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Grandpa Kennedy’s Barn #WW

 

 

Good-morning, Kittens & Dawgs! Yesterday I learned of more sad mews. The 66-year old rock n’ roller, Tom Petty suffered cardiac arrest and passed away late Monday afternoon in Santa Monica, California. This morning’s mewsic dedication is a tribute to his memory. My prayers are with the Petty family, friends, and fans.

 

A new month is here, can you believe it? I’m ready for all things associated with autumn, aren’t you?  Last month, I began sharing a series on barns and I’m continuing through this month. My father-in-law’s dad built this barn. The below photo, DH’s oldest brother shared with us many years ago.

The cool thing is this barn still stands on my in-laws’ property. My FIL celebrated his 94th day this year, so this barn is easily more than a 100-years old.

I took this picture in 2011 with my Canon SD880 point n’ shoot camera. All I did with my first image is to use Pixelmator to crop and add my copyright. I love this old barn!

Next, I took it through my iPad app Distressed FX to create a vintage style photo by using these layer options: “Lily” and “Juje” before adding a bird “Scattered” overlay.

In Brushstroke, another iPad app, I used “Washed W1”, Orange Paper, and bumped the Exposure creating a very warm, Autumn tone to the picture which I very much like.

The last photo-art project, I opened the Waterlogue app on my iPad using the very first picture once again selecting these presents: “Luminous”, “#10 format”, and paint lightness “Auto”. My copyright pretty much disappeared, so I uploaded the new image to my Mac to use Pixelmator for this final edition.

Each program offers something new to the picture and giving the viewer a different experience.  Do you like one more than another?

 



 

 

I’m messaging my posts tenderly to find the right way to bring together daily memes in one spot. Joyce From Across the Pond hosts the mid-week Q&A session, Wednesday Hodgepodge and here are my responses.

 

1.  Have you ever spent time on a farm? Tell us a little bit about it. Have you ever grown your own pumpkin? Been on a hayride? Driven a tractor? Milked a cow?
My grandparents had a small farm – garden, chickens, hogs, and a cow. I never milked a cow. It do recall watching my great-grandma mild their ole cow who spooked me. She was a hateful thing or so it seemed in my once child mind.  No, I never grew a pumpkin but we accidentally grew some one year the bank side of our property where I always tossed the old pumpkins to decompass. This happened one year when I threw out a small uncarved pumpkin. The seeds planted itself, a plant sprung up, and flowers appeared but no pumpkins formed. It was kind of exciting.  Oh yeah, I’ve been on a few hay rides back in the day before I realized I was allergic to hay. I always was sick after and I didn’t figure out until years later after being tested for allergies. lol
2. What’s something younger you would like about you now? 
Everything. In my younger years, my self-esteem was low. I didn’t think I was pretty or smart, always living in the shadows of other gals. I wasn’t jealous or envious of these girls but I always measured myself to what I saw or thought I was seeing. In a young person’s eye the grass is always greener on the other side, right? By the time I moved into my late 20s to early 30s I grew into my skin purrfectly, liking things more and more about myself and these days I’m empowered with confidence and acceptance of who I am. I know my limitations but I also know I can do many things if I set my mind on it. I wish I could tell a  younger me these things to speed this process up but there’s no such thing as time travel and if there was, would I really listen?

3. What are three things you’d like to do more often? Three things you’d like to do less often?

I need to do more often photograph, sketch, and create. Things I need to do less often are worry, caving, and trying too hard.

4. What’s on your nachos?

If I had nachos, then I’d throw caution to the wind and have the works – refried beans, spicy ground beef, sour cream, chives, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream or guacamole. Yum, doesn’t that sound good?

5. What’s the most random thing in your purse or wallet? Does it need to stay there?

Everything in my purse is there by design. I hate large, over stuffed purses and only keep the necessities. Years ago, you might find just about anything in my purse but when it got so heavy to cause back pain I knew I had to do something to change this and shrunk my purse size and its contents drastically. Usually, when DH and I are running around town I do not even carry my purse. That’s so liberating, too!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Years and years ago, I made lip balm with my daughters which was a lot of fun and the balm turned out really nice. In recent years I wanted to redo that same DIY project but I don’t know what became of my instructions so when I stumbled on a fellow blogger sharing her Burt’s Bees imitation Peppermint Lip Balm, I did a quick screen grab of the instructions and this summer I made my own. Are you interested? Check it out!

 

Imitation Burt's Bees Lip Balm

Imitation Burt's Bees Lip Balm

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 30+ drops peppermint essential oil*
  • *I used Lorran Peppermint Oil I had on hand for candy making. The essential oil may have a stronger scent but I couldn't find an American made peppermint essential oil. It may be available but manufacturers aren't always forth coming with these details and it's not my job to the manufacturing country origin is the USA. Proudly list on your product - AMERICAN MADE!

Instructions

  • Melt beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a double boiler or small glass bowl over a small pot of boiling water, stirring constantly until melted.
  • Remove pan from heat but keep over the still-hot water to keep the mixture melted.
  • Add essential oils, I started with 30 drops and increased the amount until I suspected it could be strong enough even though my it didn't smell too strong. I'm guessing I stopped after 40 drops but I think it could go higher. It's your call.
  • Use a pipette or a dropper to fill the lip balm tubes. Do this quickly because the mixture begins to hardened almost immediately after removing from heat.
  • Let tubes sit at room temperature for several hours (I cheated and placed in the freezer for 5 minutes that wasn't long enough but it gave it a good head start) until cooled and completely hardened before capping tubes. The final touch, I added a colorful, handwritten label noting the flavor of the lip balm.

Notes

Use an extra teaspoon or two of beeswax if you prefer a thicker, longer-lasting lip balm or slightly less if you want a smoother, softer lip balm. I opted for the extra beeswax with the hopes it would withstand the warmer temperatures should it get left in the car, which my tube has and it did quite well. It got a little soft but did not liquify.

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The Amazon product links are NOT affiliates listed in the recipe but I did uses these items and I wanted to share what I found worked well for me.

 

 

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Have a fototastic day!

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.Save

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Red Barns #WW

Thanks for joining today, if you’re looking for my Wednesday Hodgepodge response, it’s at the bottom. Now for my not-so Wordless Wednesday segment! 😉

The first Friday in May, I shared a red barn iPhone photo that I took at the end of March while at DH’s post-op eye surgery visit in Maryville, Tennessee. Nestled against the Smoky mountains it’s not surprising to find large open fields with barns, cows, or other critters in this little community behind a medical complex.

I wasn’t prepared with my big girl camera, so on another trip to the same location I took it so I could zoom in on this beautiful barn.

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky on this gorgeous blue late spring day and while I like the picture I felt it needed a bit more character, so I introduced it to the world of Distressed FX for a redesign. BTW, the app designer loves to paint cows. 😉

Unfortunately this is another photo-edit where I failed to keep records of my adjustments. This is something I fooled around with during my blogging hiatus. Needless to say, I don’t recall what I did.

This post is title Red Barns. That’s plural and I have one more red barn to show you that I took in 2013. In 2014, I shared a large red barn with you that I took fall 2013 in Farragut and while going through my files I found another nearly identical photo.

I totally under-exposed both images because I did not know that when shooting from inside the car through the car window messes the light meter up something horribly. I used Pixelmator to adjust the brightness and ligten shadows.

This whole series I changed the original to an artsy photo creation, so why break precedence now. Let’s see how this looks remade using Distressed FX. I noted my changes this time. Using overlays, “Stirred” and “Phorcys” giving me the color and texture I wanted, I then adjusted the contrast and brightness to make the picture less dark before adding the finishing touch of a “Trio” of birds in a beautiful fall sky.

I hope to work my way back to this barn this fall to try it again. I hope it is still there.

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I’m working through how I want to best present things on my site. Years ago, I included Joyce’s Q&A hodgepodge in my mid-week post but I got away from that and I tried the last two weeks to incorporate it with the return of Way Back Wednesday. That just made for a long post. I’m not sure if this is any better but I thought I’d try it here today.

 

1. What pets did you have while growing up? Tell us a little something about them.

My family had dogs periodically during my childhood. When I was really young (under the age of 4), we had a small white brown-spotted dog named Sugar. I figured we gave him this name because he liked candy. I do remember feeding it to the poor thing but I didn’t know better.

Another time when I was around 10 or 11, we had a Chihuahua. I never warmed up to tha thing, always yapping and snapping at you and then it gave birth to a litter of pups but shortly after she ripped into them killing all but one. I really hated that dog after that! When I was about 15, I had a reddish-orange tabby I named Fred. This was DH’s idea to give him that name. That’s what you get when you ask your boyfriend to help name a pet. lol But…Fred seemed to fit and I grew fond of that kitty. I remember one time he got outdoors and one of the neighborhood dogs torn him up pretty bad. I thought he wouldn’t make it but he did. One day I came home from school to find Fred missing. Daddy said Fred got out again and I never saw him but I found out somehow Daddy actually gave Fred to my uncle’s kids. Daddy hated having animals in the house.

When I was about 15, I had a reddish-orange tabby I named Fred. This was DH’s idea to give him that name. That’s what you get when you ask your boyfriend to help name a pet. lol But…Fred seemed to fit and I grew fond of that kitty. I remember one time he got outdoors and one of the neighborhood dogs torn him up pretty bad. I thought he wouldn’t make it but he did. One day I came home from school to find Fred missing. Daddy said Fred got out again and I never saw him but I found out somehow Daddy actually gave Fred to my uncle’s kids. Daddy hated having animals in the house.

2. What is one thing you absolutely must accomplish today?

There isn’t anything that I “absolutely” must do but I need to call the Apple store. I have a question regarding DH’s employee discount. Supposedly, he we can save a little through his employer whenever we shop at Apple. We even save a little on our wireless bill with his employee discount. A penny saved is a penny earned and those pennies add up! I do know

Wait…I do know of one thing I ABSOLUTELY must do and that’s use my elliptical trainer for an hour while wearing my weighted waist belt. Exercise is an important part of my life. The more active I am the better I feel and it helps to shave some unwanted calories.

3. Where were you ten years ago? What were you doing there?

WOW, 10-years ago…well, I was in Knoxville and had all three kids home with two still being taught in our homeschool. My days were filled with “life” stuff instead of “internet” stuff and as hectic as it was in those days, I sure do miss it now.

4. September 26th is National Dumpling Day. Did you celebrate? Apple dumpling, xiao long bao (steamed Chinese dumpling), chicken and dumplings, pirogi, matzoh balls, or gnocchi…which dumpling on this list would be your dumpling of choice? Have you ever made homemade dumplings of any kind?

Nope, I didn’t celebrate. Heck, I didn’t even know there was a special day for it!

Apple dumplings sound delicious and I’d love to try making them but haven’t. I used to get them at the Apple Barn & Cider Mill in Pigeon Forge all the time.

The only homemade dumplings I’ve made is “Chicken n’ Dumplings” and it’s been years since I’ve made them, too. I’ve thought a lot about making this lately and I hope to make a good ole pot of this before the year ends. I better add chicken legs to my store list because I prefer dark meat in my dumplings. Yum! BTW, I see pierogi made the list. I’ve seen it on The Price Is Right for years and even in the grocery freezer section, yet I have not ever had it. can anyone tell me if its good?

 

5. ‘There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find an adventure and those who go secretly hoping they don’t.’ William Trogdon

So which kind are you?

I like to think I’m the type of person who goes in search of a good adventure just as long as it’s safe and not scary. I’m not a thrill seeker but I love to explore new areas discovering photo ops, restaurants, and more.

In past years I’ve always relied on DH to take me to my doctor appointments but since beginning his new job I rely on a taxi service to get me from point A to B. Sometimes, I have to walk to another nearby appointment when the taxi can’t get to me. These experiences are out of the norm and that makes it an adventure in my book.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I like the idea of keeping daily hops together but then it gets too long and often losses the reader. No one wants to spend 20+ minutes reading a daily blog article, especially when participating in hop. This is all trial by fire and I hope you’ll add your two cents letting me know what your thoughts are on this matter. Should I keep hodgepodge with my mid-week photo hop or should I break away moving hodgepodge to Thursdays?

 

 

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Disclaimer:  Pixelmator is my photo-editing software of choice and Distressed FX is a fun cool app 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 then I won’t make one red cent!

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Weathered Barn Near Boone NC #WW

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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Red-Roof Barn Farragut TN #WW

Shortly after getting my Big Girl camera years ago I photographed this barn in Farragut, TN. I know I shared this pitiful shot with you no doubt right here on not-so Wordless Wednesday. Anywho, while on blogging hiatus over the summer and on one of our knocking around town ventures, I told DH that I’d like another crack at taking a picture of the red-roof barn sitting on Concord Road.

He happily obliged my request. I’m more comfortable with my DSLR now and felt excited at a second chance to capture, especially since I screwed it up the first time. What followed next left me shocked and saddened.

Turning off Kingston Pike on to Concord Road the barn sat on the right side of the road heading to the lake across from a bank.  I thought we could park in the bank’s parking since it was a Sunday like we did before so I could take a few pictures but then I discovered that the beautiful barn no longer stands.  My jaw dropped and my eyes widened. I don’t know what happened but it burned down.  This barn sat in this spot at least the better part of the 38 years that we’ve lived here. Now. It’s. Gone. Forever! 😢

Even though I can’t retake pictures of the barn, I can do photo-editing magic to change the mood of my photo.  I decided to use my Facebook Friend’s Cheryl’s smartphone/tablet Distressed FX app, which gave me my newest photo-art creation below.

I made the mistake of not jotting down the color and textured overlays used to give it a vintage…almost autum feel but I can tell you that I added a scatter of birds that Cheryl calls “Onward” to the sky . To complete my new masterpiece I took it through Pixelmator, adding my copyright and bumping the “Curve” settings to tone down over-exposure giving my picture a warmer, richer finish.  I really, really like Cheryl’s little app and NO, this is NOT a sponsored post.  I’m just tossing the word out there about a product I enjoy using because that’s what friends do! 😉

Combing my archives I made a happy discovery. I actually DID get a second chance to photograph the red-roof barn the following year in the fall taken at a different vantage point. I don’t believe I shared this with you until now.

I think it’s funny that I over-exposed (a lot) my first picture and under-exposed (poor meter reading on my part due to cloudy skies) this one. I’m so thankful for photo-editing. I bumped the exposure in Pixelmator brightening the photo a wee bit and added my copyright.

Should I take this photo through Distressed FX? Yes. I. Should!

This time I noted the steps creating my new photo-art. In this photo I selected overlays – “Cyan Song” and “Naia”, then added a bird layer, “Alfred”. These changes detracted from the visibly gray, rainy day of the original.

But, in this one I played on the elements creating a more dramatic scene. I selected a different overlay, “Half Light” and kept “Naia” and bird layer “Alfred”, but adjusted the brightest, contrast, and saturation.

What do you think?

I invite you to link up with my friends today and I can’t wait to see what you’re sharing!



 

 

 

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Disclaimer:  Pixelmator is my photo-editing software of choice and Distressed FX is a fun cool app 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 then I won’t make one red cent!

 

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A Barn Near Keller Bend Park #WW

Welcome back to (not-so) Wordless Wednesday Kittens & Dawgs! This month I will share photographs of barns I’ve taken recently or past in which I saw the original followed with new image(s) created with one or more  photo-editing apps.

Today’s photo I snapped near Keller Bend Park in Knoxville this summer. It was a dreary day and I failed getting the exposure right. No picture is a complete loss thanks to technology.

In Pixelmator I adjusted the Curve lightening the exposure, brushed some additional clouds overhead, and added a textured layer. In the next photo, I changed to an autumn texture layer selecting the blending option as “Subtract”.

I liked how the roof of the barn kinda glowed giving it a sci-fi feel, so I took it another step by adding a “light leak” effect to the image.

This gives the viewer that “close encounter” of the extraterristrestrial type sense. Be prepared. Have Reese’s Pieces in your pocket and be ready to for someone who needs to phone home.



 

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Disclaimer:  Pixelmator is my photo-editing software of choice.  I have not been compensated to express my opinion about this product. I’m just telling you as one friend to another, so if you buy these then I won’t make one red cent!

 

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#WW Cherohala Parkway Mountain View + #BoTB results

Howdy, Kittens & Dawgs! Last year this time, DH and I were enjoying a drive in the mountains. It was a gorgeous spring day but the wind had a nippy bite. We stopped at an overlook along the Cherohala Parkway and walked the very short trail to the observation deck.

The panoramic view is nice but what really caught my eye as we were leaving were the trees. What character, I thought and had to snap a shot.  Now, looking at it doesn’t look like much but I played with the image coming up with a new photo artwork which I really like and I’ll share it on Friday.

Do you see a shot like this and think I can use this scene in my photo editor for something really cool or do you just say, Nah, I don’t like that so much and go on?

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Let’s move on to my last week’s BoTB.  The song choice was John Fogerty’s Have You Ever Seen The Rain covered by Belinda Carlisle and Karen Souza.  At firs,t both contestants were at even keel but then Carlisle pulled out taking the lead and stayed in front of the showdown by a big margin.  While I liked Belinda, Karen’s slow jazzy tempo seemed to suit my mood but casting a vote for Souza still left her with less than half the number of tallies. The gal earning the golden mic with a 9 to 4 victory is…

 

Check with Stephen to see how the other BoTB showdowns went down last week.   I’m undecided on what to do about April 1st BoTB. It’s sorta up in the air with the A-Z Challenge but if I can swing it, then I’ll do it. 🙂 I’ll leave you with this bonus track, and just a short reminder that next week I’ll be away from Blogosphere mostly while I pull together my A2Z posts set to begin March 31. I hope you’ll hop over for your weekly dose of giggles with Friday Sillies!

 

 

 

 

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Love Me Tender #WW An Italian Vs a Frenchman in #BoTB

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! It looks Wednesdays this month is going to another dual blog post. That’s ok, it’s all about the love and fun we share for one another anyhow, right? ;  Getting my beautiful Valentine’s Day rose provided a good photo-op using it as a prop in these shots.  For a long time, I wanted to photograph a single red rose with my pearls DH got me for our 30th anniversary and finally I got it!

The following image, I shared the week before last in the CTST part of my post. I opened it in Pixelmator to give it a makeover adding an antique overlay to the background, then applying the Bouvardia Vignette effect.

Below, I added an icy heart overlay, a freebie resource I downloaded, here.  I put our initials in the frosty heart giving my creation a special touch.

Here’s another image I shared on Friday in CTST but I reinvented that photo-art creation with new effects today.  Which do you like the best this one or the one from Friday?


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Okay, you not-so WW crowd, you’re here and there’s no need to rush off just yet. I invite you to stick around for the second half to help pick the next winner in March 1st Battle of the Bands.

All the love I feel thanks to DH gave me the purrfect song choice. I’m going with the King of Rock n’ Roll’s classic hit Love Me Tender, a re-work of Aura Lee first performed by Frances Farmer in 1936.  Just for the fun, I thought I’d use two foreign mewsicians to perform Elvis’s song in An Italian VS a Frenchman in BoTB!

 

Representing Italy, Ricky Shayne.

 

France’s singer, Johnny Hallyday.

 

Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional).

Which artist gets your vote, Italy (Ricky Shayne) or France (Johnny Hallyday)?

 

 

The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players.  Check back, next week same place and time to see if your pick gets named the winner! ?

I hope you’ll join me noon tomorrow for Thursday Movie Picks!

 

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