Thursday, July 24, 2014

Photography….Playing With Photoshop Filters

Photoshop.  I find to be the opposite of user friendly, however when I do figure something out the results are amazing.  I decided to try out the filter options today.  The most difficult thing for me was to get the photo in the proper format to actually change the image.  The easiest way I found was to open the image and then reopen it as a smart object then you can go directly to filters and play.  I am sure there is a much better way to do this but for me this was the easiest way.  What I would suggest is that you edit you photo first, download it to photoshop, and then begin to play.  Here are my results….Before and after shots…

Had a great time playing.  If you have photoshop I suggest you take a few photos and give the filters a try.  If you are on my level you "will" get frustrated because it is difficult to find the proper steps.  I must have spent an hour on google searching but to no avail. I finally went to my book for
dummies:-) It is fun and well worth trying to crack the secrets of the learning curve.
Having Fun with Photography

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Morning Motivation…Blessings

I have a routine in the morning.  Get up make coffee (priority 1 :-), take a shower, feed Brodie, and then make my toast and have my devotions.  In my devotional time I read from the old and new testament and then read a chapter or two from an inspirational book and then have my prayer time.  I had to mix it up today.  I had left my Bible in the car and did not want to go out to the car in my PJ's to get it for fear I would scare my neighbors.  A very kind friend had given me the sheet music for the song Blessings by Laura Story.  I love that song.  So I spent some time playing and singing this song and again recommitting everything to God who loves and cares for me/us….
"Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops.  What if your healing comes through tears, what if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know your near?  What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy.  And what if trials of this life, the rain, the storms, the hardest nights are you mercies in disguise?"…

…then its worth it…
Happy Monday Everyone!
Enjoy Your World:-)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Monday Morning Motivation….Layers…The Good and the Bad...

I have been reading a unique book, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender.  I found the premise of the book to be very interesting.  The main character in this book has a gift.  Her gift is the ability to taste feelings and emotions in the food that someone prepares for her.  She can taste joy, betrayal, fear, loneliness, all the feelings and emotions, the truths, hidden in the layers of the food.  This is how she gets to know who you really are.
That go me thinking, "what would my daughters and friends know about me if I were to have them over for a homemade meal?".  What would they taste in the layers?
I know they would experience some unpleasant layers.  Layers brought on by being thrown away.  They would taste the emotional pain of abandonment.  They would know the  hurt and sadness brought on by a family divided and the physical discomfort of anxiety. If this was all they were able to taste it would not be a very nice meal.   But that is not all….
I know they would come away inspired by the beauty that surrounds them, as I do…

I know that they could feel the strong faith that I have in God.  The knowledge that he walks beside me/them, and he holds our hand.
They would taste the joy I feel when I am with my friends.  They would know that I love fun, going on adventures, laughter, and hugs.  How much I love to sing and take photos.  How I do my best to give all my worries and concerns to God.  How I strive to find beauty and hope even in the challenges of life.  They would taste the strong hope I have in my life and  how much I love them.  They would taste joy:-)
"For I am the LORD your God, who takes hold of your right hand, 
who says to you, 'Don't be afraid. I'll help you."
Isaiah 41:13
I would love to know what I would taste in your food….
Happy Monday Everyone!
Enjoy Your World

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Beauty that Surrounds Us…...Plant Delights Nursery….

I had the day off and decided to gather my camera equipment and go on a photo shoot.  I had read about a place in Raleigh called Plant Delights Nursery.  The nursery is not typically opened to the public.  You can make an appointment to visit or go to one of their open to the public weekends.  As fate would have it they were opened this weekend so off I went.  Here is what they have to say on their web site…
"Established in 1988, Plant Delights Nursery Inc. is a family owned and operated, on-line/brick and mortar, retail mail order plant nursery in Raleigh, North Carolina, specializing in perennial plants, new and exotic plants, American native plants, and rare plants from around the world. Since 1988, Plant Delights Nursery has been the choice of serious gardeners and plant collectors looking for the best and rarest perennial plants. Welcome to our family of plant lovers!" 

It was quite a drive for me, but a very nice drive.  I avoided the highway and took the back roads.  Nice drive through the countryside.  I felt as though I was driving up someones drive way when I arrived and essentially I was.  Very nice house, loads of green houses, and trails surrounded with beautiful plants and flowers.  Here are a few of my unedited shots

If you have the opportunity I suggest you go and explore Plant Delights.  You won't be sorry.  Check out their web site for their open garden times.
Get out and explore.
Enjoy Your World!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Morning Motivation…"I will help you"

"For I am the Lord your God….
…who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, 
"Do not fear; I will help you"
Isaiah 41:13
Good to know!
Happy Monday Everyone.
Enjoy Your World:-)                         Road to Recovery After Divorce