Thursday, April 24, 2008

Another one of my bright ideas

I've been talking off and on for years with different folks at church about doing some note cards with an image of the church. Most recently, we were trying to come up with a new and different fundraiser for a retired member who has no insurance and just had an emergency triple bypass. The idea was to try to get a dawn photo of the church, with the forsythia bushes in front bursting into bloom and the golden morning light streaming out from behind (east) of the church. Sounds pretty, right?

Well, my forsythia bushes at home are now blooming (as you saw in the previous post), so I headed over to choir practice a bit early last night to check out the possibilities. And the short answer is, it ain't gonna work. The winter windbreak - which is not ugly, but does clutter the lines of the building - is still up, even though I was told it was coming down "any time now." Worse, the forsythia bushes out front must have gotten damaged by roof ice or something, because they have an abysmally meager amount of blooms and generally look neglected and abused. And worst of all, apparently this week was chosen to pull a bunch of siding off the area right above those bushes to fix some roof leaks. Now, I appreciate Tyvek as much as the next person, but I didn't really want to feature it in the photo.
So I crawled around in the front yard, playing with the evening light and the way the burgundy leaf buds on the trees played off the burgundy roof of the building, and I took this:

I'll pick up a print this afternoon, to see what the color looks like in "real life." But what do you think? Assuming decent production values and professional packaging, would you pay $6 for five note cards and envelopes, especially if you knew that all proceeds would benefit the "First Congregational UCC Uninsured/Underinsured Member Fund"?
(For those who aren't familiar with the building and are wondering, the forsythia, wind break, and missing siding are all hiding around the corner on the left side, obscured by the branches of that strategically placed tree.)

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