Saturday, November 28, 2009

Photo Challenge 42

Good Saturday, everyone!
I finally got my challenge done this week, despite the fact that I didn't have my camera with me.
Yup, you heard me right- I didn't have my camera. But I did have my phone :)
Today was the first time that I went hunting in over 2 years, and I decided to use my phone to take pictures of my surroundings. It's not often that I am up before sunrise (on purpose, anyway) so I used that. The sky was absolutely brilliant blue just before the sun came up, and I couldn't quite get the beautiful panorama around me, so I took a whole bunch of pics and put them together on my new laptop with photoshop.My laptop has bluetooth, and so does my phone, so I (jonathan, actually) figured out how to make the two of them talk to each other, and I could upload the photos from the phone directly onto the computer, no cords required. Whoa, how cool is that?!?!

I had to admit, the above photo was inspired by my dad's entry, with layering the sky in different angles and stuff to get this neato effect... so thanks, dad!

This week's challenge was to take pictures of the sky, and you can see other people's entries and the rules for the challenge when you click here.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

Colossians 3:15,16

new look for Ebeling Art Studio

So, as many of you know, I have my own business. And, well, I decided that it's time to update the look, get things more coordinated, more streamline.
SO I had creative time today, after J man was done with his screamfest and finally went down at 7:30 after not having slept ALL DAY...... ahem. back to creative time.
My current website is a little....dark. I had a momentous inspiration time last night (after having finished off an entire bottle of wine with my hubby... yay for date night!) and my mind wouldn't stop turning, working, thinking.
I need to brighten it up, add a little texture, but not too much to take away from the artwork and photographs, and have a smidgen of color. And here is what I came up with and threw together today while watching a dark, ominous movie (I won't mention which one, since I am not entirely sure it was a legal copy...):

thoughts? criticisms? suggestions??
I'd love to hear what you all think!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009


It's been a long, LONG week.
Mostly cuz I've been dealing with a sick little J man. He started a fever last wednesday, we figure. He felt pretty warm, but was acting completely normal, so I didn't really think anything of it.
But then on Thursday, while he was at the babysitter's house, he apparently tried napping on their floor and was acting kind of miserable. This is odd because he had just woken up from his nap when he got there.
We had our usualy thursday night get-together, and he was just SO clingy- didn't want to even play with the Duplos- which is also very unusual. When we finally got home, I took his temperature, and it was over 103 (under the armpit- so really we should add one more degree to that, and it was over 104) Despite alternating Tylenol and motrin every couple of hours, the fever rarely dipped blow that point. So we took him into Urgent care on Saturday, where they diagnosed him with an ear infection, which was a surprise for them, since he wasn't showing any other symptoms like pulling on his ear or runny/stuff nose.
They prescribed amoxycillan and we were good. 10 days, every 8 hours he would get a dosage of the awesome pink stuff.

But then on Sunday, the poor little guy started getting little raw, red spots EVERYWHERE on his torso, neck, face, and some on his legs. And on Monday it was worse. So I stopped giving his the amoxycillan, and called his regular pediatrician. She was able to squeeze me in right away to take a look at him, and sure enough, the red stuff all over his body was an allergic reaction to the medication. But then she looked into his ears- and said that the infection was mild enough that his body should heal itself on its own. No more meds.
I'm good with that!

So, long story short, $65 copay to get into Urgent care on Saturday, $14 for the medication, and then a $35 copay to see his pediatrician on Monday, and now we are back to where we started from. No meds, letting his body heal on its own.
Small price to pay to know my baby will be well :)

Oh, and on Thursday night, my sister, Mandy, had baby #4 :) We are SO happy to see you, Miss Jordyn Grace! Can't wait to meet you in person~
If you want to see pictures of her, just click here


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Photo Challenge

This week's challenge is an exercise dealing with the Law of Thirds (LOT).
The rules were to take 3 photographs of the same subject in three different ways, or take one photo, and crop it three different ways.
I chose to take one photo and crop it three ways, since my little J man is sick, and I couldn't do a separate photo shoot for this assignment. So I am using little Addison, whose pictures I took 2 weeks ago, along with her family. She slept through the WHOLE session, and I couldn't resist taking one of her snuggled up, sinking into her parent's comforter.
I really enjoy utilizing the LOT in my photography, so this was a fun little challenge!

this is the original image:

this one is really elegant and minimalist-
the profile of the baby created a beautiful line from the top to the bottom

I like how there seems to be a balance of very dark on the L
compared with the very white of the baby on the R- it is more pronounced in this image.

to see the rules of the challenge, and other people's entries, click here

Thanks for the comments *wink**wink*


Monday, November 16, 2009

Once upon a November

I had the privelage of photographing two of my very good friends' wedding this past weekend, James and Brenda.
Although I didn't have as much time as I generally do with the couple, we ended up with some really lovely shots!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

My passion.

I just gotta talk about stripes.
I love them
I mean, I really, really, REALLY love stripes.
I am really, really REALLY glad that they are back in style, cuz otherwise my child would be stuck wearing stripes, and being un-trendy. Which, I know if he's anything like me (or my hubby) is bound to happen sometime in his life.
But for now, he's runway-ready.
I got these awesome baby legs legwarmers from babysnazz. And, if you are interested, they are having a give-away of TWENTY legwarmers of your choice,
and all you have to do is answer one question in their survey. Just go to their site, Win 20 Pairs of Baby Leg Warmers from babySNAZZ!
And maybe your baby can be stripey, too!

(don't mind the look on his face- that's just what he does when he's out in bright light...)
Thanks, Auntie Sarah, for hanging out with him!