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Photo-art: Historic Rugby Church

Welcome, Kittens & Dawgs! I mentioned last week I’m not a big fan of winter and unless the sun is shining to make the day feel more comfortable you won’t find me outdoors.  Naturally, the holidays and DH’s work schedule prevented us from enjoying some day trips which means missed photo-ops.  That’s okay because I have plenty of archived photos that didn’t make the cut to fool with in one of my photo-editing programs.

In 2011 we ventured to historic Rugby, Tennessee.  It’s a living Victorian community originally founded by the British in the late 1800s.  I thought I shared photos from our trip but I can’t seem to find them on my site.  I think I understand why.  This picture didn’t turn out very well.  It was blurry but I kept it as memory shot (below).

This is a pretty little church.  With it being the dead of winter, I thought why not attempt to transform the original spring scene to a snowy one.  The first thing I did was crop and convert the image to B&W. The final step was I added a layer using the above free texture grab borrowed from Insight Designs, here.  These changes really gave my image a wintry sense.  I went a step further with this second creation.

I adjusted the blues and reds in the photo.  It gives the image an overall colder effect. It’s a bit surreal but then again it’s meant to be a fantasy creation.  What do you think? If you’d like here’s a real snowy photo shot of the church.


Come back for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Skywatch Friday and get in on the Friday social media action. Have a fototastic day.





Winter’s Day Spent Dreamin’ #WW

Welcome, Kittens & Dawgs! During the winter months, I generally prefer to stay indoors unless it’s a lovely sunny day.  There haven’t been too many of these opportunities since the holidays for venturing outdoors.  I hope in the coming weeks that this changes as DH’s new work schedule will allow us to have every other Friday together.

Luckily, I have lots and lots of archived photos to flip through. Many I’ve shared and then there are some that didn’t make the cut but have a potential for expressing my creative side through photo-editing.  This is what I’ve done today breathing new life in an ordinary photo with a short poem I penned for the occasion called Winter’s Day Spent Dreamin‘.

I snapped this photo in late winter 2011 with my Canon SD880 point n’ shoot on one of our day trips to the Blue Ridge Parkway roughly around the Graveyard Fields.  It was a gray, cloudy day which I enhanced with Pixelmator by converting it to a B&W image, bumping the contrast, and adding a bit of grain.


Let’s snuggle up with a piping hot beverage while we visit other photo enthusiasts today.


Come back for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Now on Thursday Skywatch Friday & CTST!



Have a fototastic day!







Apple Valley Country Store

Hello, Kittens & Dawgs! Thank you for joining me. I know many of y’all are consumed with Thanksgiving readiness, as I am but hopefully you’re finding time between the prep work to relax with a blog friend or two.

On Monday, I shared Blessings and Honor mewsic. Today, I’m revisiting an old photo I snapped in 2014 with my iPhone. I did a little tweaking in Pixelmator to give it a fresh look and it fits perfectly with the occasion at hand, Thanksgiving.


I used an antique background as an overlay and applied the Pixelmator vintage vignette freesia effect.

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What does your Thanksgiving menu include? Will you have dinner at home, at someone’s home, or dine out?  Who will share the feast with you, friends, family, or both?

For my American friends, please don’t fret about life in Blogosphere.  It can wait, just spend this time with those you love. You’re always welcome to join anytime. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back for Friday Sillies and more Friday fun stuff!










Douglas Lake Vintage View & Other #Photoart Creations

Good morning, kittens and dawgs. Les from Ink Interrupted (click on link ot see what I’m talking about) inspired me with her recent photo-art creations in today’s Not-So-Wordless Wednesday share that I entitled, Douglas Lake Vintage View.

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Douglas Lake Vintage View

From a church parking lot overlooking Douglas Lake, I snapped this shot of the gazebo. I added the fog effect to my photo in Pixelmator giving my image a dreamy sense and then I used a free vintage postcard background as an overlay. I like the way it turned out, don’t you?

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Added Bokeh background as a new layer with a pin light effect. The pin light versus only an overlay gave me what I was looking for in the bokeh design.

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Here I applied the vintage clouds background as an overlay.

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This is my original image with no special effects, only my copyright.

You can always tell when summer arrives even before its officially here with blog traffic slowing down. I know some folks pop in to read the contents only while others let ya know they stopped by with a comment, but what gets my attention mostly is blog hop participation. The numbers are visibly not there. No worries, though. It is what is. Summer should be enjoyed to its fullest. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing. Those who can will and those who can not won’t, but they know they’re always welcome anytime.

What have you been photographing lately ~ scenic views, children, pets, or random stuff? I’d love to see it. I invite you to link your WW post below.

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I’m toying with the idea of taking a blog break. I will either suspend posting while I’m away or combine all hops into one weekly post. I haven’t decided yet. I’m a bit conflicted about what to do, but I do know I need to temporarily step away to refresh my mind. Come back for another peek through my lens with my Skywatch Friday feature and get in on the Friday social media action. Have a fototastic day!



Love Enough for a Lifetime by #ValerieGhent & more #music!

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! Recently, singer/songwriter, Valerie Ghent sent one of her music files for my enjoyment off her album Day to Day Dream and it I loved it. Today, I share with you her 2013 #1 iHeartRadio hit, Love Enough for a Lifetime.

Who is Valerie Ghent? Just for starters, Valerie is a native New Yorker with five acclaimed CDs. She’s toured with Ashford & Simpson and Debbie Harry and shared the stage with other notable artists like Iggy Pop, Defunkt, American soul musician Billy Preston, and American poet/Civil Right Activist, Dr. Maya Angelou. You read her full bio, here.

Valerie’s soft, sultry, bluesy sound appeals to my listening pleasure. Last year, she recorded a romantic, love song in Venice where she discovered family roots. Please listen to Beating In My Heart.


This song is on her album Muse with 10 other tracks. You know me, as much as I love the seductive slow numbers I’m nearly as passionate about music that makes me wanna boogie. Get to your feet with Supernatural Thing.


I hope you enjoyed Valerie’s songs. You can follow her on Twitter @ValerieGhent and Facebook @ValerieGhentMusic. Valerie’s music is available for purchase on her site, iTunes and Amazon. What mewsic are you listening to lately? I’d love to know what songs are moving you, so please feel free to tell me in comments. ?


That’s a wrap for this week. Thank you including me in your weekend. If you had a good time here today, then please invite your friends to stop in for a listen. It’s always nice to share with others, don’t you agree? What’s next, swing by tomorrow for my 2016 AprilA2Z Reflections post!


Have a songsational Saturday!  😉 

Skywatch Friday Painted Sky

This week has been gorgeous, kittens and dawgs! In fact, it’s been so NICE that I found myself outdoors a lot and once again I neglected my responsibilities in Blogosphere. Shame on Cathy!

You’re the best and I know you can’t fault me for taking advantage of soaking up a little sunshine. Today, I’m borrowing from my archives and am sharing another beautiful sunset.

Painted Sky over Fort Loudon Lake (c)2012

Fort Loudon Lake in Farragut (just outside of Knoxville), Tennessee.

I couldn’t resist using the same image in Brustrokes. I REALLY like this cool app! Now I can say, here’s a painted sky. lol

Brushstroke App creation Painted Sky (c)2016 Cathy Kennedy

Painted Sky creation

~All images captured with my big girl camera ~ Nikon D7000 & preferred lens Nikkor 18-105mm zoom, unless otherwise noted.~

I’m sharing my photo-art with the SWF team and s-A(R)T-urday.  Now, I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate the small things.

I’m celebrating…

  • the return of spring-like weather. Nature might be teasing us, but I’m so lovin’ it!
  • the return of DST. YAY! I’ve already notice the daylight extending a little each day, so the time change will be a nice boost. I wish it was always on DST, don’t you?
  • finding out when I went for my quarterly Sotopelle insert (Hormone Replacement Therapy) appointment that I had a ninety dollar credit on my account. 🙂
  • getting my HRT taken care of. I really needed the boost to ease pesky menopause symptoms.

What are you celebrating?

Join the party below!

Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

I am participating in the A-Z April blog challenge. Starting next week running through the end of April this regularly hop will double with my mid-week post. That’s a wrap for now, but if you like music then I invite you to come back for Monday’s Music Moves Me.  Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!

Skywatch Friday: It was a dark and stormy night

It’s Halloween’s eve; I thought it would be good time to get my creepy on.

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I originally shared this image, here, but felt it a perfect choice for Halloween’s Eve, don’t you?

Well, not exactly but thanks to photo-editing I turned an ordinary day shot of an exceptionally interesting tree into a dark and stormy night with a scary, gnarly tree.

For more bizarre or not-so-creepy sky shots join photo enthusiasts across the net on Skywatch Friday .

It’s time for Celebrate the small things.

I celebrate….

  • that there aren’t any such things as zombies, vampires, werewolves, and other scary supernatural forces.
  • the talents of screenwriters/novelist imaginative minds who breathe life into these creepy monsters in their manuscripts or upon the big screen for our entertainment.
  • all things yummy… caramel apples, bite size candy bars, caramel corn, pumpkin spiced lattes, and hot chocolate.
  • the sweet memories of trick or treating from my childhood and of my children.
  • above all else that I have never experienced any real life horror stories

Life should be celebrated, even when it seems like you have no reason to celebrate. Just look around, I bet you’ll see something good! What are you celebrating?

One way to celebrate is with  Friendship Friday and Friday Features Linky Party, where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration to boot!

For more spooktacular fun, check out my 5 of the scariest movies I’ve seen and H.R.’s 10 Graveyard Facts.

Have a safe and fun Halloween! Join me on Sunday for November 1st edition of Battle of the Band. Thanks for visiting. Until we meet on the other side of the lens, have a fototastic day!

bizarrocomics ghosts


~All images captured with my big girl camera ~ Nikon D7000 & preferred lens Nikkor 18-105mm zoom, unless otherwise noted.~