Friday, September 26, 2014

A Dear Jane Letter to my Computer and Flip Phone :(

Hi All :)

Gosh Me!!! It has been a while since I have been here :(

Well, I have been "Computer Challenged" recently, my computer is 10 years old (congrats to her for making it this far, Oh Where does the time go???) but unlike her Human counterparts she is going into early demise and needs constant life support, constantly crashing and recently, I was "Blue Screened" too!!! So I haven't been able to use her much or be on the internet or work on photos and FB is way too much for her and she just gives up. I am really grateful that she has gotten me this far but it is time (shh, I don't want her to hear) - whispering - "it is time to let her go" :(

My "Old" Desk Top Computer :)

I also have had a flip phone (camera - less too) for the past 9+ years, which of course in cell phone years means she is close to pre-historic. It is definitely challenging when anyone wants to hear me on the phone and when I have to text (she is so old, you know how it is, you have to pressed the button 3 times to get to "C" right) it is just too exhausting!!! 

The other day my Son and I had to go to the airport to pick up his car, he called me and then texted me to say he had his car and was leaving the parking garage and my phone didn't make a sound, No, it wasn't on silent or off :( Thankfully I was waiting for the call and kept looking at my phone (I was at the designated cell phone waiting location - well, actually I was "plane spotting" with my binoculars, lol, but I digress...... :) I should have heard something but not a beep, nothing, so that was that, I decided even though I do not use my cell phone too often it was time to get a phone that worked and my Hubby wouldn't keep saying "I can't hear you very well, Darling" when I did use it.

My old Samsung Flip Phone - look it is so old it has Cingular on it, remember that, AT &T bought them out way back when........ You can tell how many times that poor phone has been dropped by all the scratches on it :(  

So to bid them farewell I decided I would write them a Dear Jane Letter ;

To my Dearest Computer and Cell Phone, 

"for the past 10 years or so we have been together and you both have served me well but of late you have both started to let me down, first it was in small ways like not being available and alert when I needed you and then things got worse and more challenging. I am exhausted, cajoling, nurturing and egging along you slow coaches but we have grown up together in this "techie" world but one of us is letting the team down and it isn't me :(  It breaks my heart to have to write this but I'm afraid it has become apparent to me of late that we need to part ways. What we have experienced together can never be replaced but it is time for me to move on and into the 21st century. That being said please don't be jealous of the new smart phone or the faster computer with more memory, just try and think of them as helping me move on to reaching my potential.  You know I will always remember you both fondly, love"

 I have ordered a new computer which will be faster, way more reliable and with LOTS of memory. :)

I also bit the bullet and bought a new smart phone, scary when your phone is smarter than you, lol :)

I really can't believe how much of my life is spent on the computer these days. :(

So, now the problem will be a HUGE learning curve for the next few weeks because I have to learn how to use a new computer. Although, it might take me longer to work out how to use my new phone, lol :) Thankfully I have great in-house computer tech support and phone support, YAY for nerdy males, lol, gotta love 'em :)

This is my new Smart Phone with one of my own designs on the cell phone cover from Society 6 :)

You can check out my Smart Phone Cases on S.6. HERE :)

Of course the first thing I thought about was making it pretty, not how I was going to use it, ever the Artist, lol :)

Hopefully, it won't be too long before I am fully functional in the computer world again :)

Hope everyone has a wonderful Weekend. :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My New Artwork :)

Hi All :)

I hope your week is going well :)

As some of you may remember I had to pack up my Art Studio space well over a year ago as we were planning to remodel our kitchen (where my art studio was a part of) but (because of other life plans) that never happened completely and so I have been slowly dragging things back (from all corners of the house) to my Art space but it just doesn't have the same feeling anymore and I am reluctant to unpack everything or even hang up much of my stuff back on the newly painted walls (at least we got that part done) or splash them 'cuz if you saw me painting, well, let's just say I'm pretty messy when I paint, lol :)

So, I had been working on smaller art pieces (ones that will fit on the table top) and that has been a challenge for me as I like to paint BIG! 
Well, I got tired of that and bought some larger canvases, the Girl really has to have a larger surface to paint on, that's all there is to it, lol :)

My poor easel, has done a major tour of the house multiple times  (depending on who was home or what rooms were needed for people visiting at the time) but just before Xmas I decided "She" needed to be back in my Art Space, well, you know how Xmas is, always so busy and crazy, so no painting got done at all. With one thing and another I didn't get a larger canvas onto my easel until March :)

But, look what happened, I am so excited :)

It feels like I have my ART MOJO back, YAY!!!! :)

I Hope you enjoy my new artwork :)
and yes, most of them are larger canvases, lol :)

click on photos to see larger images:)

"Northwest Spring" 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

"Ocean" 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

"An Evening Walk" 24" x 36" Acrylic on Canvas

"Rain Drops" 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

'Awaken" 20" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas

"A Rainy Morning"  30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

"Flying High" 12" x 12" Acrylic on Canvas

"Dizzy" 30" x 40" Acrylic on Canvas

So, these were all created in the past few months and now I have managed to get them photographed I need to start entering them into some local juried shows. Wish me luck :)

Hope you enjoyed these, let me know what you think :)

Have a wonderful Tuesday :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Recent items I've sold in my Etsy Photography Shop :)

Hi All :)

I hope your week is going well :)

So, I thought I would share with you a few of the items I have sold in my Etsy Shop recently; I am so excited every time someone "likes" my work and when they buy, well..................I am just even more excited :)

Here are some of the Lovelies, I hope you enjoy them :)

Pretty Tulips iphone 4 case :)

( I have sold a few of these now, I am so glad the locals (et al) like my image :)

(sold 4 to this customer, YAY!! So amazing and So appreciative, I have always LOVED this shot :)

This one went to a New Nursery, so excited :)

It is exciting that a lot of people are buying my pillow covers in pairs :)

I have sold multiples of this shot (as well as the pillow covers and an iphone case); it is the most viewed and "faved" item in my shop with nearly 1000 Favs, I am blown away by the Love :)

I have sold a few of these now and also given a few away in Giveaways, I am so happy in the way this photo turned out :)

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Instax Mini 8 Fuji Film images :)

Hi All :)

I Hope your week is going well :)

Remember back when I was raving about this little Pink Camera

(If you don't remember, you can read about it on my blog HERE :)

Well, I did actually buy it at Xmas time but didn't get around to taking any photos with it until March. 

The first image I took was from the plane leaving San Diego but with the flash going off automatically and thru 2 panes of glass this is what I got.

So not bad but I wish I had taken photos with my DSLR camera 'cuz that Sunset was absolutely amazing; I don't know whether you have ever tried to get anything out of a closed bag on the floor under the seat in front of you on an airplane on take off with your seatbelt on and the G. forces at work but it is pretty close to impossible but I tried anyway, I just couldn't pull it free :(
The woman next to me must have thought she was sitting next to crazy, oh well, lol :)

So, here is the first batch of photos I scanned :)
*Note to self - make sure you dust the scanner before you scan photos, oops!!! lol :)

These pesky glossy photos were hard to keep from moving around on the glass surface of the scanner, so rotating and cropping was necessary.

You can see from the images that my first attempts were not too brilliant. The camera is very simple with 4 settings and an automatic flash (but I think it has a mind of its own where the settings are concerned, lol :)

Here are a few of my garden I wanted to share with you :)

I liked the composition on this shot, it was an overcast day, so it needed a little tweak on contrast and brightness to create the image below :) 

This image was me trying to get a close up, lol :) (there is no zoom lens on this camera and I am so used to one on my DSLR) I have no clue what that green splodgy thing is on the image but it makes the photo look worn and old. I cropped the image to the focal point but the resolution was not great :(

I found, that day, most of the images I took were out of focus but I like this image anyway :)

Again I like the composition of this photo but it also need tweaking a little to create the image below :)

This image made me laugh because it is so washed out it looks totally vintage, so in a way I love it (if you can't tell it is at the beach, lol :)

Then I took this one; after I had gotten rid of all the dust spots from the scanner, I played around with cropping and some colour tweaks and came up with these 3 images below; I love the vintage feel and the washed out look of them all :)

As you can see using a different camera and a different film format, than what you are used to, takes time, I am still learning and developing (Ha! Ha! Photo joke :) my skills using this lovely little pink camera, I'm up for the challenge 'cuz it is fun :)

Sometimes not getting that perfect shot you expect makes you more determined to understand the process more :)

I also mentioned (in the previous blog post) that I had found a film to use with my Son's old Polaroid camera but we were messing around with it at Xmas and taking photos inside in dim light and they didn't turn out so great, so I will be buying a new film again soon and we will see if in day light the camera will perform a little better :)

Hope you enjoyed my little experimenting :)

As always, let me know what you think :)

Have a wonderful Weekend :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Story About The Little Santa Xmas Ornament :)

Hi All :)

I hope you had a Wonderful Weekend :)

So, back in April when I was sharing with you, My Year in Photos 2013  I mentioned there was a little story behind this cute Dakin Santa Xmas Ornament :)

Well, here is that story :)

Dakin Pompom Santa Xmas Ornament :)

This all happened way back one December in the late 1970's. 

I had impulsively answered an ad. for a position as a Nanny in the back of "The Lady" magazine (basically the British bible for  "Domestic" job postings)

I was interviewed, in England, by an old friend of the family I had applied to work for and obviously, I must have done something right as I was offered the position, only problem was that the job was in Vancouver, Canada and also, one other little point, I had NEVER met the family, oops! Anyway, so I had to start the long process of applying for a work visa and also renewing my passport, .......but I digress. :)

So, there I was a few weeks into this wonderful job and days away from my first Christmas EVER away from home, in a strange land, oh and I forgot to mention I was working for a lovely Jewish family, so we wouldn't be celebrating Christmas. :(

The family were really sweet, 3 little girls, 2, 4 & 5 years old, for me to care for. The Mom could tell I was homesick and had arranged for me to spend Christmas with some of her Christian friends :)

She had had a couple of English Nannies before me so she already had a tiny Xmas tree and little decorations for me to put up in my room :)

One evening, when I had finished working and was upstairs in my room, there was a knock on the door, it seemed weird because the kids would have just walked in. So, I was a little worried maybe I had done something wrong, this was my first gig as a Nanny, but no, all was good :)

I was sitting on the edge of my bed reading and the Mom popped her head around the door and with a big grin on her face she said, "There is someone here to see you". I was confused, the only other people I knew had gone to Disneyland for Christmas, so who could it be???

Then, one by one, the 3 little girls came into my room, each with a big grin on their cute little faces. And one by one they handed me a little hand wrapped gift. :)

As they stood expectantly watching me slowly unwrapping their gifts, the excitement was barely contained by all. I unwrapped 3 adorable little Dakin Pompom Xmas Ornaments. An Angel, A Snowman and The Santa. I was nearly in tears; this was such a thoughtful and beautifully planned Gift of Love. :)

 I still remember that night, it is a vividly cherished memory and every time I hang these lovely little ornaments on our Family Christmas tree each year, I get to remember this wonderful Kindness :) 

I always hang them close together on the tree too! :)

So, I hope you enjoyed the story behind my little Dakin Xmas Ornaments :)

Have a Lovely Week :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Giveaway Winners :)

Hi All :)

I Hope your June is off to a wonderful start :)

I Truly appreciate everyone who participated in my 5th Blogiversary celebration :)

I LOVED the comments and all the positive feedback, it makes a girl feel good about how she approaches her blogging :)

So, without further ado, here are the winners :)

Marsha won the "Ocean Waves"  iphone 4 cell phone cover :)

Then my Dear Blogger Buddy Anna from Almost Precious and 
A Beader's Blog

has won the package of lovely flower cards :)

A BIG "CONGRATS" to the Winners :)

And a BIG "THANK YOU" to all my blogger Buddies for stopping by and making my Blogging experience a fun part of my life :)

Have a wonderful Monday :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Blogiversary Number 5 YAY!!!!! :)

Hi All :)

I hope your week is off to a great start :)

Well, I have been so busy that this one nearly got away from me this year - how is that even possible?!?! LOL!!!! :)

A couple of days ago my little blog turned 5 :)

Oh it is all grown up and almost ready to go off to school, lol :)

Not much has changed on my blog over that time and I keep thinking I may give it a little makeover but, well, I just like it the way it is right now so why mess with it? :)

 I wanted to say a BIG "THANK YOU" to Everyone who has been so generous with their support, caring advice, friendship and all the wonderful comments that have kept us connected over the years, I truly appreciate you all :)

So, on this special occasion I wanted to hold a Giveaway to show just how much I appreciate the LOVE :)

You know I do not like to give away just one item, so here goes :)

First, I will be giving away this lovely iphone 4/4s case with one of my Ocean Waves images on it :)

Value $42.00 :)

Then, I just starting selling these lovely greeting cards in my Etsy shop and thought a set of these would make a great Gift :)

A set of 5 cards (one of each) 
Value $16.25 :)

You can see these (description) in my Etsy Shop HERE :)

I'm sure you are dying to know how you can win one of these lovely Gifts right?!?!?!

It is simple :)

Just leave me a comment and tell me what you like about my little Blog :)

It is that easy, I'm not going to have you go off and "Fav" things in my Etsy shop, go to my facebook page or share this anywhere, unless you want to that is, lol :)

There will be just one entry for each person :)
(Must be a follower of this blog to qualify for entry in the Giveaway :)

This Giveaway will run until Midnight (PST) Saturday 31st May 2014 :)

Can't wait to read your comments :)

Thanks again for 5 wonderful years of Blogging :)

Happy Monday to you all :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.