My beautiful niece was here for a few days and we had so much fun going out into the cold for photo shoots, playing in photoshop, and best of all, laughing. Lots and lots of laughing. I really needed the break, and loved having such a fun and patient model as I learned more about my camera.
by David Whalen Trees whisper of the coming winter Leaves mutter among themselves Seasons silently steal upon us… As Falling streams from rocky shelves Soft sibilant sighs, indistinct…incoherent Nature’s voices, spoken through the dells It’s the trees whisper… of the coming winter The voices of Trolls, faeries and elves Branches freeing…captive leaves fleeing Limbs bleakly waving…in poignant farewell Listen closely! …to the trees soft whisper Of places of mystery…where legends dwell Trees whisper the coming winter Voices elusive…secretive as well Hear the murmur of the wooded heart… muted tumble of an acorn shell Trees whisper…coming winter… Tales that only trees can tell
Woo Whoooo! I had so much fun teaching in Jacksonville Oregon last weekend! What a wonderful group of women. I'm blessed that my classes seem to always draw students who mesh perfectly. We went to dinner as a group twice and had such a great time. Lots of laughs and friendships made. And everyone left with finished or almost finished books! We laughed hard and worked hard, and I was beaming as one after another finished their books.
Susan from the Magnolia Inn not only makes gorgeous books, she's an incredible cook too. She brought us homemade brownies tied with string that could be taken off and used in our books. Mmmm they were scrumptious.
At dinner Terry shared hysterical stories from when she was a bank teller in Alabama. Did you know that you could rob a bank with a Gar fish? Well, you could try, but you might get laughed out of the bank. Really... it's true. Here's Terry describing the fish gasping for air and chomping it's teeth as the crazy wannabe bank robber took it out of the paper bag and threatened the teller with it. I'm still laughing at her story. I loved teaching so close to home and have decided to teach another 3 day workshop at the antique store in July. I'm limiting it to 8, and some of the gals are coming back, so I think there are only 1 or 2 spots left. It will be a book workshop and will include painting on photos. I don't have a page on my site yet, but the date will be July 15-17 and it will be at The Trolley Stop Antique Shop in Jacksonville Oregon. If you are interested in reserving a spot, email me for more info.
Liz even finished a small book along with the large one!
This poem is such a perfect sentiment for the New Year. The author is unknown.
A new year is beginning to peak through softly beautiful and different like new falling snow, each day unique and shaped just for you. Your life adding something as each day does grow. My wish for your new year is beauty and softness with surprises thrown in for delight. Love for each day bringing happiness to you, making your life a scene of sparkle and shining sunlight. Tulla and I wish you endless sparkle and delight in 2011!