Saturday, January 23, 2010

The many looks of Silver

One thing I've learned about myself besides loving the color silver is that I love to alter pictures!!! much like my friend Julie from Being Ruby. We both enjoy seeing objects in a different way. She.... unlike me writes beautifully and just as her words envelope you like a warm comfy blanket she'll shift gears and make you laugh like a stand up comic. Stop by and see her post this week for Silver Sunday. It's Sunday earlier in Aussie land then here the U.S. of A.  See what you learn blogging!!!

Ok, enough of the mushy stuff!!!!
do yourself a world of good and go see her and of course our lovely hostess of Silver Sunday Beth who will direct you to all the other participants of SS.

I just recently started using Picasa since I've been a little leary to download the other program I used to use.
It doesn't have the same features by a long shot but it'll do for now til I figure out what to get.

These were a few things I had around the shop.

I'm embarrassed to say I haven't put all the Christmas things away. I'm working on it and I've done a lot of packing up but it's still pretty festive around here.

                                                                                                 ( blue tint)

( warm effect)

George finally got these knobs mounted on this wooden board. This color was what the shop was painted until we changed it to gray. I had seen this color on an old cape near here and would drive by it all the time. I would drive by slowly while holding the small paint chip out the window. Crazy right??? but I couldn't bring myself to stop and get out. For those of you who know me by now're nodding your heads!!!

( sepia)

( I think B&W but maybe tinted tan)

( tinted green and glow effect)

( over highlighted and then shadowed)

Can you tell I really like this meshed flower???:)) I showed it 5 times!!! sorry

( out of focus effect)

Well thank you for letting me indulge my fun for photo editing!!!

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed doing it.

I also had fun last week getting to visit most of the other SS bloggers. I loved seeing all your gorgeous collections of silver....whether vintage, new, shiny, tarnished, painted, zinc, pewter or's all good!!!!
Thanks for coming by and now go visit all the talented ladies of Silver Sunday


Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Love all your silvers. I especially love the little wire edged flowers. I think that one of the nice things about a white/silver palette for Christmas is that it will work through January.

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Fun pictures! Simple things with a different outlook!

julie said...

I love all your silver pieces and I love your sense of humor...julie

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Carole, your photos are wonderful and offer us a new way to look at all your beautiful silver goodies! And I love all the knobs! Have a wonderful weekend.

ceekay said...

You are so much braver than I am with "messing" with my photos! Love all the knobs...very pretty! Happy SS!

Gracie Jewellery said...

Nice job with the photos. And nice silver pieces. I like the flower and the knobs and those silver balls and....

Mimi said...

Nice collection of the knobs.

Jane said...

I liked the mesh flowers too so I can understand why you had a lot of pictures of them. I liked your photos.

Laura said...

Hey I have a couple of those mesh flowers...did I get them from you? Nice effects....Picasa is what I use... but I'm not the risk taker you are Carole!
Scary.....:) L

Sonia said...

I love those silver knobs and those adorable little mesh flowers are so cute! So pretty.

Happy Silver Sunday!


Great photos, and I adore your paint chip story! ~ Angela

junkdreams said...

Your pictures are stunning and your silver is gorgeous. Beautiful post...I enjoyed it very much!
Happy SS!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

All of these pictures look wonderful. I've seen Picasa and I think you told me about another program, but I still haven't tried either. I'm still trying to get the hang of blogging down a little better, and there seem to be so many of these programs out there. I just don't know which one to use. I love the effects you got with this and I enjoyed all of your silver items. Those mesh flowers are wonderful.

Denise said...

Love those knobs! AND those mesh flowers are super duper cute.
As long as we're confessing, I still have some X-mas on the front porch! I keep forgetting about it. Hubby said today "for some reason I keep wanting to sing X-mas songs when I come in the front door." All right I get it, I get it. Guess I better get them down tomorrow.
Your photos look great. I've never tried Picasa before.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Wonderful post, Carole! I love the mushromms and the wired flowers. The knobs are gorgeous! I can see you driving by that cape holding out the paint chip. Could have been me too ;-).

There may be an alternative to Photoscape for you. Hubby downloaded a couple of days ago. It's free too and there weren't any warnings coming up. It has a lot of cool features and tools, almost like Photoshop and it seems that you can even use Photoshop brushes which you can download for free also. Maybe it's worth a try.
Have a great Sunday!

The French Bear said...

I do love those silver knobs!!! I think you should have had your beautiful scarf in the pictures for SS too, it is so gorgeous!!!!
Margaret B

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Carole!!

You are the sweetest blogging friend.. Not only are all your posts glorious to view.. i think if you read your own scribbles here you will find that they are immensely entertaining and give us a real sense of you!! Friendly with a good dose of fun..

Well sorry i was late... had to finally get some sleep but here i am fresh and ready to view all this glorious silver.. You really are so clever.. i love what you have done with these images.. and the photos of the silver knobs are just crystal sharp... and those silver mesh flowers are quite gorgeous too .. think i can take a few viewings .. haha ... Have fun xx Julie

Gypsy Fish said...

Oh how I covet those little glittery mushrooms and mercury glass knobs. Your photo editing is terrific too. Thanks for coming...see you next Sunday!
{{gypsy hugs}}

Fancy Fodder said...

I like the meshed flower as much as you do~
They're so unique!
The different shades of sepia, blue and green can be moody but so neat :+)
Thank you for being so sweet

Sherrie said...

You have given me the incentive to try Picasa for my Photos. Let's see what I come up with for next week. You have inspired me. Thanks.

Rebecca said...

Love the play on your silver, the photography is wonderful and so fun. Looks like everyone is joining SS but me. I can hardly keep up with WW.

sissie said...

I love all the special effects you have created with your photos. Seeing something up close gives it so much more prominence. I especially like the knobs mounted on the wood pieces. You are so funny. I could just see you driving around and holding up paint chips. In my neighborhood they would have already called the po-lice on you!HA.
Happy Silver Sunday. I'm glad you commented on my blog because now I know all about you. You have a great blog and I'm going to follow you.
I'll be back often.


tales from an oc cottage said...

GREAT pictures!!!!

m ^..^

Jacqueline said...

Hi Carole,
Sorry I'm late. I'm having computer trouble.
What great photographs with such brilliant effects. I think that you've given us a bit of everything !! I think that my favourite effect is highlighted then shadowed..... and I like the jaunty angle that you have taken it at.
I love reading your text too. You don't realise how good you are at so many things. XXXX

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Great photos and wow !!!! You carry my door knobs. that didn't sound right. But the small mercury glass pulls you feature. I bought a few - need more - and more than a few people have posted to ask where I got them. I bought the last 4 - but now I know where to direct them. Happy Silver Sunday.

Anne~Fiona and Twig said...

I *did* enjoy it as much as you enjoyed doing it! I totally love messing around with my photos, isn't it just a blast?

Beautiful silver!

Have a great week!

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

All of your pictures are great (I would have shown the wire flower 5 times too!) If I started playing around with picasa my hubby would have me committed! He says since I started my blog I am ALWAYS on the computer! Really that's just because before I really didn't have a reason to be on it! Have a great week! ~Theresa

Frippery said...

Gorgeous photos. Editing is so much fun!

Luiza said...

My sweet , Carole!
Thank you so, so much for your last comment!
It made my heart jump, and the smile on my face , well no one missed it.
And you know why?
I´ll tell you!
Becuase the words came straight from your heart! It´s the most honest comment in a long time.
As you know, I always try to do my best with my photos. To inspire someone like I did inspire you, makes me the happiest!

Have a lovely week!

Giulia said...

So lovely, thanks. Using only Picasa has its's sort of like making do with what one has frees you. I can't explain at moment but as you see, you did beautifully. Enjoying the Silver Sundays very much.


Kathy said...

Sorry my Sunday Silver visit is so late but I do love your silver post!

Rosemary said...

I adore silver!!

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hello Carole

Beautiful photography. I am quite taken by those little mushrooms, how sweet they are!
I love silver especially mercurised silver items.
Have a lovely week
Warm wishes
Isabelle x

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Carole...I love your photos and the effects that you have shown pretty! I also love your very regal kitty pics posted on your sidebar! Happy week...Debbie

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

I always love to come and see what you have to share, you write so well and love the altered photos. Your silver photos are beautiful, no matter what way.

I hope that you are having a great week

A New England Life said...

Picasa isn't too bad, but you can't layer, which seems to be pretty hot these day. However, it has some excellent features and is definitely better than nothing!

Good luck with the CD. Take some tutorials on eBay and start learning ; )

BellaRosa said...

Carole amor, you made all those pictures soo pretty! I love the mercury knobs, the mesh flowers....ok ok, sooo everything made me drool...I am NOT afraid to admit it :) Besos, Rose

Mergirl said...

oooohhhhhh I love the knobs!