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A Lily Photo Op {Using Pic Monkey}

I’m the first to admit I have a lot to learn about photography.  That said,I like to take pictures, capture moments, then use the heck out of PicMonkey to edit them.  I’m sure most have heard of it, but if you haven’t, it is the best.  Pic Monkey is a free online photo editing site that you can spend hours playing with your pictures.  There is the option to pay for some upgraded features, but I’m still going the freebie route.

I took some pictures of the lilies on the side of my house the other day. I thought I’d share a few of the features I used in Pic Monkey with you.

Starting from the beginning, I took this picture of a yellow lily and what you see is totally unedited.

yellow lilty  no edit

I cropped it…and actually cropped it again, but I didn’t save it.

yello lilly cropped

I then chose the Frames feature, added an outer color, an inner color and rounded the corners.  And then added a light trails feature.  A little bit artsy and I like it.

yello light trails

yellow lily  Collage

Next, the pink lily.  I was still playing with frames and colors. Here’s a few different looks.

pink lilyCollage 1

Last and my most favorite is the white lily.  First, the blooms are big and beautiful this year.

white lilly side

I took several of the white lily and added different effects.

The original I was working with looked like this.

white lilly

Then I added a light trail effect…

white lilly light trails

and then a burst of light…

white lilly burst

and then a water effect…

white lilly water

white lilly light trails white lilly burst  white lilly water

I think I want to print and frame the blue water effect.
What do you think?  If you haven’t already, will you be trying Pic Monkey soon?


Celebration of Summer

My hubby and I were out on a drive yesterday and he told me that Labor Day Weekend always makes him sad.  For us living in the Northwest it means the last holiday weekend before our youngsters return to school, that is, if you still have kids in grades K-12.  It also means in the next month or so, the trees will lose there leaves, the lawn furniture will need to be stored away and our mild sunny weather will change to a higher percentage of gray and rainy days.  BOO!

I love Spring and Summer.  In celebration, I cut a bunch of flowers in my yard and made a tablescape of flowers.  Hope you enjoy….


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Happy Labor Day.  What ever you’re doing; hanging with family and friends, BBQing, boating, just make it a great day!

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Desktop Backgrounds – Homemade

I am constantly changing my desktop background.  Today I wanted to share some of my favorites from pictures I’ve take and pictures that my cousin Laura has taken.  Feel free to make them your desktop background as well.

Bohemian Waxwings

More Bohemian - Laura


Sunrise - Laura


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Peony in bloom

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Swallowtail Butterfly

Swallowtail Butterfly - Laura


Lillies - Laura


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