I Know I’ve Said It Before…

February 8th, 2015 Filed under Four Legged Lytles, Fruit Salad Tagged , , , , , Leave A Comment

…but I’m gonna say it again: ‘If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.’ –Will Rogers

Emma, Gunner, Patty

Emma, Gunner, Patty

Using Paintshop Pro, I “tubed” the pictures of the dogs and placed them together on the image. I added a colored background and then applied a Filter Forge watercolor filter to it. Viola!–a beautiful, professional-looking portrait of my wonderful, amazing, loving friends: Emma-Michelle, Gunner Blue and Patty Kate.

A Word About Perspective

January 27th, 2015 Filed under Paint Shop Pro Creations Leave A Comment

“Ugh!” I know how to make objects, for the most part, looking straight on. And I remember from past art classes about that “vanishing point” when placing objects at angles. Trying to implement that principle is excruciating. So, I try a little of that and I also try to trust my eye. I purposely made the room off-center, not to make it more challenging, but to make it a little more interesting, I think…. But what I’ve discovered is, my left brain (analytical) is fighting with my right brain (artistic) and I end up with this:

Perspective

Perspective

I made all the elements in the room with Paintshop Pro vX and my mouse. Why Korean? Well, because of my new passion: Korean tv and movies. And, unlike western productions, these people care about details, and, dammit, they can act! There’s cheese and corn in some of them, but they do it on purpose and I’ve come to appreciate that.

Hollywood only knows how to grind out the same old stale crap and expect us to accept it because that’s all there is…. Well, not anymore. If you have a Samsung smart tv or android tablet, go to DramaFever and download the app and start watching for yourself. There’s lots of historical productions as well as current movies and shows but beware, you might just get hooked and never watch American tv again…! And, yes, I do enjoy reading the subtitles!

Time To Get Ready…

October 21st, 2014 Filed under Fruit Salad Tagged , , , , , Leave A Comment

…for Christmas decorating! My favorite time of year is almost here. I start decorating on Halloween eve. If you know me, you know I have to start that early to get year-round stuff packed away and get tub after tub after tub of Christmas decorations out and placed.

I made a few Christmas birdhouses last year and had so much fun I decided to do a few more. I have a certain place in the house earmarked for this collection and since they are all going to be displayed together I wanted to go with all white bodies and similar embellishments. They all started out as bare wood and they averaged $4 in cost. The embellishments and supplies cost less than $30, so for 7 birdhouses I spent approximately $8 per.

I must admit that I had been trying to create snow since last year. My sister and I tried everything from hot glue to tree flocking and had limited or no success. Then I saw a tip online for making your own out of styrofoam. The suggestion was to rake it with a fork. That only worked somewhat. So then I tried crumbling it with my hands. That was slow-going and painful. Then I got out my mom’s old meat grinder. That worked great–until it got hopelessly clogged and I had to take it all apart to unblock it. And I wasn’t getting the results I wanted.

Then Nanner (sweet, sweet sister!) called me and said, “Have you tried your cheese grater? ‘Cause I did and it works great! You can get fine snow with the small holes and you can get larger pieces (for that heavy, piled up look) with the big holes.” So I tried it and in less than 1 minute I had enough snow to do all seven birdhouses. Thanks, Nanner!!

I also invested in a good adhesive to make the snow and glitter stick. Of course, I know that there’s going to be some loss with moving and packing them, but I can actually pick them up and shake them and there’s almost zero loss!

Birdhouse Collection

Birdhouse Collection

Church and Triple House

Church and Triple House

Barn and Chalet

Barn and Chalet

Three Birdhouses

Three Birdhouses

Send me pictures of what you created and I’ll post them. Happy Decorating!!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 9th, 2014 Filed under Fruit Salad Tagged , , , Leave A Comment

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If you haven’t had a breast cancer screening in the last 12 months, schedule an appointment today.

There are many different kinds of breast cancer and you are at risk if:

  • Your family has a history of breast cancer
  • Your family does not have a history of breast cancer
  • You are pre-menopausal
  • Your are post-menopausal
  • You are female (men can be at risk, too)
  • You have breasts

Please make all your friends and family aware of the importance of annual breast cancer screening. The new 3-D mammogram technology requires less compression of the breast, so it is now virtually painless and it only takes about 5 minutes to complete.

If you don’t have insurance or are not able to pay for it yourself, there are resources out there to help. Here’s a link to find resources in your area.

Please don’t make excuses and don’t put it off. I had mine yesterday. So glad I did….

Little (Beautiful) Things Mean A Lot

September 2nd, 2014 Filed under Family Leave A Comment

My sister, Dee (Nanner, as I call her), is the Master Gardener of the family and from time to time she brings me cuttings from her own gardens. And her gardens are fabulous and numerous.

She even stopped along the way to my house and cut the weeds from a ditch. Why weeds? Because they’re only weeds if you think they are ugly…. She knows what it takes to make a beautiful arrangement, no? Yes!

Sunflowers, Ragweed, Queen Anne's Lace

Sunflowers, Ragweed, Queen Anne’s Lace

Closeup of Sunflowers

Closeup of Sunflowers

She also brought me zinnias in a vibrant array of colors. Even though these are the last of the season she knows how to keep them looking great until the end.

Zinnias and Ragweed

Zinnias and Ragweed

Closeup of Zinnias

Closeup of Zinnias

And because she likes me to feel totally indulged, she makes yet a third arrangement of the bunch that she brought. I would have stuffed them into one large vase!

Budvase for the Boudoir

Budvase for the Boudoir

Closeup of Budvase

Closeup of Budvase

And did you notice the ‘Triple Tiered Frame’ print in the picture?

We make a total production of arranging them just so; cutting them to length, maybe walking around my yard for little sprigs of greenery, etc. Of course, placement in the house is a huge part of this. So much fun!

Thanks, Nanner, for thinking of me, for knowing how to grow beautiful things, for being my sister. I love you so much I can’t even…you know…. Wish you all had a sister like mine.

Fun Tutorial!

August 28th, 2014 Filed under Paint Shop Pro Creations Tagged , , , Leave A Comment

I discovered this great website for frame tutorials yesterday. Diane McFarlane is the owner/artist of Vision Designs. If you love good tuts and great results, you have to visit this site!

I tried my hand at a couple and was amazed at the results that I got. I played a little with the settings but didn’t deviate much. Here’s what I came up with:

Tiered Frame One

Tiered Frame One

Tiered Frame Two

Tiered Frame Two

Tiered Frame Three

Tiered Frame Three

Iowa Hawkeyes–Pay Attention!

March 1st, 2014 Filed under Love and Basketball Tagged , , , Leave A Comment

With our first chance to play in the NCAA tournament in a long time (years) it seems that we will be going to the Big Dance this year. But first things first.

The Hawks had an amazing start to the season. It’s been a long time (years) since the Iowa Hawkeye men’s team has placed high in the Big Ten standings (mostly due to Steve Alford. Bad coach, bad!). And after years of not being nationally ranked (mostly due to Steve Alford. Bad coach, bad!) we are! Coach Fran McCaffery did what no coach has been able to do since Dr. Tom Davis: Coach and recruit! You and your staff are amazing, Coach!

We held on to 3rd place in the Big Ten for a long time, but with two tough losses back to back, we have slipped into 5th place.

Current Big Ten Standings

Current Big Ten Standings

I don’t want to wish ill will on anyone, but for the Hawks not to end up at or near the bottom of the heap, there can only be one outcome in this weekend’s play (teams in bold MUST win):

Saturday, March 1

Illinois-Michigan State
Northwestern-Nebraska
Minnesota-Michigan

Sunday, March 2

Wisconsin-Penn State
Purdue-Iowa
Ohio State-Indiana

Note: The Illinois-Michigan State game outcome won’t really affect us, but who doesn’t want to see Michigan State lose?

And a personal word to some of the players:

  • Aaron White: Whaddup? Get your game back on, we need you.
  • Zach McCabe: Watch those freshman fouls.
  • Adam Woodbury: Watch those elbows!
  • Roy Devyn Marble: When you’re hot, you’re hot. Find a way to get and stay hot!
  • Mike Gesell: You’re a little pepperpot, stepping up when we need you. More of that, please.
  • Josh Oglesby: Counting on you for those insane, from-the-parking-lot threes.
  • Gabe Olaseni: Keep doing what you’re doing and smile more, you light up the place!
  • Jarrod Uthoff: Wisconsin’s loss, our gain. Make those threes!
  • Melsahn Basabe: Stay healthy.

GO HAWKS!!!

Go Hawks!

Sheri Loves Her Hawkeyes!

Just Moved In!

February 27th, 2014 Filed under Blog Bizness Tagged , , Leave A Comment

Sublime Ramblings is in an irreversible coma. Not to worry, it’s not suffering. The good news is that the new blog, Trust Me…I Think I Know What I’m Doing, has stepped in to take over where Sublime left off.

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Cleaning Up

Cleaning Up

There might be a little more clean-up to do, but I think I’m just about there!