Monday, December 31, 2012

Reflecting on 2012

It's hard to believe another year has come & gone...and boy am I sad to see 2012 go.
This past year has been an exciting one, as I've made new friends and created memories across the world. I never imagined the journeys it would hold...but I've realized that saying "YES" to unexpected propositions can lead to opportunities I would've never dreamed possible.
Clockwise L to R: Singapore Skyscraper, Flower in my front yard, Sunset in Kenya, Camels on the Beach in Diani Kenya, Temple in Bali, Mosque Door in Casablanca Morocco
I've been fortunate to see the sun rise and set on 4 continents within the last 12 months and I swam in the Indian Ocean in both Asia & Africa.  I've seen beauty in poverty and felt danger in places that should be safe. Many dream destinations have been checked off of my list, and my urge to see more of the world is stronger than ever.
Clockwise L to R: Little Girl in Mombasa Kenya, Old Canoe in Kilifi Kenya, Starfish found in Sunset Beach CA, Rose from Long Beach CA, Downtown LA Sunset
While many months were highlighted with new experiences, my day to days passed as always. I continue to question my life and wether it's moving in the right direction or if it's time to make some major changes. I've spent unforgettable time with family, and experienced success and loss in equal amounts. I've strengthened friendships and lost love ones, and felt pain and joy just like every other year I can remember.
Clockwise L to R: Monaco Palace, Door in Marrakech Morocco, San Francisco Bridge, Sunset in Kenya, Lombardi Street San Francisco, Statue in Eze France
I've begun to recognize the beauty in the everyday, and that it's my perspective that chooses to see it or ignore it.  I also realize how much I enjoy photography and capturing my life's magical moments.
Clockwise L to R: Bridge in Singapore, Yacht in St. Tropez, Delano Hotel Pool Marrakech, Levitated Mass LACMA, Sunset Beach CA, NYC Skyline
I feel truly blessed and so thankful for the people in my life who continually support, encourage, and strengthen me and for Tim who accepts and allows me to be me.
Clockwise L to R: Kenyan Sisal Field, Mosque in Singapore, Singapore Pay Phone, Cali Flower, Bench in Morocco
While 2012 didn't bring all the answers, I have realized a few things: People, no matter place or circumstance, are more alike than they are different. Time passes faster with each year, and seize opportunities when they are in front of you as they may never come again. 
Clockwise L to R: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Marrakech Fountain, Queen Mary Long Beach, Nassau Bahamas, Statue at Bali Temple
I don't know yet what 2013 holds, but I look forward to having it unfold! I'll be putting my letter of resolutions to 2013 down in the next few days and I'm excited to write the chapters of a 2013!
Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas

It's hard to believe another year is almost gone...but the holidays are always a special time to visit with friends and family & to reflect on the closing year.
From our family to yours, we wish you the Merriest Christmas and Happiest New Year!
Lucy & Stella enjoying the Christmas Tree.
Cheers ~ Lara

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mystery Solved

I've had this beautiful lithograph for at least 5 years.  I picked it up at a thrift in Florida, and it has hung in several places in both of our homes throughout the years.  Most recently however, it's been hiding in a closet.  Until today, I never knew the artist...but I always knew it was really cool.  It's numbered 116/260, and the signature has been sending me on wild goose chases since the day I got it!
I searched for Pluar, Sluar, Plurr...and many more combinations.  Then today, out of nowhere I found THIS listing for a Sunal Alvar serigraph on and I was like BAM!!! THATS IT!!!
Woo Hoo, mystery solved!!!
Sunal Alvar is a highly recognized Spanish artist whose work has been exhibited and collected throughout the world.  His original paintings and lithographs can bring a pretty price, and I'm so excited to have finally put a name to the amazing piece I've been carrying around for years. 

Cheers ~ Lara

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Globetrotting in 2012 - Part 1

Clockwise L to R:
Singapore Bridge, St. Tropez Yacht, Delano Marrakech Pool, Levitated Mass LACMA, Sunset Beach CA, NYC
I feel so blessed to have traveled the world in 2012, and cant wait to see where 2013 will take me!
Here are a few of my favorite captured moments from this past year.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Few Found Things

I'm trying out a new format & title for my Thrift Share posts...along with a new photo set up. What do ya think?
Here are a Few Found Things from the last couple weeks!
L to R: Takahashi Jar (missing handle); Rosenthal Netter Ceramic Shoe;
Arabia of Finland Ladder Pattern Vase; Ulla Wiinblad Bowl
L to R: Vintage Le Creuset Frying Pan; Unknown Artist Oil Painting;
Little Owl Wooden Tape Measure(Japan); Enamel on Copper Wall Hanging
L to R: Vintage Rooster Tea Towel; GFWC International Sign;
1920s Alfred Ray Burrell Etching: Vera Holiday Tablecloth
Otagari Roadrunner Soup Mugs; 1960s Champion Products Bronze Horseshoes;
Robert Maxwell Studios Vase: David Stewart Lion Dish
I look forward to linking up with the parties this week & can't wait to see what everyone                   else found too!

Cheers ~ Lara

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