Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Posted: 30 Mar 2009 08:46 AM PDT
Today begins Week #14 of my 2009 weekly graphite portrait giveaway! Each week, one winner will be selected to receive one 5×7 graphite drawing from their photograph.
A note on framing for portrait winners: I recommend the Nielsen Bainbridge Archival Gallery Frame, available through Dick Blick.
Weekly Contest Announcement!
Each Monday, I post the weekly Call for Entries along with the previous weeks completed portrait (above). I may change the subject theme each week, or leave the theme open, so please pay close attention to the details in each announcement.
Entries will be accepted through Friday afternoon around 5PM CST, at which time I will close comments and select one winner from the entries received. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday and post the completed portrait with the following week’s Giveaway announcement.
Qualified entries will include a valid e-mail address, and the comment should include one link to a photograph owned/taken by the entrant. If you do not have a place to upload photos to link one, you can e-mail it to gallery *at* intricateart dot-com. Your entry, however, should be included in the comment section below, with your story - should you choose to include one.
The Selection Process: In case you’re curious, I’ll share my little artsy process in selecting the winner. First - I do not read any entries at all during the week. I do not read them because I don’t want anyone’s entries to have any more time than any others to settle in my creative brain. At the end of the week, I close comments. When I sit down to go through all of the entries, I read the story first, and open the photo link in a new window. When I finish reading, I flip over to the photo and my initial reaction is what I go by.
If your entry is not chosen, you may enter again. I encourage you to include a short story with your entry.
Theme: Pets, Animals, People (1 subject only)
Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2009 (5pm CST)
To Enter: Leave a comment, include a link to your photo. For e-mail submissions, leave a comment with your story as your entry, attach your photo to an e-mail separately, and send to gallery *at* intricateart dot-com.
Note: *G* Rating only
Your challenge? To inspire me! Choose your photo wisely - I will select a winner based on how the photo and/or story moves me.
Put this button on your blog to remind yourself to enter each week!
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This post is from Leanne Wildermuth : Artist by Nature.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
A big thank you to everyone who has expressed their concerns, friendship and prayers during our Big Blizzard. We made it through the storm just fine and all the animals were A-okay this morning, even our 29 year old POA mare. I'm putting up a photo of her that I took last month. Doesn't she look awesome for her age? She has a tendency to cold colic but she made it through this storm with flying colors. I started her on a new diet this past summer since she can no longer chew hay (her teeth are so worn down due to her age). Twice daily she gets shredded beet pulp and alfalfa pellets soaked in hot water (this also helps warm her up on cold days) to which I add senior pellets and a little bit of sweet feed to enhance palatability. And we always try to blanket her on really cold days and nights. Wind chills were well below zero yesterday and last night so I know she really appreciated that blanket! In fact, when she saw me bringing it out of the tack shed yesterday morning she ran to have me put it on...now that's one smart little horse!
I hear our nasty storm is now headed for the Texas panhandle and Oklahoma. Batten down the hatches and hang tight folks, this was a big one and unless it has weakened since it roared through Colorado, you're in for a ride!
I finally got our taxes entered on-line last night - I have been using TurboTax for several years now and it sure makes it a lot easier to have everything automatically imported from the previous year so all I have to do is enter the previous year's information. E-filed them and can breathe a huge sigh of relief that those are done. I am also going to set up a spreadsheet with all the appropriate categories so I can enter the 2009 year to date information into the spreadsheet and then keep it updated and maintained monthly so come next January all I have to do is print out the summary spreadsheet and enter the figures into TurboTax. I have been wanting to do this for years but I have never had the time nor the energy to do it, especially after slogging through the previous year's receipts, expenses, etc.! However, now that the ranch is my full time job, I finally have the time and the energy to do it this year. Oh, this will be sooo sweet!
Hope everyone has a good weekend. Stay safe, warm and dry. Til next time!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Hopefully we'll still have power and internet service throughout this storm - or we'll be playing poker and backgammon by firelight. So, til next time, stay warm and dry, wherever you are!
The snow has started and is coming down horizontally. We could have up to 50 mph winds this afternoon and 16 below zero wind chills tonight and tomorrow morning. I dread the thought of going out to feed the horses this afternoon! I put the blanket on Puff, our 29 year old mare, and hope she rides this storm out okay.
Here's a link to the cams in Woodland Park (the closest major town to us - 25 miles away): www.utepasscams.com. On one of them you can't even see anything right now because it is snowing so hard.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Here's one more handspun yarn that I forgot to post when I did the last batch of handspuns. This one is 4.0 oz - 128 yards - worsted weight - navajo plyed (3-ply) handspun from a merino/bamboo roving handdyed by Fat Cat Knits on etsy. It is for sale in my etsy store and I have one more 4 oz roving that I can spin up to match this one if you need additional yardage.
Sales from my etsy store have been very slow lately - in fact, no sales for the past week, which is very depressing. However, since I had a killer migraine that started last Wednesday and lasted through Saturday, that wasn't such a bad thing not to have sales to worry about getting ready and shipped. I hear from many sellers that sales have been slow to non-existent lately so I don't feel too bad. I am also still slogging through all the paperwork trying to get my numbers put together so I can file my taxes on-line this week and get that dreaded chore out of the way for this year. I always dread this time of year - doing the taxes. Ugh... does anybody else feel that way? I swear every year for the past several years I promise myself that I am going to do a better job of getting my paperwork organized so come next January I can just open up a spreadsheet and print out my figures and then file our tax return as soon as the W-2's arrive. Ha... and then life kept getting in the way of my good intentions. This year though I have at least started file folders for all my paperwork and have been deligent about filing everything in them. Now all I have to do is set up a spread sheet and enter information weekly or monthly, depending on how much there is to enter. At least this year I'm not working a full time job in town and running a teenager around - which leaves me a lot more time and energy to get organized and stay that way!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
One of them, Zanzibar Gold, (shown above) sold right away but the others are still available.
First is Zanzibar - An energized singles yarn spun from merino, yak and angora batts purchased from Hobbledehoy on etsy. I don't normally spin bulky or singles yarns but this fiber was too gorgeous to ply, even on itself as I wanted the colors to remain true and bold and rich.
Next is Rose Garden - A beautiful two-ply yarn spun from a Rambouillet, silk and angora batt purchased from Crystal Creek Fibers. I got really good yardage from this fiber - it wanted to be spun nice and thin - loads of luster and incredible drape to this yarn!
And finally is Spiced Alpaca - A gorgeous two-ply yarn spun from alpaca rovings purchased from Marathon Fiber Mill on ebay. Very rich colors and incredibly soft - this yarn will make an exceptionally warm accessory.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Split Rock Ranch fibers were in another Treasury on Etsy! Here's the link to the Treasury page: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=46197
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I spent a lot of time spinning this week - and working on the taxes. So it was probably a good thing that I didn't have my computer here trying to distract me for hours on end...does anybody else have that problem?!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
This sale is in effect until 9 AM MDT on Monday March 9th.
Go to www.splitrockranch.etsy.com and stock up!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
This yarn was spun by Brittany of BohoKnitterChic using one of my Monet Water Lilies Custom Fiber Blend batts. Spun into a gorgeous skein of coiled art yarn. And, this was her first attempt at spinning a coiled yarn! She named her yarn “Garden Tea Party” because it reminds me of a set of my great grandmother’s china. Thank you Brittany for sharing these photos - what an awesome job you did!