Check it out: Handmade Hour & Crafty Saturday

Cedar Bee Handmade infinity scarves for kids

Every Wednesday I take part in #HandmadeHour and #HandmadeHourUSA (7 to 8 pm ET) on Twitter. There, I share items I’ve made most recently for my Cedar Bee shop, and retweet my favourite items others have shared with the same hashtag. (See, hashtags bring people together!) The amount of talent and unique items people share is awe-inspiring and the community is wonderful. If you’re someone who makes stuff, I strongly recommend both #HandmadeHour and #HandmadeHourUSA. You’ll have a good time, get some extra views, and maybe … Continue reading

Ice shoves on Lake Erie at Crystal Beach — just wow.

One of the coolest things to happen in this region in a long time has cost us absolutely nothing. It’s a totally natural wonder, one I’d never seen until this past weekend. If you live here, you should definitely go see it while you can. UPDATE 1: See the bottom of this post for directions on how to get there, and a map! UPDATE 2: Ice caves were evacuated February 17, 2014 due to possible ice fractures. Please see this Erie Media write-up for more … Continue reading

2013 — The Year I Forgot About Flickr

Let’s summarize 2013 in one word: Hectic. For those of you who don’t have a year available to read this post but who have some opinion on Flickr, just skip to the last bolded sub-header. The rest of you, I apologize, for this is more of a journal entry than an entertaining post. Surprisingly, one of the shortest non-introductory blocks of text involves the most stressful aspects of the past year. Between unexpectedly taking on a (very energetic) new puppy, planning a wedding comprised mostly … Continue reading

Cyber Monday Nikon D7000 Deal! $979.99 CAD w/ lens, or $699.99 body only! HURRY!

Lots of great deals out there (I’m sure, as I haven’t found too many), but here’s my favourite so far. Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Kit with 18-105mm DX VR Nikkor Lens $969.99 for Cyber Monday! I have this camera, I love this camera. And today you can get it WITH an 18-105mm VR lens for $969.99! Normally, this is a nearly $1300 kit. Perfect as a gift, or a gift to oneself. I actually use this camera more than Miklos‘s D700 because of the dual SD … Continue reading

Bears in a Tree

Here are the bears we saw cooling off in a tree on a very hot day a few weeks ago near Grundy Lake. Of course, the first time I forgot my camera at the cottage before a boat ride was the first time I ever saw a baby bear peeking out of the bushes along the lake. Lesson learned. NEVER. LEAVE. CAMERA.   Share the post “Bears in a Tree” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

Pixlr Express: Photo Editing For Your Phone & Camera Alike

You’ve probably taken a picture of yourself with your phone at some point. Likewise, you might have taken a picture where you realized something was superficially wrong in that you weren’t 100% confident on sharing with the universe. Maybe you had a blemish, or a black fly bite on your neck large enough to give the impression that you spent the night at Makeout Creek. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been mentioning Instagram a lot lately. In part, it has to do with my phone. … Continue reading

Much Ado About Instagram Video

Here we go. Instagram now has video. 15 second long video that you can add filters to. Take that, Vine! Admittedly, I’m one of those dummies who doesn’t know what a Vine is yet. I think it’s a short video that you take for no reason but I’m not entirely sure. A few years ago, and I realize this is not the same thing, Flickr added video to try and compete with YouTube. I’m no official spokesperson but I’m going to go ahead and say … Continue reading

Pretty Night for a Drive

Decided to drop my phone in the toilet tonight (I think it still works, but I haven’t checked again). Here’s a picture I took on our drive down the Niagara Parkway, with Miklos’s Samsung Galaxy S4, which is the same phone as mine except black and un-toileted. When I yanked the phone out of the (clean) toilet water, I instinctively tapped the “On” button to see if it worked. The display came up and when I swiped over it, it worked. I probably should not … Continue reading

On The Day Before I’m Married

I will have no time to write this tomorrow, so here it is. May 31 is my last day, in my entire life, of being an unmarried woman. When I was a kid, I never imagined having a wedding. I imagined my story would be much like an Enquirer cover blurb I once saw proclaiming that Loni Anderson had proposed to Burt Reynolds. It would be like that, except that the guy would make me kiss him but then instead choose my weird friend who … Continue reading