May 2010

Back to school!

14 May 2010 Photography

I am very excited and a little bit nervous, just about the same way I’ve felt every single time I’ve headed back to school throughout my life. Tonight is the first class of my “Beyond the Basics” digital photography class at the School of Photographic Arts, Ottawa (SPAO). Eek! Although I’ve always loved taking pictures, […]

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13 May 2010 Reviews, promotions and giveaways

I‘m so sorry — I completely forgot to draw and post the winner for the gift certificate this week! Congratulations to lucky number 14, Marianne, who admired the same adorable froggy cream and sugar set that I liked, and some of the gorgeous Christmas ornaments on the site. I’m still waffling on what […]

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TtV Contraption v2.0

11 May 2010 Photography

When I got my first Duaflex back in October 2009, I was so excited to get out and start shooting through the viewfinder (TtV) pictures that I made the most slap-dash, instant-gratification, quick-fix sort of contraption: I rolled up some bright yellow posterboard, cut out around the lens,scotch-taped the seams, and away I went. It […]

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The 100 push-ups challenge – week four!

11 May 2010 It IS all about me

Maybe it’s because I had to call a do-over for week 3, or maybe it’s because I’m starting to build up some actual upper body strength, but you know what? The push-ups weren’t so hard last week. In fact, on Day 2 of Week 3, I just about breezed through my sets, cranking out 52 […]

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Thank you Canadian Family Magazine!

10 May 2010 My 15 minutes

I‘ve been a fan of Canadian Family magazine online for quite a while now, so when the boys were selling magazines to raise funds for their school, I bought a subscription to Canadian Family (and one to Popular Photography, too!) I’ve been consistently impressed with it — articles worth reading, shopping tips for real families, […]

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New blog banners!

9 May 2010 Editorial asides

It’s been nearly nine months since I created any new blog banners from my photographs, and I’ve taken a few (!!) new pictures since then. So, my menfolk gave me exactly what I wanted for Mother’s Day: a couple of hours to futz about in Photoshop and make up some new banners. Whaddya think? The […]

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A new Flickr group for Ottawa photographers and dilettantes like me!

7 May 2010 How I love the Interwebs

While I’ve been on Flickr for more than five years, it was only in the last year or two that I really started participating in the social side of the medium, posting my photos to groups and participating in group discussions. I’ve learned so much about photography, but I like to think I’ve also learned […]

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A gorgeous fair trade gift giveaway

6 May 2010 Reviews, promotions and giveaways

I love today’s giveaway and I think you will, too! A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by, one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. They work with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market. As […]

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The Thousand Picture Project – it’s been a while!

4 May 2010 Photo of the Day

Holy cats, it’s been more than six weeks since I posted an update about my thousand picture project! Don’t worry, I haven’t stopped taking pictures — far from it! While I haven’t quite kept up the 365 project pace of one photo every single day, I’ve still been carrying my camera with me and truly […]

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The 100 Push-ups Challenge — Week 3 Revisited

3 May 2010 It IS all about me

Oops. I kind of dropped the ball on the 100 push-up challenge last week. First, the exhaustion test tired me out so efficiently on Monday that I didn’t do Day 1 until Tuesday — and after that, I was so off kilter that I completely forgot to do Day 2 until Saturday at the gym, […]

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