Archive for May, 2009

My husband and I spent last week in Washington DC. This was our first visit to the District of Columbia and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

The reason for our trip – our TV pilot “Military Miracles”, was one of 48 documentary and feature films screened at the Third Annual GI Film Festival.

Camp Pendleton   Carrie ©

Taken while filming Military Miracles at Camp Pendleton - Carrie ©

You can view Military Miracles trailer here: http://bit.ly/GvG1X

The GI Film Festival was held at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Carnegie Institution of Washington - image taken from http://www.gifilmfestival.com/location

Carnegie Institution of Washington - image taken from http://www.gifilmfestival.com/location


The GI Film Festival is a celebration of the

American Armed Forces.

Here,  visual artists have the opportunity to tell the heart-wrenching and heart-warming stories of  the American warrior.

Our experience began with a Red Carpet private screening of the MGM/UA major motion picture Valkyrie, staring Tom Cruise – the beginning of 4 days and evenings of fascinating and captivating story-telling.

Information about the film Valkyrie read here:


The Red Carpet Receptions provided great food and great networking opportunities.

Red Carpet Reception  ©

The Red Carpet takes us into the Carnegie Institution Rotunda ©

Guests of honor included Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospitals.

Hollywood insiders presented a workshop on tips and strategies for success in the film industry.

I even got to rub shoulders with actor Steven Baldwin. Here’s proof.

Win Carrie Steven BaldwinSteven Baldwin is promoting his soon to come movie called “Now More Than Ever”.

Check out the “Now More Than Ever” teaser here:


Baldwin’s movie is about our American Troops  in Iraq, their stories and their need for our support.

Sunday we took the opportunity to tour DC for several hours.

White House  Carrie ©

The White House - Carrie ©

National Museum Marine Corp.  Carrie ©

National Museum Marine Corps. - Carrie ©

Scene in the National Museum Military Corp  - Carrie ©

One of many scenes in the National Museum Marine Corps - Carrie ©

Military Memorial  Carrie ©

Arlington National Cemetery - Carrie ©

Street scene 1  Carrie ©

Street scene 1 - Carrie ©

Street scene 2   Carrie ©

Street scene 2 - Carrie ©

Garden   Carrie ©

Our Hyatt Garden - Carrie ©

The event culminated in an Awards Night. Then back to the hotel for a quick 3 hours of sleep, and off to the airport to catch the plane home.

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I have had a beautiful purple flowering Lavender plant growing in my little garden. To my chagrin – the harsh winter killed most of it and I am left with but a small, although healthy looking shoot. I am nurturing it in hopes that it will have a speedy come back.

Here’s why.

Lavender is not only pleasant to look at, it is soothing to the soul and healing to the body.

Let me tell you the ways I love Lavender.

Lavender and Roses - Carrie

Lavender and Roses Carrie ©

I love Lavender for:

1.    Its sweet aroma.

I use it as a natural perfume.
One drop of Lavender oil behind the ear is all it takes.

I use it as an air freshener.

A few drops of Lavender in a spritz bottle makes a great air freshener. I also have a little container of dried flowers in my house at all times. Just pinch a few in your fingers and inhale. You’ll feel your body relax.

Put flowers into a cotton pouch, add a little embroidery if you are so inclined, and squeeze and sniff.

2.    Its soothing properties.
I use a drop on the pillow at night.

Lavender is calming to the heart, relieves anxiety and soothes the nervous system. Soon, sleep comes sweetly.

3.    Its culinary uses.
I use it in tea and put it in salad.

Lavender makes a great addition to a cup of tea or even salad.
For a pot of tea use about 1 heaping Tbsp. of the Lavender flowers.
(fresh or dried)

For Salad, sprinkle as desired.

Lavender is has been used to aid the digestion since ancient times.

4.    Its healing properties.
I use it for healthy skin.

Add a few drops of Lavender oil to your bath. It will lift your spirit, calm the body and heal the skin.

Add a few drops of the oil to your all natural body lotion. From ancient times Lavender was used for it’s healing, antiseptic properties.

Lavender is often used to treat burns and wounds. Keep a spritz bottle of water with a few drops of Lavender oil added, in your beach bag. Spray lavishly onto skin after spending time in the sun. On hot days, I spritz to keep cool.

Cotten pouch containing dried Lavender

Here is MY “squeeze and sniff” Lavender pouch.

Notice the embroidery. No, I didn’t make this one.  This was a gift from a friend. I make very good use of it.

My husband is hooked on Lavender too. Not to be outdone, he took a sock, filled it with dried  flowers and put it into his car. Talk about smelly socks.

My husband's Lavender pouch

My husband's Lavender "squeeze and sniff" pouch

And… a few more interesting pieces of information:

Did you know that Lavender is known as a love potion?

Apparently, in Roman times “women hung Lavender next to their beds to incite the passions.”


Did you know that Lavender is mentioned in the Bible?

Lavender is mentioned many times in the Bible. In ancient Greece, Lavender was called “nardus,” “nard,” or “spikenard” (named for the Syrian city of Naarda) and was used as a cure for everything from insomnia and aching backs to insanity.”

Several  passages in the Christian Bible which mention Lavender (spikenard):

Song of Solomon (Canticles) 1:12

“While the king is at his table, my spikenard sends forth its fragrance.”

Song of Solomon 4:13, 14

(King Solomon talking about the love of his life)

“Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with pleasant fruits, fragrant henna and spikenard… spikenard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices.”

If you are a romantic at heart, the book of Song of Solomon is a must read book.

Mark 14:3
“…And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper as He (Jesus) sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenards. And she broke the flask and poured it on His head…”

(This woman is showing honor to Jesus by giving him her most costly possession)

John 12:3
“…Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil…”

(Here Mary gives the very best she has to Jesus, showing Him honor)

Here’s another good site to visit. Very nicely done.


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The movie in the works is called “Courage”, and stars  Jason Priestley.

The location – Alouette Lake, Maple Ridge, British Columbia

The scene – The BrantFX crew simulating a huge storm at sea.

The effects – The BrantFX crew used rain towers, large fans and a special compressed air gimbal they designed to rock the boat back and forth.

I took this footage of the BrantFX crew working their special effects. My husband is the one hiding under the umbrella rocking the boat.

To learn more about this company check out http://www.brantfx.com

Some photos of the crew setting up for THE BIG scene.

Alouette Lake - FX team at work 1

Alouette Lake - FX team at work 1

Alouette Lake - FX team at work 2

Alouette Lake - FX team at work 2

FX Team - setting up rain towers

FX Team - setting up rain towers

Alouette Lake - taken from the dock - early evening

Alouette Lake - taken from the dock - early evening

Alouette Lake - the mist creeps in

Alouette Lake - the mist creeps in

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