Showing posts from October 6, 2013

Enjoy Some TGIF Nightlife

Five days of work shall soon be behind us yet again. Tonight is the time to shrug off the stress of our professional life and think ahead to personal pleasure.   I remember when Friday night kicked off two days of parties and socializing for me.  After work, friends would rendezvous at a bar, pub or home, a meeting that had been arranged days before. The work week was behind us and two days, full of the likelihood of more fun and games, loomed ahead. With rare exception those days are behind me, now.  I can still kick up heels when I need to. I love loud music and being out on the town with friends from time to time.  But, generally, TGIF  means a night curled up on the sofa with a lovely glass of wine enjoying quiet conversation with my hubby.  Time has made me wiser and I appreciate the calm ease into the weekend. The slow start means there's a little energy left for the other two days. But I often think back to those fun Fridays. At my age though I know it&

Photoshop Tutorials to Create a Fantasy World

Mom used to tell me I lived in a fantasy world. Well, I don't know about that, but equipped with a vivid imagination, I certainly did let my thoughts take me on unexplored journeys where other more pragmatic minds didn't wander.  And let me tell you as a child, especially at night, that was a scary thing. Without going into too much detail let's just say there was nothing as simple as a monster under my bed or in the closet.  Trust me. I was far more creative than that. Since growing up common sense thankfully keeps the more fantastical imaginings at bay — for the most part, anyway. While my creative side has been served well professionally by my imagination, my mom side has been tortured by late-night images of where the kids are and what might be happening. Despite the dark side,  I do remain a fan of fantasy, of fairytales and happily ever after. I like to think of a world where elves and fairies exist, where good triumphs over evil and every prince wins his prin

Photos to Take You on an Autumn Walk

It lay toppled on the grass at the side of the road, abandoned and neglected. But I knew, spying that net on the neighbour's lawn the other morning,  that it wouldn't be long before it was back in action. Once the kids were home from school, the street would be filled with youngsters, sticks in hand, gathering for a game of road hockey. In Canada in the autumn, when youngsters aren't in the arenas, putting on helmets, pads and skates before hitting the ice, they're taking the game on the streets. Hockey is the number one pastime in this country. If they can't play it, they watch it, live and breathe it. Though I'm not an addict, a good hockey match in the middle of winter can be a fun way to spend some time. But being stuck in a cold arena on a glorious autumn day has never been my cup of tea.  No, the preferred activity then is a walk in the country, the crunch of leaves underfoot, the glorious palette above, the crisp air around me.  The exercise and out

Pretty Illustrations of Autumn Vignettes

As a person who loves the heat and cheerful brightness of summer,  autumn's beauty is somewhat lost on me. Certainly, it's difficult to not appreciate the colours and new crispness to the air, but it's not difficult to remember it's all a prelude to winter, when there will be nothing but cold and snow. For this reason when it comes to decorating for the fall season, I quite simply don't bother. As summer blooms freeze and fade, so typically does any desire to create collages of colour on my porch and patio. However, this year has been strangely different. Usually, I don't notice or care particularly about the artful displays that enhance the landscaping of homes and properties, Now, though, driving the countryside and walking the neighbourhood I have been taking notice of folks' decorating efforts and liking them. So much so that I have sensed the wheels spinning as my creative side struggles to kick through my seasonal doldrums. Then this past weekend

Tips for Taking Your Own Family Photos

"What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that's gone forever, impossible to reproduce." — Karl Lagerfeld No argument, here.  This past weekend I went shutter happy at my sister and brother-in-law's anniversary party — an informal gathering of close family and good friends all together for a house party. The close quarters ensured there was no possibility for formal poses of any kind, so it was with much fun that I did what it seems Mr. Lagerfeld described — captured those candid moments that would never be repeated. However, pondering it further,  I realized that even the contrived and posed shots we take on a regular basis, such as family holidays, are still capturing a moment in time. Let's face it, each year we are different — in age, shape, fashion, even number. While the staging might be similar as times past, there is no way to truly replicate it. After all, how often have we laughed at last year's hairstyle or been happy to see