26 Jul 2010

And the winner is…

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Thank you to everyone who commented on the blog and on the studio page on facebook! I added the number of blog comments (24!) to the facebook comments (13!) for a total of 37 comments. Each of the comments was given a number – blog posts are 1-24, then facebook 25-37. Then I went to random.org to generate a number. And the winner is….

#25 – Carla J Myers! Email your address to me and I’ll get the tile on its way!

23 Jul 2010

Giving away.

The trip to California is planned. Two dogs and a Mom and a bit of art work in a Honda Element – google maps says 1,555 miles. Wahoo!

So I make a list of things to pack. I know what I need to set up the artwork. But traveling with dogs… that is where I begin to feel concern. I want to be prepared. So I have been shopping. I hate buying stuff that I will not use.

These crates look awesome!? Two would fit so perfectly in the back of the Element. But would wire be better? They would rattle, I would think…

So time for a give away! Here is your question:

“What is your favorite item you have purchased for your dog(s)?”

One 6.5 x 8.5 inch oval “Eat, Sleep, Run” tile to the winner.

To enter the contest, answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post or comment on this post on my studio’s page on facebook.

Please, one entry per person. No entries after 9:00 pm Pacific Time Sunday, July 25. Winner will be chosen at random. I’ll announce the winner on Monday morning. Have a great weekend!

26 Nov 2009

Thanks.

Three Greyhounds and Sarah_4137514512_o
“I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.”  ~William Shakespeare

26 Apr 2009

And now for a brief interruption.

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Mea culpa, Internet Explorer 6 users. I know there are quite a few of you out there who cannot read this blog (because only half of the page loads). I’m trying to fix this as fast as my feeble, tech-head will process.

So here’s the dilemma. Should I scratch this site design and start over with something I know will work for everyone? Encourage everyone to upgrade to IE 7 (or even IE 8! Better yet move on over to Firefox…)? I loathe the idea of broken links from a new site design.

7 Feb 2009

Yvonne Sovereign.

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Pretty cool stuff happens. Like when renowned artist/painter/whippet fancier, Yvonne Sovereign, asked to use MY greyhounds as models for a few of her oil paintings!

Oh my Dog!

Winchester by Yvonne Sovereign

Annie by Yvonne Sovereign

WOW! Awesome! Wonderful! Hurray! I think she’s capture both Greyhounds fabulously!

You must see Yvonne’s website and read her artist’s blog.

2 Feb 2009

Decisions, decisions.

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This is a camera equipment post. Two questions.

I want a new tripod. I use it for photographing artwork in the studio — I’m not packing it into the mountains. I want it to be easily adjustable with a level at all possible. I occasionally use a macro lens when photographing work and don’t want the tripod going all wonky on me. Under $100 please. What tripod should I buy?

Next, should I buy a camera bag? Right now I’m using a white plastic grocery sack.

Here’s why I’m tempted — I hate carrying my camera out to the dog park with the wet, dirty dogs. I’m afraid I’m going to whack the camera lens on stuff. So a bag seems like the way to go. But I don’t want to buy another thing that I’m not going to actually use. What is the best bag for a Canon Rebel XSi?

17 Jan 2009

Yeah! Facebook!

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If you’re a friend with me on facebook you already know this — due to some fancy setting that I don’t fully understand, the posts from this blog end up on my facebook profile. That means…yes!… that the last two months of posts *aren’t* gone! There they are on facebook.

Oh my golly.

I’m not sure why I’m so concerned about those last two months of posts, but I was feeling pretty bad that they were gone. Silly, I know. And yes, Robin, one can backup their blog… the last time I did it was November 7th….

So anyway. I’m happy. And it is 34 degrees outside right now. And the sun is shining. Go Saturday!

PS- Despite my sometimes anti-social aspects of my personality I like friends. Especially facebook friends.

15 Jan 2009

Pardon my mess…

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I tend to approach problems in the Thomas Edision way

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~ Thomas A. Edison

I think I’ve found nearly that while trying to fix this blog. And after the smoke cleared I discovered the simple solution.

Goodbye November and December blog posts and comments. I’ll miss you…

Give me a few days… I’ll get the site back to normal (whatever that is!)

23 Dec 2008

99.

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This meme is floating around. While I usually don’t play, this one seemed sort of… well, something.

So the rules are: if you’ve already done the thing it needs to be in bold. Things I want to do are italicized and things I haven’t done/don’t want to do are in plain font.

THE 99 THINGS MEME

1. Started your own blog. (I would have to say yes to this one…)
2. Slept under the stars. (First time was girl scout camp on the shore of Gascoyne Lake)
3. Played in a band.
4. Visited Hawaii. (Not high on my list of places I want to go, but I’d like to someday.)
5. Watched a meteor shower.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity. (Hello, Greyhound adoption. Doesn’t everybody involved do this?)
7. Been to Disneyland/world. (Disneyland, not Disneyworld. No big desire for Florida).
8. Climbed a mountain. (Technically mountain, but nothing really, really big).
9. Held a praying mantis.
10. Sang a solo. (Church choir — maybe third grade?)
11. Bungee jumped. (No thank you…)
12. Visited Paris. (Want to go back…)
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea. (Nauseous on boats. I think I actually turn green).
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.
15. Adopted a child. (I’ve adopted Greyhounds… does that count?)
16. Had food poisoning. (Rapid City Pizza place. Never eaten pizza in Rapid City since)
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty. (Never been to NYC. On my list of things to do).
18. Grown your own vegetables.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France. (Slightly disappointed about the glass)
20. Slept on an overnight train.
21. Had a pillow fight.
22. Hitch hiked. (This creeps me out).
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill. (Never had a job with sick days. Doesn’t work when you are self-employed).
24. Built a snow fort. (Oh my gosh, like every winter as a child).
25. Held a lamb.
26. Gone skinny dipping.
27. Run a marathon. (I’d like to have said that I’ve done it more than actually doing it…)
28. Ridden a gondola in Venice. (In spring, thank goodness!)
29. Seen a total eclipse.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset. (Hasn’t everyone done this?)
31. Hit a home run.
32. Been on a cruise. (see #13).
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person. (Have driven near in, but never stopped).
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. (Mostly).
35. Seen an Amish community.
36. Taught yourself a new language. (does HTML count?)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person. (Pyramids in Egypt are higher on my list!)
39. Gone rock climbing.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person.
41. Sung Karaoke. (No, never.)
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant.
44. Visited Africa.
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
46. Been transported in an ambulance.
47. Had your portrait painted.
48. Gone deep sea fishing. (See #13).
49. Seen the Sistine chapel in person. (Hot, lots of people, but amazing).
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (Cold, lots of people, but amazing).
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling. (Not big on swimming, boats, etc.)
52. Kissed in the rain.
53. Played in the mud.
54. Gone to a drive-in theater. (I’m not sure about this one. There was a drive-in in Baker Montana, but I don’t remember every going).
55. Been in a movie.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China.
57. Started a business.
58. Taken a martial arts class.
59. Visited Russia.
60. Served at a soup kitchen.
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies.
62. Gone whale watching. (See #13).
63. Gotten flowers for no reason.
64. Donated blood.
65. Gone sky diving.
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
67. Bounced a check.
68. Flown in a helicopter.
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy. (Have lots of my toys in the attic).
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial. (Many times. Probably my favorite DC Monument).
71. Eaten Caviar. (Not my favorite).

72. Pieced a quilt.
73. Stood in Times Square. (Would like to visit NYC!)
74. Toured the Everglades.
75. Been fired from a job.
76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London.
77. Broken a bone. (Wrist, falling off a bicycle as a kid).
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.
80. Published a book. (Imagine a big “Sarah Snavely” coffee table book of Greyhound sculptures).
81. Visited the Vatican.
82. Bought a brand new car. (Nah. Slightly used is fine with me).
83. Walked in Jerusalem.
84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
85. Read the entire Bible.
86. Visited the White House.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox.
89. Saved someone’s life.
90. Sat on a jury.
91. Met someone famous.
92. Joined a book club.
93. Lost a loved one.

94. Had a baby.
95. Seen the Alamo in person.
96. Swum in the Great Salt Lake.
97. Been involved in a law suit.
98. Owned a cell phone.
99. Been stung by a bee.

21 Dec 2008

Ted.

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You know about ted.com? Probably everybody does, but I finally clicked a link in a email from a friend and… wowweee!!!

Having a ball playing the TED talks on my laptop as I work in the studio.

Here’s a cool video to get started:

16 Dec 2008

Miscellaneous.

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Miscellaneous is one of my favorite words. Also lascivious. And Pterodactyl. The problem with Pterodactyl is that it doesn’t come up much in conversation.

I have to go in front of the Commissioners of our County and ask for money for the library today. Everyone means well, but still this is not something that I relish. The clock is ticking – 3:50 PM today.

One thing that you’ll never want to do is shoot yourself. Just trust me on this. Don’t do it. It is fascinating on the wound care front — I’m not squeamish about blood and stuff — but otherwise ick. Looks like plenty of pain involved too.

It is amazing how -8 degrees Fahrenheit feels warm compared to -20 degrees. Everything is relative?