Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer & more beautiful." Norman Vincent Peale

I think that pretty much sums up this time of year...
I've been so consumed with the holiday decorating and shopping that I haven't spent any time enjoying the sights and sounds of this magical time of year. Hopefully, now that the house is ALMOST decorated maybe I can enjoy the beauty of the season. Although, the baking isn't done; and when I say the house is ALMOST decorated it's because the tree isn't up yet.We wait until our daughter gets home from college
to participate in the tree fun! Weather permitting, she will be coming in tomorrow night and the tree will be up by Saturday afternoon. The baking will commence tonight-as soon as I get off this computer...
Looking at these photos, I guess you could say I have been enjoying the sights enough to shoot some photos. I have been playing around with photoshop so much that I'm now obsessed with my camera and taking pictures just so I can alter them.
These photos were NOT altered though, just playing around with different lighting and trying to get up close with my subjects. I would really love it if Santa would bring me a new macro lens for my camera! Then I could really get up close & personal!
These gorgeous red berries are on my hawthorne tree. It's really full of berries this year.




The rest of the photos are decorations around the house.





With all the preparations for the holidays, I've been a bit slack about getting into my studio to get anything done worth photographing.  There is a project that I've started but I plan to submit it for exhibition and I am a bit reluctant to show any of it just yet. Will let you know how it progresses.

Right now, I hear the kitchen calling my name to get to all that baking I want to do before my daughter gets home tomorrow! Then maybe next week, I can relax & enjoy my daughter, along with all the sights & sounds of the season!
Happiest of Holidays to all~
cathy

6 comments:

Terri Kahrs said...

I had to chuckle as I read this post, Cathy. Just the other day I felt soooo far behind. But it seems that it's a recurring feeling. Every year I feel as though I'll never be ready for Christmas, and then somehow, it all pulls together!

I'm sending many warm wishes your way for a beautiful Christmas! Love & Hugs, Terri xoxox

Janine said...

I like your winterdecoration.
have a great 4. advent.

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks Terri & Janine! Happiest of Holidays!!!

whymsicalmusings said...

Kathy I so loved this post! I hope your Christmas was simply wonderful and I wish you and your family a bright and wonderful New Year!
XXXOOO
Becky

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I am sending you snowflake kisses and warm woolen mitten hugs for the New Year 2011! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks Becky & Mary Helen!