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Tuesday, 29 August 2006
My Mom's Beaded Jewelery
Topic: Art

My Mom has been on a kick, for over a year, of making beaded jewelry. She used to knit like crazy and do counted cross stitch and petitpoint embroidery in between her knitting projects. She even had a fabric and yarn store in Freeport, Maine, for several years. Now she's fallen in love with beads. She loves the feel of them in her hands as the object grows under her fingertips. She loves the beautiful colors. She works hours on each piece. And at age 82 she doesn't need glasses for this close-up work.

My brother recently sent me photos of some of her jewelry. See beaded jewelry by Kirsten Deaver There are bookmarks, bracelets, and necklaces with crucifixes. This beaded work is the intricate kind that becomes a material of its own kind as it develops - like wampum. It is not just strings of beads, or beads sewn onto fabric in decoration. To create a consistent piece, one must sort the tiny beads to make sure the sizes are right. If a bead is just a little off in size it doesn't work. 

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 30 August 2006 2:34 AM EDT
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Sunday, 20 August 2006
Testing Certain Blog Features
Topic: Blog Writing

Testing various options in this new Tripod Blogbuilder rich text editor called Tinymce? The following will only be of interest to people working with the Tripod Blogbuilder software. At the Tripod Club Blog, where members can ask questions and get help from each other, the question was raised: Well now how does one:

a) create a link that becomes an email link, ie. opens up the viewers email program with the given address?

b)  link a picture directly to its larger view?

The first problem being that one can no longer write html code directly into the text window. One can write html code but one must start by opening the html window, before writing in the regular text window, or one will get mightily confused by what one sees in the open html window. (Html window is reached by clicking html button.) If one has already written in the opening window, (which is the Rich Text editor), this will all be viewed as html code in the html window. That means all punctuation symbols will be all translated to their counterpart html symbols - very hard to read around unless you're really good at this stuff. So if you go the route of using the html window you probably need to do it all there. The other problems are that a) every 'update' scrunches the code together. All the line spaces between tags that one generally uses for ease of proofing/editing will be gone. b) every 'update' rewrites the code to the format tinymce uses. A url to a location in your blog directory gets translated to a <BLOG_URL> tag for instance. 

So I tested to see if one could perform these two actions using the rich text editor. Yes one can.

email link: to enable the link feature, something needs to be highlighted first. That something is whatever you want to act as a link. Text or picture is highligted/selected, the link feature becomes an option. You may then click that button to insert your link. If an email link, just write mailto:someone@address.com in the url blank that opens with the 'insert link' window that opens. In the 'title' blank enter what you want the mouseover title to say. If a small picture to large picture link, first make sure you have uploaded a larger picture to your filemanager and you have the url to that file. (I'm assuming you know how to do this.) You have also already added your small picture to your blog post using the 'insert picture' button. To make this picture a link, highlight/select it and click the 'insert link' button.

In the window that pops up, you enter the complete url of the big picture (which you already uploaded to your filemanager).

Tested examples follow: 

 email me at:  info@catinkacards.com 

Here is a recent painting that one of my students did in class. It is from a photo I took at McLoons in Spruce Head, Maine.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 9 December 2006 4:33 PM EST
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Tuesday, 25 July 2006
Birch Point Park Beach and testing photo upload for new blog software
Topic: Blog Writing

This is Birch Point Park beach (larger view). It used to be known as Lucia Beach. I went there the other day on a little picture taking trip in search of reference material for my watercolor classes, in particular I was looking for beach roses. They're gone for the season though. There may be another round at the end of the summer. I was so surprised at how many people come to this beach now. There were rows of school buses with their hoards of little day campers. Kids were having their arguments with each other over who would get to sit next to the window on the ride home as previously agreed. Agreements were being broken because one had called a young man's long shorts 'capris'. This did not sit well with the young man and therefore the young lady was not about to sit well in the window seat. There were some tears too in this little drama. But I was there for just a few moments and on to lunch elsewhere. My siblings and friends will remember when this was a sparsely populated beach. We used to marvel at the rusted metal sculpture of a drowned sailor that rose up out of a tidal pool on the rocks.

Watercolor paintings of Owls Head Maine in cards and prints. 
Large watercolor of Owls Head Harbor, Maine

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 8:27 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 29 January 2007 3:49 PM EST
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Friday, 14 July 2006
Software Changes at Tripod Causing Havoc
Topic: Blog Writing
Just a note to say - this Tripod webhost has been making software changes to the Tripod blogs that have yet to work properly.  It is very difficult to leave comments, and with some glitch or supposed fix happening the past 24 hours, may not be possible at all.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 11:30 AM EDT
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Friday, 23 June 2006
Cats Coloring Pages
Topic: Coloring Pages
Here are some of my pen and ink cat drawings to color or paint. Click the titles for larger images to print out.

More Cats Coloring Pages
cat coloring page
Happy Birthday Cat and Dog in Sailboat
cat coloring page
Setting the Table

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 10:10 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 23 June 2006 11:08 PM EDT
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