Photo Scavenger Hunt Post 4

This is it – the last one! I have managed to find all but one of the 21 items on the list, but #19 (Fisherman) eluded me, so I took one of the substitutions allowed.

Without further ado, here are my final six photos:

#2 - Theater for performing arts

#2 – Theatre for performing arts

Greytown has a very small population (under 2,000 people), but it boasts its own theatre! It is located behind one of the hairdressing salons, with the entry under the awning you can see down the driveway. We went to a stunning marionette play The Kitchen at the End of the World there last year, and you can read about that here.

#17 - Candle

#17 – Candle

This rather out-of-focus shot was taken at a very special dinner  DH and I had to celebrate our 29th Anniversary.

PSG#17bCandleWe can still hold hands and share a plate of wedges!

#18 Local pub, coffee shop or tea house

#18 – Local pub, coffee shop or tea house

I’m giving you a little bit more here, with a slice of Greytown’s Main Street. There’s the recently-renovated Union Church on the left, Jack & Jill Cafe in the middle, and the Greytown Butchery on the right. I believe Greytown has more eateries per head of permanent population than any other town in New Zealand – there’s lots of choice for diners who can select anything from a quick bar meal right up to Michelin-star quality dining. Jack & Jill Cafe is a great daytime venue, and it has great coffee and lovely food. I also appreciate giving business to someone who supports ours (they use Fantail Grove olive oil).

#19 - A fisherman

#19 – A fisherman

Well obviously this is NOT a fisherman! Rinda gave two allowable substitutions for the items we couldn’t find. I’m claiming one here – a sundial. I hope you can see how accurate this one is: I placed my watch into the shot to showing the time as 1313, and the sundial is reading about 1310!

#20 - A dinosaur (take 1)

#20 – A dinosaur (take 1)

This is one of the many pieces of public art to be found all over the city of Melbourne. Along with the many green spaces and fantastic architecture, the art is one of the hallmarks of this city. Although it’s certainly big enough to be one, I’m not sure it is supposed to be a dinosaur though, so I also submit this next photo:

#20 - A Dinosaur (take 2)

#20 – A Dinosaur (take 2)

The tree across from the library’s big picture window was pollarded in the autumn, and now it looks very much like… a dinosaur. That’s what most of the children who visit our library think, and I agree with them!

#21 - A photograph of you with an artistic tool or craft supply

#21 – A photograph of you with an artistic tool or craft supply

There were no substitutions allowed for this one. I chose to show one of my sewing machines because it was the tool used most for my early creativity (sewing clothing for myself, friends and family), later for my adventures in patchwork and quilting, and now for sewing on paper and cardstock on my scrapbooking layouts and cards.  This photo also represents an understanding reached between me and my new camera: I have mastered the self-timer function!

I’d like to say a big thank you to Rinda for organising this Photo Scavenger Hunt – I’ve had lots of fun finding the items (and almost as much fun thinking of reasons why my maybe-not-quite-what-she-had-in-mind items should be allowed)!



Photo Scavenger Hunt Post 3

Here are my finds for items 12 – 16:

#12 A cloud in the shape of something

#12 A cloud in the shape of something

This was one of the most difficult items to find. For months, every cloud I looked at looked like … a cloud! Finally I looked up as I was closing the gate after coming home from work, and noticed this cloud pattern. To me it looks like the outline of a pine tree, as you might quickly paint or sketch one. I’ll understand if it just looks like clouds to you though.

#13 A fence

#13 A fence

Somewhat embarrassing this – it’s ours. Fortunately it doesn’t actually do anything any more, being a relic of past owners when our property was a livestock farm instead of a horticultural block. Once this fence would have kept stock out of the ‘house garden’, but we’re thinking of taking it down.

#14 A stained glass object or mosaic

#14 A stained glass object or mosaic

This is the floor mosaic in one of Melbourne’s lovely arcades. The woman gazing wistfully into the shoe shop window is my sister; the shop was closed or she would have been inside, trying on a pair or two!

#15 A fire truck or police car

#15 A fire truck or police car

Melbourne has mounted police as well as the ‘normal’ kind. All of them were out in force on this particular evening, ready to police the crowds dispersing from a rally on the refugee issue (very controversial in Australia). As we walked up the street and past the Town Hall where the rally was being held, it seemed there were far more police than demonstrators though.

#16 A windmill

#16 A windmill

This windmill is a water pump, and is located on the Woodville property we visited for a hazelnut pruning demonstration last month. I had no clue as to how or where I was going to bag #16 for the hunt, so I was very pleased to see this!

Photo Scavenger Hunt Post 2

To follow on from #1 and #3-6 yesterday, here are #7-11 (I’m on a roll here folks)!

# 7  A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny

# 7 A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny

We saw this in the jewellery manufacturers’ showroom that was part of our Bargains & Bubbles shopping tour in Melbourne. So true!

#8 A tower - take 1

#8 A tower – take 1

#8 A tower - take 2

#8 A tower – take 2

Take 1 is a nice ‘arty’ shot of the Melbourne Arts Centre Tower from underneath. Take 2 shows the same tower viewed from Federation Square in the dusk. One thing that really impressed us about Melbourne was the variety and quality of the architecture – this tower being but one example.

#9 A photo with someone or something that is clearly out of place or doesn't belong

#9 A photo with someone or something that is clearly out of place or doesn’t belong

This is our library circulation desk. Baby Hugo is clearly not a book waiting to be checked in or checked out, hence he is a perfect choice for #9!

#10  A bench that is outside

#10 A bench that is outside

This rather lovely, traditionally styled bench is outside the Community Supermarket in our town’s main street.

#11 An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc.

#11 An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc.

This is possibly a bit of a cheat, as I think Rinda intended that the photo should come from a special visit to an Aquarium (with a capital A). While Melbourne does have a wonderful Aquarium, I’d visited that on my last visit and didn’t want to go again (it would have taken too many hours away from the principal purpose of our visit – shopping!). This photo was taken in a pet shop – but as I was delighted with the pose of this fish, I’m including it as my entry anyway!

What do you think of my photo choices so far? If you were setting the rules, would you allow my entries for #4 and #11? Have you ever participated in a scavenger hunt (of any kind, not just a photography one)?


Photo Scavenger Hunt Post 1

I’ve been on a scavenger hunt – for photos on topics nominated by Rinda of Gallo Organico blog. The hunt began on 22 June, and participants have until 21 September to complete the list. It’s a Summer list for those in the northern hemisphere, but here in the south I’ve still had fun trying to complete it.

I have five of the first six on the list, and here they are:

#1 An Open Air Market

#1 An Open Air Market

This is just part of the Makers Market which is on every Sunday at the Arts Centre in Melbourne. Sunday was our ‘no shops’ day – but of course that meant that we could happily shop at the market instead!

#3 Town or City Hall

#3 City Hall, Capitol or similar Civic building

This is Melbourne’s Town Hall, and very grandly Victorian it is too.

#4 Airplane

#4 Airplane (or Aeroplane – it’s all the same thing)

I’m quite pleased with my take on this one, catching the sunrise from the aircraft window, with enough of the plane in shot to qualify, I hope!

#5 Sunset

#5 Sunset

This one is from much closer to home – it’s the view from the front gate one clear and about-to-be-frosty evening.

#6 Someone or something taking a nap

#6 Someone or something taking a nap

I might get into trouble with a certain young lady for posting this one….

Recent creativity

I’m doing a Studio Calico on-line class called Pop Off the Page #2 and I’m learning a lot. The community at Studio Calico seems nice too – it’s always good to get supportive comments and the general scrapbooking forum is full of ideas.

Here are two pages I have just posted in the Studio Calico Gallery:

Fly BoyThis page features a few photos of DS helping to sweep up some of the dreaded Cluster Flies that plague us during March and April if there’s been a damp summer. I loathe the little horrors and the daily ‘sweep up’ of the buzzing hordes of dying insects really gets me down. It was so nice to have the job done for me in my scrapping space one weekend when DS was home. Although the drought this year has been hard on many, at least it’s meant we have been almost Cluster-Fly-free!

A Mother's LoveThis page is about my dear friend Mary’s last sewing project – a quilt she made for her daughter’s 21st birthday. She poured her love into every stitch, so the result was very special indeed. The photos are from 2010 and Mary died at the very beginning of the following year; it’s taken me a while to be able to write what I wanted to say about working with her to create this extra-special gift.

The background to the layout was inspired by one of the POTP#2 videos. It is fabric – first painted with gesso, then misted, stencilled, stamped and stitched. It is very pretty with a shimmer from some of the mists I used, and I think it almost does justice to the quilt.

I love this project – especially now it’s finished

Album coverRight through 2012 I tried to take a photograph every day. If I missed a day I didn’t stress about it, I just took an extra photo the next day (usually of something that would have been the same the day before).

Title pageThis is the title page – the easiest to complete because it was a simple “fill the slot” page, and all the components came in the Project Life Amber Edition kit. I’d purchased this in late 2010, but didn’t use it for 2011 as I took a break from the photo-a-day thing.

March spreadThrough the year I placed the photos (7 for every week) into the slots in the divided page protectors, and filled the other slots with journalling and bits and pieces I picked up.

August spreadI was still going strong in August. My routine was to sort out the week’s photos on Sunday evening, and then print them out in draft quality on plain paper. On Monday night I’d complete each week’s spread, slotting in the images and writing about the events of the week, using the collected ‘ephemera’ from my handbag, mailbox and recycling bin to create mini collages for any slots left over. Every couple of months I would take advantage of a printing special at Harvey Norman and get the images printed, slotting the photos in place of the paper place-holders. I kept up with that routine until mid-September, when I started getting behind. I did a big catch-up at Stamp Camp in early November, but the rest of the album had to wait until this weekend to be finished.

Blog-PL-Complete-5But finished it is!

This year I am continuing to take a photo every day, but I will return to the format I used in 2010 when I create my album.


My signature

It’s no secret that I love to create and place a high priority on carving out creative time in my schedule.

My sewing machine is often used to create colourful quilts. While I enjoy the process of making them, the process of giving them to the recipient is actually more fun:

I made a quilt for my niece, using lots of different cat fabrics. This was so she could have cats on her bed even in the university hostel!

The first quilt that was entirely of my own design was a play-quilt (again featuring cats), made for my great-niece. Seeing her move the cats around their various homes on the quilt was such a thrill.

I have also enjoyed making albums for non-scrapbooking friends to easily show off their baby photographs (this one is based on a template shared by Angie Lucas in the Nove/Dec 2007 issue of Simple Scrapbooks):

As well as making gifts, my enthusiasm for hand-made items has led to work with children to create colourful art and crafts. There is something almost magical in children’s enthusiasm for learning and enjoyment in their finished product:

After a holiday craft session at the library, the children happily posed with their decorative kites – look at the wide smiles (but mine was probably wider!).

Through this reflection I have learned that I am happy to have ‘handmade’ as a signature trait. I have also learned that I am grateful for the photo organisation system DH has imposed on the photo files in the computer – I can find what I am looking for!