Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Adventures of the Crazy Owl Lady

I've been collecting owls for awhile now. My mom says that my apartment looks like "a crazy owl lady lives there". Most of them I have bought from garage sales and thrift shops and I usually give them a little makeover with paint. Anyway, my mom and I went to our favorite thrift store for a little treasure hunt this afternoon and someone had donated a who...le collection of owl figurines to the store. There must have been at least 40 figurines of various sizes. I picked out some little brass owls and a woman shopping next to me picked out the other brass owls I had been eyeballing. The nerve! I kicked myself for not grabbing them fast enough. This triggered some sort of crazed lady inside me. I kindly asked her if she was set on buying said owls and of course she said yes. I seriously wanted to grab them out of her cart and run to the cash register. Insane, right? I'm not proud of myself. So, the moral of the story is that I should never be allowed out of the house on Black Friday, if there are owl items on sale.

Photos by Sofia Smith 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

In Search of Inspiration

When I'm not feeling particularly inspired, one place I turn to is Flickr.  The are so many incredible photos and talented photographers out there.

Photots from my Flickr Favorites

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

snow flury

snow flury by Sofia Katariina
snow flury, a photo by Sofia Katariina on Flickr.
My camera has a pretty good image stabilization system. I remember how frustrated I used to get with  my first digital camera because the tiniest movement would result in an out-of-focus image. Then again, sometimes the "mistake" photos surprise you. That is the case in this photo. My movement actually created an interesting, unintended effect. It is always exciting for me to transfer my pictures from my camera to the computer because you never really know what exactly you're going to get on a bigger screen.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Rubber Ducky I'm Awfully Fond of You

I love rubber duckies.  They just put a smile on my face.  I have quite a collection of duckies of various colors and styles, but I still love the classic yellow duck the most.  The pink ones are a close second.  Just to clarify, I'm not a ducky hoarder.  Really. No need for an ducky-vention.  Back away from the duckies and no one gets hurt!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

I lose lose myself in a colorful world

clothespins by Sofia Katariina
clothespins, a photo by Sofia Katariina on Flickr.

Jukka, one of my father's brothers died this spring.  Matti, my mom's brother died a week ago.  Miriam, my stepdad's mom, died Thursday night.  I almost lost my husband this year.  Those events are just the tip of the iceberg of sorrow that this year has brought me and my family.  Without a doubt, it has been the most difficult and challenging year of my life.  I'm praying that this cycle of sadness is ready to pass and that a cylce of something better can begin. 

One of the things that helped me survive this year is my photography.  It is a a true escape.  I can just leave my sorrows behind, even for just a little while and live in a world of bright colors. I lose track of time in my little world and nothing else seems to matter.  I truly believe that it is a gift that I was given to help me through the tough times.  That might sound silly to some, but it has turned out to be one way I can keep going on.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The show must go on!

Christmas Pearls by Sofia Katariina
Christmas Pearls, a photo by Sofia Katariina on Flickr.
It is wayyy past my bedtime. I tried going to bed twice, but couldn't get to sleep. Stupid cold.

Tomorrow Today will be our third and final craft show of the season. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a profitable show.

Craft Show Location:

PeaceHealth Medical Group- Cordata Main
(Old Madrona building on corner of Cordata and Horton Rd)
4545 Cordata Pkwy
Bellingham, WA 98226

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sick as a dog

I've spent most of the day in bed with this nasty cold. All I want to do is sleep. I'm expecting to be in zombie mode at work tomoroow.  I'm hope I'm feeling better for the craft show on Friday.  It could be a loooong day.
Lazy Saturday 2 by Sofia Katariina
Lazy Saturday 2, a photo by Sofia Katariina on Flickr.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Shining Star Has Fallen

Today is December 6th, the day Finland celebrates its Independence Day.  Each year on this day there is a celebration at the palace of the Finnish president.  This year's celebration was missing one of Finland's brightest literary stars.  Matti Yrjana Joensuu, my uncle (my mother's brother) was supposed to attend, wearing his new suit and medals of honor.  Unfortunately, Matti passed away in his home at the age of 63 on Sunday, December 4th 2011.  Losing Matti has left an enormous emptiness in the hearts of his sisters and others who loved him.  My love, prayers and thoughts go out to everyone who is missing him tonight.  Maybe in a different world or maybe if he had had more time, I would have had the chance to get to know him better.  For now, I'll just hold on the the faint childhood memories I have left of him.  Matti's death is a reminder to us all to hold on dearly to the ones we love.

silver star by Sofia Katariina
silver star, a photo by Sofia Katariina on Flickr.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

I'm so excited about this!

jump for joy by Sofia Katariina
jump for joy, a photo by Sofia Katariina on Flickr.
I was recently approached by Emily Hildebrand through Flickr and asked if I was interested in being featured as a photographer on Photography Blogger, a "creative photo journal for photographers".  Photography Blogger publishes articles on photography tips and tricks, provides some inspiration and eye candy and showcases photographers.  I'm honored to have been selected.  They have some amazing photographs featured on their site and it is humbling to be part of it all.  Anyway, here is the link to the feature on my photos 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Happy Caturday and Gift Show Info

Need something fun to do today?  Come visit Fabulous Fauna and Sofia Smith Photographic Art at this Christmas Gift Show in Ferndale.

Happy Saturday Caturday!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Owl Friday: Owl Family Portrait

I feel like a real professional photographer after the photo shoot I had with this lovely owl family.  They came to my studio and posed nicely and stood very still, almost like statues.  Too bad they paid me in pellets.

Love owls like I do? See more fun owl pictures by other Flickr users in the Owl Friday Group.

Owl Family Portrait by Sofia Katariina
Owl Family Portrait, a photo by Sofia Katariina on Flickr.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

candy stripes

I love candy, and not just because it is sugary and sweet and tastes good. I also love candy because it is pretty. Bright colors. Fun designs. Here is a one of my most recent peppermint candy photos.

candy stripes by Sofia Katariina
candy stripes, a photo by Sofia Katariina on Flickr.