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Thursday, February 6, 2014


Hello everyone,

It seems that you can always find something new and interesting on Facebook.  A couple of days ago, I found an image a friend on my page had posted using a  technique called Waterlogue.  It is an app designed specifically for IPhones and IPads.  The cost is $2.99 US dollars and works great if you want to give your images taken with your phone a different look... like a painting.

I've had so much fun with this app, taking my photos and using this technique.  I have also used my camera, downloading my images to my IPhone and using this technique.  You can purchase it here:  Waterlogue.  There are several different kinds of finishes you can use for your photos...Natural, Bold, Luminous, Its Technical, Travelogue, Rainy, Illustration, Soaked, Shallow, Color Bloom, Fashionable, and Blotted.  So many option's and you can load photos directly to your Instagram, Twitter, and Tumbir.  I have selected some of my images shown with just my camera and how they look after applying Waterlogue.

This is a photo I took of St. Andrews Bay yesterday
This is the same image used with an app called Waterlogue

Original Picture

Original with Waterlogue Finish 

Original Picture

Original With Waterlogue Finish

Original Picture

Original With Waterlogue Finish 

Original Picture
Original With Waterlogue Finish
Original Picture

Original with Waterlogue Finish

Original Picture

Original with Waterlogue Finish

Original Finish

Image with Waterlogue Finish
So, these are some of the photos that I've used Waterlogue on.  It's a fun app and with all the different types of finishes, you can spend a LOT of your time playing around with this.  LOL

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Valentine's Day And a Giveaway

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way than this: where I does not exist nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
- Pablo Neruda, "Love Sonnet XVII"

The History of Valentine's Day

The origins of Valentine's Day trace back to the ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia. Held on February 15, Lupercalia honored the gods Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus.

In addition to a bountiful feast, Lupercalia festivities are purported to have included the pairing of young women and men. Men would draw women's names from a box, and each couple would be paired until next year's celebration.

While this pairing of couples set the tone for today's holiday, it wasn't called "Valentine's Day" until a priest named Valentine came along. Valentine, a romantic at heart, disobeyed Emperor Claudius II's decree that soldiers remain bachelors. Claudius handed down this decree believing that soldiers would be distracted and unable to concentrate on fighting if they were married or engaged. Valentine defied the emperor and secretly performed marriage ceremonies. As a result of his defiance, Valentine was put to death on February 14.

After Valentine's death, he was named a saint. As Christianity spread through Rome, the priests moved Lupercalia from February 15 to February 14 and renamed it St. Valentine's Day to honor Saint Valentine.

What's Cupid Got to Do with It?
According to Roman mythology, Cupid was the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Cupid was known to cause people to fall in love by shooting them with his magical arrows. But Cupid didn't just cause others to fall in love - he himself fell deeply in love.

As legend has it, Cupid fell in love with a mortal maiden named Psyche. Cupid married Psyche, but Venus, jealous of Psyche's beauty, forbade her daughter-in-law to look at Cupid. Psyche, of course, couldn't resist temptation and sneaked a peek at her handsome husband. As punishment, Venus demanded that she perform three hard tasks, the last of which caused Psyche's death.

Cupid brought Psyche back to life and the gods, moved by their love, granted Pysche immortality. Cupid thus represents the heart and Psyche the (struggles of the) human soul.  (Info from Here)

In honor of Valentine's Day, I have selected some pretty cool red and white items to get you in the mood.
Pottery Barn

West Elm


A Bit of Whimsey (for a child's room or the little kid in all of us)  I purchased this print adding to another print I already have to create a collage.
Etsy (Poppy and Scout in Australia

Emma Bridgewater
J Crew
J Crew
J Crew
And.....Because it is Valentine's Day, I am having a giveaway, a gorgeous necklace purchased some time ago from Etsy. It's never been worn and is so pretty.
Just leave a comment on what your favorite Valentine's Day memory is. I will select the winner on Valentine's Day. Good luck !
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