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It’s not to late to celebrate Pirates, is it? Happy (Belated) International talk like a Pirate Day!

I meant to post this yesterday in honor of this fine, upstanding holiday but I went to the Garden instead of dutifully blogging, like I had planned. You understand, right?

So, in honor of the belated holiday, here are some fun pirate facts and finds!

Avast! My Pirate Greeting Card– perfect to send to your pirate friends (or, at the very least, it would make cute invitations for your pirate themed parrrrrrty)
Pirate Greeting Card or Invitation by creativeapples

Want to talk like a Pirate? Here are five basic terms to master:

  • Ahoy! – “Hello!”
  • Avast! – Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, “Whoa! Get a load of that!” which today makes it more of a “Check it out” or “No way!” or “Get off!”
  • Aye! – “Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did.”
  • Aye aye! – “I’ll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over.”
  • Arrr! – This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. “Arrr!” can mean, variously, “yes,” “I agree,” “I’m happy,” “I’m enjoying this beer,” “My team is going to win it all,” “I saw that television show, it sucked!” and “That was a clever remark you or I just made.” And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!

For more Pirate fun and trivia check out the official International Talk Like a Pirate Day site!

Here are a few other fun pirate finds from around etsy! Enjoy!
International Talk Like A Pirate Day Collection from etsy
1. Chicks Dig Treasure


3. An Octopus Love Affair Ring – In Black or White Acrylic

4. SWEET PIRATE OF THE HEART – Skull and Crossbones Verdigris

5. Pirate Ship Medallion Fashion Bracelet

6. FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING, PIRATE SHIP PRINT on Antique Vintage 1882 Book Page paper

7. Pirate hat for dogs and cats

8. Silver Pirate Journal , Jolly Roger and Compass Rose

9. Hez the Pirate iPhone Leather Case ( Red )

Perhaps we should petition to create an International Talk Like a Pirate week? I know several people (a hem, debs) who would not mind a week devoted to pirates! Maybe next year…

Up in the Air
photo credit: El Dave

Have you seen this? I mean, really? How cool is that! A hot air balloon over Chicago!
I’m a little disappointed that I missed the Albuquerque‎ International Balloon Fiesta. Both times I visited New Mexico, I was off by a week. This is probably the next best thing, right in my own backyard! Did I mention that you can go INSIDE this balloon?!

I so want to do this once this summer. Can you image the photos I’d be able to take? **sigh**

Here’s a little blurb from the Navy Pier website:

Float in silence 35 stories into the air on the Navy Pier AeroBalloon, an anchor, helium-filled, state of the art balloon. The balloon will carry up to 17 passengers at a time for spectacular 360-degree panoramas of a bustling downtown Chicago.

Tickets are $25 for an adult (for a 8-10 minute ride.) A little on the pricey side, but seriously, how often do you get a chance to be up in a hot air balloon?!

Now, all i need to do is find some friends who are NOT afraid of heights to go with me…

Have you been on this yet? What did you think?

Turn for Clearer View
photo credit: El Dave

Special thanks to El Dave for letting me use his images in this post. If you like his images, please check out his flickr page. If you’re interested in purchasing any of his images as fine art prints, please check out his etsy shop and feel free to contact him for any special requests you might have!

Dali Lama, originally uploaded by michael_swan.

Good morning!

Happy Tuesday! Hope your long holiday weekend was fantastic! I will be posting later on with updates and photos!  In the meantime, here are some quotes from the Dalai Lama who celebrates his 75th birthday today:

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.

have a wonderful day!

142/365, originally uploaded by rottnapples.

i bought this postcard as a reminder to do something i was afraid of– to look fear in the face and laugh. It was easy to do when I was in Oregon and faced with all sorts of new experiences. But here– i tend to chose comfort, and fall into a routine too easily.

I need to tape this postcard in my cube at work, in my bedroom, my fridge, on my computer desk, in my camera bag, on my easel…

elvis spotting
spotted Elvis yesterday at my friends church, during their annual picnic…

So, about two weeks ago, I went to the Garden and tried out my Diana Lens. It was a fabulously perfect evening– the sun was starting to set. I was experimenting with my Diana Lens and LOVING it. Seriously. I was sitting in the Japanese Garden in my favorite little spot and was shooting the sunset across the little lake. Absolutely gorgeous. I wanted to get the pilings next to the shore in the shot along with the sun reflecting on the water– I got one shot and as moved to get closer– PLOP! the Diana Lens fell right into the lake!!!

Fortunately, I fished it out of the lake (it floated!) I think it’s okay. It’s all plastic– there are no mechanical parts to be damamged… I haven’t tried it out yet–it’s been drying on a towel all this time.  I’m going to try it out this weekend. Please keep your fingers crossed that it still works and looks okay!

Here are some other shots I took with that lens (prior to dropping it in the lake!) See what I mean? Don’t they look so dreamy? Look at those fabulous sun flares!



jeero, babo, and ox– straight chillin’ at my desk.

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Sedona, Arizona

It’s sunny in the in upper 60s this week.

happy Friday! It’s supposed to be near 40 ° today– I’m so excited to not freeze my butt off when I walk the 60 feet to my car. This winter is seeming like it’s dragging on and on. I suspect its no worse than any previous winters i’ve been through, but man, it seems long. Very long. And it’s not over yet.

I’ve got nothing new to show this week– This week just flew by and I was completely unprepared! I wanted to list my blue coffee cup painting, but I didn’t have a chance to finish painting the edges. I will definitely finish it this weekend (tonight in fact!) It looks awesome and I love it!

Soooo…. I’ve been listening to crafty podcasts lately. A lot. I had to remove most of my music from my nano to make room all the podcasts I’ve downloaded. (for fear of sounding like a complete nerd, I’m not going to mention what podcast I’ve been listening to most) Anyways, the host of this particular crafty podcast talks to different artists every week and she’s had a number of polymer clay folks on. WOW! Polymer clay ain’t what it used to be– I used to only think it was for these “cane” sorts of things:
polymer clay cane
oh no, my friends. there are so many ways to use polymer clay! I was surfing etsy the other day (aaaahhh…. so that’s where my time went…) and found so. many. cool. things.

polymer clay creations

polymer clay creations

  • summer days are comming
  • Heart Like A Wheel Polymer Clay Heart Pendant
  • Sunshine Yellow Calla Lily Earrings
  • Eraelynia
  • Aren’t they just the coolest?
    So this weekend I’m going to run to Michaels and pick up a little pack of fimo and play around a bit!!!! I would LOVE to take a class (so, if any of you know of any classes in the Chicagoland area, let me know!!!!)
    Have a great weekend!!

    Happy New Year everyone!!!

    I hope you all had a wonderful New Years Eve celebration and you were with friends and family that you love. I wish for all of you a happy, healthy, and successful 2009!!!! Thank you everyone who has stopped by to read my little ‘ole blog!!!

    So, now that it’s the new year– do you have any resolutions that you’d care to share?

    I’m still in the process of making mine, but of course, I have the usual (eat better, exercise more,  and so on) and I also have a few for my “business.”  For one thing, I’d like creativeapples designs to be a business, and not just a hobby.  I’d also like to focus on painting too. When I get more of a plan together, I’ll share it– right now, it’s a little too late to be thinking and blogging!!!

    Good night!!

    and you know what? Really, who cares if no one likes them. I love them. Each and every one.

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