Sunday, October 05, 2008

I finally gave myself a half a day to just 'play'. It felt strange to get on the computer and not have to be making something - to just be able to poke around in some of the various programs I have - photoshop, artrage and some vector programs too. I was inspired by a tutorial I saw a while back, by Rachel Anne Miller - if you've not seen her work you can click HERE. Oh, the tutorial is very simple and straightforward - but she's right, the actual sketch is the hardest part and you need a VERY steady hand. I think her work is fabulous - so whimsical and fun. So, my head is swimming with ideas right now. I have found myself pulled to the CHILDREN'S section of the library. So, though there are definately some things I need to learn yet, I'm not entirely disappointed with my first attempt at an illustration!

CONGRATULATIONS goes out to my niece Patty who just earned her Dogwood Certificate (full graduation in the BC Education System) Besides being Mom to two young girls, she's been attending the college part time and working away to this goal. Being that I graduated myself at the late age of 43, I know how hard it can be to return and learn. WAY TO GO, Patty! Check out Judy's blog (my sister in law & Mom to Patty) to see a great layout celebrating Patty's milestone. Just click HERE.

When my friend E. came for a recent visit, I mentioned that it sometimes takes a visitor to discover the beauty we have in our own area. This is so true of the exquisite, chaotic, ever changing beauty of the Showy Milkweed. E. had taken pics of them while here (click HERE to visit her blog) and I was inspired by her photo, so I marched myself out and took a series to share with you. They turned out amazing - my only disappointment is that I set my camera to a smaller size as I had only intended on taking blog sized photos. Seeing how nice they turned out, even Mr. Miles was saddened I'd not taken the highest quality. Next sunny break comes along I'm heading out with full quality settings.


I've been busy collecting leaves - so was inspired by some of the ones that have been worn away by the wind and elements, leaving a lacy looking leaf skeleton. Gave me the idea to make my latest product, launching tomorrow!

Olivia Dorazio's Golden Gilded Leaves Set
(commercial use!)

so, though these leaves are an insane $2 you'll recieve an additional 20% off!
click HERE!

and pretty for your personal layouts and hybrid projects!


In autumn when the trees are brown
The little leaves come tumbling down
They do not make the slightest sound
But lie so quietly on the ground
Until the wind comes puffing by
And blows them off towards the sky.

- Author Unknown

The leaves are LITERALLY turning golden for you, with Olivia’s newest offering. Lacy and oh so delicate these frail beauties will add that certain touch of elegance and glamour to your fall themed pages. Want a bit bolder of a look? Simply duplicate the leaf layers and your leaves will turn from delicate into rich, bold statements. Even better with a slight bevel.

Get rich in leaves!

This Set Contains:

20 separate gilded leaves

Olivia Dorazio's Golden Gilded Leaves Overlay FREEBIE
personal use only



  1. wow great pictures the little girl you did
    glad you got a day just to be and play . Have a great week and chat to you real soon

  2. Good Evening Barb:)
    Hope you are resting and getting over that headache.
    I LOVE your little girl illustration.How cute!!!:) It would be so cute to have her doing the things like most little girls do.Like playing with dolls or dress up..or swinging..jump roping...tea party etc.:)Christmas with a present under a tree and her surprise when opening it... A little boy with a puppy..and a wagon..etc.I can't draw worth a flip.LOL..but I know you can!:)hint hint!hehe
    I also LOVE your leaf overlay.How pretty! Thank you so much for sharing it with me.:)
    Thanks for stopping by to say hi.Glad you like my tutorial too.It's not professional..but I think it's easy enough to understand.:)Hope so anyway.
    Your pics turned out fantastic.I hope you get some pretty weather to take the larger pics for yourself.:)
    Have you been to this blog?

    She does doodles and draws pics too.Is it a coincidence that she did a tutorial about her drawings on today's blog too? Bet you can't just sit here and not go take a look.LOL


  3. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 05 Oct [LA 11:41pm] - 06 Oct [NY 01:41am, UK 06:41am, OZ 04:41pm] ).

  4. Morning Barb!!!!!!!!
    Cute little girl!!!!!
    TY so very much for the AWESOME overlay & FS the photos!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Trying again- lol
    I got this message first time around-
    Duplicate action error
    The action associated with this page has already been performed. You may want to try going back one page in your browser and re-trying

    Your little girl is tooooo CUTE Barb- and I hope that you get some high res pics the same- because gf- those are OUTSTANDING!! Gee whizz- love them!

    Your leaves are just amazing too- can't wait to play with them and did give you a shout ;-)
    sending hugs ( hee hee second time around hopefully you'll get them)


  6. LOVE the little girl and will check out that site. i LOVE your pictures too!! Thank you so much for your visits to me blog and for all you share!!! downloading the overlay now! soooooo glad you got time to play!! hope you have a WONDERFUL day! :D

  7. It is great just to play sometimes.

    Your gilded leaves are beautiful - remind me of the leaves my Mum would dry and then spray gold for christmas decorations.

  8. Thank you so much for the overlay! Simply beautiful.


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