Aby-a-Day – December 19: Sitting around the Christmas Tree (Hipstamatic Monday)

I’m sure it’s intentional, but the vintage feel of Hipstamatic just seems tailor-made for Christmas photos.

Take, for example, this ordinary photo of a cat watching Law & Order with his mistress, a Christmas tree in the background:

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Bam! It feels more “Christmassy,” doesn’t it, fit into a square and framed with a border?

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Even in glorious black and white, it feels somehow more festive than an ordinary photo would, I think.

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I could have taken this photo with my prized Kodak Brownie Starflash camera when I was 6. Of course, the tree would have been a freshly-cut Douglas fir and not a fake pre-lit white tree with fiber-optic needles, but you see what I mean.

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Add a little colour, and it’s Christmas all over the place!

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Jake thinks it looks better with a cat, though. I have to say, I’m inclined to agree with him!

Liebster Blog Award!

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One of the first things I do in the morning when I wake up (after petting Jacoby, of course) is check my email on the my iPhone. Now, I am far from being anything like a morning person, but I was delighted to learn that my good friend (and Jake’s distant cousin) Sparkle had named me a Liebster Blog Award winner! Thank you so much for this honour, Sparkle…

As I explained in a comment to Sparkle, I used to do “Gun-Hee a Day” on LiveJournal, because I discovered the 365 Photos project and wanted to do it…but then he died…and I tried to keep it up, but not being able to take new photos, I started to lose track of what I’d already posted. Then Angel came along, but she was so nervous she didn’t really do a lot of different things – all the photos looked alike!

Finally, Jake came along, and I resolved to keep the blog going and do it properly. So I got a Flickr account, migrated the journal over to WordPress and now I’ve got two solid years (almost; there’s still 12 days to go)!

I do so appreciate this mention, because I am trying to become a sort of Aby resource (hard to do when I have a day job, but I can dream) and I see Sparkle as a role model. So this does mean a lot.

Now, you may be wondering what the Liebster Blog Award is. It originated in Germany and recognises up-and-coming bloggers. It is meant to showcase those who have fewer than 200 followers. (Liebster means “favourite” or “dearest” in German.) This is done in the spirit of pay-it-forward. In accepting this award, the recipient agrees to:

• Thank the person who gave them the award and link back to their blog
• Copy and paste the award to their blog
• Reveal the 5 blogs they have chosen to award and let them know by commenting on their blog

I’m supposed to list five blogs I admire, but I actually thought of six. I wanted to try to come up with some blogs that you may not have heard of, so don’t feel badly if I don’t mention one of you…I just thought everyone would already be reading you! Now, my choices may not all have fewer than 200 readers, but these are the six I wanted to mention:

Life with Fae (and Iggy). The story of two rescued Devon Rexes in Brisbane, Australia. The photographs are wonderful, and Fae’s human writes the blog in both English and Esperanto.

Dr. Cat, MD. Comics about a cat who is also a doctor. Do I really need to say any more? Probably not, but I will: it’s super cute. And there are T-shirts.

Hey Pais. The only webcomic drawn by a cat. Paisley and her new roommate Boo Radley are very interesting kitties.

Lawlzy’s Animation Blog. Not sure if this counts, but it’s something I discovered once doing a Google image search for “Egyptian Cat Dress.” I absolutely fell in love with this animation student’s character sketches of a cat named “Kanila.” She certainly looks like an Abyssinian, doesn’t she?

I adore her characters and her Ancient Egyptian setting, and if she ever does make a movie or book about them someday, well, I’ll be among the first to buy it!

Caaats! The adventures of Hazel and Olive, based on the cartoonist’s two cats. Hazel is an older Siamese, and Olive is…well, Olive is a force of nature. I also just love the drawing style.

Cat Vs. Human. I know that Jasmine has more than 200 followers, but indulge me: seriously, her cartoons are drawn from my life. It’s spooky. If you are not reading her blog, and you have cats, you should be.

(So, it appears that I really like cat cartoons…I should draw some myself, I guess. Well, that can be a New Year’s resolution! Perhaps we’ll have Cartoon Tuesdays next year…)

Calendar Giveaway Update

Just a reminder about my calendar giveaway; I haven’t forgotten…I just needed to devise a way to let Jacoby randomly choose the calendar winner. And I wanted to give everyone plenty of time to comment on that post and get into the running.

So, if you want a chance to win your very own 2012 calendar starring Jake, Angel, Kylie and Tessie, please comment on the post referred to above. I’ll close it out tonight at 3am Tuesday, December 20 (Midnight for you west coasters), and then Jake will choose the lucky winner, who will be announced on Wednesday, December 21.

This should be interesting…