Saturday, January 29, 2011

Inspiration Avenue: Broken Pieces

I have been so crazy busy I haven't been able to submit anything for Inspiration Avenue's weekly challenge for quite a while, and feeling mighty guilty about it too.  The challenge this week is "broken pieces." So that inspired me to play with some images and photographic effects.

Can you tell what I used for these photographs?  The different effects are subtle, but would love to know what you think of them and which image(s) you prefer - the peach, pink, red or white. You might help me decide whether I should list some of these.  I'll tell you what I did at the end.






Can you guess what I used?  OK, I'll tell ... I used ....






real flowers ...







submerged in water ...







in this vase!  Cool, huh!?








Thursday, January 27, 2011

In this Oppressive Fog


Some time during the past holiday season, I forced myself to venture out early to catch some images of a foggy morning. This morning I took a minute to work with this image with some Photoshop textures.  

The thing is, this is how I am feeling the last few days.  I don't often get depressed and feel sorry for myself; I have a lot to be thankful for. But a number of factors have pushed me down into the dumps the last few days - the dreary weather, some planning issues I'm struggling with for my March surgery, too many tasks around the house that need doing, no time left to create new work for my shops, and my ongoing guilt over the fact that I have to rely on extended family to help me out during and after my surgery.  Once in a while I do wish I had a husband! Or unlimited amounts of money!

I know this too shall pass eventually.  So bear with me! 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Treasury App for your Blog (and three Treasuries)

Well, it took me long enough, but I finally got around to using a developer app that allows me to list a treasury with clickable links to all the featured pieces.  It's pretty slick!  If you want to try it, here's the link: http://www.whalesharkwebsites.com/tools/treasury.php

I have also been feeling guilty that it has been a while since I made a treasury, especially since I am fortunate enough to be featured in other artists' treasuries. Seems the older I get, the faster time goes by and I find myself running in place just to keep up!  Oh well.  Here's the treasury I created.  

'Softly Neutral' by anotherbrightidea



nautilus ... ocean sea shell...
$20.00

change part three
$28.00

Organic Newborn Preemie Hat ...
$26.00

Float - 8x10 Fine Art Nature...
$25.00

Champagne Please Statement N...
$16.00

Snow flurries - 5x7 Fine art...
$15.00

This little light of mine - ...
$28.00

Shabby Rustic Book Bundles B...
$5.00

Romantic Creamy Pale Petal C...
$39.90

Starting Over - Spring Bloss...
$23.00

Ethereal 8x10 Fine Art Photo
$20.00

Moon Glow Paisley Guest Book...
$40.00

wintry - 8x10 fine art photo...
$25.00

SALE - Antique Roses - Fine...
$15.00

Shore birds - Fine Art Black...
$25.00

Au natural- Cream Linen Broo...
$18.00
Treasury tool is sponsored by Lazzia.com.

 Here's two treasuries created by other artists that feature one of my pieces.

 'My happy place.' by jenster76

I love this movie. Enjoy these items either inspired by, or chosen because they make me think of my favorite things. :)


1950s Day Dress Big Skirt Cl...
$38.00

Snowflake Baby Cap - Pink
$18.00

A Swiss Dream - Fine Art Pho...
$25.00

Collage Embroidery Hoop Art ...
$25.00

A tiny sleeping kitten
$16.00

Rodgers and Hammerstein'...
$20.00

Saint Anne Wooden Doll MADE ...
$20.00

Hauer Pippin Silk Sash
$24.00

Cream Colored Ponies ARM WAR...
$21.50

Doorbell ring
$12.00

Raindrops on Roses - 5x7 pri...
$10.00

Apple Valley
$10.77

Original mixed media art ...
$15.00

Pair of antique brass jingle...
$18.00

AFTER CHRISTMAS SALE 10 Vint...
$4.00

The Hills Are Alive With The...
$6.00

'Let Me Call You Tweet-Heart!' by LittleVintageCottage

The bluebird of happiness has struck again! :)


Handcrafted Valentine Game B...
$5.25

Love Birds Felted Wool Bowl
$14.00

LOVERLY Archival 5x7 Print
$8.00

Little City Hoop--Bluebird (...
$35.00

Hand Painted LoveBirds Tatto...
$30.00

Vintage Valentine Wall Hangi...
$10.00

Bluebird of happiness with r...
$13.00

For You original watercolor ...
$10.00

Handmade Valentine's Day...
$5.00

Love Grows sculpted clay pic...
$56.00

SALE Wedding Cake Topper - B...
$62.00

Valentine's Day Card - A...
$3.50

Bluebird Pocket Mirror in Qu...
$9.00

Gift Tag - Sweet Bluebird - ...
$5.00

Bluebird of Happiness Love B...
$45.00

Kitschy Vintage Sweet Teddy ...
$5.50
Treasury tool is sponsored by Lazzia.com.
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