What’s my NEWline? tee contest

iiphotoArt introduces fun new line of tshirts!

It’s called, strangely enough,


Each tee features a simple graphic line drawing that is actually a  rebus puzzle depicting a word or phrase containing the word “line”. Below is an example.

NEWline 1

To see the design on a tee, click here.

………this one’s pretty obvious, but I’ll give you a minute to figure it out. The answer is at the bottom of this post (and that’s a blatant hint for you).

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to figure out what word or phrase the next three “NEWline” tees depict.

NEWline 2

To see the design on a tee, click here.

NEWline 3

To see the design on a tee, click here.

NEWline 4

To see the design on a tee, click here.

The contest begins NOW and runs until midnight Dec.31/11.
Everyone who sends in correct answers for lines 2,3 and 4 before the deadline will be entered in a draw to win a “NEWline” tee with the design of their choice.
The best part is, there will be lots to choose from. Every day  from now through December 31, another “NEWline” tee will be added to the iiphotoART zazzle website.

These first four tees are available beginning today at iiphotoART. Visit every day to find out what the next “NEWline” will be. Just to keep it interesting, the answers to each “NEWline” will not be shown anywhere except here on this blog. That means if you like a challenge, you can buy your tee and have as much time as you want to figure it out yourself before cheating!

The rules are simple:

  1. anyone can enter (except my immediate family, so forget it you guys)
  2. you may submit only one entry per email address
  3. the winner must answer all three lines correctly
  4. entry must be received before midnight Dec.31/11
  5. there will be one winner chosen by a draw from all the winning entries
  6.  the winner will receive one tshirt, in the style and design of their choice taken from the iiphotoArt NEWline Zazzle collection

So, that’s it. Fill out your answers in the form below and good luck! Winners will be announced here and at iiphotoART by January 15, 2012.

Oh yeah, for all those who are linearly challenged, the answer to NEWline 1 is ……… “bottom line” (they’re not all this easy).

The answer list can be viewed by clicking on the link at top. I’ll add the next answer every day after the daily NEWline tee has been added to zazzle.  Lines 2, 3, and 4 will not be revealed until the new year.


How many ways do you know to skin a cat?

How many ways do you know to skin a cat?
My apologizes to all the cat lover’s for daring this gruesome question…but wait a minute…..don’t string me up yet!
 To reassure you, I do not know how to skin a cat. I have a distinct lack of knowledge in this area. I assume you could go from top to bottom, front to back maybe? tippytoes to tail? That would be strictly supposition of course…..I  have no personal experience with the situation.  It has got me thinking though, hmmmmm…..if I was going to, how would I…oh, sorry,that’s not really what I wanted to talk about.
The real question is, why in the world do I say ‘there’s more than one way to skin a cat’?!!! Okay, granted, I don’t say it often, but I have said it. And I say it with such authority…as if I really did know what I was talking about!  I use that and other weird, home-grown expressions…without giving it much thought. 
Did this saying originate back-in-the-day when people really did skin cats??? Was there such a day? Ugggghhh. All right, I admit I have no love for cats…they’re just so darned snotty, but I don’t skin everything I take a disliking to. As a matter of fact, I’m humane enough to  transport spiders outside instead of squishing them.
 Ok,  I’m a humane, blathering idiot….and, like a cat, I’m curious. Curious about everything. Including skinning cats, including this strange language that pours unintentionally from my mouth. Yes, I know, curiousity killed the cat. But wait…..do I know that? Is it really dead? There are  certainly enough of them running around alive. There’s this big orange tomcat who turns up his nose at me every day as he blithely poopoos in my garden…and he’s certainly curious enough to be the one they mean.
On reflection though, I use too many of these old expressions…more than you can shake a stick at.
Why are you shaking a stick at me? You look really silly.

Nevermind, this blog has all gone to pot (and you can interpret that expression any way you want)
For more humour, check out some of the wacky truisms on my new site at zazzle. Lots of great gifts for that person who has everything (including a sense of humour).

And yes, I’m still busy with the photography too. The header image above is a composite image called “Vancouver Lightshow”…you can find this one and more on my photo website for iiphotoArt

Keep having fun! talk to you soon.


7 accurate acronyms to replace “l.o.l.”

Does anyone else  besides me find “lol” totally insufficient to express themselves?

I seldom lol, as a matter of fact it takes a pretty surprising  joke to get me to lol. Most of the time it’s a polite smile or a groan…depending on the quality of the humour and delivery of the jokester.

It kinda feels like I’m lying when I write “lol”…..it’s not really what I’m feeling and I’d like to express myself accurately, even on ‘twitter”. I’ve seen virtual fights break out when someone misreads the true emotions of a texter!

 This week, I was working hard to get a new store up and running at ‘zazzle.ca’, and I decided to remedy the “lol” dilemma. I came up with my own list of acronyms that work better for me. Feel free to appropriate any that might help keep your texting real.

I feel goooood about this! Maybe when word spreads, I will have helped people communicate and end some of those silly squabbles that are always cropping up on forums!…s.o.d.

Check out this and other new and twisted truisms at my new zazzle store

iiphotoArt at ZAZZLE

Oh!…and don’t miss more great photography at

iiphotoArt on FAA

Juggernauts and other nonsense

Hi….how are you?

Who are you and what do you love?

I’m a photographer and I love photography….when I’m out taking photos, I  find hours have passed that feel like moments.   And words…I love words. Words and photos. Two of my interests, and also two of my greatest #$%^# frustrations! (I’ll stop being so polite once I know you a little better). So what better to blog about than two of my favorite things… light-play and word-play?

Since you brought it up, I want to talk to you about the word ‘juggernaut’. You gotta love that word don’t you? It has such ummm… what’s the word? Such cadence …that’s it, cadence.

Someone with more nerve than tact asked me one day, “Jugg——er——naut?” Being of relatively small size in the upper chest area, and not wanting to exaggerate, I  answered,  “Definitely Naut!!”  

Okay, that’s ridiculous, but I wanted an excuse to use the word. And how often do you get to throw  ‘juggernaut’  into your conversation? And what the heck is a juggernaut anyway? Wait! Don’t swamp me with responses to that question; I just googled it and apparently you might  create one!

Although I love words, I frequently lose them,  forget where I put them, and the right one usually seems to elude me. It’s one of those love-hate relationships.  Blogging is such a boon to conversationally-challenged people like me! I can use the backspace until my fingers turn blue and you can’t hear me going …umm, er.  Meanwhile I can surreptitiously look for that word I left in some dusty corner of my mind.

My other passion, photography, creates just as many challenges; I must thrive on adversity.

For the photo above, the challenge was to get the chess piece in just the right location, and leave it there for exactly the right length of time. The photo is titled ‘Knight Moves’. It’s a long-exposure shot taken with the chess piece moved to different locations on the board and painted with light in each new spot. I wanted the opacity to vary so it took numerous repeats of the shot to get the timing down.   I was happy with the end result.

Next time I blog, I’ll probably ramble on about whatever interesting word pops into my head at the time….it’ll be easier than trying to remember what the damn word was that I was planning to blog about. And I’ll share my latest photography problem, I mean opportunity:) with you …..

Got a favorite word or words that are fun to play with?….throw them over.  Into any unusual photography experiments?…I’d love to hear about it.

For a visual treat, you can find more of my photography at iiphotoart