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September already!  Wow! Thought it was about time for an update for those of you following my blog. To begin with, I just found out that I am one of the Top Ten finalists in the Organic Gardening Magazine photo contest! I cannot even begin to express how excited I am about this news. The following is a link to the photo contest, my image is number 3. Because I want to make sure there isn’t a conflict in showing the image on this page, I will ask you to click on the link to check out the image as well as view the other finalists. I will show another one of my bee images at the bottom of this blog post.  I took both images with the same camera. The photo for the competition was taken using my Canon Powershot. Yes, that is correct, I use a point and shoot as I currently do not have a professional level SLR. People always seem surprised when I tell them what camera I use.  I have always been one of those make the best of what you have type of people and I have been very happy with the results of my macro shots using my Canon Powershot. I won’t deny that I would love to upgrade in the near future, possibly by winning this contest! Online voting is open through the end of this month and you can vote once a day if you want. I appreciate your votes as it will help bring me one step closer to winning.

I have a passion for taking photographs of bees. I have been following any news posts I can find on the disappearing bee. I have had conversations with a man at the local farmers market regarding his bees, the quality of the honey production, and their dropping numbers. I have expressed my interest in bees to other artists and have been sending out feelers for other artists that might want to participate in an art show to raise awareness to what is happening to bees and how it will effect all of us.  Not just in terms of the sweet honey the bees provide but in the pollination of our plants.  Ah, the interconnectedness of life!

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December first is here. WOW, where has this year gone? After achieving my NaNoWriMo writing goal I began to think about the Resolutions I made at the beginning of this year. I am happy to say that I have kept with my blogging goal. I feel that if you are going to blog, then you really need to do it, even if some of the posts are short in length. I personally find it disappointing when someone starts a blog and then doesn’t update it. I’ll go back a few times to check but after that my desire to check it wanes. So that being said, I have done my best to update with posts on the average of once a week. With only 4 weeks left in this year, I am confident I can maintain the rest of this year and uphold my own resolution. I am a little bit behind on my goal of my twelve new born hats but I will be returning to that this week and am confident I can meet that goal as well. In truth, the hats work up fairly quickly. I have already donated some of the hats I did make this year to several different charities. I promised a very special lady a dozen hats for the New Born ward at her hospital so I plan on making twelve hats before the end of the month to send to her.

What has currently been on my hook, aka crochet project, started off to be a rug but has since evolved into the beginnings of a market bag. A girl can change her mind you know! My Mom sent me the crochet hook I am using for the project. The hook actually lights up and you can practically crochet in the dark! Thanks Mom, it works great!
Here is a picture of the bag in process.

FREECYCLE…
Yesterday being the last day of the month I decide to list a bunch of items on my local Freecycle group. I posted a dozen or so items and the experience has been very interesting. I love the idea of keeping usable items out of the landfill. Sometimes you have an item that you just no longer have a use for but you hang onto it because it is too good to just throw away. I found I had one of those piles. So I took several hours taking measurements, writing descriptions, taking pictures and submitting my “OFFERS”. I probably did not need to take that long but this was my first time posting so many items at once and I wanted to make sure to do it right and make less work for the volunteer moderators that check each listing.
Our Mod had sent out a message suggesting that perhaps we(the group) could find some items that were no longer needed(or wanted) and maybe they could make someone’s holiday season a little brighter. I took that to heart as I began my clearing out process. I know I have more to clear out but I made the first step in what I believe makes a difference in this world. I met several nice people in the process. I heard from single moms, families, individuals, and some of the recently laid-off population. They touched my life and I am grateful. Grateful for what I have and also grateful for what I can share.
Have you thought about what you can do to make a difference? Sometimes what we perceive as the littlest thing, or no big deal, might make a huge difference in the life of someone else. I know this has been true in my life. Thank you to those of you that have touched my life.

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I wanted to let everyone know that there is a sale through Fine Art America for 15% Off All Frames, Mats, and Stretched Canvases. “Fine Art America is pleased to announce our first-ever online sale.   Now through November 8th, all frames, mats, and stretched canvases are 15% off.” For more details on the fine print of the sale click here.  To visit my on-line galleries directly, click here. Don’t forget to enter the promo code FALL09 (see details on the sale link).  Happy shopping!  Sales everywhere….can you tell that December is just around the corner?

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I knew the Fiesta was today, but still I had it in my head that I was going to get my veggies at the Farmers Market.  I got there to see the roads blocked off but was still hoping that I would see my favorite veggie stand setup. No luck.  Instead I decided I had to take my camera out and snap a few pictures.  My Dad loves looking at old cars. So Dad, here are a few pics for you.  And also some pics for others reading too!

There are still many hours left so if you read this in time and are nearby, check it out!  There was also a firetruck that was letting kids go inside the truck and giving out red plastic firefighter hats to the little kids. I think going into a firetruck is an awesome experience for a kid( and maybe some adults too).  I have to say that I have had the pleasure to meet several firefighters locally and they were all great guys.

OH! I almost forgot to add that outside the Fiesta there were some kids selling lemonade and homemade cookies.  I had to stop and get two glasses. 🙂

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I’m a little slow at posting these pictures but here is a brief glimpse of the San Clemente Ocean Festival 2009.

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7-8-9 As timing worked out today is the launching of my on-line gallery!  I know it has been in the works for quite some time.  Thank you for all your support and patience!  Here is my first email regarding the new gallery….if you didn’t receive it in your email account that means I don’t have your email! If you would like to receive it please use the contact form tab and send me a request.  I would be happy to send you updates!

July 8th, 2009 – 01:32 PM

 My new on-line gallery!

Welcome to the premiere of my on-line art gallery. Why an on-line art gallery? The basis of my friends and family has grown worldwide and I find my sense of community growing as well. What better way to share my artwork with all of you than through the Internet? As a seeker, I am continually searching for ways to break boundaries particularly those self-imposed. So here we are, the boundaries of space are broken. Time zones and physical locations no longer hinder this sharing.

 Several months ago I gave a friend a private showing of some of my photographs. She told me, “You need to stop hoarding your art and share it with the world!” After several long face-to-face discussions with people on both sides of the United States, I found the gumption to commit to my on-line gallery.

 We begin this first journey by pausing to breathe in the moment and taking a closer look. Looking at the pauses, we experience moments in time captured through photography. This first collection is filled with peaceful moments of solitude as well as memories with friends.

 During this summer I will begin my themed art shows on-line that will include an interactive artist reception. I will have a designated time where I will be available for live chatting to answer any questions you may have or just share the experience in real time. Watch for more details!

 I will also continue to participate in physical shows too! I have one fiber piece in progress for a group show in Australia and more! Check my blogs for updates.

 Thank you for all your support and encouragement.

 This Art Gallery Blog will keep you up to date on my current and upcoming art events. I also publish a weekly blog that is a smattering of my life activities and thoughts. (You are already reading that one..lol!)

Welcome to the journey!

Blessings,

Michelle

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I am finalizing a few details for my online gallery.  Will be done anytime now….BUT in the meantime, here are some pics from a trip to the Roger Williams Zoo in Rhode Island.  Hope you enjoy!

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