December 31, 2007

coffee break


cherry cake 008, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

door


door, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

December 29, 2007

spending gift cards


punkin's train, originally uploaded by cloudscome.
We had a lovely morning at our favorite book store. The little boys had gift cards to spend. They played at the train table for a while and then started drifting over to the Disney toys and movie story books. I wanted them to buy Mo Willams Elephant and Piggy books. We compromised on a couple new train locomotives and Thomas books. They had enough left over to sit in the cafe and eat cupcakes. One chocolate and one vanilla... and with a bit of negotiation they each got a tastes of the other's. Only one problem; I made the mistake of having a coffee that must have had a gluten additive because I am sick this evening.
They were happy to play trains and trucks on the floor as soon as we got home. I got to play with my camera and Picasa2 on the tablet PC. A great vacation day on the whole.
punkin counting train cars
buddy's fire truck

December 28, 2007

Walk by the water


blue and brown, originally uploaded by cloudscome.
Here you can see the boy's Christmas hats:
buddy at rest
Buddy
punkin runs
Punkin
Is is any wonder I love the combination of blue and brown? When I chose that yarn I had no idea how well it would fit the landscape today. I must have been inspired by a wood sprite while standing in the yarn isle at the craft shop.

December 27, 2007

Mom's wedding china


green dishes, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

Engineer


choo choo, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

December 26, 2007

Christmas


presents, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

December 24, 2007

sunny winter afternoon


lazy cat, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

December 23, 2007

Advent 4


Advent 4, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

December 22, 2007

Hat model


punkin 2, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

This is my project this weekend: three hats in three days.

December 21, 2007

cloudy day


cat's eyes, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

December 20, 2007

Hung by the fire


stocking, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

How about this one? Show me your stocking. I'm tagging Bright Star and Liane this time.

December 19, 2007

Gifts


blue crystal potpourri, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

How about this for a meme? Show me your best gift wrap. I tag Sharon and Ampersand. Whatta ya got?

December 18, 2007

Hey there


snowball, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

December 17, 2007

Silhouettes


lamp post, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

December 16, 2007

Indoor garden


parsley, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

Taken at 2 pm on a cloudy day with light from the window. I used the "museum" setting on the point and shoot, that fires without flash or sound.

Exposure: 0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 6.7 mm
ISO Speed: 140
Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

December 15, 2007

Cheer


cabernet sauvignon, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

This is what I scored in the holiday gift exchange at work. We play a game where everyone gets a number and we open gifts in order. You can choose to take someone else's gift or open a new one. I snagged this on my turn. It is really a hoot to see everyone let their hair down and have some fun.

December 14, 2007

Glazed


iced oak leaves, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

Yesterday we had a mix of rain and ice falling. This morning we woke up to fog and a crust of ice on everything. What a lovely combination for the woods...

December 13, 2007

Advent, week two


advent candles 2, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

Exposure: 0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 8.2 mm
ISO Speed: 140
Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire


Taken in the "close up" mode on my point and shoot and then used "Auto fix" to lighten it in Microsoft Office Picture Manager.

December 12, 2007

Up early playing with lights


cabinet 6, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

I still can't believe I found this beautiful wood and glass curio cabinet on the street in front of my neighbor's house. They put a sign on it saying "Please take this!" Sunday morning about two weeks ago I found it as we were leaving for church. I ran inside and got Buster up out of bed to help me carry it in the front door. The front glass panel was missing but other than that it is perfect. It is about five feet tall and has two glass shelves for displaying collectibles or china. I bought a piece of acrylic and cut it to fit. It's in the living room near the tree. Every morning I sit with my coffee admiring the light show.

The little tea set here I bought at the National Museum in Taiwan about 20 years ago. The sake bottle next to it I got at a tiny restaurant in Heilongjiang province, mainland China. I am so tickled to finally have a nice place to display them!

I took these pictures with the "fireworks" mode on my point and shoot. I don't have a tripod so they are a little blurry.

Exposure: 2 sec (2)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 5.5 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire


cabinet 2

cabinet 3

If you had told me three years ago that I would take a picture of myself in my bathrobe at 5:30 in the morning and post it on the Internet I would have laughed my head off. But here I am.


cabinet 7

December 11, 2007

Christmas tree


tree 1, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

December 10, 2007

playground


chipmunk, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

December 9, 2007

Shawl


button closure, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

I crocheted this fringed shawl this weekend to give in the round robin gift exchange at work.

December 8, 2007

cuteness


bear, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

December 7, 2007

December projects


infant hat and mittens, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

December 5, 2007

Souvenir


kalimba, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

December 4, 2007

Hanukkah


gelt, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

I'm Episcopalian but I bought this gelt to leave on the book share shelf in the faculty room. This photo makes me feel so rich and roundly blessed.

December 3, 2007

self portrait


photographer in her bathrobe, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

December 2, 2007

snow on ivy


snow on ivy, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

First snow today. Changing to sleet and rain by afternoon.

curled cat


curled cat, originally uploaded by cloudscome.

Taken December 1. The flash looks good on the cat but bleaches out the blankets in the background. I darkened the brightness and contrast and used the enhance tool to make it a little better.