Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Olivia & Valinda's Junkyard Garden No. 2 Quick Page
8 x 8 inches (300 dpi) PNG


You'll have to thank my dear friend VALINDA for this lovely Quick Page - she's actually assembled TWO for you - the next one to be available tomorrow, then I think I'm going to take the weekend off and just put my feet up, ok? Valinda, I hope you will do the same. To visit Valinda, just click HERE. (Valinda always has a gorgeous giveaway too!)

Company's Coming!

My blog entry will be brief today - company's coming! Some NEW friends will be coming by to enjoy an hour or so with us today so it was a good excuse for me to bake up a pie. (Actually Mr. Miles has been giving me 'sad puppy eyes' and asking for one for a while now...)

The orchard next door to us have harvested their first apples - yes, some sort of early variety, and I'm not entirely sure how they will bake up. Unfortunately for the orchardists, there are more 'windfalls' and 'culls' than crop this year, what with all the freak weather. Wind, hail and sudden fierce rains have taken their toll on the fruit. The result is apples that are unacceptable for sale, but can still be used if used up in creative ways. Most fruits have hailspots (look like little dark circles) and some have bruises, just means more waste when slicing them.

I decided to be artistic with this pie - and gosh I sure hope our guests like ginger, because thats going to be a definite overtone in the flavor of this pie. I'll take more photos when we slice it up - and share my recipe with you, if it turns out to be tasty and worthy of you to spend an hour in the kitchen.

My Latest NEWSHAWK photo

Yes, thats me with a camera permanently attached to my hand - LOL! We came home Sunday afternoon to find yet another fire burning across the lake from our home. It had been started by a lightening strike in the area - there have been so many lightening strikes this year. I was struck by how fast they mopped this one up, using several planes and helicopters! I guess they want to stay ontop of things.

If you would like to see the full news article, containing my photos, just click HERE.

Oh-lala: a KISSING layout by KIMB
(ha,ha - missing your husband MUCH, Gurl?)


Junkyard Garden No.2 Kit by Olivia Dorazio (ME)
template by Schokomama

Kim said in the email she sent with her layout (can't we all just SEE here skippidy hopping to the airport?) JanMary, Ireland is your home, have you been kissed here too?

"Hee hee- I'm passing the time till I have to go to airport! YIPPPPEEEE-
This is my sister and her husband- this was when they got married in Scotland- at Gretna Green. This is the kissing post-lol"

Get your OWN Junkyard Garden No. 2 kit!
Just click HERE for instant gratification...

Mo' tomorrah everybody. Be sure to come back to download Valinda's second beautiful Quick Page created from this kit!

And for to leave you with something interesting, I found this amazing Photoshop Painting tutorial you MUST see. This artist really is amazing. You'll also find a TON of helpful tutorials and instructions - in FIVE MINUTE videos. NOTE the extra features in each video, look for the little buttons at the bottom of the screen! Who knows, perhaps YOU will upload a tutorial of your own. If you do, let me know and I'll link for you. Just click HERE to be transported to the 5 min video site - the painting of Albert Einstein) or you can watch it right here on my bloggie!

(Valinda, Christy's doll making would be PERFECT here)

Learn how to use photoshop actions


  1. Amazing, how Einstein can be painted on the computer!

    Thanks for the link on "how to use photoshop". I needed a link like that. I have the program and haven't used it because I really don't have a clue how.

    You are becoming a regular news buff! How many times is that now? Perhaps you missed your calling? Ha! Too bad about all that damaged fruit ... that pie looks delish by the way and I love ginger! Looking forward to hearing how it tastes.

  2. I have driven past Gretna Green a number of times, as when we get the boat to Scotland, and drive down to England, we pass by the town.

    I confess I yet to stop and kiss :(

  3. oh that pie looks so good ...luck new friends ...looks like everyone is love the new kit...I can't wait to try it ..have a good weekend off and Miles relax and enjoy ya sis to you real soon

  4. Barb darlin', there is ALWAYS so much to see and learn here on your blog!!! I just wanted to stop by and say HELLO, GOOD-BYE and I'll see you next week!

    AWESOME apple pie and I am sure that you and Mr. Miles had a FABULOUS visit with your new friends. Mmmmmm .... I LOVE to make applesauce from apples that would otherwise be tossed out and will have to restrain myself from eating more than I should if it is warm - OH, YUMMY!!!

    I shall have to come and visit the AMAZING tutorial on digital painting when I return - TOTALLY awesomse! You find some INCREDIBLE goodies and are SO nice to share them with ALL of us in SCRAPLAND!

    Thank you Valinda for the LOVELY QP's using Barb's PHENOMENAL "Junkyard" designs.

    Night sweetie and ENJOY the rest of the week and your design time!!!

    Linda :)

  5. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 14 Aug [LA 12:00am, NY 02:00am, UK 07:00am, OZ 05:00pm] ).

  6. Morning Barb!!!!!!
    TY & Val for the MARVELOUS QP!!!!!!!!!
    Boy you sure know how to stir up hunger!!!!! LOL

  7. Good Morning Barb:)
    MMMMMM...fresh apple pie!!!:)No wonder Miles has been after you to make one.!! Do they ship well? LOL
    I haven't been able to eat much the last couple of days cause of my tooth being pulled.Soup...soup..and more soup.:)My sugar was the lowest it has been in a while this morning.Some apple pie would fix that right up.:)
    Thank you so much for letting me play with your kit.I had sooo much fun.:)
    I LOVE your PS video.I will have to show that to Jim.He has gone through sooo many paint programs and I told him he should learn PS and then teach me.LOL I use Photo Impact 11 and am a little overwhelmed with PS..but really really want to learn it some day.:)It's just sooo different from what I am use to but I know it has some cool options and I am itching to try it out.I have PSE4.I bring up a page..and go hunting for how to make it do what I want and then finally go back to PI to do it.LOL I'm beginning to think that saying..You can't teach an old dog new right.:)
    Have a fantastic weekend!!


  8. I hopped, skipped and RAN- LOL
    been grinning since yesterday and look like the cat that got all the milk this morning- HAHAHAHAHAHA.

    Gee's girl- you are becoming the *news buff*- and going to go check out the tut's now- sounds interesting!

    I'm off early tomorrow morning- YAY! Can't wait for the weekend and this time I will have my camara stuck to my hands too- haha

    Much love my friend

  9. Dont forget to add your freebie to at no cost!


  10. What a stunning page thank you so much for sharing it.

  11. Oh Barb, I am trying to lose weight and for some strange reason everytime I visit your blog I get hungry. I think I gained 5 pounds just staring at your pie!!!

    I told you I was going to try to make myself scrap a few pages over the next few days. For some reason, I just haven't been in a scrapping mood. I need more self-control (please tell me where I can buy some - LOL).

    I just love your kit and want to scrap with it so badly but I just can not go to scrapping zone just now???

    Well anyway, Thanks so much for all you have shared with this post - you are one mighty interesing person!!!

    Love and hugs!!! Renae

  12. Good Morning Barb:)
    I hope you have enjoyed your weekend.:) I was sooo busy..hardly any time to take a breath.LOL
    Just wanted to stop in and say hi and wish you a happy Monday morning:)


  13. Earth calling Barb!! Anybody out there??????hehe


  14. I love junkyard garden, Barb, the shaggy inkcap is a little stunner. I've downloaded and I'm amazed with the amount in the kits, they truly are a work of art. I can see why it's taken you a long time to do.
    if your apple pie is as good as junkyard garden, then I would like to have tea at your house please!

  15. Hey my friend- just popping in to say a hi ;-)


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