Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bunny and Buck

I just HAD to share these pictures with you! The little bunny at the woodpile is one of our resident bunnies that scoot around the yard winter and summer, I watch them from the kitchen or sunroom. I have to act quickly with the camera, and not make noise getting out on the deck through the sliding door, etc. so I shoot through the window, and in this case, inbetween the deck rails. I love my zoom lens!!

How sweet is this little guy/girl? And look at that snow sparkle!! CLICK ON ANY OF THE PICTURES TO ENLARGE.

This last picture is of the buck that has been hanging around the field at the back, always too distant for me to get a good picture. He got a little closer a week or so ago, and I did manage to get a picture, not focused too well, but I'm happy to have captured a picture of him!
Would you believe, he was in our front yard last night? Around 10:30 my husband just happened to glance out the window and see him on the front lawn! He was gone by the time I got to the window!

Sunday, December 27, 2009


Hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas enjoying your family and friends. It is such a busy time of year but in the end, we all love it!
 I will be busy, busy in the coming couple of weeks and hope to find some time to blog and maybe do a digital art challenge. We will be leaving for Arizona in a couple of weeks and I have alot to do before we leave so not too much free time to be here.
However........hoping to have more time for this when we are down there and settle in til April....oh I'm so lucky! To get away from the snow and cold and enjoy my friends down south!
Have a wonderful day and a super year ahead!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dancing with Joy

Dancing with Joy is the Soartful Challenge this week and this is what I came up with.  I wish it was me! It's very cold here, not much snow, but the temperature was -29C with a -41 windchill this morning! I won't complain, as last year this was the norm through November and December with lots of snow too! I'm keeping cozy in the house and trying to catch up as usual, on everything! My escape into the digital world is a welcome break that I so enjoy! Have a great Sunday!

Friday, December 11, 2009

A note to Santa and Jaxon's Christmas haircut

Same doggie? sweet grand-doggie was pretty shaggy, but at least he kept nice and warm in this minus degree weather. Well, now he's all spruced up for Christmas, and looks like a proper Airdale Terrier!

My gal Sherri, Kiera's mom, sent these pictures. Below is a note she found on the coffee table, one of many assorted notes to Santa that she's been finding lately around the house. How does the mind of an eight year old really work?

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Three Muses Challenge

The theme this weekat the Three Muses is bottles and jars! The bottles in the window image is from Howard33 on Flickr, the ladies are from June at ArtFreebies. Being new at this photoshop stuff my skills are limited, so I was quite proud of myself to be able to get the ladies on the outside of the window.

Now if I could figure out to how to get things inside those bottles.....lots to learn, lots to learn....
I am trying to do one or two challenges a week to force myself to experiment with different tools in my Photoshop Elements 8 program. I sometimes start and don't get finished. I made sure I started right away on this challenge so here it is, hope you like it!

A big thankyou!

A special thankyou to my blog buddy Susie over at Vintage Susie and Wings for making me my own personal blog banner!  She used pictures from my blog along with her special Photoshop Super Powers and came up with that wonderful banner. I just love it! Thankyou Susie!!
When I started my blog, I somehow came across Susie's and just really loved it. I love her style and her posts and all the interesting little things she puts along the side. So pretty and so interesting.
We were both fairly new at blogging and also both had the digital art bug and were new at that too.
We love to visit back and forth and cheer eachother on. I guess we just clicked!
Thankyou my friend!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Soartful Challenge Home for the Holidays

I hope you like my entry for Soartful Challenges theme this week which is Home for the Holidays. I like to think that this young lady has just arrived home for Christmas in the country after being away from her family, becoming highly successful at her job in the big city. Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.
I played and played with the layers and colors and finally decided on this. I have so much to learn in my program and sometimes get hung up for 20 minutes on one little thing I've forgotten how to do!! I do love it though and look forward to learning more and more techniques.
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend and don't wear yourself out Christmas shopping!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Wartime Pictures, Power Outage, BLUE CAKE

Well, yesterday was interesting, especially the evening. We had Kiera after school for dinner and a visit while her mom and dad were busy with events. After dinner, it was "let's make a cake" was white but we decided we'd surprise Gigi (grandpa) and make it blue.

Into the oven it went, and throughout the first half hour the power would go out, just momentarily. It then went out for almost 2 hours!

Out came the candles, and we sat with a little flashlight looking at an old photo album of my mom's. It was the very first one she had put together when she came to Canada as a warbride in 1946. I had just happened to have it out to look at, so Kiera was very interested.

As we looked at the old pictures by candlelight, she said to my husband "is this what it was like when you were a child?"

The old album, and above a page with pictures taken when my mom was in the "Land Army". What stories she used to tell of where they were placed to work on farms while the men were away at war.

The old album

I might use this as a texture for a digital collage one of these days. It is rather interesting!

The surface of the blue cake may also make an interesting part of a collage!

The cake had to be put back in the oven, we took it out in the dark, guessing that it was wasn' was rather yukky......! of course Kiera thought it was wonderful, even without the chocolate icing that was ready to spread on it.
Just before she went home, she pulled out the tinkertoys, I'd picked the old set up at a garage sale a couple of years ago. Now that she  is old enough to read instructions, 8-1/2, she followed directions and quickly put this "swing set" together.