Monday, March 30, 2009







(Link below)



According to wikipedia, an acrostic is a poem or
other form of writing in an alphabetic script,
in which the first letter, syllable
or word of each line, paragraph
or other recurring feature in the text
spells out another message.




(Picture by Cherie)


Longing thoughts

Over many miles.

       Virtual hugs & kisses,

                Eventually becoming reality.




Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mono Monday Plus #38 ~ Mono Monday #52 (One Year Anniversary)



Mono Monday One Year Anniversary


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On this the first Anniversary of Mono Monday, I decided that I would go back in time to the second thing that I ever learn to do and learn some more.  The second picture I posted was a photo of a flower.  I turned it Black & White and than colored in the flower... I have always loved the photos that are Black and White with just a touch of color.  When I did mine and was telling JohnOh how I did it... He told me a different way to do it but I have never tried it till now.... so excited that it worked!  Thank you, John (so true we all learn from each other).



This week I used only one picture for both my Mono Monday and my Mono Monday Plus.

This was the photo:

It is my favorite photo that I have ever taken.

Took it in June of 2006 when visiting my Mom in Florida.

Taken with my Kodak Z740 Digital Camera

1. I went to Picnik and Boosted the picture color...

2.  Saved that and went back to turn it B&W and saved that...

3.  Took the picture to GIMP (The color one first)

4. Put the B&W one over it and erased the B&W pelican to show the color pelican.

5. Took the picture back to Picnik and added the frame.

and here is my Mono Monday # 52






To do my Plus I went back to Picnik...

1.  I cut two different places of the water only from the boosted color picture and saved them.

2.  Opened GIMP again ~ pulled the boosted picture up as the main picture

3. Opened both pieces of the extra water up and pasted them on ~ turned and flipped them as needed.

4.  saved this picture back to Picnik...

5.  Took it to "Goofiy" and mixed the water a little...

6.  Took it to frames and added this frame

and this is my Mono Monday Plus #38




I waited 6 months before I got nerve enough to jump in and try these things... If you are interested don't make the same mistake I did.  It is fun... and it is a learning experience.  I have a long way to go before I could even be called fair at this BUT the difference is had I not started 6 months ago, that would be 6 months of trying I would still be behind.  One of these days, my tents won't look like they are flying, my colored  flowers wouldn't stand out like a sore thumb, some of the colors in the plus will go together better... or maybe they won't, but I will still be having fun with some of the nicest people you will ever meet!



Sunday, March 22, 2009


The challenge this week is to post a Cinquain

A poem composed of five lines

Line 1 has one word (the title).

Line 2 has two words that describe the title.

Line 3 has three words that tell the action.

Line 4 has four words that express the feeling, 

Line 5 has one word which recalls the title in some way.

To join in the fun

Poetry Posse


Everyone just seem to be having so much fun with this...

So I thought I would give it a try!

It was fun!

Picture "Ecstasy" by Maxfield Parrish
Pleasure unlimited
Contintment with delirium
joy far beyond belief




Mono Monday Plus #36 (MM #50)

(Link below)

Have been wanting to put this picture together for a while now.

I call it



You need a place to dream about... (California, of course)


and the things to make the dream come true...






I took the "place" picture and added the bull moose first. Than the tee pee.  What you can't tell on this page (because of the white back ground) is the four pictures that look like they are just objects are actually on a white back ground them self and I really didn't want to do all that erasing so I was trying to figure out a way to get the white back ground transparent in GIMP... That wouldn't work with the tee pee as it had too much white on the object its self so it became transparent as well... But I did get it to work on the other three... had to flip the canoes and rotate them somewhat to get them to be part in the water and part on the shore.  Added each of those one at a time and than the moose and her baby had to be added with the back ground erased....  Lost my work completely after 5 hours and started so the second time I lost it.. I only lost what I had done to it last as I had been saving it as I went a long.  And this is what I ended up with in GIMP:


Than as usual I took it to PICNIK and Create... changed it to B&W... then put the white mist around it with Matte. Just used the drop shadow instead of a frame and I had 










The Plus is not really a plus but "The Dream" in living color... Which of course, should make it more of a reality





Wishing everyone a week

in which your dreams come true!


Tuesday, March 17, 2009




I read this today and thought about the beauty in some of the people I love.  They don't seem to see it themselves sometimes and I don't understand for it seems to shine through to me when I look at them or think of them...   Those wrinkles and things we worry about may be very beautiful to others or those that love us.  So I am passing along this reminder.




We place great emphasis on a narrow idea of physical beauty.

In an American history discussion group, the professor was trying to
explain how, throughout history, the concept of "beauty" changes with
time. "For example," he said, "take the 1921 Miss America. She stood
five-foot-one inch tall, weighed 108 pounds and sported a 30-inch
bust, a 25-inch waist and 32-inch hips. How do you think she'd do in
today's version of the contest?"

The class fell silent for a moment. Then one student piped up, "Not
very well."

"Why is that?" asked the professor.

"For one thing," the student pointed out, "she'd be way too old."

Good point -- she'd be way too old. But beauty is a peculiar thing,
for it means something a little different to each of us. And it isn't
always about appearance. Sometimes beauty is a quality that softly
shines from inner depths. And you may actually radiate more
than you realize.

An elderly woman noticed that her granddaughter felt embarrassed by
her freckles. "I love your freckles," she said, kneeling beside the
girl and admiring her face.

"Not me," the child replied.

"Well, when I was a little girl I always wanted freckles," the
grandmother said, tracing her finger across the child's cheek.
"Freckles are beautiful."

The girl looked up. "Really?"

"Of course," said her grandmother. "Why just name one thing that's
prettier than freckles."

The little girl peered into the old woman's smiling face, aglow with
kindness and love. "Wrinkles," she answered softly.

The physical beauty of youth will fade. But the beauty of a spirit,
when nurtured, can grow forever.

~ Steve Goodier


"Your Life Support"

Monday, March 16, 2009




Pictures To Words

a fun site where we play with words

Each week a different picture is used as a prompt to encourage original creative writing. Anyone can join in. Post your work on your site and then come back and leave a link here so we can find you.

Remember to leave a link to PTW on your site, so others may join in too

*You have all week to post*









"Hmmmmm, Rawhide?.... You go straight out of town on this road.  After you pass two mountain ranges on your right, you turn left.  Go up to the big rock with the yellow markings and take a right.  Go through the stream. Stay straight and you should arrive in Rawhide pretty quick if these here mules don't give out before then."

Saturday, March 14, 2009








Cherie is our host this week and the theme she has chosen is:






Loved the theme instantly.  It seemed like a perfect opportunity to have some fun.  So not unlike me at all.... I broke all the rules (except the rule to enjoy this).  The picture which came to mind was one taken in the 70's with an old polaroid camera...  I DID NOT TAKE THIS PICTURE ~ it was taken of my sister in law and I when we were playing around and having some fun!!!  Took it to picnik and played a little as I said, it was an old polaroid and needed a little brightening up.












Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mono Monday Plus # 35 & Mono Monday #49





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Have had an underwater picture that I found when I did a Google search looking for pictures to do my grandaughters Ariel pictures... found one from and have wanted to use it for something as I think it is so pretty all by it's self.  So I took it this week along with some pictures I had taken at the Monterey Aquarium of the jelly fish.. we all love those jelly fish! And here is what I did!

First I took a jelly fish picture that didn't have but one jelly fish & cut it so all I had was water!


My Google search picture from!


Jelly fish picture # 1


Jelly fish picture # 2


Jelly fish picture # 3


Took them all to GIMP ~ using the blue solid water as my base.

I put the "find" as a second layer and faded it just a little.

Than added the jelly fish in layers and played.

Put a "water layer" over it all and faded it.

And here is what I have so far:


Took all of this to Picnik and brightened it, than turned it black and white & added a shadow drop frame for My Mono Monday # 49.


Jellyfish sway to and fro at the Codfish Ball



Than went back to Picnik ~ back to the color version.  Went to Boost ~ made it even brighter and than to duo tone ( the two colors blue and yellow) ~ brought the fade back about 50 percent ~ added a frame for my Mono Monday Plus:




Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Story behind Katie Melua


Having spent most of the day listening and finding Katie Melua's music, you would think when I was ask this evening about her and where she was from I could have answered those questions easily.  Although I knew she was in the UK now, I didn't know how she had gotten there or from where.  I did know I liked her voice and had enjoyed her music.  I find that someone is doing to me what I did with my children when they were small.... and I am liking it...  had to go right out and see what I could find out about her.  Thought maybe I would share it too!!!

The link below is to her Official Web site:

Also from her web site.... this Biography:

Katie Melua was born in Georgia (former USSR) in 1984, growing up under the communist regime in the capital, Tbilisi. The family left Georgia when Katie was eight and moved to Belfast where her father got a job as a heart surgeon. Katie didn’t always want to be a singer or songwriter. Her ambition when she was thirteen was to be a politician or a historian “I honestly thought I’d be able to bring peace to the world...if I ruled it!” The family lived in Belfast for five years before moving to South East London. After her GCSEs, Katie joined the Brit School for Performing Arts where she undertook a BTEC and Music A-level.

Composer/producer Mike Batt paid a visit to the school. Katie signed to Batt’s record label Dramatico, but stayed at the Brit School to complete her studies where she graduated with distinction in July 2003.

Unable to secure a contract with a Major record company, Katie and Mike decided to put her album “Call Off The Search” (containing the song “The Closest Thing To Crazy”) out on Batt’s own, small record label. After an initial struggle, followed by an appearance on The Royal Variety Show, 19 year old Katie shot to the top of the UK album charts and became the biggest selling female artist for the next two years. Her two albums, (the second of which contained the hit “Nine Million Bicycles”) have sold nearly 9 million copies to date. She is currently Europe’s biggest selling female solo artist. She and her family took British nationality in 2005.

The past years have been quite extraordinary for Katie (now 23). She has had a Dutch tulip named in her honour, toured America coast to coast, met and played for Nelson Mandela in South Africa visiting his Aids charity, has become a hard working Ambassador for Save The Children, raced at 160mph around Grand Prix circuit Silverstone, flown a plane, learned to dive and parachute freefall, descended 303 metres into the depths of the leg of a gas rig in North Sea (achieving a Guinness World Record), and picked up various prestigious awards within Europe, including a World Music Award, a Golden Camera Award, and two German Echo Awards. In December 2007, Katie had her first number one single with a duet with her idol, the late Eva Cassidy, entitled “What A Wonderful World”, with proceeds from the single going to support the UK work of the British Red Cross.

October 2007 saw the internationally successful release of Katie’s third album “Pictures” - a record which has delighted her legions of fans, confirmed Katie’s status as a unique and remarkable vocalist, and revealed the third chapter in what is destined to be a long musical career.



Katie’s fourth album, “The Katie Melua Collection”, is a musical summary of the 24 year old’s journey so far and was released in October 2008.




Friday, March 6, 2009









This week I have run my little snow pictures in the ground and I apologize to those of you that have been so kind as to visit them every time I post... (Last time for awhile I promise), but I could not resist as even though the picture is in living color (as you can see by the green curb)....


The snow made it feel like a BLACK & WHITE world...



Thursday, March 5, 2009

MM # 48 & MM Plus # 34






A little late on this one...

But as many of you know I spent some time playing in our snow this week!

Just can't let those pictures rest yet...



Took this first picture to Picnik and changed it to B&W



Than used the Matte which put more white around the edges,

and than softened the picture... trying to fade it out some.

(Had worked with both of these earlier in the week.  Just didn't work out like I

wanted... lol ~ still didn't but a little better)

Took my results to GIMP Along with the 2nd picture



Added this as second layer in gimp and faded it...

Played around alot more.. but not really sure what I clicked on and what I kept

or didn't keep  but came out with this picture and took it back to Picnik...


Back in Picnic I played some more trying to achieve what I had in my mind

from the beginning of the week, but never got there...

What I did get was the next B&W with a Drop Shadow frame for



Mono Monday # 48



And a much busier version for my


Mono Monday Plus # 34




A Weekend on it's Way...

Wishing Everyone Sunshine & Warmth


One Full of Love & Happiness!!!