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My family and I briefly ventured into Zion National Park in Utah, making it my fourth National Park, but sadly, I did not take a photo by the sign. It was beautiful and quite majestic. For odd reasons, I wasn’t in a photographic mood, so mostly I just observed. At times, that is the best decision. Connecting with your subject ranks highest in priority than photographing it. The day was overcast but as we decided to leave the park, a bit of sunshine greeted us and I saw THIS. I knew right then and there that would be the only photograph of Zion I’d need for the day. And it was.

Hope to visit again in the future and explore a few of the trails. I am nowhere near as hardcore to attempt “The Narrows” trail. But it sounds like this shiz.

Have first day of February!

Rainbow Glass

Stunning rainbow glass from Zion National Park, Utah. The textures and the colors. Lovely.


How was your weekend, friends? My mom has been here in town for a few days and we are both heading to visit family in Vegas this week. Ahhh sunshine awaits me. Have a darling day, y’all.

2012 Constellation Calendar Giveaway

Hi y’all! I have one 2012 Constellations Calendar left and I thought one lucky person might be its owner.


Based off my Constellations of the Northern Hemisphere wall hanging, this 2012 calendar features the constellations screen printed with silver ink on indigo Fabriano paper. It measures 13×19 inches. It is a stunning piece that will allow you to dream of the Universe every day.

To enter this giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post by Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST. I will randomly select the winner on Tuesday, January 24th and announce it on Wednesday, Jan 25th.

I ‘d like to thank all who have purchased one of these calendars. I donated $5 off each sale to The Planetary Society and raised over $400.


Giveaway Rules:

– Giveaway open only for residents of the United States of America. Sorry, rest of the world :(.

– Must be at least 18 years of age to enter give away

– No duplicates allowed. There are no extra entries. Only blog comments.

– Don’t forget to enter your email in the email field (email will not be shared with any other parties), otherwise I will not include you in the picking.

– Winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012. If I don’t receive an answer before Wednesday, February 1st, I will pick randomly another winner from the comment list.

– Calendar will be shipped via USPS within 3 business days of receiving your address.


Thank you!


Smitten with Wolf

Really, how could you not be in love with that sweet face.

Mama Alyson knows how to dress her boy. She knows Wolf needs elbow patches. What child doesn’t.

Happy New Meow!

Kitty Picard Stewart wishes you all a Happy New Year. May 2012 bless you with the most superb tachyon beams this side of Sector 001. #nerd.



Colorful neutrality

I am very excited about these necklaces. Neutrals + Colors & Patterns. Oh, how I love color so much. Soon on Little Bright Studio.

How was your Christmas weekend? I admit I decided to listen to my body and rest. A lovely Sunday brunch was had with friends, on a spectacular sunny yet rainy day. Oh it was beautiful. The food was simple and amazing. And the company? Heart-warming.

Most of the weekend was spent organizing, purging and cleaning my office, kitchen and closet. I looked through old photos and notes and discarded those for which my heart has no place for anymore. I’ve realized how much I’ve grown- how we’ve ALL grown. On Monday, I made a visit to IKEA in order to buy lots of white boxes to organize my finished products. It’s been a mess for a while now. Yikes.

I believe this New Year’s weekend will promise the same relaxation as the previous.

It’s good to be old enough to actually be OKAY with spending New Year’s Eve at home, by yourself.


I miss you, New England

I liked New England. Upon arriving in early October, the rain and fog and dreariness greeted me, reminding me of what becomes of Portland later in the Fall. Some might consider this kind of weather a damp on their plans (see what I did there?) but I found it comforting and sort of what I expected New England to be.

I stayed with my high school friends Laura and Jorge and I so enjoyed sipping on tea while we talked about geek stuff and/or watched a geeky movie and I was delighted at how their love and companionship has grown since they first dated back in 1999. As a member of a family ridden with too many broken marriages, it brings me much hope to witness couples that work so well together.


Laura and I embarked on our own little journey of searching those postcard worthy lighthouses this side of the country is so famous for. To our disappointment, the prettiest of them all, the candy cane lighthouse in Lubec, Maine was 4 hours too far for our little journey. It had been a while since I’d seen my Atlantic. I blew it a little kiss before we set out to find delicious apple pies.

In about 9 months, God willing, I’ll be reaching the end of my cross-country bike journey: Portland, Maine, which I curiously got to visit with Laura. It was very much like MY Portland and not just in name. We were short on time, so I nodded in approval, and promised this Portland a longer, more thorough, visit in the future.


New England, I shall see you again soon. Laura and Jorge, I miss you two and I shall see you again soon.




p.s. It seems I was enjoying being a tourist too much and I did not notice that I basically photographed everything right in the center of the frame. There you go.