Saturday, December 31, 2011

Best of PBWindow

I didn't get a lot posted on the photoblog this year, but I'm glad I didn't give up on it. I have some art projects in mind for 2012 that will help nudge me into using my new camera more often.

Most memorable shots of 2011:







and my favorite shot of the year:

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Art of Lunch



A gorgeous dish I ordered when my daughter and I have lunch at a very chic Victorian tea room. Believe it or not, it's chicken salad.



I loved this hat collection display in one of the foyers. Makes me wish we could still wear silly hats and get away with it.



Christmas lights strung behind ribbon "clotheslines" hung with old bits of vintage lace. Gorgeous effect.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wishing You

Monday, December 19, 2011

New Camera, Old Birdhouse

Last month I dropped my Canon, and despite the fact it was in a case the fall destroyed the lens stabilizer, which is why I haven't been posting any photos -- I needed a new camera.

I went out and bought another Canon PowerShot, this time a SX150IS model. It is almost identical to my old Canon, works just about the same but has some different buttons and more/better features. Will take me a while to get used to it, but I'm already working on that:



This is the old platform feeder in our backyard that we inherited from the previous owners (and I took this photo a while back with the old camera.) It's never been in great shape, but this fall one of the roof slats snapped in half and one of the sides began to sag, so it seemed like the end was near.

My guy and I really love this feeder, so we decided to take it down, clean it up and see if we could repair it. After pressure cleaning the wood, we discovered the feeder is made from beautiful cedar (which you couldn't see due to the weathering) and just needed some TLC.



My guy removed the old roof, thoroughly cleaned the rest of the feeder and repaired some of the rickety joinings. He also sanded down and sealed the wood to keep it from weathering gray again. He then cut new roof slats, painted them a pretty dark green (my idea) and together we fit them like shingles to the platform. Here's the end result:

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wishing You

Monday, November 14, 2011

No Snow Yet



One of the places in the mountains I passed on the road trip. Lots of beautiful fall colors, but no snow while we were there. For which I was eternally grateful.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fyre



Milady's new pet phoenix, acquired from the wonderful puppet makers of A Midsummer Knight's Dream. She's named her Fyre.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Flowery



I've never been one to put flowers in my hair, but this young lady at the renfaire made me wish I was.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Feathery



Another dewy find in the grass. I'm fascinated by how the droplets act like little magnifying glasses to show structure details of the dove feather.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Owlish

I had my first close encounter with an owl this past weekend at the Renfaire:



I couldn't believe how precious this little guy was; only about 6" tall.



He kept falling asleep while I was snapping shots (I spared him the flash.) Definitely a night person.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bonnet Envy



I could wear a hat like this while I walk the dogs and no one would stare, right?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cat on a Hat



I'd try this but I'd never get mine to stay put.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sans Paddle



All the boats down by the lake are being dry docked now. I guess I have to accept that Summer is officially over.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sunny Moment

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dewy Eyed











As you might have guessed, I really love to photograph morning dew. Especially when I can get a great closeup.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Batik Madness

These days it's become difficult to find abstract batiks, so I'm starting to horde them. This is a beautiful piece that came in my last order from Keepsake Quilting:



Must resist new quilt idea it gave me, though -- at least until I finish the Spoonflower yardage quilt.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Wishing You

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Updo



At the beauty salon, watching my Rapunzel getting an updo for a school dance.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Art Journaling

Reason #999 to add art to your journals: the day every now and then when you paint or draw or collage something that actually turns out half-decent.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Design Time

The additional fabric I ordered for the quilt I'm making with the Spoonflower yardage I designed finally arrived, and I put together my fabric palette:



Now it's time to decide on which patchwork design I want to use. I had three or four ideas, but the one that's been sticking with me is a Shimacho quilt pattern by Susan Briscoe:



I like the way the Shimacho design showcases the fabrics. They seem to float against the neutral back fabric, and also look a bit like windows in a lattice:



This pattern requires a lot of precise cutting and piecing, though, so I might do a small practice pillow cover first to see if it's going to drive me insane.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Why I Love Steampunk

I've had this little trinket box for years, but never quite knew what to stow in it:



Then I discovered steampunk jewelry, which seemed like the perfect match:



This way cool pocket watch pendant is my latest addition. The tree is almost identical to the old massive black oak that shadows my back porch:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Why I Love Tea Rooms

The chick factor:



Dining al fresco:



And (best of all) the gorgeous food:

Sunday, October 23, 2011

On a Pedestal

Monday, October 17, 2011

October Sunset

Back to one of my favorite spots to snap the sunset:





Thursday, September 15, 2011

Feathered Angels

Out of all the pictures I uploaded to my latest JAlbum, these three are my favorites:



This little guy kept following us as we walked down by the water (probably hoping for a handout) but he was so snowy-white and pretty.



Most birds won't sit still long enough for me to get a decent close up. This grey heron practically posed for me.



This ghostly fellow wandered into the frame as I was focusing on the reflection of the grasses in the water. Wandered right back out and flew off before I could take another shot, too.

I saw so many birds the day after my Dad passed away. Makes me wonder if birds are really little angels in disguise.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembrance



I know this is supposed to be a moment of digital silence, but I do want to explain the photo. This is a place where my guy and I went after my dad passed away, and the beauty and quiet helped with the grief.

I hope everyone out there somehow finds the same today.