Tuesday, November 25, 2008

And the winner is...


Actually there are 3 winners. I decided to choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner.

1st place winner is : Bermudabluez She will receive the set of cards, a set of bookmarks and a Christmas notebook (which by the way I never posted a photo of - so sorry)

2nd place goes to Sew Fab Martha She will receive a set of bookmarks and a notebook

3rd place goes to Betsy and she will receive a Christmas notebook

I want to thank all of you for playing along for the little giveaway. I had many new visitors. For me it's hard to choose just one gift that means the most to me, but you all seemed to have no problem. I really enjoyed reading about all of the special gifts - so many thoughtful gifts given and received. And after I posted this last week I realized I never did tell you about one of my favorite gifts.



Initially I was going to tell you about this special wooden Elephant from Germany.
My older brother lived in Berlin for several years and one summer my mom and I went to visit him. While there we did some shopping, of course, and I fell in love with this rather large children's pull toy. But I didn't even have a child and it was much too expensive for me to buy, plus it was way too heavy to be carrying back on a plane. A couple of years later my brother came home and by this time I had a little baby girl. He had bought the elephant toy for her (well, me really) and hand carried it on the plane with him back home. As Taylor got older she named the elephant Eleance. (don't ask me why). I still treasure it to this day. I think it's a beautiful crafted toy to be handed down from generation to generation.



But I also have to tell you about my most recent (and wonderful) gift received. I received for my birthday this year, from my whole family, money to attend a week long art camp at the John Campbell Folk School. I have been wanting to do this for so long and now I can. The school has been around since 1925 and they offer everything from Basketry to Woodturning and so many in between. The hard part will be deciding what to take. I think I would like to try something I have never tried a hand at. One man wrote, " The week I spent there is about as close as it gets to my idea of paradise." I can't wait to go.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

another self portrait challenge


Shutter Sisters - self-portrait photo challenge - go outside, hold your camera down a bit and capture a shot of yourself with the sky as your backdrop. Then point your camera down and capture your feet on the ground. Put the images together to create a lovely diptych that reveals a small, telling moment in your day.
I'm a day late on this challenge but fortunately I had a vacation day to day and could use the daylight hours to participate in the challenge. And let me tell you - it WAS a challenge. I must have taken over 20 shots. Pointing down for the feet was easy but the pointing the camera upward at the face - not a flattering angle - was not so easy. For one thing you can't look through the viewfinder to see what you're getting but the main thing was that angle. I'm glad I'm short so no one has to look at me from that angle. However, trees are beautiful from that viewpoint and I finally got something acceptable.
I stood in the exact spot to look down and to look up. I knew when I read about that challenge of just where I wanted to try it. I love this beech tree in my backyard. It tends to hold on the the leaves longer than any other and turn a beautiful golden yellow. But in this photo you can only see the green leaves that remain on the lower half of the tree - the top leaves have turned a golden color.

I also took one later in today and here is how it turned out.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Giveaway


I'm going to be doing a giveaway. It's my birthday and I want to be the one giving the present. It's the first time I've done this so forgive me if I mess up in posting of the procedures.
It should be simple.
Just post a comment here and tell us "what was your favorite gift given or received?"
To earn an extra 5 entries, take a photo from here and post it on your blog with a link and let me know you have posted it.
The cut off is Nov.23th and I will announce the winner on Nov. 26th so that I can mail out the gift as soon as possible.

Oh, the gift... You will receive a set of 6 Christmas Cards (6 different designs), one Christmas notebook for keeping track of cards sent, gifts given or gifts received (whatever you want to do with it) and a set of bookmarks (4 bookmarks - each including the 3 months of a season (winter, spring, summer and fall) on one side and a seasonal collage on the other)


The card set has 6 different designs tied together with matching envelopes with a little twine and 2 tiny pine cones


The bookmarks are 2 x 6 and come in a set of 4 - each representing the season with the corresponding months on the back. Use one for 3 months, throw it away and begin using a new one when the season changes - bookmarks for a year of reading.

Sorry the color is a little off in these bookmarks. It's late and I don't want to redo it right now. I also forgot to post the little notebook. I'll do that tomorrow.

hope this will be fun.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

fun with Evee

want to play?


sit.


ready?


fetch!


good dogs

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

food in photos

Shutter Sisters has a post today about food photography. Well, I am certainly not a food photographer but I do have a tendency to take photos of my Saturday morning breakfast. I think it's because I like my bowls - it's not so much about the food.
Anyway here are a few.

Kashi


Kashi with blueberries before the soy milk


and a boiled egg - i love the color in this one


You'd think I had a real healthful diet but I don't. I eat things like this.


and this


in fact I would prefer to skip right to the dessert many times.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

happy love thursday


The heart shaped redbud leaves and blue juniper berries inspired this card. In the language of trees, the juniper means "perfect loveliness"


Seems way too early to think about Valentines Day, but with a winter festival I think it's something I need to offer. Plus, you can say "I love you" any time right? These definitely aren't your typical Valentine cards anyway (this set include 5 different designs).

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Photography creates a bond


At 16, when my daughter wanted to try selling her work in festivals we worked together to make it happen. She went on to do 5 festivals and has had a solo show at a local Starbucks. Working together to make these happen as been a real bonding experience.  As she began doing more conceptual photography there was no limit to her imagination and making it all happen became an exciting challenge - one we put our creative minds together on. Her ideas would spur an idea in my mind and back and forth working together we would make it fantastic - searching out props and locations to create what she had in her mind. These projects have created a unique bond (we work so well as a team) and brought us so close together - the adventures we have together while doing it are memories that will last a life time. Typically I am just the "camera boy" holding all of her equipment, handing her a lens to change, lugging the tripod and bags around.  But that's fine with me it gives me great pleasure to be a part of this "photography" world of hers.

The above photoshoot was done at Hilton Head Island on her spring break. A dreary, gray day turned in to one of the most exciting adventures. We went to a local Salvation Army and she bought this wedding dress for $20 , went down to the beach, changed in to the dress (not caring about the onlookers), set up her tripod and starting shooting away. She took a ton of photos and got several very usual images for what she was invisioning based on the poem "Annabelle Lee"

Monday, November 3, 2008

here's mine


Self-portrait that is . Not a well-executed one - more impulsive (in response to Kate at Shutter Sisters). This is the reflection in the gazing ball in my backyard. I sort of like it, plus it hides the facial wrinkles that I am becoming very aware of lately. I have been trying to get a self-portrait that I'm happy with but I just haven't gotten it yet.


I guess this one is acceptable enough to post. I really, really do not like photos of myself - I have a hard time acting completely natural. I tend to have a wide-eyed look and I'm stiff or something. Anyway, I'll keep working on it.
My daughter, on the other-hand, is a natural at taking self-portraits. She knows how to look into the camera and be expressive. She plays around with self-portraits all the time and gets some very good ones. Maybe it has something to do with age I don't know.

"Beauty......should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." ~1 Peter 3:3-5
thank you

Sunday, November 2, 2008

warmth of home


ShutterSisters asked us to share photos of home in order to be entered in a drawing. I love photos of home interiors. I enjoy seeing other blogger's living space - so many live in seemingly idyllic homes - all clean and neatly decorated. It's just so interesting - it's like you're invited in over the internet. I tend to pull out the camera when I see a beautiful pattern of sunlight coming across the room. These are just a few of them.