This could turn into a bit of a long post so you may want to make a cuppa before you start! You may have noticed that I have been conspicuous by my absence over the last few weeks. Despite the fact that my foot is still causing me problems, that wasn't the reason for being away. At the end of October my Mum went on a longed-for cruise to America for three weeks and 2 days before the end of the cruise she woke up with a numb arm. To cut a long story short she had had a stroke so DH and I headed down to Essex to be there for when she got home. After a 5 day stay in hospital and some recovery time at home Mum is now staying with us until we can see what sort of recovery she is going to make. Fortunately it is just Mum's right hand and arm that are affected and she does have movement in it but no feeling so fine movement is tricky. She says she will bounce back and as she is a fighter I'm sure she will.
We have had some laughs in all this because Mum's speech was slightly affected in as much as she kept mixing up her words. DH is now referred to as her 'un-in-slaw'! She was talking to my brother today about 'ruvuccas' (verrucas) so the sounds are all there, just a bit mixed up. :)
Just before our dash to Essex I had signed up to Kim Klassen's Skinny Mini Photoshop workshop and couldn't start it until we got back home. Kim is offering this class again in December and from what I have seen so far it is an excellent class to learn the fundamentals of Photoshop Elements, especially with the use of layers. I have already learned a lot and had fun making the changes to these images.
This daisy image is one of Kim's and I think all I did was add the text and change the colour of it.
Using the daisy image again this had a solid colour layer added and an adjustment layer.
This dandelion that I had photographed has been cropped and text added. The colour of the text was altered by colour picking from the stone in the background.
This image above is one of my favourite images from Barbara Hepworth's garden in St Ives and I used and adjustment layer (hard mix), added text, changed its colour and then warped the text.
This final image is one of Kim's and includes a texture layer and some judicial use of brushes.
The best thing so far is that Kim is teaching some very useful habits to get into and I now appreciate why you should save photo files as PSDs once you have manipulated them. With a PSD you get to save all the layers you have made so you can come back and work into it more later if you wish. Magic!
I'm at least a week behind on the course so I hope to get a few more lessons done over the next few days while Mum is resting. Anyone who is a veteran at Photoshop will realise these are only baby steps in manipulation but that's what I need, a good grounding to demystify the process.
Some of you may know that I am a member of the Quilters Guild of Great Britain and within the Guild I am a member of the Contemporary Quilt Group. This group has been invaluable to me since I joined and has been a constant source of friendship, inspiration and knowledge. My main point of contact and chat has been the CQ Yahoo group but now we have our very own website!
The site includes information about the group, images of members work and contact details for anyone who is interested in becoming a member. The site is in its infancy but it already looks exciting and will be added to over time. If I can manage it I will put a button on my sidebar.
Needless to say, crafting is taking a bit of a back seat at the moment. Journal Quilts are waiting to be finished (3 still to do for this year), Stay Home Round Robin coming up in December, An A4 quilt for Another Little Quilt Swap. Although my sewing table is now vaguely accessible in our bedroom I don't feel very inclined to get to grips with anything too complicated so I am handsewing some laminated fabric I was experimenting and may well end up handsewing my remaining projects this year. Watch this space! (My little Fantasy Bird has progressed but I keep forgetting to photograph it).
I can't go without showing you our gorgeous great nephew who is now almost 9 months old and who has just been to Australia and back to his uncle's wedding (in company with Mum and Dad and grandparents).
This little man charmed all the stewards on the flights to and from Australia and all the guests at the wedding. He's learned to blow bubbles too and I can't wait to have another cuddle!