Thursday, September 30, 2010

Autumn Leaves


Hi everyone!  Wow, I've really enjoyed reading your posts about fall, and the beautiful colors it's starting to be in your area of the country.
Fall is my favorite time of year, but where we live there's not much to see in the way of "color." 
So, I thought I'd share with you some photos I took about a year ago in Washington.






You see, for me having lived in the desert all my life, just walking down a city street in Seattle in the fall was glorious!  I remember seeing all of the golden leaves everywhere I walked wanting to stop and pick one up.  It was absolutely beautiful to me. 


Strolling along this street in Seattle, on our way to a football game. 
(Toto, I don't think we're in Vegas anymore!)


A ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge Island.


Thanks for dropping by and sharing a little "fall" with me!  There's just not much here in Las Vegas that's "fall-like" right now to take new photos of. 
We'll be heading back up to Seattle in November for my birthday, so hopefully I can get some new photos then. 
I look forward to seeing more of your colorful fall posts! 

Enjoy your day! 
Becca

Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday Night Wine & Jazz




One of my favorite things to calm a stressful Friday workday is sipping a glass of wine and listening to some of my favorite jazz artists. 
So, pour a glass, sit back and relax with me to the sounds of 
Oscar Peterson and Stan Getz.

Becca


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Grunge Movement


I'm playing with textures again, in Photoshop Elements.
This is a texture I got from 
The texture is called Celine.
I really enjoy all the "grunge" looks that textures can give. 


I took this photo last year right at the turn on to my Aunt & Uncle's property in Oregon.
This is actually a really bright, blue day with yellow flowers in the field.  I enjoy the photo that way too, but I wanted a more vintage look this time.  
By editing the photograph to this, it invoked memories of visiting there when I was a child. 


I'm just beginning to delve into this Photoshop stuff, so I still have a lot to learn, but at least I'm enjoying it along the way. 


I think photo editing is an individual taste, just like painting.
(If I could paint on canvas, I wouldn't be sitting here on this computer...oh how I would love to be able to paint!  What a beautiful art form of expression!)
Just like art, some prefer the Impressionist era over the Surrealist movement.  In art I've always been fascinated with the Surrealist painters.   I enjoy the "element of surprise" and the "unexpected juxtapositions." Ok, now I'm probably getting a bit off track.
I just think that with photo editing there are endless possibilities!  As with any art form, and it can be a very individual way of expression.  


Since I'm not a painter, I'm loving all of the different, artistic filters one can experiment with. 

I hope you'll share any thoughts, comments, or helpful photo editing tips you might have. 
There are so many inspiring blogs and web sites out there, you can get lost in this stuff forever! 

Hope your week is off to a great start! 

Becca



Monday, September 20, 2010

An Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Swan


I've been wanting to share a couple of photos of the tree in my front yard.
This awkward little tree has been here since we moved in 5 years ago.  I've started calling it our 
"Charlie Brown Tree." 
It's so slow growing, and goofy looking.  At times, I've wanted to pull it out and plant something else!
No one here in Vegas has been able to tell me what it was, so I asked my blog friend, Noelle 
The name she gave me was a 
Chinese Pistache or (Pistacia chinensis)
I started to do some Googling and she's right!  The fun part is that one of the things I read was... 
"An Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Swan"
It seems that after about 5 or 6 years this scrawny tree will begin to blossom and it's canopy will begin to change and grow.


It produces little berries that birds seem to love.
We don't have many trees here that change into beautiful colors, but this one always seems to show it's true colors around this time of year. 
I'm going to keep a closer watch on this tree, and learn to appreciate it's Fall foliage. 


The Cape Honeysuckle is another shrub that starts to show it's colors. 
It produces these orange blooms in the Fall. 

Fall is taking it's time getting here.  It's still in the 90's during the day!  
The colors of Fall are a little harder to spot here, but I'm making an effort this year to find it. 

Have a wonderful week! 

Becca

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Another photo scavenger hunt!

Well, here I go again with yet another photo scavenger hunt! 
I tell you, these are very addicting! 
This week was a little "tricky" for me.
Here are the items:

1. Wish/Dream
2. Clean
3. Currency
4. Pair
5. Square

...and my interpretations 

Wish/Dream
It would be a dream come true for me to live in this fabulous city some day!
(If you're listening...I found this goofy song by Perry Como called Seattle...I've never heard it before, have you?)

Clean
I've had this old Purex bottle for a while now.  It sits in my laundry room,  and since I love photographing some of the vintage items I have anyway, it was the perfect time to do so. 

Currency
Wow, how interesting is a dollar bill?  Well, I never thought so until I took a macro of it.
I love the detail of the bill and went with a vintage sepia tone for color. 

Pair
So, what did you expect a girl from Vegas to choose for pair?  I think living in this city all my life has affected my brain. 

Square
I just couldn't come up with anything more interesting than the glass block in my bathroom.  I tweaked the colors a bit to make it seem more interesting. 

Thank You to Ashley Sisk
for another fun Scavenger Hunt!



Also, I'd like to send out another BIG THANK YOU to all of my followers!
I love chatting with you and making new friends.
I enjoy reading blogs so much and could sit at the computer all day,  but then I see the laundry and well...you get the picture
it won't go away on it's own, so I have to pull myself away from the computer and do my chores whether I like it or not!

Here's hoping you have all of your chores done for the weekend!

See you soon!

Becca






Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fun with sewing and fun with Fetzer


Just thought I'd show you my finished book cover.  My co-worker saw another cover I made for a paper back book and ask if I could make one for her Bible.  
Her Birthday was yesterday.  I'm a little late, but I hope she likes it. 



Humm...it fits my Bible too.  Maybe she won't like it. :-) 


I showed you some close ups of another project I was working on a few posts back. 
This is the little pillow/pincushion I made. 
I've been inspired by some lovely things made by my friend Diane Knott, and her daughter, Holly.
You can check out their Etsy shop, HERE
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Finally, I thought I'd show you some shots of my boy, Fetzer.  Sometimes he just loves to act goofy and play! 




Well, now you can see what Fetzer has been up to. 
I've been having fun playing more tennis!
What are you doing for fun? 

It's almost the weekend! 

Becca 


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Happy Mistakes/Textures


Well, as you can see this Photoshop stuff is starting to possess my brain.
It's very addicting especially with photos that might not be so great otherwise, you can create a whole different mood. 
I have so many photos that didn't quite turn out the way I would like, so I'm trying to use those to practice with.  It's really funny too, how you start to "see" textures...everywhere! 
I was sitting outside the other day and started to see things that I could be use.  I started taking photos of walls, the ground, rusted pots...crazy huh? 
 I'll try not to go too crazy on you guys with my altered photos, I'm just excited I'm starting to pick some of this stuff up and can't wait to learn more! 


I shot this the same day.  I'm not sure what happened exactly, but I kind of like the outcome and decided to leave it just the way it is. 

Well, I need to pull myself away from this computer and get started sewing!  
Remember that quilted book cover that I was going to make for my friend's Bible?  
Well, today is her birthday...can you say procrastinate?

I'll chat with you guys soon, hope your week is going well. 

Becca


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Ok, here I go again, on another photo scavenger hunt. 
I thought I was going to take a break this week, but Ashley Sisk's 
is so much fun!  
This week's hunt includes: 

1. Landscape
2. Power Lines
3. Newspaper
4. Pose
5. Hobby

Here's my interpretation for those five. 

Landscape
I can think of so many other pretty landscape shots that I have from places I've visited, but I wanted to try and take all new shots this time, so not much else going on here except "desert" landscape. 

Power Lines
It was this item that had me most interested to play.  I've always had this curious fascination with "powerlines" (I know, weird huh? )  I took a walk out to the end of the desert where the houses stop, and took this shot.  
Another one of my obsessions the past few days has been messing around in Photoshop.  
I liked the erie look I got with this. 

Newspaper
Everyday our paper gets delivered somewhere in one of the bushes.

Pose
This is Shatzie.  She's my little princess and posed for this shot. 

Hobby
It was hard to choose which hobby I wanted to photograph! 

Thanks again for dropping by.
Next week's scavenger hunt items are: 

1. Wish/Dream
2. Clean
3. Currency
4. Pair
5. Square

Maybe you'd like to play along too?  


Hope everyone is having a nice weekend, I don't know about you, but I've been enjoying watching a little bit of tennis and football!

See you soon,
Becca

Friday, September 10, 2010

A Whiter Shade of Pale



The color of Summer is beginning to fade. 
As the temperatures begin to drop, I welcome Fall with open arms.  
My soul is invigorated by the refreshing breeze and the prospect of a new beginning. 

I'm linking over to Blogging from Bolivia for another 
Macro Friday.  There's a lot of beautiful shots over there if you care to take a peek. 





Wishing you a lovely Friday.

Becca

Monday, September 6, 2010

Stitching and Planting



Hi all!  
Well, this nice long Labor Day weekend is about to come to a close, and it's back to work tomorrow. 
But, I won't complain, because I was able to do just what I wanted and that was a little container gardening and playing in my craft room. 


It's still warmer than I'd like, but I got out early in the morning so I could get some planting done before the heat came. 


The day I brought this Gerber Daisy plant home, it was in the middle of the afternoon, and by the time I got it out of the car it looked so hot and wilted.  (I know the feeling) 


I was afraid I had already killed it on the way home in this heat. 


But once I got it cooled off, and into a container with a little TLC and fresh soil and morning sunshine, it perked up. 


Once the heat started to set in, I decided I would go inside (in the air conditioned house) and do a little collage on canvas. 


I really like the Zetti style, so I played around with that, and made an ATC for my friend Linda.
I know she might see this post, but it's not like it's a "special" surprise.  I think she understands when I want to "try my art out on her" LOL! 


Finally, to the stitching.
I had some outdoor fabric and made a couple of pillows to go on my chairs in the courtyard.  
I think they look cute with the chair cushions, don't you? 
I'm getting ready for our "outdoor weather" if it ever gets here! 


And...just a few sneak peeks of another little project.  I'm not finished with yet, but have really enjoyed the hand stitching part. 




So, there you have it, a relaxing, fun filled long weekend and now I need to get back to work and make some more money to support all of my gardening/crafting habits. 
I hope you have enjoyed the weekend, and was able to do something you love to do! 

Thanks for visiting, 

Becca