Inspired by change, challenge and creativity

Using Creativity


“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” 
― Maya Angelou


This was an interesting week with the photo challenge.  The words were different and difficult for this photographer who usually only takes pictures of gardens and critters in nature.


Words and phrases like in my bag, drink, on the table, hands, blue and my guilty pleasure (organic very dark chocolate pictured above) were the creative thoughts for the week.  And as I am still not out and about much, I had to look inside the house for inspiration.


I am linking in with a few memes.  One is Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday Another is River@Drifting through life who hosts Sunday Selections where folks post photos they have not shown before.  And I am also joining in I Heart Macro with Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.



I love the look of this blue glass lit up.



blue stained glass

And this blue stained glass miniature lamp was interesting to capture as the light changed throughout the day.





Of course the blue sky is always fun to capture especially when the sun is hiding behind the clouds making some rainbows.





On my table are lots of seeds as I am planting crops for fall.  And my most recent vase and a birthday gift were also there so I posed them so you could get a great view.





Drink was easy as every morning I have a cup of wonderful Italian coffee and fresh brewed green tea.  Both have health benefits and I love the taste of both.  The morning sun was lighting them up as they steamed hot.




In my purse was a bit of challenge as I was not about to empty my big purse.  Instead I thought I would look in one of my fancy vintage clutches.  I love this ivory beaded bag.  Inside it held the tag and the lucky penny you put in a new purse.  This one had the penny when I bought it.




Photo on 2014-08-14 at 08.32 #3

I was not sure how I would take a picture of my hands until I remembered I had Photo Booth on my Mac.  So I choose a special effect… X-ray for this picture and pushed the camera button.  I love the way it shows the knuckles and wrinkles of this gardener’s hands.



I leave you with another shot of creativity…. from my garden, on my table with a drink of my favorite tea.  Feel free to download the photo and share.


All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.


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  1. August 17, 2014    

    Your creativity is blooming! it’s so great!
    – I’m not familiar with the tradition to put a penny in a new purse – but i like the idea!
    Have a wonderful week!

    • August 17, 2014    

      Thanks Katarina. The penny is for good luck. Glad you enjoyed the latest batch of pictures….wishing you a lovely week!

  2. Debbie Debbie
    August 17, 2014    

    Donna, such a lovely post. I enjoy all of your thoughts and photos. Thanks for sharing your talents.

    • August 17, 2014    

      So nice of you to say so Debbie. I enjoy playing with the camera and sharing the fun!

  3. August 17, 2014    

    Donna, beautiful….sigh. I saw the August Break on Carolyn’s blog, and asked her what it was…love your photos.


    • August 17, 2014    

      The August Break would be right up your alley as you are so creative with your camera Jen. Glad you enjoyed my little bit of creativity.

  4. August 17, 2014    

    Beautiful thoughts and photos! I especially love your stained glass photo collage. Best wishes for a wonderful week!

    • August 17, 2014    

      Thanks so much Deb. The small stained glass lamp is a special favorite that sits in a window facing the eastern rising sun so I love watching the light play through it.

  5. August 17, 2014    

    What fun. I love all of these shots – and my gardeners hands are considerably more battered than your gardeners hands.

    • August 17, 2014    

      I camouflaged my hands well Soosie! Glad you enjoyed this weeks photos!

  6. August 17, 2014    

    I love your new blog, Donna! It’s beautiful. And, it’s wonderful to see how you are expanding your creativity. Thanks for these photo shares.

    • August 17, 2014    

      Sandra thanks for stopping by and I am so pleased you like the blog and photos. It is definitely a labor of love!

  7. August 17, 2014    

    Beautiful and creative photos. You’ve inspired me to take more pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    • August 17, 2014    

      So very nice to have you visit Julie and how wonderful to hear I have inspired you! Enjoy your time with your camera…it is such a creative fun past time!

  8. August 18, 2014    

    Lovely post. I think you answered the challenge well. Love your hands and the beautiful blues. Nice to meet you.

    • August 18, 2014    

      Snap so nice of you to stop by. I am pleased you enjoyed the pictures. I look forward to popping over to your blog. I see you also found my other blog Gardens Eye View, and I appreciate the visit there too.

  9. August 18, 2014    

    I enjoyed seeing your beautiful mosaic of the tiffany glass lamp. My favourite colours too. The tradition of putting a penny in a new purse or wallet when gifted was popular here too. However, our pennies have gone the way of the dinosaur here in Canada but I’ve saved a few for future use. 😉 Blessings, Pam

    • August 18, 2014    

      Pam thank you for visiting. I am so glad you enjoyed my special lamp. They want to get rid of pennies here too so far though they have not been successful. I will be stopping by your blog soon. Wishing you a most wonderful week!

  10. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    August 18, 2014    

    The mosaic of your little tiffany lamp is pretty and very creative to capture your own hands.
    Thanks for linking with MM.

    • August 18, 2014    

      Thanks for visiting my new blog Judith. It has been fun to create new images with my camera.

  11. August 18, 2014    

    Hi Donna, Love your floral bouquet and your lampshade. I planted my radishes Friday, and they’re already up! That’ll be it for my fall garden vegetables this year. The raised beds are filled with herbs and tomato plants! 🙂

    • August 18, 2014    

      With all the rain and cool weather my fall garden may be better than my summer. I planted a second batch of radishes in late July and already harvested them. Third batch already coming up too….crazy season. So glad you stopped by my new blog and happy you enjoyed the pictures.

  12. August 18, 2014    

    Wonder-filled compositions.

  13. August 18, 2014    

    Wonderful post and images. You creativity is wonderful, I love all the “blue” images.. The stained glass is gorgeous.. Have a happy week!

    • August 18, 2014    

      Thanks so much Eileen…It gives me great joy that you enjoyed the pictures especially the blues and stained glass…enjoy your week too!

  14. August 19, 2014    

    O Donna I’m following it too! Isn’t it good….I don’t get to post every day on Instagram but whenever I get a chance….I think I loved your hands best of all… very intimate maybe…..btw are we following each other there?

    • August 19, 2014    

      I think we are following each other. I actually do not have a cell phone (if you can believe that) so I have not gotten used to posting photos on Instagram but I plan to do more of it.

  15. August 19, 2014    

    That Tiffany lamp mosaic featuring blue is really lovely.

    • August 19, 2014    

      Thanks Lorrie and thanks for visiting my garden blog too with my Stuck Foot vases!

  16. August 19, 2014    

    That chocolate photo made me salivate 🙂

    • August 19, 2014    

      He, he, he…it is my secret indulgence. It makes me want chocolate every time I see it 🙂

  17. August 20, 2014    

    awwwwww, die schokolade sieht sooooo lecker aus, ich nehme mal ein stückchen weg!!!!! alles liebe von angie

  18. August 20, 2014    

    Wow!! Your photos are so inspiring. You rose to the photo challenge admirably.

    • August 20, 2014    

      Oh Cherie thank you so much…it means a lot to have you say so!!

  19. August 23, 2014    

    Donna, what wonderful pictures! I love the blue glass and lamp. The chocolate looks delicious. And I do enjoy green, too. I’m having it iced right now 🙂

    • August 23, 2014    

      So glad you enjoyed the pictures Loredana…I had fun taking them!

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