Advent In Pictures

by Houndstooth on

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season hits pretty hard at our house.  There are some parts of it that I love and some parts that I dread.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year and also the season of poverty for us.  Not only do we have five family Christmases to attend, but we have four family birthdays.  I can’t lie, by the end of December, I’m more than ready to see it go.  However, I also look forward to it because we do get to spend more time together, time with those we love and because it really sparks my creative spirit.

Rigging Up the Lights -- Tales and Tails

Rigging Up The Lights

This year is the second year I’ve done a 365 Project, meaning that I take a photograph every single day.  Sometimes, towards the end of the year, you start to feel like you’ve taken all the good photos you can take.  However, for me Halloween and Christmas are really big creativity sparks.  It really helps me to get through that last part of the year because I get a lot of ideas that I really want to try.  I start a dream list of photos that I want to take sometimes, as a matter of fact.

A couple of years ago, I came across a blog called Leash Free Living where she takes Christmas color themed photos every day in December until Christmas.  At first, I just admired her photos, and then last year, I decided to join in the fun and put my own twist on it.  I do a holiday themed photo every day, but it is not always overtly so.  Sometimes, it might be using traditional holiday colors and other times it might be something that really says Christmas, but might be nontraditional colors.  It just depends on what spirit moves me.

Twinkling Lights -- Tales and Tails

Twinkling Lights

It definitely makes things fun for me at the end of my project, but I’m coming to look forward to taking the holiday photos as a unique part of the season.  I’m finding that it’s a thing that really makes me feel excited about the arrival of the season.  It’s also something that I get to do just for me for a few minutes every day.  Okay, sometimes it takes more than a few minutes, but it’s time I get to spend with Bunny, or one of the other dogs, and it helps me to keep myself a bit grounded and focused when the crazy whirl sets in.

I’m definitely planning to take pictures again this year, and hoping to do things that are new and cute.  If anybody has any suggestions for things we should try, I’d love to hear them.  It’s all done in fun, and we definitely enjoy ourselves as we go along.

By The Glow of the Twinkle Lights -- Tales and Tails

By The Glow of the Twinkle Lights

Lastly, we’re going to be doing a review for, and we wanted to do a giveaway, but to make sure that the winner gets the prize in time to enjoy it for the holidays, we’re going to do the giveaway now to start off the holiday season.  Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, they have some designs that I think could be cute for any time of year and aren’t necessarily really Christmas oriented, so please give them a look and see if there’s something you like.  The Rafflecopter will close on December 4, so the winner can get their prize before the holidays.  We wish you good luck!  If the Rafflecopter doesn’t show for you, usually you can just refresh the page and it will appear, but if it doesn’t just follow the link and it will take you there.  Due to shipping issues, it’s only open to members of the US and Canada.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  • Sounds like a fabulous idea! I always enjoy looking at your beautiful photographs!

  • Sue Dyer

    I so love the photo of Bunny with the lights round her. You should blow that up and have it on the wall.

    Apart from children, what about suggesting to the adults that you all agree not to do presents. I did that a few years ago and everyone I mentioned it too was so glad.

  • Sara Blair

    Love these photos so much, and am looking forward to more!

    December can be a very stressful month. Our dogs excel at keeping us grounded.

  • genjiscorner

    Five family Christmases and four Bday parties? I’m tired just thinking about it 🙂

  • You are definitely dedicated to take a photo every day. I am not that motivated. LOL

  • You are to be commended for taking a photo every day for TWO years! WOW! You are blessed with creativity, for sure.

    I love all the photos you are showing of Bunny today, but the last one is truly special. ♥

  • Roxy

    I love all your photo ideas, and of course, Bunny is THE perfect model.

  • Dory and the Mama

    I do my own POD, I wish I had the model you have in Bunny…..Dory loves to model, I am going to have to try harder to work on just getting pet shots this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Pamela | Something Wagging

    Your creativity in taking daily pictures is inspirational.

    I hope to see some snowy candids in addition to your beautifully posed shots.

  • teancakes1 .

    Know what you mean. It will be a pretty poverty stricken Christmas here too with Bridge’s vet bills. We are determined to enjoy it though. I have been making hand made gifts for friends and hope to make a couple of decorations to put up.
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  • Kristine

    Your photographs are always beautiful and I am sure your collection of 365 is amazing!

    The holidays are a tough time of year in a lot of ways and sometimes it is hard to get up the energy. But if I focus on just doing the parts I love (the decorating, the music, the baking) and not worry so much about the rest (the cooking, the obligatory socializing, the searching for the perfect gift) I have a much better time and everything comes together almost on its own.

  • harrispen

    You are lucky to have such a willing model to work with. I can’t wait to see some of the pictures you take this holiday season.

  • Beckett Grey Hound

    We love seeing your Christmas photos!

  • Love the twinkling lights photo. I don’t think Beryl would be impressed if I took her outside in winter to take photos, lol! All I’d get would be stink eye!

  • Kim–Life at Golden Pines

    Your creativity in your photos always inspires me to try and get better pictures of my own dogs–And you’ve given me an idea for that elusive Christmas card photo that I really, really need right now…Thanks for that! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying your weekend too!

  • fivesibes

    Beautiful Christmas photos!!!

  • Dennis the Vizsla

    hello bunny its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow yoo ar all lit up!!! did that littel elf lasso yoo or sumthing??? he luks kind of inordinatly pleezd with himself!!! ok bye

  • Emma

    It seems like Mom always finds new photo ideas. Just when she is running low a holiday or event pops up and gets her brain moving again. Can’t wait to see all your photos for Christmas!

  • Lori – What Remains Now

    I’ll have to put my thinking cap on. I love the color idea.

  • myboyzach

    What a great idea..if only the terrier would sit still long enough.

  • All Things Collie

    Just beautiful, as always! You could put a book together of all those gorgeous pictures – or your own calendar – I’d buy it!

    • All Things Collie

      And we would like to enter your give-away!

  • Jodi

    I love the way you incorporate the lights, I probably could get away with that with Sampson, but I don’t Delilah would sit for it. 🙂

  • I always enjoy your photos and marvel at them 🙂

  • Taffy

    Beautiful photos with a beautiful model! Thanks for doing the giveaway. Looks like they have some fun things.

  • misskodee

    We are doing another Advent Calendar this year! Ah we almost got “An Elf On a Shelf” then I had a squirrely idea…. come see…

  • Samantha Daley

    Yea! You take such fantastic photos! Can’t wait to see them all!