corner of decor -day334

corner of decor -day334, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Taking the easy way out and showing a finished corner of the room - those are my cross stitch Santa pictures on the wall.

swirls -day333

swirls -day333, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Did a little shopping after work and noticed this little waterfall at the small mall for the first time. Though I took many shots, this is my favorite because of the golden glow on the water swirls.

holiday mess -day332

holiday mess -day332, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Decorating makes SUCH a mess!


winter me -day331

winter me -day331, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Following someone's idea on a blog somewhere I took some winter selfies and this was the winner. I had the Christmas tree as the background and didn't like it, so textures to the rescue.


Mantel decorated -day330

Mantel decorated -day330, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Still working on decorating and today I tackled the mantel. I had a pretty clear idea in my head but after 8-10 tries, it still wasn't coming together. I love these lit stars from Ikea, but was having trouble making the white flowers work and be visible against the white wall. It may change again, but I spent most of the day today on it and that's just more than enough!

Santa -day329

Santa -day329, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Setting out my Santa collection and this guy's eyes called to me.....again. Every year I just LOVE his eyes. Don't they look kind?

so it begins -day328

so it begins -day328, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Day after Thanksgiving means staring the holiday decorating - this year I'm getting an even earlier start since we're having a party next weekend. I set out some of the ornaments on the sofa for easier hanging.

table setting -day327

table setting -day327, originally uploaded by tpurk.

The next day I tried this version of waiting.....Thanksgiving table, set and waiting.

idle hands -day 326

idle hands -day 326, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Wanted to show my hands in "waiting" mode for a challenge but didn't particularly like the result.


branches -day325

branches -day325, originally uploaded by tpurk.
Working on a holiday decor project and painted some tree branches I salvaged from the park. Added a tiny touch of a texture.  My ugly garage floor kind of looks like a sandy beach I think..........


Frosty -day324

Frosty -day324, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Our first big frosty morning so I braved the cold to get some great frosty leaf shots.

wreath -day323

wreath -day323, originally uploaded by tpurk.
My creative and photographic efforts today were to make a wreath for the boys' apartment - their little touch of Christmas!  You know me, I can't stand it that their apartment wouldn't have SOMEthing Christmasy in it!


water -day322

water -day322, originally uploaded by tpurk.

For another scavenger hunt prompt -water. I used ice and tea and added the bokeh texture (the light reflective dots in the background) and converted it to bl/wh. Moderately successful.

writing -day321

writing -day321, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Taken for the scavenger hunt prompt of writing - here's where I do most of it - on my blog (and all those pieces of notepaper on the desk - what a mess!)


wing -day320

wing -day320, originally uploaded by tpurk.

from a budweiser eagle Dan's had for about 40 years - one of the few things that hasn't been broken or tossed :)


last leaf -day319

last leaf -day319, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Today was sunny though cold and tomorrow the wind and rain arrives so I took a quick walk to see what I could see. Found this lone leaf on the tree.


darts anyone? -day318

darts anyone? -day318, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Since it's dark at 5pm, once again I'm wandering the house with the camera and Dan suggested the gararge.....the first of many garage pics I think. How interesting can I make garage junk?


girlfriends -day317

girlfriends -day317, originally uploaded by tpurk.

A friend's 60th (note the sign Old as Mold!) so here's a group of girlfriends at the party - from left: Marsha, Ann, me, Debbie (wife of birthday boy), and Cindy.

brewers -day316

brewers -day316, originally uploaded by tpurk.

The guys were brewing and here they're "pitching the yeast".

technology -day315

technology -day315, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Two Cindys and football. Nope, it's all about the technology!

desperate -day314

desperate -day314, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Cindy was visiting from Chelan so I got totally distracted and only had a couple of shots to choose from and both were bad so I figured adding texture couldn't make them worse and might improve it a little. That's all it did, improve it a little!


Ribbon -day312

Ribbon -day312, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Who knew it would take so long to set up this shot? Artfully arranging a pile of ribbon (!), getting the lighting right to show the sheen but not too bright, etc. 30 pics later, I have one that I'm okay with.....


leaves -day311

leaves -day311, originally uploaded by tpurk.

A sad effort today - bad composition and lighting and nothing clever about it but sometimes when you don't feel good, the best you can do is get something taken and posted.... I've been collecting and pressing leaves this fall to end up in some yet-to-be-determined project.

japanese garden -day310

japanese garden -day310, originally uploaded by tpurk.

A cold but pretty day in Seattle so we went to the Japanese garden for the first time in years. We took tons of just gorgeous pics - it was hard to choose the POTD.


scissors -day309

scissors -day309, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Yep - some of my crafting scissors - they cut patterned edges for card making.


soft -day308

soft -day308, originally uploaded by tpurk.

My new pashmina-like scarf - SO soft. Dropped it on the sofa and noticed the little sun break picking out some highlights...


adjusted me -day307

adjusted me -day307, originally uploaded by tpurk.

I wish adjusting me was as easy as using PSE - brush out a few wrinkles, add a little color, crop the offending body part! :) Some PSE color adj and bokeh texture from Skeletal Mess.

Maybe this version shows my internally shiny side, my sparkle. Yeah, that's it!


Double Me -day306

Double Me -day306, originally uploaded by tpurk.

If one is good, two must be great, right? Inspired to try one of these PSE playthings.... the poses I decided to try were challenging to come together but I was too invested to move on to another so this is it - it's more time consuming than I expected so will be sure to allow enough next time - maybe on a weekend.


Green Bowl -day305

Green Bowl -day305, originally uploaded by tpurk.

As I struggle to make something photographic from around the house, a little still life.... (does this qualify since it's only one item?)