Friday, March 27, 2009

Pictures of spring

Have been practicing with the tripod and my macro lens lately. This first picture has my grandma's china in it. I think it's so pretty.

My birthday flowers are still looking good--the Peruvian lilies. Also picked some flowers from my yard--daffodils and muscari or grape hyacinths.

And here are the miniature daffodils.

Then I had to look up again how to do this feathering technique (the black foggish look) that I just learned a month ago . We had four rabbits in our backyard the other morning.

It sure felt like spring until the freezing rain came.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Two more chim-chimeneas

These are the last of this size of chimeneas. I thought they'd like cute on my porch. I have another candleholder in the works, so watch for that one in a couple weeks.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Garden show 2009

Here are some pictures from the garden show last week. The first picture shows what it would look like if the trees were upside-down.

Some things I learned this year from a pest control company booth:

--Termites are white.
--A Brown Recluse Spider can go months without eating and prefers dead insects.
--Brown Recluse Spiders are commonly found in the sink or bathtub because they can't grab smooth surfaces to get out.
--Brown Recluse Spiders do make webs, for nesting and not for catching prey.

I also bought this book about birds. The authors were there to autograph copies.

You could get your teeth whitened! How weird is that?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Flower Pot Mound/Lake Coldwater

There is a legend of a man hearing a ghost on Flower Pot Mound in 1854 as told in this book, but luckily it didn't visit me.

Can you see the gypsum?

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Mini chimeneas, orb, and mugs

I forgot how big a tealight candle is, and had to squish the candle in one of them. Oops. Clay shrinks 11-14% when from start to finish, so I did take that into account. There are a couple more of these chimeneas (or should I say chimenei) to come and hopefully I made the openings big enough. I still think they're cute and love the SB Red clay when it's high-fired without any glaze on it.

Then this round orb thing was going to be a salt pig, but it dried too fast. I didn't want to throw it away, so carved holes in it, thinking maybe it could be some type of frog for fake flowers? One lady in pottery class said I could use it as an incense holder, but because of allergies I tend to stay away from smelly stuff. Any ideas other than a paper weight? Would anyone be able to use it somehow (Hopefully locally, since shipping pottery is pricey now days)?

The next four mugs were glazed with Coyote glazes. The Expresso Bean was an alternate I picked out for the communion set.

This set of six were thrown using one pound of clay each, dried with a fan, trimmed and handled all in one day (5-1/2 hours). This is a big accomplishment since one usually has to wait until the clay gets to the leather-hard stage (one day) for one to be able to trim a foot on the bottom.

Friday, March 06, 2009

I think the cows are thinking...

Dude, look at that weird lady over there!

Enjoy, Hannah!

p.s. Yes, Jackie, I might even take some cow portraits when I come visit in July.

Best pics from yesterday

Here's a peek at some photos from my road trip to Gypsum Hills.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009



Thought I'd share some photos I took during my photography class. It is done now, but we might be going on a fieldtrip soon. This is from the "abstract" assignment. They aren't very abstract, but I thought I'd post them anyway. These were at an import store and my local mall. Another lady in the class and I were discussing some places which don't allow you to take pictures. Did you know you're not supposed to take pictures in Starbucks or Victoria's Secrets?