2014 Summer Scavenger Hunt wrap up

It’s time! Time to wrap up the 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt

1. A sign welcoming people to your home town (or a nearby town)

This is a sign from a nearby town I took one morning…hey, this one could even work for #13 a sunrise. Kind of a crummy photo but what do you expect for a really old cell phone through a windshield.
2. A garden gnome

I didn’t need to go far for the gnomes since my neighbor collects them.

gnome collage
3. Birds on a wire

I wish I’d gotten a picture of a large power line that was just solid black with birds but I was driving…so you’ll have to be satisfied with these.
bird on a wire birds on a wire 2

4. A group of tourists

What a great day this was with the family.tourists
5. A rack of post cards

Wall Drug: Wall, SDpostcard rack
6. An urban street scene

Minneapolis, MNurban street scene
7. A rural landscape

Various MN locationsrural landscape 3 rural landscape 1 rural landscape 2
8. A tattoo on a persontatoo
9. A bakery  I’m going with Alternative B: A bird house

Another crummy cell phone picturebirdhouse
10. A photo bomb (someone found lurking in the background of photo; the lurker may have intended to disrupt the picture or may be doing it unintentionally, but the background lurker is a surprise to the photographer)

Gracie photobombing while I was trying to capture photos of giant bubbles photo bomb
11. A horn

I honestly could have had a whole collage of horns but I left it to this one photo.horn
12. A mascot

All taken during the 4th of July parade.mascot collage
13. A sunrise

This one was hard to get over summer since I didn’t have to get up quite so early. sunrise
14. A parade

Self explanatory.parade
15. A juggler

A little pre-parade entertainment.juggler
16. A sign in a language other than English

I took a liberty with this one. If I’m not mistaken those are Latin names for the flowers.FLcollage
17. A lamp post

I had never noticed all the unique lampposts around until this scavenger hunt. lamppost lamppost3 lamppost 2
18. A water fall

I really could have made 2 collages of waterfalls. I saw a lot of falling water. :) waterfall collage
19. A public garden

Minnesota Landscape Arboretumpublic garden public garden 2
20. A bus (not a car, truck, lorry, camper or RV) with a picture painted on its sides.

I thought this one would be difficult but I saw lots of painted buses, however, I only had my camera ready for 3.buscollage
21. A photograph of you with something representing the season (recognizing that the season will be Winter for our friends in the southern hemisphere).

This first photo I can be seen in the rearview mirror photographing the bison that tried to ram the van…seriously. It was almost a “State Farm moment”.

summer activity 2


I can be found under the yellow canopy waiting for the parade to start.
summer activity

Whew!! I did it! I’m a little bummed that I didn’t get a bakery. I saw one over summer but again was not prepared with a camera. I considered taking a photo at our local grocery store of the baked goods section but decided that was cheating.

I’m looking forward to playing along with this challenge again…. Thanks to Rinda @gallorganico  for this fun summer challenge.

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T Tuesday: catching up edition

Welcome to T stands for Tuesday.T stands for Tuesday_200

Do I dare say that I think our internet troubles are finally over?  We haven’t had a reboot in almost 3 days now.  Of course, we’ve hardly used the computer either since we’ve been so busy.  Where shall I start?

Apples….Phil and friends

We helped with the annual harvest at our neighbors house on Saturday. We brought home 6 grocery bags of apples to be processed…a fraction of the total haul from their 7 trees.

Later that evening I went to a new neighborhood edition of craft club, where I made these 4 cards as well as got my stamp on the backs of a huge stack of previously made cards. I was pretty tired from the day and didn’t really have my craft mojo going.

craft club cards

Sunday was spent with Little J in the garage processing through the apples.  They are organic so they have spots and holes so most need some trimming after being run through the peeler/corer/slicer. BIG JOB! So glad I had help this year. We ended up with about 15 gallons of apples ready for the next step.


So far I’ve made 7 quarts of sauce…

apple pie

One pie…dehyrator

An overstuffed quart bag of dried apple slices and three 8×8 apple crisps are in the freezer at the ready for future desserts. That was only about 1/2 the apples. More apple-ing today…

Last night I had a well deserved glass of wine.relaxing

Last week I finally got around to doing some creating…here’s a work-in-progress shot of a painting.


I’m a little late with my post today as I went for a walk with a friend around a local lake this morning. 4.25miles.  It was a little brisk at times but as long as you keep moving it helps keep you warm.

What are you doing today?

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T Tuesday: internet interuptus edition

I’m going to keep today’s edition of T stands for Tuesday very brief as I’m not sure when my cable modem will reboot again. Hopefully this issue will be resolved after the service tech comes out today.

Until then…I’m working around the house and drinking my green monster smoothie for a nutrient and protein punch this morning.


Hopefully I’ll be able to do some visiting later on today…

What are you up to?

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Many irons in the fire

I’ve set aside my art journals for the time being and have been pursing other ideas. Upcycling for instance.  T-shirts have been my material of choice. Dog chews and baby bibs are the result. No dogs or babies are in our future…whew…just had to put that out there.20140920_7030

The bottle caps that everyone has been saving for me are sorted for a garden art project.

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I’ve been using the big machinery in the garage to help me out. I love using the power tools. 20140920_7029

I’ve also been turning out stacks and stacks of cards….no surprise there.20140920_7036

Basic utilitarian items have been created as well…I made 2 printer covers from a blackout curtain. The thickness of the backed fabric gave it the perfect amount of stiffness.

How’s that for being random!?!

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Look what I found today….

I am so excited about the deal I got at a garage sale today…only $7

20140918_7025A rotating rack for my greeting cards. It will work perfect for craft sales!
In the past I’ve had my cards in a photobox with theme dividers. When cards are displayed on a rack they invite you to come and check them out instead of flipping through a box.

It comes apart into 4 pieces for storage, although the pieces are pretty big. Good thing I’m in the middle of reorganizing, right!?!

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T Tuesday: evening edition

Hello…welcome to a late edition of T stands for Tuesday. I know our wonderful hostess, Elizabeth, won’t mind that I’m running way behind today….hope you don’t either.20140916_7008

My morning started with one sick kid, a forgotten item and errands. I’ve been running ever since.

One of my errands was to Michaels. They are having a big sale right now including storage containers… Yeah! I’m working on organizing my art zone.20140916_7007

I’ve managed to get a few things under control but additional storage was definitely needed.20140916_701120140916_7010

When everything has a place, it is much easier to put it away where it belongs….instead of stacked here there and everywhere.20140916_7009I’ve still got some work ahead of me for my space but I’m hopeful that with it organized, I’ll be much more inclined to create and then clean up. One can dream right?!?

I’ve still got a little bit of homework helping to do but then I’ll visiting my T Tuesday friends…at least until I get too tired…then the rest will have to wait for tomorrow.

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August/September art calendar check in

Yes, I know it’s already the 10th of September. Happy Birthday MOM! But I have been a busy girl including but not limited to…taking my mom out for her 85th b-day today.

OK…enough of that stuff…on with the calendars.august complete

Here we have my completed and date corrected August calendar. I forgot that there were 31 days in August initially.  I made it work though.september

And then, of course, I lay out September and what do I do…add August 31st to September. DUH!! Showing my blonde self, I guess.

Here’s to an uneventful month. :)

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