Especially as they are today's’ photo challenge.
For once, this effect is not from PFAEC, but a tutorial from ‘The Photographer’s Guide to Photoshop’ a ‘magbook’ I bought in Smith’s without realising that it is written for earlier versions of PS. [So is PFAEC, but I bought that second hand, not from a magazine display, which you expect to be current.] As Babybel has taken to saying ‘bum-bum’.
However, it gave me good practice in extracting an image, and I like the result, especially the reflection.
Why do I need flowers, chocolate and gin?
No real reason, it has just been a day of minor hassles – many of my own making.
The day started reasonably well. We wandered out to Haskins/Hobbycraft to buy:
- a growbag so Babybel can transplant her flourishing pumpkin plants on Thursday
- a basket for a present for someone who I am not going to name.
The growbag was easy – but of course I can’t go into Hobbycraft and come out with just one thing [paper, card, rug making tools for some experimental rug making – no, I haven’t got time].
I intended to fill the basket with shredded tissue paper, add a selection of small prezzies, wrap it in cellophane and add a ribbon – but I looked at the not very exciting basket and thought it would look nicer with a lining. While I was looking for some lining fabric, a bit of wadding jumped out and told me it was the right size, and I could quilt the lining.
When I'd quilted it, I realised it was too stiff for my usual ‘gather the edges, as long as it’s a bit too big it will fit’, approach to basket lining – I had to tailor it, trim it to size, and hem it properly. I still haven’t sewn it in – nor have I bought the prezzies to go in it.
Note to self: do not decide to make a simple presentation far more complicated than it needs to be.
Then a friend phoned:
Note to self: do not talk on the phone for hours.
Then I looked at last night’s embroidery.
Note to self: do not decide to unpick last night’s mark making just because you don’t like it. ‘It’s only a sample’
Then I looked at the BBC news webpage.
Note to self: do not get addicted to Thornton’s drinking chocolate just before Thornton's decided to close the majority of their shops.
Tomorrow is half a college day – putting up the display for the end of year show, which starts on Thursday night and continues all day Friday and Saturday morning.
And then it’s a summer of sketchbooking, mark making, personal cloths and essay writing.