Saturday, February 2, 2013

Focusing on Life - Week 5



Our photo prompt for this week was CAPTURE A HEART. Have you ever taken a moment to notice all the hearts that come into your life everyday?  This week we were challenged to pay attention to our surroundings, think outside the box and capture a heart! 

At first, I thought that this was going to be really easy. I mean, the Valentine's Day merchandise has been on store shelves since Boxing Day (December 26th). Hearts are EVERYWHERE! Right?



But how weird would it be though to walk into the local Hallmark or Dollarama to take photos of hearts? What kind of reaction would you get? There must be an easier way, I thought.

While looking for a pen in my desk drawer, I came across the little heart shaped tin that my cousin had used as table favours at her wedding last year. They had contained small, after-dinner mints in soft pastel colours. 

It originally had a ribbon bow on it which went missing along the way, so I added a three dimensional heart sticker where the bow had once been. I filled it with cinnamon hearts, my favourite Valentine treat, for this photo.



The table centrepieces were heart shaped too; clear glass bowls from Pier 1 with bright, yellow daisies floating in water. They were very simple, yet elegant. I wish I had a photo of one to show you. The couple were married on a private chartered boat cruise on Lake Ontario with a select few family and friends in attendance. 

I enjoyed taking time to remember that wedding this week. My cousin married for the first time at 50 years old. She'd spent so many years caring for her ailing parents and others that she had not allowed herself the time to find her own happiness. Now, she has, and I couldn't be more delighted for her.

18 comments:

  1. what a great story and great photos! i have a shy, librarian friend who married for the first time aged 47 two years ago... she glows beautifully nowadays :)
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    1. My cousin is blooming these days also.

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  2. That is a great photo. I am so happy for your cousin. That is a wonderful story.

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    1. Thank you, it is a real life fairy-tale romance story.

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  3. I really like your story about your cousin's wedding. It sounded lovely.

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    1. It was very nice. I know my aunt & uncle were there in spirit to celebrate with her.

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  4. such rich red color! I love the how strong the cinnamon flavor is in those hearts - one of my favorites too!

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    1. The cinnamon hearts that were in that tin for the photo...are now consumed. *smile*

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  5. Tasty! I love your simple composition!

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  6. Oh I love cinnamon hearts and that tin is such a lovely place to store them. Beautiful story of your cousin finding love later in life.

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  7. ...and that is why I love keepsakes. The wonderful or bittersweet memories come back every time you look at them. What a great heart capture!

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  8. Such a beautiful container you have there, Bonnie! I love cinnamon hearts, but I rarely keep any in the house - like yours, they tend to disappear at once! Lovely story - I am happy for your cousin and wish her happiness and love always!

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  9. First of all, look at the memory you relived while seeing that heart shaped box! I'm thinking that is the purpose of this week's prompt - capturing a heart - keeping it safe forever and ever. So glad you shared this with us today! By the way...cinamon heart candies are my all time favorite (after chocolate, of course!)

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  10. How nice for your cousin, it's never too late to find love and happiness in life. Thanks for sharing her story, great post!

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  11. Cinnamon heart candies...my all time fave too...and love your capture! How wonderful for your cousin...love is a beautiful thing...

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  12. I kept seeing heart displays everywhere I went last week... but they really had no meaning to me so I finally did a collage of my cats... who have truely captuyred my heart!

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  13. Beautiful story, and beautiful memories. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. What a wonderful story to accompany your heart. It must make you smile each time you see it. Thank you for sharing.

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