These are lovely alpaca yarns from Staghorn Valley Alpacas in upstate NY. My parents visited the farm this summer and purchased some yummy yarn while meeting the momma and baby alpacas. At this point, I think I will try to make some warm mittens for my small hands.
You may or many not remember that I found a few photo challenges almost two months ago. I purposed to participate by taking one photo a day of anything I desired. While setting about finding interesting things to take photos of, I would attempt to follow an alphabet challenge, changing letters every two weeks or so as well as attempting to capture color schemes that changed every two months. It comes as no big surprise that my interest is waning. More because I have limited subject matter due to gas prices rising beyond belief. I have intentions of spending an afternoon in downtown GR, but that would only serve one day/one photo. I can alter the challenge and include them in the color or alphabet if applicable. There are a few surrounding towns that may have interesting architecture, parks, and what-not, but I have to plan that as I don’t want to waste gas. A few weeks ago I fairly well ran out of ideas and finally failed to capture a photo for a given day which then dragged into a few days, possibly a week or so. In reading blogs/posts of others participating, I am not alone in this, however, they have completed almost 5 months of photos, not less than two. Such is life. I am still taking photos, just several a day and not everyday. I downloaded and cropped all the photos I have been hording, you can check them out here. This weekend I’ll sort them into the other two categories, ABC-along and PS3.0.
Many moons ago, I was a teacher. I haven’t stopped being a teacher, I have stopped having a classroom and children. One of the most creative projects I ever did with the children was to ask them to create an ABC book for a specific topic. I can’t take credit for the original idea, just my application of it. I assigned this project two years in a row for Science class. At the beginning of a Science unit on space, the outer kind, I broke the project into manageable pieces and set aside time every week for the children to work. Most of the work was to be done at home, but for the tricky letters, I wanted to have resources available.
Fast forward to today, ABC photo project. As mentioned in a previous post, I am attempting to take a picture every day for a year. Along with that I am playing with colors during every two month period and the alphabet during every two week period. I am currently working on earth colors until the end of May: browns, greens, and metallics. Not every picture I take will be earthy, probably 30 or so of the around 60. The earth colors should relate to my craft somehow, but I’m not focusing on that, just the colors. Until Spring has sprung, that will be easy, not much color in MI this time of year. I have also caught up on my ABC project.
ABC-along, letters A through G
The center logo is mine, I created it based on the first few pictures I took, though I substituted F, originally it was a flame. My interpretation of the alphabet clockwise from the top left: American tree sparrow, fresh baked bread, critters (3/4), dishcloths, entertainment (Daisy trying to carry off the cutting board), feeder, and garden.
Once a week dinner with Granny was fabulous as usual. She served us pasta, salad, fruit, and bread. Usually the bread at Granny’s has butter on it or in it, so Jason suggested I could bring my fresh baked loaf of wheat bread, he would bring his spelt loaf and we’d all have yummy bread to eat. Warm bread with safe butter like product melting in to the air pockets.
Mom and I were chatting about scrapbooking, hoping that next week we could find time. At nearly the same time, we started talking about the wedding in general and some of the stories we have from that day. Josh had a wonderfully creative idea-we could each share a few memories of the day on paper, like we did last year at Easter.
I’ve updated this blog to WordPress 2.5. The upgrade is mostly behind the scenes on the admin panel and back-end clunkiness. It will take a little time to get used to where things have moved to back here where I type, but that will come. I have some concern about the plug-ins I use to show various and sundry coolie things in the sidebars. Time will bear out whether I lose functionality. So far, the only oddity I have noticed is one preexisting draft, an unpublished post. The date on it flipped from sometime this year to 1969. I don’t know what controls that or interacts with it. I could disable all the plug-ins and see if it rights itself.
On one of my favorite yarny sites, I have been hunting various groups that deal with the topic of blogging and found several new ones to lurk. Among the groups I joined today are an organizing your blog one, and three that deal with photography.
My blog is not disorganized nor is it organized. Each week I seem to blog a new topic, add a new category and reorder old posts to accommodate the new plan. I’m afraid that it will take me some time to figure out when I will stop changing it because it finally fits my purpose.
I do not fool myself into thinking that I am professional. I don’t have that unique sense that tells me when I see a perfect picture from the perfect angle. Instead, I take pictures of what strikes me from odd, often misunderstood angle. One group encourages each of us to take a photo a day, similar to the blog post a day. The other group sets a color palette over a two month span and encourages us to knit, draw, create, stumble upon and group photos that fit the palette. I am thinking that I can combine the two, take photos every day for a year, and group the photos by colors in the spectrum. The decision to make is put photographs here or start a new one. I will contemplate it until morning and decide tomorrow what to do. The last is an abc-along, take one picture every two weeks that represents the required letter of the alphabet. I cannot officially join as sign-up is over for 2008, but it may fit in to my schedule of one picture every day of a given color group and of a letter once every two weeks. At the end of every month, the 365ers put all the photos together in one graphic, or mosaic, which looks incredibly cool. If I can remember the self-imposed boundaries I will derive some enjoyment from this task. If I am unable to keep up, I will modify the requirements as I go.
I received my order of photos on Thursday or Friday from winkflash. I have to say that so far I am impressed with quality and service. That being said, I am ready to start our wedding scrapbook.