Thursday, July 21, 2011

Another perk of summer!

Hi peeps, I hope you're all having a good week. Mine is about to get better because I'm volunteeringfor the Calgary Folk Music Festival. Not only am I supporting Calgary's culture, but I get to enjoy live music. So awesome!
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Friday, July 15, 2011

July's Contest

This post is perfect for a Friday! I was not keen to do another outdoor festival this year, but the Inglewood Sunfest seemed too good to pass up! The price was reasonable and 30,000 people attended last year.

It's hard to decide what to make and how much. Usually by now I have plenty of new pictures, but the flowers were behind and well, it's just not happening.

Nonetheless I had Mom over on Wednesday for a little work bee. We packaged a couple hundred cards ans magnets. Magnets have proved to be my bread and butter item over the years and it was a pleasant surprise to figure this out. They are a gift that lasts all year and are easy to send with a card. I have tried different ideas over the years, but people are really attracted to magnets (no pun intended!).

Here's this years new images on magnets. Hopefully I will have a few new flower photos by the end of the summer! Just leave a comment and I will pick 2 winners on July 30th at 6pm MTN from all the comments. Easy peasy! The winners will have their choice of one magnet from the above. Good luck!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Hi friends, I'm getting ready for the Inglewood Sunfest at the end of the month, but I thought I would take a minute to share my success! I entered a miniature tapestry in the 2011 Calgary Stampede Western Lifestyles Arts and Crafts Show and brought home a first! In case my American friends are wondering, our first and second places are red and blue. It won its class, but not the section. That honour went to a beautiful, lacey piece of large loom weaving.

I will tell you more about this piece in a few days!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Princess, A Feral Cat

Princess by Calzephyr
Princess, a photo by Calzephyr on Flickr.

My portfolio is often lacking in animals other than horses and birds :-D Princess is a feral cat who adopted my parents over the winter. They have taken to feeding stray cats in their neighbourhood and slowly over the months, Princess has gained their trust. Dad can pick her up now and she plays with him so happily!

She's also a mouser though, and they can't enjoy squirrels and birds in their yard anymore! She will come into the house, but would likely panic if the door was shut on her. I spent today with my folks and I wish she was not so suspicious of the camera, but I am happy to get portrait of her :-)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Stanhope Beach, Prince Edward Island

As I mentioned before, most of my trip to Prince Edward Island was overcast and rainy, but towards the end there were a few good sunny days and it was so fortunate that Wednesday, when I met up with a Facebook friend, that it was super sunny and warm! Like any place, PEI suffers from a touristy syndrome...Mom and I did a bus tour but it couldn't give us all the wonderful local knowledge that Kelly provided for us. She should be doing the tours :-D

The Red Shores Racetrack was not too far from our hotel and Kelly deked in there, where we met some standardbred horses. Then it was off to her Mom's house where we had a lovely homemade surf and turf meal. Lobster is really not for me, but I tried it :-) After constantly eating out, it was so wonderful to eat home cooking.

After dinner it was time to hit the road and we went to Stanhope Beach. I have to admit that I saw a lot of the island, but I had no reference point for anything. We walked on the beach in the evening sun and Kelly explained all the different kinds of sea life that washed up on the shore, such as different shells and seaweed. As a prairie person, the ocean is always fascinating and enjoyable. It's hard to believe that large bodies of water exist :-D

Here's a great picture I took of the boardwalk at Stanhope - wish I was there again!

Boardwalk, Stanhope, Beach, Prince Edward Island

Saturday, July 2, 2011

June Contest Winners

Well, the odds of winning June's contest were very good because the pool was so small :-) Congrats to Pam of Always Artistic and Deb of Crafty Moose Crafts. Yes, the house is indeed Green Gables.

Many people think that L.M. Montgomery's heroine, Anne Shirley, is a real person. Lucy Maud actually didn't live in this house - her cousins did and she visited them frequently. There is a lot to do around the house, such as the Haunted Woods and Lover's Lane walks. The actual house is quite small and charming! Usually it is photographed from the front. I wish it hadn't been so misty when we visited, but there was a serene beauty to the heavy fog.

I took over 400 photos while in PEI and I'm still working on them! I hope to share more soon.