Friday, September 27, 2013

Focus on Life Week 39: Your Best Shot

OK, resisting impulses to use a photo of a shot glass...

I don't think the below is my very best shot but I wanted to use it for this post since I took it as an assignment for a photography class I recently completed, and then edited it in Photoshop Elements, which I also learned in a class. I think expertise will take a long time to develop but I had fun using my new skills on this flowering shrub in our back yard.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Focus on Life Week 38: A Quiet Moment

Sally's theme for this week made me think of an unexpected surprise we had last year when we discovered a bobcat, sound asleep right outside our window. He looked so peaceful and quiet.

But if you prefer one who's a bit more wide awake, here's another visitor we had just last month. He had stopped for a drink of water from the dish we keep outside for birds and bunnies. They sure skedaddled when bobcat arrived!

For more such moments, click quietly on over to these other fantastic contributors.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Creating with Cabochons

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In all of the beading world, cabochons are my most favorite element. A single stone can have endless variations. The variation I like best are characters that I fashion into pins. These are not your grandmother's brooches!

For this challenge, I combined two of my favorite things: kitties and cabs! The cab for the head is a button cover (remember those things?) and I removed the finding on the back so it could lay flush against the backing. The kitty body is a dichroic cab I purchased on eBay. Introducing Fantastic Feline:

Here is the pin back.

And, in case you are interested in the "before" picture. Here she is before embellishment and finishing.

Here are our fantastic challenge participants:
Your Host: Sally Russick
D Lynne Bowland
Alicia Marinache
Lynn Jobber
Marde Lowe
Dawn Doucette
Mary K McGraw
Gloria Allen

Cheri Reed
Sonya Stille
Elizabeth Owens Dwy
Veralynne Malone
Tania Hagen
Lynsey Brooks
Christina Miles
Holly Westfall
Kathy Lindemer
Patti Vanderbloemen

Therese Frank
Adrienne Berry
Liz E
Tanty Sri Hartanti
Ginger Bishop
Renetha Stanziano
Marlene Cupo
Sandi Volpe
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson
Niky Sayers

Mischelle Fanucchi
Tracy Stillman
Skylar Bre'z
Ann Schroeder
Paula Kramer
Jess Green
Susan Kennedy
Stacie Florer
Cathie Carroll
Susan F.

Michelle Caballero
Sabine Dittrich
Kristina Johansson
Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts
Melissa Meman
Cheryl McCloud
Michelle Timms
Cindy Pack
Lynda Carson

Cynthia Machata
Julia Harris
Karin Slaton
Ingrid Anderson
Karin Grosset Grange
Jasvanti Patel
Inge von Roos
Molly Alexander

And here are some sneak peeks at their creations:

Friday, September 13, 2013

Focus on Life Week 37: In Motion

I recently had the opportunity to take a rather long car trip. As you can see by my GPS image below, this was day 1 - with 564 miles to go.

I happen to love road trips but I had some company that doesn't love road trips quite as much as I do. This is Poochie in one of his more well-behaved postures.

Harold, on the other hand, seemed to enjoy travel - especially the tub in the hotel. Thank goodness, the bed was on a metal platform. Otherwise, I would have spent most of the next morning trying to lure kitties out from underneath.

All in all, they were pretty well behaved and even sort of cute, taking time to make a window seat out of the air conditioner unit!

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Focus on Life Week 36: In Two

Two great products from the city of Pittsburgh:
 The Pittsburgh Pirates and IC Lite Beer!

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