Monday, October 24, 2011

Plan B...

I did have other plans for blogging today and this week.  I was going to post a delicious autumn recipe, one that I haven't made for ages, but that deserves to be dug out.  I was also going to do a post about vanilla.  And maybe some gift tags.

But the kids are on holiday from school.

And so all of that has gone out the window.  Between fixing Lego speedboats and listening to new compositions on the piano - all day long and of course with the damper and played in ff- I don't think any of that is going to happen.  It may happen next week when they head back to school.  Or it may have to wait another week after that while I recuperate from the coming 10 days.

In the meantime, I have been trying to get some work done and have been working on new photos for my alter-ego shop, Atelier & Cie.  I do love learning my way around a photo and love seeing an ordinary photo take on a new life.  So I thought I would share that with you today instead.  While waiting for calm to return to the house.

Original photo: Nothing special.  Just a pretty white amaryllis I photographed at Keukenhof this past spring.  Photo is dark and background completely unappealing.  But I'm glad I took the photo anyway...

And a few tweaks and layers later, the new, updated version:  Softer, lighter, more appealing colours and best of all, a bit of sparkle!

Far from an expert, but the results are definitely more promising than the starting point.  At least that's what I think.

When I get a little more practice under my belt, I'll put up an easy tutorial, but I don't think I'm quite ready for that at this point.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Something French...

By French sellers or those inspired by France.

Lovely treasury on Etsy highlighting France

You can of course click on the link to see it closer up and check out all the beautiful items.  So pretty! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sometimes things are said just so perfectly...

... that they need to be shared.  This one from Artizen Magazine on Facebook.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

So British...

Another subject that never tires me, just like the canals in Belgium and the Netherlands.  But this time, it's across the Channel and onto the UK.

Perhaps it's because of the wonderful time we spent there and the memories it created.  Perhaps it's because  of its well-known and much loved icons.  Perhaps it's something else entirely or all of the above.

Whatever it is, it inspired me once again yesterday morning and I put together this digital collage.  Perfect for a teens room but why not in your sitting room as well?  My prints are now all offered in A4 and A3 (even bigger) size and I'm looking into canvas options.  Stay tuned!

For the moment though, you can find it listed in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Work in progress...

The project I'm working on this week.  A mixture of reworked photos, textures and patterns overlaid with acrylique.  It's still in the works, but getting there.  Slowly.  Quite slowly in fact.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Anyone who knows me really well will know how much I love pottery in all shapes, sizes and colours.  Because of this love, I just had to share this with you.  I don't know why I didn't know about this shop before, but now that I do, I'm sure not to forget it!  The shop is Mud Pie Studio and you can find it by clicking here.

Just take a look at these mugs!  Aren't they gorgeous?  Unfortunately for us, but fortunately for the artist, bespoke orders aren't being shipped until March at this point (according to her Etsy shop announcement), but they are now officially on my Wish List.

Along with this pitcher...

and these bowls....