What's old is new again...

I find it so interesting that the more advanced we are in technology we somehow long for the old ways.  I was very hesitant about the digital age but I did join in and have really enjoyed it.  I love my camera, computer and scanner because I loved the ease of it all.  I don't miss the chemicals in the dark room, missed photographs because I didn't meter properly, or sending film off to be developed only to find there isn't anything on it.  Having said all that I have found that I'm becoming lazy about photography instead of being intentional about what I'm shooting.  I have been shooting some film and I find myself wanting to check if I have it right after the fact instead of making sure before I press the shutter.  I have also been playing around with my new toy, a Polaroid SX70... yep that's what I said...Polaroid. I really love the warm beautiful images that you get with it.  I'm in love!  Here is a little taste of what I mean.  If you are a baby boomer you might feel all warm and fuzzy inside.






Tap, tap, tap...anyone still reading this blog?

I have had a very long unintentional break in my blog.  I can't believe my last post was Dec. 4th!  Several things have been keeping me busy but not so busy that I couldn't write a few lines here and there.  So, I don't really have any excuses and I hope that I can be more consistent.
My husband and my youngest son are off skiing together and spending some time with my middle son.  I don't like to ski and gave it up a few years ago.  It is something my boys and my husband love and it gives them some good one on one time with each other. I am enjoying being at home and catching up on many projects in the works.  I just purchased a Polaroid sx70 and I'm anxious to play around with it.  I really love the old feel that you get with these cameras.  I will post some of these images soon.
I mentioned in my last post that I have opened a booth in Sono Market Place.  The holiday season was great but it is a little quieter now.  I love having this place to share what I love and even though it has slowed down a bit it is soooo much fun.  The other vendors are wonderfully talented people and I enjoy being with them very much.

 I'm off to have my coffee and plan the rest of the day.  It's nice to get back to my blog!

My new home away from home...

 I mentioned earlier that I was renting a space in a new market in Norwalk CT. called Sono Market Place.  Well we finally opened!  We had the grand opening last weekend and a soft opening the weekend before.  It is an awesome place with 50 food and artisan vendors under one roof.  I'm still working out the kinks for myself but so far it has been so much fun.  I have a few pictures of my booth and I thought I would share a little each week about the other vendors and their booths.  If you live anywhere near Norwalk CT. it is worth the drive to come and visit.  I think that you will be pleasantly surprised.

 




A few more holiday goodies...

Again, I know that's only October but I have been working on Christmas items so I thought I would keep posting them.  If something catches your eye you'll know where to find it.
I have done a variation of these ornaments in the past but this time I'm using color.  I painted pages from an old dictionary in different shades adding a nice little pop of color.   They aren't traditional red and green but I think it's nice to step outside the box.




I will be working on these today, as well, since I'm stuck inside waiting out hurricane Sandy.  I hope anyone in her path is safe!  They are available here

Getting ready for Sandy...

It looks like we are in the path of hurricane Sandy so I'm thinking that this will probably be the last weekend of beautiful fall foliage around here.  Here is one last look before all the wind and rain take the leaves away...

The beach...

I really love going to the beach in the cooler weather.  I'm not someone who likes to bake in the sun so I usually try to avoid that in the summer not to mention the whole bathing suit thing... Growing up I remember going to the beach with my family in the off season to look for a house to rent during the summer and being out in Montauk in the spring and lying on the beach in a sweater.  I love the wind and the cooler temperatures.  I live near the beach in CT. and hardly ever go during the summer so  I went the other day and it was beautiful.  I snapped away and enjoyed every minute of it.  This one little shell caught my eye and became the focus of my attention.






Morning walk to clear the mind...

This morning my brain was short circuiting and I was feeling anxious so I headed out with my camera and my trusty companion, Wallace, for a walk in the woods near my house.  It was a beautiful morning and just being intentional about walking slow and looking at things instead of rushing by was a nice change a pace.  The walk, although not nearly aerobic enough, cleared my head and helped me breath deep and take in the beauty around me.
While I was walking I was thinking about the term "shooting from the hip".  I don't know what the original meaning was but I realized that's where my camera sits if I'm using my strap, so I'm thinking it has something to do with photography.  Anyway, I thought it would be fun to shoot from my hip one day a week and see what I come up with.  This may not be a new idea but it is for me.  So today is "shoot from the hip" day and the last photo in black and white is my first attempt at it.  I think it will be fun since you can't see what's in the viewfinder. 





A perfect fall afternoon....

 Yesterday it was cold here in CT.  It was in the 30's in the morning and was cold the rest of the day.  My husband and I went to a nice coffee place called Espresso Neat.  It's like going to a wine bar where they describe each coffee by the flavors that you taste.  We had the Guatemalan which had undertones of honey, melon, and one more but I can't remember.  Anyway, they brew each up for you individually so it's not a place that you go when you are in a hurry.  We couldn't resist sharing an almond croissant which was so delicious that I didn't want it to end.  I made stew earlier so we went home and started a fire and had stew.  A great way to end a cold fall day.

 

 


Working on Christmas (I know it's October)...

 I mentioned that I have a booth at a new market called SoNo Market Place, in Norwalk CT.  They are a little behind schedule in opening but I know it will be worth the wait.  The opening will be Nov. 1 (fingers crossed) just in time for the holiday season.  I know it's hard to think about Christmas in October but I need to be ready.  I've been working on some ornaments and banners this week.  Here's a little sample.  I have these listed in my handmade shop.  It's hard to tell but they are 4" across made out of vintage sheet music, dusted with fine white glitter, and topped with tinsel and Merry Christmas.  They can be used as tree ornaments, table decorations including place settings, package toppers, ornament exchange, teacher gift, and so on.  The possibilities are endless.  I love how they look under the glass domes.

 

 

This one is a smaller version.

New photo collections....

I'm liking the idea of creating collections of photographs that can be grouped together either by color or by subject matter.  Here are two...one summer and one winter.  Each collection has 4 8 x 8 pints.  They are listed in my etsy photography shop.

Farmer's market fun...


 Yesterday I went to the farmer's market to find some goodies to photograph then eat.  I really love this time of year and even though it's still warm I'm looking forward to the sights and smells of fall.  Enjoy!















Photo break...

 I've been having some fun creating some new mixed media abstract pieces.  I really enjoy this process of painting, gluing, coloring outside the lines, etc...  you get my drift.  The colors are fun and the pieces are whimsical and playful.  I just listed these three in my handmade shop here.  I'm still working on some other pieces and will post later.  I think that I use this kind of creativity as a time to think outside the box and pretend.  I'm curious how other creative minds do the same.  I really love photography but sometimes it helps to take a break and do something different.  When I do that I jump back in with new inspiration...




The Cloisters...

Beautiful medieval art

Reflections in the windows

Graceful arches

Pear trees in the garden

Little visitors
View of the George Washington Bridge.
Last Friday my husband and I spent the afternoon with my eldest son, his wife, and my brother at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon NY.  The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and houses a beautiful collection of art from medieval Europe.  My brother is a historical restoration architect and he and his firm have worked on many projects there.  It was a great way to spend the afternoon.