Dec 23, 2009

Letters from The Man in Red

So, the kids received letters from Santa! And I did not send the letters. He knew exactly what accomplishments from this past year have landed them on the GOOD list, their ages, what they got last year and even what they'd like this year. How does he know all this? I think his elves have been busy collecting this much needed data.

Sarah tore right into hers and couldn't wait to read it.

(Well, I have video of her reading her letter but can't seem to get it to upload. Will try again later.)

Dec 21, 2009

Nov 20, 2009

just some silliness

four friends + fun music + no inhibitions = great memories

Hope you are having a happy Friday!

Nov 11, 2009

Veterans Day

I picked up my son from school on Tuesday and he pointed out all the flags that he, as part of the Student Council, had put in the front lawn.

I asked him why they had done this and he said something about soldiers. I took this as an opportunity to explain Veterans Day (which of course meant that I needed to Google it when we got home!)

Here's what I found out from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

I'd like to thank our Veterans for their sacrifice for our country. I am very proud to be an American.

Nov 5, 2009

halloween and Christmas

Yes, I need to start with another apology about how long it has been since I updated the blog. I don't know about you, but now that Halloween is over, my mind is on Christmas.

Let me interject a few Halloween pictures here because you know I can't post without some photos or video! And I am reminded once again that I should take their photos the day BEFORE Halloween or some other time because on the actual day of trick-or-treating they have absolutely no interest in having pictures taken! But this year we had Snow White and a hobo (while a perfectly fine, newly bought Army guy costume is wadded up in the boy's closet.)

The kids had a wonderful time and got a huge loot. I have decided to let them eat as much candy as they want, hoping that they will either a) get sick of it or b) run out! So far, neither has happened.

Alright, on to Christmas because even though Thanksgiving is the next big holiday, I don't really have much to say about Thanksgiving. I think I cruise past Turkey Day because we always travel to New Jersey for Thanksgiving at my sister-in-law's so we really don't do any preparation. And this year, we are all terribly excited about only having a 3.5 hour drive vs. an 11 hour drive.

So, as I was saying, my mind is on Christmas. I've been reading a few blogs about how to destress and a few blogs with great gift ideas and I as I find things that just WOW me, I'm going to share them here.

I'm not sure the proper blog etiquette of just ripping off someone else's post, but Karen Ehman says it much better than I could. I'll give you just a taste of what she writes and encourage you to hop on over to her blog for the full scoop. I saw Karen in person at a Hearts at Home conference and appreciated how genuine she is. Hopefully her tips will help make your Christmas a Frazzle-Free Holiday.

from Karen's blog:

Re-evaluating the holidays.

About 10 years ago, I was one frazzled mom when it came to the holidays. The baking, decorating, Christmas cards, shopping, stocking stuffing and such had me in a complete tizzy. I was exhausted trying to create the perfect Christmas. And I wanted to include activities that I thought my kids expected. I also tried frantically to recreate some of my own holiday memories through baking and cooking things my mother had fixed when I was growing up. And, of course, I had to shop for the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers that would draw oohs and ahhs from my family on Christmas morn.

Face it. Moms often fall into this hectic, horrible holiday trap. And it leaves us feeling tired mentally and physically.

Well, that Christmas I had had it!

So, one wintry day, I called a meeting.

I gathered my family and decided to solicit their honest opinions about how we celebrate the holidays.

It was the best thing I ever did.

Holiday Re-evaluation Survey

Gather everyone in your home. Answer the following questions. Encourage one and all to be honest in their responses. The goal is to discover your unique way of celebrating the holidays and help alleviate some of the Yuletide “Yikes!”

* What has been your favorite tradition that we have done over the years and why?
* What has been your least favorite holiday tradition and why?
* Have any adults share their favorite memory of their holidays growing up. Did it have to do more with money or with people, with getting or with doing?
* Can you think of any new tradition you would like to start celebrating and why?
* What holiday foods do you really love and most look forward to?
* What holiday foods could you do without?
* How can we divide up tasks during the holidays so all of the responsibilities don’t fall on already over-stressed mom?

I plan on doing this survey Friday night with my family and I'll share the results here. I'm thinking if you only have little, little children, this might just be a conversation between you and your spouse. But, if you have older kids, I bet they would love to be involved. What do you think? Are you going to to do this survey, too?

Oct 26, 2009

future me

So, if you could write a note to yourself to read in one year or 5 years or 10 years, what would you say? Well, here's your chance.

Future Me. Org

From the site:
here's the story:
two fellas started this here site so that you could write yourself a letter to be delivered at a later date. we've all had to do them in high school and college. it's sorta cool to receive a letter from yourself about where you thought you'd be a year (two years? more?) later. is based on the principle that memories are less accurate than emails. we strive for accuracy.

I've thought about doing this. I think I would like to send one to my kids that they could read on their 18th birthday or some other significant milestone. Maybe I'll send one to myself to read on my 50th birthday or 25th anniversary. Or maybe a mission statement for our family for one year from now and see how we're doing?

What do you think? Is this a cool site or a waste of time?

Oct 16, 2009

the fun theory

The internet is full of some really great stuff. Watch this video from The Fun I like what the site says:

This site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.

After watching this little video, right away got thinking about how I could make those everyday, mundane chores a bit more fun. I know for me, even just turning on the radio helps. But maybe putting on an old pair of socks and 'dusting' my wood floors? Shooting hoops with the dirty laundry? Do you have any tips that back up the Fun Theory? Let's hear them.

Oct 14, 2009

a full moon

In keeping with the October/Halloween/Autumn theme, here's a photo I snapped a few nights back. If you're interested, I'll share how I did it.

In other words, if you want to know, leave a comment asking.

Oct 9, 2009

the monster mash

Halloween will soon be here. Here's a little video to get you ready for trick-or-treating.

Try JibJab Sendables® eCards today!

I had made one of these a few Christmases ago with dancing elves and we watched it over and over just giggling. You can make your own JibJab Sendables here. So, are you planning on dressing up for Halloween this year? Will you go scary or sexy? Let me know.

Oct 2, 2009

best dollar spent ... ever

At least that's what my daughter would have to say about this little gem she picked up at the dollar store.

Sep 28, 2009

my husband rocks!

Okay, just a true fact.

My husband rocks! He really does. I'm trying to make some plans to have his upcoming birthday be really special for him. Not that he cares, but because I want him to know how much I appreciate him. I'm thinking that as long as there is chocolate involved, he will be happy.

But thinking about how great he is reminded me of this site, Union 28, that I found awhile back that celebrates marriage. Too often, it's easy to focus on the negative aspects of any relationship and I like it that this couple chose to celebrate each other.

Union28 (formerly From*me Tees) was started by a married couple who knows what it is like to work through hard stuff and yet stay together and stay committed, choosing to forgive and be forgiven, only to grow in our love for each other MORE through it all.

One of the great and wonderful mysteries of life is that loving each other in action--what we do and say--produces romance. Everything in our culture today teaches the opposite, that romance turns into love, but nothing could be further from the truth. Love is a choice and we decide how we're going to treat each other in the good and in the not-so-good times. What a hope-giving reality that a strong, loving, thriving relationship can be built, simply by changing how we interact with our spouse.

So, do you love someone who rocks? Would you be proud or embarassed to wear a tee proclaiming it to everyone?

Sep 25, 2009

the dancing baby

So, you have probably already seen this but I thought it was too cute and didn't want you to miss it.

*** PLEASE NOTE *** There will be an advertisement after the video that is constantly refreshing and I have no idea if it will be appropriate viewing, so be ready with the mouse if this concerns you.

Is Beyonce's video just making the rounds this year or what?

Happy Friday! Hope you have some fun plans for the weekend.

Sep 18, 2009

time-lapse video

Saw this time-lapse video last week when I was blog hopping. Thought I would share it here because I think the idea of time-lapse photography is pretty cool and the mural is pretty great. I'm always impressed with artists.

An introduction:

The “video” is really a series of photographs, one taken every 30 seconds and played back at 24 photo’s a second. A total of 6,357 photo’s were taken, representing over 54 hours of work.

Th Big Boy Room from Creede on Vimeo.

The video was originally posted on Grassroots Modern, which is a new blog I just found and am really enjoying. As much as I love our new home, I've already told Scott that our next home is going to be modern. He wasn't sure what I met, but he thought it sounded expensive. It probably is, but a girl can dream. I've bookmarked this site, Hometta, on Modern Home House Plans for when we're ready.

Sep 16, 2009

The Perfect Picture Wall

I've had this site bookmarked for a long time:

The Perfect Picture Wall

From the site:

What is it?

Simply revolutionary!

ThePerfectpicturewall™series1000 is a complete system for hanging the enclosed 10 picture frames quickly and precisely anywhere in your home or business. It uses our revolutionary and Patented "Pre-View” Template technology allowing you to determine placement, height and character of frames all without measuring and before the first hook is ever entered into your wall.

The easy to use templates safely adhere to any surface allowing you to “Pre-View” what the frames will look like prior to hanging them.

The templates also have a unique leveling system so that all frames will be accurately positioned and level every time. The “Pre-View” templates can be moved multiple times to different locations, above a buffet or couch, around a corner or up the stairs until you are completely satisfied with the location. Apply in just moments what formerly took hours of tedious trial and error! You only need a hammer, everything else is included.

No measuring, figuring or fuss and…no mistakes!

Every detail has been carefully considered. ThePerfectpicturewall™ is architecturally designed to fit industry building standards for walls and stair cases. Additional sets of ThePerfectpicturewall™ can be added to accommodate larger walls and staircases.

Select from a variety of finishes and frame widths to suit any Classic or Contemporary setting.

Classic or Contemporary settings…the possibilities are endless!

I think it's an absolutely fantastic idea. The frames and templates allow you to easily create a perfectly polished photo gallery. You can even buy them 'preloaded' with images. How great are these?

I'm particularly drawn to this gallery that is on the vertical, versus horizontal.

I know. This is something that you could do yourself. But, I've been around the block a few times when it comes to buying and hanging frames and I cannot tell you how much this product inspires me. There's something to be said for the convenience of having it all worked out for you.

Has anyone used this product? I'd love to know your thoughts.

Sep 15, 2009

Trek to The Big House

Been busy this past week getting ready and recovering from our trek to Ann Arbor. We made the drive for the Michigan -Notre Dame game and had a great time. The noise in The Big House was unbelievable and the fact that they won made the whole trip that much sweeter.

On a business side, are you enjoying these videos? Is this something you'd want from your photo session? Let me hear from you.

Sep 9, 2009

Possible Michigan Sessions

I've had my Michigan clients contacting me, asking if I'm making a trip to the Great Lake State this fall for the oh-so-popular mini-sessions. Well, if the interest is there, I'll be there.

*** 11:00, 1:00, 1:30 ***

10:00 - DAISY, 10:30 - SEYMOUR, 11:00 11:30 - SMITH, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00 - O'ROURKE, 2:30 - JACOBS, 3:00 - THERRIEN, 3:30 - SARGENT
Location: Our favorite locale at Quarton Lake

-15-20 minute session
-maximum of 8 online proofs
-proofs shown in Rebecca's choice of black and white or color


(24) 5 X 7 folded holiday cards plus (1) gift print (size 8 x 10 or smaller)


-includes your choice of
(3) gift prints (size 8 x 10 or smaller)

Additional 8 x 10 prints at $55 each
Additional 5 x 7 prints at $40 each
Additional set of 24 cards at $ each
In addition to purchase of a Collection, complete set of digital files at $300

Checks payable to Rebecca Redman will be the only accepted form of payment and due prior to October 5th. There is no additional purchase required but there is a full pricing sheet for additional orders. Call or Email today to book your preferred time. I would appreciate you passing the information along to interested friends. If all 10 sessions are booked, I will see you then.

Sep 4, 2009

just some fun

I can't believe it's been over a month since I updated the blog. Whoops. And, yes, I always say that. It's amazing how time just slips away. Anyway, here's just some shots for fun. This morning I was reading my friend's blog, Nicki's Thoughts, Art & Friends. She blogged about a photo prompt from Steve Gallow's blog, A Year in Photos. The photo prompt was to take a picture from inside your mailbox. Seeing as how I did a Project 366 last year and only blogged it four about four months, I think it's great that Steve is hanging in there. I grabbed my p&s, hit the self-timer and was in. So, thanks, Steve, for the inspiration to be posting again.

First attempt. The camera on auto, self-time for 10 seconds, and voila.

Tried it again, but didn't care for the neighbor's house. But I did like the off-center composition.

The girls saw what I was doing and wanted in on the action.

And thought I would try moving the camera to the front of the mailbox instead of the back of the mailbox. Yikes, that's a whole lot of my face!

I tried a few more but kept getting the neighbor's house in the background. It seemed that no matter how I angled the camera, it just kept popping up. It wasn't until I was looking at the pictures on my laptop that I realized the difference was where I was standing ... not the camera. The first snap was the only one where I was standing to the left side of the mailbox. After that I was always standing on the right. I thought about running back out and trying a few more from the left side but realized that since this was just for fun and I probably wasn't going to do anything else with these photos except post them here, decided it just wasn't worth the effort.

So, I went back to the first image, tried a square, off-center crop and ran an 'embossing' action in Photoshop to make it pop a bit more. Add a thin, black keyline and a white border and you get this:

Fuji FinePix F50fd

Shutter Speed: 1/530 s
Exposure Program: Normal Program
F-Stop: f 4.0
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 8.0 mm (35 mm)
Flash: Fired

You know, I suppose this didn't have to be a self-portrait. The two examples I saw were both self-portraits so that's what I had in my head. I suppose it could have just been a landscape but didn't think of that until this moment.

Jul 14, 2009

i heart faces

I ♥ Heart Faces
is a fun blog that has a weekly photo contest. This week the contest is Sports in Action. Here's one of the boy from this past week's baseball tournament. Look at that determination! If you want the details, leave a comment and let me know.

Jul 7, 2009

fantastic giveaway!

So, you've heard my blog before about Catching Fireflies. When we lived in Royal Oak I would visit the Berkley store and after we moved to Lake Orion I would hit the Rochester store. Now that I'm in New York, I have to visit the blog and site but, I still get my Catching Fireflies fix and am hoping to make a stop on my trip to MI this summer.

But Catching Fireflies is seriously a great gift store. I can always find just the right thing when I head on over there. Right now April is offering a fabulous giveaway.

Now that summer is in full swing, we've got some great ways to stay refreshed on steamy evenings... 500 smoothies & juices recipe book, funny cocktail napkins, an amusing gurgle pot and ice kabobs ($70.35 value!) Head on over to the blog for all the details and good luck!

Jul 2, 2009

just one shot

Sometimes, all you need is one shot. We took a day trip into Philly and as we were walking into Betsy Ross's home, my son pointed out, "That's a big tree." As I was walking, I looked up, snapped the picture and walked in the house.

Fuji FinePix F50fd
Shutter Speed: 1/90 s
Exposure Program: Normal Program
F-Stop: f 2.8
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 8.0 mm (35 mm)
Flash: Fired

Looking back over the photos from the trip, I enjoyed this one. I thought the angle of shooting up into the tree made it look large and looming. I also incorporated the rule of thirds in this image. With the rule of thirds, you imagine dividing the horizontal and vertical into thirds and placing a point of interest at one of the intersections. In this case, the trunk of the branch runs along a vertical third and then the branches run along a horizontal third.

Since I was happy with this straight out of camera crop, I wondered which I would prefer ... color or black and white. For the color, I played with the curves and for the black and white, I added a bit of a vignette. So, which do you prefer?

Jun 25, 2009

owego strawberry festival

The strawberries were as big as your head!

Last Friday we made our first venture to the Owego Strawberry Festival. And we had a super time. Kettle corn. Lemonade. Fresh strawberries. Jugglers and magicians. It was a nice family night. Even before we left, I had an idea of taking a photograph to make a strawberry look 'as big as your head.' And I knew just what to do.

I needed to take advantage of lens distortion. Have you seen those images where a dog's nose looks super big? Or maybe you notice that a lot of closeups that you take of your children, they look a bit off? It could be due to lens distortion. The wider your focal length and the closer you physically put the lens to the subject, you get distortion where what's closest to the lens looks larger than it really is. So, I sat the girl down, handed her a strawberry and told her to hold it at arms length in front of her. I lowered the camera so that the strawberry was in line with her face. SNAP.

See how the strawberry is blurred but the background is in focus? I realized that in order to get close enough for the distortion to play into the image, that I got so close that the camera was unable to focus. Your camera (and your lens if you have a SLR) has a minimum focusing range. If your lens is not at least that distance from the subject, the camera will not focus. So, I switched to macro mode on my camera and was able to get in closer. Usually macro mode is designated by a flower.

Okay, now I'm getting somewhere. When I had switched to macro mode, I also turned off my flash. That's because I know from past experience that I do not like the combination of macro + flash with my p&s. It tends to over expose the subject and drastically darken the background. So much that I don't like the results. But without the flash, I needed the subject to be still so I didn't get any movement blur. Since the girl has a hard time being still, I called in the boy.

Now, I had already repositioned myself so that I didn't see the green garbage can in the background, had the boy relatively still, lowered myself so that the strawberry was lined up right in front of his face and SNAP. But, bummer, see the guy walking in the background?

So, I had to take another image. This time I got what I was going for. A strawberry as big as your head (notice that the strawberry had to be held away from his face and I had to get physically close to the camera ... I was at the widest angled and moved myself in ... I did not zoom in the lens as that would not provide the distraction I was going for). Just did a quick curves adjustment in PS to pop the color, cropped and tada.

Fuji FinePix F50fd
Shutter Speed: 1/120 s
Exposure Program: Normal Program
F-Stop: f 2.8
ISO: 800
Focal Length: 8.0 mm (35 mm)
Flash: Did not fire
Macro Mode

Jun 18, 2009

new purpose of the blog

Okay, so I've been trying to figure out how I want to use this blog now that I don't have a photography business. I am not enough of a domestic diva to have a 'mom' type blog where I talk about how frugal I am, share recipes, and keep my kids entertained.

I am not a decorating queen and need help! Kendele, why do you have to be so far away?!?

I was thinking of trying to use the blog for some kind of online ministry but I'm just not feeling that either because I'm not sure where my gifts are.

So, what I am going to attempt to do is what I've always done. Photography. And teaching. I've decided that the RRPD of Rebecca Redman Photography and Design will now stand for RRPD meaning Rebecca Redman Photographic Diary or maybe even Photographic Diagram. Here's my thought. The blog will just be little photographic snippets into my life which should keep family and friends updated on the goings on of the Redmans in New York. And in the process, I'll try to explain how I arrived at said picture. What camera did I use. What lens. What other shots were taken in attempt to get "the" shot.

So, I'll try to poast 2-3 times a week and keep it interesting. I really enjoy reading comments so please, don't email me ... just post them here. If you have a question, just ask. And if I find the time, I'll answer.

So, let's give it a go with The Peony.

I'm realizing I'll need to do a post to introduce the two cameras I have but for now, let's just let you know that these were taken with my Fuji P&S (that's point and shoot for all not familiar with the photo lingo!)

First, the peonies were really looking beautiful so I ran out to snap a few pics before the kids showed up home from the bus:

Not bad, but closer is better so I zoomed in:

Then I remembered hearing about how photographers would place a piece of white posterboard behind flowers in the garden so I ran back in and grabbed a white piece of paper. Realizing this would be too flimsy, I grabbed the cardboard photo paper box, too. Ran back out and held it behind the flower.

Noticed that I was having a hard time getting rid of the green foliage on both sides of the peony, I zoomed in to photograph the peony off centered with just the white background. This turned out to be my favorite composition. All I did for post processing (I use Adobe Photoshop) was to clone out the line you see (that's from where the paper did not cover the cardboard box completely) and bump up the curves a bit.

Ta da. Didn't even need to crop this baby. This is an in-camera crop and I am digging it. Digging it so much I even incorporated it into my new blog header!

May 29, 2009


Thanks to my sis and BIL for turning us onto Jim Gaffigan. He's a comedian who happens to be funny without being vulgar. How's that for something new? Check out this clip on escalators and if you love that one, be sure to watch the ones on camping and bacon (which is probably my sister's favorite!)

And for all you Michigan peeps, he's performing at Meadow Brook Music Festival on August 7th. If we were still there, I think that would definitely be a date night.

May 28, 2009

an online workshop

Hey Ladies,

I just registered for this online conference, A Woman Inspired, and thought some of you might be interested too so here's the scoop:

Do you want to know how to begin and succeed in online ministry?

Join us June 8th - 11th!

Modern technology has opened up new doors of opportunity for ministry. Women who were once confined to space and time due to duties at home can now finish their tasks and sit down to a whole new mission field; one that knows no limits. It is the Internet.

How do you begin? What should your boundaries be? Must I Twitter and Facebook? If so then what are the advantages. Are these friendships that you are forming real or imagined? Do you need a blog? How can you branch out?

We have a team of ladies who are very educated in the ways of the internet and online ministry. They can show you how to begin, maintain, branch out, and even how to deal with adversity. This conference is for anyone who is ready to make a difference via the internet.

An online audio conference uses the Internet as a conference venue. What this means to you is that you will be able to access the conference from anywhere in the world using standard browser software which we provide. This software is compatible with all computers including Macs and it is provided by us, to you, with the cost of admission. All you need is a computer, internet connection, and speakers!

The conference will happen in real time but it will be recorded so if you can’t be there then you can still download the sessions to listen to at your convenience.

We are offering a free starter guide to beginning your own ministry online. Everyone who purchases a ticket between now and May 29th will receive the free e-book. Get your ticket for only $12.95! Don’t let time slip away… register now!

If you register, let me know and we can compare notes!

May 18, 2009

just needed to post

This post is short and simple. Looking back at old photographs, I ran across this series of pictures we used as a thank you for my son's kindergarten teacher. That was the year he learned to read. He sat there reading Frog and Toad and I was just amazed. Three years later and I can still find him lounging on his bed reading.

What a great gift his teacher was able to give him .. the gift of reading.

May 6, 2009

funny video

So, I've been busy painting and dying to post some pics to the blog but I need to clean up and get the "after" pics so give me a day or two. In the meantime, here's a funny video I stumbled across.

Apr 20, 2009

back at the blog

So, it's been 11 weeks. Have you missed me?

Wait, don't answer that. I like to live with the illusion that people actually ready and enjoy the blog.

Anywhoo, I've been thinking about this blog and what I'm going to do with it since I don't have a photography business anymore. But, I do enjoy blogging and feel like maybe I could provide something useful here. So, bear with me over the next few weeks as I try to find my voice. I'll blog about photography, my new home, my lack of motivation and organization skill at said new home, my faith, parenting, other cool blogs, fun videos ... basically anything that strikes my fancy. I'm hoping that after a bit, I'll figure out what I enjoy blogging about the most, what readers enjoy reading the most and try to narrow down the focus (no pun intended).

So, if you're reading and something I write makes any kind of impact on you, please leave a comment. That way I'll know I'm on the right track.

To start, a photography related post.

Want to take a picture of the whole world? Pretty cool but pretty impossible, too. But, we can each do our part and take a photo of our corner of the world then upload it to Earth Mosaic and let them do the hard stuff. They're coordinating this with Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd. Just check out their site for all the details. I'll have another post and all who have participated can share.

Earthy Mosaic

I first read about this on Photojojo which has all sorts of fun ideas for DIY projects with photos.

Oh, and I guess I need to post some picture so here's a photo of my two. The reason I'm here at this blog and not at a 9-5 job.

Jan 11, 2009

it's January

Yay! It's a brand new, fresh year! (Trust me, you'll laugh at that later!)

Okay, I spend way too much time on the computer and one of the ways I spend my time is reading other blogs. I think it's something to do with the Nosie Nellie in me. Anyway, Catching Fireflies is one of my most favorite places to wander around when I need a little pick me up. On my birthday this past week, I took advantage of their 20% birthday discount and picked up these goodies for myself.


key finder

paper weight

April, the owner, keeps a fantastic blog of all things whimsical and she blogged about hoops and yoyo. So, I went to the website.

And yes, this did make me laugh out loud!