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: