The other day I was reading Say it With a Camera blog. Mike Hardisty’s accomplishment of 52 in 2015 intrigued me. I read about how to participate in the weekly themed challenge. The part that appealed to me is you have to take photographs during the week of the theme- no archived shots. I read the rules of the group and signed on the participate in the 52 in 2016 Challenge and Day 1 of Week 1 is Monday January 4th.
I like the idea of a new goal in photography. Actively working on something different. A challenge.
Week #1 theme is reflection. Today I was watching my grandson Charlie while his mom, Laura, was packing away the Christmas tablecloth and cleaning up the kitchen. She had just polished the electric kettle and I was standing there in her kitchen and thought, reflection.
Jack was invited to an birthday party at the ice skating rink. He was so excited. Mark took him.
We came an hour later for “free skate” but I didn’t don skates.
A good photo op for Grandma, who happened to have the real camera, not just the iPhone.
Lots of reflections, not enough light or too much light.
On the way home I got to photograph a brightly lit house display as I was in the passenger seat.
On your birthday today and everyday, I wish you much love and happiness. Thirty five years seemed to go by pretty fast.
I photographed a few of my kids special toys from childhood when I took a Polaroid Transfer class.
Barker and Little Green Doggie were Matthew’s favorites.
A few pictures from the past
A few pictures from this year. Love you, Ma
Remembering when we went to the Richie Havens concerts together and you met him in the hallway at the Carnegie Lecture Hall?
Maura Clare born November 17, 2008. Celebrating her seventh birthday today.
Happy 7th Birthday Maura Clare. Thanks to FF Marlene for the Last Pic as Six.
I thought about adding a couple of your selfies that keep showing up on my phone!!)
Love from your Grandma Ruthie
Lucky us! Happy Twelfth Birthday Anna Catherine!
One October morning before dawn, you made me and Marlene happy grandmothers.
Loved by your family and friends, your loving heart and kind spirit come out in your eyes.
Twelve years flew by! Love you lots, Anna. Happy Birthday. FF Ruthie
Hula Hooper Anna video from five years ago.
It’s been awhile since I’ve stitched up a sock monkey. The classic.
One for new baby grandson in Ohio and one for a friend of my sister in New York City. The pairs of socks have been in the house a long time. Once I stitched on the faces, they seem to look at me and smile.
Both Anna and Jack have set up a crew of sock monkeys, told them to smile and photographed them. This evening I placed the newly completed monkeys on the couch in my living room. And took their picture
One of the smiles needs a bit of straightening out, I see upon examining the image. Ooops.
And yes, my sister and I visited the Sock Monkey Museum in Rockford, Illinois when we were visiting relatives. (The relatives live in Rockford, not the museum)
Sock monkey duo, going in different directions, more than 500 miles apart.
Here are some old sock monkey photos from previous blogs.
When I was a kid (c. 1958)my family lived in the city of Newark NJ. there was a Youth Consultation Service behind our house on Broad Street. At least a dozen girls lived there and each girl had a handmade sock monkey. My mom thought sock monkeys weren’t appealing but I always wanted one. Some people think they are ugly, others think they’re cute. These two have a bit of scrap flannel from the sock monkey pillowcases I stitched for the grandchildren for Christmas. Going with a theme, here. That will be another post.
I don’t think I owned one until I stitched on in 1976.
The first sock monkey I ever made was for my son Mark (39),father to the grandchildren in the photos above. He name it the Doonie Monkey and it was stuffed with old stockings. I use fiberfill now. And for some unknown reason, I never added a tail on his monkey. He resides with the grandchildren in Ohio, too.
I’ve make pink and blue and purple monkeys but my favorite is the classic.
If you would like to make a sock monkey, there’s a terrific youtube tutorial by Professor Pincushion on how to make the classic monkey. I don’t add the ears or buttons on mine.
Saw these two photos on the desktop and they seemed similar in shape
But here’s what happens with the Pittsburgh Plunge at Kennywood
Maura found the potholder looms in the guest room night stand this evening. I’d rummaged around for them when I’d visit but could not find them. What a happy find tonight.
Anna and her friend got right to work. Maura needed some help. I use knitting needles or pencils through the loop ends as I approach the finish. Keep it from popping off prematurely. Then a crochet hook to bind off.
Weaving these provides major stress relief for me. Over under over under. Under over under over- The repetition.
Reminds me of childhood, too.
I like them especially for hot pot lids
when I want to peek inside.