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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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Does anyone else get the urge to redecorate once the new year hits? In the last two days, I have moved artwork, furniture, and organized every closet in the house. Something about a fresh slate, clean start. It’s inspiring. That is one reason we are so excited to bring you fresh art this month. (The other reason is because art is awesome.) Finding new art to fall in love with is a guilty pleasure of mine. And I’ll be honest: I’m a sucker for photography.

Maleah Torney is one photographer we here at the BSP have had our eye on for awhile. Her eye is beautiful, reflective. Her style is warm, soft, illuminating. These are the kind of photos I stop and stare at, which makes them the perfect addition to my walls. What better way to focus on becoming a new me than to remind myself of where I want to end up. For starters, this Cannon Beach shot is one spot I wouldn’t mind ending up at. Or somewhere looking up at these Puffy White Clouds. (P.S. Do you have your 2013 calendar yet? This one is on sale!)

Maleah Torney is giving one $50 gift certificate to one lucky reader! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, January 16th. Comments now closed…good luck!
First, please visit Maleah’s shop and tell us what your favorite print is. Then, tell us your favorite inspirational quote for the new year.
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, January 21st, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Kate B says:

    I am fond of all of the cherry blossom photographs because I have a particular affection for Washington DC, where I went to college. However, honestly, cherry blossom photographs seem to be a dime a dozen on Etsy. The sand dunes with the grasses really caught my eye as something a bit unusual, though! It makes me think of my family’s home in NJ and I think I’d snap it right up if I won! All of the work is lovely, though!

    I hope this isn’t my quote for the whole year, but I like to find something applicable to my current situation and focus on it for a few days. Because I am dealing with a particularly difficult coworker this week, I keep trying to remember this quote and identify all of the things she does well at her job, instead of what she does that makes my job more difficult:

    We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.
    Denis Diderot

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    Syd says:

    Snow on Apple Trees seems to have fallen into my lap this morning at such a necessary time: reminding me that even during harsh circumstances, good things are grown and produced. Which then frighteningly matches my quote of the year, what I want to focus myself more on: “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4

    How this all came to be right at the right moment? TBSP this is too good!

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    Jennet says:

    Picking one favorite is really hard! Her work is beautiful. I love “Star Struck,”  ”Black and Yellow Tree,”  and “Blackbird in Tree” in particular. I love the ethereal feel of her work in general.

    One quote I am inspired by this 2013 is ”All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” – Leo Tolstoy  
    This quote reminds me the bad is needed right along the good, in order to appreciate life in its fullness.

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    Amzi says:

    I love her photos of sailboats and seagulls, anything water-related.  

    Quote for 2013: Whoever is happy will make others happy too. – Anne Frank

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    Lydia says:

    Oh my goodness, the lavender iris 4×4 collection!  Sooo pretty.

    “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ”
    Lao Tzu 

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    Kath says:

    I really like the print of wild geese flying, as well as the sheep in the “Home on the Range” print. Beautiful! 

    As for my New Year’s inspiration, I am using the saying, “Comparison is the thief of joy” to remind myself that contentment is closer than I often think. It’s not found by acquiring more or being someone I’m not. I’m focusing this year on being true to myself and being grateful for the many beautiful blessings in my life!!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    I love the Sparrow Bird Photography. My quote for 2013 is health before wealth. 

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    Tiffany says:

    These images are so lovely. They really bring out that yearning deep inside of me to go for a drive with my hubby. We did a lot of that when first dating and that is why I love the Sheep Farm & Barn image so much. Our favorite places to drive around are the small towns and farms. There is something very soothing about these kind of landscapes for us.

    I don’t really have a quote but I have a word for 2013, which is acceptance. I’m hoping to embrace change this year instead of fighting it.

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    Courtney J says:

    My favorite print is the “Daffodil Flower Stand”…I like the repetition of the flowers.

    An inspirational quote for the new year: ”It is never too late to be what you might have been.”  - George Elliot

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    HNR says:

    Beautiful photos. I think my favorite is “Flowering Ruffles.”

    A quote to meditate on for the year: “I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.” – Henry David Thoreau

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    heather f says:

    solace by the sea was one of my favorites.

    so many quotes, it’s hard to know. One that I need to remember at work is from Bambi

    “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all!”

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    Natalie says:

    The ferris wheel shot is particularly whimsical.  I love the tone in all of your prints, and think they would go so well together on a nursery or bathroom wall.

    “There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt.”
    -Audre Lorde  

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    Renee A. says:

    It’s so hard to choose one print, but I guess I’d pick the Seattle space needle since I just moved 30 minutes north of Seattle so it would be a great momento in our new home that represents our new life. As for a quote, I forgot who said it, but I like this one:  ”Be yourself,everyone else is taken.”

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    Heather N. says:

    Oh my, they are all STUNNING. But I’ve got a little inkling for trains, so I’d have to go with Southern Pacific Train Photo. Glowing Daisies is lovely as well.

    A great quote I heard recently that really inspired me is: “Stop waiting for something to happen or for someone to give you permission to do things.”
    -Kate Kendall.

    How true! 

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    Jennifer says:

    My favorite print is: Ride Into the Sunset. It reminds me of warm summer nights, the smell of popcorn and the taste of pink cotton candy. 

    As for my favorite inspirational quote? Right now it’s: One day at a time. My dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer on December 27th and my family is still processing the news, as we gather around him to help him fight. My good friend, who lost her mother to cancer when we were in high school and her father two years ago, tells me to take this day by day. And if that doesn’t work, try taking it hour by hour.  I am focusing on getting through one day at a time. 

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I love the Pink Cherry Tree Flower one. It is so….Anne Shirley to me. Imagine all of the wonderful places where those photographs were taken!

    My favorite quote this year is close to my heart because I am expecting a new baby soon. “Birth is not only about making babies. It’s about making mothers;strong, compitent, capable mothers who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength.” Barbara Katz Rothman

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    holly says:

    my favorite prints are the fisherman’s wharf (for me) and the lollipops (for my youngest daughter, she’s obsessed with lollipops!).

    and my favorite quote is ‘let go’ — i need to learn to do that — to breathe, to relax, to let go and enjoy my life with my beautiful family.

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    Christina P says:

    Wow! Talk about hard to pick! I love the Flowers & Dandelion Photography Collection, it is so dreamy. I can totally see those in a nursery! I can just imagine myself relaxing on the front porch and looking at flowers blowing in the wind. These photos bring me back to summertime!

    No quote to live with this year, except I have made this my Year of Something New, so every month I am embracing a new theme or idea or action! Its really helping the days go by and also to trim down my lengthy to-do project list!

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    Emily B says:

    My favorite print is Solace by the Sea. I’m sure this picture was taken on the west coast, but I grew up just outside of Boston and it reminds me of the beaches there. I haven’t been back home in years and I miss the ocean terribly. What a calming, beautiful photograph. 

    My quote for the New Year is: “We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden.” -Goethe

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    Jennifer Y says:

    Gorgeous photos! My favorite is the Seagulls Over Ocean print. What can I say? I love seagulls and I love the ocean. I also love all her dandelion photos.

    My New Year quote is: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    It explains exactly what is going to happen this year. :)

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    Loretta says:

    Every new page, I would find a new favorite, but I’ll have to go with the pink peony because it’s the most gorgeous flowers!

    My inspirational quote is from Dave Ramsey: Live like no one else so later you can live like no one else.

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    Lindsay says:

    My favourite piece on gut instict is old red barn, though birch trees in fall is a close second.

    My favourite new years quote?

    “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage” Anais Nin.

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    Jessica says:

    My favorite print is: Ocean Beach Sea Scape. My quote for the new year is by Mark Twain: ”Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read’ because my goal is to get through as many classics as possible this year.

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    Wehaf says:

    My favorite print is the Dragon Tail Fern Nature Photo; it reminds me of my mother’s garden.

    My quote is from the school of Heraclitus: “No single thing abides, but all things flow”.  It makes me think about the importance of change and adaptability.

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    Melelina says:

    Pink Flower vines is my favorite print. Quote: “The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you think you can only do a little” by Zig Ziglar.

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    Rachael says:

    I love her Dandelions prints, but I think my favorite is the Queen Anne’s Lace print-it’s gorgeous!

    My favorite quote so far this year is: “In the hour of adversity, be not without hope, for crystal rain falls from black clouds.”
    Nizami (1141-1203)

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    Jenni says:

    I love the pink flowering tree photograph! My favorite quote so far is from the book The Night Circus: “Wishes on sheep appear to work no better than wishes on stars.” The reason I love this is because while I do love to wish upon a star, nothing can be accomplished unless I do more than just wish things to happen.

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    50's kid says:

    Poppy Flower Photography is my favorite photo and my favorite inspirational quote is found in the Holy Bible : “Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.” 1 Corinthians 8:1

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    echo says:

    I love Starstruck. “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol

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    Brittany K says:

    My favorite is definitely the Aqua Blue Ocean Waves at Pebble Beach Photography print. My favorite quote this year is from my dad and hero, “Tomorrow, Today is Yesterday.”

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    Marilyn says:

    Love the magnolia tree block. New year’s resolution/quote – Work smarter, not harder.

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    Tina_R says:

    Old Filbert Grove.. because it not only gives such a sense of peace and rest while at the same time, it’s the road to continued growth and overcoming the obstacles (of which there were many – including death of my beloved mom)) this past year. At the end of the row is the opening to a place of peace. Going to that place does take courage to let go and trust.
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    That’s why the following quote has touched my soul and giving me hope for this coming year.

    “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” Amelia Earhart

    I pray for courage and believe that it has been given to me….