Friday!  I feel a happy dance coming on.  I suppose Friday doesn’t really matter as much since I have been working every.single day. for umpteenth hours a day (late into the night), but I am still celebrating. I do have lot’s to celebrate–I am reading a fantastic book-Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, I can not put it down. I’ve stayed up past 1 a.m. for two nights in a row completely engrossed in it. The human spirit is alive and well in this true account and Hillenbrand is an adept storyteller. I  am sure she could write about yogurt coagulation and it would be thoroughly enthralling, I am in awe of her prowess. I am celebrating that I opened my Etsy shop, I just started listing items these last couple weeks and to my shock + delight they sold. I am unspeakably grateful!   The idea for the Etsy shop was to add more of the pre-printed stationery sets that are printed by a master printer (that would be me). Of course right now a lot of the items are overlapping but I plan to add lots more soon. I am awaiting my rented macro lens, I missed Fed Ex today (insert Debbie Downer music here) but they do deliver on Saturdays and I can’t wait for some quality time with it. You see? So much to celebrate!

This edit of a Wildebeest-ish animal, (chime in if you know the real name), was inspired by my fascination with antique photo processing. I tried to re-create a sort of Bromoil effect, it was complicated and I am positive there’s an easier way to accomplish it, but if there is I haven’t figured it out yet.  I did locate an amazing lith print action (free) that I think some of you Photoshop enthusiasts will appreciate.  I will be popping in tomorrow with day 07. 
I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.


I had a lot of fun with the last giveaway, you?  I decided to do another one or three! Yes, three custom postmark stamps will be given away on the Ritzy Bee blog, visit here.  I am such a fan of The Hive and wish I lived closer so I could beg my way in.  It seems like such a creative mecca, doesn’t it? I will be back later on with my edit, but the interim I would like to wish you a very happy weekend! I would also like to thank my client Ms. Schattle who graciously allowed me to shoot her custom (and creative) stamp which I have featured above, I loved her customization so much that I immediately gave it it’s own shoot.


 I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.
I don’t always get the results that I aim for whilst tackling these edits. I wanted to change the colors on this image, but even with masks, selections, this/that and the other I was not able to fulfill my  end vision.  It’s day five and I am wondering what I got myself into (again) by trying to take on this project.  I won’t give up just yet. I still have many, many (eyes roll back in head) images to choose from.  I don’t think I mentioned this prior, but not all my photographs are as terrible as the ‘before’s’ I have been showing in this project.  I can and sometimes even do take pretty ‘okay’ photographs, that being said I would highly recommend to try to take a great photograph in camera (practice makes perfect). Speaking of photographs I am waiting with bated breath for a macro lens that I rented from Borrow Lenses.  Tune in next time when  I discuss how I rented a lens that I may or may not know how to use (that’s what happened on my last rental). Can you believe it’s almost the weekend?  I can’t. Hooray for the 4 day work week!


 I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.

The before should be nice and cringe worthy just the way you like them. I don’t own a wide angle lens that opens up to let in a lot of light.  I have a small 50 mm lens and I am blessed with a sort of wobbly balance (I have small feet for my body, I think it makes me sway), when it comes to hand holding in a low light situation. I took this photograph in a room at the NYC Natural History museum that is very neglected.  I would think for a city as wealthy as New York and as invested in their museums that there would be no exhibits that needed attention. This room was a little more than an after thought–elephants stood sentry with thick layers of dust (and not exhibit planned dust either), scratched glassy eyes abounded and moth eaten fur coats were de rigeur.  This exhibit is certainly not the one you want to spend the most time in, but I did.  I wanted to make up for all the other museum goers that rushed past this room in a huff. I wish I could give you the name of the exhibit, especially since I spent a couple hours there, but all I have are my photographs.  The lighting was horrific, a naked bulb hanging from an exposed wire would have been more flattering. From the ‘before’ image you can gauge that it wasn’t the most optimum photo-op.  I liked the solitude, as I often do, crowds make my head buzz. Being alone in a room of stuffed animals felt strangely comforting. I liked that I didn’t have to push small children out of the way to get a photograph (not that I would, but I am glad that I didn’t have to). I used textures from Shadow House Creations to assist in the ‘after’ image, you’ll find it a wonderful resource for high quality free textures.


I promised a set and here is one. I know you probably are looking for a set a with a little more oomph, I have TWO that I hope will knock your socks off that I will be revealing next week, which you will have an opportunity to win.  I am very excited about them both but especially one of them as the wood box doubles as future stamp storage and is in a word-awesome (in the figurative sense, in the literal sense that descriptive wouldn’t work as well as it is more on diminutive side). The above offering is close to my heart though, it may not be visually as appealing as a big box of stationery accouterments but this paper, imported from Italy is the bee’s knees, truly. It is lush, the perfect subtle white hue, with a deckled edge that gives it the perfect amount of pomp and circumstance. It takes the Besotted Brand hand stamps and ink gloriously. I haven’t had the best experience running it through my printers as the fibers catch on the rollers in a way that makes me recoil, but I assume it’s because the paper calls for hand-crafting start-to-finish.  It requires your minimum of efforts to make it sing. I love this paper, I almost didn’t want to offer it, but at the urging of the Besotted Brand stamp collection I humbly obliged.  If you want a card that feels like it was created for royalty, than I would suggest you stock up here.
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