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Cades Cove Barn #WW

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Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! This old barn is in the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains.  If you look through the first barn you’ll see another barn behind and a buggy. I shared a close up of this shot in Forgot Past several years ago if you’d care to take a peek. Meanwhile, I used the above image to create more magic through these photo-artworks.

 

Distressed FX with layer options, Cole and Earthstone with a minor saturation adjustment

 

Brushstroke Simple (S6) and Papers=Blue. I made a happy discovery with the app signature option which I can move it around. I don’t know why I didn’t try this before now! Oh, silly me, right? lol

Last time I mentioned Waterlogue keeps tracks of options applied, but I didn’t realize that it tracks ALL changes even when you revert them, so to keep things straight I won’t show those again and just hit the prominent ones of choice yielding my final image. Preset Style = Rainy, Format = 10″ Giant, and Paint = Lighter.

 



 

This week, Joyce is taking a fall break from Wednesday Hodgepodge. 

 

 

I’m not sure why I’m drawn to  barns but I love the things of the past and how it makes me feel. Do I long to walk through the by-gone days? I don’t think so but it’s certainly nice to imagine what it was like to live in those days.

 

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Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. Pixelmator is my photo-editing software of choice and these others are fun cool apps I use on occasions with my iPad/iPhone. I have not been compensated in expressing my opinion or use of these products. I’m just telling you as one friend to another, so if you buy these or even click on the link then I won’t make one red cent. This is just one friend telling another.

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Weathered Barn Near Boone NC #WW

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Image captured with my Canon SD880 point n’ shoot camera.

Somewhere along the North Carolina mountain countryside is this quaint, weathered barn. judging by its condition I don’t believe it’s been used for anything in years. I snapped the original (above) in August 2011 and first shared it with y’all in 2013. I knew when I began my barn photo-art series that I wanted to dabble with this image more.

After looking at my archives I found I had more than one version taken at the same location but after shortly studying them I decided I like the way the wild flowers framed the lower bottom edge better in this one.

Using my iPad Distressed FX app adding color and texture layers, adjusting color saturation and a small cluster of birds. The warmth of the new image whispers autumn in my ear, does it tell you the same?

I liked the results I got with this creation but I thought it would be nice to paint it. I have two apps designed to give this effect. The first picture is a watercolor creation of Waterlogue. The app has limited options and settings but the results are nice. It really looks like a watercolor painting to my untrained eye, how about you?

The second app I played with Brushstroke. It has all kinds of settings – medium (brushstroke), palette selecter (colors), support (canvas/paper etc), element adjustments, and signature. It’s really a cool program.  I opted to turn the photograph into an oil painting. If you enlarge the picture to run your eyes across the image you can almost feel the brushstrokes.

Let me clarify this isn’t a sponsored post. The links provided are for your ease to learn and find these amazing apps. Should you choose to purchase any or all then I will not benefit from the sale.  The only reward I’ll get is knowing I helped a friend.

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Computer Crash/Costume Giveaway/Tax-Free Holiday/Inspiring US Capital Tour Video

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One thing I learned recently is,  don’t wait for a crisis to hit – be prepared! A week ago this past Saturday our world came crashing down. Actually, it was our 2-year-old desktop that crashed. The real kicker is, it was totally unexpected and without cause. Were we ready for this? Nope, nope, nope! I hadn’t done a backup in forever or it may as well be like forever because my last known back up was in May 2011. That’s really great, Cathy!

Meanwhile, DH & I must scrap over who gets to use our sole fastest computer in the house while we’re in this out-of-our-minds limbo state.  Just continue to keep your fingers and toes crossed while thinking warm, fuzzy thoughts for all things to work out in the end with minimal heartache. I’m pretty sure, we may be able to pull our important files off.  We’ll know soon enough as we plan to attempt to retrieve the data files from the hard drive this weekend. Okay, enough about this blah-blah news.

Who wants to have some fun? I just launched my Anytime Costumes Giveaway! It  ends August 29th, so be sure to check it out.

The first weekend of the month, Tennessee had a tax-free holiday. My precious sweet DH did something very cool. Brace yourselves…oh be still my beating heart…he got me an iPad with Retina display. Like, OMC (Oh my Cathy)! How cool is that? I’ve wanted one of my own for a few years, but got the itch really bad last fall. Now, I am the proud owner of one. You can bet you’ll hear more in the coming weeks, as I explore and learn all the endless possibilities of my new toy. Yippee,  hippie, hooray!

Are you a religious or spiritual person? If you’re like me, then your folks were Christians are or at the very least strongly moral. The values my parents handed me played an instrumental part in my life. Part of my own Christian heritage brings deep thanksgiving to this nations’ founders for their courage and convictions to settle a new land to pursue their religious faith freely.

Over the years, there has been much controversial over religion and state. It’s hard to see the exactness for the smoke screen, especially those who are not persuaded as myself of the truth in our nation’s early beginnings. Perhaps you’ll find this brief, but amazing video inspiring.

 

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Review & Giveaway: Elfishki and the Giant Cake Interactive iPad Book

 

Reading stories to my children was the highlight of my day. There’s nothing more rewarding than to snuggle up with one’s kiddos to read a good book. I was delighted to get an invitation to review Elfishki and the Giant Cake.

My children are grown up but still I’m drawn to kiddie lit. The world of literature has evolved a lot in the last few years.  Tell me, what happens when old school and technology collide? You get a super cool interactive storybook! This is precisely what I had the privilege of being introduced to with Elfishki and the Giant Cake.

Elfizz and Maggie are the two main characters in this story with very different personalities. They are Elfishkis – fairy tale creatures who live on the beautiful Rainbow Island in the midst of the Sparkling Sea. Some Elfishkis can fly like butterflies and others can swim like mermaids. What happens when Elfizz and Maggie must work together on a special project? They discover being different isn’t always bad and can be a good thing.

Each vividly colorful iBook page designs of Elfishki and the Giant Cake is sure to capture a kid’s imagination with characters like ghosts, pirates, cherubs, and a gargoyle.  The cool thing with an interactive learning book is, you can read the story to your child, as in old school, or your child can listen and follow along.

Touch technology breathes life into Elfishki and the Giant Cake. Objects become animated or produce sounds when a child touches the screen. This amused the inner kid in me. I momentarily had a flash back to the early sound books I bought our children and recalled how much they enjoyed those (me, too). However, this interactive book is far superior and would’ve have been a huge hit with my own kiddos had the technology been available. The creator of Elfishki and the Giant Cake features an interactive game to boot where the child can create virtual cake. It can be saved and shared with family across the miles or on the other side of town. See the one I made?

Entertainment is one very important aspect of why we read to our children, but education is just as important. I like how easy it is for kids to learn standard language arts through questions asking – who, what, where, when, why, and how. At the bottom of every page are three questions which can help your child with memorization, vocabulary, and articulation. Three fundamentals to bridge early development for school readiness.

The only thing I disliked about the interactive book was the illustrations. This may not be an issue for you. If I had to base my purchase solely on the characters in the story then I would hesitate in selecting Elfishki and the Giant Cake for my children. The big plus is, I love the concept of fun and education coming together in this interactive iPad book!

If you wanna a chance to win a free copy of Elfishki and the Giant Cake, then enter below!

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Check out iTunes for Elfishki and the Giant Cake! For more cool resources, you can visit  Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends of Elfishki!

Psst, Psst...one more thing I gotta share with you. I know you’re gonna want to know this, especially if you own an iPhone or iPod. You can get two FREE Elfishki adventure iBooks. Just click on these links to download them now to either or both for your iPhone and/or iPod: Elfishki and the Giant Cake and Elfishki and the Unwelcome Guest. Now, isn’t that cool?

Good-luck!

 **DISCLOSURE: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This review is based on my opinion and may vary from yours. Cathy Kennedy’s Blog will email the Sponsor provided promo code for Elfishki and the Giant Cake to the winner which can be redeemed in the iTunes store.** Thank you, Elka Palka Productions!

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