Friday, May 31, 2013

BloGIVErsary!!

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Guess what!  It's Signed With an Owl's 2nd Blogiversary!  (Well, honestly, it was a couple of days ago.  Fill in an expletive or two after "Oh...!") Last year I missed it too as I was in London when the blog turned one. Can you believe how fast time flies?!

Anyways, I want to say a really big thank you to all of you who have been reading and supporting me!  "THANK YOU!!!!"  All of your lovely comments and emails inspire me to keep on keepin' on!  I'm still amazed at how many friends I've made from all over the world since I started this blog.  You guys mean so much to me!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Photo-Tuesday

Memorial Day Weekend
"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."  
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

On the lake, Memorial Day Weekend is always the celebratory start of Summer.  Unfortunately, this year it was pretty cold and rainy for most of the long weekend.  But I believe the best was made of the situation even if it meant dressing in several layers, huddling in front of a campfire and playing beach games in the rain.

However, our optimistic persistence paid off and we were rewarded with a clear sky and much needed sunshine at the very end of the weekend. Even though it could only be enjoyed for a short amount of time, it felt worth the wait!

Above is a photo-collaboration; the shot was taken by my friend Nehill, and edited by myself.  Looking at the photo straight from my camera I thought, "This is wrong. It was much more greener, brighter and vibrant than this!"  Now, I'm normally not one for heavy editing, especially with landscapes, but I just had to make this photo look like how it really felt...

I suppose there's a lot to be said about perception!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sneak Peek!

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Hey everyone!  There's a project I've been working on that I've been dying to show you, but I want to show it in its entirety... but I can't take it any longer.  So here's just a little sneak peek.  Ahhh...  I feel a little better now.

Have a fantastic weekend my dear friends!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Photo-Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday everyone!  I have a few shots to share with you from a really quick little photo walk yesterday...

Friday, May 17, 2013

Rising Sun Doily (or a Test in Patience)

Rising Sun Doily
Today I'm showing you my latest finished piece, which was more of a test in patience than it was of a doily!  The vintage pattern, Rising Sun Doily, in truth wasn't very hard.  I just made stupid mistakes in reading the pattern... twice... causing me to rip out several rounds.  Let's just say I was more than thrilled when it was done!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mother's Day Necklace

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For Mother's Day I made my mom a necklace!  I love it, and more importantly, so does she!  And didn't she find the perfectly matching outfit?!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Photo-Tuesday

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I took this picture with my Holga fisheye lens attachment (from my film Holga) attached to my Digital Holga Lens.  I'm not sure why I'm drawn to this photo so much...  To me, there's nothing technically good about the composition or the color.  But, I think I like the slightly rounded distortion of the window from the fisheye lens, and the two different ways the window has reflected the background behind me.  Maybe it's interesting because of the different ways the physical objects in the photo are altered?

"The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves." -Kahlil Gibran

We have the ability to change the way we see the world; we have the power to create our own reality.

What are you going to see today?

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Flower Pin
Here's a pin I'm going to give my Gram for Mother's Day!  I crocheted the flower and leaves from the Japanese crochet book Lacework Floral Design (with size 3 thread and a 2.2mm hook).  I glued the leaves onto the back of the flower, a pearl bead onto the front, and then sewed on a pin back.  Et voila!  A crocheted flower brooch!  ("Brooch" sounds much fancier than "pin.")

Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there!!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Rug Ta-Da!

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Ta-da!!!  Thanks to you guys with your help on my flower dilemma, the rug is finished and I love it!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bye Bye Google Reader

I've been in denial that Google Reader will soon be no more.  It's retiring July 1st, and that makes me a sad panda.  I'm going to look into Bloglovin first.  Do you guys use it or do you have any other recommendations for blog readers?

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Photo-Tuesday

Sunlight
It was beautiful out yesterday, so I thought it would be the perfect time to practice with my Digital Holga Lens!  (These photos are unedited besides cropping a few to squares like the traditional Holga photos.)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

WIPS upon WIPS

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Hey everyone!  I apologize for being a little absent on the blog this week...  I've been bouncing back and forth between several different projects.  Very soon I shall have some finished things to show you!

What have you guys been working on?  Are you like me with a short attention span for a particular project when another idea pops into your head?  Do you have trouble balancing things you have to get done with things you want to get done?  And if so, any methods for dealing with it?

I hope your week is going well!