Sunday, August 31, 2008

Bad Hair Day and Spiders

Yes, his "beard" is crooked. I told him he shouldn't be shaving it so close and he got a little careless and now look at him!

Now everything is crooked! Silly Egg.

I can actually hear everyone saying a collective, "Ewww" or "Yuck".

That's right, it's very audible.

I even heard a couple of gasps and the sounds of scrambling to get away from the computer screen.

Hehe, sillies, she can't get you from here. She's safely tucked away just outside my back patio door.

Yeah, she even made me squirm as I tried to edge closer to get a better picture.

Me no likey spiders.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Cheerleaders and the last Hurrah

For more years than I care to remember at this point I have painted Cheerleader megaphones. It's official, this year was my last year.

What was that you ask, megaphones?

That's right, those plastic cone shaped bull horn-y things the girls use at games to rile up the fans. They didn't have them during my time in High School and we only had 6 Cheerleaders. These days squads usually consist of about 18 girls and some even include a handsome boy or two.

I got into painting them years ago quite innocently enough when I worked at the uber cool Dick Blick Art Supply Store and a Cheerleader came into to ask about what to use on her megaphone. I think I stunned her with my long list of do's and don't's and what she should use because after a brief pause she said, "Would you be interested in painting mine for me?"

I enjoyed the rollercoaster ride that is early June through late August and got busier and busier every year. I never advertised but word of mouth soon spread like wildfire and some years were chaotic at best. One year I know that I did over 120 of them. Not bad you say, but remember it was only during that three month period.

I generally holed up in my house for 3 solid months and forgot the faces of my friends and family even going so far as to tote them along on trips and family reunions to work on them. Once I even hauled them up to a friends log cabin building party in the woods to work on them.

Every year I would whine and cry about the things I didn't get to do and the places I didn't get to go because I had to work on my megaphones and my friends and family would ask me why I continued doing them. I would tell them that I'm going to say no next year, ha! Until that first call came and the voice on the other end told me how great they were the year before and I did such beautiful work...I was putty in their hands...absolute putty.

Last year I stood firm and told them when they picked them up that I was retiring. I felt vastly relieved...and totally guilty.

I had one squad that over the years I had enjoyed so much working with as their Coach was such a joy to work with that when she asked me for one more year I felt I could not say no.
This is why I have been absent from my blog lately...

The part of the squad that didn't have megaphones from last year and unfortunately I managed to cut Elena off the picture on the right side.

Here I managed to get Elena in the picture but also managed to get the setting sun right in their eyes. It was only 100 degrees as the sun was setting.

Doing some great stunts!


I'm not sure which girl this is but I love this shot.

True Friday night Lights!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Long Time No Blog

Where has the time gone? Wasn't I just here blogging my little heart out just yesterday? Three weeks you say! No way!

It's amazing the many different things that fill up your day and most of them you don't even want to be doing...ever, let alone every day. Le sigh.

I'm supposed to be working on a little side job painting Cheerleader megaphones. I have officially retired this year from doing them but I took one last job as the coach was someone I've really liked working with over the years and it was only 11 of them.

It's not what I want to be doing right now. I need to paint stuff, I need to work on and mail out my tags for a swap, I need to finish some ATC's I've been working on for another swap. I really need to update my blog which I've sorely missed. I really need to take my dogs out for a car ride some place a little cooler than this heat. I need...

Aren't I so whiny, hehe.

I promise to astound with the many pictures of...stuff...on my next post, Hopefully it will make up for the very long absence. I do apologize.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Dragons In The Garden

I need to put a disclaimer on the top of this post before I even get to the pictures.
*I am NOT a photographer*
I just learned how (and where it was) to work the macro feature on my camera just recently, sooooo, given that the disclaimer is out there for you all to see I give you some fairly respectable pictures of a very picture savvy dragonfly.

He let me put that camera within inches of his face and whenever I or one of the dogs startled him enough to make him fly off he always managed to return, and in the SAME spot.
At one point he even cocked his head towards me and I could almost hear him say, "This is my good side"

Hehe, I hadn't realized he had flown off until after I took this picture.

Isn't he just gorgeous! Maybe I had never noticed them before, I'm not sure, but I really don't remember seeing a dragonfly around here with this coloring before.