Michelle's Artistic Corner

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Meet Portrait Photographer Brienne Michelle June 1, 2010

I’m so happy to be able to introduce you to one of my favorite portrait photographers, Brienne Michelle of Brienne Michelle Photography. Be sure to visit Brienne at her Photography blog where she’ll give you a “Sneak Peek” into her photo sessions!

I was introduced to Brienne over a year ago when she was the wedding photographer for our daughter’s wedding. I quickly learned that Bree has a real talent for capturing special moments as she sees them happening through the eye of her camera lens!

Come pull up a chair and join us in my artistic corner where you can get to know Brienne just a bit more.
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How Does Your Garden Grow? March 19, 2010

Filed under: Photograpy - Pictures are worth a thousand words — Mac @ 5:54 AM

A blogger named Amy from She Wears Many Hats mentioned in a tweet that her week has been one big blur…I could relate! Amy’s take on it was that the “blur” is due to allergies and the time change. I couldn’t agree more! The transition out of winter and into spring is a tad uncomfy for me this year. Usually I adore spring with all those pretty colors popping out from behind the gray winter curtain. But this year the allergy fog has set in big time, and it’s not pretty, people. Consequently I’ve fallen behind in every area of my daily life including anything crafty or cuisine related (okay, I made some yummy oatmeal-raisin-chocolate chip cookies, but didn’t take pictures – don’t be mad – I feel guilty enough). Allergies make me feel like I’m moving in sllllooooowwww mooooottttiooonnn. Therefore, I have no updates on my quilt or my knitting, or my cooking capers. BUT I can leave you with a few pix I took of Hubby’s step-mom’s garden this past Monday. She’s an amazing gardener, the kind with bright green thumbs! I used her garden for some photo practice. Here’s what I got. Hope you like them.

Click on any of the photos below to see a full-sized image.


It Isn’t Easy Being Green….or is it? March 13, 2010

Over time I hope to share the creative endeavors of many artists with you here in the Artistic Corner. Today I’d like to introduce you to the work of Jenifer Francis, owner of “Cherry Tree Threads“. Jen also just happens to be one of my daughters! She made the jewelry in the photos below. This past January, at “The Road to California” Quilt Show and Conference, I purchased a group of vintage glass beads. Let’s just say I fell in loooooooove.

All I knew, when I saw the beads, was that I had to have them! After bringing them home I gave them to Jen and asked her to create something for me. And she did!

Wow! All I had in mind was one long necklace, but I got two necklaces, a bracelet, and earrings! Having all those options is wonderful. I can wear both necklaces together or just one of them – I’ve done both. Sometimes I just wear the earrings, sometimes just the bracelet. It’s been so much fun to have options. Thanks for being so creative Jen!


Take Me Home Country Road February 28, 2010

Filed under: Photograpy - Pictures are worth a thousand words — Mac @ 1:09 AM

Let me tell ya that spring has sprung! At least along the roads hubby and I traveled last week. Here are some of the sights we saw along the way.


On The Road Again February 27, 2010

Hubby and I headed out on the open road for a few days. It was time to be with friends, and I needed a good dose of quilting time with my quilting buddy, Kelley! Before we got serious about quilting, we had to scoot out and have a little fun!
If you look closely you can see where in the world we are. Love that gorgeous Golden Gate Bridge (hint, hint).

Yes, San Francisco! Just so happens that the brand new Disney Family Museum is there. We had to go! Kelley has a founding membership. She was kind enough to take us. We have some generous friends!

This museum is beautifully done. Old brick buildings are so romantic, aren’t they? Love them. There is no photography allowed inside the museum, so you’ll have to go for yourself to take a peek. Loads of pictures through the years of the Disney family throughout the museum. Lots and lots of interactive areas, too. And tons of history of the Disney family, Walt Disney, and the Walt Disney Studios. If you have the opportunity to go I highly recommend it.

We spent a couple of hours in the museum….can you tell we enjoyed being there?
After such a delightful afternoon what could friends have done to make us even happier? China Town for dinner! It was time to go meet up with Kelley’s husband, Mel.

We found him!

You can’t help but have a good time with such jolly friends!
Here’s what we had for dinner…………………

Peking Duck! This was soooooooo yummy. In my version of heaven I eat Pecking Duck everyday. Okay, maybe every other day, but it’s there!! We were so busy eating duck that we forgot to take pictures of the rest of dinner. Sorry. Forgive us.
Want to see what we had for dessert?

Sesame Balls! This, too, will be in heaven! Perhaps on the day when Peking Duck isn’t being served. The goodness and happiness has to be spread out a bit, but only a bit.

Yes, heaven.
Here’s a little more of what we saw.

What a wonderful day!
And to be fair….hubby had the camera this day. The photos of the museum and China Town are all his photos. Great job honey! Thanks for helpin’ me out.


You Are My Sunshine! February 16, 2010

Filed under: Photograpy - Pictures are worth a thousand words — Mac @ 10:37 PM

This past weekend I did a lot of baking for my Valentine. A lot of baking means spending a lot of time in the kitchen. A lot of time in the kitchen means looking out the kitchen window into the backyard, which I like to do, especially while washing the bowls and spatulas I just dirtied up with batter. As I was cleaning I looked out my kitchen window to see the sun hitting the back of one of my hanging geranium plants. The sunlight made the geranium look like it was glowing. It was one of those photo op moments, when your eyes see something that just might look great in a photo, so you drop everything you are doing, grab the camera, and run out to shoot like crazy! Keeping your fingers crossed the whole time that maybe, just maybe, you might get a picture you like. I was hoping for some sun-flare. Here’s what I got this time around.

Sun Flare! It worked! Exciting! I jumped up and down when I got this one. Not bad for a beginner. Plenty of room for improvement, but it’s a good start. Here’s another one.

Last shot this is what I saw from the kitchen window.


Feline Friends February 4, 2010

Filed under: Photograpy - Pictures are worth a thousand words — Mac @ 11:16 PM

Gotta love those kitties! Aren’t they cute, cute, cute!  Never thought I’d ever be so excited about cats. I’m a dog person…born and raised. But for now I’m definitely a cat person. Shhhh, don’t tell the dogs, or their people.

Our daughter’s cats, Oliver and Shakespeare, are living with us. We weren’t so sure how that was going to go. But they won us over with their personalities. Oliver is loving and very social. If we can’t find him we just look for his Mama, he’s never far behind. Shakespeare puts on that typical aloof cat-like exterior, but really he’s a big Mama’s boy, who just adores his cuddle time. And if we can’t find him we just look in the dryer or a kitchen cabinet. Life has gotten pretty interesting around here.

We took a photography lesson with Bree that changed our lives! Really! She taught us how to work with natural light. We are now a no flash family! Thanks to our favorite photographer, Bree of Brienne Michelle Photography.


We have a lot of practice ahead of us, but we’re sure having fun looking for that perfect shot. I’ll tell ya turning off the flash and auto setting on your camera can be life changing. Try it! I dare ya!