Friday, December 16, 2011

The Secret

The secret has been discovered...

What?! Too much?

Awwww, you gals made my day. I knew that you were highly suggestible. I'm including a short list of starry, starry trees so that you may check them out. 

Again in comments, Donna gave a link to *this blog* for another take on starry lights. It requires a tripod and intimate knowledge of your camera. I have a tripod, but know less than zip about my camera just now.

Here's that list:

I'm missing it you? If so, let me know and I'll add yours. (I know that there's an easier way. My gadget for adding the link backs to a post are no longer working correctly.)

My secret? Well there are some things that a gal just has to keep to herself. I know that you'll be happy about that! (One thing we don't need is to see this replicated across Blogdom.)

An excellent Friday to you...

Love Vee

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Photography Technique for Christmas Trees and Lights...

and all thanks to one of the finest photographers I know—Jill at Jill's World of Reaction, Research and Millinery who told me in comments about it yesterday. Another reason to adore comments! It involved a tea
strainer and taking a photo through the tea strainer to make the lights appear like stars. I decided to give it a whirl and, being the scientist I am, also decided to try a mesh like fabric and some tulle. Well I'll be jiggered if it didn't work just as Jill said. What do you think?

Though, I'm pretty certain the tea strainer should not  be visible.

It looks promising as far as the lights...not sure about the shadows on the walls. Perhaps a good cropping.

Nope, he's a star, but he's not shining too bright this morning. Ha! This proves that mesh creates a fog. (Tulle results not yet in.)

I happened to visit the bakery yesterday for a gift certificate and while standing at the counter started to look around. That's always very dangerous in the bakery. One never knows what will start demanding to be taken home. In my case, it was two cranberry orange scones and two blueberry lemon scones. Yummy! Have you tried the holiday peppermint tea yet? It is just as delicious as all those other bloggers have said. That's why I have some now. I'm highly suggestible, but then I know that you are, too! Are you going to try it? The tea? The tea strainer?

Have a delightful day,

Love Vee

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Is it Wednesday?

John could perhaps begin to worry about me. Every day I ask, "What day is this?!" I ask him multiple times each day; he looks at his watch and informs me. You know, I don't think he knows what day it is either without his watch!

(We both want to thank you for your kind comments yesterday. He was touched and surprised by them having no idea that I was going to mention his wee Aunt Mabel.)


About photos. It helps to be a good photographer, which I am not, though I do aspire to do better. I need to read and read and reread my manual. These are my humble efforts and I confess that some have been doctored so that I could stand them.

This is the very first photo I took.

Molly, my faithful canine companion. It was either her or the Cat in the Hat. It took hours to get the disks downloaded so I could upload my photos. I don't know what that was all about. Waiting makes me crazy.

Just popping in a variety of photos not all good nor particularly interesting.

helping a neighbor

Just arrived by USPS before Eight AM this morning

The "Kids"

Mitten Example for Saturday Thanks to The Feathered Nest

Edited to Add: Imagine me dancing all about singing ♫She's figured it out! Dawn's figured it out!♪ The problem of viewing pictures in largest size that's what she's figured out! See *here.* Plus snag some free gift tags while you're at it.


This very short video is about my Caramel making on Monday (when the old camera wouldn't take pictures, but it would do movies. Odd.)

These caramels are very good. I found the recipe at The Country Blossom right *here.* Let us just say that John and I have put a fair dent in the caramels since then. To be frank, I have had to hide them. That's right. Only I know where they are! Bwahahhahahhaha...

A happy day to you.

Love Vee

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Busy Days

If you're anything like me, life is really starting to speed up. There is so much to do! I know that you are saying the same thing. And just like what's going on in real life, this post is going to bounce all around a bit.

We learned yesterday that John's elderly aunt had passed away. I had only met her once. She was a delight telling fun stories and sharing that she really wanted a cat and couldn't we please find her a special one. John tells the sweetest stories of Christmas and of this aunt who, herself childless, made her nieces and nephews her focus at Christmas. "She made me feel very special."  I think that there is a special place in Heaven for such aunties.

My new camera arrived yesterday in a UPS truck that roared up and stopped with a lurch. I'd know that sound anywhere. When I learn how to take a picture and have the battery charged, I'll be back. Could be awhile though.

One of the dearest paragraphs I've read this holiday season was written by Dot at Picket's Place. If you have the opportunity to read the last bit she wrote on this post beginning with "Merry Christmas you guys," you'll be encouraged. Oh yes you will! (Oh go ahead and read it all! =) Dot's enthusiasm is infectious.)  [Edited to Add: Some time ago, Dot removed many of her posts. This was one of them.]

I totally bailed on the Linky Party for the Christmas Open House yesterday. There's an analogy here that I hesitate to make because it puts me in a bad light. The gist of it is this: I often don't participate in things I'd enjoy because it's going to cost me too dearly. There are so many talented bloggers and beautiful homes and I can not visit and comment everywhere so I just visit and tiptoe out without saying a word. And if I am going to visit without commenting I can't link. Just can't. I'm totally lacking in commitment. Ugh. See, told you it wasn't pretty.

On that note, I'm off for a busy day! I will catch up with you asap. Promise!

Love Vee
photo source

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Home Tour Mosaic

At Christmas, all roads lead home.
~ Marjorie Holmes 

*So wanted to participate in Melissa's Christmas Home Tour that, even though my one and only camera croaked, I've gathered previously shared photos into a mosaic. (Either that or I'm just confused about which event I'm entering as I often participate in Mosaic Monday at Little Red House.)

Each photo speaks for itself, I hope. Otherwise, please wander back through the last few weeks to find answers to any questions one might have. (There's a home page just below the gingerbread garland to the right.)

And what's a Christmas Home Tour without something to eat? These two items are going to be a part of the festivities for Christmas 2011. The first is for candy canes, though I will add stick pretzels as well. The second is so cute. I adore easy, pretty and tasty in one nice package.

Please visit the tour at Melissa's The Inspired Room for lots of inspiration!

Thank you for visiting and do have a Merry Christmas!

Love Vee

Sunday, December 11, 2011


God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
The warmth of Christmas, which is love;
The radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
The righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
The belief in Christmas, which is truth;
The all of Christmas, which is Christ.

~Wilda English

Just amazing! Gotta love these flash mobs. =)

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2: 9–11 NIV

A blessed Sunday to you!

Love Vee