Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009 Menu

The Prelude (mini lunch)

warm brie drizzled with clover honey
served with bosc pear and fresh baked bread

caramelized onion tart with a golden pastry crust

crostini alla romana
(toasted fresh baked bread with thin sliced
prosciutto and fresh mozzarella drizzled with sage butter)


simple seafood seasoned sauteed shrimp
with class cocktail sauce and lemon

The Main Attraction

fresh spinach salad with wine, honey, fresh herb roasted bosc pears
and a pan juice vinaigrette

brined herb butter golden
roasted turkey
with herb pan gravy

freshly made apple cider cranberry sauce
with a touch of ginger

roasted sweet potatoes topped with a
streusel marshmallow topping

velvety buttery yukon gold mashed potatoes

brown butter and fresh sage sauteed sweet corn

simple blanched green beans
with garlic and a touch of butter

apple and herb stuffing

The Sweet Stuff

freshly baked brown sugar apple pie
with a traditional pie crust
(french vanilla ice cream optional)

freshly baked pumpkin pie
with a homemade graham cracker crust
and freshly whipped cream

Washing it Down

locally made apple cider


(tasted in the wine store -
the woman doing the tasting was even impressed by it)

pinot noir

sparkling pomegranate-apple cider

cranberry and lime italian soda

Hoping you all have a great holiday,

Monday, November 2, 2009

Been Busy

So, I've been busy with some different things and I haven't updated in awhile. I actually started writing an update a few weeks ago and never finished it...

This is just a bit of a quickie update and I'll post a real one later.

People haven't been around for dinner on a regular basis the last few weeks, so I haven't been able to really plan meals. I did make a few great big family and friends kind of dinners though. I made an amazingly juicy falling apart pot roast with roasted root vegetables (carrots and parsnips) with creamy mashed potatoes one week. Then the next week I made roasted salmon with roasted rosemary and thyme baby red potatoes and sauteed green beans. And this past Thursday for my boyfriends birthday I made apple braised turkey thighs with roasted rosemary and thyme baby red potatoes (he loved them the week before) and sauteed asparagus along with a roasted bosc pear salad with goat cheese and homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

However, tonight I'm making pasta with sauteed chicken and a light cream parmesan sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and basil along with a simple spinach salad with sweet cherry tomatoes and sliced cucumber with homemade honey white wine vinaigrette.

I'm not sure what I'll be making for the rest of the week because I'll probably be eating alone several nights. When I eat alone I do like to cook myself something nice, but it's sort of depressing to plan out and since it's just me - if I decide I'm in the mood for something else - it's no biggie to change it up. My mother has been craving the shrimp and corn chowder I made a month or so ago - which is funny because I thought of that the other night too. I might end up making that sometime this week - but fresh corn season is pretty much done in my neck of the woods (I think anyway).

In arty kind of news... There's a lady who puts on some country style craft fairs for the holiday season. I'm not really sure my jewelry or fine art prints would exactly fit in with the kinds of things that are typically sold at these things - but verity would be a good thing in my mind. I was gonna call her to find out if I could get in on the action so to speak. I'm really not sure how people find out about small craft shows like this before they are around the corner...

Also, I made a bunch of pairs of "itty bitty" earrings. Which are sterling silver ear wires with semi-precious gemstone dangles. I also have a piece that combines sterling silver and paper that I've been toying with and I need to finish a few knitted fine silver pieces. I also need to photograph a bunch of stuff including a ton of flat work fine art matted prints, and a few prints that are extra large. I'm debating on how to send the extra large prints because I can cut mats for them, and a few of them already have mats cut... But sending them flat would be expensive compared to sending them rolled in a tube.

Oh, and the new Kurt Halsey calander for 2010 is for sale at Art Star in Philly - on their website and at the actual shop. It'll be on my Christmas list. I've gotten a Kurt Halsey calander every year for a few years now. I love them.

Hey, got any tips on finding local art/craft fairs?


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Meal Planning - week two

So, I ended up planning meals again for the week and went to the grocery store last night and farmer's market today. I got all kinds of goodies - like a beautiful whole chicken and bosc pears and some HUGE sweet yellow onions. I also got some heirloom tomatoes and an avocado for sandwiches along with this oatmeal bread that I really love.

So... This week I've planned 4 meals again - mostly based around a roasted chicken. I'm thinking about maybe doing some homemade pizza on Saturday night if I'm around.

Tuesday (tonight) - Roasted salmon with a maple glaze served over garlicy grains and rice along with broccoli with olive oil and lemon zest.

Wednesday - Roasted chicken with fresh herbs (rosemary and thyme) and roasted bosc pears and shallots served with a spinach/arugula/radicchio, apple, and goat cheese salad and a honey balsamic vinaigrette.

Thursday - Open-faced roasted chicken, apple, and provolone sandwiches on oatmeal bread along with spinach, heirloom tomato, and cucumber salad with apricot/honey white wine vinaigrette.

Friday - Roasted chicken, fresh strawberry, goat cheese, and spinach salad with honey and shallot balsamic vinaigrette.

Yup, I really love making salad dressings from scratch. I mostly end up making a vinaigrette of some sort, but usually go with a balsamic vinaigrette that I love. When I was at the store I almost got a blackberry ginger balsamic vinegar for dressings and noticed an apple balsamic as well... Maybe next time. They both sounded really good.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Double Feature!

This week has been pretty good so far. I've been featured in two different blogs and the week is only starting! I've been spending a decent amount of time in the Etsy Forums and trying to post items regularly (recently it's been renewing an already posted item - I need to get more photographs of a bunch of things) but it's great to feel like the hard work has been "paying off". It hasn't resulted in a bunch of sales, but it has resulted in blog features, being in two treasuries, and tons of item and shop hearts (which I hope will translate into sales closer to Christmas time).

Anyway, the two blogs that featured my jewelry are pretty cool - so go and check them out!

The first is "Good Times as a Young Adult". Two of my sterling silver rings are featured in the jewelry post.

The second feature is on "Fallen Peach". The feature has a bunch of the writer's favorite items and the colors in the chosen items happen to match the color scheme of the blog! Fun, right? Oh, and it's the first time that the "Etsy Tuesday" was done on the blog, so I feel extra honored. : )

Monday, September 14, 2009

Planning and Ideas

So, I was "good" this morning and decided to actually PLAN meals for the week. Sometimes my meals are planned, but it's usually a last minute - oh I need to run to the store to get _______ to make whatever it is for dinner. I guess I got a little inspired and decided to plan meals for most of the week. I only planned until Wednesday figuring there would be leftovers.


Sunday night - Shrimp and corn chowder served with corn bread along with a spinach/arugula/radicchio salad with apple, goat cheese, and a balsamic fig vinaigrette.

Monday night - Meatloaf served with baked macaroni and cheese and sauteed green beans.

Tuesday night - Pear, sharp cheddar, and ham panini on fresh baked country bread along with a baby romaine and roasted beet salad with a balsamic honey vinaigrette.

Wednesday night - Old school chicken cacciatore served over creamy polenta.

So far, there isn't anything left over - the shrimp and corn chowder went over super well and the pot was scraped clean!

On another note I've been toying with the idea of starting an Etsy Team. There isn't one for Bucks County - which includes a bunch of arty kinds of towns along with other surrounding counties that aren't far away. I don't want to have to go into the city to enjoy time with local Etsy goers. I read in the forums that a few people were also looking for a group in the area ... So I'm working on ideas for it - Like a group name and all of that. For right now I think the group would be blog and Flickr based - with blog voting for how often we should actually meet up. Once a month or every two months would be fun. We could get together to go to things like First Friday in New Hope or local galleries shows. Support group members in their gallery shows and maybe even sign up as a group for some local art/craft fairs.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Been Featured - Studio Haus Blog

I got an e-mail on Etsy today from StudioHaus saying that I was featured in their blog! Exciting, right? A pair of my earrings was put into a collage for a favorite items contest. The theme is woodland and my Dashes and Eights Earrings are the featured item. It's Number 6 if you want to stop on over at Studio Haus to vote in the blog entry comments...

Thanks Studio Haus!



EDIT~ Just so you know, voting has ended. Thanks to everyone who went and voted for me.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


The "Quit Your Day Job" articles on The Storque are always inspiring - but the new one featuring a husband and wife team - littlesaplingtoys - is extra inspirational (at least in my eyes). From what I've read in the articles it's usually one person living on their own - or a wife/husband that quits their day job but they have a spouse that is working. This couple both quit their day jobs to work at home AND they have two kids! It's great that they can work from home and spend time with their kids. I think they'll end up with a super close knit family.

Both my parents worked when I was growing up - so I spent a lot of time before school with a babysitter, and after school with a babysitter or afterschool program (when I was older I was alone). So, I'm a bit jealous. I'd have loved to go on bike rides in the morning with my parents.

Go check out the artile on The Storque!


Thursday, September 3, 2009

To the Edge of the Universe - Treasury

So, I've been on a bit of a treasury making kick lately. I made a few before and enjoyed finding items to feature and all that, but I never made this many in a row! Once you get the knack of getting a treasury spot (using Craftopolis's Treasury Clock) it's easy, unless they are at funny hours - staying up insanely late or setting an alarm. This new treasury is the "sister" treasury of the Earthbound treasury I made a few days ago. The Earthbound one was focused on what's here on our planet, this new treasury is focused on what's out THERE... Out in space, in other galaxies, at the edge of the known universe.

To the Edge of the Universe is filled with wonderful pieces, including photographs of actual astrological goodness! The fourth column is lighter than the others because it's the "alternates" column and is usually hidden.

Please go and check the treasury out before it's gone - they don't hang around forever (this one has till Sunday morning)! Leave comments and all that...

Here are the items featured in the screen shot of the treasury from left to right!

Great Orion Nebula - by celestialwonders
2. Double Constellation- Digital Collage Print - by JenMcCleary
3. orbit. fw pearls, hand forged rings and oxidized sterling silver pendant necklace - by organikx
4.1 inch Martingale dog collar--ORBITS-PURPLE - by TrendyHound
5.Reading the Stars - by MiniatureRhino
6.Celeste Earrings - by AntiGenre
7.Fire in the Sky - 8x10 Original Fine Art Photo - by bomobob
8.Orion Necklace - Handmade Lampwork Bead with Long Oxidized Sterling Silver Chain - by PoleStar
9. Andromeda Galaxy Necklace - by metalology
Dandelion Print- 8x10 - by JoannasPhotography
11. Satellite Drop Earring - by daniellejewelry
12. Galaxies- Carborundum Vessel Pendant - by thesocialcellar
13. Caught in Stardust and Wonderlust - by ImagineStudio
14. Aurora...AAA Moonstone and Blue fire labradorite necklace - by loriyab
15. Wedding Constellation Study I - by beckytomato
16. Perelandra - 8x12 Pearlescent Metallic Fine Art Photographic Print - by if1hadwords

I hope you enjoy the items as much as I do. I really love them and think they are great and inspiring!


Monday, August 31, 2009

Earthbound - Treasury

I stayed up all night to make this treasury... I got inspired and used the Poster Sketch tool to work on two treasuries based off each other... This one is the first of the pair - Earthbound. It's filled with all kinds of goodies themed around our little planet! There's a piece that I think represents microscopic organisms, to dinosaurs, to things we see today like roses - butterflies- and a zebra. It's all about EVOLVING.

Here's a list of the items from left to right... Again, the fourth column is the "hidden" alternatives in case one of the main items sells. That doesn't mean they aren't important to the grand scheme of things though!

1. Magical - 5x7 Fine Art Print - by Lori411
Opalized Conchina, 14k Gold, and Oxidized Sterling Silver Necklace - by BloomStudios
Miniature glass-Outdoor live moss terrarium-Shade Gardens - by teresab123
Burnt Wood Photograph 16x20 - by ZafelDesigns
Green Sea Pebble Necklace - by LaughingBird
Terrarium Trio - print - by bestiaryink
Waffle the Zebra - by skunkboycreatures
8. Specimen 652 - 8x8 Print - by dsbrennan
9. Eggs -Natural History Series - by brandywine
10. Evolve Burnout V neck - by circularaccessories
Rice Paper Real Butterfly Framed Natural History Display - by BugUnderGlass
Skeleton Diagram Retro Design Screen Print Alternative Apparel Cap Sleeve Girls T-Shirt - by happyfamily
Pterodactyl (wants a cracker) - Print - by amberalexander
14. 35 - Original Monster Art by Harry - by 365monsters
Dinosaur Eggs Pendant - Smaller Version - Sterling Silver, Freshwater Pearls - by StemsAndPieces
Owl Under Glass - by kgrandey

Like always, please check the treasury out and the items in it!


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

For The Love Of - Treasury

So, I stayed up to get a treasury spot this morning and as luck would have it - I got one! "For The Love Of ... falling leaves, apple pie, and tea..." is packed with all kinds of things that I love - like flavored tea, cute cups/mugs, a notebook, awesome stuffed animals, soaps that smell like fall treats, and jewelry. If you don't know how treasuries work - the 4th column is "muted" because they are alternates in case an item in the other columns sells.

Here's a list - left to right - up and down - of the items and who made them since the treasury will only be viewable on the website for 3 days.

Here we go!

1.Owl Cup - by catherinereece
2.Flames - 8x10 Fine Art Nature Photograph - Abstract Dahlia Closeup - by flandersfield
3.Squirrel and Acorn Tile - by lesperancetile
4.Nude Female Figure Painting - by GalleryJunana
5.Pair of Stuffed Plush Bunkins (bunny and pumpkin) - by stringfellowart
6.Leather Poppy Wristlet - Brown - by tmStudioDesigns
7.The TANGIERS Halo Earrings - by emilygrayjewels
8.Porcelain Cup with Translucent Bottom - by stepanka
9.Scary and Sweet - Set of 7 Halloween Tags - by poshpaisley
10.Gold Leaf Necklace - by Peaches4me
11.25 Gourmet Apple/Cinnamon Teabags - by teaman
12.Original Painting - The Spinster - by thelittlefox
13.Bark Beetle - Coptic Bound Notebook - by paperiaarre
14.Betty the Giraffe - by skunkboycreatures
15.Pumpkin Pie Spiced Goat Milk Soap - by paradisesunrise
16.Natural Sweet Orange and Spice - Goat's Milk Soap - by daisycakessoap

I hope you enjoy the things I picked out as much as I do - I want them all! Leave comments in the treasury and click all the items to check them out and see more photos and get information about the products.

And if you'd like - check out my own shop!


Rings and Things

I recently added two print items to my Etsy shop. It's been mostly jewelry thus far, but I have a bunch of limited editioned, one of a kind, and hand colored prints in my studio. They are all signed and dated - most are numbered - unless they aren't editioned prints and they are one of a kind. Some are varied prints - so they are editioned a little different from my tradtional ones.

I also added one of my sterling silver textured band rings. It's perfect for stacking or by itself. I have a bunch more of them to add with all kinds of different textures on them. They are all oxidized to bring out the textures.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Puppet Monster

My boyfriend has a 2 and a half year old son. He's a lot of fun to be around because I love to play. At the park recently he introduced me to his little "monsters" game. There's a big climbing-slide-bridge play set at the park and he likes to pretend that underneath the bridge is a tunnel that monsters live in! He runs back and forth making yelping scared sounds and seems like he's having a great time. I started playing along by going under the bridge when he was on top of it and making "Grrrr" sounds and reaching through the bridge's bars.

I got a fun idea to make the game even greater... A puppet. I think it would be fun to bring a puppet along to play monster's with and I decided making one would be neat. I like making things and this way I could make any kind of monster puppet I could think up. I was looking around online to try and find a pattern or some sort of how-to and came across a video link for step-by-step instructions on making a talking mouth hand puppet. The videos are on eHow and are by Paul Louis Muller. It seems pretty easy to make - especially for something that isn't made from a brown paper bag.

I'm hoping I can get my sewing machine to work. The last time I tried to use it (years ago) the sewing machine freaked out and was doing horrible stuff like sucking the fabric into itself. My mom was trying to fix it claiming I was doing something wrong - but it did it to her too. The machine is pretty old and never had any work done on it... Sewing the puppet by hand will be a pain in the butt, but at least it isn't a ton of sewing. Since the machine broke, I sewed a whole tiger Halloween costume for myself by hand!

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I'm really hoping to get this little project done. I think it would be so much fun to play with!


Monday, August 24, 2009

GalleryJuana - Treasury

I got a convo. on Etsy today from GalleryJuana saying I was featured in a treasury they had just made! There's all kinds of really cool items in the treasury - my favorites being the super colorful journal and the clock. It was a really nice surprise.

Go check out GalleryJuana's Etsy shop - especially if you love cats (there are some really awesome cat paintings) and the treasury!


Christiecottage - Treasury

Jacki who happens to have a shop on Etsy - christiecottage - made a treasury on Treasury West and included a pair of my pen nib earrings. The treasury has some super cute items in it - including adorable polka-dot baby booties (I want them for myself!).

Go check out christiecottage and the treasury!


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Etsy Front Page - Yours Sincerely

I was just looking at and when I saw the front page I was pretty sure one of my items would be in the treasury. I never saw a writing themed treasury list before, and I happen to have two pairs of etched pen nib earrings in my store right now. I was a tad disappointed that I wasn't picked because my earrings couldn't have been more perfect for that specific treasury. Sometimes I feel like I'm secretly "black listed" or something because I'll have an item 100% completely perfect for a treasury on Etsy and I'm never picked.

Have you made a treasury before?
How did you pick the items you picked?

I'm not busting on the person that made the treasury or anything like that... I'm just saying I would have loved to be included and wondering how people go about picking the items they pick.


Black Diamond

I love necklaces... My boyfriend bought a great sterling silver cast heart necklace by Thomas Mann for me around Christmas - which I used to wear all the time. Funny thing was that we seemed to get into little "bumps" in our relationship whenever I was wearing it. I'm not sure if he noticed how I haven't been wearing it lately, but I do keep it in a glass box that belonged to my grandmother before she passed away. It means the world to me and I really wish I could wear it all the time without feeling like an idiot.

I've been obsessed with rough cut diamonds since I learned who Todd Reed is and really wanting a piece of jewelry that had them in it. I've also been ogling some of the recent pieces that Christine Mighion (aka Bloom Studios) has created and listed in her Etsy shop when I came across this rough cut black diamond necklace. I knew it would end up on my "What I want for Christmas" wishlist.


Busy Bee

I've been a bit bee like lately. Maybe like those busy little bees - I'm preparing for the upcoming cold weather. I guess in a way I am - holiday season means shopping... Shopping hopefully means my jewelry, fine art cards, and fine art prints find loving homes! Oh, how they do not like living in boxes and baggies and cellophane sleeves.

I've been working rather hard recently trying to make Etsy really work for me. After reading a ton of the "Quit Your Day Job" interviews with artists who are already making Etsy work for them I got a little inspired - maybe even a bit jealous. I want to be able to do what I love from the comfort of my own home too! I want to be able to drink coffee in my pajamas while I answer e-mails and post in the forums before starting my day creating.

One thing everyone has in common in the interviews is that they list new items a few times a day - everyday. I've been listing on a semi-regular basis and I really have seen an increase in items views. I've also been spending times in the forums, started posting photographs in my Flickr photostream, updated links in my deviantART... According to Google Analytics my Etsy store has a 1,460% increase in views so far this month... None of this hard work has lead to any sales so far, but I have gotten item and shop hearts. I'm hoping for some sales soon!

Hugs -

Silver Lining - Etsy Treasury

I'm moving this post from a blog I used to have... I was excited to write it and it was fun and colorful - plus it's storming right now. It was storming when I posted it in the first place...

Originally written September 30, 2008

Saturday evening I played a fun waiting game... Wait, wait, wait, plan... All in order to get an Etsy Treasury spot. The game paid off and I got a spot. Goodie! I'm very proud of this treasury... It's been raining a lot lately so I decided to do a whole "silver lining" theme. Finding the silver lining in crappy weather means - silver jewelry! So to make the treasury more interesting than just silver jewelry pieces I chose pieces based on the background colors. I set it up to be a spectrum of sorts... I dig it, so should you. It's up until Tuesday - late afternoon. Please check it out and click away. The artist's deserve their work looked at in full views. Plus, the pieces are inspiring to anyone who creates!

Wow, the storm just picked up and right now I'm sitting here hoping the power doesn't go out! Doing laundry won't be much fun without electricity.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wacom Tablet

So, I've been playing with my tablet... I've been using it instead of a mouse to navigate normal stuff like checking e-mail and browsing websites so I could get used to it... I've edited a few pictures and designed a logo using it. Then I tried actually writing with it. What fun that is! I've always wanted to be able to write on my photographs, but a mouse and the touch pad on my laptop didn't really cut it. Writing with the pen tablet is insanely fun. It truly is just like writing with a pen.

I ended up getting the Craft Version of the Bamboo Fun tablet. The Bamboo Craft came with the software that comes with the Bamboo Fun (Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 Win/6.0 Mac, Corel Painter Essentials 4.0, and Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 WE) but it also included some other things for digital scrapbooking (a DVD with how-to videos, Scrappin with a Tablet book, embellishment CD, and a few other goodies). When I found out about digital scrapbooking on the Wacom website, I thought it was pretty cool. Plus it would make for some neat banners and headers for websites.

I haven't gotten around to checking out the how-to videos or the embellishments yet, but the previews for them seem like they'll be fun to work with. The writer of the book is a digital scrapbooking artist named Amanda Dykan. The how-to videos are done by another artist named Jessica Sprague. I love the header on Jessica's page. Their designs are pretty inspiring and can be translated into inspiration for actual artwork, design, and web design besides just inspiring digital scrapbooking.

- Cait

Windows 7 F.A.Q. Logo

The other day I got a Wacom Tablet... It was part of my birthday present from my Mom. I picked the craft version because of the "extras" you got in the bundle. I'd have more to play with then, plus digital scrapbooking looks like fun! I've been messing around with it a bit tonight. It's actually pretty fun. The tablet is kind of strange to use vs. a touch pad (what I've always used on my laptop) or a mouse. I'm starting to get used to it and it's a lot of fun thus far. I can't wait to get more use out of it!

So, my manfriend started Windows 7 and kept asking if I'd make him a logo of sorts for it. After asking me a bunch of times over the last few days I actually got to work. It's been awhile since I really got into Photoshop - as in using gradients and such. For years I've mainly been using it to edit photographs and maybe adding a bit of text to things. It was a bit of a pain in the butt figuring out where everything is. Plus, I'm using Photoshop CS4 now vs. Photoshop 7.

This is the first thing I came up with... It ended up really growing on me. Too bad he didn't really like it!

- Cait

Friday, April 17, 2009


It's 11:11PM, I guess that means I had the chance to make 3 wishes today. Yes, I still make wishes when I blow out birthday cake candles - which I got to do a few hours ago. I had a great birthday. Last year's birthday was insanely uneventful. By that, I mean that I didn't go out and I was actually home by myself the whole time. I was taken out to lunch today and took a bunch of photographs and my mom took me out to dinner. Tomorrow (Saturday), I'll be going to dinner at a place I've only been to once before with my dad last year. The food was great, so I'm pretty excited.

Right this second I'm insanely tired though. Being outside in the sun for more than a few minutes starts to wear on me. Oh, and I think I got a little sun burned. I guess that's the curse of being fair skinned.

- Cait

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Tomorrow is my birthday... I'll be turning 24 at 7:05 in the morning, which my mother reminded me of tonight. I don't have any big birthday plans this year, I really wish I did though. I haven't had a birthday party since I was 10 years old or something like that. I'll be going to dinner with my mom and we'll have cake and do the present opening kind of thing.

I did get a present earlier today. This afternoon UPS dropped off a box from - which turned out to be from my friend Patty. It was really nice of her to send me something since she's up in New York and can't just hang out with me whenever she feels like it. I know if she was around she would have baked me come cupcakes or a birthday cake and we would have went to get drinks in New Hope or something like that.

I spent most of the afternoon today visiting old teachers of mine. I was dropping off some jewelry pieces for the student show that's coming up in May. I also picked out one of my printmaking teacher's prints as a trade for fixing two pairs of earrings for her. I need to either find time tomorrow or over the weekend to cut mats for 3 prints from my zodiac constellation series. I should also photograph the pieces and scan them.

Right now, I need to go and paint my nails!

- Cait

Photoshop CS4

I've been meaning to make a header for this blog for awhile now... I just never got around to it, and with good reason! I just spent several hours - at least 4 - finding and editing photographs to use and then building a header that I actually liked. Now, my brain is tired. I decided that I really need to get a Wacom tablet for long sessions of photo editing and Photoshop work. I usually just use the touch pad on my laptop, but that's getting insanely ridiculous to do - especially when you have over 1,500 new photographs to go through!

Speaking of those 1,500 photographs - that's only a small collection of all the photographs I have in folders waiting to be looked at. I need to spend a few days checking them all out... Delete some that I don't like, edit some that I love, save some for later editing. The task of doing that seems so daunting that I keep putting it off. I have photographs from different places around Bucks County, Pennsylvania, food photographs, photographs of myself, and photographs of someone I happen to love.

I need to get to the photo editing pronto, because I have a billion more photographs to take! I really need to stop filling compact flash cards instead of actually working with the pictures. It just happens to be quicker to save the photograph loading till later. It would also be fun to find out how many photographs I've actually taken since getting my digital SLR - It's a Canon 40D and I love it.

Would someone please dig me out of this avalanche of digital photographs?

- Cait