Saturday, April 24, 2010

Azalea Mosaics



Brrrr, it's cold up here! I was out and about all yesterday afternoon and nearly froze to death. Apparently, all the stores have shut off the heat and it was miserable, even in the restaurant.

Still, the azaleas are blooming and it's one of my favorite times of year. Couldn't help but grab the camera. I never have enough time to devote to the process so am cheating by doing a mosaic...more presence don'tcha know. Interesting to see the hue differences between indoor and outdoor photos.

Please don't forget the beach bag giveaway. If you haven't already, check Friday's post (yesterday) for the info. I want more bloggers! Come on now, don't be shy. (Oh and you'll find links to both Keepsakes Etc and Simply–Bags on my sidebar under Some of My Favorite Places.)

May you have a wonderful, restful, pleasant weekend and think warm weather...

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Giveaway for Bloggers!

This week I was contacted by a very nice gentleman who'd love to give one of my blogging buddies a gift from one of the on-line stores that he and his wife own. A gift! How cool is that?! He is offering the Stylish Beach Bag, a red and cream-striped, perfect-for-summertime tote bag you see below.




You will note that it can be personalized (up to 12 letters). The bag, the personalization, and the shipping are all a part of this giveway. So much fun!

And, the best part is that this is a giveaway that you can talk about so please let your blogging buddies know. All one has to do to enter is comment on this post and be a blogger. Feel free to use this tag for your sidebar if you'd be willing to help me get the word out. Just click on the title of this post to snag the url so you can link back. (If you do, I'll enter your name twice.) Thanks so much!

Time is short as comments will close Monday evening, April 26 at 7. "The Hand" will make a selection and the winner will be announced Tuesday morning.

You can find more wonderful products by checking Throws and Beach Bags. I have spent a pleasant time browsing there myself.

Enjoy your Friday...
Comments are now closed. A big thank you to all who participated! Check back tomorrow morning to learn who the winner will be. (This is so exciting...I don't even know yet myself.)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A New Tablecloth and Experimenting with Light and Camera Settings

These titles are getting longer and longer!

Yesterday, I showed you the photograph that my mother gave me. Today, I'm showing you the sweet little tea tablecloth (possibly Bridge tablecloth) that she found while shopping at a flea market up in her corner and then gave to me. And I'm tossing in my amateur experiments with camera settings for good measure.

So here is the new tablecloth. What? You can hardly see it? So typical of me! My setting was on Av F2.7 for this one, if that means anything for you. I liked how it came out. Composition is wonky, but that's just how it goes when I take a picture. I mean, how many different flower colors can I get into one shot? Ha!


Super Macro details above and below...


This was also taken on Av F2.7. I was intrigued by the light on the flowers, on the tag by Miss Sandy, and on the sofa back.

And I liked how dark the surroundings around this little sunlit bird really help him stand out. "Let's walk in the light" as John always likes to say.

Oh, please see the new giveaway button on my sidebar. Liane at Tender-Hearted Daisy is celebrating her daughter's 17th birthday with a giveaway. She doesn't say what the gift will be, which makes it just that much more fun. Go ahead! Visit and sign up!

A great Thursday to you...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tap Dance Recital Photo



Can you stand another? (Yes, I'm in that line-up somewhere.)

This photograph is a gift from my mother who is packing up a few things and releasing others. It appears that I have been released. When I opened the frame, out fell quite a number of other photos.

I was feeling a bit nostalgic and even sad when John said, "Have you ever seen more little girls needing to pee go at the same time?" Made me laugh and made me want to write on a photo again.



Enjoy your day!

Edited to Add: Judy wins. :D

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April Breakfast



Is there anything more cheerful than orange juice at the breakfast table? I think not! Won't you sit down and pour a glass of this Florida sunshine? Our favorite orange juice is Florida's Natural™ with pulp. We can't always find it, but when we can, oh boy howdy!

Yesterday morning, my mother and sister joined us for breakfast completely surprising Nan. Nan seemed to enjoy it, though. Mother brought the "right" crayons, even if she didn't get the "right" doughnuts. We don't eat crayons, of course, but if you've read yesterday's post, you'll know what I'm talking about. Nan was terribly pleased to get the crayons and spent more time coloring today so all was well with the world.

After breakfast, John stayed with Nan while the rest of us went for a bit of shopping. So fun! Not. So closed. Oh well! We'll try again another day.



While out and about, I took a photo of my niece's daffodils and her neighbor's rhubarb patch. I've got to be careful as I'm developing some serious envy over all that rhubarb. My niece says that the family doesn't even use the rhubarb. It just always goes to seed.





So what would you like to talk about today? Anything? Any questions I can answer? Pour another glass of juice and take it away...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Blue Tea Cozy



My titles are so uninspired these days. That's because I am trying to make finding a former post easier than it had been back in the day when I wrote those fussy foo-foo titles that meant zip. It's all about being able to find it again. And I finally started using the post labeler, also in hopes of making finding things easier.

I've had a few questions about yesterday's post so wanted to explain. My mother told me that my grandmother loves to color. I had no idea that she enjoyed coloring; although, I love to color, too. Perhaps that's where I get it. Anyway, I printed off a spring picture of tulips and daffodils and she happily colored and colored and colored. Two days worth of coloring. On the same picture. I think that I must find out how to do a wax crayon transfer so that we can preserve her efforts. (She tells me that crayons used to be much better. Anyone know anything about that?) Anyway, at one point, I turned the corner and there she was still coloring and that little pang hit and I wanted to save the moment. (It is that picture I used for yesterday's post.)

While she colored, I worked on the tea cozy you see above. Now that I'm so smart about digital images and everything (those of you who truly are must be snickering behind your hands ;>), I reattempted one of Miss Sandy's tips of Quill Cottage and it worked this time. Perfectly! It just goes to show that I must read directions carefully and follow them closely.

I also got inspiration from Becky's recent post at Sweet Cottage Dreams. You can find that right *here.* Becky does beautiful work!

Things are looking up around here...no snow. Enjoy a wonderful Monday!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

When Strength Fails



Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore. ~Psalm 16:11

Neither death, nor life, nor angels. nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God. ~Romans 8:38–39

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