Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Yup - this is my Dahlia's first painting. (Acrylic on canvas.) Ask me if I'm proud? Her interest in art has really blossomed (hhmm....no pun there) just in the last 6 months so I enrolled her in a class at her kindergarten and she loves it. Of course, being an artist, I should be the one teaching her but.....I'll guide her. It's best if she learns from someone neutral. (I'm finding the same thing with piano - she's keen to learn but doesn't listen to Mommy like she would to an outsider. (No big news flash there.)
I planted about 150 tulips last fall thinking we'd be in China in the early spring and wouldn't it be nice to get back to a garden full of colour. Well, best laid plans..........they are lovely AND we'll be going by July it looks like so....better than when the snow flies!
Isn't this just one perfect Dahlia.
I've been messing around with my camera and trying to get that trendy blurred background and have come across some great tutorials. (It's all in the aperture.) This is one thing I just love about the Blog world - it's a plethora of anything you want to know (and didn't even know you wanted to know). I took 2 photography courses lately but I learnt more in one night reading these tutorials on apertures and lenses. Just last night I read Mckmama's post (from My Charming Kids) on just this as well as I should be folding laundry and Pioneer Woman. These sites are just full of help and ideas.
And while I'm lovin' on my fav sites, let me share a few more that I love. The Salsa site for great camera recommendations and lots of inspiration - the Double Happiness site for super collage tips and more inspiration - and these sites - Pixel Fairy Princess, The Long Road to China, Mamarazzi, Iheartfaces for tips, contests, insights and stimulation. I just love them!
My white lilac that I planted many years ago - fills the house with that gorgeous aroma - so short-lived though, I try and drink it in everyday.
A fushia standard inside the gazebo.
Friday, May 22, 2009
It's PJ day at school this Friday so Dahlia got to pick out which PJ's she would be wearing - and of course, did a little modeling for the camera - totally unsolicited, I swear.
And for some extra silliness -this was Dahlia's choice for dress-up. The layered look for sure. She has on her ratty old nighty (is that how you spell nighty?), a PJ top on top of that, a piece of fabric for a stole, a pink velour cape in the front (I think she thinks it's a dress....ok!), grey fairy wings, a pink crown and shiny shoes. Whew. (There may actually be even more but that's all I can see.)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I am submitting this photo into the www.iheartfaces.com Blurb Book photo contest. I am granting I ♥ Faces permission to use my photo in a printed version of a book for commercial use and possibly advertising of a photo book on both the Blurb and I ♥ Faces web sites.
So, thanks for stopping by and if you have something to say - click on comments.
Friday, May 15, 2009
I didn't really want to post this picture (with me in it) but I wanted to show the jacket and (groovy) hat and thought cutting off my head and leaving my hands on her shoulder might have looked a little weird so I decided to stay. (Know what I mean?)
So that's it for this week. Pop over to the Salsa site for more fashion kiddy fun.
It's Victoria Day week-end here and time to get the garden in (or a part of it).
Have a great week-end!!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I love you Mommy!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
This is Dahlia, my little girl who made me a Mommy more than four years ago. I celebrate this everyday. I am endlessly fascinated by her growing personality and character. She is so courageous yet oh so tender. Blissfully joyful and yet an old soul where waters run deep. Each day I see little flickers of who she may become and I'm honored to be the one she calls Mom.
These two photos were taken within minutes of each other and speak volumes about the many sides of my wonderful Dahlia.
Nikon D300, f/5.6, Exposure 1/125 sec, ISO - 200, focal length 60 mm
Don't forget to hop over to the mamarazzi site to see all the other "hat" entries this month.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Ummm......she does wear shoes......they're just by the front door. Check out the artwork. that would be Dahlia and her BF (Angel) spinning a skip rope and guess who's jumping in the middle? Ummm....yup....that would be me! (Only in her dreams and her artwork :-)
And finally, what would a week be without the requisite fairy princess dress-up?
Pop on over to the Salsa site for more kiddies fashion fun.
Wishing you all a wonderful Mother's Day (sprinkled with pixie dust, of course!)
Thursday, May 7, 2009
PS. I can't stay in a funk for very long (see below). Besides RQ just posted that the 15th may be in this month. She gave it an R2. (Yippee!)