Thursday, October 30, 2008
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Sunday, October 26, 2008
Nutkin (Anyone else a Beatrix Potter fan?)
We'll just sail away...
Dinner and a Movie
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Thank you, again, The Art of Craft!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
1. I am much more socially and politically liberal now than I was when I was in high school or college. (Not really a secret.:)
2. I am addicted to chocolate milk (1% with "quick" added).
3. I stole a piece of bubble gum when I was about five years old from the teddy bear grocery store near our house. Got caught by my mom chewing it that night. She and I talked about it, and I returned to the store and apologized.
4. I would LOVE to be an official photographer for the ONE organization. (I am working on this one!)
5. The day I met my husband, I introduced myself twice. (Think Bridget Jones. Yes, I am a little goofy at times. Thank goodness he thinks it is cute!)
6. I am a little shy, but also seem to have this habit of really speaking up when I feel strongly about something. (A combination that has led my husband, on numerous occasions to say, "Maybe you should let me handle this.") Good decision on his part!
I am tagging:
Pandy's of Lake Sunapee
Fun, fun, fun!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
We read this so many times, they memorized it. What a sweet sound to hear. My goal is to create a piece of art for them using photos my husband and I have taken, combined with the poem, and give it to them for Christmas. Just one of many instances of them teaching me, and reminding me of what is truly important.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Yes, we ran out the door this morning, but at least their teeth were brushed! And no, I am not going to show the pile of recycling "before." Too embarrassed! Be back in a little while with the after photos!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Prints of the photos above are now available in my etsy shop.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Here are the rules:
Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
Share seven facts about yourself on your blog – some random, some weird.
Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.
Here are my seven random facts:
1. I love, love, love U2. (Like faint, scream, shake, love them. Picture the crowds seeing the Beatles. Just kidding about that last part.)
2. I am sarcastic. (It runs in my family. I am not proud of it, and I am really trying to work on setting a better example. Trying as hard as I can to shield the children from this.)
3. I think that Pulp Fiction should have won Best Picture.
4. I love to cook, but it takes me ages to make most things. (I can, however whip up an awesome PB&J in less than two minutes! Crust cut off and everything!)
5. I haven't watched television in probably three months.
6. Sometimes I cry while reading Hunwick's Egg.
7. I really. really, really love Anne Lamotte books, especially Operating Instructions, Plan B and Travelling Mercies. I hoped I would be able to meet her while we were living in California, but it was not to be!
Here are the seven people I'm tagging:
This Mom's Life (Andrea Baker)
Mystique Island Photography
New England Quilter
Fun, Fun, Fun!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Birds amaze me with their strength and fragility, and their beauty, both in appearance and in song. They lift my spirits and are a comfort and a joy to me. They are ever-present companions, reminding me to keep looking up.
As always, I am in awe of the talent of my Photographers of Etsy teammates. Clicking on the highlighted words will take you to each artist's etsy shop. Enjoy these delightful and amazing photographs.
These lovely feather photographs are by Pam Hardy of alwaysartistic. The feathers are from her sun conure, Jesse James, who may be seen here. The texture and colors in these are amazing. There is a softness and gentleness that is comforting.
This dramatic ttv is by Donna of gothicrow. I was struck by the contrast between the bright orange sky and the dark silhouettes of the birds and the angel. This hauntingly beautiful photograph hints at a connection between birds and the heavens, which really makes sense to me.
This incredible tufted titmouse portrait by RobertSocha demonstrates so well both the fragility and incredible strength of birds. The colors and composition in this photograph are amazing. Titmice are also one of my favorite birds.
This lovely portrait of a swallow by SharonKayDesigns is very striking. The lighting allows you to truly appreciate the details of the swallow's beautiful shape. The starkness of the bird and rope contrast well with the soft beauty of the water.
This beautifully composed portrait of an American Goldfinch is by Holly of orioneclipsed. The alertness in his eyes and his round little body are enchanting.
This is a lovely Eurasian Tree Sparrow portrait by PastPerfect. I love his beautiful brown feathers against the magenta background. There is also a bit of humor in this photograph. It is as if this little one is overseeing the activities below.
This beautiful "Bluebird of Happiness" by Roberta of uncommondepth has such an ethereal quality, it immediately caught my eye. The dreamy background is perfect to highlight this incredible mountain bluebird portrait.
Cardinals have always been very special to me, so this photo by Amy of ara133photography, is one of my all time favorites. I love the muted colors, and the way her feathers are fluffed out to keep her warm. There is an incredible tenderness to this portrait.
This incredible ttv is by Ellen of theeye. I love the blue and black, and the silhouette of his round little body is absolutely precious.
This final incredible photograph is by Jenn of jennsphotography. I think it is romantic, and the colors are absolutely lovely.
Thank you, so much Jen, Pam, Donna, Robert, Sharon, Holly, PastPerfect, Roberta, Amy, Ellen and Jenn for sharing your incredible talent with us!
And now, a few bird quotes that I love....
A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked. Anias Nin
I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn. ~Henry David Thoreau
When nature made the blue-bird she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast. John Burroughs
"Do you know," Peter asked "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories." Peter Pan
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Can you see the lizard?