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Flickr, Firsts, and Fun

Favorites week of September 3

Oh, green, how I love thee. Green makes me happy icon_biggrin-flickr-3 You know what else apparently makes me happy this week? Pictures of feet on busy-patterned tiled flooring. It’s funny I should have two images like that in my favorites.

Speaking of my favorites, I found a nifty screen saver today at You can configure it to cycle randomly through your own Flickr photos, images from a group pool, or the photos you have favorited. I’ve got it showing my favorites today, but I’m sure I’ll get tired of that soon and change it to something else. Maybe the Color Challenge pool? The only drawback I’m seeing so far to this screen saver is that it appears to be a memory hog. Every time I try to use my laptop after the ss has kicked in, I have to wait for it to chug along for a few minutes before I can get down to business. I have to see if it’s any better when I don’t use the full screen mode.

blue-yellow set

Ok, now here is something that I found very cool. If you saw last month’s Color Challenge results, you may recognize these plates & bowls as the work of Orly Rabinowitz. And, if you’ve ever checked out my tutorials, you may also recognize that this batch was made in part using my School Spirit cane! I am so jazzed about seeing one of my designs re-interpreted and used in someone else’s work. She did something with it that I never could, and I love that!


This heart was made by Robin Milne at the same Dan Cormier class that I took back in June. The veneer she used was made with my Weave Cane tutorial. Isn’t it great? Once again, somebody took something I came up with, and used it to create an object fairly different than I would have. I’ve seen this heart in person, and it is so smooooooooooooth and shiny – just beautiful.

Are you starting to see a trend here? I get excited, people, when you use my tutorials, and I post about you and your wonderful work, and make you famous! Ok, well, maybe you won’t get famous off of the exposure, but it will give you a warm, fuzzy feeling, I hope. Go check out the tutorials if you haven’t already, and be sure to post what you make to the Flickr group!

You know I took a two-day blogging break, so I’ve got more to talk about – you still with me? Alrighty then, here we go. School started this week.

First day of school

Yesterday was the first day of Second Grade for my Good Son who knows how to smile sweetly at his mother when she holds up the camera and says “smile!”

First day of school

Today was the first day of Preschool Year Two for the Other Son who just doesn’t get the whole smiling sweetly thing at all. sigh

Special Night

He makes a mean Professor Poopypants, though, I must say… Tonight was our “Special Night” and he chose to draw characters out of a Captain Underpants book together. This was the first one we did, and I was duly impressed with his. He doesn’t draw a heck of a lot, so I was actually surprised that it even resembled the character a little. We also drew the Turbo Toilet 2000, and Captain Underpants himself, before putting away the pencils in favor of a quick Curious George episode before bed.

I’ve got one more quick image in me before my bleary eyes totally betray me and force me to close the laptop.


I found these great little white pumpkin-shaped gourds at the farmer’s market this week. I think they are perfect for the Sweet & Sinister Swap and I can’t wait to stick them in with the rest of the loot I am collecting up for this. I hadn’t realized they came in this color until I saw them in a Martha Stewart book, so I was thrilled to find them the first place I looked. I have to go back to that market next week and get myself a big basket of gourds for the coffee table. I love autumnal decorations icon_biggrin-flickr-3

Ok, I’m done. You may go now. Thanks for hangin’ with me. (I was just going to say “enjoy what is left of your Friday night, but I see that unless you are significantly west of my position, it’s already too late…icon_smile-flickr-20)


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5 thoughts on “Flickr, Firsts, and Fun

  1. You need to blog every day!!!! That’s a lot of blog post!! 🙂

    It must be exciting to discover that other people are using your tutorials, and especially to make such pretty things!!!

    I love the photos of the boys, so cute!

    1. Yeah, if nothing else, maybe I should have broken it up and time-delayed one half 😉

  2. I love waking up and reading your blog first thing in the AM 😀 Guess I am going to have to make something out of one of your tutorials….most likely the basketweave one since I love how it looks.

    Your kids just take after you…..especially the younger one 🙂 He is a #1 goofball or so it seems.

    1. I think I’ve just been called a goofball. Well, I never

      1. would *I* do that?????

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