Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Summers End

Summers End! I took this photo the last weekend we spent at our cottage. A bitter sweet time closing up for the season and saying goodbye until Spring.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Friday Challenge

Many of you who read this Blog may also be familiar with Kim Klassen. Kin's husband John has been fighting cancer for the last several months and it's been a difficult time for Kim and her family. Each week we are given a challenge at Photoshop Artistry- Grunge to create a page using certain guide lines and elements in it. Added to this weeks challenge was a request to dedicate the page to Kim, John and their family focusing on the theme Life, Hope & Love. Above is my submission.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Another week

I find as I age time seem to go so quickly! Here we are and another week has passed and we are heading into Fall weather, Halloween and oh to soon Christmas, snow, and cold weather.

This week I met with friends from out of town for a walk about in Kensington Market, a yummy lunch and lots of chat to catch up on  news. These ladies are fiber artist and  belong to The Group of Eight, you can find their bog here and Linda Kittmer's blog here. I took some photos of the day which will eventually end up in my work over the next months.

I am continuing to enjoy and learn with Photoshop Artistry-Grunge. Sebastian our instructor asked me to write tutorials for the group on two my pages Golden Glory & Venezia. You can see both pages on my Flckr page.

One of the pages I made in the last week called Finding my Way received quite a few comments on the  Photoshop Artistry-Grung  group  Flickr page
And this page called California Dreaming received a "Standing O" over at Ocraps. It was taken during my last visit to LA.

And California dreaming I am! I hope to be able to go back to LA in the New Year for a visit.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Another Project Finished

   Knitting this shawl was a bit of a challenge. The pattern is call Entrelac and it is made up of  tiers of blocks that are set on their points and are diamond shaped. Each block is knitted separately and jointed to its neighbor as it is being knit. This shawl is almost 6 feet long and took forever to finish. I used a yarn made in Japan called Noro. Noro yarn is handed dyed silk, mohair & wool and comes in beautiful colour combinations. I finished off the shawl by crocheting a fringe which I love the look of.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

World Wide Photo Walk

I participated in my first World Wide Photo Walk last Saturday. The walk was started by Scott Kelby  a number of years ago. Last year there were over 900  walks around the world with 32,000 participants. What is a photo walk you ask "Its a social photography event where photographers get together (usually in a downtown area or trendy section of town) to walk around and take photos, and generally have fun with other photographers." And fun just what happened on my walk!
The walk I joined started at 10 am  and finished at 1:00 with a pub lunch. I really enjoyed myself talking and sharing with other participants.  I was super impressed with the camera's and lenses the other participants had. I shot with my new Sony camera and was happy walking with its light weight. I was also happy with the results of the day.
The photo above of the statue  was taken in alleyway. I came away wondering why it was there and not in some ones garden. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Working with my hands

Although I love creating digital art, I also love working with my hands. And now having 3 adorable granddaughters knitting has become one of my favorite pastimes. I find it very relaxing when watching television in the evening to knit. Below are some of the sweaters I made over the summer.

And here's the cutie who wears this sweater.
I made the same pattern in pink for the "big sisters"
Another sweater that I made was given to a friend with a new baby. Unfortunately I did not take a photo of  the finished sweater, hat, and little shoes. So here is a second best the photo from the pattern.
I also knitted a sweater for myself. TWICE! Yes twice, I had to rip out the first completed finished attempt which was heartbreaking, but it was too big and did not fit.  It was either rip or give it away. I loved the yarn that I used that was sent from the UK and would not be easy to replace, so rip it was.

 I'm delighted with the finished results this time around especially that it fits!

 Right now I'm knitting and Entrelac shawl. It takes 10 balls of wool and feels like it is taking forever! And if you don't know what Entrelac knitting is (I did not until I started the shawl) you can see some photos here