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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Texture Tuesdays #5 ...

Today's Texture Tuesday comes with the challenge of using Kim's Serendipity texture.

Serendipity ~ one of my favourite words :-)


is the art

of making

an unsought


~Pek Van Andel~

I thought this photo, taken yesterday was appropriate to go with the word Serendipity.

We were out for a relaxing Easter Monday afternoon drive. It was pouring with rain, and the last thing we expected to see were horses grazing in the fields, so they were a wonderful "unexpected find".

Of course, I had my camera with me :-)

Kim Klassen Texture: Serendipity

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Monday Blessings ...


spells out beauty
the rare beauty

of new life

~S.D. Gordon~

Happy Easter

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Texture Tuesdays #4 ...

This week's Texture Tuesdays comes with a challenge using two of Kim's textures.

I must say, I never quite know how mine will turn out as my "formula" for applying textures is a bit "unconventional" :-)

I don't have Photo shop, but love the look of overlaying textures on photos.

The statement "necessity is the mother of invention" is true as I was determined to figure out a way to get this look on my photos.
I simply use Picasa.

I hold the photo I want to use, then the texture (s) click "collage"

then "superimpose" which will layer pictures over one another and "create".

Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't because you are limited with what you can do... but the fun is in the trying.

A lovely big Bee enjoying the Cosmos in our garden last Summer ♥
I think I rarely took the macro lens off the camera following bees and butterflies around the garden :-) They were so happy gathering nectar, they didn't seem to notice!
Kim Klassen Textures : Sweet Treat & Silence
Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for -
sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive
or quiet and calm ...
One of the greatest sounds of them all -
and to me it is a sound -
is utter,
~Andre Kostelanetz~

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mosaic Monday ...

Jax is eager to step out of his cage & begin his day :-)


It costs me nothing for curtains,

for I have no gazers to shut out

but the sun and moon

and I am willing

that they should look in

~Henry David Thoreau~

Wet snow is falling outside...

It is cold and damp ...

Little signs of buds happening on the honeysuckle vine ...

I am listening to my new Adele 21 C.D. (early Mother's Day gift) ~ it is Fantastic!!...

Reading my new Romantic Prairie Style Book by Fifi O'Neill ~ another early Mother's Day present & also Fantastic!! ...

Enjoying a slice of Bienenstich with a cup of tea ...

On a Monday ♥


Participating in Dear Little Red House Mosaic Monday.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Texture Tuesdays #3...

A rose by any other name ...

Kim Klassen Texture: Layers


We do not grow absolutely, chronologically.

We grow sometimes in one dimension

and not in another, unevenly.

We grow partially.

We are relative.

We are mature in one realm, childish in another.

The past, present and future


and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present.

We are made up





~Anais Nin~

Friday, April 8, 2011

Each Day...

Finish each day and be done with it.

You have done what you could; some blunders

and absurdities have crept in; forget them

as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it

serenely and with too high a spirit

to be encumbered with your old nonsense

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~


There are signs of Spring popping up everywhere now. The tops of the tulips are through the soil, and the buds on the Lilac are swelling.

The "resident" doves have returned and have been cooing in the garden, we have a pair of cardinals, lots of chickadees, a few red winged blackbirds, a pair of Jays, and of course, lots of little Sparrows ♥

The weather forecast sounds promising ... so this weekend, I hope to pot up some pansies in the window boxes :-)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

{Jax wondering where the birds are} :-)


Our little budgie Jax turned 6 on Tuesday ♥

He is a tiny bundle of personality & joy! From the moment I walk into the kitchen in the early hours of the morning, he begins to sing & comes to the door of his cage so I can open it and he can step out :-)

His singing continues all day long (especially if I play Nora Jones who he LOVES)!! He also LOVES bath time which requires lots and lots of newspaper to be placed under his tub!

Splish ... Splash... Jax is taking a bath!
And napping in the sunshine is another afternoon fave...
We've always had a budgie.

Some have been blue, others green, some spoke a little, one spoke a LOT, Jax doesn't speak, but makes up for it with song.

Each one with their own little personality & quirky ways.

I Love budgies ♥♥♥ I Love my Jax ♥♥♥


I realized that if I had to choose

I would rather have birds

than airplanes

~Charles Lindberg~

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Texture Tuesdays #2...

One of our favourite things to do once the weather warms up, is to spend the day outdoors and have a picnic lunch/dinner.

When my children were little, on very hot days, I would often pack a picnic dinner, pick them up from school, and we would head off to the park. We have a favourite big old tree that we would lay our blanket out under, and sit with sandwiches and cold drinks.

We'd read books and toss a Frisbee ... lots of fun.


Ev'ry bear who's been good

is sure of a treat today.

There's lots of marvelous things to eat

and wonderful games to play.

Beneath the trees

where nobody sees

they'll hide and seek

as long as they please.

Cause that's the way

the teddy bears have

their picnic

~Jimmy Kennedy~

Our Summertime Picnic Basket

Kim Klassen Texture: WarmSun

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Simplest Camera...

Long before I became a "Nikon Girl" my tried and true camera was a little Minolta.

My 35mm Freedom Memory Maker was the simplest camera, and looking back, took really good pictures considering :-)

I remember going to the camera shop on a regular basis to pick up film (24 exposures) and then taking it in for processing and waiting days (often calling to see if it had been developed!)

... My children were little back then, so I was buying LOTS of rolls of film :-)

This camera has been on elementary school field trips, family vacations, walks to the park, school events, etc...etc... and never let me down. Not just the photos that bring back memories, but the camera itself which now sits on a shelf in my Studio.
No photographer is as good

as the simplest camera

~Edward Steichen~

Look and think

before opening the shutter.

The ♥heart♥ and mind

are the true lens

of the camera

~Yousuf Karsh~