Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart.
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
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Gifts come in so many different packages they are sometimes overlooked as such.
Take textures-- I never know what the end result will be. It's experimentation all the way. You'd think all texture work would have an obvious special effect-- vintage-- grunge-- washed-out . . . To my surprise textures can also color-correct an image, even before the photog has time to blink. This has happened several times without my conscious effort. If I were more experienced I might do it intentionally.I originally said that I was going to show 3 of the 4 arrangements from the Annabelle how-to bouquet post. I didn't plan on showing the original image, of the photo above, because it was over-exposed. That is until I happened to pop on one of Kim Klassen's textures (the little aqua square up there) + multiply & some erasing in PS, and the image was fixed-- a gift ! !
The fab peony look-a-like here is the rose, Yves Piaget. Everyone who can, should have this glorious creature.This week, small vases of Yves in the house have given-- intense fragrance-- wonderful openings-- sweet color changes-- and so many frills, that I just replaced the spent blooms with more of the same.Yves Piaget was the Y in my R is for Rose book, and in 2008 a childhood dream to have a published calendar came to pass. These are the obvious gifts in a life-- there is so much more. If you'd like to share one of your gifts with us, please-- we'd love to know about it-- in the comment box.
Lace Cap Hydrangea
This is the last Annabelle post-- thanks for staying with me!