Sunday, September 28, 2008

Title: Reader's Choice

Here's your choices for today's title:

March of the Teapots

An Army of Teapots

There's One in Every Crowd

Actually the title should be, "The Downside of Collecting"

Yesterday I spent too many perfect-weather-Saturday hours washing every teapot on display (forget the ones stored away). I don't know how many it was, but estimate 30-35. I really contemplated packing all of them away, but that would have meant getting boxes, packing material & then finding storage space and hope they wouldn't get broken. So they're now sparkling proudly again on top of the cabinets, the baker's rack & fireplace mantel. I guess washing them every few months is a small price to pay for enjoying their whimsical cuteness.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Good Morning Sunshine!

Is that a stamen in your petals or are you just happy to see me?

Ok,that was bad, I know it. Forgive me. It's day 2 of my vacation and I got up early with ambitious plans to catch some sunrise pictures and get my workout out of the way.

This "vacation" is only 4 days long and the only plans are to putter around the house, play with my toys, and hopefully catch up on long-postponed, understandably procrastinated, chores. Ugh. Still procrastinating. I earned this rest, right?!

The sunrise shots? Nada. Zippity. It was a washed out breaking of day. I drove around to some spots that I know are pretty in the daybreak hours, with a bit of morning fog hovering for effect, but nothing looked good. I ended up coming home and photographing the hollyhock by my driveway!

I love this Velvet Elvis effect!! I think I'll print it for making a card later. Off to my first "chore" project now....

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Delete Layer 9

The Delete Key. Such simplicity. Such power.
Made a mistake? Press "Delete"
Feeling a little messed up; need to reboot? Press "Ctrl Alt Delete Restart"
If only life worked that way.

Learning a new software and in the process, kept creating a layer 9. Which I did not want or need. I bet I deleted layer 9 at least 20 times.

More technology bennies: For this post, I wanted a picture of the delete key. However, digital pays more attention to detail than I do. Dust I can't see with my glasses on showed up in the picture. But one click of a Photoshop effects key & presto - artsy photo result.

And no layer 9.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Happy Blogiversary

It's my blogiversary! The picture that started it all:I started blogging a year ago this month. While looking for artwork of afghan hounds, I discovered an artist's blog. It was clean & simple, like her watercolors. At first I thought it was a website, but after realizing it was a blog, I thought hmmm....I wonder if I can do that for my photos? It's nice to have a cyber gallery, even if only a few family & friends drop by to browse.

btw: I've bought 3 of her afghan hound watercolors - all in blue, of course! Still follow her blog occasionally. NBC just purchased some pieces from her for their tv shows. That's kinda neat. She seems like a cool person.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Book Reviews

I might list books I'm reading, but that doesn't necessarily mean I agree with them. "A New Earth" is one such book. It was a hot topic this year because of Oprah. People were sending hysterical emails that she was pushing a new religion. I want to know what people are interested in, stay current, & think for myself. So I read the book. Have to admit, I almost felt like I should put it in a brown paper bag as I left the library in case anyone from church saw me. Sheesh.

So, about the book: my first thought was, this guy has watched The Matrix Trilogy way too many times. Like The Matrix, "A New Earth" is a mish-mash of eastern religion & philosophy. Nothing for anyone grounded in the Word to fear. But we need to know what people are thinking & talking about in our society. Then, instead of freaking out and slapping them with the Bible, be able to carry on an intelligent dialogue.

"What Happened" by Scott McClellan, is another book that rocked a few boats this past spring. It was a big deal because the Bush family values privacy to the point of fanatical secrecy & ol' Scotty here disobeyed the code. He is a former Bush staffer who became press secretary just as the hoopla over the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame started heating up. He supported going into Iraq, but it gradually dawned on him that maybe things weren't so kosher re: those pesky WMDs. He's a rather disillusioned guy now who probably feels better after his print confession (& the accompanying check). Although it gives a tiny bit of insight into the President's thinking re: Iraq, it's not enough to spend time reading the book.

There's my 2 cents worth.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Meet the Newbies

Two new teapots joined the family this summer. This whimsical cutie was purchased recently on shopping excursion to a small town nearby known for its antique stores. I knew it would look great sitting next to the Three Bears teapot. It was a Must Have.

This one was a gift from hubby, procured while on his summer mission trip to Spain.
Maybe it doesn't count as a gift, since I asked him to bring one back. But it's just so cool to have one from almost every country he's gone to. And I really, truly appreciate those teapots the most because I know what a sacrifice of love it is for him to shop, OCD-style, until he finds one! He never disappoints. No wonder I love him so. He's not a shopper or tourist and would rather just get home rather than take that last day of the trip to sightsee/shop with the team. Once the perfect (or sometimes, only) pot is found, there is the matter of packing it. In over 40 trips around the world, not one teapot has ever arrived to America damaged. What a guy! Never lost a team member. Never lost a teapot.