Friday, April 4, 2014

New Clocks, Pillow Covers and Cards in my Etsy Shop :)



Hi All :)

I hope your week is going well :)

I just wanted to share with you some of the new items I have in my Etsy Photography Shop, right now. :)

Here is a NEW LINE of Wall Clocks with my Photography on the Face of the Clock :)

 I love the way they look and with the options to have Black, White or Natural Frames and the options of Black or White Hands, there are lots of fun looks to choose from :)

Take a Look :)


Click on Photo for larger image :)




















I also added a few NEW Pretty Spring Pillow Covers to my Collection; they are also in my Etsy Photography Shop, right now :)














AND, not to leave out the GUYS, I added those 2 Pillow Covers for them ('Cuz they want to be cosy too! :)









Lastly, I wanted to share with you my NEW LINE of Greeting Cards with my Photography on them. I have been wanting to do this for a long time and am so happy with the results. I LOVE the quality of the card stock and that each cards comes with an envelope too :)

Here are the one's I have listed in a MIX AND MATCH posting, you can buy one or more or MIX AND MATCH :)

I created Floral one's first and then realized they would be perfect for Mother's Day :)
(HINT! HINT! LOL!!!! :) 


ENJOY! :)



To buy "LADY" or any of the other cards below, check them out HERE! :)










I Hope you enjoyed viewing all the NEW products and additions to my Etsy Shop :)

JUST ONE MORE THING :)

You know I LOVE all of you for being so supportive and sticking with me thru the years :) So, I am offering a special coupon code in my Etsy Photography Shop just for my Blogger Buddies for 20% off any Pillow Cover (coupon will not expire, so you can use it whenever you choose, now or even over the Xmas Holiday Season (unless there is another Sale going on at the time, lol :)

Coupon code is BLOGGERBUDDIES14 Of Course :)

Have a Wonderful Weekend :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T. 


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Birthday Ocean Photos :)



Hi All :)

I truly hope you are all doing well and enjoying life wherever you are :)

So, I keep promising myself that I will blog more and then that "life" thingy just keeps getting in the way, lol :) I know you haven't heard from me much recently but I will get around to telling you all about the "WHY" a little later on in the year (I know it all sounds so mysterious, doesn't it :)

Well, anyway, as some of you know I LOVE to go to Sunny San Diego every year to get away from the Dark, Cold, Windy and Rainy Pacific Northwest Winter and usually this trip takes place around my B.Day at the beginning of March. :)

Well, this year was no exception and I went to San Diego to soak up some much needed sunshine, the only problem was it was Dark, Cold, Windy and Rainy in San Diego on my B.Day :(

I have never seen this Beach and Ocean deserted esp. on a Saturday, there are usually lots of happy people on the beach and lots of surfers in the Ocean, yep the weather was that bad. No a person in sight.




Of course the view was still gorgeous to look at and reminded me so much of the Pacific Northwest (which, BTW, I love too :)

So, I was going to show you my photos of the huge and crazy waves crashing across the beach but they are all so gloomy and dark. Then I had an idea, why didn't I show you just one shot and how I quickly worked on it to make it a "Happier" photo :)

Here goes :)


Click on photos to see larger images :)

Here is the Original Shot :) 
Now, I was out shooting this with my "big" lens and no tripod in what felt like a gale, so a little shaky image but.........




Next, I very slightly brightened the image by 5% and contrasted by 25% to enhance the definition of waves, spray and foam :) 




I then enhanced slightly with an auto "cool" setting which added a much needed blue tone to the Ocean and Sky :)




Then I added this layer from my collection that I have created over the years :)




I laid the layer on top of the photo and put it to about 68% opacity :)


So, I feel I got my Sunshine at the beach on my B.Day after all :)

What do you think? :)

Have a wonderful Tuesday :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.



Thursday, January 16, 2014

2013 - The Year of Ups and Downs



Hi All :)

I Hope your 2014 is off to a great start :)

As my 2014 starts with an adventure (more on that another day :)

I am looking back at the Ups and Downs of 2013.

I haven't really been a very good Blogger Buddy the past year but........

I have to say that health-wise 2013 was most probably the most challenging I have had to date. I spent the last 6 months of 2013 suffering from Shingles and it is only just now easing off. Six months of exhaustion on top of the crap I already deal with, not a recipe for fun :( 
I guess on the upside the pain was more bearable for me I guess because of living with Fibromyalgia every day, I am used to living with constant pain and so I didn't even know I had Shingles for almost 6 weeks into it, I thought it was some kind of bug biting me, DUH!!! 
So, my house was cleaned, from top to bottom, my bedcovers wash over and over and my house sprayed, organically of course, for pretty much every kind of insect known to humanity; so I worn myself out (and the rest of the family I might add too) doing that rather than resting to recover and so when I finally went to the doctors and they told me what I had I felt like a complete idiot. But again on the upside there isn't a bug within a 20 mile radius of my house who would dare enter, lol ;) 

On the up side I got to spend a few weeks this year with my whole family together, one week in Ohio where my Son graduated from Uni (college :)

It was so awesome and of course this proud Mama sobbed as they entered to "Pomp and Circumstance" - One, because I actually made it there at all! :) 2. That we were all together for the last college graduation of our little family unit :) and 3. The tune is to the song, "Land of Hope and Glory" known to us Brits. very Patriotic and Powerful to a Homesick Girl :)


Then we were all together at home for the Holidays, I felt truly blessed, our time together gets harder to juggle with everyone's schedules and some living in different States too, so every moment is cherished  :)

We also had a "downsizing" sale in the Summer; the stress of organizing and working that may have been enough to bring on the Shingles, never again!!! (Shingles or any kind of sale Downsizing, Moving, Yard, or Garage, NEVER!!!!
Goodwill here I come, lol :)



Of course, We got to do our Yearly "B.Day" trip, (me & Hubby) to Lovely, Sunny San Diego :)

Also, My Hubby and I celebrated our 30th Wedding Anni :)



click on photos to see larger images :)


Night shot of Downtown :)


I got to go to my favourite Winery (in the local Oregon Wine Country) and also, to the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon and the Portland Rose Garden on perfectly beautiful Autumn days here in the Pacific N.W. in October, I couldn't ask for anything better than that :)




Old Highway Columbia River Gorge in the late afternoon Fall Sunshine, Oregon :)



Vista House - Shot from Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon :)




One of the many beautiful waterfalls along the Old Scenic Highway, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon :)







(Both shots above are views from the new Ponzi tasting room :)



So, I was going thru my photos, taken in 2013, trying to find a photo that best represented me and how I felt thru most of 2013 and this one sums it up for me.




Beautiful Roses with Bokeh at the lovely Rose Test Garden in P.Town Oregon :)


There was beauty to been seen but the Glaring, Blinding distractions of so many things kept my attention from completely enjoying it all the time but I tried with all my might to get the best out of even the worst days. :)


I hope 2014 has a clearer path with less distractions (oh, who am I kidding?!?!? lol :)


Wishing you all a wonderful 2014 :)

Cheers, T. :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Quilt Block Tutorial


Hi All :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR :)

Well, do you remember back in December last year, (lol, sounds like such a long time ago now!!! :)

I WON this amazing book "The Quilt Block Book" by Nancy Wick. 

I had great fun browsing thru it over the holidays and finally came up with a Quilt Block that I thought would be a challenge (for me) and fun to create :) 

(If you didn't see my "I WON" blog post you can check it out HERE :)

So, here is the square quilt block I chose to make and the final result, plus the tutorial on how I did it :)


The Marbles - Quilt Block Tutorial

So, I have to tell you that I am really not good at following written directions and so I really need great visuals to get me motivated and to help me know what the end result will be. When following a skirt pattern, for instance, I can usually make the skirt from the pictures alone, I rarely read the instructions. So, I was really excited that this  Quilt Block book had wonderful visuals and concise, clear instructions, (cuz I did have to read these, lol :)

Here is the pattern I chose and the fabric I felt might work :)



You can see from the design below that you can use lots of contrasting fabrics on fabrics to create multiple Block Squares to create an eclectic quilt.


My mind was going crazy with color combos but I had to stay focused on making the first one :)


First, I cut out a 6.5ins square of my red with tiny white hearts fabric, (I just had to remember to line up the little white hearts in a straight line for the first cut ) easy enough (this is classed as an easy pattern but wait..... :)




Next I used my "Wunder-Under" to trace the "Marble" applique pattern from the book :)



I then, with out thinking, pinned the pattern to the right side of the fabric, oops!!!



It seemed like the obvious thing to do, I cut it out and realised that the pattern would be all wrong because when I tried to fuse the web to the reverse side of the fabric it would be off, so then I had to read the instructions, pin the fusible side to the side you want it to be fused too, sounds obvious but I wasn't thinking (possibly too much celebrating over the Holidays, I guess, lol :) 

So, then I pinned the traced pattern and fusible web to the reverse side of the fabric, all was well :)



I ironed the fusible web (on a low-med heat - no steam) to the reverse side of the fabric and gently peeled off the paper backing on the fusible web.




The next step was to position the "Marble" applique on to my Square, I measured to make sure it was centered and then I pinned the applique to my red fabric and fused it to the fabric using an iron (again, low - med heat, no steam)




I really like how the patterns and colours worked together. :)

I think I will try the Blue fabric as the background square the next time and either use the Pink dot again for the "Marble" applique or maybe the Red with White Hearts, what do you think? :)

There is one last step I wasn't able to complete because my sewing machine is being very temperamental (she's old, but don't tell her I said that, lol :)

Anyway, as you can see from the image below, in the demo photo in the Book they have added a decorative shell stitch to the inner and outer circle, which serves 2 purposes - it pretties up the applique and makes it looks complete and you could use either a neutral colour thread or a contrasting thread and the other thing is it will stop the fabric from fraying. :)



Well, I hope you enjoyed my Tutorial and please let me know what you think :)

Have a lovely Weekend :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR :)



Hi All :)




I just wanted to pop in and wish you all a Wonderful, Happy, Successful and Fun 2014 :)




The road forward may not be clear all the time but it is how we navigate it that will help us to thrive :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE :)

Cheers, T. :)


Saturday, December 7, 2013

I WON :)



Hi All :)

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the Holiday Season :)






Yesterday, I got a message to say I had won this amazing Book "The Quilt Block Book" by Nancy Wick from the wonderful Blog TOTALLY TUTORIALS :)

I am so excited I just had to share it with you :)

I was planning to get some sewing done over the Holidays when I hope to have some down time from my online stores, so this will be perfect. :)

Hopefully, by this time next week I will be happily flicking thru the book, trying to narrow down which Quilt Block I want to work on and write a tutorial about, so stay tuned because I will be sharing :)

Stay Warm :)

Have a lovely Weekend :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING :)


Hi All :)

I hope you are all doing well :)




I just wanted to take a minute to wish all my American Blogger Buddies a BIG 

"HAPPY THANKSGIVING"

Also, to wish everyone of my lovely Blogger Buddies, a Wonderful Weekend :)

As we gather with our families to give thanks, I am truly grateful for all of you for following along with me on this journey and for your encouraging words and support :)

Thanks so much to Everyone :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.