Tuesday, January 3, 2012


I'm excited, more so than I can ever remember, about this new year we've just begun.

Last year my focus was to grow.

And grow we did with bees, expanded gardens, and taller Glimmer Twins.
Then in October we welcomed Elijah, our Morning Prophet, and the ladies. 
They entertained us daily from the beginning and astonish us with eggs each and every day.

This year the mantra around this old farmhouse is to create.
The Artist is determined to focus on his painting. It's been sidelined while he established a 
new career and as he fulfilled and continues to fulfill his duties as head caretaker for the old farmhouse. 

Meanwhile,  I have taken on several projects to boost my creativity and my photography skills. 

I've decided to document a year at Rural Revival on paper.

Now that all my photos are digital, I no longer miss having stacks of photos waiting to be sorted and filed into photo albums. I do miss, however,  having a tangible album to sit and look through from time to time. Then I heard about project life from Deb Duty and I instantly knew this was something I would want to do. I mulled it over for a while, I wasn't sure if this was something I could keep up on when the weeds are knee high in the vegetable gardens but then Deb mentioned how much her sons loved to sit and look through previous years books and I knew that this was a wonderful way to document a year of our life in the country for the twins and for future generations.

I've also signed up for a year of inspiration, encouragement and motivation with the Beyond Layers class with Kim Klassen. I'm seriously looking forward to kicking myself and my camera into second gear. 

Lastly, I've joined Project 365 on my iPhone. I love the different perspectives I can capture on my phone, how much easier it is to take it with me everywhere and the community on Instagram. I'll be posting a photo a day on Instagram as Rural Revival, and will share a photo here, every now and then.  If you're a member let me know, I'd love to see your captures!

So how did you spend the first day of 2012?

We spent it purging the office and turning it into a studio for the Artist and I.

I'm digging it!

~Be well friends!~

kimklassencafeSweet Shot Day


Mary, Windy Meadows Farm said...

Happy New Year! It sounds like you have some great plans ahead and terrific experiences waiting for you! And you're right about the photo albums...our kids love to sit and look back at past Christmases, vacations, etc. I just did some "power scrapbooking" this week with 200+ feels good to have it done! Wishing you a happy, wonderful 2012...can't wait to see what you're up to!

ain't for city gals said...

I really don't understand all this new stuff but I do know when my dad was sick all the way through we would look at photo albums to was so nice. I spent my first day of 2012 running 6 miles and reading the running magazine trying to pick out a marathon I want to do towards the end of the year.

Teresa said...

What a lovely edit . . . beautiful work, Teresa x

A Creative Grace said...

a great start to the year, well done :) good use of texture there too, lovely image...I want an iphone...

Jayme Goffin, The Coop Keeper said...

I miss photo albums too - what a great idea! Wishing you a healthy, happy, creative new year!

Karen said...

Good for you! I look forward to seeing your creativity bloom!

Kathy said...

Well it looks like you're off to a great start. I love the photo and the editing of the texture. Here's to a more creative year!

Bright blessings,

Unknown said...

Fantastic, Andrea! I wish you all the best in 2012 and I'm sure I'll see you around!

Deb said...

You are going to have one busy year! I'd love to join that layers and beyond course but I think I'd better improve my photography skills first. I can't wait to see what you've learned.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Wow, sounds like you've got some really fun, exciting things planned for this year :) :) I love Project Life stuff. It's so nice...and one of these days, I'll sign up for one of Kim Klassen's classes, too :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

Staci@LifeAtCobbleHillFarm said...

Wonderful! So nice that you have combined efforts too. Love the photo you used with this post. Absolutely stunning. Happy new year!!

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh Andrea how exciting for you. I have taken the time to print all my blog posts and some of the photos and put in binders since I started blogging. I am heading into my fifth binder. I can't believe that. My girls love the fact that they can look at them anytime and know what their Mom was thinking and seeing.
Have fun Andrea I love you photography and yes you are going to be extremely busy. Busy with passion the best kind. B

Unknown said...

I think Project Life is going to be fabulous. And I love the texture you added to your photo!

Michelle said...

Sounds like a wonderful project! Good luck!

Anne U @ hot coffee mama said...

The first image is stunning, good luck on Project Life.

Tanyia said...

gorgeous photo, best of luck with your goals!

I am stopping by from Sweet Shot Tuesday, would love to have you stop by and check out my sweet shot :)

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative New Year! Eager to see and be inspired by it all!

Unknown said...

Love your edit, thanks for sharing. Happy new year

camelia danielescu said...

Wonderful photo and great processing ! :)

Linda said...

gorgeous editing - love those red berries - you made them so grand!

geetlee said...

I love your image, the texture and the text!
I hope 2012 brings you lots of beautiful memories as well.
Project 365 sounds so tempting. I am seriously thinking of joining.. I'm late though!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Awesomeness at it's finest! I look forward to your works maybe seeing some of the artist Also!
To 2012 and 3 years of friendship :)
xo, misha