Meadow Lace


Hi again! I hope you're all having a great weekend and that if you're outside taking pics that the weather is perfect for you, wherever you are. Our favourite place to walk locally is beautifully decorated with this amazing wild flower/herb called Meadow Lace...


























Apparently it has medicinal purposes and can be made into an essential oil for perfume! It's so pretty, some is pink tinged, some white and some flower heads are like old fashioned bejeweled brooches, the patterns are so intricate...looks like a great place for a ladybird to have a snooze too!

Visit lovely Lisa Gordon over at the Creative Exchange...






I'm also participating in Macro Monday over at Lisa's chaos, so do please visit these other lovely sites!



Moody Moments...


In the camera world, moody moments are great aren't they? I love (as some of you know) playing around with textures to add mood to some of my photo's, and I love the way the layer and frame has added the rather dark and moody atmosphere perfectly to this photo...
 





It captures the mood of our non-summer here in the U.K. perfectly too! No, we're not happy over here...I want a refund.

p.s I've gone for a 'smooshy' look here...that's a technical term...



Little Tiny Mouse Voice...

I had to post this photo of a Harvest Mouse! Look how small he is! And how cute! My first pet as a child was a mouse, and I still adore them...just as well because living in the country we have several types living in our garden and who usually end up over-wintering in our attic...yes, I think they know we're lovers of nature!




I'm always amazed at just how small these mice are! And how comfortable he looks on the top of the teasel! It's not my best photo but I was pleased at how well it turned out, given it was through glass...

p.s this post is best read in a very high pitched tiny mouse voice for full effect...




Texture Tuesday...


Hi everyone! I wanted to share this photo that I created for Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday event, the theme this week is dreams...






Hover the mouse over the image to see image as it was before I added the texture layer...

I used Kim's new freebie texture and a solid colour layer at 30% opacity. I love white feathers and thought it would be a good idea for this theme to have the feather falling...whenever you see a white feather it's a sign that your angels are nearby...a reminder that they're here with us always, looking after us...helping our dreams come true...



Tea & Cake...


After making the blog header and taking some pics of the lovely old tea cup and saucer, I wanted to take a few pics to make as cards.






My Mum had invited us for tea and cake yesterday and had kindly bought some old fashioned butterfly cakes from the local fair that morning! I knew I had to save one to photograph...






Hmmm...I really wanted to eat this cake by the time I finished taking the pictures, I think I did well to leave it alone for this long!






I do hope you've all had a good weekend? It was lovely to soak up some sunshine today here in the U.K.Thank you everyone for visiting and your kind comments, really very much appreciated...

I just wanted to also thank Lisa Gordon at the Creative Exchange, it's great to link up with like minded souls...





Final day at Kim Klassen's skinny mini course...


Hi there friends, I really enjoyed the skinny mini e-course that Kim runs, free of charge...I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to start using photoshop to enhance their images, there's so much to learn and she has a great teaching ability.

Our final day included Kim showing us how to make a blog header, I thought I'd like to use my lovely old cup and saucer that I bought a few weeks ago and have been waiting for the right project to come along! The idea was that it would be a blog about taking a time out, putting your feet up, having a cup of tea and catching up with friends...




I'm really pleased with how it came out, I used Kim's texture, 'light paper' and used some of the techniques taught in the course, including adding several layers, changing blend modes and adding text etc.

I also want to say that I've connected with some lovely people on the course and to say thank you all so much for visiting my blog and for all your kind comments here and on flickr. Of course, the biggest thank you is to Kim for running this course, I'll see you on the next one! Love and best wishes to my fave teacher ;)



A New Kim Klassen Texture...


Ooh! She's so generous and lovely, giving us the free textures to try, we had about five minutes of sun yesterday late afternoon, so I rushed to take a few photo's that I'd been hoping to do since Tuesday...sigh. The up-side was lots of raindrops on these beautiful Lisianthus...




This is with the 'Aurora' texture, I'm  a lover of text on layers, so I was very pleased to have received a new one to play with! Thank you again Kim...



...p.s. I've got my other new blog up and running now too, with all sorts of articles on healing, life and self-awareness, with some photo's too of course! Please do visit! http://healingwithruth.blogspot.com/



Texture Tuesday - The Pretty in Pink Edition!

Hi again, I've just started Kim Klassen's Skinny Mini E-course and wanted to join in on the texture tuesday project too! Kim has lots of free textures for you to try if you visit her site Kim Klassen Cafe

I decided to do another version of the amazing roses, yes, I'm still cooing over them now...




I used Kim's texture 'Subtly Yours' it's a favourite of mine, I set it to 'colour' for the first layer and then used a second layer set on 'soft light' which accentuated the lovely shabby textures in the layer and gave the photo a lovely vintage feel. 

As the theme this week is pink, I'm in my element as it's a favourite colour of mine, and I'm really pleased with the muted pinks this photo has ended up with, hope you all like it too!



For the love of roses...

I was so looking forward to June, my favourite time of year, mainly because of roses..ah the sweet scent of them wafting on the warm breeze by the window...well that didn't really pan out here in the U.K this year, lots of rain and wind meant a disastrous June and very little cooing over beautiful rose gardens as planned, hurumph...So I've made a stand and chose some beautiful roses when my partner offered to buy me flowers...lovely!




How I've enjoyed drinking in their beautiful colours and amazing shapes, these roses are amazing!




Trying some different ideas, I could spend all day looking at roses...








Playing with textures...


It's no good, I just love working certain types of photo's up with texture layers... been working on a few new subjects for my greetings cards, some new man card designs coming up soon!