Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Sunday Creative: Timeworn

Forgotten Farm House on the Road to our Cottage

Madeline Bea's creative word prompt for the week was "Timeworn". Unfortunately I was too late this week to link up to her challenge but I will try harder to be on time next week!
Please visit Madeline Bea's post to see what everyone else put up.

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Sunday Creative: Illuminate

Finding our Direction

This is a tiny island near our cottage with a navigational windsock for the float planes that occasionally land near by. It makes clear the direction of the invisible wind.

This weeks challenge was "Illuminate".

Illuminate vb 1: To supply or brighten with light: light up 2: To make clear: to bring to the fore 3: To decorate with designs or pictures in gold or colors

Monday, August 23, 2010

Iheartfaces photochallenge week 34-- Beach Fun!

" Beach Fun" Photo Challenge

We were at a nearby beach this week. That was great timing for this weeks challenge.

It is so much fun being a kid!

"Dunk Her!"

Please visit Iheartfaces to see other pictures. There are a ton of entries there and they all seem fantastic to me.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Iheartfaces photochallenge week 33-- Shades!

"Got to Wear Shades" Photo Challenge

This is a new challenge group for me but when I saw the topic of the week I thought yup. I know what to do with this one! Please visit Iheartfaces to see other pictures with very cool shades! It looks like it is a very busy site and they seem to have some interesting tutorials there too.

Bob jumped into the boat so hard that his sunglasses bounced right off his head and into the reeds where we dock our boat. We drove out to our island and Bob changed into a bathing suit and wading gear. We went back to our dock and I sat on the shore with the camera and Bob went "fishing" for his sunglasses. It took a while with him wading and feeling around, encounters with blood sucking leaches and a fair bit of frustration but eventually he found them suspended above the bottom caught in some reeds. I got a picture of the triumphant Bob with his big catch of the day.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Sunday Creative: Ethereal


"Wings of Change"

adj 1.Celestial, Heavenly 2. Exceptionally delicate: airy, dainty

We watched the dragonflies at the cottage last week in amazement. Just before dusk on a hot humid evening I saw darting shadows on the floor of the porch where I was sitting reading. I looked out the window to see what it was. There were more large dragonflies moving around than I had ever seen in one spot before. By time it got just a little darker it went from hundreds of dragonflies to only a couple of shadows flashing past my window.

The dragonflies I saw are only one phase of the little things lives. It is a transformation that leads from an aquatic nymph stage which can last for years and years to the delicate stage of life when it takes flight for only a couple of months until it lays it's eggs and the cycle begins anew.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Sunday Creative: Raw


Land at the Water's Edge

Our daughter, Emily, took some pictures last week and this one seemed to me to be great for this topic. I think it is beautiful. Rock so rough and edgy and worn with time and the water swirls at the edge. It seems so basic and yet so complicated with the striation and patterns of the stone and the circles of the water. Mineral, water and air bubbles and a few touches of moss ~~ elemental.

Thanks Emily for letting us share your photo.

Madeline Bea posted this on her website for this weeks challenge.

adj 1.Not cooked 2. Changed little from the original form; not processed 3. Having the surface abraded or irritated 4. Not trained or experienced 5. Vulgar; coarse 6. Disagreeably cold and damp 7. Unfair

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Sunday Creative: Shapely


What is it to be having a pleasing shape? I think these trees are magnificent!! They are so straight and tall and the angle of the picture really shows off their "pleasing shapes".

Tall Trees in Riding Mountain Park

Statue in the Leo Moll Garden Winnipeg
Photo stylized in Photoshop

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Sunday Creative: Naked


Looking out on so many possibilities.

A world of possibilities are waiting just outside of the window~~
Open, expectant, and ready to see and learn a world of new things.

Madeline Bea, host of "The Sunday Creative" challenges, posted this Webster's definition of the word "Naked"

"To help you, I’m including Webster’s definition so you can grasp the WIDE range of options here:

Naked: 1. Having no clothes on, 2. Unsheathed, 3. Lacking a usual or natural covering, 4. Plain, Unadorned, 5. Not aided by artificial means

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Sunday Creative: TRADITIONAL

Part of our Girl Guide Unit was very privileged to be invited to serve cookies at a traditional Garden Party in honor of Queen Elizabeth II at the Government House of our province. The Queen did a "walk about" to meet the public and a statue of her was unveiled in the garden during the event. Another tradition was the flying of the Queen's flag over Government House for the period of time she was there.

It was a wonderful experience that we won't for

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Sunday Creative: Connect


You can look at our family connecting with nature.. or the bird family's connections.

Whatever.. it was very special to be out there photographing these magnificent loons.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Sunday Creative: Denim


We were at the lake and I was looking for what we had that was denim out there. The first one I admit was a bit staged. The second one was when my husband brought me some lovely wild raspberries he picked by the dock. The light hit the berries so I took a picture and the blue of his denim jeans popped out too.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Sunday Creative: Open


To open ones wings and vibrate in the breeze from the window,
To be open to whatever one will find just the other side of the threshold,
To hold a hand open in a gesture of support and of freedom.
Open to whatever is yet to come,

Wild Roses.
One branch with a bud about to open, one flower fully open to the light, and one whose petals are dropping in the heat of the sun, not knowing that it will soon become a rose hip that holds the seeds of it's own future.

"The Sunday Creative" is a weekly challenge to express yourself creatively using a word prompt.
What a fun idea this project is! This is my very first effort at joining in a blog sharing group so be patient with me please.

Friday, June 18, 2010


This blog is going to be about sharing my creative side. I have projects and ideas and what a nice place this can be to be able to display them or even work on some of them.

I just want this blog to be fun or at the very least a pleasant diversion. Not that I won't be willing to deal with an issue or two here, but sharing my hobbies and interests is my main hope for this space. I want a blog to play with!

I have been a volunteer with the little 5 and 6 year old Girl Guides of Canada and my Guiding name is "Sparkle". One of my other hobbies is an online Christmas list and there I have the nickname of "Sparkle Reindeer". Sparkle -- What a good name for me to use in a blog about my hobbies and interests.