Saturday, July 19, 2014

my 2 minutes of fame

Blurb Books flew me to Toronto in December 2013 to film a segment about my Paws For Charity Project. The video has finally been released!

I'd like to thank Karen Weiler from Posh Pets Photography (poshpetsphotography.ca) for helping with the filming. Karen was a project participant in 2013 and again this year.



And...of course...a HUGE THANK YOU to the team at Blurb Books for giving me an experience of a lifetime!

Monday, July 14, 2014

ants

I put up a new hummingbird feeder a week or so ago. One day last week, I looked out and there was a stream of ants going down the feeder. Many had gotten inside the feeder and were swimming in the hummer food. I cleaned up the mess, but before I did that I grabbed my camera and macro lens. I took most of the photos when they were on the "umbrella"...a little contraption from Lee Valley Tools that you fill with water to keep ants out of the hummingbird feeder (our umbrella was empty of water, hence the ant invasion). The feeder is all fixed now with fresh hummer food, and the little umbrella is filled with water so there will be no more chances to take ant photos in this location!



Did you ever sing this song when you were a kid?

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck her thumb
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

book projects

Back in December, I was flown from Halifax to Toronto by Blurb Books for 2 days of filmed interviews about my Paws For Charity Project. Still waiting to see that 2 minute video!

However, answering all of their questions really made me think about how much I love making books. Every year, I make a memory book for John and give it to him at Christmas. I have made books for our grandchildren, family vacations, the photo club I belong to, and fundraisers for various groups.

This year, I made a couple of books for an artist who I met through my Paws For Charity Project. Carrie Jacobson (jacobson-arts.com) has donated her pet portrait images to the Paws Project for several years, but she does a lot more than pet portraits. She uses oil paint and a pallet knife to create her art, and I just love her style. Bold brush strokes make me think of energy and confidence, and boy! would I like to have that much confidence in my own work.

Carrie has completed a couple of sponsored painting trips....you sponsor her at different levels and she paints like crazy during her trip, then her sponsors get to choose the painting they want to keep. So cool! She documents her trips on a blog (you can see this year's trip by visiting here: californiacallingpaintingextravaganza.blogspot.com). This year, I worked with Carrie to create book versions of her trip. I made one book to use as a "portfolio" book that she could take with her while during the art show circuit and to show galleries samples of her work. I also created a more detailed book of the stories behind all the paintings she created on her trip.

You can take a look at her book (and maybe even order a copy!) here: http://www.blurb.com/books/5316710-california-calling-by-carrie-jacobson.

I really enjoyed the challenge of putting these books together!
Harold Rowsell (SHAID) accepts $880 Paws For Charity donation from Sara - photo by Rebecca Rowsell
Another book creation this year was my annual charity fundraiser...the 2014 Paws For Charity Project.. All funds raised from this project are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal shelter in Bridgewater. In June, I was happy to make a donation for $880. I'll make another smaller donation at the end of the year. I was a little disappointed in the totals for this year's project, but it felt great to make the donation!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lupins

Lupins
Just a little photo to let everyone know that all is well here! I just received some new photo software and am doing a little experimenting today.

Monday, April 21, 2014

fox hunt

Yesterday, we had a visitor in our lower field...quite far from the house. I watched this guy for a while. He was watching me back. He paced around, did a quick little run, and so did I....for my camera. I took this from the backyard and was too far away to get a good photo. But it was glorious to see him.
Today, he was right on the other side of the fenced part of our yard. Can you spot him?
 

He was on the hunt for a meal.
And he wasn't about to let me take it from him!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Turkeys

Our first BBQ of the year...Easter turkey on the big green egg. A little chill on the spring breeze, but a great afternoon outside on the deck. A bald eagle flew by, a small herd of deer ran through the field, a huge red tailed hawk soared above the house....and a bright red fox visited this morning!

Yum! Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

change can bring good things

Sometimes we need a reminder that change can bring good things....even a little tweaking can bring big results. I made a blue and yellow abstract window a couple of years ago. It was for sale at a gallery in Musquodoboit Harbour for quite some time, but it didn't move. The gallery went out of business, and I brought the window home. I decided to add some inspirational writing to the frame of the window before taking it to a new gallery location (Sea Mist Studio in Mahone Bay).

The phases are my own:
"May the blue waves of the ocean wash away your worries.
May the yellow rays of sunshine warm the corners of your heart."
The window sold almost immediately.
I did something similar with this window, which I called "Out of Line" when I created it. Unlike my other windows, I created a background of linear glass. The flower was a contrast. In my mind, the flower was unique in a rigid environment. The window didn't sell. So...I decided to engrave the window with another inspirational saying that I wrote.
"Hope gives you strength to GROW.
GROWTH gives you COURAGE to
step out of line
and
BE YOURSELF"


And...voila...the window sold! (at Sea Mist Studio in Mahone Bay)

So now I have another problem. All my windows have sold and I have no inventory left. Time to get creating!