Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Our school is out at the end of this week.  Goodbye to making lunches, sending snacks and homework.  Goodbye to structure.  My son and I have a much harder time dealing with this change than my daughter.  Managing the moodiness is a full time job this week, and probably next week too.  After the last few years of experiencing my mini, two week depression I think I will handle it better this year.  It helps that spring has been late and I have lots to do in the garden and lots to photograph since May is so busy.  Here's to a great summer ahead!

Just a few photos lately...a hug from Grandma after a dance recital.  Linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesday!

A tulip in my garden.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

{Gerbera Love}

In celebration of Mother's Day I received some beautiful flowers.  I love gerbera daisies.  I took a few minutes yesterday with my 60mm macro lens and had some fun.  I am pretty happy with these photos although they are a little grainier than I would have liked.  My ISO was 400 and 800 since it was a little cloudy outside.  These were taken inside, by a window.

There is minimal processing on these.  A few RAW exposure tweaks and a little color boost on a pink one.  The black background was from the back of my laptop.   The white is a poster board.

My garden is finally coming to life!  Things are growing everywhere.  I might just have the last tulips to bloom here in Minneapolis but when they do, I'll post photos!

Linking with Sweet Shot Tuesday over HERE!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

TCSMQG Table Runner Swap

Three more weeks until my kids are on summer break.  There is a lot of emotion in that statement!  We are excited to change things up a bit but we all love our school and community there. We will really miss it for three months.   I am wondering how I will do without my own time to get things done in the peace and quiet.   Now that the kids are 6 and 7 this summer involves a lot more running around than past summers but I am embracing a good attitude. :)

The sewing machine has been humming lately.  My daughter finished her very first quilt last week (photos to come).   I finished a table runner for a swap at our modern quilt guild.  Cheryl gave me such great fabric to work with.  I wanted to do a modern take on some very traditional flying geese blocks.

I'll post later with photos from the wonderful runner I took home.  Well, my daughter and I are celebrating our last "hang-out" days together with pedicures today...fun!