Christina Parker Photography

"Preserving Time for Generations to Come"

What is Hoar frost? December 6, 2012

On the 2nd day of December…mother nature sent to me, “a hoarfrost and snowy evergreen trees”


Welcome to the land of the Great White North, also known as Canada! It really doesn’t snow all year long, and we don’t live in igloos! Only since, living in Calgary, Alberta, which is about 1 hour drive from the famous town of Banff which is nestled in the mountains, have I discover experiencing a hoar frost. Taken from Wikipedia, the definition is “refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air. A related effect is flood frost which occurs when air cooled by ground-level radiation losses travels downhill to form pockets of very cold air in depressions, valleys, and hollows. Hoar frost can form in these areas even when the air temperature a few feet above ground is well above freezing. Nonetheless the frost itself will be at or below the freezing temperature of water.”

It really feels like you have just landed in Narnia! A hoar frost is stunning beautiful, every tree and bush is lined with ice crystals! It usually doesn’t last for too many days, and if you are really lucky you get a dump of snow, that then sticks to the landscape, making it even more breath taking.

On Sunday, I was determined to go out for a walk, to take a picture, as I already missed last weeks opportunity, and was so thrilled that a hoar frost had returned! I dressed up in my layers, as it was -10 Celcius (without the wind chill) and took this landscape just a block around from my home. Brrr…time to warm up, get the crackling fire roaring, and pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate. Christina


No Business lost, Sept 27, 2011 365 Day Photo Project September 27, 2011

“The humanitarian thing is to try to do all we can for these people.” ~Tim Horton

Store is renovating, I assume.  Not wanting to disappoint, or to lose customers, they have set up this temporary shop outside!  It’s a novel idea, why don’t they go mobile, and have the stores come to office locations! This trailer, had a line up of 3 people deep inside.  Tim Horton’s is Canadian Legend, known for their coffee and donut shop, as well as there fresh bagels, bakery, and fresh soups, and sandwiches!


Webs, 365 photo project, ~Sept 11, 2011 September 11, 2011

“Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don’t do it.” ~Author Unknown

Two weeks ago, my home was spotless! As, I wanted to make sure it was well clean when we got back from holidays! Then school started, and then the preparation for craft fairs, I seem to be back where I started once again.   I don’t look up too often, with high ceilings, but this web (I hope a dust web!) was out of the way before company arrived….needless to say, the dining room table, was not, but you gotta to start somewhere!


Runner, Day 100, 365 Photo Project, ~August 6, 2011 August 6, 2011

“Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.” ~unknown

My Better half, completed the Invermere Loop the Lake, 1/2 marathon on Saturday!  He came in 2nd in his age category, and 13th overall! 1 hr, and 36 minutes.




Mushrooms? Day 72, 365 Photo Project, ~July 8, 2011 July 9, 2011

“If only one could tell true love from false love as one can tell mushrooms from toadstools. ” ~unknown

It’s amazing how big this fungi can appear when you are down on the ground with a macro lens and some extension tubes.  In my childhood mind, I wonder if the fairies come and are shelter from the rain?


Lucite January 29, 2011

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Lucite Jewelry became popular in 1960’s.  What is Lucite? It can be also called arcylic glass, it is a transparent thermoplastic.  Remember those high platform clear shoes…that’s a form of lucite. 

I bought some lucite beads last year, made a necklace, really don’t like the designed I followed from a magazine.  It really looked cuter in the magazine then what I had created.

So, rather than destashing all the lucite, I’m upcycling it, and using it on some of the gift tags, I have created. 
Check it out:

Thanks for looking!


The Discoveries on Etsy January 27, 2011

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If you haven’t yet discovered Etsy, you are missing out! Etsy is place where many creative individuals come together and set up shop.  To show you what they can do handmade, and sell it at their prices! It is not an Ebay, but a marketplace where you can find one of a kind items, vintage, to arts and craft supplies.

Here you find a range of items:, from photography, to clothing, over 20,000 jewelry markets, knitting, some very odd items, and even baking.  Need to send cookies to someone in the US fresh, when you live in Canada, this one easy way to do it!   So, many creative outlets, you may be missing on, and so many forms more that I haven’t even touched on!

I’m going to be posting more on Etsy and about Etsy.  As, I’m trying to gradually sell my own creations and supplies there, inbetween selling offline.   I may have signed up to open my shop in 2009, but I haven’t got it going until the fall of 2010.     It’s a great place where you will find some of my items, being destashed, and actually see what I have available, as my official website  is more just a portifolio, as it’s too hard to keep up to date.

I also will be featuring Etsy artists on my blog, that perhaps, I have a memory because of the item they are selling, or something that I wish I could do but can’t.   Since,  “I would love to do it all, and I can do it all, but not all at the same time.” (My own favourite quotes!) 

Here is RJ Design Hut’s blog, who is an Etsy artist.  Her recent post about turtles pendants.   I like the concept of those little turtles getting to the big open sea when they are first hatched, but ever since I had a snapping turtle, hiss at me, when I was a child, I’m not to keen to get to close to them!  I do love the colour of those pendants, aren’t they cute!