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While we were visiting the Lan Su Chinese Garden a couple weeks ago, I was really inspired by some of the details within the garden.  The little brochure they give you at the door says…

The Garden is designed to engage all your senses.
Feel the rock mosaic underfoot.
Hear the distant rushing water.
Smell the seasonal blossoms.
There’s no better place than the Garden to find inspiration – or yourself.

I didn’t realize it until we’d walked around a bit that the floors in each section of the garden were covered in a different rock mosaic pattern.

I just loved the variety of the patterns. For me right now, everything is translating into metal work.  I can see how I could incorporate these images into new metal designs.

I have another aspect of the garden to talk about, but I’ll get to it in another post.

What inspires you?

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Lan Su Chinese Garden

Last weekend, my husband and I spent three days in Portland.  For Christmas, as our gift to each other, we decided to take a short trip without the children. It was a great, laid-back trip.  It’s nice to take a few moments and remember who it is that I’m married to amidst all the busyness of day-to-day life.

One of our activities was to visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden in downtown Portland.  This garden takes an entire city block and is just gorgeous.  We were very lucky to be able to take advantage of the unseasonably warm and nice weather for February. It was also fun because we were there during the celebration of Chinese New Year. There were several kids groups performing while we toured the garden.

Of course I brought my camera, but I was “lazy” for this trip and decided to keep my 1.8/50mm lens on the camera instead of switching to the more traditional kit lens.  It made some of the shots more challenging, but I actually loved the results.

I wanted to share some of the pictures.

river carved rock

There was one other thing that I was really fascinated about and took a lot of pictures with my iPhone. I plan talk about it at another time, but I’ll give you a little picture hint.

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Going Old School

I love my iPhone. It’s one of my favorite pieces of technology, but the calendar feature falls pretty short with keeping my scheduled organized.

I’m a visual person (which I hope means I’m creative) and this wasn’t doing it for me.

One of my girlfriends whipped out a calendar the other day and proceeded to use pen and paper. What a concept!

About the same time Vera Bradley was advertising 50% off their agenda books. I decided to visit our local store on Saturday and managed to score a cute book for 50% off and an additional $5 off because of the weekend sales. My cute new calendar cost me just over $8.

So far, I love it! I’m having all sorts of fun writing in the things we have going on and using the daily sections for lists of things to do and remember.

I’ve used this type of calendar before and start out strong and soon forget to carry it around with me, so I’m trying it out.  If it works well for this year, I’m going to upgrade to the fancy Mom Agenda Day Planner for next year.

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