Monday, September 22, 2008

Thank goodness Fall is in the air...

taken with Kodak Duaflex II and Canon Digital Rebel XT, enhanced with EZ Actions

I live in the South. It's usually hot or hotter here. So I'm very thankful that Fall is trying to pay us a visit this year. It's already getting cooler. I actually wore a long sleeve shirt Saturday morning for a few hours. And I turned off the air conditioner last Thursday. Highs have been around the lower 80's.

I especially glad that cooler temperatures are here, because it means I can get out and take more photos. It's hard to lug around 2 cameras when the temp. is over 95. And since I only seem to want to take ttv photos lately, my load has gotten heavier. So the heat kept me close to home.

I'm excited that I finally bought one of the cameras on my ttv wish list. It's an Ensign Ful-Vue. It is a vintage camera that was made in England. I won an Ebay auction for one yesterday. But I'm getting a little worried, since I haven't gotten a revised invoice from the seller. I won it early yesterday and requested the invoice right way. And it's been over 24 hours. The seller did respond to my question about the shipping costs to the US very quickly. So the seller may have gone off for the weekend. I'm just being impaitent. I've been trying to win one on Ebay for months. I can't wait to get it, so I can post a photo of it. I hope the shipping from England will be fast.

And I bought 4 other cameras on Ebay yesterday. The Ful-Vue is going to cost almost $22.50 with shipping. The other 4 cost me $20.32 total. Those cameras are 2 more Kodak Duaflex IIs, an Argoflex 75, and an Ansco camera. The Ansco isn't for ttv, it was in a lot with the Argoflex, so I had to take it. It will look good on my camera shelf.

I didn't mean to buy 2 more of the Duaflex, but they were such bargins. I paid $3.99 for one. And the other was $5.54. And the collector in me couldn't pass those up.

And it looks like I'll get to take some beach ttv photos. Mark and I are heading to Edisto this Friday for the weekend. I can't wait to take a bunch of photos.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Childhood Memories

So last month, Kerry Lyn Yeary had a pre-sale of her first kit at Kenner Road. On that day, I was at the CK Convention in Charlotte. And I decided not to take my laptop, so I totally missed out. I know that Kerry will have some on sale starting midnight EST on the 15th. But I think it will be next month, before I could even try to swing a kit. Car taxes and insurance are due. I hate when bills get in the way of my scrapping habit.

I guess, I first noticed Kerry on the Hambly design team. I love her vintage touches. She always seems to do projects that appeal to me. I was secretly glad when she announced that she was doing a monthly kit. To celebrate the beginning of Kenner Road, the girls on the Creative team are offering a few few giveaways. I love to win stuff, and I want to win a prize from Kenner Road. So here's a post about my childhood street, so that maybe, I can win a cool prize.

I grew up on Diamond Street. We actually lived in 2 houses there. We first moved to a small 2 bedroom house, when my sister was a baby. About the time that we would have had to share a room, my parents bought the house next door. It was much larger. And it was a nasty green color.

The street was on a large hill. I remember my dad having to park at the top of the hill, when icy roads were expected. Once the road got a little ice on it, you couldn't make it to the top. It was so steep, most of the kids had to push their bikes to the top. You couldn't ride to the top. It was just too hard.

I remember playing with the other neighborhood kids. In the early 80's, you could stay outside all day until dark. Summer was spent building a dam in the creek and swimming in the water. I was probably lucky I was never bitten by a snake. Just thinking about the muddy water, gives me the chills now. So many things you do when you're a child look plain stupid when you grow up. Swimming in that creek is one of the them.

I also remember having bottle rocket wars. You always wanted to get the top of the hill. I don't know what our parents were thinking. 9 and 10 year olds, outside, tossing lit bottle rockets at each other. It's amazing that I'm able to type. I could have easily blown a few fingers off.

I remember playing on the playground. Swinging as high as I could, then jumping out. Soaring out. Competeing with the other kids. Trying to jump out the farthest. Nice easy times. No bills. No responsiblity. Wishing I could grow up faster. If I only knew then, what I know now. I think I'm still be swing in those swings. No cares in the world.

So that's a little taste of Diamond St.
Now visit the Kenner Road Creative team blogs and enter jthe drawings. You could win a cool prize too.
Kerry Lynn

Friday, September 12, 2008

You never know

I guess you just never realize how people affect you until they're gone.

Someone I never met, spoke to, or even emailed passed away today on her way to work. She was in a car crash. I knew her because we were both members of the monthly kit Studio Calico. Her name was Aleida Franklin. And I'll miss her posts. She had a quick sense of humor. And I think she saw it as her job to welcome new members to Studio Calico. It just won't be the same at Studio Calico without her posts.

I'll keep her family in my thoughts as they try to figure out what's next. I just can't image what her children are going through.

And I'll make sure an give my husband an extra hug tonight when he gets home from work. Because you just never know.

Here's a link to her blog.
The Scrappin Rican