Merry Christmas and All That

My Christmas gift to myself was a decent camera (which I got several months ago, but with Christmas in mind). It allowed me to take some fabulous photos in Russia, but the real goal was to get great photos of the farm and stuff we make and do and want to share. I opted for the Canon Rebel t3i, which my Little Daughter uses for her job - this camera came highly recommended by a friend who does Food Styling and she takes simply gorgeous photos with it. Little Daughter has spent about a year with her camera now and gave me some Quick Tips, plus access to an online photography course she took. Her tips were more helpful than the course, truth be told.

What better day than Christmas Morning to play with Figuring Out the Fancy Camera. Here's what Maddrey and I came up with. Most of these are Maddrey's shots, actually.

Oran looking serious.  

Oran looking serious.

 

More of the Handsome Grandson

More of the Handsome Grandson

Helping Mom opens presents - books, of course!

Helping Mom opens presents - books, of course!

Daddy made these neat wooden arches. We're going to stain them rainbow colors.

Daddy made these neat wooden arches. We're going to stain them rainbow colors.

Every boy needs a Rocking Sheep... Right?

Every boy needs a Rocking Sheep... Right?

New collection of farm animals. 

New collection of farm animals. 

Maynard looking intent.

Maynard looking intent.

Really, he's just the best model...

Really, he's just the best model...

Quiet moments finally with both kitties asleep.

Quiet moments finally with both kitties asleep.

So there's a bit of our Christmas. The wooden (soon-to-be-rainbow) arches were a hit - Frank is going to make more of those and maybe we'll put them up for sale, along with Maddrey's hand-dyed play silks and some other stuff. We'll see what winter allows in the way of Spare Time to Create Things. Because we're also about to gut the kitchen... and install the new pantry and cabinets and countertop (all built by Frank) and sink (okay, he didn't build the sink).  Coming soon!