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 actually...it'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 azalea...so 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 29, 2011

Lights Out...Party's Over

Hello everyone.  Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.  I have some news to share today.  I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about Photo Feature Friday...specifically, about how I've been feeling very consumed by the whole thing, both in my thoughts and in my time.  I worry about all of the time I've been spending on the computer and about how I feel so distracted by the party. 

I feel as if I've taken a wrong turn somewhere and need to get back on track.  I need to follow my heart...


So, I've decided that Photo Feature Friday has come to an end.  I say that with a mix of sadness and relief.  I really love photography and the sharing of photos and ideas, but I don't really love the party the way that I had hoped.  Sorry to be a photo party pooper.

I want to thank everyone who participated and shared all of their beautiful photos and their love of photography.  Your friendship and support has been amazing.  My plan is to join some of the other parties and still visit with you all!

So with that, I'll just say, lights out...the party's over.  Hope you enjoyed yourself!

Let's chat soon ♥ Tricia

May 27, 2011

Photo Feature Friday No. 7

Hi there!  Welcome to Photo Feature Friday No. 7.  So happy you came by for a visit!  If you recall, the suggested theme for this week was Flowers.  Mmmm...my favorite, as you probably know.  If you photographed something other than Flowers, you can certainly share that too.

Do you remember me mentioning last week that I was soooo tired?  Well look...see these white flower photos?  They're some pictures I had taken and intended to use for last week's white theme.  Wooo hooo...I think I was a little out of it or something!  I didn't even remember these photos, until I saw them a  few days ago.  Luckily, they worked out for this week's flower theme :)


The last one is my favorite.  I like the little peat pots in there.

The processing of my photos was very minimal.  I just lightened them a smidge and then used the Cosmopolitan action from Florabella.  You know, sometimes people ask me about actions and textures and what they should do.  If you're just looking for an easy way to process your photos, I would highly recommend Picnik.  It's lots of fun and free too.  Trust me, you'll love it.



Time for a photo show and tell. I can't wait to see your beautiful photography!

Things to note:

Use only your own photos, not those found on the web.
Link your post, not the main page of your blog.
Please include a link to the party or the party's button in your post.
Go out, visit and leave some comments for others ♥

If you want more party specifics or need to know how to link up, you can look here.

Next week's suggested theme or challenge is: Food

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One more thing...I have a little giveaway going on right now. 
If you'd like to enter just click here.

Oh one more thing actually.  For anyone who is having commenting problems, try this...when you are logging in to Blogger uncheck the little box that says "stay signed in."  I did this and all is well now.  Hope it helps you too.

Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend ♥ Tricia



May 25, 2011

My First GIVEAWAY!

Hello my lovelies!  Guess what?  I have a little giveaway in store for you today!  Yay!  It's the very first time I've ever done one.  I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has decided to follow along with me on my blog journey.  I've really enjoyed making so many new friends and getting to know so many wonderful people :)

After thinking and pondering and wondering what to have as my giveaway, I finally decided to choose things that I think are pretty for decorating and for photography.  And they're items you know I love because they're similar to things I show you all the time in my photos.  So, want to see what you could win?  I know you do.  Here ya go...


The winner will get:

Four little white cafe au lait bowls from Anthropologie...I just love mine :)
An old skeleton key
A wonderfully scented lavender sachet from Provence, France
Some pretty stamps...plus a few more that aren't shown
A vintage inkwell bottle


Wondering how you can win?  Well, it's very simple and easy and you have two chances.  Here's the lowdown:

{one}
Leave a comment saying you follow my blog or have become a new follower.  Make sure to leave your email address if it isn't listed in your blog or you don't have a blog.

{two}
If you want an additional entry, blog about my giveaway or put it on your sidebar and leave me a separate comment letting me know you did this.

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The giveaway ends next Thursday, June 2nd at 10:00 pm central time.  Well, I have to go and figure out a post for tomorrow's Photo Feature Friday...it's flower-themed if you'd like to join in!

Chat later ♥ Tricia

: :The giveaway is now closed : :

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 messiness...as 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 20, 2011

Photo Feature Friday No. 6

Hello to you!  Welcome to Photo Feature Friday No. 6.  If you're new here, thanks for stopping by and if you've visited before, thanks for returning!  I suggested a theme of White for this week.  If you photographed something other than White feel free to link that up too.

Since I've been feeling extremely tired and not up to doing much, I didn't come up with a whole lot for today.  I took five pictures and I'm showing you four of those.  The entire photo session took all of about five minutes...so don't expect too much ;)


I love old keys, don't you?  I decide to pair this one with some chamomile flowers...one of my contributions to the white theme of the day.


Then I thought of all the white starfish I have and how they'd be perfect for a photo or two, so I threw those into the mix.

Hold on...I hear the dog barking his head off...I have to go check it out.  Maybe he knows I want to come upstairs and have some cheese and crackers :)  I'll be back...


Okay, here I am.  All is well now.  I had a snack while I was gone and I'm feeling a wee bit better.

Let's get back to business.  See that pretty handkerchief?  I got it from my friend Rachel.  Hi Rachel :)   I thought it looked so pretty with my grouping of whites.


Well, that's all I have.  Want to know the specifics?  Here they are...I shot all of my photos on AV mode at f/5 or f/5.6, ISO 400 and shutter speeds of 1/25 to 1/40.  I did minimal processing of my photos, just the Milk and Honey action from Flora Bella.


Time for a photo show and tell.  I can't wait to see your beautiful photography!

Things to note:
Use only your own photos, not those found on the web.
Link your post, not the main page of your blog.
Please include a link to the party or the party's button in your post.
Go out, visit and leave some comments for others ♥

If you want more party specifics or need to know how to link up, you can look here.

Next week's suggested theme or challenge is an easy one:  Flowers

Have a good weekend ♥ 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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For more pretty pictures check out:
Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday

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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French Country Cottage

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 •
• Please include a link to the party or the party's button in your post •
• Go out, mingle and leave a few comments for others •

If you want more party specifics or need to know how to link up, you can look here. Please link your post, not the main page of your blog. I've noticed that some people are doing this. If you need to know how to link to your post please click the link above.

Next week's suggested theme or challenge is: White

Have a good weekend ♥ Tricia



May 11, 2011

Flowers and Romantic Homes


Hello my lovelies.  Hope you're having a nice week.  I went out for some fresh flowers today...again.  I know, it's like I have an addiction or something.  I just couldn't resist.  Ranunculus won't be available for very much longer, so I felt like I needed hurry and squeeze in just one more bunch.


I'm in love with them and their pretty ruffled edges.  I have to admit, I bought more than just these.  But, I'm saving them for tomorrow's photos.  I love me some flowers, what can I say?  I'm gearing up for gardening.  I also got a few peony bushes too...can't wait for those beauties.


I thought I would share a little bit of news.  Have you seen the latest Romantic Homes magazine?  I have a little feature in there.  Makes me happy.  Thanks Romantic Homes for noticing me.


My fellow Minnesotan, Becky from Farmgirl Paints is featured too.  She has such a great blog with lots of inspiration so I'm so happy for her too :)


Well, that's all I have for today.  I'm a little behind on my visiting and need to go and catch up with everyone now.  I hope to see you tomorrow at my Spring-themed Photo Feature Friday.

Chat later ♥ Tricia

May 06, 2011

Photo Feature Friday No. 4

Hello you!  Welcome to Photo Feature Friday No. 4.  I'm so glad you stopped by.  Did you visit last week?  There were lots of beautiful photos so be seen.  I have high hopes that today will be just as wonderful!

I suggested a vintage theme for this week.  If you shot something other than vintage feel free to link that up too.  My suggestions are just that...suggestions.  Well, let's get rolling, shall we?  Here's what I came up with...


Of course, I always have to have flowers...daisies today...I'm taking a break from tulips.  I wish I could find something a little more out of the ordinary.  All I ever see anywhere is tulips, roses and daisies.  Anyway, I decided to pair the flowers with a few old books for some nice texture, and then add of couple of little marmalade jars to the mix.


As you can see, I have a thing for close-ups.


There's that old pie safe that I showed you in my last post.  That came in handy.  It seems to make a nice backdrop.  Don't you think?


I didn't do much processing of my images today.  Mostly I just lightened and brightened and then threw on a texture to accentuate that vintage feel.  I was feeling tired.

 

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 •
• Please include a link to the party or the party's button in your post •
• Go out, mingle and leave a few comments for others •

If you want more party specifics or need to know how to link up, you can look here. Please link your post, not the main page of your blog.  I've noticed that some people are doing this. If you need to know how to link to your post please click the link above.

Next week's suggested theme or challenge is: Spring

Best wishes ♥ Tricia

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May 04, 2011

Mini Makeovers

Hello!  Happy Wednesday to you.  I've been giving a few things around my house mini makeovers and I thought I'd show you how they turned out.

First up...a bentwood chair that I've had for probably ten years or so.  I usually keep it in the bathroom as a place to sit while I do my hair.  Since I always like to start my posts with a nice photo, this is the "after" picture...


Want to see the "before?"  Here it is.... 


I liked it that way too, but just thought I'd switch things up a little. 

Now, the next photo is most definitely a "before!"  This little number has occasionally been used as the naughty chair  at our house.  Now we have a naughty bench...lol.


Ta! Da!  Here's the "after"...


Much better, don't you think?

The last item I have for your viewing pleasure is a pie safe that I bought for $13.00.  Can you believe it?  Thirteen dollars!  I found it in the basement of an antique store and when I saw the price I couldn't get it up to the register fast enough.  Here's the "before"...


It had three coats of paint on it that I stripped off...what a nightmare.  The next photo of it is more of an "in progress" photo.  I'm in a bit of a quandary.  Should I leave it this way or paint it?  Prior to removing the paint I had planned on just leaving it metal, but I was kind of disappointed in how it looked after I got all the paint off.  What do you think?  I've wondered if I should paint it white...I can't decide...maybe just the metal...I don't know.


Well, there ya go...my makeovers.  I've been working on a chalkboard for my daughter's bedroom too.  Hopefully, I can show you her room soon.  I know, I've only been saying that for about three or four months now :)


hugs ♥ tricia

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