Feeling Wishy-Washy

I’m feeling kind of wishy-washy tonight as I prepare my post for TT. A busy week last week and a busy weekend combined with computer woes, e-mail problems, updates, passwords … all spinning around in my head … ugh … double ugh … I’m really hoping I finally have everything sorted out. I look forward to a quiet and uneventful September … fingers crossed.

I did so much to this photo that I can’t even begin to explain … I’ve been practicing in LR with presets and I’m pretty sure all that really ended up on this is Kim’s kk_lightly. I’m loving the 31 Days of LR with all the fantastic info and wonderful free presets! Yes, I’m behind but what can I say. I’m behind in just about everything right now.

gazania and tea

So for now I’ll bid you a “good-night” even though it will be morning when you see this!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

PS: I’m giving away a copy of Photoshop Elements 12 (draw on Friday, September 5). Check out this post for details.



Good Monday Morning!

Just popping in to wish everyone a happy holiday Monday and to share some tidbits of my week!

I also want to remind you that I’m giving away a copy of Photoshop Elements 12, so if you’re interested go to this post to enter the draw!

I pass this lovely barn many times on my travels and I have dozens of photos … it just never gets old …

autumn leaves, keeping with the times

#asseenonmydriveway #autumn #wereontheverge


What a gorgeous time of year!


Thanks so much for dropping by!

Photoshop Elements 12 Giveaway!

Do you, or anyone you know, need/want Photoshop Elements 12? Perhaps you have an earlier version and have hesitated to upgrade, or you have a student in the family that would just loooove to have this!

Well, I have an exciting offer today! Digital Scrapper has provided me with one copy to give away!! Woot!

Now, I don’t need to “sell” you on the idea but if you’re interested in what’s new in PSE 12, you can check out this article at Adobe.
adobe ps 12, giveaway, keeping with the times, digital scrapper

So please, simply leave a comment and just say you’d like to have it, and your name will be entered in the draw (to be chosen by the True Random Number Generator.)

  • Make sure I am able to reach you … if you’re a no-reply blogger I have no way to respond.
  • Winner will be chosen on Friday, September 5th at 1:00 pm MDT.
  • If no one claims the prize by Sunday, September 7th at 1:00 pm MDT, another winner will be chosen.

Good luck!!


“app” happy wednesday #19

Welcome to “app” happy wednesday #19!

If you’re new to the party, this is a weekly link-up to share your photos edited with “apps” of any kind! Let me stress there are no rules!! Just join the fun and share any kind of artsy creation.

Do you use PS Touch? I’ve been using it more and more and the reason for that is the new Creative Cloud feature. It’s so convenient to access photos and textures!

  • I have Creative Cloud since it comes with the Photoshop Photography Program.
  • You can see I have a folder called iPhone 2014.
  • I offload my Camera Roll to my computer with LR and then upload them to the Creative Cloud. Of course your phone and iPad will share photos if you have the Photo Stream turned on, but I had turned mine off for a while since it was driving me crazy … .
  • I’ve also uploaded some photos to “DSLR Photos” taken with my BGC (which I do not post on IG – ever) but I can use them when posting to my blog from my iPad.
  • The best part is I uploaded tons of textures so now when I use PS Touch they are conveniently available to use on my images:
PS Touch Screen Shot, "app" happy wednesday, keeping with the times

iPad Screenshot

So what can you do in PS Touch? Well, for one thing you can work with layers.

Here I added two textures, both different opacities and blend modes. I also added a filter to the actual photo layer.


Here’s my final image after I added the frame in Camera+

… this creation is not one of my favourites and I will admit working in PS Touch feels awkward. But the whole point of this exercise for me is to push myself to learn the ins and outs of using different apps. Sometimes it just takes a while to warm up to something new and unfamiliar.

And just because I felt like torturing myself further, I used PS Touch to resize the images and then I created this post on my iPad. Arghhhh!! Why?!?! Why I ask myself?! I’m major fumble fingers when I don’t have a mouse … it’s a miracle I didn’t hit Publish halfway through.

One last thing to note – notice that I have a bouquet of peonies in August? How did I manage that? Well, way back on July 3rd I snipped 5 unopened buds, put them in a bag and left them in the fridge until yesterday. After I cut the ends and put them in water they burst open almost immediately! Way cool!!

So that’s it for me today. Now let’s see what you’ve been up to!

Use any “app” you like and perhaps explain how you used it.

  • Did you use just one? Did you combine apps?
  • Simply create some art. Post it on your blog or Flickr or wherever you are uploading your work, and then come back here and link it up!
  • Visit a few friends to see what they are up to and perhaps learn some fabulous new tips and techniques.
  • Spread the word about the link-up, the more the merrier!
  • Each party will start at 5:00 am on Wednesdays and will stay open until the following Sunday night at midnight.
  • You can now use Instagram to link your images! Way cool! Check the article here. I also added some tips on this post here.


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How to Make Chokecherry Jelly

I love picking berries! Yes I do.

On Saturday I spent a couple hours picking enough chokecherries to make about 21 jars of jelly, many of which I will give away.

It was sunny and warm with a tinge of coolness in the air. Everything is still very lush and green but the trees are showing early signs of what’s to come. They look stressed, bug-eaten, and with some yellow leaves peeking out here and there. This is my favourite time of year … it’s still summer, but a bit cooler, and there’s so many wonderful fruits and vegetables available.

How to make chokecherry jelly, preserves, keeping with the times

So after two hours of picking, one hour of washing and sorting, and four hours of cooking, here’s my reward.

How to make chokecherry jelly, preserves, keeping with the timesHow to make chokecherry jelly, preserves, keeping with the times

I thought I would include the recipe I use. It’s straight from the Certo package and I never stray from the directions. Chokecherry jelly can be quite tricky. It can either not set at all, or become too hard. I seem to have luck if I do exactly as the recipe states.

Chokecherry Jelly
  • 3 cups prepared juice
  • 6 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 pouches Certo Liquid Pectin
Prepare the Juice
  1. To make the juice combine 12 cups chokecherries with 3 cups water in a large pot. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Pour into a colander lined with 3 layers of cheesecloth. Bring edges of cheesecloth together gently (careful it is HOT, so hot that I use rubber gloves and even then it is HOT) and let the juice drip. You can squeeze the bag gently but try not to ... you only need 3 cups of juice.
  1. In a large saucepan stir together juice and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil hard 1 minute then at once remove from heat and add pectin. Stir and skim any froth for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour into sterilized jars and seal with sterilized lids.



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