Monthly Archives: January 2012

Bigger Picture Captures

image source: Sarah Coyne via This Heavenly Life. – Light Casting Out Darkness.

Often just like writing, inspiration for a photo comes immediate and you simply must capture the moment. Other times picture taking is less inspired.

In the spirit of creativity that is being nourished here on this site and in your hearts, we’re bringing back Bigger Picture Captures.

Each Wednesday a thought, a word, or a moment will be shared and you will have the opportunity to capture the creativity with your lens and share it.

No need to worry about blogging it (unless you want to of course) or linking it up. All you have to do is Tweet it, facebook it, or Instagram it.

We know that a lot of you are participating in the P365 or P52 challenges. This is  a little more creative inspiration to get your camera out and take a picture of something different.

Use #BPCaptures anywhere you are collecting your pictures, and get ready to CREATE!

January is almost over (whew!) but most of the colors that we see on a daily basis are pretty much the same. You have brown barren trees, grey over cast days threatening snow showers, and if you are lucky (lucky?) snow surrounding you everywhere.

Blah. Right?

So today’s prompt is SPARKLE.

Sparkle in January? Whaaat? Well…

It could be the happy gleam in your dear child’s eye or the glimpse of childhood you see in your grandmother’s smile. Your capture could literally be sparkles or it could be snow glittering in the sunlight. There are so many ways to interpret the word sparkle this time of year!

There is so much sparkle around you if you really look! So get busy. Find your sparkle and then use #BPCaptures anywhere you are collecting your pictures, and get ready to CREATE!

Let’s have some fun!


Writing Me: In This Family Prose {Lenae}

Welcome to part two of Writing Me, our community writing project intended to inspire our creativity collectively and individually.

During the next eight weeks — through the end of 2011 — we’ll be writing our In This Family prose.
In this family we hide around the corner and scare the crap out of our family members when they come walking by.  We pledge our loyalties to Marvel (not DC!) comics.  We have a dance party during the closing credits of every movie we watch – “Shake your booty, Mommy!”  “Uh… shake yours!”

In this family we unwind with Lego construction and run-and-tickle sessions.  We appreciate a good wrestling round (“Watch out for the baby!”) and a tall stack of pancakes.  We’re always up for a jaunt to the playground.

We’re a passionate, motley, sometimes sloppy lot, but we excel in a few things:

In this family we greet Daddy with screams of excitement when he arrives home from work.  We tell baby sister how sweet she is and give her kisses when she wakes from a nap.  We’re pros at free-throwing forks and spoons straight from the dishwasher into the silverware drawer.  We excel at selecting the perfect pair of superhero underwear to express how we’re feeling today.

In this family, we’re careful with those we love.  We’re mindful of the power of words, so we choose the ones we use carefully.  We leap onto couch cushions and from one adventure to the next, and the faces we look for –as we glance back in mid-air– are the ones of those who love us most.  We crash along in the sunlight of His love and grace; we envelop one another when the skies turn grey.  In this family, joy born of love is our currency, and we’re rich with it.


Lenae Ross

Air Force wife managing 4 little troops at home. My patience, faith, and laundry pile are ever growing.

What do you do in your house?

The only real requirement for linking up with this meme is to write out your In This Family prose.

Also, we’ll be featuring three In This Family prose pieces here! Please fill out this form if you would like to be featured here.

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We’ve been spending the new year focusing on creativity, being creative and finding the time to do it. This is a re-post from Lucy the Valiant that we thought spoke beautifully on all these points.


Sometimes I feel as if my mind…or maybe my heart? Possibly my spirit…somewhere in there, anyway, is just teeming with energy and ideas and innovations and creativity. Crafting and writing and cooking and blogging and nesting and mothering and teaching and beautifying and simplifying… I can’t seem to stop thinking up more for myself to do. And I enjoy it, which is funny to me because when you look at it objectively, there should be NO time for all these Projects of mine. None. Why on earth would I want to add MORE?

Sometimes I DO get overwhelmed.

But if I try to curb those creative impulses, life seems suddenly dreary. I have more time to relax, but I don’t feel rested. I feel unsatisfied, incomplete. My husband has always observed that I don’t know HOW to relax and just do nothing, and he’s right. Just doing nothing is very rarely relaxing for me. It’s creativity that relaxes me. When my hands are busy, my spirit is at rest.


I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, bemused at myself for constantly adding more things to an already ridiculous to-do list. And I’ve been thinking, it isn’t just me. You do it to. You, my blogging, Pinning, writing, cooking, homemaking, mothering, wife-ing, nail-painting, crafting, reading (and if you think reading isn’t an act of creation, you aren’t doing it right), photographing, soul-diving ladies. Us. We constantly create in a thousand small, barely-noticed ways. Mostly feminine ways, it seems like, and that makes sense. We are constructed to create life (or at least, to seriously facilitate the process) and we don’t just do that on the large scale. Thousands of tiny acts of creation, tiny little births that might seem insignificant, but they still matter because they make life that much more lovely.

I don’t think it’s trivial, and I don’t think it’s busywork. I’m pretty sure that even the smallest act of creation is vitally necessary.


This has probably been better said before, I am sure, it’s just what’s been drifting around the edges of my mind lately. Now I have to run and CREATE breakfast, at task at which I am running very, very late


Monday’s on the Bigger Picture Blogs Facebook page we’re going to introduce some Creative Inspiration. We will post 1-3 words and encourage you to roll those words around in your head and be inspired. Use them to propel you out of the Monday funk and into a creative mood.

Use them as you will.

Take a Photo
Write a Poem
Write a post
Write two sentences
Paint a picture

The point is to use them to infuse your Monday with 5 minutes of creativity.

There is no link up, no need to post by a certain day. Just inspiration and creativity on what could be an uninspiring day.

We encourage you to write on our Facebook wall or leave a link with what you were inspired to do.

Live. Love. Create.


Have you written about creativity? Do you want to guest post for us on the subject? Just email Melissa at PBinmyHair (at) gmail (dot) com