Sunday, February 24, 2013



My sweet Gracie. Following me all through the house. Comes to greet me when she hears the garage door open. Talking all the time. Turning my bathrobe into her own little cat bed. Just the best.

Love this cat.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Dream Gerberas

Dream Gerberas

Rather than making the usual morning trip to Trader Joe's for groceries and flowers, Gracie and I slept in. By the time I got there late in the afternoon, the best flowers were gone and they only had a few orange gerberas. While they are pretty in orange, I really wanted a lighter color so I passed on them. 
I've had these silk gerberas and ranunculus for some time and never grow tired of them. They are just so happy, they make me happy when I look at them. 
So while I normally have fresh flowers as well, these always have a place in my home.

I finally got over my cold this week - I was so happy to go back to work. The week just flew by and now I'm off for some vacation days. Yipee! 


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Seven Photoshop Effects on One Photo

Bullet Tooth by RadLab
I was playing around with the RadLab plug-in in Photoshop Elements the other day. It is so addicting! I took a photo of the dried flowers and applied several of the different variations. My favorite turned out to be the effect called Bullet Tooth featured here above.

You can see more variations below...
El Capitan
Technicolor Dream World
Super Fun Happy
Not RadLab - Processed with a texture and recipe by Kim Klassen
I also like this one very much. I used a recipe from Kim Klassen in her Beyond Layers class to desaturate the image and apply a texture.

Original Before Post-Processing
Finally, here is the original image I started out with. Not bad, but I love the variations I can get through RadLab (super easy!) or by processing and applying textures. Do you have a favorite way to enhance your photos?


Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Dreamy Look

Sweet Pinks

So here I am, home sick from work still, not yet well but getting bored. Checking my inbox, I see that Kim Klassen has sent four fabulous new textures to her Texture Lovin' Listers. Ooooh, they were so pretty I had to try them out. The hit PBS show Downton Abbey was her inspiration for this set. I used this pink and creamy photo and applied three of the four textures (Cora, Sybil and Edith) to get this somewhat dreamy look. Makes me feel like Spring is on its way again.

To see the colors of the actual textures, go to Kim's site where you can also sign up to get on her list. While you are there, take a look at her own wonderful photos and how she utilizes her textures. So much goodness!

As for me, I've about had it with this cold and am willing myself well. Really, who has time to be sick? I've got so much to do and can't wait to do it. I think I feel myself getting better already. ;-)

P.S. Thanks to those of you who have left me get well wishes!


Monday, February 4, 2013


Oh my, still battling a nasty cold but did manage to take a few photos of flowers over the weekend. I could not resist these multi-colored roses - they look like Spring is approaching. Well, it's not too long until Spring. Yes, time to Think Spring!


Friday, February 1, 2013

Welcome February

No Flea Market This Weekend :-(

I'm missing the flea market this weekend so I am a bit disappointed. Yes, the virus that has been hitting everyone has found me. Ugh. I think my time spent at the preschool this past week is coming back to bite me! Let's see... the good part is that 1) I'm saving money and 2) I don't have to feel guilty for not going since I can't go when I'm sick 3) so far, it doesn't seem to be a very bad cold but we'll have to see tomorrow. Oh, and 4), my sweet kitty Gracie was very happy to have me home with her today.

Such is my start to February. Still looking forward to a holiday, a birthday, and some vacation days.  Yes, February is still going to be a good month.