Still in the land of the living!

Macro of the pink tulip centre

VERY macro on the pistil 

The tulips were collapsing after giving us several days of lovely colour
Spring is THINKING about us. WE are thinking of spring- or I am. Yes, we have had NO winter to speak of here in Canada's sunny south. It has been a dreary , snowless time and many of us are chomping at the bit for sunshine- and TULIPS!!
I actually BOUGHT some cut tulips and took photos of them, so desperate was I for some sign of life. If it had been snowy outside, I think I would not have felt this way but in this sort of never never land- pale grey green grass, bare branches, gritty roads and pale faces, I NEED GREEN! I NEED COLOUR!

I'm having trouble with my blog. I think it is cross with me for ignoring it for so long in favour of Flickr!  It doesn't want to let me type. Ah, well, I shall spend more time here and am very close to starting some fibre art works so will have that to post soon. I have been keeping up with you good people out there in the Blogosphere and you are all so productive! Well done all!!

I HAVE been productive- VERY productive! I have almost worn the spots off my camera with shooting so many pictures!!! For my birthday, DH gave me half of Lightroom 6 ( I gave myself the other half) and I have been busily engaged in learning how to use it. VERY exciting, although I have barely scratched the surface. Learning such a programme is NOT conducive to carrying out one's normal, daily activities! Housework, entertaining, art--- all gone out the window- but I CAN edit a Raw photo now in LR6- at least basic editing! 

Some of the crazy stuff I have been doing. The bottom of Granny's lovely old Huntley and Palmers Biscuit tin. Looks like a bunch of classic books bound together with a leather strap

One of two artichokes I bought and photographed

The inside of one of the artichokes- Love the patterns and colours

All ready to be roasted with salt, oil and garlic- I did it but , despite my love of artichokes as Objets d'art- I do NOT love to eat them! Very costly compost!

The Grindstone creek behind our house with about three inches of melting snow! 

Black Alder branch over the frozen creek 

Swirling water passing over a sunken block of icy snow.

The Creek bank in various stages of freeze

And sumac flowers 
This has been a fun hiatus and seemingly quite efficacious for my poor old hand. I hope that starting up again will not set me back! I will try to work in gently with as little scissor cutting as possible. Stay tuned!!

Happy New Year everyone. It will be good to be back! I am going to begin with my Gelli Pads and paint! Watch this space!!! I have a LOT of photo ideas now for little quilts :-)

Forgot it is Wednesday . I KNOW this is NOT needlework but thought I would post to the just to say hello again to everyone. Hope you are all well and "gainfully employed".

Happy New Year to all

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope and TRUST that everyone made it through the veil that separates the Old Year from The New?? I have missed everyone and SHALL be back in the saddle in about two weeks. We have a "mission" next week, then I shall clean up Christmas for another year and THEN..... I am getting excited to try some new things. I have so many inspiring photos now and cannot wait to get at it! I think, so I can break my hand in gently, I shall work SMALL for a while.

We had a lovely Christmas with some of my Family.
Christmas Eve with the table all set and waiting

Ready to eat the turkey

The TURKEY! He was dee-lish!
I spent a fair bit of time taking Christmassy pictures.
These are a sample...

Bokeh Christmas lights! This was fun, shot through an old CD  with the centre hole covered by starry sequin waste!

Not a HUGE fan of Poinsettias but this little one was a good one to photograph. Still going strong too.

More poinsettias

And then there were THESE Two! My Mum's old Santa Claus salt and peppers. Katherine used to love "posing" them when she was little. 

And a Happy Christmas and New Year to you all.
This is a small sampling of what I was shooting. I also did a LOT of natural materials- dry leaves, milkweed pods, Pomegranates etc. Have a look at my Flickr .

OK, on that cheery note, I am off and I DO wish you ALL the very best for the New Year. Thanks to several of you for following me on Flickr. MUCH appreciated!