Thursday, March 31, 2011

Purple Mountain Majesty

So often I find my self wanting to live somewhere that's more green, and has more rain, 
somewhere I can garden and grow hydrangeas.
That somewhere is NOT here in Nevada where I live. 

I grew up in the Las Vegas Valley.
When people hear "Las Vegas" it's the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip that they think of, 
probably just like when I hear New York, I think of 42nd street and Times Square. 

But, the glitz and glamour is not what I "see" everyday.
I see this.

Just when I start to feel sad that I can't grow hydrangeas, or I haven't seen rain in months, 
God shows me some of the most beautiful colors that surround me everyday. 

While I STILL hope to live near the water someday, where it's green.
I will try to "see" the beauty that surrounds me now.

"Home" in the Desert

I really dislike when people think they can just dump their unwanted things in the desert. 
But, for the sake of photography, 
I kind of liked this shot as a representation of 
me, living in the desert of Las Vegas, Nevada.
After all, this is my home, it's all I've ever known, and I will try to "see" and share the beauty of it when I can. 

Hope you enjoyed my photos.
Thank you for your visits and comments! 
I have a couple of days off, and I look forward to visiting you to see what's been going on in your neck of the woods. 


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Photo Montage

This weekend I spent some more time practicing in Photoshop. 
I don't think I'm as happy with these as I was my two previous photo montages in this post,
but I thought I'd share them anyway.  After all, it's about sharing the experience, 
and improving right? 

Hydrangea Girl
(background texture, Kim Klassen, hydrangea photos are mine, and the image of the girl, The Graphics Fairy)

Playing in the Sunshine
(photo of the little girl is my Mother, sunface, flowers, & music are mine, background texture, Shadowhouse Creations)

Thanks so much for dropping by! 

Have a great week. 


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Vintage Bling

This afternoon, I was going through some things, and came across a box of goodies my mom had put together for me a long time ago.  Inside that box are some sewing notions like old rick-rack, embroidery thread, needles, pins, and other goodies.  I also noticed a little sandwich baggie with a twist tie and inside were these glass buttons.

The light in my craft room is so lovely in the afternoon, and made these little buttons just sparkle! 

I couldn't wait to grab my camera and show you!

I wish I knew where these buttons came from.  Maybe my mom had a special coat, or sweater that they came off of, or maybe she even bought them for a sewing project that she never got around to.
(We all know about buying something for a project that never happens, right?)

These buttons got me started pulling out some vintage jewelry I knew I had of my mothers. 
With a little soap and water and a toothbrush, I cleaned up each piece for their photo debut.

The light and sparkle of each piece were so much fun to capture! 
I shot this thinking I could use it as a bokeh background/texture in Photoshop. 
(feel free to use this photo to try as a texture, and I would love to see it if you use it!) 

Sometimes I look for buttons and jewelry that might not be "real vintage" but "has the look of vintage" for sewing projects. 
I made this pin keep for my sister using a rhinestone button I bought from JoAnn's. 

Have you ever seen these little "tartlet tins" in the antique stores? 

I got this idea from an issue of Somerset Life Magazine.
There is an article by Becky Shander
on how to make these cute little pin keeps. 

I'm not sure I will turn them all in to pin cushions.  They are sometimes just cute storing and displaying some of my 
Vintage Bling! 

I am SO happy it's the weekend! 
What are you up to?


Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Spirit of Paying it Forward

Hi friends! 

First I'd like to say thank you to everyone for their kind messages and words of encouragement on my last post regarding my latest Photoshop endeavor. 

It is truly wonderful to feel like you have a place in this world where you can share art and words with others.

Today, I'm joining my blog friend, Erin of 
Pay it Forward 2011

Here's how it works...

The first five people who comment on this blog post will 
receive a handmade gift from me.

In return, you must FIRST write a blog post 
explaining Pay it Forward 2011.  Then...send out a 
handmade gift to the first 5 visitors who leave a comment 
on your post.  Take your don't need to send them
all out today or tomorrow.

I think this is such a sweet way to connect with friends or meet 
new ones, by sharing things we create with our hearts.

"It's not the size of the gift that matters, but the 
of Paying it Forward."

Happy Weekend! 


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Playing Indoors

This weekend, the weather has been very windy and overcast.  It feels so much cooler than the 70 degree temperatures we were experiencing last week.
I think Mother Nature is laughing at me, because last week I put away all my winter clothes and hung up my spring and summer clothes.  I think I rushed things a bit, because now I'm cold!  

I've been taking Susan Tuttle's Photomanipulation class online.
Since it wasn't a good weekend to play outside, I spent some time on the computer, in my sweat pants and sweatshirt drinking hot tea and working on my Photoshop skills.

I've seen so many beautiful and inspiring digital collages that I've always wanted to learn more about it.

Here are a couple, (yes only a couple, they took me forever! LOL ) of my attempts at digital collage.

Princess Butterfly

(image credits The Graphics Fairy, Shadowhouse Creations, & Kim Klassen Textures)

Nevada Bird on a Wire

(image credits, moon, one of my favorites from -The Graphics Fairy bird and background photos belong to me) 

Thanks for dropping by.  I always enjoy reading your comments and chatting with you.

I'm linking up to Lisa Gordon's

Head over there to see some more creative photos. 

Now, I am off to make another cup of tea and get ready for dinner, tonight we're making chili! :-)


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

From Dusk Till Dawn-Streetlights

No particular order here, 
just something that's been catching my eye lately
and wanted to share.

One of my childhood memories...

"Mom said I could stay outside and play until the streetlights come on." 

A beautiful SONG to share. :-)


Friday, March 11, 2011

French Lavender

My French Lavender plant, like me, has been thriving in the weather we've been having. 
Lots of sunshine, and temperatures in the 70's.
Today I decided to gather a few pieces to hang and dry.

I'm loving the lavender palette with blue tones right now. 

Almost every night after work I enjoy soaking my sore muscles away with 
lavender bath salts that I keep in a vintage Ball jar. 

My lavender plant enjoying the sunshine. 

Such delicate little flowers. 

Something I read today online is that even though most products like soap, bath salts and candles, advertise their scent as "french lavender" like the plant I have here, it's really the 
"english lavender variety" that is used most often for it's fragrance. 

Still, the beauty and fragrance of this plant is delightful! 
Just tie a bunch with hemp twine, and hang upside down to dry.

Wishing you a lovely weekend!