ponderings

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Be Inspired ~ Be Silly

Here is a sneaky peek of September's Be Inspired posting bonus, be silly

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Wonderful Day

Little Miss was quite the character yesterday. She was so excited to be going to the park, that she broke into song. When we came in from walking the dog, I wrote down her lyrics

It’s a wonderful day
to go to the park
in the fresh air and play.

Oh, can’t you see
twirl, twirl, twirl)
It’s a beautiful day.
It’s a beautiful day

It’s a smiley day!

I was playing around in Photoshop with some gradients and styles I picked up at GDS, by Tricia Curtis Designs. Oh, what fun and so addictive. These were the first gradients I have bought, but they sure are easy to use, and a great way to add some fun to your pages

I first changed my photo to b&w.
Then I applied a gradient overlay, adjusted the opacity a bit
and transformed my photo to this






I have been waiting for the weather to be cool enough
to put this gorgeous sweater on Little Miss. It was a gift
from my sister, and yesterday was perfect fall-ish weathter.

Here is what I used in the page
I see lots more time spent playing around with the styles and gradients




I have been trying to get in lots of outdoor activities and outings while the weather is warm, and before Little Miss starts school next week. We have been going to her favorite parks and playgrounds. She loves the Spillway and has as much fun in the little patch of sand as she does at the beach. On the way back to the car, we cross a long bridge. There is a small, relatively shallow area where one can walk on the rocks to get across. Little Miss was thrilled to sit down on the rocks with the water trickling over her toes.




And I used Bumblebears by Kathryn Estry




Saturday, September 12, 2009

An Amazing Artist

Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won Ukraine's version of "America's Got Talent." She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and "sand painting" skills to interpret Germany's invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII.

If you have a few minutes, watch the video
Kseniya Simonava's Sand Painting

There is a point in the video where a man is speaking in the background,
the audience is in tears while she creates the scene in sand. I only wish
I knew what was being said. Evenso, I found myself transfixed, just
watching. It is so worth seeing these amazing scenes unfold.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Kitten's Garden

Little Miss has had mixed feelings about starting PreSchool next week. When we drive by her school, she just has to point it out to everyone else in the car. We have been reminding her all summer long about school starting. Sometimes she just listens, other times she will say that she isn't going, that she will be staying home with me instead. She will go when she is five. I am not really sure how the first day next week will go. Since she starts in the afternoon, we are both going to take her to a special lunch beforehand and go in all together for the meet and greet. I have been thinking of having her write out Little Miss's First Day of School on a piece of paper, so that we can use her own little writing in the First Day of School photo.

I just couldn't wait to scrap a pre-preschool page today when Little Miss informed me that next week she is going to Kitten'sGarden. I thought it would be fun for her to look back at some of the mixed feelings about school. The Journaling Challenge at Digiscrapaganza was perfect, and this month one of the fonts is a fun kid-like crayonish font, called Ermanita. It was perfect to quote her Kitten'sGarden comment. Here is what I came up with --



I used a great school kit available at Digiscrapaganza.
School Daze Collab. I also used one of the templates in
the collab kit as a starting point



and here is another page I made using School Daze.
The art supplies were perfect for this page about my
Little Artist in the Making.
For this page, I used the second template in the
collab kit, by Designs by Tami




My Speed Scrap Fix





Here's what I used







Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Only You



Only you would be rolling down a hill, holding a pinecone so that
it could take a ride too!