Javajune's Blog

Someone once said… “Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”

 

Grandpa’s are the Best!!!

 

 

Busy, busy day but I’ll be back later to visit my favorite cyber peeps later.

Happy Father’s Day!

xo-jj

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June 21, 2010 Posted by | bad boys, family woes, should be illegal | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Morning Zen

The magic of morning crept through my window and I came alive under her spell.

 

Fresh herbs growing on the potting table, patina pots and warm sunshine are my favorite parts of summer.

 

A little something, something I’m working on for my Etsy shop, little cards and envelopes made from a collage of  lovely images, professionally printed by Tiny Prints.

Wishing you a zenful day…

ox-jj

June 10, 2010 Posted by | confessions, family woes, photography, saga, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Believe in the magic

A flicker of inspiration is twinkling in my brain. It must be the gorgeous weather we’re having. Some say it’s too hot but I am at my best when the weather is hot, wearing nothing more than a tank top and shorts, no shoes, no sleeves, nothing to confine me.

I have a million pictures and dozens of quotes traveling through my brain as a quiet breeze blows through my window.

“believe in the magic and your dreams will follow”

xo-jj

May 27, 2010 Posted by | photography, secrets, should be illegal, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A sea of Holiday festivities and me feeling a bit in-between

I hope you shared a beautiful holiday with the ones you love. I’m still here, navigating my way through a sea of holiday festivities, putting in over time at the store and feeling a bit tired. I can’t believe a new year is just around the corner. This time of year is a bit melancholy for me but also a little magical. It’s that in-between state-the party is over but a new adventure is about to begin. I’m never quite sure how I feel about it.  I don’t usaully do the big noisy hoopla for NewYears. I prefer to usher in the day in a little quieter more intimate setting with time to think and hope for a special year. We have a long winter ahead and although I despise the weather, I do welcome the quiet solitude that allows me to go deep with thoughts which sometimes end up as words on paper. I’m never quite sure how I feel about the passing of another year and the anticipation of the new. Maybe it’s because I’ve had far too many cookies and my brain is still coming down from a sugar high or perhaps it’s the shear exhaustion of the holiday hype which ends in a mess of wrapping paper and dirty dishes. No matter the reason or all the details, 2010 is on its way and I’m hoping for something spectacular.

What are your thoughts about the New Year and how will you celebrate? Tell me about your holiday and share your hopes and ideas for a New Year. 

xo-jj

December 29, 2009 Posted by | confessions, family woes, me | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Everything is on it’s way to somewhere

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“Everything is on it’s way to somewhere”, ran through my mind as I captured this series of  images. The breeze gently carried each and every tiny seed across the field in a hurry. It looked alot like my life, with bits and pieces of me rushing about going here and there, without an inkling of destination.

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Life has been busy this past week and I haven’t had any time to chat-a  sick child, me playing the role of baby nanny and a new job. My seeds were scattered in all directions but as things began to quiet down I headed out with my camera on a mission to capture the journey of life. It was refreshing and now my child has recovered, batteries are recharged and my seeds are ready for a new journey- destination unknown, of course.

 

 

This one is my fave and I will probably make it available in my shop when I get some time- who knows when that will be- Soon I hope!IMG_3760

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These tiny seeds are wrapped in a ball of fluff, their design is perfect and the sight of them taking flight is beautiful .  I tried to capture the magic as I saw it but I think you just had to be there.

xo-jj

October 22, 2009 Posted by | family woes, me, photography | , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Far away places in dreamy spaces

Pack your bags and come with me- no passport required.

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Here we go again; I’m dreaming of traveling to  far-away, mystical places. Lands where beautiful exotic things grow freely and the air smells like magic as the breeze blows little surprises my way. In my dreams everyone in this land is unique, no two are alike. Each person is valued for the special way they grace the world with a unique presence.

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There is no pressure to be successful, no reason to stress or fight because everything is free and shared. In this place there is only harmony and peace, no wars, no prejudice, no poverty, just happy rhythms flowing freely like the whirrr of a carousel spinning round and round.

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It’s all there in my dream just waiting to be discovered but for some reason this place is secret and can’t be found. No matter how hard I try or how long I search, I always wake before  reaching this exotic place. So I have to wonder is there such a place of love and peace for all? Is this really a dream or just a passing thought drifting through my conciousness, inbetween  awakefulness and sleep? Do you dream of shimmering  places that can’t be reached?

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Perhaps I’m dreaming of travel and far away lands because something feels a miss about this season of sun and budding gardens. The weather has been ever so funky and thrown me off  just a touch. The days start out in the fifties with a cloudy haze and cool damp air. This lasts until mid afternoon when the sun either melts it’s way through the haze or thunder storms break loose and swallow the day. Then around four or five o’clock the sun gets warm and true to a June afternoon but shortly there after the coolness creeps back in. The weather has been quite bazaar for mid June.

Come to think of it this year has been a calamity of oddities, the weather colder than unusual with record amounts of snow and the news of an economy filled with doom and despair but then we had a little glimmer of hope with a new election and a promise of better days to come. Perhaps all of this would explain my thoughts and dreams that seem to be just out of reach. I have seen a glimpse of this magical place and it’s not perfect but soft and dreamy all the same, which is just the way I like it.

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Have a soft and dreamy Monday.

xo-jj

June 15, 2009 Posted by | me, rants | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Something in the air

 

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Have you ever had a day when something felt different somehow. Not anything you can put your finger on- just a feeling.  A day when things seemed to fall into place as little bits of magic were wisping through the air.  This happened to me. It was almost as if everything I saw had something special to it. It was like looking through a magic telescope and seeing everything for the first time.

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I’m not sure what it means or why these things happen but I had a day like that yesterday. The world just felt right and all my ideas clicked. It was a day when all the cosmic tumblers clicked into place and anything was possible. I felt it but I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. I had to laugh when I pulled into Arbies for lunch feeling like my day couldn’t get any better and the girl on the talkie thing said, “would you like a free sweet tea with your order?”  “Mandarin orange please,” I said. It was the best damn tea I’ve ever tasted and not just because it was free.

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You know it’s a good day when a happy accident like this happens and the results are purely magical. I took this image in a corner of a greenhouse I was visiting. I must have moved before the image was complete or maybe it was a little magic at play. Hmmmm, well anyway I’m so captivated by this image that I may have to sneak back to see if she’s for sale.

I love days like this- if only it were something I could bottle up and share with all of you. Now that would truly be magic!

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Sunrise over the misty pond

BTW just in case your wondering…the weather in my fantasy land is beautiful.

I’m off to Cooly Gardens to do a photo shoot for the up-coming Mad Hatter Tea Party on June 27th at Vanessa’s place.

xo-jj

June 4, 2009 Posted by | me, photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Garden magic and a first date

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Sunny days and windy nights have weaved a little magic throughout my newly emerging garden and something is happening that I felt I must share.IMG_3811

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 Whatever it is I am lusting for more and more and yes a little more, please!IMG_3811 4 

 

 

 

This garden of mine has inspired me to dig a little deeper and wider and as I said before -the tiny garden cottage is coming along but not quite ready to share just yet.

I have been busy collecting just the right plants to complete this gem in process but I still have sod to remove and there is a lot more digging to be done.

I’m so excited to report that this year I will be growing bird house and big dipper gourds. The plants are all started and ready for placement. I grew them on an arbor in my former garden and the magic they brought was amazing and very worth the effort! So just in case you may want to try this yourself here is a little gourd growing DIY advice.

 

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The vines are so vigorous and just fantastic. I enjoyed watching a tiny bud become a huge gourd roomy enough to make a cozy home for our feathered friends. This process is wonderful but it does take a little magic on my part. dipper gourds

Caution… this next part involves a little romance and seduction and yes…  gourd sex 101. So read this  at your own risk.  The vines produce 2 kinds of buds- a male and a female. Well by now, I guess you know where I’m going with this…

It takes a special moth like the hummingbird moth to come out and pollinate the flowers and they only have one night to do it in. They last time I grew gourds I planted about ten to fifteen plants so I only had to pollinate a little because there were enough buds on several nights for the moths to take care of the rest. This time I have only two plants and the opportunities will be very limited.

So this means I will have to go out in the moonlight and set up a first date, so to speak, with a little music and maybe some wine… Of course, that’s just for me- silly.

No really it takes a Q-tip to dip out the pollen from the male flower and lightly deposit it into the female flower. The difference between the two, you ask? The female flower is swollen at the base and the male is pretty ordinary- sorry guys.  See I told you it would all sound quite seductive didn’t I?

The last time I did this a neighbor man came out and asked me what I was doing. I turned a little red as I was explaining and he just said o-k-a-y and walked back to his house.

Now at this point you may be wondering why on earth is she sharing all of this. Well it just so happens that I saw an episode of dirty jobs visiting a gourd farm and it reminded me- so I thought I would share. Aren’t you glad I did?

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I love this time of year when everything is starting new and fresh. The color is just beginning and the birds are busy nesting. But the most important part is the sun, the warmth and no more snow!!!!

So get out there and get a little dirty- you’ll be glad you did!

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 Part II

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Okay now before I end this very long post I just had to mention how blown away I am at  the amazing woman in my unravelling class. They are incredible and have been willing to share their most vulnerable sides with the class. I feel privileged to be a part of this process. We have a private and protected space on Flickr where we can share pictures and our inner most feelings and fears. I can’t believe how open and honest some have been. But that’s the point- to expose ourselves and put it all out on the table where we can work out unresolved issues and receive support.

I have to admit this is not what I had expected. I thought it would be a group of woman, most likely budding photographers sharing their struggle to move forward in their work and in need of a little creative inspiration and support. Well I totally didn’t get it because that is not what this class is about at all! It’s much more intimate than that. It’s raw and very transforming. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to get to know and except themselves in a supportive environment with a very nurturing soul (Suzannah)  as a teacher. Simply amazing!!!

News flash…

Do you remember my window peeking squirrel who peeks at me on and off all day. Well just now there were two of them fighting over me on the window sil- I’ve never felt more attractive…..Thanks guys!

Have a great day…. It looks like rain here- I know, I know no Shopping!

xo-jj

May 15, 2009 Posted by | confessions, lovers, me | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

My heart, my mind and a new adventure

6a00d8341c103953ef01156f7300e9970c-800wi1 I’m bubbling with all kinds of things tonight. My weekend was almost perfect. The sun, the garden, a slurpy margarita and a little anticipation toward a new adventure I’m starting tomorrow. Unravelling is a summer e-course where I will be sharing a photo and essay safari with people from 18 different countries. This course is led by an amazing writer and photographer; you can catch up with Suzannah at Ink on my Fingers.

 

 

I can’t wait to start this new week and of course share it all with you. I took some amazing shots in the early light this morning and I thought I’d share one of them with you.

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This shot was kind of an accident. When I was unloading this Bleeding Heart plant from my car the wind broke off  this twig  that held all the blooms. So I put it in a vase to enjoy indoors. I decided to take advantage of my little mishap and take some pics in the morning sun- it was pure magic…… I just uploaded the thirty or so shots I took and haven’t picked a favorite yet. This one looked pretty promising so I thought I’d share my bleeding heart with you.

I’m exhausted from playing outdoors so it’s off to bed for me. See you all on Monday.

xo-jj

May 3, 2009 Posted by | me, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The travel treasure give-away winner is…

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At last we have a winner…..LIBBY.   Congrats…. I hope you will enjoy a little taste of my new Island Girl’s Bohemian blend.

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Like I mentioned in my last post I am still working on the scent but I have a sample all ready to send off in the mail. I’d like to thank all of you who left travel stories or comments while I was away. I loved every one of them.  Sorry Libby but the island girl isn’t included in the package. She just looked good in the mix. Send me an email with your addy, so I can send this out to you. WARNING… The bath salts, I included, claim to make you a dangerous girl.  he… he…

The diffuser bottle is wrapped in tape so you will have a little unwrapping and set up to do before the Bohemian blends aroma can sift through your room. Pull the top off and pop the reeds in- that’s it. You can flip the reeds after a couple weeks to keep the scent flowing. Enjoy!!

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Traveling always inspires me to try new ventures, which reminds me of my favorite quote by Flora Whittemore…

“The doors we open and close  each day decide the lives we live.”

I love that- so passionate and so true!  So as I was saying- new ventures. Yes, I have a few ideas but one that isn’t entirely new- reopening my etsy shop. I’m thinking about it because I have a few fine art prints and other little creations that I would like to offer. I’ll let you know what I decide.  Thanks again for entering my giveaway. I’m off to let Libby know that she was chosen by my magic hat.

xo-jj

April 21, 2009 Posted by | me, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments