Nov 182013

I love layers in all things. Characters in books, plotting, photos, food, clothing, and people. Layers make things more interesting. Getting to the center, middle, or truth depending on how you look at it, is usually an adventure worth having.

Layering clothing is just smart, but I suppose there could be an adventure there as well… ;>

Leaves Layers
Layers – what’s underneath it all?

Flower Layers
I like it when the deeper you go with the character, the more you see the layers start to peel away.
Edward Norton

The Daily Post – Weekly Photo Challenge

Nov 082013

One of my favorite pass-times is playing with filters in Photoshop. I don’t do it very often, but I get on a kick every once in awhile. Sometimes even pictures that don’t quite turn out (blurry, bad lighting, etc) can be turned into works of art with the application of filters. Here are a few I played around with while I was supposed to be doing something else. That’s usually the way it works. I was probably supposed to be editing pictures for someone.

Shhhh… don’t tell on me!

Sep 192011

Cuttings from a flowering Camellia Japonica bush
I was cutting the bush back as it was intruding on the walkway and when I looked down at the pile I’d made on the concrete, this is what I saw.  I just had to take a picture.  The flowers are pretty, but the bush loves to spread all over the place.  I loathe cutting it while it’s blooming, but sometimes it has to be done or become a trip hazard.
Products made from a picture of a single flower from the bush are also offered here on CafePress.
For more products with this image, check out the Cuttings page on CafePress.
This image is also featured on a few products at Zazzle with more to come, so make sure to check back.
Remember, you can always drop us a line or comment to request customizations or custom products.

Sep 182011

And now we’re back to almost all Twitter updates as posts.  I’m slipping…. again.

Actually, a lot has happened.  My daughter graduated from high school and moved on to college.  We moved her into the dorms, but we still see her often since she works near home.  We have brunch on Sunday, which gives us a chance to catch up.  She misses the quiet of home sometimes, but I’m sure she’s enjoying more freedom.

Someone shattered the passenger side window of her car and rifled through her glove box.  Didn’t look like they took anything.  Luckily, she’s smart and didn’t have anything of worth in her car.  She got it fixed and then the door wouldn’t open so she had to take it back.  They didn’t get all the glass out of the door before they put the window back in, but it works now.

I was sick off and on this summer, so I have a lot to catch up on.  Every nook and cranny of the house needs cleaned especially since we’re getting the house ready for a guest in October.  We’ve known her for about 12 years now and this will be the first time we get to meet in person.  I can’t wait!

The yard is a mess, so we’re trying to make it look nice again.  I’m sure our neighbors are thanking us already.  Pulled all the dead sunflowers from under the window and I plan on replacing them with either mums or irises.  I miss my lacy irises.  The plain ol’ yellow ones have pretty much taken over everything.  I think I might be able to get some of the lacy ones from my mom.  I’ll have to ask.

I’m back to putting things up on CafePress and actually added a few products to Zazzle.  Rushing to get the Halloween art and photography up on Zazzle before its entirely too late, so that’s what I’m working on now.  I’ll be posting on that as I get things finished.

I’ve started reading every night again and I’m trying to turn it into a habit.  Even if I only read for 5 minutes, I make myself read every night.  Maybe one of these days I’ll actually finish this huge stack of unread books.  As for writing… I haven’t gotten back into the habit yet, but I write here and there.  I’ll be trying to turn it back into a habit starting in October, with a break for our visiting friend, so hopefully Nano won’t be such a shock to the system.

Speaking of Nano, I think I figured out what I’m going to do this year.  I’m hoping the early decision bodes well for how it will go.  Gives me plenty of time to think about where I want the story to go and to get a little research done.  I think I’m starting to get a little excited about it.

Last year, I said I was going to post time-saving meals for Nano and didn’t get around to it.  This year, I’ll link to some recipes posted on the Community Cookbook and try to get some more posted before Nano arrives.  I’ll probably repost the Nano tips from last year, too.

Enough babbling… back to work for me!

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