Monday, December 21, 2009

Our blog has MOVED to our new website!

Howdy everyone!  Just wanted to let all of you know that our blog has moved to, which is our new website.  It will have increased functionality and a great new design too!  Please come on by and update your bookmarks to the new site, since this site will no longer be updated.  Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Interview and Feature at the Revolving Styles Blog

I want to thank Anna over at the Revolving Styles blog for interviewing me and featuring my studio and work for her "Thursday's Treasure" this week.  She did a wonderful article and she also has some really great vintage fashions in her Revolving Styles Etsy shop.  Check it out!

Photo of the day: How Now, Brown Cow?

"How now, brown cow?"  Ever wonder where that phrase originated?  I did, so I looked it up:

"How now brown cow" is a phrase used in elocution teaching to demonstrate rounded vowel sounds. Each "ow" sound in the phrase represents an individual diphthong. The phrase does not have an explicit meaning per se but can be used as a light-hearted greeting.  Although the exact origins of the phrase are unclear, it can be dated to at least 1942 in the United States. In February of that year the Maryland newspaper The Capital mentioned the phrase when discussing a famous thespian's voice:
Laird Cregar, now contributing his booming voice to 'Ten Gentlemen from West Point': explains how he got it. When he first tried out for the Pasadena Community Playhouse his voice wouldn't carry past the front rows. Coach Belle Kennedy had him declaim 'How, Now, Brown Cow? and The Rain in Spain Still Stains' - over and over.

Hmph.  Who'da thunk?

I took this picture of these curious cows in Zillah, Washington at my nephew's house.  He has steers and miniature horses.   Again, the lighting was just beautiful - this photo was taken around 9:30 in the morning.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Photo of the Day: Idaho Farm Sunset

 Today, we went for a drive.  It's been raining for the last few days, which caused all of our snow to melt... so you can just imagine how incredibly sloppy it is out there.  The overcast skies make for some GREAT lighting though, and I was able to snap this photo of a farm against the beautiful sunset.  We also saw about 25 pheasants in an adjacent field.  It was just neat!

Blog Feature: Autumn2May

I'd like to thank Jennie over at Autumn2May for featuring our Partridge in a Pear Tree Christmas cards in her Tenth day of Christmas lineup... it's quite an honor to be featured in such good company as the other artists in the post... head over and check them out!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Hunting in the Owyhees

This photo is one of my favorites - it captures the scale and terrain that makes hunting in the Owyhee Mountains of Idaho so unique. The unwitting subjects of this photo are my husband, Greg, and his dog, Jennie, a Vizsla.. Here they are looking for chuckars, on a clear fall day. Later on that same day, Jennie scented one and chased it up a big plateau... and got so far ahead of us that Greg had to fire his shotgun in the air to get her attention.  I think those two would hunt every day if they had the chance!  It's so interesting and fun to watch a dog work with her master for a common goal!

Road Trip to McCall, Part 5: Ghosts in the Window

While driving around on the back roads near McCall, we came to an intersection where the old town of Roseberry, Idaho is.  Roseberry has many historic buildings, including this cabin.  And no, that's not a ghost in the window - that's my husband.  I do like the effect his reflection has on the photo - it makes me think of the folks who used to live there and what they were like.  What do you think?