Thursday, November 27, 2014

Corner View {One Color}

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The theme for this week's Corner View - hosted at FuoriBorgo - is one color. My favorite color is green. A deep emerald green. Mmmmmm, I love that. But my one color today is YELLOW. When we are talking flowers ... yellow are my favorite! And this yellow beauty is currently stretching towards the sky in my backyard.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Corner View {One Song}

I wasn't going to make a post today as I haven't had time to think let alone make a post about a song. 
But I decided I still wanted to go visit the other Corner Viewers and halfway through, 
I got inspired 
and remembered a song I LOVE. 
It's actually a television ad but I adore it ...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars

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This book is sad.  
Real sad.  
But it's worth reading.

Any book about a teenager with terminal cancer is going to be hard to read,
but John Green has a way with story telling that makes this book 
pretty darn easy to read.  The characters are loveable and 
fun.  I felt like the I knew every one of them, quickly.
I felt like I was right there with them, going 
through life as one of them.  I was 
sad when the book ended, sad
because I was going 
to miss my new
friends.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Corner View {Tr├ĘsBonn} - Home Alone



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Oh hello my poor little neglected blog!  How great to see you again.
I thought that a Corner View might be the perfect way to get you going again!
The theme of "What You Do When You Are Home Alone" is perfect for what I have to share!

I've been busy ...

A month ago, I opened an Etsy shop!
I called it Tr├ĘsBonn ... a play on my name, Bonnie, and the French words for 'very good'.
It has been a bit of a whirlwind and I'm loving every minute of it.

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At the beginning of 2014, I took an online course that dealt with being ok with imperfection. 
The course involved keeping an art journal ... 
something I had never really done but found I really enjoyed. 
Each week, I had an 'assignment' or two that I very quickly finished. I wanted more.

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In my art journal, I had begun to experiment with water color paints. 
Having always loved quotes, I decided that I would try 'painting' some of my favorite ones. 
I posted them to my various social media sites and got a very encouraging response.

As family and friends started telling me how one of my little paintings meant 
something to them, I started mailing them to those individuals. 
I loved being able to send a little encouragement in the mail .... 
especially when I was able to do it as a surprise!

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Another love of mine is birds.
I could watch birds all day long ... if only they would stay still for me!
One night I discovered that I could paint them. 
Again, I started posting them on social media and got a favorable response.

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After a while, people started encouraging me to open an Etsy shop. 
I thought, why not? Might as well give it a go!

So, here we go!

I'm excited to see where this next step in my journey leads ...

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Never been to Etsy? 
Well ... if you follow this link and sign up, Etsy will give you $5 towards your first purchase! 

PS ... I can't wait to come visit all of you Corner View friends, old and new!
I've missed you.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Whistling Past The Graveyard

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Whistling Past The Graveyard by Susan Crandall

I have been meaning to sit and write a review for ages but got too busy painting and opening my etsy shop!!!  (more on that in a later post) I kept looking at the book sitting on my desk, needing to go back to the library.  I thought a few times ... I won't write a review ... I'll just take it back.
But I just couldn't.  I just had to write a review! I just had to let you know that 
you need to read this book!!  Seriously. 

It was a fun, easy read. 
I enjoyed every minute of it.

It's written in the voice of a nine-year-old white girl in the early 60's who runs away from the home where she lives with her overly strict grandmother and a father who adores her but works out 
of town most of the time.  She sets off to find her mother.  Along the way she has
adventure after adventure.  Some very dangerous and terrifying.

Trying to make her was from Mississippi to Nashville ... on foot ... she accepts a  ride
from a black woman travelling with a white baby.  This decision will 
change her life forever.

I loved how the author captured the innocence of a child.
The unquestioning devotion of a child to a parent.
The inner workings of the mind of a child.
I just loved it.  All of it.  I wish I 
read books twice.  This
one, I probably
would.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Orphan Train


Orphan Train 
by Christina Baker Kline

I'd not previously read a book by Christina Baker Kline but I've
already picked up a second one from the library!

That's how much I liked this book.

Set in two different eras, Orphan Train tells the stories of two women,
one nearing the end of her life and the other just entering adulthood.

The two are put together by coincidence, developing
a friendship due to a common bond they didn't know they had.

The book and it's characters are fictitious but they
could easily be the story of any number of the thousands 
of orphaned and abandoned children who were sent by train 
from East Coast to Midwest America between 1854 and 1929.

Knowing a story based in reality always draws 
me in.  Putting myself in another persons shoes always
makes me take a fresh look at areas in my life where I might be 
less than grateful.  It causes me to re-evaluate and I think that is healthy.

I'm interested to read the next Christina Baker Kline book to see
if it was her writing/story telling ability that I loved so much or if that book
was just a once off success.  I'll keep you posted ... 


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

washes away from the soul

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Monday, August 18, 2014

what if ...

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

purpose

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

grace

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Friday, August 15, 2014

making time

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

littlest things

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

nothing more truly artistic

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

curiosity

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Monday, August 11, 2014

aesop

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

creativity

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

talent

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Friday, August 8, 2014

promise & peace

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

value

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

bird chiping weather

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

fear of the unknown

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Monday, August 4, 2014

adventure

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

creative people

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

a friend is ...

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Friday, August 1, 2014

authenticity

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

life is ...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

be brave

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

courage

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Monday, July 28, 2014

connection

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

only therapy you need ...

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

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