Sunday, January 18, 2015


Kim Klassen's "Be Still 52" is just starting, and I'm reflecting on stillness, quiet, breathing, meditation.  Periodically I sit and just breathe to get centered.  I've always loved Buddhas.  I think it's the stillness I sense.  I have one in my garden…
 I did most of my editing in Lightroom before I took it into PS. I used one layer of Kim's "Autumn Burst" at 83% hard light and added text.
This Buddha sat in my mother's garden for many years and now he has adorned my garden for 18 years plus.  He seems content to sit quietly.  He certainly brings serenity to the garden.
Other Buddhas I love…..

~ Give ~ 


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cardboard Journal Workshop

Yesterday was my day to host the workshop for our Eastside Art Group.  There are eight of us, each with differing artistic talents.  Eight beautiful souls participating in a monthly project.  I can't remember how we met individually.  I do know I met Jacki first.  I think she invited me to come to Linda's annual holiday boutique where she was selling some of her art.  The others were there.  Linda suggested that we get a group together and do 
monthly art projects.  The rest is history.  
A few months ago I was searching for some inspiration for my project.  I didn't have to go very far.  I found it on Michelle Ward's blog.  I was so excited to do this project as I knew each and every lady in our group would make journals in their own style.  I knew Erin's journal would be flowers and rain boots…..
I knew Jacki's would have a paper collage face in it…..and here's the beginning of a face.
I knew she would use interesting papers because that's what she does.  She's a paper collage artist and collects anything paper.  She has quite a stash.  She had to leave early today so this will not give you the "finished product", but you get the idea….
I expected Linda's to be eclectic and unique.

Libby's would be free and easy just so like her!

Diane's would be really colorful and fun!

Norma's was a surprise.  Usually she does projects as a gift for her granddaughter.  But hers ended up a representation of a "getaway" for her.

and mine (still unfinished) - I loved Michelle's black and kraft theme, so I went with that.  It was fun collecting stuff that fit that theme.

A big thank you to Michelle for the idea and instructions.
~Give ~

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Rose for Valentine's Day

My lesson in S2F was to make a diptych with colored background. I added Kim's texture "Gracie" for the background color.
I'm submitting it for Texture Tuesday as well.
I've enjoyed Kim's S2F (Start to Finish) so much.  I still have a couple weeks to finish.  Meanwhile I'll be starting her Be Still 52 class.  
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Digital Fun

I can't believe it has been almost a month since I've posted.  Certainly not intentional.  Life just got in the way.
My low back has been giving me fits - arthritis says the doc.  Whatever, it was so painful to sit up in bed to get up in the morning I just dreaded it.  It has improved vastly and I'm starting physical therapy this upcoming week.   I sort of lost my muse during this time of physical stress plus the holidays, plus blah, blah, blah.  You know…..
I finally got back on the computer a couple days ago.  Tip toeing through some of my favorite blogs, I found this tip on Michelle Ward's site.  Layer one image over another (in this case I layered one painted background over a painting).  Select the eraser tool and pick a brush.  Use it as you would a regular brush.  It will erase the top layer in the shape of the brush.  I love it….so simple but has unlimited possibilities.
More playing around….
Then consider using a regular brush over the "eraser" images. The pink below is the regular brush.
Play with this and see what possibilities you can dream up.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays!!

From our house to yours, have a wonderful holiday!!  No 
time to shoot for Texture Tuesday, so I'm repeating
a previous image.  Anna and Ollie send their
best wishes and big hugs too!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Merry Christmas

Seems every day since the first of November has flown by.  I'm scurrying around trying to get everything ready for Sunday.  That is the day my side of the family will celebrate our Christmas.  Mike's mom will be here too.  I've been debating what to have for dinner, and I think I will just get a large half salmon from Costco.  I'll roast it and make a mustard cream sauce.  Another tradition is scalloped potatoes.  I'll have a large green salad with pecans and dried cranberries and some sort of green veggie…..pie for dessert.
That should do it!
This image is from a shoot I did for our Christmas card.  It was inspired by something I saw in a magazine.    
I combined several images for the triptych below.  The image on the right is similar to the one I used for the card.  I used Kim's texture "And Then Some" on it and messed around with a couple presets.  Overall I liked how these turned out.  It was fun to use pink instead of the traditional red and green…..and of course I'm a sucker for anything glittery or glimmery. 
Wishing each and every one of you and your families a very merry Christmas and a holiday season filled with love and joy.
Linking with Texture Tuesday

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Monday, December 08, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I'm finally getting in the holiday mood.  The ladies from my art group hosted a holiday boutique over the week-end.  They had so many beautiful hand-made items….jewelry, gourds, ceramics, painted wall hanging, painted cards, Jacki's paper collage ladies and so much more.  I'm sorry I didn't take pictures.  I was too busy talking!! But if you hop over to this post on Jacki's blog, you'll see all the beautiful work.
We're decorated!  My granddaughter Malia helped me big-time with the tree and all the other decorations.
I played with these images in Lightroom print module to make the layouts….. so much easier than Photoshop.  I understand why Kim loves LR.  I've become a lover as well.
For Texture Tuesday I did a couple versions of holiday images….
 and below the vintage sepia montage.  Lightroom let me add these cute black square corners much like the old photo album corner stickers. 
Come on over to Kim's party and see what the others have done.  I hope you are all getting in the spirit of the holiday season!

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Monday, December 01, 2014

Everyday Life

I'm slowly getting back to "everyday life".  I visited my DIL and granddaughters for turkey.  I got to see all the family including a few on my side I haven't seen for a while.  Hard to imagine the  holiday season is upon us when the temperatures are in the 70's.  We finally had a little rain over the week-end and are due for a lot more tomorrow and Wednesday.  Oh, how we need it!!
Here are a couple of the ladies who participated in Gather
walking the beach.  Texture Tuesday is here again so I'm 
using this for my entry.  I used a layer of KK-Claires and a layer of KK-Hughes on this.  The text brush is Kim's also. 
My DH and I decided not to give gifts to each other this year.  We have enough "things", so we are taking ourselves out for dinners and lunches.  Of course we will have our get together and gifts for the grands.  What are you all doing this year for your holiday?  Any special traditions? 
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014


I try to start each day with gratitude for another day, another opportunity, for all I'm blessed with, but at this time of year I'm especially grateful for friends, family, health and abundance. 

I'm linking to Texture Tuesday today with my interpretation of the Thanksgiving holidays.  For this image I used a layer of Kim's "Leaf" and a layer of one of her other textures.  Sorry I can't remember which.   I also used Kim's 
Darklight preset.  I added a Topaz filter.  I love playing with textures and filters as I'm never sure  what will turn up in the final result.  I like how this makes the pears look like they have been gold leafed. I used the same textures and different filters below on this image.
I wish you all a beautiful Thanksgiving.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I'm Sharing

I'm sharing two still lifes today which I'm linking with Texture Tuesday. These were shot at the Gather event in Sunset Beach.  You can see more about that here and here.  I used KK-Dark Light on this image….
and KK-Gentle here.
There will be many more examples of Texture Tuesday, so be sure to click on the button below and go visit.  Better yet, why don't you join us?

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