Saturday, June 29, 2013

Busy as a Bee

Hey there Peoples!!  It would appear that the three digit summer temperatures have finally hit our neck of the woods.  While taking the pooch out for a quick morning game of catch, I happened to notice that the bees were busy gathering pollen before the temperatures rose above tolerable levels.  I grabbed my camera and snapped off a few photos before retreating back inside.

  Notice the pollen sack on this photo! 

Let me just say that taking such close up pictures of bees is a bit unnerving, LOL!  I only let loose a couple of panicked squeals in the process of taking these photos!I found it very fascinating to watch them work.  They move around in a complete circle, clockwise then counterclockwise, to gather the pollen.  I love the photo I caught of the pollen sack and the detail on the wings.  

Baby steps in figuring out this photography genre!!  

I'm thinking that I need to change the format of my blog to better showcase photos.  Any suggestions as to what format are welcome!!

That's about it for me today.  I have a house full of neglected chores from a week of working the paying job last week!! Need to get busy like my little bee friends!

'Till next time............

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Lazy Days of Summer

The Lazy Days of Summer are nothing but a myth!!  Summer league basketball started for the Newest and Oldest Kiddos the week after school got out.  Beginning with daily practices, they moved into a week of 12 hour days of tournament.  While they did not play the entire 12 hours, their school was the host, so they got to work door, books and clock between their own games.  This week begins the actual summer league games.

And just to prove that I'm the meanest mom in the world, I make all the boys get up and go run before the temperature starts to climb.

'Ain't no rest for the wicked, hehe!!

During the tournament, I had grand aspirations of spending my time between games sketching, doodling, coloring.

Hmmm.  Someone forgot to take into account that any spare time would be spent working the snack bar booth and taking kids to be fed!!

Never the less, I did manage to do a little bit of doodling in my small 9x6" sketch book.  I would say that this was inspired by the popular Zentangle craze, but I would label it doodling.

I used various sized ink pens with some light pencil shading here and there.  I'm still toying with the idea of erasing the pencil shading and adding some color.  Maybe I will just have to doodle another page this weekend while at yet another tournament and add some color!

That's about it for me today! Oldest Kiddo is needing a learn to drive session before he heads to practice and his evening game!! 

'Till next time........

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Road of Photography

This past week another one of my favorite bloggers, Gail of Louisiana Bella announced that she will be taking an extended, possibly permanent hiatus from blogging.


First it was Joan B.  Now Gail.  A gal can only take so much internet heart ache!!

I love Gail's blog.  Her photos are incredible.  I always come away from my visits with a sense of peace and calm after gazing at the nature she has captured with her lens.

I also have this secret wish that I'll be able to take photographs like her when I become a grown up photographer.


While I could babble on and on regarding my waging inner war of understanding  and accepting as to the reasons why two of my favorite bloggers left blogland and feeling abruptly deserted at the same time, I will spare you.

Instead, I will share a few more of the photos I took while capturing the roadrunner nabbing hummingbirds at the neighbors feeder.  All the photos of the birds were all HORRIBLY over exposed, but thanks to the wonders of very basic  digital editing skills, they are somewhat presentable.

Lesson number one in basic photography: Check your settings once in a while, preferably at the beginning of your photography session.  It will save innocent children's ears of words they should never hear from their mother's saintly mouth!! 

I'm still learning.  But the sometimes the journey is more treasured than the destination!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Nature is always Beautiful....

....But it's not always pretty!!

The Toad was outside doing some yard work this morning and I caught him staring intently at the neighbors house.  It would seem that a roadrunner had found a favorite restaurant at the hummingbird feeder! The cagey fellow perched himself on the decorative house trim and patiently waited for his prey to come to the feeder.  I missed the actual "nabbing" of the poor little guy who became lunch, but managed to catch a couple of photos of the "before" and "after".

Remember, you can click on any of the photos for a larger view.

Waiting....waiting..... 'im!!

"Excuse me....I'm trying to enjoy my lunch here"

"Fine.  I'll just take it to go"

I actually took over 150 pictures of about 4 different species of hummingbirds at the feeder.  It would seem that my nature photography needs a bit of work!! Over exposed all of the pictures!  That will teach me not to check to see if my settings are right!!  I think I can salvage some of them with the wonders of photo editing. What in the world did one do before Photoshop?!!  I'll be back later with more photos!!

'Till next time....remember, to enjoy the moment!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Are You Sitting Down?!!

No, your eyes are not deceiving you.  It is really yours truly, come back from the land of No Time for Creating!!

I always have to fight the urge to apologize and over explain my prolonged absences from posting on my blog.  Why do we busy mom's feel we have to apologize for putting Life before creativity or blog posting? I guess it is that secret compartment inside that holds that ugly word comparison.  We (okay, I ) see other creative mom's posting daily and it is hard not to think "well, so & so posted her six cards, the homemade 8 layer cake with step by step instructions, the final pictures of her living make over and her finish of the half marathon this week.  Why can't YOU make one measly card  and post it, say every other week????!!

I think I'm about to digress.

Let's just move onto the ACTUAL card I did manage to create, shall we?!!

School is finally out for our little school and with that I was in need of a graduation card for a senior girl.  Now, I am obviously SOOOO out of practice in making cards (just in case you missed the significant time lapse between posting dates) and this card went in a TOTALLY different direction than I had planned.  This particular senior girl, while all girl, is, was our little school's top female athlete.  I wanted a touch of feminine with a coating of athleticism.

I failed.  Miserably.  Somehow my vague idea of what I wanted turned into a girly girl card.  Which, is okay.  Just not what I had planned.

Sometimes, it is just best to go with the flow!! I really do like how this card turned out and while not what I had envisioned, it was still a touch of feminine without being over the top girly girl.

Before I share the card, I do have to giggle at how rusty my card making skills have become.  First,: it took me all day to make the card.  I will give myself credit for the fact that I spent quite a bit of time experimenting with the background technique until I got the look I wanted.

Second: may I strongly suggest that when making cards, one FIRST verifies that one has an envelope that FITS the card dimensions PRIOR to completing the card?!! Let's just say that the card was tucked into the envelope, but in no way, shape or form, was the enveloped sealed.  And the card was hand delivered. 

Finally: THE CARD

I made the background paper by stamping Cornish Heritage Farms 6x6 Vintage Text onto a 5x5 piece of Gina K's Pure Luxury card stock with Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  I then stamped the swirls (old set I've had in my stash fo-evah!) using Versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Distress Inks in Barn Door and Fired Brick were sponged over the entire background.  Distress Vintage photo ink was lightly sponged along the edges.

I then die cut two flowers from three different sizes from  Rose Creations by Donna Salazar for Spellbinders from textured white card stock (I believe it is SU, but don't quote me.  I'm using my stash!!) and sponged only one side along the edges and partially down the petals.  

The petals were then shaped using a large stylus and a foam mat.

Beginning with the smallest flowers, the flowers were glued using a hot glue gun. Shaping of the petals were done by hand and a small stylus (you could use tweezers also, but I couldn't find mine!!)

The smaller flowers were made the same way, except I used smaller variations of the dies and sponged only the edges of the petals. 

The leaves were die cut using Spellbinder's Foliage.  They were then embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder.  

The numbers were die cut using Cuttlebug's Olivia alphabet dies.  

Well, that is about it for me today! I will make no promises that I'll be around more frequently this summer, as our schedule seems to be jammed packed and just as crazy as the school year was, BUT!! I will be back!! said in my best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice!! 

'Till then, enjoy the creativity!!