Saturday, January 29, 2011

What have you been buying on Etsy recently?! :)

Happy Saturday Everyone! :)

Sorry I have been MIA recently (I will explain in another blog post :)

Well, over the past few months I have bought a few items on Etsy and I LOVE them! So, I wanted to share them with you!

Hope you Enjoy!

Nina Wreath By The Keepers' House

I just couldn't resist taking a photo of this beautiful wreath on my front door :)

Hand painted small journal By Arty Aitch

"Feather" By Dirksen Dabbles

Now if you haven't been over to see Bethany's work you are missing out on viewing some beautiful artwork. Bethany is a fellow Portlander who just happens to be living in Europe right now and you can read all about her art and her adventures on her blog Dirksen Dabbles

Hand Crafted Red Journals By Tiger Food Books

These Journals are truly amazing. Hand Crafted from start to finish. Clare is a talented printmaker, book binder, talented artist and photographer. She is also a fellow Portlander. If you want to get to know more about this talented lady check out her blog Tiger Food Press

2011 Mini Beach Calendars By Mary Vican Photography

Mary is a member of fPOE (Female Photographers of Etsy) of which I am a member too. I have LOVED Mary's work for sometime and so just had to buy some of her beautiful mini beach calendars for mini Xmas prezzies :) The added bonus for me is she lives on the East Coast and as I have never been there I get to experience it thru her eyes :)

Vintage Wooden Blocks By Retro Vertigo

Very excited to use these in some photos :)

Ladybug Tea Cozy By Debs 102

I just couldn't resist buying this cutie for my Daughter for Xmas :)

Leave me a comment and let me know what you have LOVED buying on Etsy recently :)

Thanks for all the comments and advice about Photoshop; I think I am going to get a free 30 day trial and see how I do with it. :)

Have a Lovely Weekend.

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Photoshop or Not.


I do not have Photoshop! (Now, you all know my little secret, He! He!) What I do have is a very old, and in computer terms ancient, version of Paint Shop Pro. I rarely alter many of the images that I take expect to use the brightness/contrast feature, slightly.

So, as I have been getting more into working with my camera and taking LOTS of photos (close to 20,000 in 2010, Phew!) I have started to explore the other features in Paint Shop Pro and also, have been drooling over some of the work other Photographers are creating with Photoshop. But now I am trying to decide whether it is time to upgrade to Photoshop.

So, if anyone who has Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro (the more recent version :) would like to let me know what they think about them I would love to hear from you.
Until then, the Artist in me, cannot stop wanting to play with the layering feature. The past few weeks I have been using a few random photos and seeing what I could create; the programme is limited but fun.

Hope you enjoy! :)

shadow catkins

stone wall texture

I layered all 3 of the above photos to get this :)

Xmas Holiday Light Bokeh

Stars and Stripes

I layered the Xmas Holiday Light Bokeh over the photo of the Stars and Stripes to get Patriot

Reflective Light Bulb

Again the Xmas Holiday Light Bokeh


I layered the Xmas Holiday Light Bokeh over the photo of the reflective light bulb and this is what I got :)

I hope you like these fun little photos :)

I just found out that I can download a free 30 day trial of Photoshop so I might just have to do that. Please let me know if you have any experience of Photoshop, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Have a Lovely Weekend.

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Which Photo Do You Like the Best?

Happy Friday Everyone! :)

I wondered if you would all help me make the decision which of these photos to list in my Etsy Shop. I am having a really tough time trying to decide, I really like them all :)

Which "Flying to the Moon" photo do you like the best?

Leave me a comment and let me know :)

Have a wonderful Weekend :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011



(I know I am a tad late but I was struggling with a very weird flu like bug last week, too much partying I guess (He! He!)
It never is good to start a New Year with a bug but at least I got to tidy up some of my computer files, slowly, that was about as ambitious as I could get :(

Anyway, I was planning this post last week but better late than never!
Here are some of the photos I didn't publish last year that I thought you might like to see :)

I Hope you enjoy them :)


I guess coz we have so much cloud cover so often we get some beautiful patterns in the sky at Sunset

Lovely Catkins at the local Park


Buttercup :)

View of Mt. Hood from our neighboring Neighborhood :)



Gorgeous Tulips


Fishing Rope, Port of Ilwaco, Washington.

Coastal Trees, Astoria


Trunk of a Monkey Puzzle Tree

Box Elder


Young Bull

Party Table at a wine country restaurant


Seeds on the Vine Maple Tree

I am not sure what happened to this light bulb but I love the colours on it and the reflection, amazing :)


"Walk like an Egyptian" just kept going thru my head when I saw this photo :) 

Thistles always remind me of Scotland (I guess because it is their National Flower :)


Bird House at a local restaurant's gorgeous outside dining patio

Foxglove at the Shakespeare Garden in Portland Oregon


Stain Glass windows line the Stairs in the Vista House, Oregon

Fall Grass


Yellow Fall Maple Leaves

Fall Hydrangea


I couldn't resist sharing one of my Bokeh Xmas light shots :)

New Year's Eve celebratory Drink :)

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season, here's to a really wonderful 2011, Cheers T. :)

Happy Painting/Creating! :) T.