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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Making Owls

Thanks to this post over at That Artist Woman, I've been busy making these cute owls for both decoration and gifts. =)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Stamp for a Birthday

Last month, I made this stamp for a friend for their birthday. Although I don't have a picture of it all finished--carved & mounted, (shame on me!) It did turn out quite close to my pattern, fortunately. (Although I did accidentally cut of a bit of the poor hound's tail.)
It went well with a small notepad and note cards. I love giving homemade gifts! =)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Tomatoes

Setting: someplace in my imagination, sometime in the past.
Plot: nonexistent.
Based on: not a true story.

Her graying hair was kept pinned neatly up, unyielding to the elements. She walked tall and strait and had a thin face--but not stern; it had a look of quiet happiness about it, as if she listened to a charming little song that no one else could hear. She approached the table, empty shopping bag hanging neatly from her arm. She began at the far end, chose a small basket of blueberries, and continued down the length of the stand. She eyed the tomatoes carefully before she spoke.
"Tomatoes aren't so large as most years."
"Twasn't a profitable year for tomatoes--quite enough rain, but not nearly enough sun," I answered as mother had instructed.
She smiled ever so slightly--that same quiet smile she had held since she came into my view, only stretched a bit wider. She answered after a moment. "All in all, they do look to be a good bunch of plum tomatoes." She nodded knowingly.
A pause.
I answered, quietly. "Not plum, ma'am. Beefsteak."
"Oh," was all she said. She handed me the money for the blueberries, that soft smile still in place, and continued on her way.


Oh, the things I think whilst mowing the lawn.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Approaching Autumn

The appearance of the last sunflower to bloom, a lovely rusty orange one, ...coupled with the sight of goldfinches snacking on sunflowers that have already come and gone...
...give rise to thoughts of the approaching autumn.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Rainy Birding


I planned a trip to Hawk Mountain last Friday, but, as recommended, called after 6pm the night before to hear the day's results and the next day's forecast. Turns out the weather wasn't going to agree with migration, and my mom wasn't about to drive 2 hours (4 total) for a handful of warblers when I might be able to see them somewhere closer. So we went to spent the day at a park that has a nature trail about a half hour away. As we reached the mouth of the trail, it looked promising--lots of birds calling to each other and flitting around in the brush. Then the rain came; it rained off and on during the entire time on the trial. No lifers, but it was some fun, and we got to stop at a friend's house on the way home. :)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Cracker's Eye View

Just a glimpse at what life would look like if you lived behind a cracker.
Just in case you were wondering.
[photo unedited]

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Baking Cookies

The other day, I used the phrase, "If you can....you win a cookie!" and today I found myself baking. =)
It's just the recipe from the back of the bag of chocolate chips, and they turned out really yummy!