Monday, December 22, 2008

Our Christmas Tree

This is the only conifer in my house.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

New Bonsai: Pinus Mugo 'Slowmound'

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after

This is what I did during my day being snowed and iced in (notice the white in the background outside). I turned this dwarf mugo pine into a bonsai. I'm still new at the whole bonsai thing, so I'm learning as I go. The scientific name of this one is Pinus mugo 'Slowmound' and they normally only grow to about 2 feet tall. It makes for an easy bonsai as far as controlling its size. The needles should fill out more in the spring, but in order to make them look older than they really are you remove growth on the undersides of the branches. More pictures to come, especially when my Japanese maple grows back its leaves. Right now it's a stick.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Short Story on The Writing Show

I recently wrote something for a holiday short story celebration by The Writing Show. The Writing Show is a podcast and website for writers to help them with their writing. They have a variety of topics for everyone from screen writing to children's books. I didn't win the contest, but my story can be found on the website along with a few others if you are interested in reading it. It is also posted on my writing blog that has not been updated because I have not written anything since I wrote the story.

I hope you enjoy the story. Have a great Christmas!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Youth Curriculum Graphics

I have been creating some graphics for my brother to use with his youth group curriculum over the past year. These are a few of them, and if he wants more I'm happy to oblige. If anyone else is looking for something like this, I work cheap.