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Wednesday
Jan302008

Life It Photos ~ In The Pasture

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Loved these beauties!!  Part of Life It Photos group.

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Whew!  Finally went to the doctor yesterday to get some medication for this "creeping-crud" that I have had for a week now!  I was finally able to sleep prostrate rather than propped up straight against the headboard.  Who can sleep this way? :( 

Anyway, what is new in my world...well, I have to share how cool blogging and the internet is.  I was surfing one day and ran across the blog Rusted Rhubarb where I saw a picture of a river, which is not  from where I live.  I assumed that the post was made by someone visiting our area and I sent her a comment.  Much to my surprise I discovered that Michelle lives less than 2 miles from me!  We e-mailed a bit and then finally had coffee so we could meet face-to-face.  Michelle is fun and talented and I am so excited to have an art friend down the street!  Be sure to check out her hand-sewn aprons on her blog!  I have seen them up close and they are beautiful! 

Cheers,
Rms

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Monday
Jan282008

Window Scene...

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Have a great week!

Rms

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Sunday
Jan272008

More Details...

I have received many questions about my video With Every Hope.  Here are some more details...

•All pictures were taken in Valdosta, Georgia around the downtown area.  I covered about 50 miles while taking these pictures.

•I also took all of these images from inside my car either out the side windows or even the windshield.  No joke!

•It was a cloudy dreary day and I did not re-touch the photos.  They are as they were taken.

•The music is a song called Cure For the Pain by Jon Foreman.

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Been working on finishing the covers of some journals I have been working in for some time.  Here are the finished products.

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Journal2


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Have a blessed day!
Rms

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Wednesday
Jan232008

With Every Hope...

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Click on book cover for slide show with music.

Enjoy!!!
Rms

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Tuesday
Jan222008

The Mailbox...

Monday
Jan212008

Rural Route...

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mail•box [meyl-boks]  - noun

1. a public box in which mail is placed for pickup and delivery by the post office.
2. a private box, as at a home, into which mail is delivered by the mail carrier.

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Click on book cover for Rural Route photo slide show*.  Enjoy!

Have a blessed day!

Rms

*May take a little time to load.

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Sunday
Jan202008

Life It Photos ~ One

Life It Photos is a new blog group started by Becky New.  Pop on over to get the digs on this!! 

My first contribution is a photo of a construction barrel.  I took this while I was sitting in traffic in the middle of a construction zone.  The barrel was visible in my side mirror, so I took out the camera, zoomed in on the image in the mirror and took the picture.   Pretty cool, eh!?

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Have a blessed day!
Rms

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Friday
Jan182008

Happy Binding...

I began a journal some time ago with the intention of eventually binding all of the pages together.  Well, the idea I had for binding did not work and all I was left with was a bunch of lose pages.  I am relieved that I finally found a way to bring all of these pages together.  It involved using my sewing machine and the result is a book that I am very pleased with!  Sometimes when things do not go as planned and you try something totally new and resourceful, the end result can be better than you might have expected!

"When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it." ~W. Clement Stone
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"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."  ~Gloria Steinem

*Click image to see full size book.

Have a blessed day!

Rms_2

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Wednesday
Jan162008

Decay's Effacing Fingers...

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Have a blessed day!

Rms

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Monday
Jan142008

Hooked on Actions...

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Toy Camera Action

I've recently discovered Photoshop Actions and have been hooked ever since. In a nut shell, Actions are recorded commands and operations that once saved can be performed over and over on images.  This saves time, especially for those enhancements that you use a lot.

Listed below are examples of some of my favorite Actions and where they can be downloaded. In addition, there are a few screen shots, showing the Actions Palette and its buttons.  This is just the basics of how to load an Action and run an Action on an image.  For more detailed information I have provided links to some very good tutorials.  There are a lot more options, but this will get you started.

Enjoy!

If you would like to see the video, click here(Quicktime needed.)   

Actions Palette

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Loading an Action

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Loading an Action is pretty simple.  Open Photoshop CS2 and click the triangle at the upper right of the palette and scroll down and select Load Actions.  This will open a browsing option and once you locate the Action you wish to load, select it and it will load.  I keep my Actions in a folder on my computer, which makes them easy to find.


Selecting an Action

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Once an image has been opened in Photoshop and the Action loaded, simply select the desired Action by clicking on the square to the left most of the Action as shown above.  Once selected, highlight the Action by clicking on it within its folder.  Next, go to the bottom of the Actions Palette and click the right-pointing triangle to Play Selection. 


Running an Action

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Once the action is started, each step is performed in sequence as shown in the above screen shot.


Tutorial Links


Favorite Actions and Sources

Rustycan
3D Box Icon

Acidx
Urban  Acid

Eblurx
Edgarian Blur

Psx
Platino V2

Burntx
Burnt Edges Vignette

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Cracked Wall Painting

Toycamerax_2
Toy Camera

Treeblog
xFrame

Davessketchx
Dave's Sketch (Line Drawing)

 

Go here for tons of great Actions!  Be prepared to spend a lot of time browsing!


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Friday
Jan042008

Courage to Create...

You simply must check this out!!

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Tuesday
Jan012008

Got Mail...

I love to get mail!  When I was in college it was the day's highlight as all the students left Chapel and moved like a herd of cattle to the mail room to retrieve those precious connections to home.  I was box 11 and the most exciting thing to find in the box was a slip, announcing that I had a package!  Packages were even better, because that meant  someone had sent me stuff!  As an adult, I still look forward to receiving mail.  I even know the sound of the mail truck as it comes up the street and approaches my mailbox.  Am I bit kooky?  Nah!  I just love getting stuff in the mail! 

Beginning today, I have set-up an e-mail list for  my blog.  Click the image below to sign up!

Make sure you indicate the types of categories in which you are interested so I can keep you informed of those things!!


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Have a blessed day!!!

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Original photo by brytta

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Monday
Dec312007

A Thought for the New Year...

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Have a blessed New Year!
Rsnew

Photo by anitapatterson

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Saturday
Dec292007

Do You See What I See...

I've been making an effort lately to really "notice" my surroundings, the purpose of which is to find some great photo opportunities.  I took my camera with me today while I ran errands and found some unexpected gems. 

Click HERE to go to the Free Goods page for a download of the original images.  Enjoy!


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Have a blessed day!
Rsnew_4

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Thursday
Dec272007

Fearless Expressions...

I remember some time ago reading about Kelly Kilmer and her awesome journals in Somerset Studio.  I felt like I knew her and when I finally did  meet Kelly, she was just as I had imagined her to be.  While I read her feature, I thought about how cool it would be to see my journals one day in Somerset Studio also.  Today is the day!!  I hope you like the feature and the free Artists' Papers in the Jan./Feb. '08 issue!

Happy New Year!!!

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