Saturday, December 27, 2008

And The Winner Is...


One of the places you can buy my images is RedBubble and one of the items I am offering right now is a 2009 calendar.

Since this was my first time creating one of these, I ordered a couple of them: one for myself and one to give away or sell.

After tossing around several ideas, I finally decided to hang my copy on the inside of my front door and the first person who visited my home and asked about it, would receive the second one. Christmas came and went and no one said a thing.

But – I was just speaking with my older daughter and she said “Mum, what’s the story with that calendar I saw at your house?” Seems she didn’t ask that day since everyone was into taking home leftovers mode and it was rather chaotic. However, since she is the first to ask about it, she wins the second copy! Go Jenn!!

Hope you all enjoyed your “holidaze” thus far – just one more to go.

Peace, Judi

Friday, December 26, 2008

Holiday Surprise


Happy Boxing Day to those who celebrate it. Please feel free to post in my comments to explain what Boxing Day is all about as I have no idea.

I do have an idea about something else, however. This image, which is available in my Etsy shop as a handmade card, was also uploaded to Yankee Magazine's site to share with others. (You can use it to send an ecard if you wish.)

I received a weekly email from Yankee on 12/23, and much to my surprise, they had chosen to include my photo, with credits, as part of the mailing. Merry Christmas and Happy Dance!

I hope your holidays were as joyous and 2009 will be your best year ever.

Peace, Judi

Submitted to Thematic Photographic

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

POE Secret Santa

Happy Wednesday!

You may be aware that I am a member of the Photographers of Etsy Street Team (POE). The team admin, Bill of House of Six Cats, recently organized a Secret Santa swap between team members - thank you, Bill!


My teammate to swap with is Angela of HolgaGirl. The photo I chose is the charming At home once again. I can't wait for it to arrive.


The one Angela picked from my offerings is By The Door.


May your Santa be good to you this year! Peace, Judi

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Treasuries Galore

Hi All,

How exciting, I am in 4 treasuries as a primary, 1 as an alternate, and I curated another. Hope you have a chance to check them out:

My treasury:
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=36216

Thanks to:
Cathy (celticcatphotos):
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=26721
Julie (xenya):
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=27236
Michelle (zuppaartista):
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=27104
Olive:
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=27018

Alison (dubois) where I'm an alternate:
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=27091

Please check out the shop of the curators, too!
Peace, Judi

Monday, December 15, 2008

Trees With Perspective

Sometimes it takes months for me to decide that a shot is worth sharing. This one was taken just after a storm last December (and is now availabe in my shops).

My sister and I drove to Maine on New Year's Eve, 2007, and found this peaceful scene in York. I hope some of this tranquility will be yours during this hectic holiday season.

Peace, Judi

Friday, December 12, 2008

Little Dents Online Presentation

Please go here to see a presentation based on my prior blog entries on helping to save money and the planet by making "Little Dents".


I didn't have the December bill for the November usage at the time the presentation was made, but I do now. 2008 December kwh usage - 137, electric charges - $34.85. This represents 128 less kwh than the 2007 December bill, and $16.82 savings for the same month. The 2008 total of 2530 kwh/$555.08 represents a savings of 525 kwh/$66.94. Not bad considering I didn't start this energy savings plan until August.

I hope this has helped you to make even the smallest change in your usage, even if just to shut lights off in a room when you leave it or put in compact fluorescent bulbs. Every little dent will help.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Day 086 - 11/29/2008 Blue Morpho

I recently visited the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Each winter they have an indoor live tropical butterly exhibit - this year, at least, called Butterfly Magic at the Gardens.

I managed to capture many amazing shots of the beautiful butterflies. This however, a Blue Morpho, sitting still with its wings open is an extremely rare sight. Either it had just emerged and was waiting for its wings to dry or it was near the end of its life; sadly I suspect the latter due to the tattered spots on the wings.

If you're Tucson between now and March 31, 2009, please consider a visit to this beautiful and educational exhibit and the gardens in general - you won't be disappointed!

Peace,
Judi

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Mountain View

During a recent trip to Tucson, AZ, to visit my younger daughter, I had time to do a few photo shoots while she was at work, this one was on 11/24 when I visited the Saguaro National Park West.

This park also has an eastern area, on the other side of the city of Tucson. In both regions, the saguaro are protected; they only grow naturally in this part of the world.

I'm home now, but will post a few more images from my trip in the coming days.

Peace, Judi

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sports Fan

Set up and took this shot for my nephew, Sean, who loves almost all sports. I used it to make his birthday card.

Happy birthday, Sean!

Love, Aunt Judi

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

How I Spent Last Sunday - 11/09/2008



What a fun day and joyful feeling to participate in helping people in difficult circumstances be warmed by the blankets we all contributed to producing. Some of us had knitted or crocheted squares at home to be included in these beauties; we all worked to stitch those squares together during this event. Hope you will join in the fun next year, even if you don't knit or crochet, as long as you can sew you can help.
It's not too late to donate to the Pine Street Inn. Just click on the widget at the bottom of the right hand margin and follow the instructions. Thank you!
Peace, Judi

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Day 065 - 11/08/2008 Pat Wictor and Brooks Williams Concert at Steeple Coffee House, Southborough, MA

Thank you Pat (left) and Brooks for a fantastic show.

First half Pat did some songs, then Brooks did some songs. There was a brief intermission, followed by the two of them on stage together alternating lead for the rest of the show. Close to 2 1/2 hours of music and fun.

I understand they will perform together a few more time around the country; hope you have a chance to catch them together, or individually.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Thank You

Hi All,

A big thank you to Scott Bulger for posting my Light Luck photo on his updated blog post. The original post, as you can see, presented a photography challenge; a few folks accepted the challenge and now Scott has included some of the resultant images. The three selected, as of this writing, are all members of the Photographers of Etsy team.

Thank you, Scott, I am honored to have my image displayed on your wonderful blog with your images and those of the other photographers.

Peace, Judi
(Edit: Scott is not a member of POE as I erroneously posted earlier; sorry for any confusion this may have caused.)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Striped Heart TTV

Here's a very sweet heart to wish you a happy spritual new year.
Peace to all.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Blog Feature

Happy Halloween,

If you have a chance, please check out the Photographers of Etsy post on new work.

Thank you, Pam, for including my Snowy Fence in this beautiful collection. I am so grateful to be a part of this talented and helpful team.

Peace, Judi

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Saving The Planet With Little Dents – Update

On August 9 I encouraged everyone to not only turn off but also to unplug appliances and electronic devices not in use at that moment to help save some money and the planet.

Since that time, some have asked for an update of what my personal results have been, so here goes:

2007 2008
MONTH KWH BILL KWH BILL COMMENT
July 250 $49.65 265 $61.41
August 303 $58.18 211 $50.21 Dent chg 9th
September 262 $51.18 110 $29.27 Fridge 26th

OK, the data above which so nicely fits in a table in Word, or even into tab-created columns, is a mishmosh; so here’s the detail in words. In August, I began turning off and unplugging anything I could that was using electricity when I wasn’t using it. Last year, usage went up for the month of August by 53 KWH (kilowatt hours) over usage in July. This year, it was almost the reverse. August went down by 54 KWH over July usage. The net difference from last year to this was a savings of 92 KWH.

I haven’t checked out the weather bureau to see if this August was a lot cooler than last August, but I don’t believe that would have made this much of a difference - I don’t use air conditioning in my home, and usually only use one window fan, at night, and it has a thermostat built in so doesn’t run all night long most nights.

On to September! I purchased a new Energy Star rated refrigerator on tax free weekend (8/18) which was delivered on 8/26. My old refrigerator, goddess bless it, had been a refurbished model that I know I had purchased prior to 1987. Although it will take many years to recoup the purchase price in energy $$ savings, I am happy to note that the carbon footprint of my home has been reduced by this amount. My usage was reduced by 152 KWH for the same month – yeah!!

Just one more thing: the local energy company I purchase electricity from is NSTAR. During the summer they offered the opportunity to sign up to have either part or all of your electricity generated using wind-power. I chose to go with 100% green generation. There is an additional cost for this (it’s about 3 cents per KWH), but hopefully as more customers choose this option that will turn around (pun intended!)

We can all make a dent – hope you’ve been inspired by reading about what I’ve done recently to make some changes yourself.

Peace to all, Judi

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Great Big Thank You

I have been featured in this blog today:
The Art of Craft

I hope you'll go visit it and give it some love.

Thank you, PastPerfect for this opportunity. Please visit this amazing shop, another member of the Photographers of Etsy; you're sure to find something you can't live without!!

Peace, Judi

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Day 049 - 10/23/2008 UFO now WIP

7 weeks done in Project 365!

I started this project a few years ago now. I had put it away for a long time as I am not happy with how one of the chenille yarns is behaving - already worming! But I've decided I need to finish this UFO (UnFinished Object).

To that end, I've put the pieces and yarns out on the futon in the guest room where I will see it everytime I walk by the door. So I am now considering it a WIP - Work In Progress.

For those that are familiar with Kaffe Fassett's Jack's Back Stripe in his Glorious Knits book, you will see I have done something different here than what the pattern called for. In the book, Kaffe directs you to start at one cuff and finish at the other, all in one piece for sleeves and body.

Since the original yarns were no longer available, I had to go for similar colors in yarns of my own choosing. SInce I figured I'd either forget which ones I had used, or run out before I got there, and the colors are supposed to be symetrical, I am knitting from each cuff towards the middle and will then graft the two pieces together. I had to do some charting (using Excel as my "graph paper") to make sure the points in the design were facing the proper way on each piece - hope I got it right, but if not it will still be beautiful, if I do say so myself.

I'll address the worming later, it's too far back to frog stitch. May have to keep a crochet hook always in the pocket for fixing on the fly!

I'll post again when I've made more progress.

Peace, Judi

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Day 048 - 10/22/2008 J and M Dinner

Delicious salmon cakes and raw pesto with zucchini (recipe by Ginger) - yummy. Best of all, daughter J cooked and I didn't have to.
After this meal, we attended the Sustainable Arlington Committee meeting and learned more about what the town in doing in all areas of sustainability. More on that another time.
I'll also post here the links to these recipes when I have a chance to look that up - check back here in a couple of days if you are interested.

For the raw pesto with zucchini go here: whatwouldgingerdo.blogspot.com/2008/10/veganmofo-day-4-ch...

Edit 10/24: for the salmon patties go here: The salmon patties were originally posted by Karen, you can find the recipe here:http://ohboykarencooks.blogspot.com/2008/10/quick-and-easy-salmon-patties.html

Thank you, Ginger and Karen for these delicious dishes, and thanks, Jenn, for serving them.

Peace, Judi

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Bleeping Fun

One fact I didn't reveal in my recent tag reply was that although I don't practice an organized religion, I do consider myself a spiritual being. Some of my favorite teachers are Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Suze Orman (yes, she is), Dr. Joe Dispenza, and Wayne Dyer to name a few.

A few years ago now, I participated in a mind-body weight loss program run by Dr. Herbert Benson of the Mind-Body Medical Institute. Just after the program ended, in one of the follow-up newsletters we were told of a film about to be released called "What the Bleep Do We Know". Although I had just completed that program, I was blown away by this film.

In a style akin to a PBS documentary, mixed with a fictional tale, and interspersed with cartoon characters to help you visualize the concepts, the true meaning of the mind-body connection was shot home by this movie (at least for me.) I walked around the town where the theater was for many minutes knowing I was in a new place - mentally - not yet ready to drive or even speak with anyone. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.

So in my email today came the latest issue of the Bleeping Herald, the e-newsletter from the makers of the film. Cameron Day, a remote energy worker, has written an article for this issue which you can read here. Fascinating! I hope you'll check out both the article and the film - and with an open mind.

Peace.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Day 041 - 10/15/2008 By The Door TTV

This lovely pumpkin was shot using my Canon DSLR through the viewfinder of an Anscoflex II giving this dusty, scratchy, vintage feel and the square format. If you're intrigued to learn more about TTV, check out Russ Morris' site here: http://www.russmorris.com/ttv/

Peace, Judi

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I've Been Tagged

I've been "tagged" – a great way to introduce yourself to other bloggers. Handicrafts (JMcGuinness) tagged my blog, so now it's my turn to tag a few other bloggers.

Here are the rules:
Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
Share seven facts about yourself on your blog – some random, some weird.
Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.


Here are my seven random facts:
1. I do not eat meat or poultry and do my best to avoid dairy (milk) products.
2. “Eat, Pray, Love” by Liz Gilbert is my all-time favorite book.
3. I knit almost every day.
4. When the last company I worked for full-time offered a voluntary severance package, I took it because I was totally burned out and didn’t want to be that important anymore.
5. My car is a Toyota Prius named Ruby.
6. I have two daughters in their 30’s.
7. Can’t believe I left this to the last – I’m a chocoholic!

Here are the seven people I’m tagging:
Random Lunacy
ARA133Photography
Arty Allsorts
Eagles Wing (wingsofhealing)
High Desert Diva
Jennifer Dennis Potter
The View Up Here

Best of luck and have fun!

Peace, Judi

Monday, October 13, 2008

Radiance is Missing




Don't know what happened to photo from a couple of days ago - it's still on Flickr and visible to all. So, here it is for your viewing pleasure.

Day 038 - 10/12/2008 Light And Water

Afternoon light streaming through the trees onto the slow moving brook. Many layers with the bubbles, light on top, rocks and sediment below.

Would love your comments on this one. Thanks.

Peace, Judi

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Day 037 - 10/11/2008 Ed Gerhard

Ed Gerhard, extraordinary guitarist, during intermission at his concert at The Music Emporium in Lexington, MA, 10/11/2008. A fabulous show. My sister, our friend, Eileen, and I (the self-proclaimed "Ed Heads") were all in attendance.
BTW, on the right is the back of Ed's lovely wife, Kelli.

Ed will be performing in March, 2009, at the Regent Theatre in Arlington as part of a fundraiser for Raising the Blues, a group that helps the patients at the Shriner's Burn Centers by getting music to them.

Please check out Ed's site to find out when he'll be playing near you.

See you in March!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Day 036 - 10/10/2008 Radiance - and more

I've been involved in a Flickr group called Project 365 for 36 days now. Each day you post one photo to the group and at the end of a year you'll have a daily record of what was going on in your life.

I've decided that anytime it is a well composed photo, suitable for sharing with more of the world than just Flickr, I'm going to send it out here to the blog. I may even send some of the first thirty five shots here if they seem suitable for sharing!

I hope you enjoy seeing some of my take on the world.

Peace, Judi

EDIT:

On another note relating to Flickr, my note card image, Two Little Trees, was included here by Mickie as an idea for a holiday card. It is available in my shop here, hope you'll take a look. Thanks, Mickie.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Voting

I want to thank singer/songwriter Pat Wictor for sending several links in his recent email newsletter that can be of assistance in helping to decide how to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

Here is an excerpt from his newsletter including those links:

"On the Issues: http://www.ontheissues.org Issue-by-issue breakdown of speeches, writings, and votes by all the candidates for President (including the independents), as well as candidates for Congress.

ProCon.org http://2008election.procon.org/ Also an issue-by-issue breakdown, with a different methodology and sources. It highlights how candidates' issue positions have evolved (flip-flopped, in electionese) over time.

FactCheck http://www.factcheck.org/ Dispassionate debunking of rumors, half-truths, and fabrications peddled by the candidates and their allies.

The Living Room Candidate http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/ A collection of election-year commercials, curated by the Museum of the Moving Image, with brief summaries, from 2008 back to 1952.

More good resources to research the candidates: http://smartvoter.org/2008/11/04/preslinksnov.html

The Reading Odyssey: http://www.readingodyssey.com/ "

Please check out Pat's site for information about his tour dates and music, I highly recommend a listen.

If you haven't registered yet, please go do so and then get out and vote on November 4th.

Peace to all.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

10/01/2008 Rotary cutter for a cause

Happy October,


I was fabric shopping with my daughter and needed a rotary cutter for myself. I spied this one and decided to buy it because a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a nationally recognized breast cancer research organization, in fact they will be giving no less than $30,000 this year. In the past, Fiskars has already donated $100,000 for breast cancer research.
Please do your part, whether buying a product such as this, or making a donation on your own, to help erradicate breast cancer - especially during October - breast cancer awareness month.

Peace, Judi

Monday, September 29, 2008

09/28/2008 Our Poster

Yesterday my sister, my older daughter, my son-in-law, and I walked in the 2008 Greater Boston Memory Walk in support of the Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH chapter. It was soggy but warm; we finished with blisters but such a great feeling.

It was so rainy that the poster didn't leave my sister's car, but here it is for all to enjoy.

If your family has been plagued by this disease, please feel free to comment or vent or just say "hi".

Peace to all, Judi

Monday, September 22, 2008

Meet Me At The Fair

I attended The Big E on 9/21 with my sister and a friend of ours. We were thinking the last time we went there together was probably 5 years ago – not much has changed!






There are two Ferris Wheels on the midway as well as many other rides, games to be played, and rubber ducks to be picked up in hopes of the big prize. We all got the small prize - oh well!

It's called The Big E - real name Eastern States Exposition. All of New England plus parts of New York are represented in agriculture and other local products. Each New England state has its own building where these local products are displayed and sold. For instance - in both Mass and Maine there were lobster rolls for sale, as well as maple syrup. Of course Vermont also had the maple syrup and flannel clothing.

In the aggie portion - cows (including my favorite Belted Galloways), sheep, goats, llama, chicks, and more.

There was also a petting zoo for the young’uns.

The Budweiser and Hallamore clydesdales were all there dragging their wagons during the end-of-day parade around the fair grounds along with numerous floats from which Mardi Gras beads were tossed to excited children (big and small!)

We stayed over 8 hours and still didn't see it all, but we sure had fun! Hope to go back again in the next few years.
You can still go as this fair doesn't close until the 28th. Check the web site for more details, and no need to tell you to have fun!

Peace, Judi

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

LOCAL NEWS

1. If you live in Massachusetts, please vote in the state primary.

2. If you live in eastern Massachusetts, and are looking for a small-town event on Saturday, try attending Arlington's Town Day. The library will be offering it's annual book sale.



Peace, Judi

Edit:
3. Just found that one of my photos was featured in the RedBubble TTV group a few days ago; you can see the group here until the next featured work is shown.

This is the photo:

Friday, September 12, 2008

What's New In POE Treasury09112008

Another POEcase treasury created by yours truly. These were the newest items added to the promo forum thread the beginning of the week. First 12 listed are visible, the next 4 listed are in the alternates.

You can find this treasury here until 6:00am Sunday, 9/14.

Peace, Judi

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I Was Featured On A Blog Today

Thanks go out to Allie for featuring my Rockport Rowboats 2 on her blog today.

The theme today was boats, I am in very good company with two other members of Photographers of Etsy. I hope you'll check out the blog as well as Allie's beautiful Etsy shop. BTW, everything she sells in her shop benefits a children's charity - what could be better than that?

Thanks, Allie, for the feature and all you do for children and POE.

Peace, Judi

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

POE Treasury


Hope you'll check out this Photographer's of Etsy treasury. Please go here and check out each item by clicking on it. Seriously - time will run out - this treasury will disappear after 2 days.

Peace,
Judi

Monday, September 8, 2008

Is it really a gift?

I’ll get right to the point – if you give something to someone else and you expect something in return, is it really a gift? I don’t think so, but what do I know?

If you’ve been reading these ramblings, you may recall that last year was the first holiday season I asked to be given nothing and would also be giving nothing material – for Christmas. Instead we agreed to donate to charities. (See this post from last December.)

But prior to Christmas 2007, and at other times of the year, gifts have been given and received. Most people give just out of the love they feel or goodness they want to share and expect nothing in return. Most of the time they might not even remember what they gave cousin Becky 2 years ago or Uncle Jim when he turned 50.

I wish everyone felt this way – after all, ‘tis better to give than to receive. Sadly, some "gifts" come with strings attached. These strings aren’t always obvious, but they are there. Months or even years later it might be thrown in one’s face – I did this for you and I did that for you and you should now do this or that for me. It’s like keeping score in a game of tit-for-tat. Well, sorry, but I won’t play and I don’t think anyone else should play either. Besides, as David Roth (folk musician) points out, shoulding on anyone is a “shouldy thing to do”!

According to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, one definition of gift is “Something that is bestowed voluntarily and without compensation”. The second part of that says it all.

Peace, Judi

Monday, August 25, 2008

Please Check This Out

The Photographers of Etsy have been working diligently creating a new blog - I hope you'll give it some love here.

Today's theme is Mosaic Monday - the pics of berries are so luscious you'll be running out to the produce section to get some real ones!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you'll check out the new POE blog and some of the great photographers' shops as well.

Peace, Judi

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Saving The Planet – My Little Dents

How many of you have thought about the amount of electricity that is used by all the electronic gadgets that are turned off in our homes? That is not a typo – many, many items now are using power even when we are not using them.

Here’s a partial list:
-VCR
-DVD player
-TV
-Stereo with remote control
-Anything which has a remote control
-Microwave oven
-Programmable coffee maker
-Programmable toaster
-Power strip
-The stove (if it has a clock)
-Battery chargers


Each night I shut down my laptop and when it’s all the way down, I turn off the power strip so that external drives, modems, printers, etc. are off with one switch. I’ve been doing this as far back as I can remember, originally for my own ease.

If you’ve been reading my ramblings for any time period, then you know I went away to work in Louisville, KY, earlier this year. Before I left, I unplugged everything I wasn’t going to be using while I was away; many of those items are on the list above. When I received my electric bill for one of the months I was away, I was very pleased at how low it was. This caused me to think about two things – my finances and the environment.

So now, any of the items on the list above that I own (except for the stove, too dangerous to fool with a 220 outlet and plug) I unplug when I’m not using them! When I want to watch a film, I plug in the appropriate player and TV and unplug them when finished. If I want to “zap” something, I plug the microwave oven in, clear the flashing clock, cook the food, and unplug it again. Not so hard, takes just a few extra seconds.

I hope you’ll look around your house and find even one item you can completely turn off. Every little dent will help.

Peace, Judi

Friday, August 1, 2008

Looking For Work

Well, I’ve finally realized that I have to have a job. The photography market has almost completely stopped, at least for me, and I need to eat. Although I will keep my Etsy and RedBubble shops open, my focus must turn in another direction for now.

Here are some of the jobs I wish I could have:
1. Stand up comic – however, I am not very funny except for the occasional pun (and hopefully this blog post!)
2. Singing duets with Barry Manilow – hmm, he seems to be doing OK by himself and Vegas is very far away.
3. Fashion designer – well, I didn’t study it when I was in my teens; probably too late to break into that business 40 years later, eh? I did design some pretty cool things for my paper dolls however … wonder where those got to?
4. Mystery writer – trouble is, the mystery is so good I can never figure out what it is!
5. Book reviewer – alas, my reading is very slow; by the time I finish the book I’m sure even the 5th grade students would have read and reviewed it for the school paper.
6. Fashion model – being vertically challenged puts the damper on this one!

So, I guess I will have to look for something more mundane and ordinary and in the field where I have worked most of my adult life – computers/technology/whatever you want to call it now. If you need a techie, or know of someone that does, please send them my way. Unless I land one of the positions listed above, I’m available for work!

Peace, Judi

Monday, July 28, 2008

Maine Treasury_West 07282008

I'm in this treasury today - top row left. I think I also have an alternate item as there were both gold and silver stars in the list!

Here's the URL - good for a day or so:
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=20196

Great images of Maine from wonderful Etsy sellers!

Peace, Judi

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Freeform Knit and Crochet Class


It's always fun to try out a new creative technique and this class was no exception. There was a homework assignment before attending the class; that was to make numerous little items called "scrumbles". I made as many as time permitted, fell short of having enough to completely cover the foundation fabric, but now know how to proceed to do it here at home.

This photo at the top of this post is of my WIP. It will ultimately, when I have time to finish, be a clutch purse with a flap.
Here are a couple of shots of the inspirational works of our instructor, Margaret Hubert:


If you 'd like to see a few more shots, please check out this Flickr set:
Peace, Judi

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Too Funny Not To Share

From Jimmy Tingle's email newsletter:

Jimmy Tingle For President
"The Funniest Campaign in History"

"The Funniest Campaign in History" continues starting Thursday, July 24 at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, and it will run through August 9. Tell your friends, relatives and undecided voters. Tickets are available at www.jimmytingle.com.

"Obama is in Iraq, McCain is in Arizona, Tingle is in Watertown." Please spread the word!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Check out our new webpage at
www.jimmytingle.com for video & audio clips, endorsements and enjoy the "Tingle Mania" sweeping the nation.
Hope to see you soon,
JT


Hope you have a chance to see him in person, he is hilarious! Peace, Judi

Monday, July 14, 2008

Shameless Self-Promotion Day!!






New Eco-Friendlier Photo Presentation Product:

Well, today I launched my new product – Jewel Of A ReUse – using an empty, recycled CD case to hold a picture that can be wall or table art. Hope you’ll click here to take a gander, only one posted so far, but more are on the way.

Etsy Treasury Inclusion:

I was also one of the members included in a POE treasury today. The image chosen was my Mini Fenway Park – I’m very excited. The treasury is the Photographers of Etsy Showcase. Treasuries only last a couple of days, this one will expire on Wednesday 2:34 PM July 16. I’ve got a screen capture of it here on Flickr.

I am feeling very blessed that these events occurred at all, and doubly so since they are on the same day.

Peace to all, Judi

Sunday, July 13, 2008

F O C S dot COM




Last night I attended an a cappella rock concert by the group Five O’Clock Shadow at TCAN in Natick. A rip-roaring time was had by all.

I’ve been a fan since I first heard and saw them perform around 1995. They weren’t quite so much rock as folk back then; only one of those group members is still part of the “band” – Dan.

The style of music may have changed, but the energy has not. Paul, Oren, Caleb, Dan, and the infamous “Stack” (David Stackhouse), will keep your toes tapping, hands clapping, and fingers snapping – literally – throughout the show.

They perform covers as well as original music and the only instruments they use are their vocal cords. Stack is mostly the “percussion” guy wearing a throat mike as well as a second one at his mouth; his antics should not be missed. All 5 of them have great singing voices, each with his own style.

I hope you have a chance to hear and see them perform, but at the very least check out their myspace page or web site for a taste of the fun.



Above video from a reunion concert last year, also at TCAN.
Peace, Judi




Photos from show on 9/15/06 at Regent Theatre, Arlington, copyright Judi FitzPatrick.

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