Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Favorite

In light of the ridiculous windy day we are having today, here is a vintage fave. ;)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

amongst friends #68


With it being a short turn around, we don’t have nearly the submissions we usually do. I have heard some folks struggled with the theme also.

It came easy for me and there were quite a few things I could photograph. I often find ways to re-purpose trash in order to recycle it and keep it out of the landfill. In fact it has become habit for my children to look at most everything they throw away and question whether or not they can use it again. J I can only hope I am not creating future hoarders.

My picture is of the first magazine bowl I ever made and three others that are in different stages of creation. I try to fold entire magazines as I read them but currently the magazines are winning and I’ve got a lot of folding to do. They are quite unique and useful. I recently gave one away as a gift and she loved it!

Sandy sent in a picture of what we would likely call trashcans. I am including her entire description as I think it gives a little detail about her country and the popularity of recycling. She said “Where we live, the 'dustbin men' come round with the 'dust cart' to collect
the rubbish once week. A few years ago, they changed it to one week is
regular rubbish which goes in the green bin, and then next week is
recyclable rubbish, which goes in the blue bin. We used to have small green
boxes for recycling, but the idea was so successful, they had to do larger
bins for recycling. We collect the stuff indoors in the green boxes in
between collections. Different towns have a different colour set of bins.

This photo is of my neighbour's house because she also has the brown bin
which is for garden rubbish - like grass clippings or compostables - like
vegetable peelings. (We have a compost bin in the back garden instead. we
call it the 'Dalek' because we think it looks like a dalek.) Needless to
say, when all these bins are sitting in front of the houses it sort of
spoils the look a bit!
A lot of people have built trellises with ivy to hide them behind. We have
our green one hidden like that, but we have room behind the back fence where
we keep the blue one.

Jerri's picture reminded me of the days, when I was young, that we collected aluminum cans in order to make spending money. We always compacted them to fit more in the trash bag.

Karen sent in a picture of her recycling bin as did Jocelyn.

Jenny said she recycles by shredding then using the paper for packing material. I think it’s a pretty great plan as long as no one can get important information from it. J

Sheila took a picture of the toner-recycling box at the copy center she works in.

Kelly took a picture of the cabinet doors she is saving for me. I am convinced I will be able to make something from them and she loves me so much she is willing to hang on to them. Anyone have any ideas as to how I can re-purpose them?

Mady said she didn’t have much inspiration for this theme but so she rummaged around her recycling bin until she found this soup can from dinner. This picture looks vintage and could only be better if there was a picture of a little girl and boy on the front. J Does anyone remember them or am I showing my age?

Debbie had a great story with her picture. Here it is- “Most enjoyable recycle project ever! This is one of our moosehide drums. The drumsticks are used fish net floats and misc. sticks that we found, the drum head is moosehide from donated roadkill, the shell is downed cottonwood. We have several of these drums and they have brought us much joy. When we made the first couple of drums, we decided that we would give them to friends on the condition that they bring them to a gathering of the drums twice a year. Randomly, we started our solstice tradition. The drums bring us all together. We've used these drums in community gatherings as well. We've played at festivals, dance shows, theater productions, charities, fundraisers, and the latest gathering of our drums will be in the Kenai Performers production of Peter Pan. This recycle project has brought much joy to the entire community. They hold a special quality of bringing family/friends/community together. “

I would love to try and make a drum like that (unless of course someone wants to make me one) J We have enough hides around here to make a few. I may have to pick your brain Debbie. That is recycling at it’s finest!

So has anyone given much thought to his or her LOVE photo? I have several things in mind and am excited to make a decision. Cali even has a picture for this upcoming theme. Remember that after LOVE we will begin using the alphabet for our weekly theme, starting with the letter “A”. I’m looking forward to it. I think most often it will be easier but will take some thought ahead of time. So engage your brains because “A” is coming quickly.

Love pictures are due Sunday Morning and hopefully everyone will get back on track soon. I already have a few turned in; I think we are getting there. Here’s hoping the rest of your week is filled with love and so much more!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

amongst friends #67


Attention All Amongst Friends friends- Even if you don’t read this in its entirety, please read the new guidelines for submissions. Things are changing slightly again, but hopefully it will clear things up for everyone and make it easier for me to get it posted for everyone to see.

We are going to call this week a ‘Bi’ week. I am posting Heritage here now. I will post Recycle by Thursday morning. For this week only, you have until Wednesday, to get me your Recycle pictures. Then on Sunday, you will need to send me your Love pictures. I think what has happened is that everyone waits to see the weeks collage before sending me a photo for the next week. Since it is most possible for me to write and post the pictures on Sunday I need all photos by Sunday morning in order to post it by Monday morning. So again, for only this week, I will accept all Recycle pictures until Wednesday night, and then Love pictures should be to me by that next Sunday morning. I am hoping this will clear things up for everyone and we will be back to having fun in no time! J

So, here we go with Heritage:

Linda has a lot of heritage going on in her picture. I will let her tell you about it.
“My heritage picture is of a quilt my mother made for me that I plan to down. She hand-appliqu├ęd the sunbonnet and it was machine quilted. The Native American fan was handed own to Jimmy by his Uncle Brian, it was part of his regalia. The drum was one I bought at a pow-wow we attended with Aunt Susan (she and I are of Cherokee descent- Eastern Band) and Uncle Brian (who is Ojibwa). I love turtles and it so happens that Jimmies father is Pawnee. The small Mandela was given to Jimmie by his father and the little plaque of the native chief was given to me by an old friend. So its (the picture) is kind of a celebration of where we come from and things we will pass to or that have been passed on by loved ones.”

Jenny’s picture is very interesting to me and I wish I understood it better. All I know is that the picture is of She and Frank’s first bike. Maybe she will clear up on the inclusion of the picture.

Rayma’s story is really nice. The quilt was a gift from a client, which makes it pretty special. When I heard that the client had been working on the quilt for two years and was waiting for just the right person to give it to, that made it even more so. I know from personal experience that Rayma is a wonderful person and I am certain the quilt made it into just the right hands!

Debbie always puts thought into her descriptions and I love that. She sent in a picture of her Mom and had this to say. “We are all a reflection of the legacy our parents graciously give us, this is my definition of Heritage. Living life with kindness, compassion, and caring... this is the legacy my mom gave to me and what I strive to teach my children.” Debbie, I just want to say, it shows. J

Jocelyn’s picture is different and it’s a great representation of heritage in my opinion. She said “I took this picture Christmas of 2005. This has been a family tradition since 1985. My dad and my Grandfather built this brick oven for roasting the Christmas Eve pig. Every year for Christmas Eve my family gets together at my Moms and my Dad and Grandfather would prepare the pig and then put it in the brick oven early in the morning and watch it all day till it was ready around 6 or 7pm. My Grandfather passed away in 1997 and my Dad still keeps the tradition alive.” Jocelyn, I am a girl set on traditions; I think this one is wonderful.

Joanne sent in a picture of her Mother too; my Grandmother. While Joanne didn’t send an explanation of her own, I can say that family heritage is important to my family, on both sides and I am positive that the importance of it was passed down from those who came before us. I remember so many things about the life of my Grandma (though not nearly enough) but the fact remains, each day is a gift and one never knows when the opportunity to spend time with those you love will be taken away.

I adore this photo Sheila send in. You can tell that it is vintage and that there is a story there. She said “This picture was handed down to my Mother by her Great Aunt Flether and my Mother handed it down to me. Meet my Grand Parents Effie Lee and Joe Luke.
Both Passed away when my mother was a young girl.” Sheila, I am assuming these are your Great Grandparents at best, please tell. J

Sandy sent in a lovely photo and said, “The handkerchief was passed to me because it was my grandfather's (who died when my dad was 15). I keep it in an old Bible -1847 - that belonged to my husband's dad, who I never met.” Sandy, I’m amazed and the shape its in. It is beautiful.

Karen sent in a picture of her Mom, dressed in her finest J for St. Patrick’s Day. This too, is my Grandmother. Karen didn’t include a description either but I will tell you, I doubt I ever met a woman more proud of her Irish heritage. And it was passed down to each of her children and then to the Grandchildren. We are all extremely proud to be Irish.

Which brings me to my picture. J Enough said! J

You might also guess that Jerri and Karen and I are related as Jerri’s picture is of her son’s tattoo. I told you we were proud of our heritage, didn’t I? J

Kelly’s picture of the baby book is actually her Mother’s. I only wish I had such things. It’s a great treasure!

If I were to say who was most creative in their photo for Heritage, I would tell you my opinion was Renee’. The photo is an orangutan. When I asked her if she would explain the picture to me, she said she was walking through the zoo and read the sign stating these animals are 97% genetically the same as humans and knew it would be her picture for the week. She actually sent this to me a couple weeks early. I think heritage means something different to many and obviously there are many ways to express it. I think a lot of thought went into this idea to make this connection and it’s interesting. 2 Thumbs up for thought! J

I saved Janice’s picture for last because it brought tears to my eyes and is a beautiful reminder and tribute to her heritage. It really is a lovely picture. She said, “This picture of my hand, Valerie's hand and my Mama's hand was taken on the morning of her death. We had been praying most of the morning and just loving on her while we could.”

So, what do you think? We are missing a few folks this week and I hope you will join us again soon. This week was an emotional one for amongst friends but it was a nice reminder. At least I thought so. I hope you enjoyed it. Remember you have until Wednesday to get me your Recycle pictures, then Love by Sunday. The next week we will begin the alphabet- the letter A and work on that for a while. Well see how it goes. Have a wonderful week.

Monday, February 07, 2011

amongst friends #66


Did you expect everyone to have a picture of actual fruit this week or were you
wondering who would think of something different?  I think I expected there would be a few different submissions but early on I just wasn’t sure what they would be.

As the photos started trickling in, I starting thinking everyone would send in an actual fruit photo. Keep in mind; I didn’t get my own picture until late in the week.

I think Debbie beat everyone and sent her photo in first. She said, “ I think this is mengkudu and it's used medicinally.  I don't know what the English word is for the fruit.  Ugly or not, this was my son's first look at real fruit growing on a real tree taken in a friend's yard in Hawaii.”  I looked it up and it sounds quite beneficial, I will have to look for some when we are there. J

Sandy sent her photo in quite early, as usual, too. She said her favorite fruit is nectarine. She said they are out of season currently and the one in the photo is a bit dry but it was still good on toast!  I have never eaten fruit on toast and now I want to try it.

Mady sent her photo with the cutest description. Here is what she said;
 “I took this photo in our local grocery store, where the conversation was as follows:

Me: Keston, will you hold this pineapple?
Keston: Pineapples are poky! Can I hold a cucumber?
Me: No, cucumbers aren't fruit.
Keston: Can I hold an orange?
Me: Nope.
Keston (loud enough that people around us turn around and stare): SO ORANGES AREN'T FRUIT?!
 Luckily, she held the pineapple for me after that.

I have one daughter quite a bit younger than the other two and I can totally see this happening to me on any given day!

I stumbled onto my picture while having a snack. I don’t eat cereal for breakfast but occasionally I will get into the kids’ cereal and have a bowl for snacking. When I started pouring it I realized I was eating fruit loops and the light bulb came on. We always have these on hand, for eating, snacking, stringing, and any other thing we can think of, like photos. :)

Jerri’s photo came with this description:
Tangerine tree in my back yard. Oh my, we have so much sunshine; oops there is an apple, banana and a navel orange. 
When I read I wondered what in the heck she was talking about, then I noticed them. J
I wish we had some of that sunshine right now and I really wish I had a tangerine-apple-banana-orange tree!

I had to work for Karen’s picture. And yes, I now know they are considered fruit.
When I googled, is a peanut a fruit, I found this; Peanuts are loosely classified as a fruit because it is a fruit of the plant it comes from. So there you go!

Sheila’s picture caused me a double take as well. She said, “Here is a picture of stuffed fruit at Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. The pic was taken in the Cracker Barrel in Eastonville, Fl.” They sure are cute but I think they look like onions. Still, we will call it good! J

Kelly sent in a picture of a bowl of cherries.  Life’s a bit like that…right? Don’t make it too serious…Look it up!

Jenny sent a picture of mangos and said they are her favorite.

Renee sent in Fruit of the Loom. I had to chuckle because I was talking to Kelly one day on the way into Wal-mart and she asked me if I was there to get my fruit picture…as in Fruit of the Loom. And lo and behold, someone did in fact get it!

Jocelyn’s said she’s been enjoying some Plant City strawberries. I happen to know the Plant City Strawberry festival is coming soon and I am jealous. I don’t think there was ever a year I lived in Florida that I missed it. No strawberries could be better than the ones from Plant City. Yummm!

Rayma sent a picture of a pie plate from my Grandma’s house. I wish I could see the whole thing. It looks darling!

I adore Janice’s photo, of course the kids always make me smile, and she has the perfect model.  I think I will dig out our apple peeler thingy, and see if we can make some of those.

Awww, look at Stacie’s picture…She said “Well here's my pic of my fruit bowl, which I just filled today ;) The special thing about the pic is that the bowl that its in was a wedding gift from Uncle Butch and the family...Lets say it together "awwwww"  lol, love that bowl, been with us for almost 9 yrs yay!

Stacie, I love it because it’s from family and I love it because it’s wood!! 

So we are obviously onto the next theme already. It is Heritage. After that which is technically what you should be photographing now is RECYCLE, then we will do LOVE. From there we are starting something new. HERE IT IS- We are going to do another run through the alphabet rather than themes. It will be easier for some, possibly harder for others. I am hoping it will be easier for everyone though. It is essentially open ended. Connect in any way you can to the letter of the week. We have done this once before and it is very interesting because there can and usually is such a range of photos.  Please take a minute to look at my blog under the amongst friends category
If you go back to nearly the beginning (Did you know we’ve been doing this over a year) you will see some of the collages.  Feel free to peruse to get some ideas.

I will try to catch up early this week on Heritage so if you haven’t sent me your photo, do it soon. I’d like RECYCLE by next Sunday, Monday at the latest. Sorry I am so late this week, we were out of town for several days and Cassi had a fairly serious injury (that is thankfully all better now) preceding that. Thanks for working with me. Now get me those Heritage photos and I will check in soon.