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Wordless Wednesday: Jasmine’s Art

Am I the only person who knows who Bob Ross is?

Perhaps this will jog your memory: think of “happy clouds“.  I would watch the late Bob Ross on PBS as a kid wanting so much to paint with him.

In an effort to keep the kids busy this summer while escaping the heat, we opted for some creative time with a local Bob Ross painting class for kids.

They created magnificent masterpieces that surprised even them, and that we later framed for home art and gifts for grandparents.

But, the most interesting art of all came when our cat, Jasmine, decided to lend her own creative contribution to our drying artwork.



Jasmine’s contribution to our artwork


Bob Ross Art Class


Bob Ross Art Class


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4th of July Fun in Picasa 1960’s

An intimate day with just my husband and kids to celebrate Fourth of July brings great family photo opportunities.  Just because there are no guests doesn’t mean our holiday should be any less celebratory- with karaoke (thank you Katy Perry for “Firework” and Miley Cyrus for “Party In the USA”), sparklers and roasted marshmallows, we’ll never forget this peaceful, festive day.

Picasa 3 1960’s Color Enhancing

I’m still learning the many different tools out there for photo editing and organizing, and today I came across this fun auto color filter in Picasa 3.

Picasa is a free download from Google at: and I’m finding it to be a great tool to edit and organize my photos.  I’m able to export photos and do mass editing like scaling and watermark stamping for the entire album rather than individually formatting each photo, like in Gimp.

The only complaint I have is that I’m not able to format my watermark to use my logo image, and end up with the generic watermark (lower right-hand corner).  If there is a way to use my logo signature as my watermark in Picasa, I haven’t figured it out and that’s not due to lack of trying.


Another one of my favorite Picasa features is the collage tool.  Once you’ve chosen your photos from your download file, formatted and transferred them to your titled folder, it takes about 15 seconds to create a collage.

picasa photo tutorial

Picasa How To 1960's


How to format photos using Picasa 1960’s color enhancing:

  1. If you haven’t already downloaded Picasa, visit and follow instructions for a free download.
  2. Picasa will automatically load and organize all of your existing photo files, along with any future photo uploads.
  3. Locate the photo or photos from your folders that you want to enhance and select image by double-clicking.
  4. In the left-hand tool bar for color photo enhancing, select the green paintbrush that says, “more fun and useful image processing”
  5. Select “1960’s”

Picasa Tutorial

Here is the before and after:

Picasa Color Enhance

Before and After Picasa 1960’s Color Enhancement


Take THAT Voldimort!


Smores- NOW it’s a party!

I’m sure I need more knowledge on how to shoot fireworks- very tricky.


Instagram for Mobile

Of course I still love my Instagram for mobile photo color enhancing:


Taken on iPhone and edited via mobile in Instagram

For more Fourth of July fun and Picasa photo collaging, check out:

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A Brave Photo Opportunity



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With the opening of Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE, in theatres nationwide on Friday, June 22, 2012, my girls were excited to use their gift cards on a recent trip to Target to purchase the Merida Bow and Arrow Set.

While working, I looked up and noticed Cassidy using our glass sliding doors as target practice, and with her purple sundress (completely serendipitous) thought this was a great photo opportunity.  By shooting with my Canon Macro lens (50mm), it brought the arrows into sharp focus, and with the glass door, appeared to be floating in air.





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The Breakfast at Tiffanys Cupcake

“Nothing is impossible.  The word itself says, “I’m Possible”.

– Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffanys


This beautiful little cupcake came to me from Caked Bakery for my oldest daughter’s birthday party.  Rayana may be too old for the typical themed birthday parties with cake and ice cream, but never too old for me to make her day special. … read more about the party here.

Breakfast At Tiffanys Party

Breakfast At Tiffanys Party


Capturing that real Tiffany blue color is difficult, as most printers will print a different color than what is shown on Tiffany’s website.  When I called the bakery, my question was whether or not they can achieve that actual Tiffany-blue color.  Below is the difference between what I got with before and after photo color enhancing.

Actual icing color vs. color-enhanced photo


My advice for anyone wanting cupcakes with true Tiffany-blue colored icing is to approve the color ahead of time.  And, if you can’t see a difference between the two photos above, then I may owe an apology to the baker for making a fuss.


Read about my Tiffany-inspired themed birthday party here:

Tiffany Birthday Party

Tiffany-themed Birthday Party







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