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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Inspired by. . . like a dream

I'm not sure if this is what Kim had in mind with this week's TT theme. But with 40-50 mph winds today and dropping temperatures, summer . . .


. . .feels like a dream.



Textured with awaken


I was hoping to take some shots of our beautiful, blooming pear tree today. But with the high winds that was impossible. I hope there are some blooms left when this front moves on. My collection of shots from last summer helped put wings to my dream.



Textured with minus43



Textured with cosmos


What are you dreaming of today?








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Monday, February 25, 2013

Inspired by. . . before and after

I have a fun before and after project to share with you today. But before we get started, a bit of housekeeping.

For those of you who have purchased a "custom" domain [blog] address through blogger (without the blogspot in it) be warned!

My blog address expired two days ago. I never received an "expiring soon" notice, or any other kind of notice from Blogger that my domain was about to expire, and would I like to renew. By the time I realized what was happening, a day later, someone had already snatched up my domain!

I quickly purchased a new [better] domain from godaddy and re set my publishing info in blogger. It should be noted, unless you're comfortable messing with DNS settings, this process might be a bit intimidating. Also, as many of you know, changing your blog address messes with your RSS feeds, email subscriptions, etc.

I [think] I have everything fixed, set up correctly, etc. Time will tell.

A favor?

If you subscribe by email or RSS feed, would you leave a comment or shoot me a quick email so I know it's working? or not? I'd be very grateful. Thank you.

We now resume your regularly scheduled....


It's my dad's 83rd birthday today!

He's been buggin' asking me to print him some pictures of his adorable new grand-baby, who just turned 3 months old. Yes, I've been procrastinating on the pictures for three months! It takes time to download, format and print pictures, and I just haven't had the extra time. I knew the pictures would still be there when I got around to it!

Well, being his birthday was coming up, I figured I should make it up to him.

I found this old frame at a yard sale . . .




. . . and turned it into this:




Our little Sophia Lillian, is named after my dad's mom, Lillian, who just happened to love owls. When I saw these scrapbooking elements I knew they'd be the perfect addition.


Happy birthday, Dad!


What have you done with your photos lately?

Have a wonder-filled day!






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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Inspired by. . . the Downton Collection

I'm not a fan, having never seen the show, but Kim's collection is inspiring.

I used sybil and edith to texture my Valentine's.




Love is. . .




Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others,

it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.




Love never fails.







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Monday, February 18, 2013

Inspired by . . . easy dinners


I've mentioned Penzeys Spices here before. They make, hands down, the best spices ~ ever!

One of my favorite Penzeys blends is called Sunny Paris.  I [heart] Sunny Paris on my eggs. Scrambled, sunny side up, doesn't matter, I sprinkle it on! Delicious.

As with most blends, Sunny Paris is a great seasoning for an array of foods.

I'm always looking for ways to make fish more flavorful, so when I saw this recipe in the last Penzeys catalog, using my favorite blend, I knew it would be good.




Baked Tilapia with Sunny Paris

(submitted by Cathy Hubbard)

Prep. time: 5 minutes plus marinating time

Cooking time: 10-15 minutes

Serves: 4


4 tilapia fillets

4 TB olive oil

2 TB lemon juice (juice of one lemon)

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

2-3 tsp Sunny Paris seasoning


Combine the olive oil and lemon juice in a zip-top bag. Add the tilapia and slosh to coat. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 15-60 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425. In a wide, shallow bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and Sunny Paris. Remove the fish from the marinade and place in the bowl, coating both sides of the fish with breading. Place in a baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Do not crowd the fillets. Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes, until the crumbs start to brown on top and around the edges.


This dish turned out light and delicious!


Have a wonder-filled day!



PS If you're wondering, Sunny Paris is hand-mixed from: shallots, chives, green peppercorns, dill weed, basil, tarragon, chervil and bay leaf.



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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Inspired by . . . quotes

Are you inspired by quotes?

I am.

Sometimes they make me chuckle, or nod in agreement. Sometimes they make me shake my head in amazement and sadness over what people think.

But most of the time they inspire me.

To dream.

To BE...

a better ME.



Textured with Kim's 'she loves you yeah' (scroll down for the recipe)


What's inspiring you this week?





The recipe:

Using this awful picture:


I increased the white, brightness and contrast.

Then added Kim's 'shelovesyouyeah' texutre

Difference blend mode 100%

I then increased the red color balance to 100%

on all tones (shadows, midtones, highlights)

Added the quote and watermark


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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Inspired by. . . the Teacher

What does the Holy Spirit do for me?




He reveals the things of Christ. And reminds us of all Jesus has told us.

He pierces our dark minds with the knowledge of Jesus.

He acquaints us with that which Jesus performed in perfect fulfillment of His covenant.

He provides fellowship for us with the Father and the Son.

He leads us into all Truth, wisdom and revelation.




He reveals to us the Father's love through the scriptures.

He leads us from faith to faith.

He gives us power over sin.

He teaches us to draw near to Christ with a pure heart.




Let us never falter in this way.







All images textured with Cheryl McCain's hunter texture.


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Friday, February 8, 2013

Inspired by. . . a challenge

I've missed participating in Photo Art Friday lately. We've been so busy the last couple of weeks, I just haven't had the time to sit and be creative! ~ I've missed it!!!

When Bonnie put out this challenge 10 days ago I knew it would be fun, and I was right! I can't wait to see what everyone came up with!

The challenge:

Create a piece of abstract photo art using these components:

*  pdpa Dropped Petals texture/background

one other pdpa texture, and

one or two images of your own, or images procured from the web

*  the above 3 or 4 required components can each be used more than once in your abstract


After reading over the challenge again just now, I realize I did not use a second texture in my image. So I guess I "failed" the challenge. No worries! It was fun, fulfilling and I'm pleased with the final result.

That's what matters, right!




I didn't have any idea at all what I wanted to do for this challenge. I just started looking through my cache of pictures and let the pictures inspire me. Here are the components I used:




I started with the garden image in Photoshop. I played around with some of the artistic filter options, finally settling on the fresco filter. I then applied Bonnie's texture. I forgot to write it down, but I'm pretty certain I used the color burn blend mode. The rose image was next. I reduced the "fill" of the rose layer quite low and used a soft brush to erase the square-ness of the image. I played around with another texture over/under the rose, but decided I liked it this way. The image still needed something, so I added the text.


If you haven't played with the filters in Photoshop very much, I encourage you to do so. I admit, I haven't used them very much, but every time I do, the result is very fun and pleasing!


Bonnie's texture really is lovely. Thank you, Bonnie, for sharing your beautiful textures and encouraging us with this challenge!

Don't forget to click over to the gallery to see how everyone used it in their art. I'm heading there now!


Have a wonder-filled day!



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Monday, February 4, 2013

Inspired by. . . pop!

Kim's lookin' for a little POP! this week...



Textured with Kim's Minus 43


And I'm looking for a little relief from this...



Mountain Cedar – textured with Kleenex – ha! just kidding!


Don't forget to click over to the Café to see what else is poppin'!


Have a wonder-filled day!




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