I captured my first Nuthatch yesterday. I was so excited. These cute little birds don't stop... they do everything fast and I've never been able to get the camera focused in time. I was beyond excited when I downloaded the photos and saw that they were sharp... and check out that cute expression in the close-up!
I also made another card:
I haven't felt up to going out and taking photos for a while, but I had a bit more energy today, so I went out and played with Tulla and attempted to take some photos. LOL it's a bit hard to coax the birds in while throwing the "bannana" for Tulla. But eventually, I was able to capture a few shots while we played. She's worth every ounce of extra effort :-)
Click on the English Sparrow below to see it larger, and look at her eye. It reflected the light beautifully.
This is a House Finch and has the most beautiful red head. We also have a Cassin's Finch but it has less red.
The beautiful Bluy Jay, or Scrub-Jay, has a bad reputation, but I love them. They aren't agressive and eat nicely with the smaller birds.
And our ever-plentiful Goldfinch. Both the male and female lose their bright yellow color this time of year, and are more brownish all over, but they remain sweet and easy to photograph.
I've had some setbacks with my health (nothing big, I'm just battling thyroid and adrenal fatigue, making me tired and unable to think clearly) and have decided that it's best to postpone online classes for a few months so I can get well. I feel badly, and know that so many were looking forward to it, but I just can't get it together right now. It will happen, I just need to get well first. In the mean time, I'll be opening my etsy site again, and will be offering books, prints, simple tutorials with kits, and other goodies as I'm able.
Below are some shots of a book I'm working on and will be offering for sale in the next few days. I haven't painted a face in about a year, and it felt good to begin again. It's not finished yet, but I thought I'd show you the progress so far. She'll be the cover of the book.
Yesterday a butterfly
Came floating gently through the sky.
He soared up through the atmosphere
Then drifted close enough to hear.
I said, "I'd love to fly with you
And sail around the way you do.
It looks like it would be such fun
To fly up toward the summer sun.
But I have not your graceful charm.
I haven't wings, just these two arms.
I've been designed to walk around.
My human feet must touch the ground.
Then magically he spoke to me
and told me what his wish would be.
He said, "What I'd love most to do
Is walk upon God's Earth with you,
To squish it's mud between my toes
Or touch my finger to my nose.
And so we went our separate ways
In wonder and surprise.
For we'd both seen God's precious gifts
Through someone else's eyes.
Yesterday I took my camera to Lithia Springs Inn and Gardens in Ashland, Oregon. What a gorgeous, and heavenly place.
There were many varieties of fragrant, butterfly attracting flowers filling the air with peaceful and delicious perfume. Quite a few butterflies and moths fluttered about, but only the little copper Sandhill Skippers held still long enough for me photograph them. The day was beautiful, but with a slight breeze, so macro shots were difficult. It was still a wonderful time, and I plan to go back soon, when the wind isn't blowing, and before the flowers are finished blooming.
I placed the print and fabric layers on the base, and used a walking foot to stitch it on. The walking foot doesn't "push" the fabric around, and eliminates the need to glue anything down.
Center of the card has a vinyl pocket holding buttons and a feather, along with lace and a poem printed on fabric and stitched on.
I'm making cards to send a dear person who is very ill with cancer, and plan to send one every other day or so. In order to manage that many cards, I need to be able to make them fast, but I still want them to be unique and special. I printed copies of my photos and digital work, stitched them to cardstock layers, then added some bits and pieces of lace and texture to help make them more than just printed cards. Below are a few of them.
each card has snippets inside with a word or two.