Shine the Divine:

Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice

When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.


Saturday, February 19, 2011


What could be more stylish than a star spangled night? 

A frosty morning window viewed in black and white!

If you enjoy the elegance of black and white photos and want to join in the fun drop by:

TA DA...If I contacted you yesterday about a surprise...this is it!

I am so grateful to the Whimsical Gardener for passing this on to me. What a lovely surprise!

The rules below will tell the following bloggers what to do next should they choose to accept this award, in appreciation for your wonderful blogs, each unique like all of YOU. Honestly, although I can certainly think of 15 fabulous bloggers I've met in recent months, (more actually) that's a lot of bloggers to contact, so if you feel like you want to pass this on to 5 or 6, 9 or even 20, I say go for it! Rules, schmoolz...don't allow this generous award to cause you to feel overwhelmed! (I know for me time and fatigue are real I am bending the rules here myself.)

If you haven't met these gifted bloggers before....PLEASE stop by to visit!!! You will be so glad you did:-)
To accept the award, the following should be accomplished:

Post linking back to the person that gave you the award.
Share 7 random things about yourself.
Award 15 (or 5 or 6, seriously) recently discovered great bloggers
Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

7 Totally Random Things About Me:
1. I had my nose pierced 19 years ago. (sometimes I wear a ring, mostly just a stud)
2. I really enjoy cinnamon in my hot chocolate. (my daughter Rosie makes the BEST)
3. I used to be able to wrap my legs around my head. (I was very bendy up until two years ago)
4. I love to listen to Jazz live (lucky for me my husband is a jazz pianist).
5. When I cook, I tend to deviate from the recipe, if I even bother to start with one. (but I don't have the energy to cook very often now...maybe soon I will again)
6. My middle name is Rose. (I was named for my Great Aunt Rose, my daughter Rosewillow was actually named for her Grandfather, Robert William)
7. I do not have a favorite color. (for me it is more about relationships, color harmony)


  1. Congratulations to you and to those you've named! Woo Hoo!

    My middle name is Rose also. Named for my maternal grandmother Rosalia. :)

  2. beautiful award, yea & clap out loud.

    a pierced Rosey nose lol
    I'm sure you will be bendy again but not while you are cooking or drinking hot chocolate. All colors are great except taupe (yuck) my fav is purple, since I was a wee one.

    I shall pop over & visit your arwardees

    have a great day for you are blessed

  3. First off congrats on your award...I couldn't think of anyone more deserving.

    ((((Laura)))) Thank you my dear sweet friend. I am very honored that you have given this award to me. Since I don't do awards I hope that you will not be hurt or offended if I do not play along. This does not mean that this doesn't mean a lot to because it touches my heart.

    I like your list of random things...I too tend to deviate from recipe's...I used to be pretty bendy like that

    I look forward to visiting the other award winners.

    Thank you for making my day so special. ((((Laura)))

  4. Laura, Thank you so much for sharing your award with me! I feel like I have so much exploring to do and I'm off and running to meet your other recipients!

    Enjoy the day!

  5. Stopping back to say how much I enjoyed visiting each of your picks...what a sweet gift this Saturday morning that has been filled with sweet beautiful chaos since before 7...I wish for you and yours a beautiful weekend filled with peace, love and smiles. Love and hugs to you my friend...thank you again for your lovely thoughtfulness. XX

  6. Congratulations Laura. Your blog is so beautiful and inspiring it well deserves this award. Have a cozy day up there! Love, Jill

  7. Congratulations! You are definitely worth it:) I will definitely visit bloggers you suggested to do so!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. The sweetest! Thank you so much for thinking of me. I will tell you 7 random things about me:
    1. I grew in La Porte, Texas. Moved to Houston, Texas after I married.
    2. I met my husband when I was 14 years old. I knew he would be my husband when I first saw him.
    3. We dated 6 years before we married, I was 21.
    4. I adopted a child, I couldn't have children.
    5. I husband died in a "surprise" death.
    6. I moved to the desert, high mountain desert, Taos, New Mexico
    7. After sometime, I met my current partner. He is a wonderful man. I love him dearly, he enriches my life.

    I am very happy. I work in the studio everyday, and it isn't enough. I am so glad to have met you! You are my hero....Thanks

  9. I forgot, I wanted to tell you, when I was a child my favorite color was purple, now yellow.....lemons and sunshine!

  10. Congrats to you also! I love your random things, Jazz is nice:)

  11. Congrats on a well-deserved award! It was so fun to read the random things about you, to get to know you a bit better.

    I always secretly wanted to get my nose pierced - I find those sparks of light right at the edge of nose and face so appealing somehow.

    Off to check out your friends.

  12. Laura, congrats on your award. Your blog is very inspiring and adds a lot to my days! And THANK YOU so much for putting me on your list of bloggers to be checked out. I am so touched. Bless you.

    I SO enjoyed visiting the other sites you listed. They are all wonderful and it was fun finding some more inspiring sites.

    Here are my random things:

    I am a hermit, who loves people:).

    I belong, heart and soul, to the wilderness, but am stuck living on the outskirts of a town, argh.

    I have written since I was fourteen.

    I raised four kids as a single mom, and they are my greatest works of art!

    I have had a lifelong love affair with nature, and the ocean.

    I absolutely love the world of blogging, and have met the coolest people here.

    Thanks, Laura. Namaste!

  13. Congratulations :)
    And great b&w shots from you here!
    Natures artwork.

  14. Isn't ice wonderful? I get a surprise frequently when it shows up in a form I haven't noticed before...then I grab my camera!
    Congratulations on your award!

  15. Congratulations, Laura, and thanks for sharing with us nature's artwork and seven fascinating things about yourself.


  16. Congrats on the well-deserved award.

    I love your photos, particularly the strong contrast in the first one.

  17. Congratulations on the award. The frosty shots are great. Winter can be a wonderful artist.

  18. Oh what a nice surprise and honor... Well- my blog is so new.. and already has this beautiful award!!!

    Thank you my dear friend!
    Warm hug

  19. those photos really DO look like sequins or spangles on black velvet!

  20. I have always been amazed by the 'randomness' of nature and this frost is just so wonderful. Awesome!

  21. Nature's artistry is humbling...

    Hope you are having a beautiful weekend, Laura.

  22. Congrats, Laura, and I will have to explore those blogs!

  23. The windshield pics were fantastic! Love the B&W.

  24. How pretty that frost looks in black and white. I never would have thought of it. Lovely. Congrats on your award. :)

  25. what lovely photos, such wonderful contrast in the monochrome

  26. I love this list. *Big Smiley Face*


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