It was a hard fought Ebay battle - lots of back and forth bidding - but I won! These are only a few of the shoe forms I added to my collection. I could not hold them all in my hands. I use these gems for doll feet - so much fun!
This week's theme for My Town Shoot Out is "Introduce a Friend".
Betty Keigler is one of my favorite people. She is my art buddy. We traipse about town once a month (or more) going to galleries and outdoor spaces looking for inspiration. We're also in the same book club.
Here we are at Naples Bay
Betty loves painting - watercolors and oils - oils being her medium of choice.
We spent the better part of a morning down at the bay. I took photos while Betty sketched.
A treasured gift.
A lovely watercolor of a scene from Betty's recent trip to New Mexico.
This week's Friday My Town Shoot Out theme is "At Rest, At Play or In Between". That's easy - I sew and create with needle and thread.
Christmas is coming. I love to make dolls and try to make something unusual for my youngest granddaughters every year. These dolls were created without a pattern - just cut, sew, embellish and stuff - always a surprise to see what develops!
finished dolls are hanging up to dry after receiving a brushing of diluted ink.
"Old Ornate Linen" texture courtesy of Pixel Dust Photo Art.
The Friday My Town Shoot Out theme this week is SELF-PORTRAITS. In 1991 my husband and I took early retirements and moved to Naples, Florida. Quite a change from the busy life we had in Chicago.
This photo collage contains many of the things I love and make me who I am today.
I love the beach and the flowers here. I take long walks daily and especially enjoy beach walks every Saturday and Sunday.
I love classical music and consider myself very lucky to live in a small town with a fantastic orchestra - The Naples Philharmonic.
I am an artist. My medium of choice is fiber - any kind will do. I love my sewing machine and use it almost daily.
I am learning the secrets of Photoshop Elements and how to use my DSLR camera.
I am 65+ years old and can hardly believe it!
Now tell me your story.
"Other Worlds" texture courtesy of Pixel Dust Photo Art.
"the king & queen" font
Okay, okay, I know I'm cheating a bit here. Not because I'm enjoying an ice cream bar, but because I made this slide show video in July!
What could be more satisfying on a hot summer's day than an ice cream bar? I challenged myself to wait until I achieved my ideal weight before succumbing to the lure of the chocolate ice cream bar lurking in my freezer. As you can plainly see, I enjoyed every bite.
I have been experimenting with different filters in Photoshop Elements. The possibilities are limitless!
To the original photo: duplicated photo, adjusted sharpness, removed color, adjusted lighting levels; hard light blend mode; artistic filters (poster edges and rough pastels - canvas texture); hue/saturation adjustment layer. Finally added a texture over top and lowered opacity.
Losing weight can be a doubled edged sword. Most of the pants I own no longer fit - a happy problem, I suppose. It was necessary to purge my closet of clothes, too big, outdated, worn out...to make room for new things I recently bought. (I still need to go through my ironing pile. Hopefully, some of those things can be tossed too!)
After sorting, buttons and clothing labels were removed from items no longer good enough to pass onto the thrift store.
Naples was lucky and except for some wind gusts and heavy rain, Isaac left us alone. It looked like a lull in the rain this morning, so I took the chance to do my morning walk - big mistake! Within 5 minutes after leaving the house, the skies opened up. My husband drove by to offer this damsel in distress a ride home, but I was so wet by that time, I decided to keep slogging along.
I had a hat, rain jacket and sunglasses on - no sun, of course!
I had to peel my wet clothes off in the laundry room - I left my mark on the rug ;-)
I admit this wasn't the smartest thing I've ever done, but it's not the dumbest thing either. There was the time I.....