it’s okay to ask for help

i was driving home from dropping off joseph at school today, mentally preparing a pitch for target, while listening to a podcast by debbie millman, when her guest happened to mention that artists and designers need to know that it’s ok to ask for help. so after preparing to soldier through a morning alone, i instead sat at my computer and used up a few lifelines. i feel stronger and better prepared after asking for help.

prairie sage stem

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • Charmian McLellan says:

    Beautiful, elegant prairie sage. Just this week I’ve asked for help with a website. Can’t “go” it alone.

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  • Dede says:

    I don’t care what Target wants to use your images for-I’d buy them in a heart beat. I’d decorate my world with these images!

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framed

i will be waking up on wednesday to -35 deg F windchill. but we are stout and sturdy minnesotans and our school district doesn’t cancel class for anything less than -40 F windchill. which means i will be in the car when you read this. i will be thinking about beaches, and i thought maybe we all should.

beaver sticks, drift wood, and beach rocks from lake superior and the mediterranean sea

minnesota and france

p.s i promised i would update you on the call from Target corporation. i talked to them today by phone and i have been invited in next week to pitch the “Home Products/Soft Goods”  managers some STILL related product ideas. fun! i’ll let you know next week how it goes.

  • Robyn says:

    LOVE this image!!

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    • Thank You Robyn! And thank you for continuing to share my STILL blog images on your beautifully curated blog.
      Mary Jo

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  • Margie says:

    Wonderful news.

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    • Hi Margie,
      I assume you are referring to the Target news, and not our lovely weather ;-)
      Mary Jo

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  • natalie says:

    :: mary jo, you take my breath away! thank you! this image is luxury. it’s class. it’s creative. it’s unexpected. it’s harmony. it’s amazing. i think you’re the bee’s knees! good luck with your target pitch!

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  • Jenny B says:

    Wow! I can’t believe how quickly they moved- they know talent when they see it:). Best of luck to you

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    • Hi Jenny,
      yes indeed,Jason has been super prompt. i owe you a HUGE thank you!!
      look for an email from me tomorrow, i have a couple things to ask you.
      Mary Jo

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  • LW says:

    Love, love, love this image. Please make sure Target keeps your integrity. YOU are worth EVERYTHING!

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  • THe light is especially beautiful on this one, LOVE it!
    Can’t wait to have Still linens in my home! :-)

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attention is the new currency

not so many years ago, being able to say you were busy was worn as a badge of importance. when that got old, the next trend was to talk about not enough hours in the day, how money was no longer the objective, time was. but people mostly continued chasing money and not doing the slightly boring and unromantic work of carving out time. now, attention is the new currency. the internet and smart phones have stolen it out from under our noses, and no one has enough of it. not only that, everyone else wants some of yours. if you have attention to spare, consider yourself wealthy, and bank it. there’s gold in them there attention spans.

this odd collection of bones was collected in that last two years, simply by being attentive. if i had not given myself a STILL blog challenge, i know i would have looked right past almost every one of these

collection of assorted found bones

here and there, but mostly shoreview, minnesota and autignac, france

  • Charmian McLellan says:

    Have you read WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME by Christian McEwan?

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    • No, but I will will certainly look into it. Thank you. Heading over to Amazon now…

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this squirrel’s cache

it’s official. i’ve turned into a squirrel. i’m even finding forgotten stores of nuts and seeds. i dug these up today, and offer them for your (visual) consumption. bon appétit. or, translated into squirrel: squeaker squeak squeak squeaken.

a collection of seed pods, seeds, and nuts

southwestern france and central minnesota

  • Margie says:

    Hmmm maybe your spirit animal

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resting wings

it looks as if an insect has taken off his wings after a busy day, and hung them on a hook on the back of the door while he jumps in the shower.

winged box elder tree seeds

minneapolis, minnesota

  • Rags Edward says:

    I love how you see the world! Thank you for sharing your perspective over the past year!

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