- Desert Dreaming
- I was motivated to start a blog by reading all the wonderful talented individual's who have blogs out there. So, I want to make this blog about everyone who reads it. My family and God always comes first in my life. I want to share my experiences and in turn, hope to get feedback and ideas from you. I love unique things, I adore anything that sparkles (not over the top though) I love decorating, cooking, gardening, photography and shopping. My number one passion is photography! To me it becomes more than a picture, it can become a piece of art, or a beautiful memory. Decorating, though I am not a professional, and don't claim to be, has been a part of my life since I was very young, and just love searching and shopping for new ideas and incorporate the old, such as Mid-Century Modern and Hollywood Regency with contemporary. Living close to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, and being of Hispanic heritage, I love cooking Mexican food, and love to share my authentic recipes. Though I live in Florida, my heart is in the desert southwest, and hope that my family and I will return there very soon…keep your fingers crossed that my prayers are answered SOON!!!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Step 1 Hit the "get started" button
Step 2 On the left side of page hit "upload photo"
Step 3 Click on the photo you want to color splash
Step 4 Pick the "create" tab at the top of the page
Step 5 On the left side under the "home" button hit "effects"
Step 6 Select either the "black and white" or "sepia" tab, this will change your photo to either the black and white or sepia.
Step 7 A box will appear that says "effect painting", here is where you determine the size of the paint brush you wish to use and the strength of the color splash. Just run the circle brush with your mouse over the desired area. You will need to experiment until you get the desired effect. I would suggest you use small strokes so if a mistake is made you can just hit the undo button and it won't erase all your previous work. Once you have finished your photo, just hit the "save and share" and "apply" tab and save it to wherever you wish on your computer.
Let your imagination go wild, and enjoy!!!
Sepia with the color splash effect
Sepia - life guard shack on Lido Beach, Sarasota, FL
Friday, September 24, 2010
Most of the pictures here are from a wonderful Hawaiian Jewelry Store called Na Hoku. They are located on much of the Hawaiian Islands and here on the Mainland, such as the Mall at Millenia in Orlando, here in Florida (which is me and my daughter's favorite mall)...
A little history of Hawaiian Heirloom jewelry...
In 1860, Lydia Paki, the future Queen Liliu'okalani adorns what is to be the first "Hawaiian Bracelet." Enameled on this bracelet are the Hawaiian Words, Hoomanao Mau, "Always Remember" together with each of the symbols enameled on either side of the name, the bracelet she wears the rest of her long life carries a prayer.
In 1893, Queen Liliu'okalani presented a gold enameled bracelet to Zoe Atkinson, headmistress at Pohukaina Girls School. The inscription on the bracelet read "Aloha Oe" (Farewell Thee") and Liliu'okalani Jan. 5, 1903". The inscription proved to be prophetical: Just days later the Queen was forced to abdicate her thrown and the Hawaiian Monarchy had come to a sudden end. Atkinson, who was an active socialite and the event coordinator for the Queen herself, became the envy of many young ladies, who then asked their mothers for engraved bracelets of their own. However, the young girls requested from their mother that their name be placed on the bracelets instead of the phrase "Aloha Oe" and it was here that "Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry" was born.
1894-1955, with growing popularity the hand engraved cottage jewelry industry grew strong in Hawaii. The local exotic flowers and leaves blended well with the traditional Old English scrolling and Hawaiian jewelry was reinvented to include these local elements.
From Na Hoku
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Love the view