Monday, March 30, 2009

Collage idea take 2!

Recently I mentioned doing some sort of a collage for my etsy shop. I was chatting with my friends about it. I came up with a couple of ideas. This was the first idea:

Collage Number nine

I do like this idea a lot. Likely I will be printing some off for personal usage, or if folks want a special order of one.

Well, take two looks like this:

I'm going to be offering these in my etsy store. This will be a custom order. You can choose the photos you'd like put into a collage. There is also a photo collage calendar option.

*Please note the red border is not included. It is from the snipping tool.*

Earth Day Steal!

Update: Just took the link down. As this sold already. Very soon after I posted this! Thank you for your purchase Katie! for more Prints!

---Heather :)

This is a link to my etsy store. This is a really good deal on some of my artwork. It's a pre-printed pack of two 8x10's, some 4x6's..of photographs and some of my digtail artwork. Mainly photo's that have been edited in corel draw. I took photos of my flowers and turned them into digital prints. You'd never know they were originally flowers. Looks like a tapestry or a drawing done on the computer. I've got at least 10 prints in this pack. All for $10 and free shipping. This is an excellent deal. I also am recycling envelopes and cardboard to mail it in. Instead of driving, I'm going to mail it with stamps right from my mailbox. I have the stamps all ready to go.

So it's an ecologically minded purchase, in addition to a GREAT deal!
---Heather :)

A couple photographs for today..

Maybe, they will chase the chilly weather away.

---Heather "aktie9" :)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Little orange butterfly..

Oh, little orange butterfly,you are so tiny & ever so sweet.

This is a new addition to my etsy shop. It's not a new photo. I wish it was. That would mean we were having warm 80*F days. But, not so. Not as of yet, anyway.
This photo was captured at the in their butterfly garden/walkway.
I *won* some *awards* with this photo. Don't underestimate a flickr award. These are some tough critics, since a large portion of them are also photographers and artists. I was very impressed and honoured. Many people all over the world loved & enjoyed the photo. When this is printed it will be 1/100. I haven't printed it as of yet, for myself even. I'm considering it though. My new home needs some bright colours & livening up!

---Heather "aktie9" :)

Monday, March 23, 2009


This is my photograph of a Honeybee collecting pollen on a bright pink rose flower. This was one of my very first Macro shots with my camera, that I was successful with. Taken in 2007 at my old house. I love this shot. It was one of the few bees I saw this summer. As it was mentioned that there was a lack of bee's in the colonies this year. CCD was mentioned in the news a lot.

I saw this Movie back then:

According to the website it's been renamed. "The Return of the Bees." So this gives me some hope. ---Heather "aktie9" :)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Purple Hydrangea Framed

This is an example of my blue-purple hydrangea photo blown up to Poster size, and framed with a black front loading frame. I love the ease of use on these front loading frames. Takes about 35 seconds from start to finish. Instant wall art!

Being a SAHM to two little boys I find these to be quick and simple, and also not very expensive way to decorate the house with my photography. If the kids were to toss a ball at the glass and break it. Wouldn't be a huge expense to replace it. These are availible at AC. Moore's the craft store. I haven't seen them at Michael's. But, I bet they are pretty much readily availible at other such places.

---Heather "" :)

Another Daisy

I'm in my daisy period.., originally uploaded by Aktie9.


---Heather :)


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Te he he !!

Twinkle dog2, originally uploaded by Aktie9.

I found the sticker feature on picnik. Oh boy, no pictures will be safe now! Just another photo of my silly little Chihuahua, Minnie.

---Heather "aktie9" :)

Another day, another daisy..

I'm in my daisy period.., originally uploaded by Aktie9.

I'm like a picnik commercial.. hehe.

---Heather :)

Ultimate Quote of the Day..

Ultimate Quote of the Day:

"Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit." ??

I don't know who is attributed to this quote, but, funny nonetheless. I've heard or seen this a few times. But, I figured maybe it needed to be repeated. One can never tell a man quite enough. They need constant reminding.. hehehehe. Just a Joke..

---Heather "aktie9" :)

I'm in my daisy period..

I'm in my daisy period.., originally uploaded by Aktie9.

I'm playing with this same image in over and over. Lots of fun making one photo into several different ones.

Friday, March 20, 2009

That's why we don't eat Animals By Ruby Roth

I just learned about this new book. It's about Vegans, Vegetarians, and animals. I'm really looking forward to it. I've been a Vegan for about 1.5 years now, and never felt better healthwise. I was a Vegetarian in High school, I quit doing it when I got married to my husband. Needless to say I've learned the error of my meat eating ways. I'm so happy to see that this idea is getting into the mainstream public's eye.

Looking for the book. It's coming out May 2009! Look for it!
In the meantime check out:

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Feeling blue

Feeling blue, originally uploaded by Aktie9.

How about you?

I snagged a Treasury on etsy dot com!

I'm sorry it had to be cut into two pieces. I'm not sure how to save it another way.I used the windows vista snipping tool feature to do this. I could only get 6 in the first section. I made this treasury for Etsy For Animals, EtsyVeg & Vegan Etsy members to give them some exposure. We have a whole bunch of newbies on etsyveg. Lots of great artists, and artisans. Incredible stuff. I can't wait to get shopping and picking out new stuff for my new house, once we're settled in!

XOXO Heather "aktie9" :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I was playing around in picnik..

daisy weirdness., originally uploaded by Aktie9.

I had some fun making this image. It's my pink gerbera daisy print. But I turned it blue. Then took the eraser feature and turned the center back to the original colouring.. the hot pink colour & the yellow center. The rest of it is different shades of blues. Just a silly fun thing to do. I like how this looks. I'm working on some ideas on working with my photos. Making some collages & some weird things with my photos. Enjoy! ---Heather 'Aktie9' :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

And the WINNER IS....

Melanie of is my winner. Congratulations Melanie! Thank you for your kind praise and enjoyment of my artwork. This is Melanie's shop mini from etsy.

I had a little blog giveaway going on here. It was my very first one. It ended on March 15th 2009. The entrants were asked to please go to my etsy shop: and choose an item in my shop that they liked and would like to win. They came back here and posted their choices. Then on Midnight of the 15th I used to choose a number. #10 was the winner!
Melanie chose my Pink Gerbera Daisy as her favourite item in my shop.
Located here:

Enjoy your Gerbera Daisy Print. I hope you love it very much!

Thanks everyone for joining in. It was lots of fun for me. I am planning another one, as I type. XOXO Heather :)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Fav Quote of the Day!

"Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do" -- Voltaire

I'm glad I stopped my car for this little pooch. I'm glad Duke barked like a maniac when he saw her on the sidewalk all alone. It's been 2 years since we found this little Chihuahua girl. No, she hasn't gotten any better with the potty habits. I've just gotten better at picking the poop up faster.She does do it in the same spot every time. So this is at least something. She does wee outside pretty good.
It's just the poop for some weird reason. So I'm keeping her close to me... and watching for the signals. It does take some doing. It does stress me out some. I'm still glad for her. I'm still willing to put up with her.

She's a great little dog. She's a handy friend to have. She is a wonderful companion. I don't think my having to pick up her poop is a hard duty, in exchange for keeping her safe, feeding her and keeping her healthy. She does some great things for me. Like: Bark like a maniac whenever the wind blows. I'm a little bit of a nervous nelly sometimes. I don't like being alone all day with the kids. So she's handy to have around to let me know when a leaf blows by the window. Just in case it's a deadly nighshade leaf & really super poisonous.

Thank you Minnie. Here's to more years spent enjoying you!

Happy Rescueversary #2! ----Heather "aktie9" :)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Don't mess with us, we're a family. ;)

Just a little tongue in cheek there for ya, on the title. I had this made on for my husband for Valentine's day. 2009 was our 15th Valentine's Day. We plan on putting this on our living room wall when it gets painted this spring. This is just the sample, the colour is different. I had it made in a dark brown, as we plan on painting the living room a mint green or sage green colour. I also had a vinyl sticker made for my husband that says Be My Valentine Forever, and one that says Welcome. I was planning it for the front door. However, now with the new front door we have, it's not going to work. I might be adding it into my next blog giveaway. My loss is your gain!

Shop where I purchased the vinyl stickers:

---Heather :)

A new idea for my etsy shop

Picnik collageflowers, originally uploaded by Aktie9.

Just playing around with the photo's today. Working on a less expensive way to purchase some of my photos. This one is a bust however, as I didn't notice there is a border around the bottom of the purple morning glory flower.

---Heather :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fun with

Go to Go to create. Put in a url you like or own on the wordle site. Like your blog or somewhere that has things you enjoy. Then hit submit. It will pop out a bunch of words on a chalkboard.. or another cool effect. It's so cool. 10 seconds of fun. Worth about a nickel, I think. But fun. If it's not completely obvious I used the posting below as the link on wordle. Hence the author names.

---Heather :)

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I'm upset with the BBC..

The BBC has a list of 100 great books to read. How do your reading habits stack up? Share.

Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read. I've read 42. I got some reading to do..

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (X )
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (X )
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (X )
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling ( X)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (X)
6 The Bible - (two different versions)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (X )
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (X)
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (X )
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (X )
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy ( )
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller ()
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (most)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier()
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (X )
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (X)
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger ()
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (X )
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (X )
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens ( )
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck ( X)
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (X )
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (X)
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy ()
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (X)
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (X)
34 Emma - Jane Austen ()
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen ( )
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis ( X)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - ( )
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres ()
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (X )
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne (X)
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell (X)
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (X )
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ()
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins ( )
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery (X )
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood ()
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (tried)
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan ()
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel ()
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen ( )
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zifon ( )
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (X)
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon ()
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ( )
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (X)
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov ( )
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt ()
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold ()
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas ()
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac ( X)
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding ( )
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie ( )
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville (X)
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (X )
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker (X)
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (X)
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson ()
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray ()
80 Possession - AS Byatt ( )
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (X)
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell ( )
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker ( X)
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry ()
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White (X)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (X)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad ()
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery ()
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams ( X)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas (X)
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare (X )
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (X )
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (X)

NO mention of Cyrano De Bergerac? WHY? I'm befuddled.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Spring I invoke thee..

I'm tired of the snow, of winter's long cold slumber. It's time for spring, it's time for the earth to awaken. Please I beseech you let the warm rays of the sun melt the snow & warm the ground. Let SPRING begin things again. ---Heather :)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

My best friend..

Because I love you, dearest internet webby friends of mine. I tell you the following:

My Best friend in Middle School/High School died of a Cerebral Aneurysm. Please see the wiki link below for more details. Experience any of the symptoms please seek medical attention immediately. I know it's hard to read that. It sure is for me. But, I feel that it is that important to put the information out there, so folks can learn about these maladies. I miss her so much. I think about her often & keep her memories in my heart. ---Heather

Follow me on twitter!

This is my bird on a wire. I drew in him in 2003 on my computer. He is a part of a larger collection of little computer *paint program* drawings. I drew these for a little book I made for my son when he was in utero. I have some listed in my Etsy store: I usually have them printed out 4x6 style by a professional photo printer. I can't make them any larger at this time. As the resolution gets wacky. They are meant to be tiny little art drawings. I can make them smaller like ACO sized. I'm planning on printing some out and doing some work with them as ACOs very soon. I've got loads of project ideas.. always plenty of ideas.. never enough time. ;)

The birdy says:"Follow Heather on twitter."

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