Saturday, August 27, 2011

I Heart macro 8-28-11

Wow! Another week has come and gone already! Time for another edition of "I Heart Macro". This week, I found a few more caterpillars that wanted their photos taken, along with a Buckeye Butterfly and a tangle of some sort of foliage. Don't you love how I include the proper name for everything I capture on my camera :) I still need to identify them, but haven't found time for that yet. I will though! Enjoy!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I Heart Macro 8-20-11

It's that time of the week again! Time for the latest I Heart macro post. My favorite day of the week just for this reason! Got out and about with nature again this week. Be sure and click on each image to make it bigger. The yellow caterpillar was a shot I got when my daughter Courtney came home and said "Mom, there's a yellow fuzzy caterpillar on the house outside, I thought you might want to get some pictures of it". So nice of my daughter's to find photo subject's for me isn't it? He was a pretty cool looking caterpillar if I do say so myself! Thanks Co! Love you. The sunflower I played around a bit with. I knew when I saw it, that I wanted to make it black and white, and wanted to do something special with that 1 wonky little petal. I am really happy with how it turned out. The dragonfly I shot while on a walk with Jess and Ethan at my favorite place to go right near home. Its full of wild plants and flowers and has a bubbling creek running through it. He just kept posing for me. That is also where I snapped the sweet little butterfly on the cone flower. Enjoy your week, I know I will!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Is it Soup yet?

It is indeed soup! This is the mix my partner sent me. A lovely Porcelain (I think) butterfly pendant with shades of green, pink, black, and cream, gemstones chips, cream wooden beads, pink 8mm beads and green rondelles. I love the toggle she sent with its green stone on it. I will be going shopping tomorrow for a few things to add to this mixture. I'm not sure what I will add, but I have a couple ideas floating in my brain. Stay tuned....

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bead Soup I sent my Partner!

I heard from Theresa, my BSBP partner that her package has arrived already! So, here is what I sent to her. I was a bad girl and didn't remember to write down the name of the stones. I already shipped it out to my partner, so couldn't take it back to identify it. If anyone knows what its called, please do let me know. I know it was the last of it's kind at the bead shop so I can't even go back and try to figure it out. All I know is, I loved it and really wanted to keep it for myself.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I Heart Macro 8-14-11

The one Kileigh knocked off the tree R.I.P.

Just emerging from its shell!

Stubby little wings, not yet unfurled.

Almost there, just a little more!

And it's all the way out.

My love of the underside still there.

Cool view from below.

An even better one from above.

Side by side, hard to believe this guy fit in that little shell.

Wings unfolded even more.

Glorious! I never knew they were so pretty.

Warning: Very picture intensive post! Thursday am, my daughter Jess called and told me she was watching the strangest thing in her front yard. She thought I might want to get some pictures of it. She thought she was watching a Cicada hatch out of its shell. She said it looked cool almost like a frog. Well. I'm sure not going to turn down a photo opportunity like that! Off I headed, camera in hand. My grand-daughter Kileigh was along for the ride. As soon as we got there, Jess showed me the Cicada and Kileigh promptly knocked it off the tree before I could even snap a picture. I did take several of the bug laying on the ground though. Sadly, this one didn't make it. Not sure if being knocked off the tree had something to do with it or not. Sad. Meantime, Jess's hubby Mike came home and pointed out another on the same tree in process of coming out. I got there just in time to witness most of it. Here are the pictures I took. It was amazing! Thanks for thinking of me Jess. I love you!

Bead Soup is on it's way!

Here is my soup all packaged up and on its way to Theresa of Thoughtful Notions. I sure hope she likes it....

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party

Bead Soup Blog Party
Well, I did it! I finally bit the bullet and joined the Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things. I have looked at the entries every year since it started, and wondered if I could do it, I wanted to, but I was afraid! I felt out of my comfort zone even thinking about joining, so I didn't. Then my Sister-in-law Kim of Jumbled Hutch sent me an e-mail telling me how she joined up last year and really liked being a part of the process. She urged me to join. So, I went to Lori's site, and filled out the registration form and even though I had that funny feeling in my stomach, before I changed my mind, I just hit send. Done. Joined. Committed. This morning Kim and I headed out to our only local Bead Shop, Meant to Bead and did our soup shopping together. After a few false starts and some trepidation, both our soups came together. We were both more excited than when we started! We went out for Breakfast after shopping and sat and admired our soups. I came home and packaged mine up for my Partner Theresa Fosdick of Thoughtful Notions. I am so excited for her to get it! I will post some teaser pictures in a couple days of what I sent her. So far, I have to admit its been fun. I am sure once I get my package, I will have some more nervous emotions but I will work through it. I felt the same way the first year I joined the Bead Journal Project. Now I have participated for 3 years and have enjoyed it immensely. I have met so many wonderful people and wouldn't trade it for anything. I am hoping I will feel the same about the BSBP! Watch for more soon!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tropical Blonde Photo Challenge

I just posted my Photo for the tropical Blonde Photo Challenge. The theme for this weeks challenge is "Food" check out the entries HERE This photo is my entry. You can see the others and vote for your favorite by clicking the button above. Have a great week!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

I Heart Macro 8-6-11

Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. I sure am, the weather here is gorgeous, warm and sunny. For today's I Heart Macro entries I present a series of photos I call "The underside of life". Since I started participating in the I Heart Macro challenge, I have been taking lots more pictures than I usually did. I discovered a love of taking a picture of the undersides of things. Some of my favorite pictures were taken this way. Above, I have included some I took this past week. Sure, the subjects are pretty in their own right, but somehow with the blue sky silhouetting the subject matter they just look amazing. Don't you agree with me? Have a wonderful and blessed week.
*Added the Dragonfly in just because he was cute! Sorry no underside for him :)