Friday, October 2, 2015

5 Collections of Amazing Pumpkin Photos

It's the last hurrah, an event that celebrates autumn, while squeezing out the last breath of summertime excitement.

It's a festival held annually in a lakeside town based on a fall favourite but incorporating events and activities that we typically enjoy during the warm months.  There's a midway,  petting zoo,  pub crawl and  car show.

The latter is the reason my husband and I plan to attend Pumpkinfest as it will be the last outing for our classic Dodge. However,  for the majority of those who will brave the promised chill of this first October weekend,  the fun is centred around the vegetable for which the festival is named.

Besides the aforementioned activities, Pumpkinfest also features a pet show with prizes awarded for the best event-themed costume, a seed-spitting contest and pumpkin carving demonstrations.

It's the perfect celebration for fall's most popular produce.

In keeping with the theme, here are some great collections of pumpkin photos:

iPHOTOS.com

Clipart.com

Mind-Blowing Carved Pumpkins

Inspired Pumpkin Carvings

Traditional Jack-o-Lanterns

Thursday, October 1, 2015

1,900 Photos of Today's Senior Citizen

It was an all-too-rare easy Saturday — no commitments, chores complete, husband out in his garage. I seized the opportunity and settled down in my comfy chair for a quiet read.
The book was an older British mystery, my favourite genre for a lazy day.  All was good until several pages in when a new character was introduced.  The writer described an elderly woman, stooped and bent, thinning grey hair wrapped in a bun and age spots speckling her skin.  The picture was painted so artistically I could see this aged lady as if she was standing before me.  A sweet little octogenarian with orthopaedic shoes and polyester pants.

Then came the kicker.  This 'elderly' woman was apparently 64, relatively close to my own age. Even given a certain self-denial it seemed a bit insulting.  A quick glance at my hands revealed no age spots, I stand as tall as my 5'2" allows and at this point a few highlights hide the bit of grey in my free-swinging hair.

I remembered, however, that the book at been written decades before when 60 could well have been considered elderly. My grandparents, worn and weary from a life of hard work and little time for fun, would have fit the description by the time they had reached the age of 64.

Things had begun to shift, however, even 30 years ago when my parents were officially senior citizens.  They enjoyed early retirement, my father took up golf, they continued to dance and party well into their 80s.

So who is today's senior? As proven time and time again they are vital people with wisdom and experience who continue to bring those assets to the workplace. They are pro-active about their health. And still, according to surveys in Zoomer magazine, enjoying a fulfilling sex life.

Stooped and bent, sporting buns and age spots? Not so much. These photos offer a different perspective:

iPHOTOS.com

Clipart.com

Acclaim Images

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pumpkin Patch Family Photo Tips and Poses

The other day someone said the 'S' word to me.  On a glorious autumn day, one replete with all the things we typically enjoy in summer, plus the best of the new season, someone found it necessary to burst the bubble. "They're saying we're getting snow by the middle of October and it's not leaving."

Given that 'they' say a lot of things and if we're to assume in this case 'they' are the same meteorologists who have trouble predicting what's coming tomorrow, I'm not too worried.  With us heading into October without yet experiencing the cold and damp that can happen at this time of year, I'm going to hold onto the notion that maybe Mother Nature is going to cut us some slack. Autumn can be such a pretty time of year I'd hate to think it was going to get pushed out early by Old Man Winter.

There's a lot to love about this transitional space between the sunny heat and the bitter cold — the bold hues of the changing landscape, fewer bugs and sunny days with no humidity.

With the welcome addition of spouses and babies to our clan, a decision was made that we would have family portraits taken every two years. They are always outdoors and always in the fall. We have used our yard, our daughter's woodlot, the beach and a local conservation area as the setting.

Oddly, however, we have never considered another opportunity that happens this time of year. What better place for autumn pictures, especially when little ones are involved, than in a pumpkin patch?  It's definitely on the list for the next fall photo session. Here are some sites I found offering helpful tips and poses:

Creative Mama's Perfect Pumpkin Patch Pics

How to Take Pictures of Kids at the Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch Photo Tips

Pumpkin Patch Photos

A Pumpkin Patch Photo Session by Captured Memories Photography

Family Pumpkin Patch Photos

Pumpkin Patch Photo Tips

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

7 Thanksgiving-Themed Tutorials

As autumn leaves burst toward their final hurrah, perhaps creating Mother Nature's greatest artistic accomplishment, it's time here in Canada to count our blessings. 

Contrary to the notion held by many of our neighbours to the south, the Great White North isn't a land buried under snow, but a majestic country boasting four distinct seasons. Winter can be nasty for sure, but the burgeoning life of spring, the heat of summer make it tolerable. 

And, as we come to autumn, with its colourful palette and the rich bounty it brings to our tables,  there is a strong sense of gratitude for the many blessings we have.  Among them we can count our natural resources, our abundant agricultural land, our reputation internationally as a tolerant, accepting nation, our free health care, and, one couldn't forget back bacon, poutine and all-dressed potato chips.

On Oct. 12 we are able to focus on our gratitude for all of this when we celebrate Thanksgiving. We feel blessed as we look around the table at our loved ones and to the feast before us. We rejoice in the glorious autumn foliage. We take time to consider all of the benefits that have been bestowed upon us paying particular attention to the ones specific to us or that mean the most to us.

So, with today being Tutorial Tuesday, in anticipation of the upcoming season of gratitude, here are some terrific projects to work on in anticipation:

Create a Steaming Roasted Turkey

Create Warm Thanksgiving Text in Photoshop

Design a Thanksgiving Pumpkin in Photoshop

Draw a Cartoon Turkey

Create Thanksgiving Poster

Customized Web Design for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Turkey Tutorial in Illustrator

Monday, September 28, 2015

5 Sources of Trick-Or-Treater Illustrations

Chatter around the office these days from the young moms we work with often touches on Halloween. Most specifically the costumes to be worn by their little trick-or-treaters.

It was also the topic of discussion at a family gathering yesterday as my daughters discussed the plans for their wee ones.  The oldest of the three, who at the age of three  can articulate a preference, has decided that she will be a "so beautiful butterfly".

Her cousin, a toddler, is keeping the insect theme going as a bumble bee, while the choice for her little brother is all about matching his blond locks and personality.  He, it has been decided, can only be Bam Bam.

I even enjoy getting into the spirit myself on occasion and I loved figuring out what my kids would be wearing each year.  When they were small,  thinking of what they could be,  a costume that would be cute but would keep them warm as we travelled from door to door on what was typically a miserable late autumn night was a fun dilemma.

As they got older the challenge was  to come up with their perfect costume without breaking the budget.  So many times I wished for a modicum of sewing ability or that I was more innovative, because it was now important that they look good in front of their peers.

Currently, though,  the fun for me is greeting all the little trick-or-treaters at my door, especially the tiny ones disguised in adorable animal costumes, or as fairy princesses and the popular cartoon heroes of the day.

Here are clipart collections  that  highlight the witches, warlocks, ghosts and goblins, as well as sundry other fun characters that arrive on our doorstep Oct. 31:

iCLIPART.com

Clipart.com

Acclaim Images

ClipartGuide

ClickArt Online