• Arts & Crafts Studio,  Life & Living

    PHOTOGRAPHY 101: DAY 1

    I enrolled myself in Photography 101 to kick my butt back into carrying my camera and taking pictures. I love photography, but I have gotten lazy. Today’s assignment focuses on “home and getting oriented.” There are so many ways to…

  • Arts & Crafts Studio,  Travel

    VIBRANT: FRIDAY PHOTO CHALLENGE

    Although I’ve changed living locations, the winter seasons still seem desolate. Whereas Northern Illinois was cold and snowy and dreary, Middle Tennessee is rainy and dreary between episodes of beautiful sunshine. Most of the trees have shed their leaves, as…

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    ENVELOPED BY THE PAST

    If you check with dictionary.com, you will find that one of the meanings of “enveloped” is “to surround entirely.” The Pec Thing is an event that envelopes you with antiques, collectibles, and crafted creations. Even though it rained substantially this…

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    FORCE OF NATURE

    This week’s The Daily Post: Photo Challenge asks for photographers to focus on a force of nature. Living in Northern Illinois, I think the most impressive force of nature encompasses the changes of seasons. In the summer, we experience humid…

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    Autumn & the Kishwaukee River

    When I stepped outside to take Pepper for his morning constitutional, the early crispness in the air beckoned me to explore the colors of autumn with my camera. After coffee and a breakfast of zucchini bread and bacon, I headed…