Friday, October 29, 2010

Newborn Babies - Picture Perfect Portraits

I have a friend on who's a talented photographer, writer and blogger - Heather Dunham Katsoulis.

She's got a flair for capturing portraits that's touching and appealing. Her professional photos of newborn babies are particularly beautiful and sensitive. Have a look at some of Heather's latest newborn baby portraits ... you'll be saying "Awwwww ..."

New born babies photography - HLKPHOTO.COM

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Costumes for Kids - Baby Halloween Costumes - Easy Halloween Costume Ideas

BOO Baby Halloween Fashion shirt

BOO Baby Halloween Fashion by imagefactory
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Been thinking about what the kids will be dressed up like this year for Halloween. It's Bella's 9th, Sawyers 3rd and Anya's 1st Halloween.
Halloween Costumes for Kids

Friday, October 22, 2010


Mum and I had a whirlwind vacation week in late September. We took a bus trip to Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC by way of Charlotte, NC. On the way down we toured Shelton Vineyards and I stocked up on the harvest wine duo plus a bottle of estate Charonnay.

On our trip home we took a tour of Andy Griffith's Mayberry (Mt. Airy, NC) and then made a stop at Charlotte Raceway. We got a guided tour of the pit and track area and even got a ride around the track in a rally van.

I made this race car clip art sheet awhile ago ... it seems like the right time to dust it off to share (personal use only) for scrapbooks and paper crafts.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Almost Time to Change Clocks Back to Standard Time

I remember when Daylight Saving Time ended before Halloween. Not so these days. Thanks to a 2007 update to the original law, if your US state observes Daylight Saving Time all clocks return to standard time at 2am on the first Sunday in November.

I guess that leaves more daylight hours for Halloween and safer door-to-door Trick or Treating, but when I was a kid, we LIKED it when the early evening hours were dark and scary for Halloween. But life for kids was simpler then.

Snag this Turn Clocks Back clip art button to add to your calendar with the reminder to Fall back. Free for personal use on your blog or personal page, too,  if you link back to this post.

Friday, October 15, 2010

It's Not Just Black and White

Graphic design training includes at least one foundation course in Color and Design. You learn all the nuances of color and how it works - and doesn't - to catch the eye, hold attention, and convey an impression without a single word. There's work with the visible spectrum in both pigment and light. There's study of color temperatures, psychology of color, complements and hues plus much more. These days, a good instructor may even throw in a bit of cultural color training so one can intelligently design products for a global market.

To get a sense of how color and branding go together like PB&J, check out this post that includes a visual diagram of the world's most powerful brand marks and logos. You'll see what I mean.

kiss my black ads: The Most Powerful Colors in the World

Thursday, October 07, 2010

About that black cloud behind us ...

When I was a kid we had a family joke about a rain cloud that followed my Dad all around when we went on vacation. We always had our vacation in August, and no matter how sunny, hot and dry the summer weather had been up to that point, on the week all 6 of us piled into the car with Mum and Dad we'd have rain. Six kids on vacation in the mountains or at the beach when it's raining can be trying for even the most nonchalant adult. We always managed to find fun on our vacation, even on the rainy days.

On one vacation in August that  I took without Dad but with Mum at Hampton Beach the cloud still managed to find us. We were camping - yes, camping in tents at a campground near a salt marsh in the piney woods - and a hurricane brushed New England. After 3 days of rain and warnings of flooding and high winds we packed up the tents and camping gear and drove home with the kids and Trish (who was about 2 and a half then). The sun, of course, returned the next day but we abandoned the beach vacation for the rest of the week and stayed close to home. Curses on the black cloud - it must have been atracted to the car, not to Daddy.

Mum and I got a reminder of the black cloud syndrome this past week when we took a bus tour vacation through the sunny South - to Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA with stops in Charlotte, NC. On the first day as we were enroute to Charleston, our tour stopped for an overnight stay and afternoon of shopping in Charlotte, NC. All 50 of us got dropped off from the tour bus at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach . We were nowhere in view of the beach, but we had plenty of water to contend with because we were smack in the midst of a tropical storm that dumped 11 inches on that area and then moved up the eastern seaboard to New England. There was so much rain that many of the folks on the trip had to buy new shoes because they got so wet. We had rain gear and umbrellas; others improvised with makeshift protection - one lady even good-naturedly put a plastic bag on her head to keep dry! Nothing stopped the determined shoppers that day, and we all managed to find humor in our stormy Monday situation. As we left the next day we saw news reports that parts of Charlotte were disaster areas. Sorry for that ...

We proceeded south the next morning, heading into more rainy weather enroute to Charleston. Although we slogged through intermittent showers and clouds the sun came out on Wednesday and we had lovely weather for the rest of the trip.