Thursday, July 30, 2009

I took a challenge

Bailey's picture
So the challenge was to take a child out and photograph the same things and see what you come up with. I gave Bailey my Point and Shoot camera and I used my Canon Rebel and this is what we came up with. I let her decide what would be a good thing to take a pictures of at the zoo. We went when they open, 6AM, because its real hot here right now and not too bad that early. We also got to see some animals that usually aren't out, ever, because we were there so early.
my picture

Bailey's picture

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Bailey's picture

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Well whatcha' think? I think she did a pretty good job on composition. I think we will do this again sometime.


Saw this driving down the road

Not the clearest of pictures since it was taken from a camera phone AND the person was driving! but thought it was kind funny. Yes it says 'Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee'. I thought the saying was 'Nobody does it like Sara Lee'?
So you're funny pic for the day! Have a good one!


Monday, July 27, 2009

Little Old School House

I found these 'tips' for students at the school house and thought I would share:

1. Mind to have your hands and faces washed and heads combed every morning before you come to school and be careful to be there by the time appointed.
2. Come to school quietly and soberly, and when there be quiet and still at your proper business, and mind the instructions of the teacher.
3. Respect your schoolmaster. Obey him and accept his punishments.
4. So not scribble in your own or one another's spelling, reading, writing, or ciphering books.
5. Tell no untruths, or miscall one another, nor use the corrupt or unscriptural language to a single person.
6. Never make noises or disturb your neighbors as they work.
7. Be silent during classes. Do not talk unless it is absolutely necessary.
8. Do not leave your seat without permission.
9. No more than one student at a time may go to the washroom.
10. Go quietly in and out of the classroom.
11. Let there be no quarrels, fighting of challenges to fight, no wrestling, or willfully provoking one another to anger in or out of school.
12. If the master calls you name after class, straighten the benches and tables. Sweep the room, dust, and leave everything tidy.
This is circa 1798.
Now this is for the teachers:
1. Teachers each day will fill lamps and clean chimneys.
2. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day's session.
3. Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the individual taste of the pupils.
4. Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings each week if they go to church regularly.
5. After ten hours in school, the teachers may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.
6. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed. 7. Every teacher should lay aside from each pay a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefits during his declining years, so that he will not become a burden on society.
8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity and honesty.
9. The teacher who performs his labor faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of .25 cents per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.
Circa 1872

Well now that is quite a raise! I just thought this was funny and you might too! The school house in the pictures is circa 1884 and it looks like its in really good shape for being 120+ years old. There is even an outhouse, which I didn't feel the need to go into. Have a good week!


In honor of school starting...

Well, Bailey starts kindergarten today so in honor of that I thought I would show a few pictures of the oldest school house in Arizona. We saw this on our trip to Strawberry, Arizona. The picture above is Bailey's outfit that she picked out for her first day of school. Please note the jeans and the belt, she told me she looks 'cool'. I don't think she knows what that means.

No this is not her new school room but it was a big step back in time. When I went to grade school I lived in such a small town that I went to a one room school house with all 8 grades together. Just like 'Little House on the Prairie'. I have more pictures to show you but that will have to wait for another post. I have to take miss priss to school! Have a good Monday!


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Do you like Strawberries?

So I've been crazy busy lately but we took a quick day trip to Strawberry, Arizona. Its about 120 miles or so North East of us and it was also 40+ degrees cooler! That was a wonderful thing since we've been dealing with 110+ degrees here in Scottsdale for the last month or so.

I know all the pictures are of the clouds but I just couldn't get over beautiful they are! A storm was rolling in and then it started to rain and hail! I couldn't take pictures anymore because it was raining and hailing so hard. It was beautiful. I love the smell of rain.

Bailey starts school tomorrow so I will have more pictures to show as the week goes on. We saw the oldest school house in Arizona while we we're in Strawberry so I will have pictures of that cute little place later on in the week. Oh and I do like strawberries and I like Strawberry, Arizona! Have a great week.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Really Cool Camera Stuff

I personally use a Canon but this little video sure is cool! Enjoy!

Hope you're having a good week.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Baby feet and hands

So in a need to practice I've been taking pictures of many things like this cute little baby boy. He is my oldest nephews' new baby brother, he is not my nephew. He and my nephew came over this week to give Bailey a birthday gift and he fell asleep before he got there and I thought it was a perfect opportunity to snap a few pictures.

I love feet and hands and since these weren't moving everywhere I could get some good pictures. I'm super happy with the foot picture but I didn't want to wake him to get a better angle. I like the hands but I still need work. I do want his eyelashes! This is just not right for a boy to have eyelashes this long!

But these eyelashes run in the family because this is my nephew and I've always thought it wasn't right how beautiful his eyes and eyelashes are! He has the most beautiful smile when he isn't 'trying' to smile for you.

And now I give you the cheesy, fake smile. I guess its better then my daughter not smiling at all! I don't have many of them together so I had to take the 'lets pose for a picture' shot. I'm working on a photo book for my mom for Christmas and I want to include all kinds of pictures of all of her grandchildren. She doesn't read blogs so she won't know.
Anyway, hope you're having a good weekend.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

A few custom pieces

These are a few pictures of a couple custom pieces of jewelry that I've done recently. The hearts bangle usually only has 2 hearts but the lady wanted to have a heart for each one of her children. I think it turned out great! I might add it to my shop. My customers have such great ideas! These next 2 pictures are for a friend from high school. He was killed a couple years ago and his sister requested these for his widow. I was sad to make them but happy the his wife loved them.

If you would like a custom piece send me an email and let see what we can come up with together. Have a good weekend!


Friday, July 10, 2009

A little bit of Hawaii love

Just a little bit of music as we go into the weekend. This is my favorite singer from Hawaii. Israel IZ Kamakawiwo'ole has the most beautiful voice. Enjoy and happy weekend!


I thought I would introduce you... a new passion of mine. I've always loved photography but lately my playing around with the camera just for fun has gotten me some recognition. I've had an online travel business that is also an app for the iphone is using 2 of my photographs for places in cities that they cover. The picture I took of Bailey with the pineapple in Hawaii is being used. One of the pictures I took in San Francisco of China Town is being used and I have one of the pictures from here in Phoenix is being considered.
I'm not stopping the jewelry but I'm going to start adding in the photography as well to what I do. When I started Cherry Creek Designs as a real business not just a hobby I always intended it to be much more then just jewelry, I just never thought it would be in photography! But the ideas are starting to flow for me on what to do with this to include it with my business. I will keep you informed on where this goes.

I will tell you that I'll be taking a course in photography with some amazing photographers in the business! It will kill me to go but it happens to be in Hawaii so I'll force myself to go and learn as much as I can. I'll let you know more as I get closer to the time to go. Until next time please enjoy the photographs. I would love feedback if you have any, just be nice!


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Did you notice?

These clouds have nothing to do with the content of this post I just like the clouds & its my blog!

I've been making some changes around here and in my shop. I have been working with a fantastic graphic designer, Amy from Bean Sprout Studio. I had her design a logo for me. Look up, that's it and in my shop and some new business cards, and...oh wait thats it! But what do you think? I love it!
If you are in need of anything in the graphic design department I would highly recommend contacting Amy. I am so very happy with everything she's done for me. I'm actually looking around for things she can design for me. I'll keep looking but in the meantime go see her shop!


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I need your help

Remember these? Well I've just entered them in a contest over at Martha Stewart Weddings. Here's where you come in: I need votes! Please you the links and vote for your favorite wedding charms. If you twitter or FB or do a blog post and then post back here about the contest I'm offering 20% off anything in my shop. You must post here AND vote over at Martha Stewart Weddings.

Cherry Blossom Wedding Charm

The discount is not just of the wedding charms, but they do make a good gift if you're not getting married! If you don't need wedding charms you can use the discount for anything in my shop. This discount ends July 25, 2009.

Thank you all for your help with this! I hope you're having a good week.


Update: I believe you just go down to the bottom of the listing and rate it with a 5 star system. I'll let you know if I find out differently. Thank you!

And even more of an update: So you have to register on the website to be able to vote and then its a star system. Thank you so much everyone!

I miss living near the ocean

I so miss living near the ocean. I love putting my feet in the sand. I don't love where the sand seems to end up but I'll take it if I could live near the ocean again. Here are a few more pictures for you to enjoy today.

If you've seen 'Finding Nemo' you'll know what I'm talking about. (If you haven't then go rent it because its a good movie!) So for those of you who have seen it, all I could think about when I saw the gulls walking and flying around was 'Mine, mine, mine!' I really think they we're saying that!
Anyway enjoy!


I'm so busy!

I'm feeling a little like this bird looks! I'm so busy but I'm not complaining just sayin'. I have some new things in the works and hope to share soon. So I'm just popping in to say Hi and now off to work again. Have a good Wednesday!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A few pretties for you to enjoy

Okay, where in the heck have I been!? Well I've been in San Diego for a little girls birthday. She turned 5. So we went to Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. I'll show you pictures of the rest of the trip but for right now I thought you would enjoy a few flowers. The one above has to be my favorite.

Okay so these two nuts aren't flowers but I thought I would show them anyway. Hope you have a good week.