52 Wednesdays :: Whimsy

August 29, 2012

I’m Marla
Sprinkled throughout this journey are the little joys, moments of inspiration, and snippets of life that add color to our human experience. Join me as we embrace the beauty of imperfect perfection, the magic of a beautiful moment, and the endless possibilities of creativity.

Sometimes we get themes that just stump — completely.  Whimsy was one of them for me.  I thought about it all week without any kind of lightbulb moments going off at any time.  Today, I finally thought, “I must put something together!”  And with that, I asked my daughter Eva what I should do and would she help me.  I might have had to bribe her in the end, but that girl will do a whole lot for $2.00.  =)  I explained to her what whimsy meant in the best way I could and she decided that she was going to dress up like a parrot (surprise!) and instead of a mask, she would make a beak and tape it to her face.  So in my head, I’m thinking… well, this could end up amazingly awesome, or just a huge flop.  I’m not exactly sure what I’ve come up with and if it actually falls into a whimsical category, but I’m going to offer it up this week anyway.

I sneak-peaked at a few others’ who have already posted and Pamela included an actual definition, of which included “an excessively playful expression.”  My girl has A LOT of these all the time, as she is mostly goofball most of the time.  I normally delete most images like this one below, but after I read that description I decided to edit it and include it at the front.  I see faces like this constantly.  Gracefully elegant my girl is not…. yet. 😉

And it turns out, my little whimsy parrot was quite a bit more interested in the nature than being my model.  Even for the going rate of $2.00.  She LOVED the hay that had just been cut and made burrow homes all over the field for critters to move into.

So I let her shake it out a bit before we got down to whimsical parrot business.

And finally she wanted to put her parrot parts back on (they were off as quickly as she saw all the hay on the ground).

“Please, Mama, help me perch in the tree!”  To her dismay, I didn’t think it was a very good idea so she “flew” around instead.

And then she was done.  But to me, the done part was the loveliest.

I don’t often catch her so still and peaceful (especially if the camera is near).  This was a rare moment and even though I don’t often get these types of images from her, I love her to pieces… goofy, funny faces, parrot beaks and all.

I’m not sure if I captured whimsy this week, but it was definitely something worth sharing.  Have a lovely week everyone. =)

Next in our circle is Ms. Tiffany Anderson from Katy, Texas.  You can find her whimsy post here:

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  1. Pamela Joye says:

    such a silly moment from the hands to the halfway off sandals. it feels real and silly. your playful parrot…perfection…#4 feels so mischievous, the hand drawn bird mask takes things to another place – one that is so full of childhood discovery. and the last two land in dreamy timeless ways. (& who knew there was such a thing as a parrot wrap – her little totem shroud looks so natural and real!)

  2. amy grace says:

    marla, i don’t care what the definition is to other people, or in the dictionary…she IS whimsy 🙂 i love her freedom, her silly faces, her desire and willingness to be a parrot. outside the box in a good way. and she cannot help but be elegant. my favorite is watching her walk away, into the field and trees, with those gorgeous colors.

  3. Heather Robinson says:

    WOW!! These are all so amazing! The last one is absolutely perfect in every way.

  4. Amber C. says:

    Marla, I couldn’t agree more with the two ladies above – especially what Amy said: Eva IS whimsy. She encapsulates it so well, in the abundantly creative, energetic, goofy, elegant, innocent and joyful way she lives. I love these pictures so much. And I smile, because I think Eva and I would get along really well, particularly with my newfound love of parrots.

  5. Laurie Schultz says:

    The last 2 are my favorites! I love the one of her running away in those parrot wings! Such a creative and fun idea. I also love the colors in these, they def have a “whimsy” feel to them. 🙂

  6. Karen Porter says:

    This is most definitely whimsy. I cannot even tell you how much I love how you captured your sweet girl this week. The one of her running away with her wings was breathtaking – the pop of color against the dark trees. And the last says it all in her eyes – the trust and love she has for her mama.

  7. Carrie says:

    Marla, these are such wonderful, whimsical images that really illustrate how creative you both are. I love all of them!

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