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My Best from 2013 ~

I found myself watching intently my digital photo frame in the Family Room this morning.  Almost all of the photos on it are mine, and I was noticing that I really do have a few exceptional photos from last year when I was very enthusiastic with my camera.  I thought I’d post a few of my own favorites.


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While these are all not necessarily fantastic photography, some are my favorites simply because of the content, or they’re favorite places or events from last year.  Some are very meaningful, perhaps only to me.  Some are my first endeavor at macro and super macro.  But these are my favorites.  Hope you enjoy!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see you again soon!  TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt


Sew What?

I have not blogged in almost two months, a record for me.  I also haven’t taken any “serious” photographs in at least that long.  For awhile I thought I’d lost “it”, that inspiration that has been sending me out all over several counties to find interesting things to photograph and share.  While I’ve since discovered I still  have “it”, I’ve realized that “it” isn’t on my top list of priorities anymore.  And there just isn’t THAT MUCH around where I live that’s interesting to photograph, or that hasn’t already been done over and over by someone else in the area.  How many times can you take a shot of a waterfall, or water, or a lake or a pond?  And while there are many seasonal things going on locally to photograph, I think I did them all last year.  And I haven’t even gotten to the part where my camera has been taking some pretty awful shots for the past few months.  And, no, it’s not the photographer!

So, putting the camera on the shelf for awhile, I’ve gone back to my sewing room as my creativity outlet for awhile.  Quilting gives me more long-lasting satisfaction anyways, so I’m happy to be back after a month’s absence.  I was working on my “Pure Decadence” quilt, and actually have it all sandwiched and ready to start quilting it, but Christmas interrupted my intentions.  I needed our immense diningroom table that I had been using to sandwich the quilt for Christmas present wrapping.  So the quilt got put on a back burner until after the holidays.

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For awhile I was making fabric Christmas gift bags, sew easy!  I found a pattern online and I just loved it.  Not only can you make them for Christmas, but also any other occasion you can imagine for which you might need a gift bag.

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And I remembered I had a small quilt project started!  It was one where I had found this beautiful fabric while looking for something else, and I decided I really wanted to work with it to make something special.  At the time, I didn’t know what that “special” thing was going to be, as I was completely uninspired.  But having been working on this simple little Nine-Patch quilt top for a month or so now, I have finally decided who is going to get it and that it is going to be a Spring 2014 surprise for someone special.

Spring Surprise 2014

Spring Surprise 2014


Meantime, I have been cuddling up with my pink quilt very often lately, especially while watching t.v. in the family room.  I’ve been thinking that, although I create a lot of “theme” quilts etc., I’ve never really made a “seasonal” quilt.  And I want to make something “Christmassy” for winter cuddling during the holidays.  There has been a particular Christmas quilt in my “Keepsake Quilting” catalog that I have been wishing for for about 2-3 years now.  I’ve never purchased a “kit” before, but I really, really want to give this a try.  So, I may splurge and get this for myself after Christmas.

Christmas quilt kit from "Keepsake Quilting"

Christmas quilt kit from “Keepsake Quilting”

The hardest part will be keeping it for myself.  I always want to keep giving my creations away!  I can think of several special people that would enjoy this quilt as a 2014 Christmas gift!  However, at this time next year, I will be soundly sleeping through several afternoon  t.v. shows in my family room cuddled up with this finished quilt!   Until then, I will continue to work diligently on my “Spring Surprise” quilt and will keep you posted.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a looksee.  Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt


Quiet Time ~

Today is a day just for some “me” time.  It’s a stunningly beautiful fall day in Central New York, and I will be alone through tomorrow.  Al has taken Katie and our truck/trailer down to PA to continue in our quest to help my mother-in-law and sister-in-law move to NC.  Tomorrow I will ride down with Kristen to assist in whatever I can do to assist.  But, for today, it’s just me.

 I’ve needed this quiet time for myself for a long time.  I wasn’t ready when I had previous time off from work.  But this time, I’ve prepared for it.  As I’ve mentioned before, it’s been a particularly stressful past few weeks for me between work, home and in-laws.  I knew today was coming, and I actually planned out this day to accommodate quiet time.

 I’m getting ready to go grocery shopping/photography hopping when I finish this post.  Early in the morning is best, but it’s still early “enough” that I should be able to get some nice shots.  Later I will be baking, making some German dishes to take to PA with me tomorrow for an “everybody lunch”.  At 3:30 pm, of course, is “Quilt in a Day” on public television.  Then the later afternoon I will spend quilting and/or reading quilt magazines/books.  During much of that time, I will stop often and take some time to just “be still, and know…”  Psalm 46:10.  I will stop often just to give Him some of my time.

 Meantime, I wanted to share a couple of photos that my husband, Al, took of Skaneateles Lake a week or so ago.  They are my focus today.  Quiet beauty.  Stillness.  Enjoy.

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Waterfowl on Skaneateles Lake

Waterfowl on Skaneateles Lake


For today, as my friend Carol (“Wanderings of an Elusive Mind”) says, they are “enough” to get me through.

Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt




Great Blue Heron ~


I DID IT!  I’ve been trying literally all summer long to get a good photo of the elusive Great Blue Heron that inhabits our little part of New York State, and after much prayer, I finally got some good shots of a local inhabitant at a nearby pond.

Say “hello” to Mr. or Mrs. Great Blue Heron:

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So many of my friends and even relatives (Kristen Burns) have successfully taken and posted their awesome photos of Great Blue Herons, and now I can finally say that I am successful too!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by and taking a look!  TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

Beginner Photography ~

I like taking pictures.  I’m extremely novice at it, as anyone can see, but I enjoy it just the same.  I don’t do a lot of that touch-up stuff, although I might crop or increase the vibrance of a photo on occasion.  That’s about it.  I don’t have a professional type camera with all of the bells and whistles, but I like what I have.  In the past, I’ve been disappointed with lots of photos that I’ve taken, and wished for a “better” camera, like a Nikon or a Canon.  But usually I find out the issue isn’t the camera, but the photographer’s lack of knowledge and experience in getting the camera to do what I’d like it to do.

While I’ve been on vacation this week and doing nothing but hanging around the house, I’ve taken snippets of spare time and gone walkabout looking for photo ops.  Here are some of the things I’ve seen:

I hope you enjoy my little corner of New York State, and I hope you come back soon!  Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt