“Stackable” Wins Featured Photo This Week!

Project 52 – Week 15
Theme for this week’s challenge “Stackable.”

I can hardly believe I placed in the top ten photos of the week for the weekly challenge again!  I’m getting pretty lucky these days…or is my photography just getting better?  You be the judge.  I am surely trying to improve with each challenge pushing myself to learn something new whether it’s lighting, composition or the trick of using a piece of 12 x 12 scrap booking paper for background as I did in this image.  A technique one of the photographers in our group recommended.  That’s why I love doing these projects…it pushes you to be creative and gives you a great opportunity to learn.

I love Necco’s and haven’t had them in ages so I stopped by our local CVS and purchased some.  I thought to myself buy them…photograph them…then eat them!  That’s exactly what I did!  Eating these candies reminds me to always keep the child alive in you.  Have you had one on your favorite all time candies lately?  Indulge and give yourself a treat!

Click here to have a look at the top ten photos for this week!  Have a great weekend…enjoy the beautiful weather!  Happy Spring break!
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Irela - April 14, 2012 - 10:20 am

Congratulations Catherine! This is one amazing well composed shot. You are rocking it……. :) :) :)

Laura - April 14, 2012 - 4:04 pm

Well deserved – it’s a great photo!

Sharon - April 14, 2012 - 9:08 pm

Love the colors! Great shot Catherine and congrats on winning again!

Deborah - April 15, 2012 - 8:59 am

I love this candy as it has a very long HISTORY, as I’ve seen it’s documentary on the HISTORY channel :) Congrats on making TOP TEN! :)

Terry Lynn - April 15, 2012 - 9:05 am

I used to eat these all the time. Love the soft color here. I need to use my scrapbook paper more often! Great choice for a backdrop.

Fabyan Sugar Shack

This year I decided to get involved and help promote our Ellington Farmers Market and bring awareness to our community and customers about our wonderful vendors and farmers which together have helped our market grow and will continue to grow in the coming years.

 Eric Virkler, another local photographer and myself will be going behind the scenes and capturing these folks in their working environments.  There will be a gallery available for everyone to view the images and get a true glimpse of what goes into the makings of our Connecticut Farm Products and original hand-crafted goods that are featured each week at the market.   The photos will be available for purchase with a portion of the sales going to help with advertising and marketing of our market.

So with pleasure I bring to you Fabyan Sugar Shack which is located in the beautiful countryside of North Grosvenordale Connecticut.   Owners Gary Durand and Jeff Mailloux have operated this family run business for over 8 years.  They specialize in all things maple!  Of course, they have some of the finest maple syrup in New England, but the products they produce with their maple syrup are also excellent.   I was lucky enough to try the incredible maple cotton candy the day I went to visit them.  Some of their other maple products include maple peanut brittle, maple ice cream topping and maple jelly and maple candies.  Yummy!

Gary or Jeff are more than happy to provide a complete showing of the sugar house and a lesson or two on how sap becomes syrup.  They are super nice folks…all of them!  Besides selling their products at local farmers markets, Fabyan Sugar Shack provides to many local restaurants in their area like the famous Vanilla Bean Restaurant, 85 Main and Bill’s Bread & breakfast to mention just a few.

We do hope you will stop by and visit them and all our vendors at our Ellington Farmers Market on Saturday mornings starting May 5th from 9am to noon!  We are located at Arbor Park Rt.286/Main St. in the center of Ellington…right next to the Ellington Fire Department.  See you there!

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Sharon - April 12, 2012 - 1:29 pm

Wonderful photos captured perfectly. I would love to visit this place.

Irela - April 14, 2012 - 8:15 am

Catherine these are beautifully captured. Beautifully done!!

Judy - April 19, 2012 - 9:06 pm

What fun! Makes me wish I lived on the east coast so I could stop in. Lovely photos as well!

linda guastamachio - May 27, 2012 - 12:13 am

Really nice Catherine. Now I want to go get some maple products!

Muriel Pontbriant - February 22, 2014 - 1:38 pm

I just moved in at Sunshine Terrace… Can’t wait to go up the road to see your place and replenish my supply… Every year, I took my 7th grade students to Quebec and we always spent a night at the Cabane à Sucre (Sugar Shack)….. Miss those days.

“Variety” wins Honorable Mention.

Project 52 -Week 14
Theme for this week’s challenge “Variety.”

I am extremely honored.  This week’s image did not only place in the top ten but was worthy of “Honorable Mention.”  I am truly grateful Ellenburg Photography.  You may see all the winners here.

There were so many ideas going through my head this week regarding variety…buttons, patches, flowers, packages of seeds I looked over at the local gardening center but I decided on my Ukrainian Easter eggs.

For many years, each Easter I would get together with a group of good friends to make these beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs while enjoying a lovely brunch and sipping on Mimosa’s.  You see…it  usually takes anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to create one egg.  Yes…one egg!  I have made about a dozen of these eggs in my lifetime and cherish them.  I have so many wonderful memories of making them.

For those of  you who don’t know the history of the Ukrainian Egg I share this bit of information.  Ukrainian Easter Eggs have been decorated and dyed for centuries, a tradition that has it roots in pre-Christian Eastern Europe.  The designs on the Ukrainian eggs celebrate spring and also stand for protection, symbolize fertility, honor nature and ensure good fortune.

Here is a brief video of how to make these eggs.  Have you made your Easter eggs yet?  Perhaps give this method a try.  Wishing you all a truly Blessed Easter!
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Anita - April 7, 2012 - 11:14 am

Beautiful Catherine! Such an eloquent expression of words and
the beautiful photo. Happy Easter to you & your family as well.

Debbie - April 7, 2012 - 2:23 pm

I am in awe of all your talents. Your handmade Ukrainian eggs are as beautiful as jewelry.

Have a wonderful Easter Sunday(:

Love, Debbie

Irela - April 7, 2012 - 8:06 pm

Catherine!!! Congrats on your Honorable Mention! Well deserved my friend… :) :) Gorgeous photo beautiful poem. :) :) :)

Joni - April 8, 2012 - 9:15 am

Hi Catherine,
Those eggs are a work of art! You are so talented!
We hope your family has a blessed Easter.

Rose - April 9, 2012 - 7:01 am

Catherine – Mom told me about the eggs. They are beautiful. You must have patience to paint those. Rose

asmplelife - April 9, 2012 - 9:55 pm

Those eggs are absolutely beautiful! So talented you are!

asmplelife - April 9, 2012 - 9:56 pm

Those eggs are so beautiful. So talented, you are! Hmm… that sounds like something Yoda would say =]

Terry Lynn - April 12, 2012 - 1:26 pm

So beautiful!! Love the prayer…thank you for sharing it! You could definately sell Easter Cards!

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