the Birthday post

Today is my birthday! (bells are ringing, noisemakers are being noisy)!!

I was given the bestest gift from my mom, an early birthday gift voucher to use at The Impossible Project. I immediately spent it on lots of film! Super excited and inspired to do some creative projects with my Polaroids. I started off using the "Freedom" pack (a special Mint Edition with a mix of black, white + bird/feather frames) - above is a snap I took of the box the film came in. I took the word to heart, and have started a new series of photos inspired by it. Here's the first one I took:

polaroid - freedom 1

I'm pretty happy with the result, and with the black frame! I didn't know what frame would come (it's always a surprise in these special edition packs), and the black really sets the tone. It feels great to start a new year with inspiration!

Oh, and this is Strongpaw on my birthday ... she gave me a saucy wink:

hello! the birthday girl herself!

I ventured out into the cold air today with Gracie, but neither of us lasted long. Grace ran back home, and I started a coughing fit (not so great for a girl who's fighting a chest infection). However, at least I got a happy-looking snap of myself! hurrah! Also, not bad for a freshly minted 41 year old, if I do say so myself ;)

Last year, I made it to Paris for my 40th. This year, I'm focusing on creativity.
I've already published a Blurb book of photos that I took in Paris; I've set it up so that people can buy the book via the Blurb bookstore. The book is focused on a series of black and white lomography photos I took during the span of a few days. They set a real mood, and felt they would make a lovely memoir of my time there. I'm considering selling prints from the book and of other work I've done on Etsy (or some other venue). AND finally (!!!) get to the point where I can show off some of my art. Good golly, I've set up some huge goals for myself this year! It feels good to do so :)

okay, time to shove more birthday cake (Mocha Pound cake!!) into me!!
with joy,

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