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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
It's been an incredibly eventful year so far this year. With one daughter getting married and the other graduating from high school and leaving for college, this momma isn't quite sure what to do with herself. Empty-nest syndrome....big time! On top of all that, we sold our home of seven years and are in the process of purchasing a new home. I have no option but to adapt, deal with the emotions and move on. So, to help me deal with all of these feelings, I usually find that I pour myself into something creative. Here is a look at what I've been up to recently.
Spent some time at our local Botanical Garden yesterday to get in some of the last few blooms of the season. They are fading fast, but hopefully to be replaced by some fall colors soon.
Thought I'd try something new and give a quick tutorial on how to create the effect on this photo.
I use Photoshop CS5 to create all my textured photos. First I bring my RAW files into Adobe Camera Raw and adjust for exposure, contrast, and sharpness. Opening the file into Photoshop, I then add my textures. In the above photo, I added a bokeh layer set to Screen at 78% opacity and then a second texture layer by Distressed Jewel set to Soft Light at 58% opacity. I then ran an action from Paint the Moon's Photoshop Elements Set, Fresh Wonderland, called Candy Light Pop adjusting layers to desired look. If you'd like more information on using textures and actions, visit Rita at The Coffeeshop Blog. She's got awesome tutorials, as well, as lots of freebies.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Ahhh....we finally made it to The Cup, where we indulged ourselves in wonderful cupcakes. This is the original location here in the Central West End, St. Louis. They aren't jumbo cupcakes, but they are bigger than what you make at home.