Thursday, May 26, 2016

Egrets and Turtles

We have a lot of interesting critters to look at out our back windows. This just happened earlier today. All I wanted was a picture of the egret and turtles on the log, and then all this action happened and I had to keep shooting.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. (If you look closely, I swear the egret steps right on top of that first turtle on the left. ☺)

egrets and turtles animation via

Photos were taken with my Canon DSLR Rebel and animated in photoshop. (I sure hope this works when I click "publish". You can click the image to see a larger view. Let me know if you can't see the animation.)

Have a wonderful Memorial Day. 
Thank you for visiting. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year and Goodbye to 2015

Happy New Year 2016 doodle via
made with paper by 53 app

I wish you a wonderful  and peaceful 2016. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Angel and Tree Wood Yard Ornaments, and Some Christmas Google Doodles

All is calm. All is bright. 
All is Calm. All is Bright. via

This fall, my Dad asked me what I wanted him to cut out for me. I drew up some templates, and told him how many of each piece to cut out. I had a plan in my head, but I guess people don't always get my genius. When it came time to put them together, I had to walk him through it. 

Angel/Tree templates via

Angel/Tree templates via

Christmas Angel/Trees via

I think they are mighty cute, and my husband and I just finished painting them this past weekend. 


Also, something I thought was fun are the google doodles from the last few days. Do you know what the google doodle is? I assume most people know, but really I shouldn't assume. 

If you go to the google search page during the holidays, they have special little holiday doodles in place of the GOOGLE name. This week it has been cute little houses and figures that you can cut out and glue together. 

Here they all are in one place for you to print out and glue together. Just click each of the images and you can either print them directly, or save them and print them later. Then, I guess it's pretty self explanatory. Just cut them along the edges and fold along the dotted lines, and then glue the tabs. 

If you'll notice, they all spell out the word, GOOGLE, stylistically. Very cute. 

And here are some little figures that go along with it. 

I don't have a picture of the figures cut out, but here are the little buildings glued together and lined up to spell GOOGLE. Great fun for big and little kids. ;)

Google doodles via

I am wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and a Healthy, Happy, and Peaceful New Year.

Thanks for visiting. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Happy October! Glad We'll Miss Ya, Joaquin!

It's one of my favorites times of the year! Happy October! Happy Halloween month! It's time for things to cool down and for the leaves to start turning colors.

Haunted Gingerbread House via

If you live on the East Coast you are well aware of Hurricane Joaquin, and all the spaghetti monster models showing it's possible path. Well, it now looks like he's going to miss us completely, which is great. But, here in Virginia, we are still getting lots and lots and lots of rain, with some areas already flooding, with more to come.  

Haunted Gingerbread House via

Haunted Gingerbread House via

Haunted Gingerbread House via

Haunted Gingerbread House via

Haunted Gingerbread House via

Alas, everything is pretty much canceled this weekend; all the normal Farmer's Markets, Fall Festivals, Art Festivals, everything. It feels like a good excuse to have a nice, quiet weekend with nowhere to go and nothing to do. I'll take it!

Haunted Gingerbread House via

Haunted House built and decorated by my husband, because if I did it the building would surely collapse. ha. Okay, I did make that fabulous walkway. ☺

My talented sister made the very precious double sided quilt (Halloween on one side, Fall on the other). 

Thank you for visiting! Stay dry!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Charleston, SC and Antiques Roadshow II

Yesterday I told you about our first day on our trip to South Carolina after winning tickets to Antiques Roadshow.

We got up early Saturday morning to head to the convention center for our entry time of 9am. If I remember correctly, this is a 16 hour day for the Roadshow appraisers and crew, and when we arrived people were already leaving with their treasures (or trash) having been appraised.

*all photos taken with an iphone 5s*

Antiques Roadshow Charleston via

This roadshow is such a well-oiled machine. The lines get long very fast, but they move at such a pace that you don't have time to open your folding chairs to sit down. So, if you ever do win tickets to the show, don't even bother to bring them. They will get no use and just be another thing you have to lug around.

Antiques Roadshow Charleston via

Antiques Roadshow Charleston via

If you happen to need special assistance, they will most certainly take care of you, even without you asking. They have tons of happy and helpful volunteers, and they are just that good. 

Antiques Roadshow Charleston via
Jason liked that they even have their own roadshow "crime scene tape".  

Antiques Roadshow Charleston via

I am going to keep an eye out for these jars above to appear on the show because my guess is that they are treasures. ↑

Antiques Roadshow Charleston via

It was really interesting to see all the displays they use gathered in one place. And you can just see behind that cabinet in the middle of the picture above that they are filming there. You can see the lights and the camera man to the right. I believe this was Nicholas Dawes doing a ceramics appraisal back there. 

When you get in the line outside of the filming area, you speak initially with an expert who looks at your treasures and gives you little tickets to the lines you need to be in once you get inside. Our expert told us to specifically see Nicholas Dawes at the Ceramics booth for a little red clay bowl/cup we brought with us. When we did make it to the ceramics queue and got to the booth, Nick was not there, as he was filming another segment, and David Lackey, who couldn't tell us anything about our priceless treasure was very nice and told us to wait for Nick in the chairs behind them. When Nick came over shortly after that, he told us he wasn't certain about it either, and sent us over to the Asian Arts line to speak with Lark Mason. He said, if anyone would know about it, Lark would. 

So, we took our treasure to the Asian Arts queue and told the volunteer very nicely that we were not going to wait in another line and were told to go directly to Lark. Short wait, and we are talking to Lark, who looks over our little red clay cup with abstract etchings and green and gold flecks of paint, and tells us it is probably Indonesian, and part of a tea service, and that it was worth.....nothing. 

As I said, this is the third roadshow I have been too, and I think this is the third time I have had to go from the Ceramics booth to then be sent to Asian Arts booth.  If I've learned one thing from going to the roadshow, it's that Asian ceramics are a two-queue affair. If you first go to the ceramics booth, they will look it over thoroughly, tell you as much as they can about it, and then send you to the Asian Arts booth, and then the Asian Arts booth will do the same and want to send you to the Ceramics booth, and you have to tell them that you were just at Ceramics and they told you to come here. My advice to you. Unless you really want to meet a lot of the appraisers and don't mind waiting a little longer....don't bring any Asian ceramics!

Antiques Roadshow Charleston via
Here is Jason as we line up in the furniture queue with our 200+ year old ladder back chair with it's original seat. 

Karen Keane was our appraiser, and though she went over the chair and it's history very thoroughly, and taught us some things we did not know, she kindly told us our "everyday" chair was worth .....nothing. ha. Yes, something can be that old and still be worth nothing. "But," she said with a smile, "maybe in another 200 years!"

My advice to you...don't bring your ladder back chairs. There are so many of them out there because everyone had them 100, 200 years ago, and now everyone sits them in a corner of a room to just look at and not use, so they last forever.

We also had two very nice little paintings with us, and though they were both quite old, one of which was at least 100 years old, we were told they were nice "tourist" paintings but were worth only about $50 each. So, better than nothing, but no treasures. 

And this, my friends, is what I am guessing happens to 99% of the people that come to the roadshow. It just makes you appreciate even more the treasures that do make it onto the show. After you've been to a roadshow, you realize just how few of us have anything that is a treasure to anyone other than us. 

And one last bit of advice for any future attendees. If you have anything heavy, for your sake and the sake of those in line behind you, get a rolling cart of some kind. Make one if you have to. It's amazing the sights we saw of people dragging their treasures through the lines. Jason and I were talking to the man in front of us in line, (seen in the picture above↑) and the three of us were giggling at two men who had a large sideboard with them that they had to pick up every time the line moved, which was often. The man in front of us has been to quite a few shows, and previous to this one he had a chair for which he easily constructed a dolly with casters and a piece of plywood. This time he had a larger cabinet, and all he had to do was use the same dolly but put a larger piece of plywood on it. Simple. Common sense. You know what? I just had a thought. I didn't even think to ask the gentleman if he'd made it onto the show with his previous treasures. He sure looked like someone who would have something worthwhile, and his red painted cabinet sure did look like a treasure to me. I'll have to keep an eye out for him when this episode airs.

So, that's all, folks. No treasures, but a good time was had.

We were done at the show before noon and had time to go back to our B&B and rest for a few minutes before we headed back out for lunch and more site-seeing. 

Charleston via

Charleston via

Charleston via

Charleston via

Charleston via

Charleston via

Charleston via

St. Philip's Episcopal Church via
St. Philip's Episcopal Church

door at St. Philip's Episcopal Church via
St. Philip's Episcopal Church
On the recommendation of my husband's parents, we had lunch at Dixie Supply Bakery and Cafe. I only mention this because it was the best meal we had all weekend. ↓

Good food at Dixie Supply via

Good food at Dixie Supply via

It's a literal hole-in-the-wall place that we would probably have just walked right by otherwise. It was hotter inside than outside, but it was worth it. Jason had the shrimp and grits, pictured above, and I had a simple chicken wrap, and both were excellent. 

We then walked for what felt like an hour in the heat and humidity (about 2 miles) to the South Carolina Aquarium. The nicely air conditioned aquarium. ;)

South Carolina Aquarium via
Two story Aquarium

South Carolina Aquarium via
Mountain Forest exhibit at SC Aquarium

Sunday we got up bright and early (which is actually a great time to walk around, while there is little activity on the streets and sidewalks, and it's COOL out) and said goodbye to our little B&B....
Charleston via
The Middleton's House in front of our B&B

Charleston via

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge via
Bright and early on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

....and made our way home. Bye Charleston! I hope to visit you again, maybe in the cool seasons. ;)

Thank you for visiting! 
 I hope you can one day make it to a roadshow, and that you have better luck than us. ;)

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