Monday, December 31, 2012

Bee Flower

Is this one bright enough to attract digital bees?

Today's Gratitude Item: That the blender skills I acquired back in 2007 have not been totally forgotten. Having said that, the software is still tough to use - especially when bits of it refuse to co-operate and google is silent on the solution.

Sunday, December 30, 2012


For some reason, this one creeps me out - have no idea why.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the power-outage we had was short lived and it did not fry my Computer / Internet connection. Also the fact that when said outage occurred, there was still enough light to read by.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Troubling Triangle

Was really fun to make - might be a bit busy for a desktop wallpaper though.

Today's Gratitude Item: Seeing the sun! After about a week of overcast / rainy days it was really nice to finally get some sunshine. The frustrating thing is that it has been really hot / humid despite the lack of sunshine. I'm guessing that right about now there are a lot of unhappy campers out there. I'm being literal as camping is the quintessential kiwi vacation experience and with more wet weather on the way, a lot of holiday makers are going to be disappointed with the weather.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Beach Ball

With funky waves as a background.

Today's Gratitude Item: That it is super easy to add 'bleed' to things created in Illustrator (thanks Google for helping me to find out how to do this).

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Forever Diamonds

Had fun with this one - especially enjoyed creating the background. It's hard to believe that Apophysis + PaintshopPro can create these sort of images.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a big (and time consuming) job out of the way. It was one of those things that was relatively urgent and it took a fair bit of time to get it sorted. Now that it's done, I am a lot more relaxed - the thing is literally a load off my mind.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Star Quilt

This one was surprisingly easy to create.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally completing this year's Yom Ha'Shoah micrograph. It took a while to materialise and will feature on this blog in due course.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Wrapped Up

Spheres on funky wallpaper make me happy.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting loads done! Even managed a longish walk despite the fact that it rained - a lot. It turns out that timing really is everything.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Rock Stars

As in the brown colour and textured reminded me of a rock pool.

Today's Gratitude Item: Laughing so hard that tears resulted. Today has been a nice, peaceful 'good' day. Here's hoping that tomorrow brings more of the same. having time to work on stuff for 'me' is an added bonus.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Big Blue

I wonder what it would be like to play chess on a board that looked like this.

Today's Gratitude Item: Home-made Slush! As in a semi-frozen beverage, consumed in order to remain cool. If you don't get 'brain freeze' when consuming said slush, you probably are not doing it right!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Ribbon Bridge

It's amazing what one can do with some woven pink "virtual" ribbons.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting an extra three months free on my Flickr Account. This was a very nice, unexpected gesture. Thanks Flickr!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Magenta Babushka

I thought that the fractal would match the colours of the doll a bit better. It's not a total loss, at least this doll stands.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding two perfect Creative Commons images to use in a project that came up recently.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Purple Babushka

The background of this one may be a bit loud. There is always the risk of things going slightly awry when one experiments.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my workspace is in the coldest part of the house - this means being able to keep cool, even when the humidity is uncomfortably high.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Blue Star Babuska

Dedicated to all those of Russian / Jewish descent. This may be my favourite of this series.

Today's Gratitude Item: Free parking and loads of chocolate! Today was our last dance session for the year and my dancers gave me loads of very high quality chocolate as a 'thank you' for teaching the class. The group is awesome and they all know about my love affair with chocolate. Happily, they decided to really spoil me this year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Green Babushka

Could not resist the inclusion of some clovers on this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: That our Internet is working again. It went down late on Sunday afternoon and only got fixed last night. Orcon's customer service* was "disappointing" and it was only after I literally screamed at them that they sent out a technician who was simply put, awesome. Happily said technician worked his magic and all is once again well in my world.

*For some reason, Orcon's 'tech support' (and I use the word 'support' in it's loosest possible sense) is based in Manilla. It took three calls to these people to get some action on the problem and they did not seem to care. It was difficult to understand them, the line was terrible and they were not clear on how long the problem would take to get fixed. I seriously wish Orcon would bring their call-centre back to New Zealand (or at least route calls to a centre where the background noise is not so loud).

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Yellow Babushka

Took a while to create the miniature suns on the apron of this one, but it was worth the extra effort.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally completing a hexagonal gift box that I was making for a friend. Note to self: next time stick with a traditional square / rectangular box as hexagonal boxes are 'tricky' to cover and painful to make.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Orange Babushka

For some reason, the orange doll was easier to create than the red doll - only her eyes are a bit creepy.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able trade my old (dead) cellphone for warm fuzzies. It turns out that Starship Hospital has found a way to turn dead / old phones into cash - and they have made it super easy / convenient to 'donate'.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Red Babuskha

This is part of a rainbow series of dolls. The red one got hearts on her apron. I've recycled the dolls from a previous image.

Today's Gratitude Item: A cheese cloth bag. Said bag was simply brilliant for getting the excess moisture our of a rather large amount of re-heated chopped spinach. The spinach was needed for a special bread (the drier the better). I used to struggle to drain the spinach with a sieve, spoon and a lot of time / pressure. Being able to put it in a bag and literally wring out the excess water was both quick and painless.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Floral Orange

Playing with the background really helped improve this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding this...

It's a combination keyring / coin-holder in the shape of a sock. Basically it's the ideal non-Christmas small gift that has just the right amount of whimsy and usefulness.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bright Sparks

Struggled to get this one to look acceptable. I think the colours are just "too much".

Today's Gratitude Item: *Hopefully* getting a really early night. Got up at 6:20am this morning to do the 'walk outside before it gets too hot' thing which worked out well (found $1.00). Only problem is that I'm pretty tired now and the sun hasn't even set (gotta love daylight saving).

Monday, December 10, 2012

Quad Moth

The "spots" on this one reminded me of similar spots that can sometimes be spotted on the wings of certain moths.

Today's Gratitude Item: Holidays + Books :) I really enjoyed Guilty Wives by James Patterson (I enjoy most of his 'stuff'). I suspect some of the reviewers over at Amazon would not have been so harsh if they had borrowed the book from their local library. Happily, mine had a brand new copy on display on the weekend and I nabbed it.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Chanukah 5773

This one involved a bit of recycling, a bit of luck (as in finding the salt cellar over at the open clip art library) and a lot of time. It was fun to make though.

You can access the large version of this graphic by clicking on the image above. Images that are related to Jewish Holidays live at the preceding link where you can browse by holiday and download the image in high resolution (for printing etc).

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting my Intuos tablet to co-operate again. For some reason it changed itself from 'mouse' mode to 'pen' mode which was rather disconcerting. Happily it is now behaving again.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Spilled Sunlight

This one is recycled from some old parameters. The colours remind me of what could happen when surf, sun and land meet.

Today's Gratitude Item: Home made blueberry slush. Said slush was very tasty, very cold, very red and pretty much guilt free. Frozen blueberry's are a wonderful thing.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Square Scales

This one is a lot brighter than originally intended. It turns out that rendering fractals is not a perfect science.

Today's Gratitude Item: That summer holidays are finally here! Having a long summer 'holiday' is one of the nice things about being a teacher. I use the word holiday in its loosest possible sense as I'll be spending a good part of that time developing teaching resources / investigating bits of software for next year.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Stained Amythest

If only it were possible to get stained glass that really looked like this...

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting hold of a headset / headphones for use at school. This means being able to make high quality screen-casts at work without lugging bulky equipment back and forth.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Square Splash

Presenting yet more waves which are far too structured to be natural.

Today's Gratitude Item: That one of my students (who has now finished school) gave me a lovely box of chocolates and cheerful mug with the slogan "Keep calm and carry on" - which is oddly appropriate given my line of work. It was a kind gesture and being thanked is always nice.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Hessian Bloom

Reminded me of sack cloth, with a little bit "extra" thrown in for good measure.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting moderation done, critiquing a future assessment and buying sushi all between 11:00am and 2:00pm. Believe me when I say that today was rather productive in some ways.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Gold Vein

This one turned out much better than expected.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting my tool-bar back in Word. It kept disappearing because I had unwittingly set it to ‘minimise'. Needless to say this was both mysterious and annoying. A quick google search solved the problem (of course).

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Wonder Waffle

Almost good enough to eat :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Cheap Christmas Tree ornaments and some ideas on how to spice them up. Whilst I am absolutely NOT into Christmas, one of my dancers is. She is also celebrating a significant birthday in the near future and some personalised Christmas Tree ornaments will make her very happy.

Fuzzy Blanket

Took ages to get this one to look half-way decent. At least I finally figured out exactly how the "pattern" tool in PSP works. Let's just say the co-ordinate system the program uses is counter-intuitive

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a good idea. For a while, I've been wondering what I can do for my dancers on our last session for the year. It has become traditional to give each group member a small meaningful 'something' at that point. Figuring out how to present said 'something' is a big step forward in the process and I'm now quite excited to get things under-way.