitability in our ears.”Gian Carlo Menotti

If  I have inadvertently forgotten you, or you choose to join in (yay!) … please let me know in the comments section and I will update the list .. it is wonderful discovering  the unique visions y’all have in this beautiful life, I can’t get enough of it.

  • New Flickr Group for the collab. ~ Join Us! Find a partner there, read the guidelines and more!
  • Add the new Echo button (susan’s awesome design) to your blog if you’d like! Get the code here.
  • Catch up with the previous {Echo’s}

See? I can do short & sweet!

Chrysti

{Echo} Week 5- Melody

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But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.”

Kahlil Gibran

close your eyes for just one moment…

tune out the distractions, the noise
soak in the quiet and just…
listen…
listen oh-so-carefully

do you hear the faint sound of the waves crash against the rocks?
the sea, it is beckoning you…

do you feel the warmth of the evening sun against your face?
delight in it…

can you hear the sweet sounds of the flute guide your journey in the distance ?
let its melody envelop you …
breathe it in ….

soak up this moment, the here and now…
your present

for just like that it is gone …
a cherished memory

“Not every end is the goal. The end of a melody is not its goal, and yet if a melody has not reached its end, it has not reached its goal. A parable.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

I look forward to seeing what you in have store for Week 5 of Echo– Melody. We invite each of you to participate in the project and show us your unique vision, your voice, your echo. Remember, to share your link in the comments here so I can add it to the roundup next Wednesday.

“The song is ended / But the melody lingers on.”
– Irving Berlin

Warmly, Chrysti

{Echo} Week 4- Surprise Roundup

(practically) Speechless, Moi.

How’s that for a surprise?

(those that know me well, may be in shock right now.. let’s allow them a moment to recover and breathe normally again)

“We have to believe that even the briefest of human connections can heal. Otherwise, life is unbearable.” -Agate Nesaule

Truly, I don’t know where to begin or even how to properly thank each of you. The emails, comments, notes and all around support you have given me throughout this mourning period have touched me beyond measure. While there is no remedy for grief… knowing I am not completely alone, having people to share stories of my Sadie with… and the human connections you have so generously extended to me are invaluable. It helps, a lot.

So, Thank You.

I haven’t written everyone individually, or even commented on the replies and blogs this week… every time I went to, I began to tear up again… and I am trying to avoid that right now. Managing my moods is such a delicate balancing act – I need to make that a priority when depressive triggers hit me. Please know, I have read each & every letter – and the lack of response does not indicate a lack of gratitude. Quite the opposite in fact.

“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.” Alexandre Dumas

I am making my peace and finding my way through this devastating loss, as we all do.. as we must do. Death has a certain sort of way of making us appreciate… really appreciate life – it always comes back to the yin and the yang doesn’t it? I am grateful that Bipolar & Tourettes have allowed me to feel everything in life so deeply – both the joys, and the pain.. so when it is most difficult.. I try to keep that in mind. Not many get to receive that gift. True moments of happiness make the rest worthwhile.

All of the emotional upheaval coupled with the franticness of the  holidays have set me behind, so I am keeping this brief (surprise!) .. and allowing you to simply savor all of the amazing responses this week. So many stories told. So many friendships blossoming.  Are you enjoying it as much as I am?

If  I have inadvertently forgotten you, or you choose to join in (yay!) … please let me know in the comments section and I will update the list .. it is wonderful discovering  the unique visions y’all have in this beautiful life, I can’t get enough of it.

Need/want a partner?  Join the Flickr group and post here! It is my sincere wish that it shall be the start of some fabulous collaborations and friendships for y’all.

The new prompt, Week 5 – will be posted next Wednesday… December 9th, 2009.

Here’s to finding the wonderful surprises life ushers in,

Chrysti