Friday, April 29, 2011

Thank You!

You guys are the best.  Thank you for the shared information about Google Reader and your support.  I will never tire of saying means the world to me.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I'm Thinking of Moving

                                                                                                       photo courtesy salihan

Yes, I really am thinking about moving.
My blog. ;)
I've been with Blogger now since 2006 and I think it was fun while it lasted but there comes a time when you have to move on and I may have reached my time. I am still thinking, but it's feeling like the thing to do more and more. 

While I have always appreciated the fact that Blogger is a free site and affords us tremendous design capabilities, it still has some limitations that don't allow me to do  some of the things I would like to do and have it look the way I want it to look.  Then there is this: for thepast year Blogger has just been giving me fits with formatting and spacing issues.  And I don't like the fact that if I have a problem I have no one to turn to for technical support.

But I think it all came to a head while working on the Artful Gathering site.
When it takes 2-3 hours to add and format text that should take 20 minutes I have to stop and ask, what's wrong with this picture? Then we found a new site and a new home for Artful Gathering and what a delight to work with!  And I actually got technical suupport.  And they answered me often within minutes! I couldn't help but think, how cool is that!

My only concern is that the new site does not have a "follow" button!  They have RSS reader service and apparently I can add something called Google reader.  I am on the horns of a dilemma.  I have now over 500 followers and I don't want to lose my friends! 
I'm thinking I would leave this blog up and put a big old moved sign with a link.

nothing is easy anymore.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Lots Going On

Are you feeling like I have this month, like it's been crazy busy, and the days are slipping away as fast as water through a cracked glass?  I suppose part of that feeling is that so often we take on to much and then hurry hurry to meet those obligations, deadlines and timeframes.

I know I am guilty of thinking I can do it all.  It's not that I have a problem saying no.  Oh yes, I can most definitely say no. :-)  And have.  And do.  For me I think it is more that I tend to think some jobs won't take as long as they end up taking, or I put to much of my time, and of me,  into some jobs that truly don't need all that effort.  I suppose that is the perfectionist side of me.

One item on my forever, ever long, to do list was a new digital class.  And I finished it yesterday.  Yay!

Opens May 16

If you saw this image on my blog this winter and liked it, let me show what it looked like


I'm sure we all have photos like this

but isn't THIS more interesting?

Or what about this one?
It's ok right?

But now we've elevated it to art.

Would you like to put photos like these on YOUR blog? 
Do you create cards, scrapbook, create altered art in it's many forms?  I imagine you have oodles of inspiration right in your own photo stash you thought you couldn't use.  Now you can learn to create your own grungy, distressed and textured masterpieces! 
 You might think twice before discarding future photos.

Learn to work with layers and blending modes. You'll learn to texture using just one or two layers and you'll learn to texture with lots of layers.   I'll show you how to use a simple grunge mask to for a quick and easy way to grunge the edges of a photo, like Mama Cardinal above. 
Learn an easy way to lighten your photos without losing details and an easy way to watermark your photos for publishing to the 'net. 

So if you've ever wished you knew how to give a plain, even boring photo some PIZAZZ this is a good class for you!  You can wing on over to Shabby Cottage Studio  for all the details of Down and Dirty the Digital Way.
Beginners welcome! 
 I'm teaching this class with Photoshop Elements 9 but if you have PSE 5, 6, 7 or 8,  this class will work for you.

I also want to share some new information about Artful Gathering.
We have been using Blogger for our information and Registration site but have never been happy with it.  We felt it was a tad cumbersome and we couldn't lay out the information in the way we really wanted .  So I've been working on a new site and I was able to cross THAT off my to do list this weekend!

We have added a link to the new site on the Artful Gathering blog.  You will find us at  Eventually we will close the old blog.  Please come check out the new site.
We now have all the Workshop descriptions up and most of them have photos and prices.

Check out the Artwork page to see videos of each teachers artwork.  It is awesome!

And since this is an invitaiton only event don't forget to Register Now!
The event site opens June 25 and at that time Registered guests will be able to start purchasing classes.
You've got plenty of time left to save your pennies for this new and exciting online video event!

Check out Monica Zuniga and Pam Carriker Preview workshop videos!

Visit everyone at

So now my lovlies, you know what I've been up to this month. What's happening with you?!

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Freebie Image for You

Spring is in the air!

This 1911 ad is a free image for you.  Right click and then save to your computer.

The Artful Gathering blog has added class descriptions (as much as we have right now)
 for the July 2011 event!
Pop on over to the blog and click on the Workshops tab at the top of the page.
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