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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

FREE Lighten Up Action

Actions are not really my gig, I do the texture thing but I do make some actions for my own use with my photography, it just makes processing a gazillion photos a lot easier, especially when I have taken 300 or so in a low light environment which is when I use this action the most.
It seems to work pretty well and so I thought I would share it with you and maybe it could help you also with your own processing.

As with all of my resources, there are no rules, use as you wish just don't claim as your own and we are all good. Ok maybe that is a rule. LOL But that should be an easy one.
Hope you find it useful.

Action was created in CS5

Photograph used in this preview belongs to me and the Model is Mikey.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Remembering Roo...the Video

Well, I finally finished the video, I feel better now, it's been my therapy.
I tried to finish this a couple of weeks ago but it was too difficult trying to get through the song without losing it.
Today felt right, I spent much time yesterday, on Christmas, soul searching, coming to terms with life. Haley and I hung Roo's stocking on the tree next to his grave which somehow made us both feel better, Roo liked Christmas, more than the other cats and so we knew Christmas day would feel a bit sad without him here. To our surprise, it felt much different than sad, we talked about him openly and smiled a lot remembering him, we will never forget.

So today I decided to finish his video....

Monday, November 28, 2011

Roo was put to Rest today

I knew when I looked at him this morning that today was his last day, he looked defeated. I called Dr. Peggy's clinic and they didn't hesitate, we went right in. I had Roo wrapped in his blanket not in his carrier and I held him as Dr. Peggy made it all better. I will not soon forget the look on Dr. Peggy's face but I know I will cherish that look always. Her look told me that she understood, that it hurt her too and it made all the difference in the world.

Roo died in my arms.

Tonight Roo is buried in his grave underneath two oak trees in my garden, this is the first time he has been outside since he came here and it hurts my heart leaving him out there but I know this is his resting place, it just hurts.

I miss you Roo, I so miss you.
Friday, November 25, 2011

Mikey's 3rd Homepage Feature on Redbubble...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

When People Show You Who They Are....

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Playground Textures

My Playground textures are 3888x2592.
They are made from real photographs
and then processed in CS3.
As always they are FREE to download and use as you wish.
Just don't claim them as your own.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I just want to be the only girl

Would you walk to the edge of the ocean just to fill my jar with sand
Just in case I get the notion
To let it run through my hand, let it run through my hand

Well, I don't want the whole world, the sun and moon and all their light I just want to be the only girl, You love all your life, you love all your life

Would you catch a couple thousand fireflies, put them in a lamp to light my world, all dressed up in tux and bow tie hand delivered to a lonely girl, to a lonely, lonely girl.

Well, I don't want the whole world
The sun and moon and all their light
I just want to be the only girl, You love all your life
You love all your life

Free Assorted Textures

I have been so out of it lately with my kitty Roo being sick that I haven't even been able to focus on anything creative. I did manage these though, an assorted bunch. LOL

As always, they are free to download and use as you wish, no need to credit me just don't claim them as your own.

Download Assorted Textures Here
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

So Much More

Being a mother is so much more than I ever knew before I actually became one. When we think of being a mommy while we are younger, we never really see past the fairytale that we have imagined in our minds.

My Fairytale didn’t include worry, stress, anxiety, fear, heartbreak and never really sleeping again.

My mom just made it all look so easy, I know now though that it was never easy.

But with this life that is no Fairytale I also never imagined how much I could love another human being. How seeing her smile could make my day and hearing her laugh would touch my heart. I didn’t realize that the hugs from my child would feel so good or that scribbling on a piece of paper that a child says is just for you…could mean so much.

And most of all…I never imagined the pride…yes, the feeling of being so proud of your child that you feel like you are going to just start screaming at the top of your lungs
“This beautiful, wonderful little girl is MINE”

She is mine and her name is Haley and I am so proud of the little person that she has become. Seeing her now, going to school, interacting with her friends, embracing responsibility and enjoying all that she is learning during this new chapter in her life makes me just want to start jumping up and down like a crazy person because she is such a joy and I am so blessed and so grateful that I get to be her mother.

She is so much more than any fairytale could be.
Thursday, October 20, 2011

Roo Needs Help

This is Roo back in 2008 when I rescued him. I’m sure you can see here why it was so easy to fall for him. As cute as it was with his little tongue sticking out, it was actually quite sad because the reason it was sticking out was do to all of the swelling in his mouth from severe pharyngitis.
Roo had a great life until his owner/Mommy passed away, the elderly lady fell down outside while feeding Roo one evening an later died due to complications from her injuries. Roo was blamed by a family member who would was then responsible for caring for Roo. Well, she didn’t care for him at all, instead, she banned him from the house, left him outside to fend for himself…for over a year. By the time I was alerted to his situation he was very ill, severely malnourished, Severe pharyngitis, an enlarged kidney and he was matted from head to toe. Recommendation from the veterinarian in 2008 was euthanasia.Well that didn’t happen. I decided that Roo at least need a chance...he was so loving and was so happy when I brought him to my house and fed him, cleaned him up and gave him some loves. There was just so much life left in his eyes, I couldn't take it away without trying.
Here is Roo at six pounds the day I brought him home...

And here is Roo now at 12 pounds....

Roo has been pretty healthy these last few years. I changed vets after that last one told me to put him down, I found a veterinarian that thought Roo deserved a chance too. Roo suffers from severe feline periodontal disease and Stomatitis. The vet said that he should have all teeth extracted which he only has a few but she said back then that we could try to manage this with antibiotics due to the fact that I couldn't afford the surgery. Until now, he has done fairly well but last week I noticed one of his eyes looked watery, I thought it was a cold until a few days after that when I noticed the swelling and the dilation of just that one eye.

Well, turns out Roo has a Tooth Root Abscess and the Abscess is up under his eye. We have tried antibiotics but the tooth needs to be extracted the cost will be at least $500.00 and I don't have it.

I don't like asking people for anything so this is difficult but Roo needs help and so here I am asking for help.

It is breaking my heart to see him this way, his face is all puffy and it hurts. He has been through so much already, he doesn't deserve this to happen to him. He is suppose to be one of the lucky one's, he found a forever home and people who love him sooo much. I just don't want it to end this way, it's not fair.

I know times are tough for all of us now and I understand if you cannot help but if you can we would be so grateful.

I am going to try and sell my camera and put the money towards Roo's care.

Thank you.

PS- I will provide accounting for funds donated.
Saturday, October 15, 2011

Does Anyone Need a Google + Invite?

Ok, so I have had some time to check out the all mighty Google + and though I have only been there a short time, I am really enjoying it.
It took me a while to even want to check it out, I am so stubborn when it comes to these things things, I get comfortable and it takes a lot to get me to step out of my comfort zone. I did the same thing when everyone told me to check out Redbubble also, my home since 2008 has been Deviantart and I had no desire to spread my wings. LOL Needless to say, I did just that.
Though I will always be a diehard Deviant, I eventually gave Redbubble a try and I am so thankful I did because it quickly became my home away from home.
And then Google+ came along.....Wow!
I will never give up my Bubble or DA but this Google + thing is pretty cool.
So if you haven't had the chance to check it out, now is your chance.
Just leave your email here or email me at, make sure you mention the invite in the subject line and I will be happy to send you an invite.

Hope your weekend is going great!

You won't be sorry.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Color Grunge Texture Five

Hello all...sorry I have been so busy lately, I have been neglecting you. (shame) LOL
But I am here now with a brand new texture for you that I hope you will LOVE!
There is more to come...
This is Five of my Color Grunge Collection, the texture is a large 3888 x 2587 and made from a real photograph then processed in CS3. As always this is FREE for you to download and use as you wish. No need to credit me just don't claim as your own and it's all good. Hope you like them...enjoy!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

FREE Blogger Backgrounds

How to change your Blogger Background -

After downloading the background you wish to use, go to Design | Template Designer | Background, click on Background Image, and you’ll see the new “Upload image” option, which allows you to select and upload your image.

My Blogger Backgrounds are 1800 pixels wide and 1600 pixels high.

Blogger Stripes

Blogger Speckled

Blogger Flowers 2

Blogger Flowers 1

Blogger Color Grunge

Blogger Bokeh Dark

Friday, September 23, 2011

What if I died tomorrow? Oh and some new FREE Textures for you!

What would these people do? I mean really. I swear there is not even one thing that can happen within my household that doesn't require my assistance to happen. I need a break, a vacation, even a trip to the store ALONE would be good at this point. Between the kid, the boyfriend, the Marven (my boss), the cats, the dogs, the goldfish and the caterpillar...I am pooped, fried, wiped out.
I don't want to get up at 6am and argue with my 6 year old about why it's a bad idea to wear jeans to school when it's 100 plus degrees outside; I don't care about the dishes today; don't want to make a special trip to the the store for treaty weaties (cat treats) only to be woke up 3 times during the middle of the night to one of my 6 cats standing over me insisting that they need the treats right now. If the dogs bark one more time at the train going by, that goes by several times a day since they were born...I know I will scream. If I have to haul one more 5 gallon jug of water up my stairs so I can clean the fish tanks (3 tanks) I know I will fall over, I don't care if the tank hasn't cycled yet. Amazing how goldfish survive just fine in muddy icky water from ponds and other gross places but if I am late even an hour of giving mine a few gallons of fresh water they all start freaking out and swimming crazy like the water is just killing them because they have been in it for 24 hours.  And why do my fish act like they are starving every time I look at them, I feed them...really.
I don't know why my kid takes off each shoe in a different room or why she can't remember which rooms each was taken off in. If I trip over one more toy, bad things will happen. Someday soon, I am hoping to actually be able to open my daughters bedroom door...all the way, maybe after she cleans it which should be happening any day now since I told her to do it like a month ago and every day since.
I don't care what the bank balance is, I don't want to go to the pharmacy and stand in line for an hour, I don't want to shop, cook dinner or do the laundry.

I just want one whole entire day to do nothing at all or something I enjoy that requires me to do nothing at all. LOL I want to take pictures of pretty things without telling my dogs to get out of the way like twenty times, or without hearing my kid say, "I'm ready, 20 times when the camera is not even pointing in her direction. I want a tripod that actually works. I want to get lost in processing photographs. Who has time to do this stuff? I have to fight for every single minute I get on this computer and I wouldn't know how to process a photograph without being interrupted at least 3 or four times. It takes me forever to post anything anymore. I just don't know how Rita (Coffeeshop Blog) does it, she makes it all look so easy. LOL
And to make a wonderful day even better, I finally get a few minutes to myself today and I accidentally deleted  ALL of my files on Mediafire...yep...couldn't believe it. So...if you try to download any of my textures and it doesn't work...just go to my textures page and download it from there, I have finished fixing all the links on that page but not all on my daily posts. Just great huh? And do you think Mediafire has a recycle bin to retrieve these accidentally deleted files? I couldn't find one. Doesn't mean it doesn't exist, I just could not locate one. So I have spent the better part of my day trying to fix links, fun, fun, fun.

I'm really not a bitchy person at all...this is just my rant...I needed to get it all out. I am a lucky girl, with a great kid, a hot boyfriend, 6 of the cutest cats you could ever see, dogs that I adore, 18 goldfish that have slowly wiggled their way into my heart and a new wooly bear caterpillar that I can't stop looking at and my boss is pretty ok too. But like most moms, I get tired, worn out and begin to think about how these people and animals could possibly function in a world without me.

The good news is that I have new textures for you Yeah! It's been a little while I know, I have been a little busy. LOL These new textures are large files, 3888 x 2587, they are made from real photographs and processed in CS3. As always they are FREE for you to download and use as you wish. No need to credit me just don't claim them as your own and it's all good. Hope you like them...enjoy!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

He Rescues Me

Every single day . . . .
Model is Mikey….My Rescuer.
Saturday, August 27, 2011

In the Kindergarten hall

She started school this morning,
And she seemed so very small.
As I walked there beside her
In the Kindergarten hall.

And as she took her place beside
the others in the class,
I realized how all too soon
Those first few years can pass.

Remembering, I saw her as
She first learned how to walk.
The words that we alone made out
When she began to talk.

This little girl so much absorbed
In learning how to write.
It seems as though she must have grown
To girlhood overnight.

My eyes were blurred by hastily
I brushed the tears away
Lest by some word or sign of mine
I mar her first big day.

Oh how I longed to stay with her
And keep her by the hand
To lead her through the places
That she couldn’t understand.

And something closely kin to fear
Was mingled with my pride.
I knew she would no longer be
A baby by my side.

But she must have her chance to live,
To work her problems out,
The privilege to grow and learn
What life is all about.

And I must share my little girl
With friends and work and play;
She’s not a baby anymore —

She’s in Kindergarten today.

Model is Haley and she is in Kindergarten now.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Photo of the day: Lend Me a Kitten

I was excited to wake up this morning and see my Mikey featured as 'Photo of the Day' on

I just joined the site recently and have found it to be rather enjoyable, the people there are so friendly, and very talented.

Here is the full version of Lend me a Kitten....

I will lend to you for awhile a kitten, God said.
For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he’s dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe two or three.
But will you, ’till I call him back, take care of him for me?

He’ll bring his charms to gladden you and should his stay be brief
You’ll always have his memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught below I want this kitten to learn.

I’ve looked the whole world over in search of teachers true.
And from the folk that crowds life’s land I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take my kitten home again?

I fancied that I heard them say ‘Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done’
For all the joys this kitten brings the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay.

But should you call him back much sooner than we planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
If, by our love we’ve managed your wishes to achieve,
Then in memory of him whom we loved,
please help us while we grieve.
When our cherished kitten departs this world of strife,
Please send yet another needing soul for us to love all his life.

Author Unknown

Model is Mikey

Free Bokeh Textures

Here are few more textures to make your Monday a happy one!
My Bokeh Textures are Free to download and use as you wish, there is no need to credit me,
just don't claim them as your own....please.
My Textures are made from real photographs and then processed in Photoshop CS3.
Each set contains two large textures 3888 x 2592.

Download Set One Here
Download Set Two Here

Download Set Three Here
Download Set Four Here
Friday, August 12, 2011

Free Sets of Color Grunge Textures

Happy Friday! Here are some free textures to start your weekend off Right. :)

My Color Grunge Textures are created from real photographs and then processed in Photoshop CS3.
As always, they are free for you to download and use as you wish, there is no need to credit me, just don't claim them as your own.
Each set contains two textures 3888 x 2592


Download Color Grunge Textures Set One Here

Download Color Grunge Textures  Set Two Here

Download Color Grunge Textures Set Three Here
Download Color Grunge Textures Set Four Here
Download Color Grunge Textures Set Five Here

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Suicide is No Solution: 3 Years my friend

Suicide is No Solution: 3 Years my friend: "Sometimes, it's all too much to handle...most days are a battle with my own thoughts, I don't want to think about it anymore but I have no c..."
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Free Glass Textures Set 2

My Glass Textures are 3888 x 2592 and FREE to download.

They were made from my photographs and then processed in CS3.

Use as you wish just don't claim them as your own. No need to credit me if you prefer not to. Enjoy!

Free Glass Textures Set 1

My Glass Textures are 3888 x 2592 and FREE to download.

They were made from my photographs and then processed in CS3.

Use as you wish just don't claim them as your own. No need to credit me if you prefer not to.  Enjoy!

Feline Fun

Eyes That Speak

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.
~Martin Buber
Model is Mikey, with the eyes that have captured my soul.


This is Hyper, she belongs to my friend Sandy
and her ears just crack me up. LOL
The hair just keeps getting longer and longer. LOL

Hyper is Sandy's greeter, she greets everyone that pulls up in the driveway by running to them and saying hello.

It's quite welcoming.

I iz Hunter Kitty

Something caught his eye...LOL

My little bad ass.

Model is Mikey....the hunter kitty.
Saturday, July 16, 2011

Free Sprayed Canvas Texture Set

I hope you can use them.

Download Sprayed Canvas Texture 2 here

Download Sprayed Canvas Texture 3 here

Download Sprayed Canvas Texture 4 here
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Charlie Chaplin


Couldn’t resist. this is Mikey with his blanket, he loves to hide under it and sleep with it and play dress up with it.
Monday, July 11, 2011

Some Kind of Fairytale

Being a little girl is so much fun. I remember like it was yesterday...sometimes. LOL
Watching Haley play in her dress up dresses playing princess brings back so many memories of a childhood that was purely magical for me.
I hope when Haley is my age she will look back and remember these days as I remember my own.
Giving a child the opportunity to really be a child is so important. In this grown up world we often put too many responsibilities on our little kids, our expectations are sometimes to much. Everything nowadays is so scheduled so rushed, we are all in a hurry, I think our kids are the ones who suffer because we deny them the time to just be kids, to run and play and pretend in that land of make believe.
I remember that place because I was fortunate enough to have a mother that allowed me my play time, who encouraged it without scheduling it.
I try to do the same for Haley because it is within that time in that make believe place that we become so many different things and go to so many different places. Our imaginations are where our dreams first take flight, it is there that we will experience being a doctor or a lawyer or even a princess...
before we actually make those dreams come true.

Model is my little Princess Haley who just turned 6 years old. (And is now going on 17 years old) LOL


This Photograph "Some Kind of Fairytale" is one of my few attempts working with textures on my own photographs. I know, sounds funny since I create textures but I just love making them for others and haven't spent much time experimenting on my own work with them.
Yesterday after visiting one of my all time favorite sites Shadowhouse Creations I felt inspired to try and deliver to you an example of my textures on my own photographs, and "Some Kind of Fairytale" is the result.

The texture I used with this photograph is from my Magical Textures Collection and can be downloaded below.

And for those of you that have yet to visit Shadowhouse Creations I encourage you to stop in and give it a look, Jerry Jones, the creator of this brilliant site is crazy talented, his work is perfection. These are his latest offerings below.... yes offerings, his textures and resources are FREE.

Deluxe Photo Frame Kit + Example

Pastel Textures Set

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Free Paper Textures