A journal of sorts.

I am an avid photographer with a love for digital processing. The Bearded One and I have become "Townies" once again and are in the process of transforming our suburban nest into a peaceful refuge.
This blog is where I like to stash things. An assortment of random thoughts, a recipe or two, a few of my favorite photos, and the processing thereof.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Buttoning things up before I go back to work


Buttons for sale at Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

Cottage Life

Beginning to get some things done that I've been putting off for the last couple of months. Maybe spring is in the air... or not. Either way I've begun the arduous task of cleaning up my file system on the Mac. The mac has been very forgiving. It hasn't slowed down, or choked up. I have decided that I need to be more a little organized when it comes to filing and throwing things in the trash. The picture below shows about 1/10 of the files scattered throughout  my download files alone.


So I trudge on... I now have my desktop nice and clean with file folders  properly labeled. It's only Tuesday.... I will stay on task, I will stay on task...



Before and After

I had a picture of the State Capitol that I had taken while out shooting something else. As you can see it's a little crooked, not a really good angle and a gray sky. I thought it would be a good photo to turn into a "vintage" postcard.


IMG 4765

WA State Capitol


I had a lot of fun with this. I used a "Graphic pen" layer, a sketch layer, a simplified layer and some curve adjustments. I then layered it with a crumpled paper layer and added the "old typewriter" font at the bottom to mimic the old postcards I've seen.


Then I got a little carried away and added a little well worn "essence" in the form of stains and postage marks.


Lowcarb livin'

Somedays are just not really inspiring as far as what to eat goes. The thing about not eating sugar, flour, and starchy veggies is that soon the craving's for those things seem to disappear but then so does the thought of creative cooking. It turns into more of "I guess I should eat" and "what can I have that won't take a lot of effort". Something fairly easy to have around is a mixture of cranberries and blueberries. These fruits are pretty carb friendly, and have lots of fiber. I take a bag of cranberries, 1 cup of water. Bring that to a boil and simmer until the cranberries begin to pop open. Then add the add enough sweetener to equal a little less than a cup of sugar. Stir that around and then add  blueberries, fresh or frozen as many as you like. I use the large fresh container size. Stir the berries together. Let cool and put in a container in the fridge. This little compote is excellent on cottage cheese, with chicken or turkey, on top of almond pancakes etc. It doesn't take a whole lot to get a lot of flavor and so very good for you too.

Hmmm... Pause for Thought

Feeling like I'd like to get organized... Spring must be in the air. This self proclaimed "Average goddess" is fun and sassy. I think I'll go clean out my closet.


Until next time...






  1. Hey, soon as I find a cup of motivation and a tablespoon of 'just do it', we'll see if I can get organized, too. :-)

    1. ha ha... Nice post today on your blog, by the way my friend!