Friday, December 18, 2009

cooped up doggy, christmas creativity and other recent news

**WARNING: Genevieve and Katie this blog entry may contain photos of gifts your family might be getting for Christmas... do not read until after Christmas if you want to be surprised.

These last couple weeks I have been neck deep in Elf mode (well, more like a Christmas project coma - unable to do much of anything else (that I COULD have been doing - like, returning emails, calls, etc). I'm finally making my way out! The packages for my family in Maine went out this morning. Phew!

Note to self: start making my Christmas gifts earlier next year. (Yeah, right, other note to self: I've been around for 36 years and I have never started any earlier than Thanksgiving).

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Skagit
Skagit has suffered miserably the last couple weeks. Not only has Mama been unavailable for back scratches in the evenings (my hands were busy making things), but because of the wicked cold snap we got, Astrid and I couldn't get out with her (I have a rule of thumb.....if it is lower than 25 degrees out it is probably too cold to be out ~ for a tiny little gal who can't move around in the backpack). We did, however, make it to the trail a couple of times. Skagit was in her glory in the photo above! It was SOOOOO cold on that blue sky afternoon.

Astrid
We visited Santa two Saturdays ago and it didn't go well...as you can see...but we had to get the picture for memory's sake....he he he! Torturous Mama!
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Another funny thing that she has been doing lately is to rub her nose on the pages of her books.  I think books and animals are Astrid's two favorite things, and in watching her give the pages eskimo kisses I think it is her way of trying to enjoy the books even more.  Has anyone else experienced this phenomenon?
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(This birdwatcher book, as well as a Duck Identification guide are her current favorites.)

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(She loves pointing out the animals when I ask where each of them is on the page....or she will ask "uts zat?" or "uts zis?")

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Astrid dragged this National Geo Photo Guide off the shelf in our bedroom a few weeks ago and she's been looking at it constantly... She was thumbing through it one day and I happened to glance down and see this inscription. I think sometimes things happen for a reason. Do you?
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Dad almost never wrote letters (I think he wrote one to Frank when he was misbehaving in college - but I think that was it) and he was not usually the one who wrote the inscriptions in books, etc.  That was traditionally Mom's job.  I find it very cool that I came across this right now, since I'm still very much connected with my photography, and planning to make it part of my business in 2010!

Work
I know I don't talk much about work on this site but I have just completed a website that I'm very happy with that I wanted to share.  I have kindled a friendship with a gal I graduated high school with.  Working together with Darcy (Deveau) Lorom we came up with this.  I love her work and I'm constantly inspired by her portraits.  I'll be keeping track of her on her blog, as well.

I also created a banner in Photoshop for a friend's etsy shop.  Dietlind was one of the first and became one of my best friends in college at the University of Southern Maine...when I was 18 years old.  Because of good 'ol Facebook, we were also reconnected this last year.  She is an amazing collage artist, and you should check out her work. 

We did a trade for a piece of her artwork.  It will hang in my (red) bathroom - that I'm in the process of painting - but until then....here are a few photos that Dietlind took.  I am SO in LOVE with it!  She is producing some artwork lately with birds in them and I am so completely drawn to them.  Especially this little bird who is gathering branches for a nest...  and the words are perfect.

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Astrid was taking a bath the other night when she noticed a new piece of art on the wall.  She pointed up to it and her first words were "caw caw caw caw caw". 

She loves birds, just like her Mama.

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Christmas Creativity
For me, these last two weeks have been all about puppets!  I took photos of these guys yesterday before they headed cross country...  Let me tell you, it was no small feat with these characters!  Just when I got them arranged just right one of them would blink or one would pinch another, or they would just start chasing each other around the living room.  It took me about a half hour to get these photos!  I finally had to bribe them with some fudge.
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(I took Astrid's 18 month picture this week. Skagit looked less than excited about another picture.)

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2 comments:

Kelli said...

Elizabeth,
Drew didn't take too well to Santa, either. So, after one year like this one, I decided it just wasn't worth it anymore!!!
He didn't like the tooth fairy coming in his room, either! LOL!

dietlind said...

Astrid just gets prettier and prettier! But man that old picture of us...well, all I can say is you look great, but I am all teeth & gums, bleached hair, round face...yikes!!! ;) Thanks for the great shout out on your sight! I will definitely return the favor. And I LOVE the butterfly mobile. Thank you so much.