Poppycock and Sunshine

The adventures of a crazy girl trying to live a quiet, slower Provincial lifestyle in an hectic, fast paced, American society.

Guess what? April 5, 2011

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There’s going to be a part 2!!!


Care to join me? If you didn’t get an opportunity to participate in the first one, it’s not too late! Maegan put together a workbook for those who wanted to take it again or for the first time….. get yours HERE…. it’s free. This truly was the most amazing course for jump starting creativity. Begin today…. you won’t regret it! And then join me in May!!!


End of the Road June 20, 2010

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“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.”

~George Bernard Shaw


So I finally finished my Creativity Boot Camp. It was a long two weeks with many mental road blocks along the way, but I managed to finish completely and successfully! My reward? Having one of my photos posted on the last day, day thirteen! You see the creator of the course had been adding a photo from one of the participants to her posts, one per day. Imagine my surprise to find that one of MINE had been added to the final post of the blog! An honor indeed. 🙂 So here they are, the final entries of the two week extravaganza.

Day Ten: “Full Bodied”


Day Eleven: “Hush”


Day Twelve: “Smooth”


Day Thirteen: “Smile”


The Slightest Hiccup June 16, 2010

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“Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits.”

~Robert Brault

“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.”

~Paul Strand


I have to admit, I have hit a creative wall these past few days. I have totally lost my steam, my umph. But unlike some people who have ten things going on at once, this is the only project I have going  on at the moment. Really? I’m going to quit? I don’t think so, Faith. And so I blunder on. Taking photo after photo, unsure if they even measure up to my potential. I have begun to think of myself as an “accidental photographer”. If I got a great shot, it was purely by accident. 🙂 It is my determination that I need to start educating myself in order to grow even further. Take a class or read a book, it doesn’t matter. I’m just tired of being accidental.

Anyways, enough of that. Moving on.

Day 7: “Fly”

This one consisted of me chasing around this bee all over my yard, cursing him to stay still for more than 2 seconds.


Day 8: “Ornament”


Day 9: “Drizzle”


Day 10: “Full Bodied”


Breaking Free June 12, 2010

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“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” ~Twyla Tharp

Today’s assignment sort of stumped me a bit. It was mentioned that sometimes with art and creativity we can become comfortable and dependent upon certain techniques or styles or methods. We can actually begin to limit ourselves eventually. So today we were admonished to switch it up a bit. Do something we wouldn’t normally. Break our own rules. This was difficult for me and I’m not even really sure I was able to accomplish it. I did try though.
Today Word Prompt: Fluid
So my thought process around this photo was to capture the fluidness of the curtain and at the same time take a picture I wouldn’t normally be attracted to taking: dark with muted colors. Normally I am drawn to vibrant colors. I’m still not sure about this one. What are your thoughts?
The idea behind this one was to take the picture direct on, not off to an angle like I usually do.
An angle, like this one, for instance…….
This one I saw out of the corner of my eye in the middle of work and had to run to the back to grab the camera! Much to the amusement of my co-workers. 🙂


Journeys and Memories June 11, 2010

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“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~Berthold Auerback


Today’s post for Creativity Boot Camp spoke about music and it’s impact on a person’s emotional process. We were encouraged to go back to our younger years, when emotions were flourishing at their finest, and think about the music that really moved our souls and spoke to our spirits. Music that stirs up those old feelings we may have been repressing all these years past. For really it’s only through emotion, wild and crazy, that we are able to create the amazing. So I thought about it for a bit. I took myself back to a completely different time, back to when I was a completely different person. Back to the fresh innocence of my youth, to a emotional charged and confusing time. There is one song, from one band, that has carried me through it all. I listen to this one song and the memories, a sheer multitude of them, come flooding back to me, overtaking me. This song has been there in the background through so much of my life, through so many different stages. Through the good times and the bad. Through marriage and divorce. Through depression and recovery. It was just always there, in the background. Playing over and over and over.


Today’s Word Prompt: Grow



“Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting in his own life.”

-Herbert A. Otto


The Wishing Year June 10, 2010

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Just wanted to share an excerpt I found vastly amusing from a book I am currently reading, The Wishing Year. It caused me to laugh out loud as I peddled away on the excersise bike today at the gym.

“A married couple in their early sixties was out celebrating their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant. Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table and said, “For being such an exemplary married couple and for being faithful to each other for all this time, I will grant you each a wish.” “Oh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband!” said the wife. The fairy waved her magic wand and – poof! – two tickets for the Queen Mary II luxury liner appeared in her hands. Then it was the husband’s turn. He thought for a moment and said, “Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this will never come again. I’m sorry, my love, but my wish is to have a wife thirty years younger than me.” The wife and the fairy were deeply disappointed, but a wish is a wish….. So the fairy waved her magic wand and – poof! – the husband became ninety-two years old. The moral of the story: “Men who are ungrateful bastards should remember that fairies are females.”


In other news, Creative Boot Camp is going well. Although I do have to admit, this taking photos with a theme EVERY SINGLE DAY is rather challenging. But then, as I happened to mention to dear Dani yesterday,  I guess they don’t call this “Boot Camp” for nothing.

Day Four: Heavy Metal

(In case you are wondering what this is exactly, it would happen to be my husbands favorite new toy, the Kettle Bell. Seriously, if you talk to him, it’s bound to come up into conversation.)



Peel Back the Layers and Expose My Soul June 8, 2010

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“Conformity is the jailor of freedom and the enemy of growth.”

~John F. Kennedy


Day Three of Creative Boot Camp’s Theme: Multilayered.