May 31, 2011

Fresh From the Garden...

Hello all!  Fresh from the garden, I've a few little blooms to share with you today.  Well, one isn't really that little, it's quite large's this Shirley Temple peony.  It's a beauty, don't you think?  I decided to treat myself to three peony plants for Mother's Day, so I'm hoping to see a few more of these pretty blossoms coming my way.  I love it's soft pink ruffled petals.  Mmmm...pure yumminess.

I added one of Kim Klassen's textures to this photo for Texture Tuesday.  Stained linen is what it's called.  I ♥ that too.  I did one layer at soft light and another at pin light, if by chance you were wondering.

Now, this flower is actually one from my mom's garden.  We went to my parents' house for Memorial Day and I used the opportunity to take a few snaps.  It's an I'm told anyway.  I gave this a few layers of texture too.  The photo above and the photo below are the same, each just has different layers.  On the first one I used two layers of stained linen.

And on this one, I used Kim's stained linen texture and her pour vous texture.  Which photo do you prefer?  I think that I like the first of the two the best since the flower is brighter.  But, of all three, the peony is definitely my favorite.

Oh, by the way, I just want to say thank you to everyone who left me such nice comments on my last post...your kind words really mean a lot to me.

Happy thoughts from me to you.
Tricia ♥

May 24, 2011

Old-Fashioned Flowers

Hello everyone!  Happy Tuesday to you. 

I know this may come as a shock, but I bought more flowers last week and thought I'd take a few photos so we could revel in their prettiness together.  Once again, the Stock was calling my name and I gave in to their charms.  I have to tell you, they smell just as wonderful as they look.  I really can't believe it took me so long to discover them.

For some reason, this bunch seems so much fuller and fluffier than the last one that I got...maybe it's a different variety.  I paired them with some chamomile blossoms.  Remember? I showed you those last time.  I think the mix has an old-fashioned quality.  I like the little bit of if it was plucked straight from the garden and arranged on a moment's notice.

Along with the ironstone pitchers, I added a skeleton key and an old postcard to give things a little more vintage charm.  And, since it is Texture Tuesday, I layered on one of Kim Klassen's textures...yesteryear.  Which I thought was quite fitting for my photos :)

Well, that's that!  Oh, just a FYI...I'll be back tomorrow for a little announcement.  So until then...

Tricia ♥

May 17, 2011

A Little Vintage

Hello everyone!  Remember those pretty plum blossoms I posted photos of yesterday?  Well, I was loving them so much that I thought I would use them in a few more photos for today.  I hope you don't mind, but I figure that they'll be gone before I know it and why not use what ya got.  Right?!

Anyway, I decide to pair them with some nice vintage elements that I have here in my home.  In my book, flowers plus vintage is just about pure perfection when it comes to decorating.

I got some old clothespins from my mom a few days ago and thought I'd display them in one of the cafe au lait bowls that I have, along with the flowers.  I love, love, love this look.  I was thinking of my Grandma as I was doing this and how she would've thought it was funny to put out a bowl of clothespins :) 

For your viewing pleasure...a few more little blooms with some vintage letters.

And lastly, some old books covered in pretty patterned papers and a teeny tiny little inkwell.  Doesn't that inkwell make such a cute vase?  Glad we're in agreement :)

To add to the pretty and vintage feel of my photos I layered on one of Kim Klassen's textures...serendipity.
Best wishes for a wonderful day!

Tricia ♥

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May 16, 2011

Wonderful Things

Hello.  Happy Monday to you.  I was thinking that today could be a day of wonderful things...

Wonderful thing number one...these pretty mugs.  I won eight of them recently in a giveaway that Tracey from French Larkspur held.  I was absolutely thrilled, to say the least.  Thank you Tracey!  Not only are these little beauties perfect for hot chocolate, but they're great for flowers and photographs too.  Of course, the cup with the T is my favorite :)

I paired them with some other little wonderful things...some fluffy pink blossoms from my plum tree, a few rustic plates and some French papers that Tracey had included in her package.  I think it all goes perfectly together.

Pink, brown and cream are one of my favorite color combinations...sweet, but not too much so.  They're the colors that I have been using to redo my daughter's room.  You know, the room I talk about but never show you.  Someday soon...promise.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Tricia ♥

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May 13, 2011

Photo Feature Friday No. 5

Hello all!  Well, I'm glad to see that Blogger is finally back up.  My last post is gone...out into the ether somewhere...hopefully to return soon.  I wasn't sure if I should even put up Photo Feature Friday at this point, but here it is anyway.  If you recall, today's photo theme was Spring.  If you have something other than Spring, you're welcome to share that too.

You may have noticed that I love to include flowers in my photos...well, today is no exception.  I got these the other day when I bought the ranunculus.  They're called stock.  They kind of remind me of delphiniums or something of that nature.

Aren't they beautiful?  They seem so old-fashioned.  I love them with the crate and the burlap...that's my favorite photo of the bunch.

When I processed my photos I just made a few adjustments in curves in Photoshop Elements, which was the first time I tried that, and I also used the Cosmopolitan action from Flora Bella.

Well, are you ready for a photo show and tell?
I can't wait to see your beautiful photography!

Things to note:

• Extra hugs to you if you mention photography in your post •
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• Go out, mingle and leave a few comments for others •

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Next week's suggested theme or challenge is: White

Have a good weekend ♥ Tricia