Monday, January 31, 2011

Logo - Love From Me

You may know that I am working on the "Love From Me" Project, a collection of art and photographs from contributors around the world. (well, so far the world consists of Canada, US, and England) My project needs a logo, and I have had a wonderful email and telephone mentor....Susan Black from 29 Black Street. (blog: http://www.29blackstreet.blogspot.com/ , etsy shop: 29blackstreet).

I have created 3 versions of the logo. Recognize the heart? I'll give you a clue: www.sharleystudio.blogspot.com/2011/01/finished-flowers-in-my-heart.html

So...which version do you like best?

Version 1: (pink L, red ove)Version 2: (all red)Version 3: pink

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Fly Like An Eagle

For the past two years, we have taken in the "Eagle Watch" in Sheffield Mills. Last week, we dithered back and forth about whether or not to go this year. We decided to make the drive, and got up early Saturday morning and headed north across the province. What a glorious day! We spotted this guy before we made it to the official viewing area. Magnificent.The narrow road was jammed with parked cars on both sides. And the side of the field (where they throw dead chickens to attract the eagles) was jammed with viewers and photographers. This is just a tiny snippet of the photographers anxiously waiting for the eagles to feed:But the eagles weren't budging from the far side of the field:People had come from all over to see this annual spectacle. We asked the women next to us if they were from "the photo club" (us thinking: the big city of Halifax). They answered "yes" (them thinking: their club from St. John's, Newfoundland!). Further conversation clarified that six of them had flown in the night before and had been waiting for over 3 hours for the eagles to budge from the trees. We waited an hour, and then headed over to the community hall for a breakfast of pancakes and sausages. Afterwards, we circled the large country block and came across this guy:
Such fierce looking creatures, but so spectacular.And I was so very glad we decided to go (for our 3rd year). I never would have heard this guy screech if I stayed at home.

We saw license plates from Quebec and New Brunswick, and we met photographers from Newfoundland. A trek from the South Shore is just a quick jaunt compared to that!

Friday, January 28, 2011

End of a Winter's Day


milk bottles on the kitchen window ledge, with the setting sun in the background

Mulligan and I headed out for a late afternoon walk in the field today...something we haven't done in a while. At this time of year, there is usually too much snow in the field for walking. Lately, it has been storming or raining or just plain miserable. Anyway, today was beautiful and it was definitely time to get out in the afternoon. (we always get out for a morning walk to get the paper) We found some footprints. Perhaps a coyote?The larger prints belong to Mulligan, who is 60 pounds. The 3 prints on the left are a mystery. We followed the prints down to our "rock island". The rock island is a huge pile of rocks that cuts our hayfield in half. Our 79 year old neighbour remembers the "old timers" picking rocks from the fields with oxen and stoneboats. I'm thinking if we end up with a tractor (re yesterday's post) we may find some uses for all the rocks :) The trees (above) are on either end of the rock pile. I am currently spending time musing about what exactly to do with our property. We have 20 acres in total, and approx 15 acres are hayfield. The local farmers tell us the hay is no good any longer. So I muse about whether to "restore" the forest. The farmers are horrified by this idea and think the fields should be kept cut. I try to think of how best to prepare the land for future generations. Some think it would be best just to let nature take its course...the field will fill in gradually over time. I waver back and forth. In the meantime, I have contacted a couple of people who may be able to give me some advice. the snow fort our granddaughter Miss M built last weekend has survived the rain

Lots to muse about on afternoon walks!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

On trial

A new toy was delivered on Tuesday...on trial for one week.Instructions were given.And the real playing began yesterday.
The playing continues today, even though it's storming something wicked out there. Boys will be boys. Meanwhile, I am inside in the warmth dreaming of how the new toy will change our definition of gardening!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Finished-Flowers In My Heart

How about a nice bit of colour on a cold winter's day? Here is my finished window...Flowers In My Heart. (see original post here) The words "Flowers In My Heart" were etched using a dremel. The ribbon doesn't show up well...there are pink rhinestones on the ribbon, which is at the bottom point of the heart.
The colours will really pop with the sun shining through, but alas there is not much sun today. Just wind and cold, cold, cold!

Friday, January 21, 2011

House Tour

There are many abandoned buildings around Nova Scotia. Many homes that were once loved, and now stand empty. When I pass them by, I always wonder what their stories are. A couple of weeks ago, I went on a photo expedition with a friend, and this was our first stop.What a view this home has...overlooking a lake. I wonder that no one has bought the property to build another home.
No window is unbroken.We did not go inside, but stood outside the windows and took some photos.While we were there, I wondered why someone would leave their furniture behind.
But looking at some of my photos, there are charred beams and boarded doors. It seems there was a fire there.
If you look closely, you can see my friend silhouetted in the window. (upper right)
It was all very sad. I'd like to see the home rebuilt and full of sunshine and love. But that is not to be.
Today: my "simulation appointment"....CAT scan and permanent tattoos in preparation for radiation treatments. And I swore I'd never get a tattoo!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Inspirational Postcards

There's too much negativity in the world! I am trying to bring back some positive thinking with some inspirational photography. I have listed these in my Etsy shop as prints, but now they are available in postcard size...right here!

If you "buy now" at the bottom of this post ($8.50 plus $2 shipping), you will be sent 8 professionally printed cards, sized 4 3/16 x 5 1/2 inches (2 each of 4 designs). The cards are perfect for inspiring yourself or others:
- pop them in a frame and give an inexpensive hostess gift that looks great!
- keep them on your inspiration board
- send them to a friend for a little pick me up (everyone likes getting things in the mail!)
- use them for postcrossing

I took these photographs in Nova Scotia, and the sayings were written by me.

Card 1: Daylily with the rising sun in the background with the saying:
Every dawn is a new beginning.
Each day is a new promise.

Card 2: Fishing boat on a foggy day with the saying (in handwriting):
In the stillness, you can feel your heart.
In the silence, you can hear your dreams.

Card 3: Lone tree on the shore with the saying:
My roots will ground me as I reach for my dreams.
With each new season, I will blossom and grow.
When Ill winds blow, I will bend but not break.
I will nurture and protect those who take shelter with me.

Card 4: Yellow boat on the water with the saying:
Sometimes it's good to drift and take things as they come.
But sometimes...
Sometimes you need to take hold...
take hold of the oars and row.

Get inspired!





Monday, January 17, 2011

Keep It Simple

Keep it simple...in life, and in photographs. Today is the coldest day we've had this winter. I spotted these dried weeds along our driveway this morning on our daily walk for the paper. Of course, the weeds have been there for months but today they needed to be photographed. In years past, I would have taken a photo like this: Which now screams "Boring!" in my mind. Now I like to move in closer to try to capture the details.
and closerand maybe photograph from an angle I wouldn't have thought of before:
eliminate distractions:
look at shadows:
and change perspective:Good to remember for day to day life too...keep it simple...stay focused...eliminate distractions. Must remember to practice!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Beans

On Friday we headed out shopping. We are not shoppers, and other than groceries and necessities (cd's are necessities), we don't buy much. But when we do buy something, it's usually a big something. Case in point...here's what we were shopping for on Friday:It was our second day out looking at tractors, and I think we have one picked out (it helps when we had 2 used tractors we were considering and one was sold!). I don't know if we'll get this one, but I'm pretty sure there is one in my future. On the way from one tractor dealer to another, we stopped at Beans in Wilmot, Nova Scotia.Here's what the building looked like 60 years ago.Beans won the Ebay Family Business of the Year in 2010.What a treasure trove of stuff! If you like antiques and collectibles, this is the place for you.
I think you could visit Beans countless times, and see something different every time. There were things to look at everywhere.
And everything you could imagine...
Walls of old radios, a room of fishing stuff, glass, china, enamelware, crocks...Eye candy for me....I love old things.
It's always an adventure when we head out on the road. I never know what we're going to stumble across!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Flowers In My Heart

There are some days when I have nothing to share, and some days that I have too much to say. I could have shared more photos from my Sunday photo jaunt. I could have shared photos of the aftermath of last night's snowstorm. But...I'm going to show you my current WIP (work in progress) instead. Here's how it started:I don't usually sketch out my ideas for my window designs, but I've had so many in my head the last month or so that I started putting them on paper to empty my head a bit (ha, ha...I can hear the jokes.) Sometimes my head is quite empty, but sometimes it's so packed with ideas that I can't sleep at night.The idea for "Flowers In My Heart" started with a song by Canadian singer Lennie Gallant. It's a beautiful song, and one of my favourites....."You're like flowers in my heart, I walk through them whenever we're apart..." . The man in the song is singing to his child, but in my mind I have changed it for this window project. If you look close, you can see the outline of the heart:I am working on a series of windows to raise awareness for breast cancer. This is my first one. My "Flowers In My Heart" are all my friends....new friends and long time friends, near friends and far friends.There is something good in everything. And the something good about my breast cancer diagnosis is that it is a reminder of just how many friends we have. And how very lucky we are. I'm not done my window yet...But I wanted to share the start of my tribute to all of you...you are truly Flowers In My Heart.