Tuesday, 22 January 2008


I'm feeling quite good today! I've actually managed to finish my gifts for Dot in Australia. I am itching to show you but I think I will wait until Dot has received her parcel. I will however give you a little glimpse of the things I am sending.

Thank you, too, for all the comments yesterday helping me with my scrappy challenge dilemma. I have started to handstitch across the surface with several colours of thread and, yes, the needle is getting very sticky from the adhesive, so I'm quite pleased I didn't use the sewing machine. I'll post it again when it's finished, hopefully in the next few days.

I decided that it might be a good idea if I made some positive effort towards getting some exercise in the hope that it might increase my stamina and might also have a positive effect on my mood. I don't think I'm the only one in finding the winter a low time of the year. All these dull days get very depressing. As it was dry and bright today I went for a walk round my local area (via the hairdresser's to make an appointment for next week). It's only a housing estate so not that interesting but I did get stopped in my tracks by the bark on a tree

I've had a little play with it in Photoshop

This is the same tree a little lower down

Again this has been manipulated in Photoshop. I'm not sure whether I'm going anywhere with this but I've had fun playing with the images.
I did feel better for the walk and I've had quite a successful day so I must keep it up!


Sin Paliativos said...

Amazing textures! No sabia que hubieran tantas clases de texturas! Good posts!


Lesley said...

I love your photos Julie and it's great to see them after you've played with them a bit. I may have to give it a try!

Very tantalising shots of the goodies you're making!

Lesley xx

sharon young said...

Hi Julie
Can't wait to see the gifts you've made for Dot, very tantalising.
Isn't it fun to take something as abstract as this bark pattern and see how PS can change it completely with the click of the mouse, it never ceases to amaze me, the diversity of this wonderful software, if i live to a hundred I still don't think I'll know half of it's capabilities.

Gina said...

Like what you've done with the photos Julie - lots of design potential there. Dots going to have a lovely parcel by the look of things. Gina x

Purple Missus said...

Ooh, you must do something with these photos that you have manipulated Julie, they look very exciting.
Lucky Dot :)

Dot said...

Ooh....I am very excited at the 'glimpses'...Love what I can see so far(yippeee).

Beautiful photo's of the bark too..
You have a great eye for texture and color..

artisbliss said...

Lovely teasers. You must post photos of the complete items once Dot has received them.

DeeMom said...

Incredible just totally astounding and stunning

Debbi Baker said...

Hi Julie - This is my first visit to your blog (as a result of your comment on Calendar Girls). I have really enjoyed my visit - you have lots of really interesting posts!! Love your progress on the scrap challenge.

Yummers! said...

Ooooooo... can't wait to see what you sent Dot. The little glimpses look so intriguing. I just made my first Dotee doll... Velma-the-Valentine-Vamp. Come see!
I'm off to read some more of your posts.

Becky Vigor said...

So intrigued by your glimpses, can't wait to see them whole. I love what you've done with the tree bark too.