Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Eve

We had our Annual Christmas Eve Open House and we have a condo full of friends and family.  It is always so nice to have mom and dad and the family all together. Fun catching up with my nieces and nephews and their growing famlies. The only sibling missing was my oldest brother Mark....who is spending xmas at home in NY this year...

During this past year, My nephew Tony and his wife Shannon had the first Great Grandchild for mom and dad.  Meet AJ !  AJ is the official first baby to ever attend our Annual Christmas Eve Open House. It was a little over whelming for him..but his mom was there to comfort him.

We had a wedding this year.. my niece Mary married Shawn.
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Allen...and their first appearance at our home as a married couple.

My niece Karen completed her culinary program this fall at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.
Congratulations Karen. (Karen is here with her boyfriend, Richard) Karen made some yummy chocolate mint cookies for the open house...Karen can bake for me any day!!

My niece Heather just completed her first semester at Trine University in Indiana. This is her first visit back home since she left in August.  Welcome home Heather...
(Heather and her mom-my sister Suzie) (PS- Heather is wearing the scarf that i just made for her)

Mom and Dad celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in September.  
Love you Mom and Dad...thanks for providing a Happy Home!

So glad to have my brother Tom, sister-in-law Judy and kids Allie and Mike. 
Allie is in her senior year at college in VT and Mike is home from NY for the Holidays.

And of course it is so nice to have my son, Scott and his girlfriend Mary, home for a month for their winter semester break.  (Scott and Mary celebrated their 7th year of dating this that is something to be really proud of..since they started dating at age 15)

Good Food, Family and Friends...a fun time was had by all.
This year I made 2 salmon pies...since they always seem to be a hit

Friday, December 24, 2010

Fractalius Style

I just recently rediscover a plug-in for my photoshop program called Fractalius Filter.
Fractalius plugin creates unusual, eccentric artworks in a single step. The effects are based on extraction of so-called hidden fractal texture of an image. You can also simulate various types of exotic lightings and high realistic pencil sketches.

Below are a few examples of what I have done with this new plugin on several of my photos.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Jenga Concentration

Kelly, Dan and Andrew play Jenga, which is a  game of physical and mental skill created by Leslie Scott, and currently marketed by Parker Brothers, a division of Hasbro. During the game, players take turns to remove a block from a tower and balance it on top, creating a taller and increasingly unstable structure as the game progresses.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Amylou Goes Aerial

Amylou Photography is now offering Aerial Photography.
Let me photograph your home, neighborhood, business, or an area that is special to you.
Go to for contact information.

St. Johns Prep
Danvers MA
Maple and Locust Streets, Downtown Danvers MA
Showing Lyons Ambulance Service in the Center

Sunday, December 5, 2010

2010 Jolly Jaunt

Over 800 runners participated in today's Jolly Jaunt,
a 5k run/walk to benefit Special Olympics of Massachusetts, at Beverly Hospital at Danvers.

Rad Runners

Danvers Holiday Walk

Went on the Danvers Holiday Walk in Danvers Square yesterday with three Generations of wonderful friends.
Left:  Sally, Julia and Jennifer

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lights of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony

 "Lights of Love" was launched in 2008 by Gloucester residents Sue Kyle and Shawn Wilson to raise awareness of Addison Gilbert Hospital's world-class cancer care ( and fund life-saving treatment for Cape Ann patients.   "Lights of Love" raised more than $6,000 in its first year and $17,000 in 2009.  This year, our goal is to raise $25,000 to help cover life-saving treatments and keep hope alive for all patients and families affected by cancer.  A volunteer-driven effort, 100% of all dollars raised benefit cancer care services at Addison Gilbert Hospital's Gorton's Specialty and Cancer Care Center.
 Left: Rebecca Imperiali, Sue Kyle, Santa, Shawn Wilson, Dr. Angus McIntyre

Gloucester High School Choir sings Christmas carols for the crowd.

Cape Ann artist, Ken Knowles picks the raffle winner of his original painting of Plum Cove in Gloucester Ma