Butterfly Wings Tattoo

Butterfly wings tattoos are usually not what the majority of women are thinking about when they enter the tattoo parlor, but it is very popular nonetheless. The high average of ladies get butterfly tattoos on their ankles. It is a common subject today when women enter tattoo parlors seeking advice on which kind of design they should or should not get inked onto them. The majority of artist usually come to an answer of either a butterfly design or ladybug. The third choice is some kind of flower decoration with pretty colors usually on the lower back waist area.

Having a butterfly inked onto you is a very feminine trait and the insect is very lady like as well thus making a perfect match for that cute girly tattoo. How about getting an enormous size wings tattooed onto your back or lower waist? It may give you the feeling of freedom and flying away when troubles occur or you just want to be alone and explore for awhile. Of course, not literally but mentally. Either way, this design will most likely make you feel like you have freedom or choice.

When you consider getting a tattoo of this creature, remember that there are thousands of different color variations and it would be wise to check out some photos on the Internet first before making your decision. Even a silhouette of a butterfly tattoo is equally stunning if done right. There are thousands of websites out there to give you a head start.

Add Depth of Meaning to Your Photos by Adding Your Story!

When your family views your photo album 50 years from now, what will it mean to them? How about 75-100 years from now? Does it really matter?

We are creating a living legacy with each word we speak, each choice we make, and every action we take. It all pours into our DNA just as powerfully as eye color, hair texture, and physique. Our life stories are etched deeply in our memories but memories fade all too quickly if they are not recorded.

We are one generation away from oblivion unless we harness the power of our words and actions and put stories to our photos and other memorabilia.

This evening I wanted to snap a photo of the red cliffs in Thermopolis, Wyoming. The setting sun has cast a burnished glow to the towering mountain giants overlooking the Big Horn River. Interspersed with the red giants, overlapping velvety green hills sparkled in the fading sunlight… their sagebrush faces almost seemed as if they were made of jade.

Birds fluttered from tree to tree, their songs filling the wide blue expanse of heaven, bringing it right down to earth. A sole bald eagle soared gracefully from one end of the river to the other, it’s piercing eyes no doubt hoping for a great fish dinner.

It’s early April in the canyon and the naked trees rustle with last year’s brown leaves clinging bravely to bare branches. Next to the Big Horn River is the Fountain of Youth RV Park, home to the largest outdoor hot mineral pools. 1.4 million gallons of hot mineral water pour into a series of three large pools, cooling off as the water passes from one pool to the next.

Just after sunset the rushing fountain surges with a ruddy glow, it’s shooting plumes pulsate like fireworks while the last of the day’s puffy clouds part to reveal a midnight blue sky already sparkling with starry diamonds. On the weekends country music wafts through the night as children swim and play ball while parents float side-by-side in the misty water, heads close together, swaying slightly with the waves.

The water is thick with mineral content and the rich sodium makes my body pleasantly buoyant, almost as if there is zero gravity in the world. As my own weight diminishes, so the cares of the world melt off my soul and I feel lighter inside and out. My water bed is both pillow and blanket as swirls of mist curl around my face, enveloping me in a cloudy embrace. The air is cool and crisp but I’m as snug and warm as a little girl tucked into a feather bed.

I feel my Father tucking me into His embrace, and He reminds me that He is present all the time, everywhere.

Nature is a healer. She knows just what we need. Sixty percent of our North American population relies on some type of drug to control their dis-ease. Anxiety is at an all-time high and stress forms the roots of most infirmity. No one has prescribed anything for me and I don’t take any medications… yet I almost died from an illness that made its entrance soon after my husband’s body was healed.

As I soak and soak and soak today I can feel my body shedding the weight of stress and releasing toxic memories, words, and experiences. Extra baggage that can actually cause us to become over-weight as our bodies deal with the stress hormone, cortisol, storing it in our belly fat and other fat storage areas. Gross, huh?

As I watch the bald eagle I am reminded of my home in Northwestern Montana where seven bald eagles lived down the road from our house. A river rushed noisily in our front yard as beavers busily constructed dams while mountain lions stalked the beavers for their next dinner. Muskrats and otters filled the water with joyful leaps and dives. A bull frog chorus became the back up musicians for a butterfly choreography performed by thousands of fluttering blue and lavender beauties.

I miss home… my heart was only just beginning to mend in that haven of beauty and rest. Not many people understand the peculiar stress of being the sole caretaker of a severely injured husband. Days of anxiety and sleepless nights turned into years of never knowing if the pain was going to win and he would take his own life. Always watching, always on call. Missing my best friend who could no longer take walks with me, who no longer seemed himself. On drugs normally reserved for terminal cancer patients, something changed in our relationship…

Insurance ran out but it wouldn’t have paid for a caretaker’s care, anyway… who cares for the caretaker? There’s a season for everything. Winter is passing and a chubby robin hopping among the dandelions is a welcome harbinger of Spring. And so, in my own soul, Spring is here. I just needed a place to soak, a place to just “be”… a place that would remind me of home.

Caretakers need care too. When a family endures a severe illness the whole family suffers, but the one who cares 24/7 and is the closest often suffers things no one else sees or hears. They weigh on the soul and drain energy from the body. If you’re a caretaker you understand the demands, the risks, and the fatigue.

Maybe one day doctors will treat the caretaker as diligently as the injured patient, but in the meantime Creation is teaching me the hidden value of soaking in beauty and truth. Nature is healing the inner wounds only a long-term caretaker of one who was severely injured will understand.

A geothermal pool, burnished reddish-orange cliffs, a soaring bald eagle, a chubby robin, and dandelions… strong healing powers and my “medicine”.

Have you tested the power of Creation in healing your own soul? I’d love to hear your story!

This is part of my own story… a continuation of other stories:

“The Bionic Man Returns”

“Resistance, Eat My Dust!”

“Digging For Treasure in the Ruins of Accidents, Abuse, and Addictions”

“When It Hurts So Bad You Want to Die”

“5-Year Old Surfs the Airwaves”

“Mind Over Moose”

“The Horse Gourmet”

When writing you own life story, you can jump around. You don’t need to be concerned about chronological order, unless you want to. Everything can always be changed. The important thing is just to get started.

Pick a photo or two…. try to remember what made you snap that photo. What were you feeling at the time? Why is that place, that person, that event special to you?

What will your family lose if this memory is forgotten?

Don’t try to be perfect. Fumbling for words is natural. If you’re better talking than writing, have someone use a video camera or an audio recorder and follow our step-by-step blueprint in the “All-in-One” Life Story Book Kit for incorporating multimedia in your life story.

Recently I took a photograph of my mother holding her 70-year doll, and I listened to her heart along with her words as she described what made this doll so special for her. The photo turned out well (my mom is very photogenic) but without her story, it’s just a pretty photo!

Stories add a deeper layer of meaning when combined with photos!

I know you’re very busy and while you care about preserving your family’s heritage, you may not have all the time you wish you had to pull those photos and stories together!

You’ve been on my mind so much lately, and I don’t want you to miss out on creating a living family legacy and writing your life story!

So I thought, why not make this into a game? A game that can be played a few minutes each day or an hour each week… you can play by yourself or make it a party!

Let me know and I’ll send the “Life Story Game” to you today!

Butterfly Candle Holders

Butterfly candle holders are easy to make and a great gift idea. The materials are very inexpensive, and you can use your imagination for a variety of designs. To get started, you will need:

Materials:

Small glass candle holders

Butterfly wrapping paper

Yellow tissue paper

Decoupage

Cuticle scissors

Small paintbrush

Damp paper towel

You can buy whatever glass candle holders you like (or use some you already have laying around). I bought mine at Walmart for about $0.59. You could also find them at thrift stores or yard sales.

I chose butterflies for my design, but you could choose whatever design you’d like–maybe keeping in mind the tastes of the person you’re making them for. You can cut out pictures from anywhere, including calendars, greeting cards, magazines. Thin paper decoupages best.

After you have some pictures in mind, use cuticle scissors (the kind you cut your fingernails with) to cut out the pictures. These scissors work best on small pictures and cut rounder corners than regular scissors. If you’re not going to use the pictures right away, store them in ziploc bags.

You can buy decoupage at any craft store. It is normally found with the glue. It allows you to permanently affix a picture to another object, giving the object an overall glossy effect. Make sure the glass you’re working with is clean. Tear a piece of tissue paper into small (approx. 1 inch) pieces. Using the paint brush, brush some decoupage on to the back of one of the pieces of tissue paper. Position the tissue paper on the glass and then brush some more decoupage on top of it. Continue gluing on pieces of tissue paper, overlapping at the edges, until the entire candle holder is covered (including the bottom–set the candle holder on its top to dry). Brush one last coat of decoupage over the entire candle holder. Use damp paper towel to wipe off any excess decoupage.

After the decoupage has dried for about an hour (or more), position the butterflies (or other pictures) on top of the tissue paper. First brush some decoupage on the backs of the pictures and place them on the glass. Brush another coat of decoupage over the entire glass and set the candle holder on its top to dry again. After the decoupage has dried, add 2 or 3 more coats of decoupage after each coat has dried.

That’s it! These candle holders are only limited by your imagination. Use different colors of tissue paper and a variety of pictures for different themes. You could make these with holiday themes, like for Christmas or Easter. They also make great birthday presents, hostess gifts, or party favors. They are very easy to make and you can make several of them at one time.

Photo of completed project:
http://www.crafty-moms.com/articles/102701a.shtml

Costa Rica Photos – Capture Nature At Its Very Best

Home to some of the most diverse wildlife on the planet, Costa Rica is a photographer’s delight. Offering an incredible wealth of picture perfect locations, this tiny Central American nation is considered by many to be a “living Eden.” A great place to capture nature in action all around you, Costa Rica has on display not just a wealth of dramatic landscapes, but some of the most rare and endangered plants and mammals in the world to photograph.

With photo ops a plenty, it is a good idea to get a first-rate camera while on vacation here, as you will be treated to some truly special moments worth preserving. The fantastic fireworks display of the majestic Arenal Volcano, the incredible cloud canopy of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, the pristine rugged natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park, and the mesmerizing oceanic views of the Golfo de Papagayo, all make for some truly stunning photos.

If you are an avid birdwatcher, you can also get some wonderful pictures of the stunning Scarlet Macaw, the resplendent Quetzal, the magnificent Frigatebird and the Violet Sabrewing as they fly by in huge numbers. Home to more than 850 species of birds, Costa Rica also plays host to rare birds like the Roseate Spoonbill, the King Vulture, the Northern Jacana, the Purple-throated Mountain Gem, the Collared Aracari and the Three-wattled Bellbird.

With over 10% of the world’s butterfly species found here as well, more than 35,000 different insect varieties have also been seen in Costa Rica. The dazzling Morpho butterfly, the Rhinoceros Beetle and the Lantern Fly are just some of the many insects that can be seen throughout the country. The deadly Poison-dart Frogs, the lethal Fer-de-lance Snakes, and the bright-green Basilisk Lizards are a few of the many amphibians and reptiles that can be spotted in Costa Rica as well.

If you are looking for some turtle or whale watching opportunities, you will find plenty of locations on either coast of the country. The Tortuguero National Park in Limon and the Parque Nacional Marino Ballena in Guanacaste are great places to see these wonderful creatures breeding or just swimming around. In the rainforests not only will you find plenty of monkeys to look at, but you will also come across sloths, anteaters, peccaries, tapirs, jaguars and ocelots as well.

With so much to see, it is no wonder then that Costa Rica is such an amazing place to travel to. The lush rainforests, the stunning beaches, the active volcanoes, the roaring rivers and water falls, the superb surfing and the breathtaking national parks and nature reserves, all make this tiny country definitely worth visiting. Whether you stay in the cosmopolitan city of San Jose or tour the surrounding countryside, know that whatever you do you are in for an extraordinary vacation.