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New Camera!!

So, I realized my camera was 5 yrs old.  Nothing wrong with it, just “outdated”.  Thought it might be time for an upgrade so I started looking….and yesterday I got the Nikon D7100!

Here are the first few pics taken with the new camera.  I had to use it before my daughter uses it at the game tonight!

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and new photos!

I’ve finally updated the website with more of my favorite photos from 2013 and into 2014.

2 weeks ago we were hit with the polar vortex and the Blizzard of ’14.  Frigid cold temps and brutal winds left behind some wintery beauty!  I took a drive up to Niagara Falls and along Lake Erie- here’s a couple of my favorites, check out my site for more!

Flowing and Frozen

Flowing and Frozen

While the falls didn’t actually freeze, there was a lot of ice along the falls, the gorge and in the trees.  It was starting to thaw and all you could hear was “snap, crackle, pop” as the ice fell out of the trees.

 

Blue River Ice

Blue River Ice

Saw this blue ice along the upper Niagara near the water intakes.  I’ve never seen blue ice before!

 

Mountains along the Shore

Mountains along the Shore

Along the lake shore were these 10-12 foot “mountains” of ice, presumably from the high winds and below zero temps!

Autumn in WNY

I think the best time to see WNY is in the fall.  The colors of the hills and mountains is unbelievable!  Yesterday the family spent the day in Allegheny State Park (and stopped at the Ellicotville craft show on the way home!) and spent today at the Letchworth State Park (another big craft show then had to take pics of the falls).  This year, maybe because of the summer drought, the colors are especially vivid!  Here are a few of my favorites.

Please see my website: jillscreativeendeavors.weebly.com for more photos.  I am starting to run out of room here so I’m going to post more photos on the website!  Please don’t be shy! 🙂

A Creative Day

Today I had the rare opportunity to spend a couple hours in my room with little interuption.  I got caught up on my ATC FUN swaps and tried a couple “mini” ATCs- one is 1/2 the size (1×3) and the other business card size.  I have a lot of cards that I received from VistaPrint so I used those!  Here are a few, please see my ATC gallery for more of todays work!

These are my business cards.  I stuck them to contact paper to keep them together and painted them with gesso and acrylic

Business cards

This is a book mark that I made for a mingle in the FUN group

One of my minis- I liked them so much I had to make one for myself!

Black and White and Color

I belong to a very active ATC group – ATC FUN.  And through this group I’ve “met” (online but not in person) LOTS of creative ladies and love following their blogs.  One talented lady, Raeven, had posted a few black and white images that she added color to (check out her blog here) and I thought it was a great idea! So….I selected several of my favorite photos that I’ve taken over the past couple years, converted them to black and white and printed them.  I added some selective color with pastels and here are a few of my favorites:

Amarylis from behind

Lower Falls

Dew on a Petal

Twin Daffodils

New Website!

Well, I’ve realized that my blog started out for my photography and artwork.  Then I added a little of everything!  But, my photography seems to be buried among everything else, so….I created a website specifically to display my photography!

I’ve picked my favorites from the past couple years and will continue adding to it as the months go by.  I’ve also added a special gallery for weddings!

I love wordpress and will continue to post my “creative endeavors” here.  My new website will also free up a little space for pics of artwork and other projects! 🙂

Please, take a look and let me know what you think!

JillsCreativeEndeavors.weebly.com

Have a great week!

 

ATCs

Now that the Christmas rush is over I found a few minutes to spend in my room.  I had joined a couple of ATC swaps in my favorite ATC FUN group and needed to get working on them!  I finally got them done and a couple I liked so much I had to make extra to keep for myself!  They went postal today and this set is on it’s way to the Netherlands!

fingerprint swap

In December I won the monthly lottery and was lucky to receive 13 beautiful winter themed ATCs.  One of them was a layered scene; I loved the technique, called paper tole, and thought I’d try it myself.  I printed off 3 copies of one of my own photos and took a stab at it…and loved it!

City Hall Reflection tole

This is an awkward angle but I tried to show the layers of the card:

City Hall Reflection tole- side view

Please take a look at my ATC gallery to see the rest of the cards I’ve made recently!

 

 

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