I have been stalking the TTV(Through the Viewfinder) group on Flickr for a good amount of time. Just waiting until the day I could join in..
Finally, my new Duaflex has arrived and I snuck in a little time between filling orders this weekend to test it out. This was one of the first shots I took, and will probably always be one of my favorites. Such a sweet moment between the two of them. And, anyone who knows Gypsy knows how far he has come to act as a pillow for this wild little girl.
There is so much I would like to write about and so many new photographs to share. But, getting ready for the art show is consuming my week. For right now, I will just share these two newest winter photographs. Both are available in my Etsy Shop as fine art notecards. Though very different subjects, they are wonderful compliments to eachother.
My little "Blue Bird" is always looks so proud when he makes the Etsy front page. This morning it is the notecard version of this photograph mixed in with other beautiful green toned items. If you haven't shopped the new version of Etsy, take a look. There are some great new features!
After much indecision, I have finally decided that I will be once again participating in the MSU Holiday Show, December 2-3, 2007 at the Michigan State University Student Union in East Lansing, Michigan. I am not sure where my booth will be at this time (though my guess is that I will be tucked away in the far back corner, as punishment for my procrastination in sending my application.)
Anyway, I hope you will come visit, with over 200 booths this show is a great place for holiday shopping. Please grab a program when you enter the building, and seek out my booth. I would be happy to see all of your faces and thank you for your support this year!
My daughter has been eyeing this picture for weeks, and keeps asking when we get to "decorate" it. So, we finally did today, and Voila!
Christine in all of her 1960's loveliness. I love her glasses, red shoes, the many stars on her dress (courtesy of N.J.), and that great Mae West quote. She is available as a notecard or greeting card on my website.
Occasionally, I submit my photographs to JPG magazine for inclusion in their monthly magazine. One of their themes for an upcoming issue is "Embrace the Blur", for which I submitted my "Purple Morning" photograph. Now, here's where I really need your help!
Lots, and lots of VOTES would help me get into the magazine, and this month getting into the magazine means winning a new Lensbaby 3G! I want a Lensbaby more than any other piece of photo equipment. I am about to start carrying around a sign that says "will work for lensbaby". So, please save my children the embarrassment and go vote now! (You will have to register with JPG, but it is quick, and for a good cause. Thanks!)
Photography captures the light, and tells its story. This is the story of the last of the great autum day. 60 degrees, just before sunset. A day of golden light, twisted trees, milkweed seeds blowing in the wind, and a little nest, whose owners probably knew that cooler days were just around the corner.
This evening I will be participating in Etsy's Friday "Happy Hour" and offering Free Shipping for all items in my shop until Etsy goes offline tonight for the weekend of upgrading. (Just add "Happy Hour" in the notes section of the checkout, and wait for an updated invoice. )
Throughout November I am having a sale on my largest photographs, 22" x 30" .
Regularly $200, now $135. (with FREE U.S. shipping!) Choose from any photograph on my website or shop. These photographs are created using Hahnemuhle fine art paper. They have a soft, velvety matte finished, and look stunning when framed.
Because they are oversized, they will be shipped rolled in a protective mailing tube.
When purchasing, please email me the title of your choice, and I will send you an updated invoice. (or just use the shop link above.)
Only 30 days to place your votes in the Rare Bird Finds, Rare Robin Awards. By entering the name of your favorite unique online shops, you will be entered to win fabulous prizes! Including a gift certificate to my shop. ( I would be so grateful for a vote in the home decor category, please, please.) Make sure to read the rules, and tell all your friends!
The new and improved Etsy is scheduled to launch next week, and from the preview it looks like there will be some great changes for both buyers and sellers. If you are planning on shopping my shop or any of the other wonderful Etsy sellers this week, do so before Friday. (Etsy will be shutting the site down for the weekend maintenance.)
Though I can't be with them today, I am quietly celebrating major new beginnings for two of my dearest friends.
This morning, Jodi finally got to meet the newest addition to their family. Her third, little boy. ( Better you than me!) who we are affectionately calling "the new baby" because he has yet to be named. As N.J. said "he finally popped out!" (if only it were that easy.)
Welcome to the world, we can't wait to meet you too!
And, for Kelly today marks the grand opening of Joy Tree Yoga in downtown, Big Rapids. I am so happy for her to have her own yoga studio, her own business, and to see all of her hard work pay off. I hope the studio is packed with happy bodies waiting to learn from you!
I have added the nesting image above to my Shop to as a notecard, in honor of this special day.
Today we were driving and saw lots of geese flying. Must have made her think.
N.J. - "Mom, we're migrating" (this is the first time I have heard her use the word "migrating"
N.J. "You know, migrating...When you leave your home, and go somewhere else. "
Me- "I know" (pause) "Where are we migrating to?"
N.J.- 'To- the- mall. " (sounding like, duh...don't you know where we're going?)
Yes, we are in fact migrating to the mall. As the days get colder, it seems like we spend more time there. Lucky for us, one of our favorite restaurants has set up shop in the mall near our house. Delicious! Especially leftover carrot cake for breakfast.
Finally today, I heard enough to figure out that it is Regina Spektor's song Samson. Which by the way, if anyone feels like buying me this for x-mas, (hint, hint) feel free.
So, now there is a little less mystery in my world today. Though I am now wondering how I will explain to my husband that all we accomplished today was grocery shopping and searching google for song lyrics.
Each October, my husband, the eternal fraternity president wakes us all up before the sun, to make our drive up to CMU's Homecoming. Mt. Pleasant in one of the few places where fall seems right to me: the quiet sweep of leaves under our feet, pockets full of parade candy, and a trip to The Bird with friends.
Well, we are off to run our errands, mainly finding a warm coats. Winter seems to be coming early this year.
All day I was wondering why so many people had viewed my little "Blue Bird" on Etsy today. It took me until 9:00 at night to figure out it was on the front page!
The front page does look pretty in blue and brown, and the little bird looks very proud to be right in the middle of things.
My website is in great need of updating. I need to clean my desk, sort the mail, fill orders, bring fresh work to the galleries, and contact new galleries so that I can get in before the holidays. I also am having trouble remembering that N.J. is at school, and needs picking up shortly. My biggest fear is that I will forget her and she will be the last little preschooler sitting on the sidewalk, thinking I will never show.
The picture above definately suits my mood. I am here, but my mind is drifting off on a nice, white cloud.
A friend is looking to buy some of my photographs, and is not sure what she would like. Though she is probably feeling like I do most days, and just wants something (anything) up on those bare walls. I have been going through my summer files to give her as many options as possible. I love the color of this one, and the soft focus. It can be found in my shop.
Suddenly it seems I have a surplus of 8x10 paper. So, I am in the process of marking down all the 8x10's in my store . They are now $18 (regularly $22). Classic white matting is also available making your new photograph ready for the 11 x 14 frame of your choice.
What a happy Monday! Apparently there is some strange planetary allignment because both of my kids are napping. Yes, at the same time!
I am spending my moment of quite updating my Etsy Store. I have added the three photographs above as notecards (available as photographs too, email me for a custom listing.)
Today it is officially fall. That time of the year for cool nights, falling leaves, and our trip to the apple orchard for lots of apple picking, cider drinking and wine tasting. The kids loved running through the orchard, laying in the grass, and eating their fresh off the tree apples.
Though I am not fan of autumn and am having trouble facing the fact that summer is over, I have to admit it was a lovely way to spend a late September day.