Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Trip Around The World

No, unfortunately I haven't won the lottery and booked a ticket around the world. Instead, this little guy, "Cute Potatoe", is going to travel the world, and he will be making a stop in the midwest. Artist Beate Knappe, in Dusseldorf Germany, created this guy, and she asked for volunteer hostesses for his travel around the world. Beate is a friend, so of course I volunteered to host him for a while. I plan to show him the sights in the midwest USA before sending him off to Australia for the next leg of his journey. I don't know how long he plans to travel, but I do know that I am envious of his itinerary.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Photoshop Magic

The more I play with Photoshop, the more great features I figure out how to use! This little tip is thanks to my son.

Here's my original photo......

Same photo in black & white......

And the magic......

The best part is that this whole process took about 5 minutes!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Wren Fascination

I am so fascinated with these little wrens. I love listening to them sing, hearing them scold me when I get too close with my camera, and watching them flit from limb to limb. These are a few of a series of photos I shot yesterday of a pair of wrens going in and out feeding their babies inside the gourd.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Our Newest Tenant

This has really been the year for us when it comes to birds in the yard. We've had our first ever Baltimore oriole at the feeder; our first ever wrens nesting in the wren houses; our first ever pair of downy woodpeckers and hairy woodpeckers at the suet feeder; and now, this is the first time we have had a robin nesting in the gutter crevice. I'm surprised that we haven't had more robins nesting in our yard before, but we seem to have finally reached the point where the birds consider our yard to be an attractive habitat this year. And we would have to agree with their assessment, as we just bought some adirondack chairs, solely so we could sit out under the trees in the yard.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

It's Official!

Today we officially adopted little Mya and made her a permanent member of our family. We could not be more thrilled! We started fostering her on May 22nd, and it has taken this long for her to get healthy enough to be spayed, and thus available for adoption from the rescue. She is the little princess in our house, and Zeke is totally in love with her!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Beneath The Surface

Blind Views
48" x 36"

I'm pleased that Blind Views was juried into the Beneath The Surface exhibition. This exhibition will premier in Long Beach, California, and then travel to Houston, Texas.

International Quilt Festival
July 23-25, 2010
Long Beach, California

International Quilt Festival
November 4-7, 2010
Houston, Texas

For more information, click here.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Right Place, Right Time

This evening I was in the backyard, trying to get a decent photograph of Mya, which is difficult to put it mildly. She is a non-stop ball of energy, and she doesn't stop long enough for me to focus and snap a photograph. So I started exploring other treasures to photograph and found this spider web on some of the garden fencing. Sometimes it's all about making the most of your opportunities, even if it means changing your original plans.