Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New curtains for the family room and a summer table top

Spring 2013

Morning Sweet Friends,

Hope this finds you well and happily
enjoying summer!  Can hardly believe
we are almost out of July, only 8 days
left,  oh my!!  Did that fly by.....

Am all unpacked and just trying to
get my mojo back after being gone
for 9 days, another reason that July
seemed to fly by so

Some of you have asked when I was
gonna get my curtains up???  
Actually the family room ones have
 been up for probably over a month,
but figured I would wait until I got
the dining room done too, which has
been done for a few weeks now too,
but since we were going away and
I already had pics of my playing 
vignettes done, so I did those
 posts instead.

So now.... I can do my curtain post.
I have to say I have really enjoyed
the new look.  After going thru the
pics and all,  I decided to just show
you the family room this week, as my
 dining room table has fabric all over it
 and the sewing machine,  so doesn't
 make for a very nice picture. if you get
 my will show you those
next week probably. I am still tweaking
 both rooms,  but had to quit to get
 ready for our trip and then of course,
the trip itself.  lol  So after tomorrow,
I will probably be back at it again.

Here you can see I was trying it out to
 see how we liked it.

When you see them scrunched together
it is hard to tell they look like this.
Not the best pic, I might add,  but
really love the fabric and if you have
been by last week,  you saw this as
a table

The curtains went from this.....more formal look

to this more casual and modern look.
(The lights were on here so it sort of changed
 the color) Still trying to decide if I want to
paint the curtain rods....and what color if I
did..........any ideas??  They would be welcome.
I am thinking I might like to paint the walls
a vanilla color, but not really sure..........

This is the right shade of blue on everything too.

 This shot was taken from the dining room.
Did you notice I was trying the afghan in
different spots.   lol  Some of these pics
were taken at different times.

Decided to throw in a few Spring/Summer table
 top pics as well.  Since I changed a lot of things
around since Spring...........

A lovely book I won a few years ago in a give-
away from Bonnie over at One Designing Woman.

It is called "One Thousand Gifts"
 by Anne Voskamp.  A great read I might add,
the prose is wonderful, and lovely gift for anyone,
and It confirmed what I had already discovered
 by doing my Thankful Thursday post every week.

This shot was taken from the kitchen

Hope you enjoyed your visit,  Happy you came
by and hope you will say hello........

Will show you the rest of the tabletops pics
on Thursday........

Sharing over at the Style Sisters
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Sharing with Patti and Paula over
at Ivey and Elephants.
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Sharing with Kathyrn over at
The Dedicated House
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Have a great rest of the week!

Love, Hugs, and
Special  last days of July Blessings,


Friday, July 18, 2014

Welcome to Thankful Thursday - July 17, 2014 and Part 2 of pictures of playing,practicing and experimenting.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach
 and admonish one another with all wisdom,
 and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs 
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:16

Greetings Sweet Friends,

Hope this finds you doing well, 
and having a really great week.

We have been having a really great week........
We have been experiencing the exciting thing I
told you about last week, as you will see in my
Also, as I told you in Tuesday's post, I am showing 
you the rest of the pics from my play, practice 
and experimenting day, hence the vignette
pictures.  If you missed part 1 and would like
to see it,  just click here.

Well, gonna get on with my list................

I am thankful

that we have been in North Carolina since last
Saturday visiting with our daughter and son-in-love,
and Grand daughter dog......
DeeAnna, Jerry and Rosie, and have been having
 a great time.

with posterized affect

that hubby's Co. let's him work remotely so that
we can make these trips.

 With equalized affect

that we have had several fun shopping trips this week.
Didn't really buy much, but it was just fun to be out
shopping together.

that I got to go with Dee to show a house. Such a fun
 adventure about 40 mins. away from where they live.
The house was right across from Chimney Rock State
 Park and had these huge windows on the 2nd floor
 and a deck on the 3rd floor, and the view was
 totally Amazing!
You could see a creek running along the road,  and
 then of course, trees and trees and huge mountains,
 Totally breathtaking!!
She also took us to see a model home....she is 
trying to entice us into moving

 for all the beauty the Lord creates and puts around us
 for our enjoyment.  Nobody creates like God does, 
 that is for sure...........

that we saw a cute lil beaver running across
the road,  tried to get a shot of him but he was
too fast.  lol  Never saw one up close and
personal before and you know how I love

that Dee has only had to work one day this week,
so it has been nice to get the max out of our visit,
and I think too, she has really needed the break
 with all that has been going on in the last
 few months.

 With photocopy and equalized affect

that the workers are all finally finished in their house,
even tho the floors were done and they were able to
get the furniture back in, which was a huge praise!!
 the workers still have been here most of the week
making new baseboards in some areas, then painting
 them, and putting the quarter round back on, then after
 the fellow painted some of them he realized the paint
color wasn't exactly right and had to redo them.
So they finally finished Thursday about noon.
So now they can put their stuff back where it goes
and leave it there............shew...finally!!  lol

 soft omni lighting

that there porch furniture arrived on time and we have
been able to enjoy the glorious weather the last few
days out on the back porch.  Dee and I were sitting out
there,  but sitting on a cooler and a lil folding seat.  lol
So it is much more comfy now......Tues. it was
 cool and breezy,Wed/ morning it was actually a lil
 cold.  Which is great as far as I am concerned!!
So nice to have a break from our Florida heat!!

with photocopy affect.

that they have such nice neighbors...............

that as sad as we were about their move to N.C.,
we are equally as glad now about being able to
 have an adventure by visiting them, cause we get
 to live a whole different lifestyle for a week.
Altho, truthfully we would be more than happy
if they moved back.

that even tho we are sad our visit is about over, 
and we will miss them, we can look forward to 
going back to our own home and seeing the rest
 of the family, especially our lil darling.......
The Lord is always good to give us some sweet
along with the

Sharing over at Between Naps on the porch 
with Susan.  Click here to visit!

Sharing at Dwellings with Cindy
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Well, that's it for this week!

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

So glad you could stop by.

Love,  Hugs and 
Traveling Blessings,


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Playing, Practicing, and Experimenting and thought you might enjoy seeing the results...............

Hello Sweet Friends,

Hope you are having a good week so far??

Mine has been fun so far.................
A few weeks ago just before I worked on my new dining
room curtains,  I had spread the curtain panels on the table
to cut it in half,  and thought before I cut this I should try it
 as a tablecloth first........thinking it would make a perfect
 backdrop for my cream colored dishes.  So decided to
play a bit and make a lil dish vignette and practice my
photography skills as well.

With posterized affect

Always have to do one of these posterized affects cause
 they are so neat......................

. but then  as I edited pics I decided I hadn't experimented
 with affects in a long while, and decided now was the
time.............cease the

Both of these pics are colored pencil,
  just changed a color

Thought this was really different that it made the dishes blue too!

The above is a gradient map affect.

This shot and the next two are normal pictures

This one has what you call and equalized affect just 
making it a deeper color with more light.

This is what you call a Cut Out Affect.

This has a soft omni affect

This picture and the next 3 are normal shots again.

Again with an equalized affect

2 more normal shots.

and ending with my fav a posterized shot!  I love the pink
irredescent looks it gives..........

To do all of the photo affects, I use photoshop 18,
and am still learning to use it, after probably 5 yrs.
or so.................It does some cool stuff,  but it 
takes a long time to learn how to use it, at least
for me  I bought a book years
 ago to help me,  but it is pretty much useless
really..........should have gotten photoshop for
dummies, if they had

Well, hope you enjoyed my play, practice and
It was sure a hoot for me,  as always............

FYI  and FY enjoyment you can click on any 
picture and it will make them all larger!

Thanks for coming by,  and I will have the rest
of the pics on my Thankful Thursday post  this
week,  tried to break it up
I discovered some new affects I hadn't used
before on some of those pictures.  Pretty neat
too,  I have to say.

Sharing over at Dwellings with Cindy

Sharing over at A stroll thru life with

Sharing at the Style Sisters too!

Sharing over at Ivey and Elephants
with Patti and Paula

Sharing over at Between naps on the porch

Am so happy you came and hope you
will stop and say hello,  cause I really do love
hearing from you!!

Love,  Hugs,
and  Pretty picture Blessings,

Just in case you would like to see Part 2