ROAD TRIP

experience the textures of life this weekend

wood



whitebrickbrickredSgreenbank

taken as our family passed through a small Texas town ...

glass art

inside on a shelf
reflection

outside from the pool diving board
diving board

for more images Love Thursday today!

last one





washing
dishes


paper
whites

under
the
light

second day






paper
whites

on
the

window
sill

























more of the same
but different
tomorrow
"Two great things you can give your children:
one is roots the other wings"
Hodding Carter


grab on


hang
out
hang
on
it
is
Sun
day

Midnight Birds



The first "Red or Gray Give Day" was such a blessing to me!
I have relished all of your visits, comments, as well as words of affirmation
I wish I could give a bird to you all .....

but I am happy to say the four names drawn are:
RELYN
KENDALEE
PENELOPE CRACKERS
SUSAN TUTTLE

please send me your address so these "Song Birds" can wing their way to you!
redorgray@sbcglobal.net

Create a wonderful weekend where ever you may be!



I am not a poet



affirmations
etched
on paper
tucked under
a wing
is the best
I can do...

"GIVE DAY" ends tonight

"the big three"


candles
dawn
table by the window

more love here

GIVE DAY

small, soft, one-of-a-kind birds to perch or pillow in your home


song birds hand crafted by mom and daughter using well worn denim




words of encouragement tucked under the wings



I am participating in a swap here at Creative Kismet sending 5 of my "Song Birds"
and will receive 5 different hand made birds from other swap participants
around the world.



"Red or Gray Give Day"
is for you my friends who visit here,
leave a comment at this post with one or two words that lift your spirit
and you know, if your name is drawn, they will be tucked under the wing of a Song Bird
sent along to you!

This will be open until midnight Texas-time Friday January 23rd.
blessings
ELK





REFLECTIONS OF HER

reflection.jpg
sitting
across from my older daughter
with my camera
using
the window like a mirror
to reflect her as
we talk...
laugh....
create....
birds
along side the reflected paper whites
with the faint outline of
the outside arrangement
in the dark.

may you share many"MondayMoments" like this!

who is ELK*


fbook

I AM

wife . mother . teacher .
. friend . musician .
artist
creating with paper . wood . cloth . stone
a redhead going gray
taking photos
with a small . simple camera
blog space with few simple words since 2008:


RED OR GRAY



my ETSY shop is filled with


 simple . natural . unique 

 stones .  mobiles . collage . cards

created at an old wooden table 


overlooking my wild backyard

although it is closed at the moment 

feel free to contact me if interested 


RED OR GRAY ART




I am honored to have been featured on these wonderful blogs:


anna maria art


shutter sisters . table by a window

shutter sisters . pet parade


its just how I see things

thank u and good nite

eco etsy

in leaf


I Studio

shutter sisters . oh my word

art nest

a portrait of the artist


its just how i see things

Emma Lamb etsy fave






Inspiration Studio mention:

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*I began my blog using my initials "ELK" and it just stuck..
so that is what i go by !


:::::::::::

feel free to contact me with any requests
I am very easy to talk to!

redorgray@sbcglobal.net

Blue Birds Beginning

Awhile ago I entered the Green Giveaway here and was humbled when "ELK" was chosen as a winner. The prize of a charming frame arrived wrapped in such a colorful box

all of the blues and greens that speak to me, along with a perky blue jay on the card inside.

cutframe

It became delightfully apparent that this day was going to continue to be special beyond the framed photo wrapped in a wonderful box. As I opened the blinds in the family room later that afternoon he was lounging on the oak tree branch AND I actually was holding my camera, wonder of wonders I caught this!

Now, nearly a month later I am creating hand made birds for a fun project which will be the "Red or Gray Give Day" on Tuesday. Be happy wherever you may be perched!

redhead on the road

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she has her freedom...drivers license today!

I am a red wagon!

PANSIES delicate, vibrant, strong, transparent, supple



RED WAGON random, portable, vintage, changeable, blooming



ORNAMENTAL CABBAGE
ruffled, vivid, unusual, sturdy, flexible



parked
right
outside
blooming
away
no matter
the weather

WHICH ONE ARE YOU?

just a quick update : it is 28 and all my plants are under cover and I pulled the red wagon
under the porch eves...Texas weather!

Table by a Window



I live in a 35 year old house that has issues....but don't most houses have a few? people too? Anyway, one of the more enjoyable features are the large windows looking out into the backyard. Southern exposure fills the family and dining room with light which we relish all year round.






In the dining room right by the smallish kitchen (one of the issues before mentioned) is our table that has featured many a meal, board game, life-changing discussions ,
morning coffee with newspaper...







The window next to said table is very large and fills the whole wall ... where I gaze at my garden, have watched my daughters and Sam swim in the pool, enjoyed sunrises over the tall oaks....I love it immensly and have chosen to embrace this spot in my home even though I would rather have a bigger kitchen.




the table has wood which has absorbed life; happiness, anger, daughters growing up, teardrops from my eyes as I pray for a friend...and then tears of laughter with friends and family from all parts of life.





In the quiet moments of this new year as life sprouts from behind the glass, I decided to use this backdrop...the table by the window, for a year long journal of photographs, just a couple a week posted to a set....hope you might enjoy

pw




UPDATE>>> I decided to post these pictures on a blog instead Table by a Window


MONDAY IS HERE NO MATTER HOW YOU SPELL IT



in a line





MondayMoments quote:
It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
-- Winnie the Pooh

SILVER SATURDAY

vintage cookie cutters but no cookies,
just like
the way they look through the lens...





my daughter will soon leave to return to college
It has been a delight having her home.

I felt a wave of creativity,
she joined right in the festivities!

in a week or so will feature a
"Red or Gray Give Day"
just a little something
by random drawing