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

The Mad Tea Party in the secret garden blog event

Frolic…  Whimsy…  Magic…

Childhood comes and then it’s gone before we’ve had the chance to understand the magic and pure joy of living every day just for the sake of fun.

Just as soon as you fall under a childhood spell, it’s broken and grown up life begins. There are mountains to climb, bridges to build and households to maintain.

 

 

This story got started the day Gi Gi decided that something in her life was missing.  She couldn’t quite put her finger on it but  something was definitely wrong. 

The days of endless tea parties and playing dress-up were gone and 

her day dreams had all been forgotten.

 

She needed to find the piece of herself that had been  lost in the midst of living? Where could she go for help and who would understand?

 Suddenly she heard a voice…

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“There is a place where dreams run wild and hope is free. Follow me to a far away land with magical spaces. This fanciful place can only be seen upon a return to the carefree mind of a child.”

 I must be brave, thought Gi Gi, she took a deep breath and let it out slowly before entering this secret garden of  magical characters and dreamy spaces.

 

She piered through the gate, while worries she might not fit in or be accepted filled her head with nonsense.

 

Don’t be afraid says little sister, Ra Ra we will enter the garden together, you and me. It’s time to forget the pressures of grown-up life and remember the days when you felt like a princess and your only worry was eating the icing before it melted. 

 

Gi Gi knew sissy was right so she checked her worries at the gate and entered the garden. This strange place of magic and whimsey filled her heart with pure joy.  For the first time since she could remember she was able to be herself , in this place where hearts were true and wishes granted. 

 This secret garden allowed both sisters to be themselves, to chase dreams, love unconditionally and wish til their heart’s content.

 Best of all, everyone in it was content to be themselves in a whimsical kind of way.

Nothing was too serious or uptight but fun-loving and free just like the days of her childhood.

The garden was full of surprises and laughter echoed from every direction.

Thank you, Dear Miss V, for providing a place where the cup is always full and our inner child runs free.

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click on the image below to begin your journey to the enchanted land of A fanciful Twist and join this year’s fantastical blog party with  almost 300 participants.

 This festival of madness has shown us the way to a land of magical dreams and fairy tale wishes.

Take it from Gi Gi- life is meant to be lived authentically with joy and whimsy, surrounded by people who are free to dream and live their lives with hope for the future.

 Enter her secret garden and

live every day the way it was meant to be- joyfull!

 

 

There’s no place like blogland!

xo-jj

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June 26, 2010 Posted by | lovers, me, photography, secrets, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 26 Comments

Ulternate universe, characters welcome

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 Those of us who are immersed in the on-line world of bloggery see nothing strange about cyber parties or daily visits to our neighboring blogs. We talk about each other as if we are neighbors, co-workers and friends. It feels totally natural and not the least bit strange at all; until you try to explain why you’re wearing rabbit ears while  having tea with imaginary friends and taking pictures. Just try to explain I dare you! Mr. Java was ready to call for the white coats to come take me away to a nicely padded room. He didn’t buy the whole taking pictures for an upcoming cyber party bit.

Then not long after that I was chattering about what I was going to wear to this up-coming blog event, Vanessa from A fanciful Twist’s Mad Hatter Tea party, and the person I was talking to said oh, it sounds like fun, where is the party? At that moment I knew that no matter what I said or how I tried to explain it was going to sound stupid or crazy or more than likely a combination of both.  I could see the wheels turning in her head as I tried to explain. Her thoughts were rumbling as a role of the eyes and strained facial expression gave way to an “oh I see.”  That was it, not one question about blogs or how they work, who uses them and how do I get one. Nope just a “oh I see.”  I know what she was thinking, “oh my, this poor chick is unemployed while trying to make a go of her photography and she’s lost her mind in the process.” It was that look of pity and fear on her face that snapped me back from this alternate universe  into the land of tangible things and real people engaging in live conversions.

I think the younger generation, like 25 and under has a much easier time understanding the cyber world but just try to explain it to your parents. Do you get the look of didn’t we raise you better than that and be careful or some stalker will show up at your door. I get that talk from Mr. Java who really doesn’t understand this blog thing at all. He only got with the email kick a few years ago because his business dictated that her communicate that way. 

So I wondering how do others explain this alternate world of friendships and parties and what do you say when your in the midst of blogging and a friend calls to ask “what are you up to?” Do you say I was working on my blog, twittering with a friend, down-loading pictures on my web-page or just make something up?

Are we really an odd group or just people who still have an imagination, a sense of fun and genuine trust in the universe? I’m not sure what the answer to that is but I do know that I have met some truly wonderful and exceptionally interesting people here in blog land. How about you?

xo-jj

June 16, 2009 Posted by | confessions, family woes, me | , , , , , , | 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