Thursday, October 30, 2008

New Blog!!

I've started a new blog and website for my photography.

www.gibbphoto.com

gibbphoto.blogspot.com

This will be my personal blog from now on, so no more sales pitches from me here.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Black & White Blossoms


Black & White Blossoms, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

New in my shop!! I just love this photo and I found it in my archives the other day and knew I had to post it.

Black and White Blossoms on Etsy

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Newest Listing - Nativity Christmas Card


Christmas Card - Front, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

It is hard to tell by the photos but these are printed on a beautiful pearlescent paper which makes the Nativity scene glow. They are 5x7" and have "Merry Christmas" on the inside.

Discounted pricing available for orders of multiple cards. Just contact me for a reserved listing!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15333698

Monday, September 8, 2008

Etsy Challenge!!


Mirror, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

This week my Reflection photo will be in the Etsy Challenge in the Photography category.

Etsy Challenge:
http://etsychallenge.blogspot.com/

Etsy Challenge Photography Category for the week of 9/8: http://etsychallenge.blogspot.com/2008/09/98-photography-challenge.html

Please vote and tell everyone you know to vote! Also, be sure to take a look at the other categories. The Etsy Challenege is a great way to discover more talented artists from Etsy.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

An Update and a Rare Literary Treat

Sadly, I haven't kept up with my 365. I found some days I was struggling to find something to photograph that would create more than just a picture. Working form home, some days my world is pretty small, which I'm happy with, but that doesn't open up many options for artistic photography.

As for the rare treat part of my title, I have been enjoying an Advanced Reader's Copy of American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld. I won the book on wowOwow.com and I must admit, I am enjoying the chance to read a book before it hits the store shelves. I am hoping to finish American Wife before it is released on 9/2/08, which shouldn't be hard since it is a great read.

American Wife is a novel about the First Lady and the life she has lead. The main character, Alice Blackwell, reflects upon her life and the events that have lead her to where she is now. The book is written in first person which helps to draw the reader in. Sittenfeld has written a wonderful, poignant novel, that draws you in with a very realistic narrative that is at times startlingly graphic. This is one of the best novels I have read recently, I have a hard time putting down.

I should mention that Sittenfeld has revealed that her inspiration for the character of Alice was Laura Bush. She has taken some criticism since this fact was revealed, but as she states in this USA Today article, this is not a biography, it is a work of fiction.

American Wife will be released in hardcover on Tuesday, September 2, 2008.

Related Links
Random House Page for American Wife
American Wife on Amazon.com
wowOwow.com Book Club page

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Day 32/365 - DeSoto


Day 32/365 - DeSoto, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Day 31/365 - That Can't Be Comfortable

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Day 27/365 - Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Monday, August 4, 2008

Day 24/365 - Arunarudo Pa-Ma-

Sorry I don't always remember to update my daily phoo on here. I do upload them to my flickr!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Day 21/365


Day 21/365, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Day 20/365 - Bottle Service


Day 20/365 - Bottle Service, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Day 19/365 - Oscilloscope


Day 19/365 - Oscilloscope, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

I messed up my days on day 15. They are now corrected. Sorry!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Day 18/365 - Hot Hazy Kitty


Day 18/365 - Hot Hazy Kitty, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Day 17/365 - Wasp Reflection

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Day 16/365 - Best Yard Sale sign Ever!

Day 15/365 - Vinsetta Garage

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Day 12/365 - Sparkles


Day 12/365 - Sparkles, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

The setting sun through a wet screen. Taken with a lensbaby 2.0 with the +10 macro lens attached.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Day 11/365 - Sudden Storm


Day 11/365 - Sudden Storm, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Day 9/365 - Michigan Cherries

Oops! I forgot to post this to my blog yesterday. Sorry!

Day 10/365 - The Road Home


Day 10/365 - The Road Home, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Day 9/365 - Michigan Cherries

At the Royal Oak Farmer's Market. We didn't bring any homr though because we already have a lot of fruit.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Day 8/365 - Migraine


Day 8/365 - Migraine, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Day 7/365 & SPT 7-17-08


Day 7/365 & SPT 7-17-08, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

I cheated. I wasn't going to use my SPT photo for my 365, but I got a migraine at 6:30 and spent the rest of the night feeling awful. Today I'm better, but still under the grips of the migraine. My 365 for today will be Migraine related.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Day 6/365 - Ominous Sky


Day 6/365 - Ominous Sky, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Sadly, we didn't get the storm, only the clouds.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Day 5/365 - Mini Seedless Watermelon

It was the cutest little watermelon, I couldn't resist it when I saw it at Whole Foods for $1.99.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Day 4/365 Re-Do


Day 4/365, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

I decided I liked this shot more for my Project 365 photo.

Day 4/365 - Vespa+Lensbaby=Dreamy

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Day 3/365 - Color, Color Everywhere

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Day 2/365 - Raindrops


Day 2/365 - Raindrops, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

It poured this morning. I had planned to go to the farmer's market, but the rain kept me away.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Day 1/365 - Project 365


Day 1/365 - Resting Mason, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

I have been in a photgraphic rut lately so I decided to commit to 1 photo every day for the next year. This is my first "entry". I hope to post them here and on Flickr each day.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

New Ride


Vespa GTS250ie, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

This is my/our new ride!! Pretty sweet, huh?

It is a 2007 Vespa GTS250ie. We went and picked it up a week ago in Gaylord. It was (barely) used with 255 miles. Just getting used to it by driving around the Neighborhood right now. Both Fred and I are taking the MSF (motorcycle safety) course in September so that we can get our cycle endoresements.

You should see the smile on my face when I'm out riding!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Sure Sign of Spring


Impala, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

The cars have returned to Woodward. Nevermind the recent cold, on Friday 4/18 the cruisers were out in full swing! The return of Chrome and Horsepower to Woodward Avenue is a sure sign of Spring in our neck of the woods.

I have some new photos I'm planning on offering in my shop so keep an eye out (some are on my Flickr right now). I'm just updating my shop and then they'll be up. I'll be adding some more jewelry eventually (see my Flickr for a preview), I'm just searching for the best materials at the best price. If you have a good soruce for pendant blanks or bezel cups with a solid back please let me know. The ones I have used are from Paper Studio and I like them, I just want to make sure I look at all my options.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

First Photo Pendants


First Photo Pendants, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

I finally got a chance to get some nice photos and list my first photo pendants. Right now only the "Reflection" one is listed on Etsy, but soon I'll be listing the rest of them.

I have coasters and other types of photo pendants in the works so keep checking back.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Front Page Again!!!


Front Page 4-2-08, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

I was on the front page of Etsy again!

Many thanks to Uncorked for putting together such a beautiful treasury!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Woodpecker


Woodpecker , originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

This little guy was flitting around the large cherry tree we have in the backyard. I saw him and I thought it would be a great opportunty to put my new Sigma 70-300mm lens to work. I snapped about 50 photos of him, but I liked this one the most.

This photo is available in my Etsy store.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sorry!


SPT 3-13-08, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

I haven't had much to write about as of late. The weather is getting better, but we're in the muddy period between winter and spring here in Michigan. At least it has been sunny.

I'm trying to get a list together of places I'd like to photograph once it gets nicer out. Anyone in Michigan have any suggestions or want to share a favorite spot to go?

I promise, I'll write more often. I was doing so well and then I just lost my momentum.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Reflection in Blue - My Newest Listing


Reflection in Blue, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

This is my newest listing in my Etsy store. It is a selective color version of Reflection. I just love the color of this Beetle and I thought selective color was the best of both worlds. The drama of black and white with that beautiful teal!

Friday, March 7, 2008

I Was on the FRONT PAGE!


Etsy Front Page 3-7-08, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

I was on the Etsy front page today! The print sold about 7 min. after I noticed I was on the front page. Thanks to harmonyvanlue for putting me in such a lovely treasury!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

I've Been Tagged

I was tagged today by Romeria.
http://romeria1.blogspot.com/

Here are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Unfortunatly, I'm not sure I have 7 blogs to tag so I'll just post this and feel free to play along if you want. For my POEetic Pixels friends I'll make these different that the 10 I posted in the forums there.

My 7 Things:

1. I'm a classically trained singer. At one point in my life I had a 3+ octave range.
2. I'm an only child
3. I can't stand Will Ferrell - He's not funny. Playing the same character over and over again is not funny!
4. I'd love to live in mountains of Vermont.
5. When I was little I wanted to be a chemist.
6. I love to craft. I've made jewelry, clothing, purses, soap, painted items and attempted some knitting and crochet.
7. I love peanut butter and bacon sandwiches esp. on toast (try it, you'll like them too, trust me!)

Wristlet


Wristlet, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Lastnight before dinner I whipped up a little wristlet. The pattern can be found at Javajem - Knits. This was my first project requiring a zipper. I think it looks ok (it is a little crooked) and I'd like it a little bigger, but I only had a 7" zipper.

I am in love with this fabric combination though! I'm hoping to remake it this weekend with a longer zipper and a matching "No Cash Wallet" From Amy Karol's book. I might need to get more of the darker fabric though for that.

An interior picture can be found on my Flickr.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Win One of My Prints!




That's right, you can win a print of my photo Bounty (seen above), one of my cards and a number of other wonderful handmade goodies if you enter the contest over at Smidge. You will need to register with the site in order to enter, but it is such a great site I don't know why you wouldn't want to register. Hurry though, the contest ends March, 20th!

Here's a screenshot of the page over at Smidge.



Good Luck!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Vote for me!

I entered a contest over at Autonomous Artisans where the winner gets a free month of advertising on their site. The contest was to create a new banner for the blog featuring the colors orange and purple that illustrated the month's these of reusing, recycling, upcycling etc.

Here's my entry:


Sunday, March 2, 2008

Church Architecture


Windows, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Yesterday I had an overwhelming urge to get out there and photograph something, anything. It was a clear, sunny but cold day. I loaded up my backpack with the A-1, my XTi, my Lensbaby 2.0, The Sigma 70-300mm lens I just received this week, and my Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens. My first stop was Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, a much photographed Roman Catholic church. Then it was on to Kirk in the Hills in Bloomfield Hills, a Presbyterian Church and another church popular with photographers.

I added some of my favorites (from my DSLR) from the day to my Flickr site and a few of them will end up on Etsy too. Let me know which ones you like best.

The photo ablove is from Kirk in the Hills and is my latest listing on Etsy. It can be found here.
Windows

Friday, February 29, 2008

Bird on a Wire


Bird on a Wire, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Here is my newest listing on Etsy. This is a scanned 35mm negative (hence the wonderful grain). A little different from my normal photos but I kinda like it!

This can be found here:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9916655

Weekend Free Shipping Promotion


Fallen, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

I'm having a Free shipping special in my Etsy shop this weekend.

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WEEKEND SPECIAL: Free shipping on orders of $30 or more February 29 through Midnight March 3! Once you place your order please wait for a revised invoice or alternatively I will refund your shipping via Paypal after payment.
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http://racergirl1313.etsy.com

Thursday, February 28, 2008

You Can Shop From My Blog Now and Other Shop News

If you look to your left you'll see a Widget that will allow you to purchase my work directly from my blog! Of course you can head to my Etsy store too, I have the largest selection there, but I wanted to offer more options for purchasing my work.

In other news, I am working on creating pendants of my photographs and looking into other products and ways to display my photos. Stay tuned. I will announce new items here when I list them.

Holy Cow!! That's like 60%!


Whoa!! I just checked and of the 39.7 GB of used space on my (80 GB) hard drive 23.5 GB is in the My Pictures Folder! I do back everything up on an external hardrive so if my laptop goes kaput I won't lose everything, but I think it is time to start paring down what I have on my laptop photo-wise. I just hate having to connect to the external drive or find a disk if I want to look at specific photos. There are photos of mine that I haven't looked at in ages because they are sitting on a CD-R somewhere. I guess I'll have to break out the DVD-R's and get some of this onto disks so that I give my laptop a little break.


So, my fellow photographers, I want to know, how much of your drive is photos?


On another note, I am going to attempt to update my blog more so come back often!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

New Haircut


New Haircut, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Got my hair cut on Friday. I really love it. What do you think?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lunar Eclipse


Lunar Eclipse, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

This is my best shot from the lunar eclipse lastnight. I wish I had a lens with a longer reach, bit I didn't do too bad for what I had. This is cropped a bit just to make the moon a little more prominent.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

My New Toy! Canon A-1


My New Toy! Canon A-1, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Thanks to Craigslist I picked up this barely used beauty today. In the deal I also got the leather case, manual and a Speedlight 166A, all looking new as the day they were originally purchased!

I can't wait to get outside and start taking pictures!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Wow!

That's all I can say is Wow! Lynne over at Autonomous Artisans wrote a wonderful blog about my Etsy shop. Go take a look! http://autonomousartisans.blogspot.com/2008/02/being-new-kid-on-block.html

Lynne has a wonderful blog full of many talented people who sell their wares on Etsy. Thanks again Lynne!

Monday, February 4, 2008

I Sold My First Print on Etsy!

Yay!!!!!!! Just had to share!

Friday, February 1, 2008

I'm Published!!!


One of my photos was included in the latest version of the Boaston Schmap!! Take a look at the screenshot above!

Crafty Week


Charming Handbag - Front, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

It has been a week full of sewing for me. I made two purses one for Mom and one for me. This is the one for me. I posted pics of everything on my Flickr site.

Now to figure out what to make next!