Thursday, May 31, 2012

Flower Art Friday ~ Vintage warmth!


For this weeks' challenge...we are to take our floral pics and combine them in a way to obtain a vintage feel! What fun...

The floral pic I started with..

Then filtered...

Then vintaged up...

And then played with...

I had a blast!!!  Make sure and stop by Photos by LeAnne and see what others have to offer.

Have a creative and imaginative day!
Hugging you

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Textures Tuesday ~ Warmth


Todays challenge is to depict warmth!! So I chose two different photos and one of Kim's textures. The texture I chose is "Oh My"....

The photos I chose are...

With Kim's texture...

Then I played with them...

Make sure and visit Kim Klassen's Cafe and see what the other artists have done.  Some truly fabulous images!!

Have a creative and imaginative day!
Hugging you


Random Tuesday....Red. White..Blue and Hot Dogs on the Grill!!

Well actually, we had Bratwurst, and Special Hamburgers on the grill.  Special Hamburgers consisted of Fresh Ground Beef, mustard and onion, salt and pepper...mixed together and pattied.  Yum!!  Also on the menu was homemade mustard potato salad, pasta salad, deviled eggs, baked beans, and for dessert, S'Mores and Lemon Bars.  Oh and for snacks, Hot Bean Dip and Multi-Grain Taco Chips.  Also yummy!!

Bean Dip:

1   -  8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
1   -  15 oz. can of Bush's Grillin' Beans
1   -  8 to 10 oz of Salsa
1 1/2 cups of Grated Cheese of Choice ( Cheddar, Colby Jack, etc.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray of 9 to 10 inches square non-stick pan or pie plate with non stick cooking spray.  Spread the cream cheese evenly on the bottom of this dish.  (I used a back of a tablespoon).  Then, drain the beans but do not rinse and spread them over the cream cheese.  Pour salsa on top of the beans..covering the beans.

Place into preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the edges begin to bubble.  Remove from oven, add\the shredded cheese (enough to cover the salsa).  Place back into oven for about 5 - 6 minutes or until melted.  Remove from oven and serve with Taco Chips.  I used Multi-Grain Taco Chips.  Really yummers!!

 No body went away hungry and the Lemon Bars were a big hit as well!  Of course, the S'Mores are always popular with young and old.  I personally love them.  Ha!!

The the rest of the day we watched movies... Twister, Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde II.  Old and fun movies.  Grandpa Dr. John and Lee, Jr. went out and shot the BB gun and pop cans and then spent about an hour in the hot tub!!  Everybody went to bed with smiles on their faces!!  Grin!!

This all happened on Sunday!  On Saturday, our helper came over and we weeded the front patio and the back patio.  This job was endless, thankless and we all got it done!!  Looks so much better.  The weeds were so high!!!  Probably two feet tall!!  Whew!!  Now totally weed free!  Gotta love it!'  Pictures next week. 

The rock garden is looking lush and fabulous.  I had planted with drought tolerant plants and it has been so successful!!

There was a fabulous sunrise Saturday morning..

The wildflowers have been blooming like crazy.  I showed you the cactus.  These, name unknown, start out yellow and then turn orange!!  Amazing...

The skies in and around my home and the city have been filled with smoke from the Arizona fires!  It has been so windy that added to the smoke is all the weeds, pollen and silt!  For an asthmatic, me, it has been really difficult!!  Just saying!!  My exercise schedule is totally messed up...but as my sweet Dr. John reminds me, breathing is much more important...sigh!!  So I relax, used my nebulizer and oxygen.  Out of doors is off limits to me pretty much as well.  Oh well...I keep busy with my collages..and that is endlessly fascinating.
Things could definitely be worse. 

On Friday, I walked out the door in the morning and the skies were thick with smoke!  So I quickly got into the car and put it on recirculate air/conditioner and took off to get my granddaughter, Cassie.  She is living in town now and that is way cool.  We went shopping at Walmart and I got all the fixings for the cook out.  Then we unloaded back at the house and the smoke had pretty much blown away.  We then went into town and went to the Olive Garden...oh yeah!!  Ha!

And right across the street is Hobby Lobby.  So we had to go there and see what was on sale.  We shopped and while there I noticed I had broken a nail.  Darn!!  So we went to the Nail Salon and I got my nail repaired.  Then I took her home and I came home.  Whew!  I was exhausted.  It is hard to get around.  Sigh!!

Well, shopping, cookout and driving around and company; I am pooped.  I need a nap!!  Ha!  So I think I have Randomed enough today!!  Don't forget to stop over to Stacy's at Stacy Uncorked and see what other Randomizers are up too!!  All fun to read!!  And isn't it about time you joined in?  The more the merrier!!

Have a magical and blessed day!
Hugging you,

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Butterfly Effect ~ Vampires, Creatures of the Night!

The theme this week is "vampires".  This had me scratching my head!  So I finally decided on a photo I had taken of my granddaughter, Cassie.  Then I played and kept in mind...creatures of the night!!

I started here...

And ended up here,...

Say hello to Cazz; creature of the night!!  Smiles!!

Make sure and visit The Butterfly Effect and see the other selections.  Really exciting!!  And fun too!

Have a creative and imaginative day!
Hugging you

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Silent Saturday ~ Part 107!!

Our property is filled with the most wondrous sights!  Barrel cactus and wild flowers have begun to bloom and it is amazing.  I thought I would share these with you.

Amazing, aren't they?  Here are some more...

The hot pink flowers are from the barrel cactus...

Have a magical and blessed day!
And a wondrous holiday!
Hugging you

Friday, May 25, 2012

In the Picture ~ A self portrait journey!

A journey...a self portrait journey.  A challenge set forth by Urban Muser.   The theme...big world tiny you.  In mine..the world has overtaken.

Make sure and stop by Urban Muser and see the fabulous self portraits!  Amazing work!

Have a magical and blessed day
Hugging you

Flower Art Friday!! ~ Stop and smell the roses!!


Stop and visit Leanne at Photos by LeAnne and see the fabulous floral pics offered in answer to this weeks challenge. It is a weekly gallery featuring floral imagery. This is my entry...

Using filters from Bonnie at Pixel Dust Photo Art and an image that I took last summer of cone flowers.

Make sure and stop by Photos by LeAnne and see what others have been up too!

Have a creative and imaginative day!
Hugging you

Photo Art Friday ~ Look Again!

Photo Art Friday

Our challenge this week is to create an abstract photo art inspired by nature. What a fun challenge!! Soooooo...the images I created are...

Make sure and stop by Pixel Dust Photo Art and see what others have posted.  All of them are fabulous!

Have a magical and blessed day!'
Hugging you

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Work in Progress ~ And then there were three!!

It has been a productive week and I am pleased with the results.  I had hoped to show you my process on these pieces but I accidentally deleted them from my camera.  Ha!!  I do have one that shows process.  Sorry about that.


  The gold lines are gold leaf.  Fun to the results.

Can you believe it?  This weekend is Memorial Weekend??!!  Amazing!!  Time is zipping by.
We have plans to work out in the yard and the family is coming up on Sunday for a cookout!  That will be so much fun.  They will stay the night and leave on Monday.

You all have fun too!  Enjoy the potato salad!!

Have a creative and imaginative day!
Hugging you