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This morning I woke early. Everything was peaceful and quiet and ever so slightly tinged with pink as the sun began to break free from the horizon.

Coffee is a requirement today. As I sleepily start the kettle and put the grounds into the press, I listen to birds singing joyously at the morning. Stepping outside, sweater wrapped, reveals a world glistening with dew drops, sparkling in the  now-golden sunlight. The shining blanket, almost as thick as frost, is belied by the warmth that, even in the early morning, is already making my cotton sweater unbearable. Delicately tiny mushrooms have emerged in the night, dotting the green grass with their little white parasols.

Morning Dew -- D.Hitchcock 2013

Mushroom -- D.Hitchcock 2013Dewdrop -- D.Hitchcock 2013 Mushroom 2 -- D.Hitchcock 2013Everything is still as I take in this fleeting beauty. Once the sun is higher, it will take only moments for these watery jewels to evaporate and the sweet mushroom bonnets to shrivel in the heat. A moment so easy to miss. So simple, and yet impossible to recreate. It may be just like this tomorrow, or it may never be again.

Mushroom Dew -- D.Hitchcock 2013

And that is truly beautiful.

DH

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It’s funny how sometimes the things we love most are the hardest to do. That can be especially true of artists. For whatever reason it is suddenly difficult to create, and while waiting for inspiration we get distracted. Or we wait for inspiration for so long that we no longer feel that we can be inspired. Both of these are issues that I struggle with, especially the second one. If I go too long without creating something, I second guess any urge I have when I should just act on it, for better or worse.

Sometimes, too, it is because we get bogged down by using our creative skills for other reasons. Work does this to me. I write and research all day long, and then when I have the time to write what truly matters to me, I feel tired and restless and want nothing more than to do something, anything else. In my two and a half months of blog silence, many lovely plans has gone to waste because of this.

It’s a difficult balance to strike, but ultimately it comes down to deciding what is really important.

I must remember that my creations are important.

I must remember that creating is one of the best things that I can do for myself.

I must remember that creating is a huge part of who I am and who I want to be.

I must remember that I am important.

I guess you could say that these are my extremely belated New Year’s resolutions. I’ve been working on these ideas, though they were not yet articulated, since the beginning of the year, mostly trying to change my mindset. It’s slowly working, as evidenced by the existence of this post, but it is time for me to be more proactive about it. Which will include writing even when I do not know what I want to say.

I had no idea that this post would end up being what it is when I started it.

I have to let the process of creating inspire me and not wait for something that may never come to strike out of the blue. I have to inspire myself.

I am not going to make any lofty statements about starting a specific schedule for my posts — I already have that for work — but I will try to always share when I have something to talk about, rather than allowing myself to think it is not good enough to publish, or not the right time, or whatever other ridiculous excuse the evil parts of my brain try to throw at me.

Thanks to those of you who read the blog and my awesome followers who were hooked when the posts were as thick as thieves but still came back to read this post after my long silence. I hope you all keep coming back. I’ll do my best to have something new for you when you do :)

<3
DH

Happy November everyone! How about some of last month’s greatest hits?

— Desperately want two (or ten!) of these darlings! They are so cute, and I’d be able to spin my own yarn! I just need a house where I can have a fenced yard…

Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep. Yes, that is actual, adult size!

— This recipe. Also, I just really love this blog. So funny, and sweet, and home-y. It’s a joy to read. And I love the dogs.

— Halloween was brilliant, as always. I made some awesome Star Trek costumes for The Boy and myself. Here’s a really terrible picture of me to prove it!

Looking into the stars! Apparently they are really funny.

— And speaking of Halloween, I want to throw this party next year!

— Also this. Hands down, the BEST family Halloween costumes in the history of EVER.

I think I can still recite most of Where the Wild Things Are. I want to be this family when I grow up :)

–The other exciting event of October what The Boy’s birthday! We had a lovely time. The celebration started as soon as he woke up with a scavenger hunt for his presents and ended with an awesome party and a rather sharp-looking cake!

Battlestar Galactica Crest Cake

Battlestar Galacticake!

— And I’ll leave you with a little bit of music: The Corries — Twa Corbies. A Scottish tune sung by some Scottish gents. Points if you know what the song is about without looking it up!

That’s what was important to me this month! How was your October?

<3
DH

Remember in my last post when I said that I was looking forward to my life settling a bit? And remember how I was excited that it probably would because I had just started a great, new, grown-up job?

I was laid off yesterday.

It’s a fact of life these days, but nothing like this has ever happened to me before. No one has ever even wanted to fire me, especially after only three weeks of work. It feels like I’ve had the air knocked out of me, or like when a tablecloth gets pulled out from under place settings at a dinner party, only not in the cool way where everything stays on the table, unbroken.

The Dinner Table (1897) Henri Matisse

However, I have realized in the last twenty-four hours that I am still on the table. I’m a bit tipped over, and there’s a whole mess of broken stuff scattered around, but I am still here and there are some great people, some of whom I barely know, who do not understand the choice that was made yesterday any more than I do and are helping me pick up the pieces.

I feel a lot better today than I thought I would be able to at this time yesterday. I am still stressed and scared, but I feel like I’m going to make it.

And who knows? Maybe getting laid off will end up being the best thing that could have happened.

I don’t know what’s next, but I believe in myself a little bit more than I did this morning and a hell of a lot more than I did yesterday at five in the afternoon.

We will just have to see what happens. And keep on living.

<3
DH

One of these days my life will settle a bit so that I can post as regularly as I would like. My excuse his time is that I got a new job! A real, grown-up job doing something that I will actually enjoy — social media marketing! So that’s exciting. And once I get more into the swing of things (I’ve only been at it two weeks) I should be more able to post as often as I would like.

I have lots of post ideas I’ve been saving up, but today I was thinking we could do something we haven’t done in a bit: a favorites list.

Pittsburgh. Such a cool place. Such a fun trip. Such a great time with my sweetie and his awesome family. I can’t wait to go back.

— Did I mention I got to see a polar bear while in Pittsburgh. I GOT TO SEE A POLAR BEAR IN PITTSBURGH. This was a big deal, you guys.

— All of the faces on this website, and this one, have been haunting my dreams. I really want a dog.  Wallace The Cat really needs a sibling. (Both are true, I just feel like I might be able to justify it more if I get a dog for Wallace rather than one for me.) Take a look and see if you might be able to be a forever home for one of these sweet babies!

— The girl in this picture with me is my sister. She turned fourteen this month, which makes me feel old. I love her more than I love coffee.

This video.

This recipe.

This show. It is available on Amazon Prime Instant View. It is possibly the best television program I’ve ever seen. Watch it.

That’s all for now! I’ll see you soon with a new post!

<3

DH

Tonight I am posting FPF a little early because I know there’s no way I’ll be able to post tomorrow — Up at 6:00am to get to one job, across town for another, and then back downtown through rush hour traffic for part one of a photo shoot, my first in a while. I’m not expecting to be home until late, late, late, and I know I’ll be exhausted, so early posting it is!

Today has been a happy day. I woke up to good news, allowed myself some relax-time, and have spent the evening cooking, listing to lovely music, and singing with my sweetheart. This has been a good respite after a frustrating few days and I am feeling a bit more optimistic than yesterday.

So, today has been a happy day. Almost as happy as the little one in this photo:

I have loads of love for this image. I found it online a while ago (you may have seen it if you follow me on Pinterest!) and the lighting, the composition, and the content of the photo are beautiful. I love how the photographer used high contrast in the technical aspects of the image as well as in the content — the silhouettes against the bright reflection of the floor are the perfect parallel for the contrast of the drudging grown-ups and this playful child. It’s just joyful.

Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to find out what artist made this image. I’ll be doing some more digging on that, but if anyone knows, please share!

To close, this quote which I feel that all creative types should take to heart:

This can be so hard, but you have to know it’s good advice. The best, really. It was a little piece of wisdom that put a smile on my face today, so I thought I’d share.

Keep on smiling, and help others do the same!

<3

DH

I cannot believe that June is almost over. So much has changed in the past two months — graduating, moving, constant work and job hunting, finding new balance — and despite all the stress, life is pretty awesome.

There’s also some pretty awesome stuff in the world, so I think today is a good day to write up a favorites list!

— I love art nouveau and I’m a bit of nerd, so finding Alexandra Douglass‘ website was pretty cool. It’s some fun stuff! This Mucha inspired piece would be amazing in our game room.

Game Nouveau — Alexandra Douglass

— Turns out moving to a new place inspires an awful lot of DIY. The next project I want to tackle is this art-map from Apartment Therapy.

I’ll make one of Atlanta for me and one of Pittsburgh for The Boy. It’ll be cool.

— Speaking of DIY, I’m trying to decide if I want to do this to frame some of my photographs. Real frames are expensive!

— These are amazing. Anybody have ninety thousand dollars I can borrow so I can use these to journal? No? Me either.

Montblanc Skeleton Pens

— Favorite thing about our new neighborhood? The farmer’s markets! We have two awesome local farmer’s markets that set up each week with local people who bring vegetables from their gardens, bread from their kitchens, and crafts from their tables. It’s super awesome. If you’re in the Atlanta area, I highly recommend the Tucker Farmer’s Market on Thursdays and the Lilburn Farmer’s Market on Fridays.

Did you find any awesome stuff in June? Tell us about it! And if you want to see more stuff I think is cool, follow me on Pinterest! Stay tuned for Found Photo Friday and some photos I shot at last weeks’ farmer’s market.

Have a happy Wednesday!

-DH