Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye Old Pal

For Christmas my family bought me a new Canon Power Shot SX120 IS digital camera, which is sleek and black and probably realigns the Hubble telescope if I press the wrong button:



Seriously, I am really touched and pleased by the gift, which I hope will help me take some better photos in 2010. So I guess it's time to put the old Kodak into retirement, and to pass the torch this is the first picture I took with the new Canon:



Bye, old pal.

In 2010 I won't be posting a new picture every day, but as I promised I will keep the photoblog going and post whatever shots I do take that I think are interesting enough to share. Thanks to all of you who stopped in to comment and cheer me on; you made this project a real joy.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Friday's Child

Today is my baby's birthday, so I'd like to put up a few of my favorite pictures of her:



My girl has always been my bookstore buddy, and now reads as much as I do.



Btw, Grandma gave you this outfit, just in case I ever get blamed for it (she also gave me that lame shirt I'm wearing.)



My favorite picture, taken on the Friday you were born. I will never forget that amazing day, or any of the 5,480 days I've shared with you since.

Happy birthday, sweetheart.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Tree



We can't put tinsel on our Christmas tree because of the danger to the furry people around here, and these pagans I live with insist on having a star on top instead of an angel. But I still thought this year's tree was very pretty.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Project Favorites

I was fortunate (or had the dumb luck) to take a few good shots this year; here are some I thought were pretty decent and that taught me something:



I'd never shot a picture looking into the sun before this sunset at a nearby lake.



Believe it or not, this was the very last shot I snapped at a RenFaire before my camera batteries went dead. Had no idea if I even got the shot until I went home and loaded fresh batteries into the camera.



I know technically speaking this shot of the spider and its web sucks. Don't care; still love it.



This was an odd shot in how Daliesque it turned out. Also one of the few extreme close-up shots of my needlework that I was able to take this past year.



My favorite of the black & white shots I took this year; taken while on a vacation weekend.



I think this shot of the posing heron does show that I've learned a little about photography while taking all the photos for PBWindow. I don't think I could have taken such a neat picture a year ago.

As for my personal favorite from the last twelve months, it's definitely this quick snap I took of my daughter and a friend's beautiful Tennessee Walker:

Sunday, December 27, 2009

*Sniff*

I'm backing up my 2009 image files one more time before I remove them from the hard drive, and found this shot among a bunch I took the day Cole came home to live with us:



He was so little! And now he's all grown up:

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sundog 2



Not as nice a shot as I took back in February, but the first time I've seen two sundogs in the same year.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Wishing You

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Return of the Evil Sock Ornament of Doom



You remember this guy, don't you? He's back.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sparkling Oak

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Center Will Not Hold



To explain the image, this is a tree -- or what's left of one. Evidently greedy little bugs ate up the inside of the trunk until the outer bark simply collapsed.

Not very festive, but definitely reminded me of a few people.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Winter Sky

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mall Sparkle

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fisher



That's what I call focusing on your work. To see the pic in color, click on the image.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Oh Christmas Trees

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Glass Lady

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Poser



One of the nicest/artistic shots I've taken all year, I think.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Not Going Shopping Today



We saw this from the road. I believe it may have inspired the popular holiday song "Grandma Got Run Over by a Redneck."

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Underfoot

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hiding Out

Friday, December 11, 2009

Dockers

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Restoration



I didn't think to take a before shot of this quilt, but when I acquired the piece it was basically a bundle of ripped, torn rags held together by the stitching and the backing. But the color and the size of the rings were rare and also my favorites, so I went at it.

I did the restoration work in my spare time when I could and replaced over three hundred of those little patches in the rings (each less than two inches wide) all the binding, repaired three fist-size holes in the backing and redid most of the center-ring X stitching. I also pruned about two pounds of bunched cotton-hull batting out of the corners to flatten them and inserted several batting patches where it had thinned or had been pulled out during multiple machine washings (why do people do that? It's bad for antique quilts.)

Everything was done by hand, and it took almost three years. Probably my best wedding ring restoration job to date.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Rainbow Strut



This piece of rainbow was remarkable because it didn't bow at all, but came straight down like a celestial spotlight. Also, my daughter took this shot because I was driving at the time we saw it, and I'd have probably run into someone trying to snap the image. Thank you, Kat.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Silver Days

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sunflowers

Friday, December 4, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Driveby Lights



What happens when your guy doesn't hear you say "Honey, please slow down" before you take the shot of the pretty Christmas lights.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

14 Years +



I was going through some of my old Christmas quilts when I found this one from 1995. Back in those days I would make a lot of little hand-pieced/hand-quilted lap pieces because I was either pregnant, nursing, changing diapers or at the pediatrician; I carried around a ziplock bag of precut strips and would assemble them into log cabin blocks. I also crocheted a king-size quilt that way -- one 4" block at a time.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Being Koi



This is the best of 47 shots of the same subject. Lesson learned: swimming fish are damn near impossible to photograph.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Kind of Church



I passed the undoctored version of this church sign today, read the first two words and thought, "Wow, how great that they're finally letting the pagans . . . oh, wait, Sunday worship."

I like my version better.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Arthritis

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wishing You



My edible centerpiece didn't turn out quite as planned -- they didn't have pretty white or concord grapes at the market -- but I found some gorgeous blush grapes the size of walnuts and decided to add a couple pieces of fruit and some nuts I already had on hand (the gold-wrapped coins are Godiva chocolates, an annual indulgence):





Wednesday, November 25, 2009