Thursday, April 28, 2016

TBT: New Orleans 1915

The image comes from the National Archives and shows the French Market in New Orleans with carts and stalls. Note the two nuns, Ursuline I imagine, in the front right. The Ursuline convent was & is  very nearby on Chartres Street though it is now a museum. 

There are many interesting images of US cities on that page of the National Archives website. Check it out!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial- Make A Pencil Drawing from a Photo

Yesterday, I read a tutorial on making a sketch /pencil drawing from a photo. I've done this before but these directions were quite clear so I thought I'd share them. In PSE and PSCC, there are many ways to do the same thing. See how you like this method!

The layout I made shows the pencil sketch in the center photo. I also added a copy of the original photo underneath the inverted photo when I was making that center photo and used one of the blending modes plus an adjustment mask to include some of the color of the shrimp.

I hope you have fun testing this technique out! let me know what you think about it.

Monday, April 25, 2016

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 15

Fun to work with some springlike colors for this week. Bunch of catching up , mostly at home, after the NYC trip . The air was pretty cool for a Maryland April but I'll take it! The heat gets here eventually.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Five on Friday: April 22, 2016

1. The pollen count has really been  high and everything outside is covered with a layer of chartreuse. Fortunately, I've pretty much gotten over pollen allergies as I've aged. I do need to wash off my eyelids a couple times a day though and I am limiting my time outside til it rains.

2. We all know these people  " a collector of injustices". Get them out of your life! Thy'll wear your soul down.

3. This boy is 77 today! A very Happy Birthday to my husband. As he says, he's still on the right side of the grass.  To many more happy and healthy days!

4. Today is also Earth Day. What have you done to be good to your Mother? I'm glad we are in that fortunate time when we don't need heat OR air-conditioning. It's good to shrink that carbon footprint.

5. I had a good report from my latest bloodwork and my doctor assured me that my fall onto my butt is probably just soft tissue bruising. Having that padding is a good thing!

Well wherever you are, spring or fall, have a great weekend and make sure to thank Mother Earth for the ground we walk upon and the air we breathe. She's the best Mama we could have!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

TBT: Remembering Those Summers

Sometimes the oddest thing will jog your memory. Last week it was in the Giant grocery store. I saw this big ad and thought of the many many times I took my children there back in the early 80s.

Did their father balk at the cost of 4 summer passes (at about $25. then)? Yes. Do I have any photos of those many visits? No. So this photo of the current ad will have to do.

We were living in Davidsonville that summer and the new? newish? park was not too far from our house. It made for a great day out in the Maryland heat and humidity with the many pools and water slides. I don't know what the park is like today but I know it was a blessing that summer.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 14

A bit of a change about for me with a template challenge over at The Lilypad. Week 14 included three very different events. Easter on Sunday, carpel tunnel surgery for Dick on Tuesday and the trip to NYC for me on Wednesday.  It worked for me! More of my NYC photos are in another two pager.

Bold and dramatic as the week was. When you have all those things in a week, it's not the run of the mill daily life round here!

AAM Monday Project Life Week 13

A week that included a lot of eating out which is fairly normal for him, but not as much for me. All good gatherings. Then there was the joy of getting texts AND photos of my eldest granddaughter on her class trip to London and Paris. I love that she is now so interested in the world and the world of travel. I think her Alaska trip started that!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Five on Friday: April 16, 2016

I thought of some things that were unique to my recent trip to NYC. Boy, it was a good trip.

1. I had my first ever 'chocolate phosphate. Interesting, but I think I prefer a fruit puree to my club soda (or yoghurt for a lassi).

2. While I didn't walk the HighLine as I'd planned, I did see and walk along the Hudson River Greenway. Another time, I'll take it all the way down to the Staten Island Ferry.

3. I had no idea that it would really be spring in NYC. Wow! the flowers were everywhere.

4. My first sight of a movie filming. I saw Benedict Cumberbatch right around the corner - literally - from where I was staying.

5. omg the dessert I found! A gluten free chocolate fudge cake. So so good. I'm going to check and see if Whole Foods carries them.

I hope you have a great weekend and time outdoors. I have an on-line digital class this weekend but I'll be sure to get outside in the mornings to feel the spring air! See you Monday!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

TBT - 1940s Family

This photo comes from an album of images from the 1940s. I think it was one of those albums that someone bought to paste a bunch of photos that were around. Some of the pictures are glued to the page and only a few have the dates. The wooden album was handmade by Salvatore Cassa in an Elizabeth NJ Junior High. I wonder who bought it and when?


The woman on the left is my Aunt Florence. In the center is my maternal grandmother -Nana and on the right is my mother Mary Patricia. Aunt Florence was married to Nana's eldest child, my Uncle Joe, who died in 1945 in India. He was an Air Force Navigator and the plane crashed literally a day after the Peace Treaty in the Pacific was signed.

From other photos in the album, I gather that the car in the background was my Uncle Joe's and that had to be a big deal for everyone!

I love my mother's peepy toe shoes! a fun side of her before she was married and of course before I was born. I am pretty sure that all the clothes the women are wearing would have been made at home. Store bought was not an affordable option and both my mother and grandmother were excellent seamstresses.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Travel With Me Tuesday New York New York pt2

Photos at MOMA which made me smile and were sent on to my Belgian friend. I hope she got a kick out of them also. The 2nd image is of mussel shells, all mussel shells! arranged on these shapes.

My late lunch at Eatly included steak tartare and gelato. Oh so good.

Spring came earlier to NYC than I expected. Blossoms everywhere.

I actually got out of bed twice to take these two nigh shots of the beautiful views of the misty sky.

Monday, April 11, 2016

AAM Monday Project Life Week 12

Getting back into the flow of weekly scrapping, I'm enjoying the habits of my daily life. A vacation can be more or less unplanned each day but then after a bit, I like my routines. Having that consistency makes the unexpected bits - good and bad - easier to handle.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Five on Friday: April 8, 2016

1. If you snooze, you lose. I did get up this morning before 7am and there was wonderful light on my desk with lovely patterns. However, in the time it took to lift my phone and try to get a photo, the clouds came over. At least I have the memory.

2. My husband was teasing me that I had a flannel shirt on over a long sleeved t-shirt. Yes, I know it's April, but it's cold! Isn't it about now that we usually go right into summer???

3. It's only been yesterday that I've been back to scrapping and somehow it's seemed like ages. The NYC trip really was a vacation for me - no responsibility for anyone but myself. Sleeping and eating on my own time. Pure luxury.

4.This week I had to go to Target for some meds, and saw this. It looked like an Easter Basket of delicious color. Yummy, like my favorite colored almonds. Even though I don't paint almost at all, it was really tempting. Even those shades of purple and lavender called to me.

5. On that note, I did find one little rainbow of my own from the crystal hanging in my window. The light is wonderful til early afternoon these days.  But then it shines directly at me from another window even with the blinds shut. I've learned I need to take a serious computer break for about three hours at that time or end up with a headache from squinty eyes.  Lesson learned.

That's all for today so have a great weekend! We have some fun plans and I hope you do also. See you again on Monday.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

TBT: My Childhood Home

When I say my childhood, iI mean from age 10 til I was married at 21. It was the first home my parents bought and in the end it was the last home they both lived in. Sadly, those were not happy years for them or me, so I had no regrets upon leaving.

This house was built in the 50s when it was standard to cut all the trees down to build homes and my mother despaired at ever having full grown trees again. Those that existed in our back yard soon succumbed to root damage from the builder's bulldozers. Til the day she sold the house after my father's death, my mother shook her head at the lack of sidewalks. Like me, she was a woman who was happier in a city or real town and not the barren suburbs.

Recently, I have driven by my old home and it's now become a Hispanic neighborhood. I actually saw corn growing along the front walk! I hope the current residents find joy in this structure and make this 1950s house a happy home.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Travel With Me Tuesday: New York New York

It was just a couple of day in New York City but what a great time I had. No agenda, no real plans, just walking and saying yes to anything that struck my fancy. Here are some of the images.

waiting in Baltimore

on the bus, on the road

cold and oh so windy in Manhattan

across the Hudson - boy has Jersey changed!

out the kitchen window day 2 starts

the pastry chef at work

up the escalator to MOMA for some culture

Friday, April 1, 2016

Happy April Fool's Day!

April Fool's the French way

And see you back her on Monday! Hope you haven't been fooled too much!

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