Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
BLACK PINE SAWYER BEETLE
CALIFORNIA TORTOISESHELL BUTTERFLY
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
It's Mosaic Monday again, hosted by Mary at the Little Red House. I am a little late....but better late than never. I promise to get back into the swing of things real soon.
Please make sure to visit all the other Monday Mosaic participants at Mary's blog.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Then Monday we unpacked and repacked, and then weighed the suitcase. Then we did it all again and finally got it down to just over 50 pounds. Whew. So Tuesday we all got up a 4am, left a 5, arrived at SFO by 7am, checked in, had breakfast, hung around at the gate and DRAT! the flight was delayed. Some sort of mechanical trouble with the plane. So after talking about it a while, rather than scramble to find another connection to the Chicago/Manchester flight, we decided to rebook on the next day's flight.
And she called me from Chicago saying everything was fine, but then when she arrived in Manchester she hit a little snag. Immigration pulled her aside, took her passport, and questioned her about why she was arriving in their country unescorted, who was meeting her, what was their relationship, etc, etc. She told me later she was really scared and had no idea what to do. Her cell phone wouldn't work there, she had no British money, and didn't know why she was being questioned. Somehow they found her host family (who were waiting in the arrivals hall), questioned them, decided their stories matched and let her go with them. Actually, it's nice to know they don't allow minors to wander into their country unescorted, possibly to meet a stranger with evil intentions.
So with Teen1 safely in Manchester, I got caught up at work, took down the decorations, did a million other things including taking my computer to the doctor, and now ten days later, I finally got a chance to sit down and blog. I feel like I've missed so much! I'll get back in gear and catch up with you all real soon. But for now, I'm just thankful it's calmed down a little here Amongst The Oaks.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
See at the top where it says Eco Beauty? That's it! My new house. And we can make it ourselves! All we need is bales of rice straw and plaster. Not only is it energy efficient, it's gorgeous too!
I really like the way the house snuggles in the garden and under the wisteria.
I think I'm in love with this idea. Does anyone know where I can buy 1000 bales of straw?
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I had fun playing with them yesterday morning. I took some photos to share with you all, then I ate a few.
Then I took some more photos, and ate a few more.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Then using PhotoShop I add the proposed sign to the photo. Notice those black triangles in the corners? I put those on the artwork in my vector based program before I imported it to PhotoShop. They help with size and perspective. Above you see how it looks before adjusting for perspective. Below I have started the process by rotating it a little...
and now I have adjusted the perspective using Transform>Distort. I simply adjusted the corners to match the lines on the building while holding down the Control key.
Now all I have to do is erase the triangles and we can see how the sign will look.
But I like to make my photo mock-ups to look more realistic, so I have added the edge of the letters and a shadow too. On the shadow layer I decreased the opacity so any building details would still show; like that crack you see below.
So below is the finished photo. Looks pretty real, doesn't it? But il est faux! Nonetheless, it sold the job, so I'm happy.