Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Jelliesssssssss..

Jellyfish Swimming.

*if this photo was of a person, it would have hit the cutting room floor. Since it's not. It's pretty, colourful.. and in my etsy shop. Not sure it's gonna stay there tho. Altho for me.. I love it! Folks buying might not.

--Heather :)

New Shop Banner for Etsy

For the days when I'm blue..


jellies as a banner

For the days when I'm pink..


Hearts afire as a banner


--Heather :)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Old meets new..

Old tech meets New tech.


This week was one for the history books. No, not like that. I saved a few items from obscurity, from sitting in a closet or sitting in a shop just waiting to be re-loved. I purchased a 35 MM Camera, the donation (see here) price is going to charity. Then, over the weekend, I found a Vintage Elvis record, as in a LP. You know, a vinyl record. I do have a record player, and plan on showing the kiddos how it works. I had one in middle school & loved fooling around with it, till I met the Beastie Boys on a mix tape, of course. I'm all about history & learning from the past, and keeping it alive somehow. My Grandfather's both of them were in the Wars/Great Depression and told me a lot about the subjects and it left a great impact on me, that I find has helped shape the person I am. One with a very deep soul, and I want that for my kids as well, so they can learn and use the skills and history in their lives & make a difference.

Used wool jacket..

I also found a lovely used dark turquoise wool coat. Considering using this to make some mp3 player socks, and sweaters. Also a sewing kit, which will possibly become a X-Mas/Solstice/Hannukah/Kwanzaa present for family members.


Found a pair of leather clogs too, used of course. I don't believe in buying leather new and having any more animals hurt because of it. I do however, believe that if something is already made & used, then this is OK to wear or buy. I'm all about recycling in as many ways as possible. Now the shoes are cool as is. I was planning on painting them tho, course every time I find a pair I end up liking them too much. Perhaps my old Danskos will become painted instead. I wanna have really LOUD arty footwear, that is also comfortable. Hence, the used shoe angle.

I also found an old Hamilton beach mixing bowl, stainless steel. In excellent condition, I know this isn't that exciting. Cepting I have two, count em, two Hamilton Beach mixers. One was my Gram's and one was my Mom's. Mom's is stainless, and Gram's was white. Gram's was different in that it came with white bowls vs the stainless. Makes me wonder what colour bowls the robin's egg blue mixers came with. The mixers both still work just fine. Altho kinda slow in comparison to some newer mixers out there today, but they get the job done just fine. Usually I use a egg beater or something when mixing batter, but once in a while for a special occasion, or if I'm doing two different batters at once I break one or the other mixer out. Yes, it's because of posterity that I keep these mixers & memories and for one of my son's when they begin cooking on their own. I also keep them, since they still work. Amazing craftmanship, they just don't make things like this anymore, or at least, not without a big pricetag & made in China attached.

I also have a used treadmill. I had set aside the moula to buy a brand new one, when craigslist insanity struck! I decided to find one used, or almost new. I lucked out stellar! A lady had one and had partially put it together, lost a couple pieces and gave up. So brand new, never used, just waiting for me to come along with my reused ingenuity and buy the parts needed for it & put it together. DONE! I love it, it's awesome and has been keeping me happy for a long time now.


Rescued Bodum

Lastly, I saved a Bodum Coffee Press from a secondhand store. It's not vintage, or different, they are pretty popular out there. Since my off brand one was dropped after 10 years of love, I needed a new one, but decided I'd try to find a used one. Or at least give it a good College try to locating one. Basically, I'm walking the walk and talking the talk. Not only do I talk recycle, I actually do the recycle thing to, in more ways than just sending items to the recycle bin.


XOXO --Heather :)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

And The Winner of My Blog Contest is!

Photo #2 of coffee table book.


Valerie, of palafoxstudio23 !! Congrats Valerie! Enjoy the photo book!

XOXO Heather :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

How do I love thee, Slidel..

Slidel the Otter crop (wm)


Slidel the Otter2 (watermarked)


Sooooo very much! He's one of my fav photos! Just sold another photo of him in my shop. 20% of the purchase price is going here: ***20% of all sales from this shop all month long: go to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary who are preparing to clean and care for animals affected by the horrible oil disaster happening in the Gulf Coast: http://www.seabirdsanctuary.com/ ** The rest of the money, I'm going to send to Sea Shepherd's Clean the Gulf Campaign.


XOXO Heather :)

Come with me into the NIGHT!

Last light


Last light on the lake..


Imagine..


Get high in the sky..

Let's be merry together....

Horsing around..


--Heather :)

Another Pink Sky At Night

Pink skies at night


Does not lessen the Sailor's Delight. {Wink, GRIN} --Heather :)

Blogging is more than a writing thing for me..

Looks like I was punched in the face with...


Sometimes blogging is just a record. A log even. A log of the photos I have taken, the ones that are important, either for the shop or even just to record the daily changes of my face. So scary that these photos are. They are important on some level. Just posting them to flickr isn't enough this day in age. They need to be copyrighted, so that someone doesn't go off and steal them & use them for their own gain. yes, I hate to mention this, at all. My husband on the other hand is always, always getting red in the face about this to me. Just five seconds ago actually. So this evening is a tribute to saving, recording, and copyrighting my artwork & photos. Sorry for the extra mad crazy amounts of posting I'm doing. He's right. He often is about things. He has some intuition about things. He thinks my photography is worth saving, making sure that it's safe. That it is that important to him, to mention the being careful thing to.. this just really impresses & flatters me. I had to mention it. He's cool. I love him so much. I'm so glad he's got my back, and that he is so supportive of me. I'm very very lucky, in this regard.

XOXO Heather :)


It's not easy being green...

Driving..

A few of my fav things..


Three of my fav things are shown in the photo. Driving. Photography. Volvos.

--Heather :)

My Son is an Artist!

Liam's really cool, superfly drawing

So cool.. so proud of him! XOXO Heather :)

Capturing Nature..

Smile


Orange you glad, I'm ready for my closeup?

Is my fav thing to do! --Heather :)

More New Shots!

What colour do you see?


Love leaves..

Some Brand New Shots!

Sky leaves tree branch..


Purple grass blur

--Heather :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I made a PINK treasury on Etsy!

Some fun pink pretties.. just in a pink mood lately. I'm happy, smiley and wearing a lot of pink recently. I love it!

Pink Treasury


Hope you enjoy PINK too! --Heather :)

For a limited time you can see the PINK treasury here.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Quote of the Day!

God made man stronger but not necessarily more intelligent. He gave women intuition and femininity. And, used properly, that combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I've ever met. Farrah Fawcett



--Heather :)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Press Release for SOS Thrift


S.O.S Definition..




1.The letters represented by the Morse Code signal · · · - - - · · ·, used as an international distress signal, especially by ships and aircraft. 2. A call or signal for help. 3. Now a call or signal to shop SOS thrift, an online marketplace to help Sea Shepherd Conservation Society clean up the Gulf Oil Spill and efforts to save animals and habitats affected by the oil crisis.



The ocean is crying out for help. I think the distress call is loud and clear. Every year it gets worse, we treat the oceans, the planet worse and worse. While this might be the understatement of the century, we can do something to help. Luckily, someone has heard that call and is doing something positive about it. In her spare time from raising two lovely little girls, Pippi has opened up a weekend thrift store online. Items are being listed (as they come in or as time allows ) and will continue to do so. You can donate or you can shop! Wonderful quality items are there for your perusal,from the handmade world and also some gently used items as well. You get two kinds of shopping in one convenient, online place.







 Please head on over to check it out: www.SOSthrift.blogspot.com



All monies collected, sans shipping is being donated to Sea Shepherd's Gulf Rescue Campaign. See their site here: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-100517-1.html Sea Shepherd is working with the US Gov and others in the campaign to stop and rescue the Gulf area from the BP Oil Spill. They will be securing a third boat and training volunteers in Hazmat work. Cleaning animals they find and rescuing them from the oil spill effects. We are all hopeful they will save many, many lives and do great work. We are all here to lend them our support and stand behind them in pride.



Pippi's enthusiasm has already spread to several of her friends to help donate their time and expertise to getting the message out, and donating and also helping to facilitate the shop as well. One person sure can make a difference, it only takes some action.



Sincerly, Heather Henry


Artist and Photographer


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Branching out..

In my Etsy shop, I've decided to do some branching out, into artsy, fartsy, people photography.

Me in the SAAB mirror

In celebration of that, I've decided to list one of my self portraits. It's a very personal image, one that has a lot of meaning behind it. Love behind it. Fun behind it. I'm in love with a car, and I have been for a long long time. I don't see anything ruining that relationship, ever. So I thought good long and hard and found my absolut' fav image of me, with my auto. This is that image. I shot it in my 1988 900 Turbo. This vehicle has been mine for a number of years, purchased for a song.

The vehicle has something in the neighborhood of 230K miles on it, and is now in the garage bay getting an overhaul. It's a work of love.

Now, since I'm opening up my photography into people, I need some models. I need some practice with real people, doing real things. If you are in the Worcester, Mass area, and are interested in modeling & getting some free photos taken for a portfolio, or for fun, you only have to ask. hskoconnor@gmail.com

XOXO Thanks for looking, Heather :)

The Gulf Coast Blues, an Etsy Treasury

By KathleenMarieKelly




The Treasury is here for a limited time. Please check it out. Click & comment, if you like.

Shops included are:

Aktie9, KathleenMarieKelly, Kakirra, JuniperJournals,HelpGulfCoast, squirrelbunny, letterhappy, iktomi, LichenandLychee,artfortheheart,WillieandLu, ShannonMiranda, FableandLore, folkartbydonna,

XOXO Heather :)

P.S: Once the treasury expires, you can see it here. It's larger on this webpage.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Quote of the Day!

We don’t move the needle at all by talking to a bunch of people who already agree with us. The way we create change is by starting a dialogue with those who don’t.”

--Leilani Munter

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

We're selling to help the Animals affected by the BP Oil Disaster


Thank you to Cari of
Loveluca for lending me this lovely photo.

Ever since the BP oil spill happened, I've been spinning my wheels. Wondering what to do to help, I have two kids and it's a full time job, so heading down there to actively participate in the cleanup process isn't going to happen, at least right now. I might get my chance of course, doesn't look like cleanup is going to happen overnight.

When Lisa of Pandawithcookie told the Etsyveg street team her plans. I jumped right up onto the bandwagon and helped myself to the reins. ;)

She posted her donation idea: "***20% of all sales go to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary who are preparing to clean and care for animals affected by the horrible oil disaster happening in the Gulf Coast: seabirdsanctuary. ****"

I decided I'd do the same thing & asked around on the other street teams I'm on & the one I help facilitate, if others would like to help too. The response was immediate! People out there are concerned and looking to do something, anything to help out.


Heather from the Thebluewindmill is donating 30% of this item to

Jesse from GingerCardCo is donating 10% from her shop.


My shop is donating 20% of all sales till July 8th to Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.


Krugsecologic is donating 30% of sales till July 8th also to Suncoast.


Heather's shop Anthropomorphisis is doing 10% donation from her gemstone jewelery.

Pippi's shop is donating ALL proceeds to Sea Shepherd. She has also opened up an a Online Thrift Store that is donating proceeds as well to Sea Shepherd.


Twigandleafbotanical
is also helping out. By donating 20% of our sales to the National Wildlife Federation's Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund.

Athena said:
I will donate 30% of the sale of this frame to the relief effort.


Jade said: I'll happily donate 20% of sales from my shop, Mumbot.

Kimba of KimbasCritters said:

I would love to help out here! I will gladly donate 20% of any items sold till July 8th to the Sanctuary.

15% of all sales from SmileBernice through July 11th will go to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.

Maggie from M's Knits and Things is also joining us till the 8th with 20% of her sales.

Yvonne from Karramandi, Collarmegorgeous, kakirra, and Juniperjournals has also stepped up to donate 20% from any of her shops to the Seacoast Sanctuary.

Lucy of luniquejewellery is also donating 20% of her sales, check her etsy shop for more information.

This shop here has also joined us. From June 3 through June 20, 20% of every sale in my Etsy shop will go to the National Audubon Society to aid in the Gulf oil spill cleanup.

This shop here also joined us, she is donating 10% of her sales to support the Gulf oil spill disaster cause with Defenders of Wildlife.

I will edit this page as time goes on & others join forces. Please check individual shop announcements for end dates on this sale. This shop on Etsy has been dedicated to selling items to help the Gulf Coast also.

We have a new friend selling to help this cause. Their shop is here. They are being very generous! 60% of sales go to this effort. See their shop announcement, below:

♦ ♦ HELP RESCUE THE GULF ANIMALS WITH DOLCEBELLA! ♦ ♦ 60% of profit goes toward either the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Save the Manatees Club or the Sea Turtle Restoration Project! (If you would like to donate to a specific cause please indicate so in a message after your purchase♥)


Thanks for checking this out & helping! Heather :)

Some of the teams involved are: The Vegan Etsy Team. Check their blog here. The EFA team their blog is here and also the Etsyveg street team here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

After The Drownpour..

Hovering over the treeline..

After the storm had ended yesterday afternoon, we took a ride around Worcester county to see the skies, and let the not feeling so well kiddos nap in the car. All kinds of low, big, white, puffy clouds.. and then the other side of the are was all dark and gloomy. I was desperate for light & blue.. so I focused on that the most. Gets tiring seeing the gloomy after you've spent all weekend underneath it & the pelting rain falling on the roof, when you wanted to be outside gardening. Blah! Oh well.. got to use our cool camping stove.

Wild Clouds..

Found out from the area authorities, our town is a tiny village of podunk, and to always expect it to be at least 4-6 hours when the power goes off. IF we are lucky that is. Went off around 5:22 PM came back on around 11:50 PM.. wow, they were right on the money. Bet they've done this before?! ;)

Wild skies from the car..


In larger towns, cities they can usually route the *troubled area* down to one road & switch *most* of the folks to that power line & turn them on, sometimes within 30 minutes. I recall living in one of these towns & our power got knocked out it auto switched within minutes. Literally. So living here has been a eye-opening change.

Skies on fire

Don't for one minute feel bad for me. Sometimes it takes me a second or two, but I always remember. The view we have is well worth the price we pay for living in the sticks.

XOXO --Heather :)

See more Sunsets in my Flickr stream so you can really sob for me.

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