Monday, September 29, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
It's definitely time for fresh, fall apples. Can you believe all the varieties available these days?
Saturday, September 27, 2014
We put in a limited garden this year because we thought we were moving. It's always nice to reap the benefits of the planting, weeding and watering. This is the harvest from one of the red potato plants. We're still have more potatoes, beets, carrots and onions to harvest. Growing season is winding down.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Grand Mesa is known for its many lakes and, of course, it's especially beautiful when the colored leaves and lake water come together for a photo with a reflection. Some of the lakes have sadly emptied of water quite a lot but this reservoir was still full. The sun cooperated and there was just a bit of wind so it all came together nicely. But you should see it in person. There's no good substitute for that.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The color of the aspen leaves is just beginning to change on nearby Grand Mesa but there are already some beautiful spots of color. This photo shows the variations of color that can result although, by far, the most predominant fall color of the aspen leaves is a bright golden yellow. In a couple of weeks whole panoramas of the color will be visible but I was quite content with small, closeup areas for now.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Sometimes the strangest things catch my eye. I try to walk every morning and a few days ago after some heavy rain I noticed water drops hanging out on a fence. I thought it made an interesting texture, I liked the color and it's not every day that one can photograph rain. It makes my day when I can take a photo of something unusual on my walk. And the chance to listen to music on my iPhone is pretty great, too.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Yes, more sunflowers. This time I cropped close and then applied three different filters to change the lighting. Then it was a matter of adding various brushes for the background elements.
Summer is definitely waning and the days are growing cooler. We hear that the trees in the mountains are just beginning to change color. We're still getting a lot of moisture and wondering what winter will bring.
Gotta love four definite seasons.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
While at Michaels a couple weeks ago a book on Kumihimo caught my eye. I looked through the book but didn't buy it. Instead I came home and did a bit of online research to check out the possibilities. Then I went back to Michaels to buy the book and since it included the necessary disk, about all I needed to add was some thread. The needlework department had a good supply and I was off and running (though not literally). Although this isn't the first braid I completed, it is the first completed project and was done in shades of blue cotton perle. I've done several braids and am ready to branch out and incorporate some beads into the braiding. That's what really caught my eye in the first place. But it's a little more advanced and I had to work my way up to it. Stay tuned--hopefully more braids are on their way.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
These cute little flowers are outside the door at one of our local Village Inns. The color is bright and the veining is unique so they always catch my eye. And lucky for me they bloom for quite a long while. I hadn't done any blending in a while so used this photo to try my hand at it again. The background is script on vintage paper and I added Photoshop brushes for the butterfly and white pattern. I added a thin green frame to put more focus on the blossoms. Guess I haven't totally lost my touch!
Monday, September 8, 2014
It's nice to see a lot of sunflowers in bloom around our area. They always seem so bright and cheerful that your spirits just have to be lifted a notch or two. I turned a photograph of a sunflower into a "watercolor" and made it into a page for my album. I also learned how to make the gingham print. I think I'm going to use it quite a lot in a variety of colors. Makes me think of the "good ol' days."
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
I got a new set of border dies and thought this one was especially pretty. I put a yellow panel to the back to better show the design and add more color. Flowers and leaves are punched and I added half pearls for a little dimension. This could be made in different color schemes and would be good for lots of different occasions.
Friday, September 5, 2014
. . . . here's my little owl's first cousin. The stamp set includes different eyes and tummies so it can be easily changed. The owl is on a folder embossed panel and layered with a flag and portion of a circle. Playing with fall colors is a nice change and before we know it we will be thinking of wintery, Christmas colors.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Missed a couple of postings. Guess I'll blame houseguests which we are getting regularly these days. We enjoy all of them.
The cooler and shorter days are already making me think of autumn and so did this cute owl image. He's stamped and die cut and placed on the card with foam tape. I stamped the text on the banner which is also popped up. Branch is die cut and leaves and butterflies are punched. The colorful background is Dy-lusions spray on white cardstock and the stripes are from a Darice embossing folder. Whooo, whoooo.