We have had quite a bit of snow and more is on the way today. I took my camera along on my walk to the mailbox yesterday and I wanted to share a few photos of the winter wonderland. (Inside - I am still putting up trees!)
The ornaments in the front tree are lopsided from the weight of their snow caps.
This faded hydrangea is filled with snow. We called some hydrangeas "snowball bushes" when I was growing up - this gives that a new meaning!
The mailbox house has a nice snowy cap.
One of my neighbors changes the side baskets to suit the seasons - don't they look pretty!
There is a layer of snow and ice coating many of the trees.
The Adirondack chairs on the hill by the hammock trees have been upholstered with snow.
The red holly berries and the pointy green leaves contrast so nicely with the white snow.
When the sun goes down and the lights on the trees and back deck railing are on there is a magical glow.
I have had a few people asking again about the camera and software I use for my photos. I currently use a Nikon D3200 DSLR and I often leave it on automatic. I have found that you can work wonders with a good photo editing software - here is an example:
This is the original photo of one of the Santa ornaments on the Santa tree in our front hall. It is much too dark and if I had taken this back when I used film it would have gone in the reject pile.
With a few quick edits I was able to salvage this version of the Santa photo - it may not be the best possible shot but it is a big improvement over the original image.
I use the software that used to be sold through Creative Memories as "Memory Manager" to edit and organize my photos. It is now sold directly by Panstoria, the developers of the program. Their version is called Historian. For digital scrapping and other creative project I use the Artisan program (which was called "StoryBook Creator" when it was sold by Creative Memories). I am an affiliate for Panstoria so if you buy through the links on my blog I will receive a commission (your price remains the same). I appreciate your support and would be happy to answer any questions you have about the software programs.
Using the Artisan software, I am able to take images from my photos and turn them into elements I can use for digital scrapping, card making, print and cut projects and other creative projects. Here is an example with the same Santa - now ready to pop on a digital page.
Tomorrow I have a project that I made using the Artisan software and Square1 Masterpiece printable fabric to share. It is a gift so I have to wait until I give it to show it here!
If you have a Silhouette machine, don't miss the 12 days of Christmas free files that are each available for one day only - today is Day 4 and the image is this adorable gingerbread man. These images are available in the Silhouette Online Store.
Also, Lettering Delights has daily special freebies and deals in addition to the Holiday Dollar Sale. The special offers last for just 24 hours and change every day at 6 p.m. Mountain time.
One week left before Christmas - I hope you are getting everything done. Stay safe if you are also in a snowy place - winter seems to be arriving with a big bang!
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