2018 – What’s in Store?

As it is almost time to change the page on the calendar, I thought I’d best write a post. I’ve been a bit under the weather with a cold, but have still managed to get a few things done. I’m working my way through the basement crawl space – no easy feat I can assure you. I’ve unearthed boxes that have not been looked at since they were put in place in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I know that many people would just pitch everything that had been out of sight for so long, but not me. I have found some trash, loads of things to donate and a few treasures that I knew were around “somewhere”. The best thing so far is that I’ve made it to one of the back corners without encountering a single mouse body, though that is foremost on my mind every time I pull a container away from the wall. Also I discovered that the built in vaccuum reaches all the way to the furthest corner, so I am empowered to keep going. I have a very complex numbering system for keeping track of all my boxes. Most of the “boxes” are in fact large plastic bins with lids that fold closed – chosen because they are mouse proof and cannot be damaged by water. So far so good.

One of the reasons for my renewed attack on my excess stuff is the fact that we are planning to create a print studio here at home. This requires a lot of culling and shifting. I am anxious to start work in my new studio but for now must satisfy my creative urges by keeping a watchful eye out for design inspiration. Here are a few ideas to inspire.


The first two photos were taken on a walk in the park, the third was the pattern on a sweater that I donated, and the last photo shows coloured glass rods from a demo at Bee Kingdom Glass. What could be better than rods of pure colour?

Photo Challenge: Muse

Thought I’d best get a post up – to carry on with the once monthly schedule that I seem to be on right now. Afraid I’m having trouble getting words on the page, but that hasn’t stopped me from taking photos. I am always drawn to the beauty of nature, and even the limited selection in my own garden keeps me busy. Here are some shots taken during the month of June.

Be sure to check out other Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenges here.

what do you see?

I was looking through my photos for some blog inspiration. Decided it was too easy to post about Christmas preparations, and I’m needing a little more of a break from that anyway. I opened a folder of Mobile Me photos. Since Mobile Me (an Apple service) does not exist any longer, the photos there are being corrupted. This isn’t a problem, as all these photos are in my regular library. But I rather like the effect of what I found. I wasn’t able to just move these photos over, but I took screen shots and moved those to the blog. Can you tell what these were?

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color image 5Here’s hoping Santa brings me some great ideas for new blog posts. I don’t think I’m asking for too much. I wish a Very Merry Christmas to all, and send a special thanks to my blogging friends for the wonderful time we share!

and now for something completely different

How is this for fabulous? I’ve played with my blog – trying to figure things out, as usual. A new post from WordPress inspired me to try some different layouts for photos. I don’t feel like I have a lot of any control over these layouts, but they might be a nice change once in a  while. It is infinitely easier to add a gallery and not one photo at a time. (This could just be my lack of expertise.) I’ve selected a random group of photos – tile mosaic installations from around the world. I am always on the look-out for great ways to use tile.

If you click on a photo you can see them in a larger format and scroll through them. So tell me, what do you think of the gallery presentation?

As a side note, I want to know how WordPress got hold of my idea “something completely different”? I did the first draft of this post with just the title, about 3 weeks ago. I was sitting trying to come up with an idea and only got that far.  I finished it off on October 5th when the Weekly Photo Challenge included information on the new gallery formats. Then on October 8th the Weekly Writing Challenge was announced and they took my title for a theme? Can you believe it? I just want everyone to know that I wrote it down first. Well, not before Monte Python, but first in my blogging world. Hope you enjoy it.