Monday, December 31, 2007
Julie Van Oosten posted a contest for her newest chipboard offering, and I won. I received a package of three owls today, and here is the first one that I collaged and assembled. These are fun! Her website: http://members.westnet.com.au/collections/
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Every year I join a carving swap celebrating the Chinese New Year. The year 2008 is the Year of the Rat. Not my favorite Chinese New Year character!!! As always, I had a hard time deciding what to carve-so I carved two rats-one for the front and one for the back of the page. I have yet to decide what to do for a background, so what you see here are the naked carvings. LOL! I do love to carve. I hate to stamp afterwards, as it seems so final. But carving is just beyond description. You get in the groove and do not, cannot stop. Love it!
Friday, December 21, 2007
It is very foggy today and this evening. Dangerously foggy. This photo is of a small Japenese Maple less than 2 feet from where I stood. The two giant hundred plus year old Oak trees less than 2 feet behind it are not visible. The strange orbs are not moisture on the lens-that is the pea soup consistency of the fog. Bizarre to drive in-almost makes you dizzy and very hard to keep a sense of humor as folks pull out in front of you, and you know it was because they could not see you! Flights have canceled and interstates and roadways are closed cleaning up accidents. Idiots running into idiots who are following too close, driving too fast. The good news is that tomorrow's blizzard should bring us relief from the fog. Yikes!!!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
An ice and snow storm. We ended up with a 1/2" to 3/4" layer of ice, followed by about 5" of snow. This is my yard and a couple of shots of the ice on my car. I am not sure if you can see it -but way in the back behind and beside the garage-I have a whole lot of huge limbs down. It will take a ton of cleanup. The ice and the snow storm has stopped here. We are hoping that there will be no wind, or I could lose more trees. I hope that does not happen! There are a ton of so many in Iowa without power.