Saturday, October 31, 2009

Autumn Colors

This old oak is golden in evening sun.
' Celosia' and 'Knockout' roses. These made it through a mild frost.

Nandina berries and Pink Knockout roses.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Art on Main Street

We just had this art show. Lucked out on the weather. It had been raining for three weeks -- like a son of a gun -- but that Saturday was sunny. We got stuck on a side street at the end, but we had a good time and sold some things. The first two sold were beaded pendant and earring sets. I have plans to make more of those - a lot of fun.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Photography for the Web

What I'm finding out is that glass jewelry is much more difficult to photograph than pottery. Especially the dichroic glass. The reflections can just kill the colors. I've been trying north light outdoors and I have plans to try the lightbox again to see if that will improve. Still learning. I take many different shots and try different backgrounds, then Photoshop a few for the online store. I'm using a Nikon D60.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Website Hits and Google Analytics

I try to keep track of how many hits the blog and website get, and I noticed a spike in hits on October 1st. It was like, hello (with an English accent), what happened? With the help of Google Analytics I found out that a nice blog had featured one of my kitchen pottery spoon rests.

First Test Firing in the new Kiln

This was my first 'real' test firing in the new kiln. The first one said just to fire it without anything to break in the heating elements. Notice the cross -- for blessings, I hope!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A New Arrival!!

I'm so excited. A new kiln for pottery and glass. I am checking it out now, and have high hopes. Yahoooo! Fired up!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Chrysalis and oh just one more bunny photo

This is so neat looking. I googled it and it might be a moth, the big butterfly chrysalis looks different.

I don't know, this little guy was sitting eating grass on our patio. Can't help myself with the camera.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Rose Hips and 'Carefree Beauty'

This rose bush is fantastic. 'Carefree Beauty' is no delicate plant. I don't spray roses with chemicals, so they need to be hardy. This blooms all through the season, except for a heat wave over 100F, but as soon as the weather gets reasonable it continues on blooming its heart out. Now it is covered in large rose hips. I'm going to harvest and try to dry them to make some rose hip tea. Here is a great website for more info on this rose. Plus they have a database and photos of almost any rose you can think of.


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