Melli’s Alphabet Photo Challenge

Melli, our hostess with the mostest, presents:


Week Thirteen: Y & Z

The Hawaii Convention Center uses Ys to hold the roof up!
Such a Ys thing to do!

And last but not least, a zebra striped Z.
The poor thing came to Hawaii and got sunburnt.

And finally, the photo you’ve all been waiting for:

The Gate
Be sure to double click and enlarge it.

The Gate’s gate.

This challenge has been a blast!  Thank you, Melli.   It was a super fun 13 weeks and I probably didn’t use your name in vain more than 5 or 6 times!  What’s up next?

Extra Bonus Punny Monday

I’d like to apologize for the errors in my Punny Monday post that lead many of you astray. I often copy and paste sections of text from former posts, then edit them. However, if I wait too long before publishing or saving, the edits revert to their original form — it is some glitch in auto-save, or just my life, I am not certain which. But, since you haven’t all been tortured enough today, I thought I’d add a bit more:

A Little Extra Punny Monday Fun

brought to you by

and my friend Stella!

This is not a contest it’s a “just for fun.”  Enjoy yourselves.  I’ll post the answers tonight.














I Are in College Again!

I am taking a 5 week photography class at the college titled, Getting to Know Your Camera 1.  Tonight I learned so much stuff, my head is still spining from it all.  I am really excited and I want the sun to come out so I can go try what I learned.

I thought I was going to be the only real novice in the class.  Nope.  Turns out there are 42 other people just like me!  The teacher grouped us by camera model. I sat by a fellow who had a camera just like mine, and he didn’t even know how to take his memory card out and get the photos out of his camera!  I felt much better after hearing that.

The instructor’s teenage daughter, Kai, came to class and was helping as well.  After she checked to make certain my partner and I had figured out how to set our ISO , we started asking her questions, which she happily answered.  Then the instructor asked, “Who knows how to change their shutter speed?”  And my partner and I raised our hands — Kai had just taught us.  Even so, it was nice to be able to be the ones who could help the other people in our group.

I took this photo in class.  This is the media center course catalog & the lens cap from my camera.  The glare marks on the cover were part of the pattern and not caused by my camera.

I took this photo in class. This is the media center course catalog & the lens cap from my camera. The "glare" marks on the cover were part of the pattern and not caused by my camera.

So, my assignment, due by 9 a.m. next Monday: using ISO 200 and shutter speed 125, I am to take photographs which feature 1.) line; 2.) shape; 3.) form 4.) color; and, 5.) texture.  I must take 3 photos of each example at 1.) normal; 2.) normal +1; and 3.) normal -1.  In case you weren’t counting, that 15 pictures: 5 “perfect”, 5 over-exposed; and 5 under-exposed — and I know how to do that!

Stay tuned.

Pay It Forward

Paying it Forward is a fabulous give away going on in the blogosphere and I was one of the three lucky winners to win a homemade lace creation from Jientje.
So I must now in return Pay It Forward to my readers.

The Rules, such as they are, are quite simple:

1. Be one of the first three bloggers to leave a comment on this post, where the first word in the comment is “Yes”. By saying “Yes” as the first word, you signify you want to participate in this give away. Being one of the first three to say “Yes” will then entitle you to a handmade item from me. I haven’t settled on just what my craft will be, but I am contemplating things like embroidery thread and/or beads and/or my sewing machine ….  I won’t start crafting until after the holidays.

2. Winners must post this challenge on their blog, meaning that they then must Pay It Forward, creating a handmade gift for the first three bloggers who say “Yes” in a comment on THEIR post.

3. The gift that you send to your three friends can be from any price range and you have 365 days to make/ship your item. This means you should be willing to maintain your blog at least until you receive your gift and have shipped your gifts. And, remember: It’s the spirit and the thought that count!

4. When you receive your gift, please feel free to blog about it, sharing appropriate Linky Love!

5. If you are not one of the top three commentors on today’s post, you’re still a winner in this Time of Grace and Giving. Please take this symbol of the seasonal spirit and post it on your blog; start your own Pay It Forward Chain, and encourage your bloggy friends to do the same!

Eggciting Art

My friend Lisa is a lady of many talents.  Home decor, sewing, cooking, gardening, web-site design, playing Punny Monday … everything she does, she does well.  One of Lisa’s more marveling talents is egg carving.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Egg carving.

Lisa creates art from egg shells.  In a minute I will direct you to her site so you can see for yourself, but first have a look at the design Lisa created just for me.  She said she wanted my egg to reflect my personality, and she had the perfect design in mind.

I don’t know if this egg is mostly angel with a little bit of devil, or mostly devil with a little bit of angel, but I do know that it does, indeed, suit me. Lisa is a very talented smart-alec!  Visit her site, take a good look around, and see if you don’t agree.

Lisa Bolton Arts