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Red Roses and Christmas Lights!

I was trying to get more of a blurred bokeh effect, but to do that, I would have needed to bring the roses farther away from the tree. And then there would be too much other stuff, walls, particularly, because my tree is narrow and you’d lose the light effect. 🙂

So I used Photoshop to blur the background a bit. I used Gaussian Blur, that way the background is softer and the flowers more noticeable.

I’ve been re-reading and revising older stories and partial stories until I can figure out a plot for the next white bear story!

Have a great one!

Terry

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Christmas Lights and Sunrise

Beauty in lights…natural and manmade.

Have a beautiful day!!!

Terry

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Fog and Christmas Lights

I like storms, as long as they don’t fill your house with water, tear down your trees or pull off your roofs, but a nice rainstorm clears the air, charges it with electricity, makes a change in the humdrum of weather. So we have storms coming in for the next few days.

Temperature changes can be wild too–highly fluctuating–from hot to cold, cold to hot. This morning I expected cold like it’s been, but nope, it’s hot. Well, warm. But not cold. And it’s going to be hotter, well, warmer, not cool later today.

It keeps me on my toes though. I HAVE to look at the weather report, just to get a ballpark idea. Because, as we all know, weather reports sometimes aren’t all that accurate. It’s great for changes in stories too–when the weather turns bad, or really nice. Characters have to adjust to the changes too. And it can make for great conflict.

Think of the ship breaking up in a storm. No shelter. A sunny, breezy day. A cold, rainy, blustery day. A foggy dark night. A Highlander in a kilt. *sigh* Got to get back to the story.

So this morning, we had major fog. We had it a couple of days ago, but I was busy and didn’t have time to photograph it. But methinks, wouldn’t it be fun to try and photograph the fog and Christmas lights???

And so at 4:45 this morning, that’s what I was doing, after I took the dogs out. Most everyone had their lights off, so I only had mine and one of my neighbor’s and another’s across the street to capture in the fog. Christmas lights are pretty. Fog is pretty. It was fun capturing them together.

Off to work on a bear and My Highlander. I’m halfway through edits, but still finishing the book too! Picture the Bubblegum Bear (in blue and purple) in Blue Rainbow’s larger size, the big one lying on his back. 🙂 <3 That’s what I’m currently working on. Well, I cut it out….

Hope you have an excitingly wonderful day! Mine is going to be excitingly busy.

Terry

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Christmas Lights and Havanese

My poor puppies have to put up with a lot. First, it was Halloween costumes. Now…this.

Tanner, the one on the left, loves to pose for pictures. Max would rather sit on my lap and get lots of loving.

So after I went to pick up the lights on the floor, Max headed for the hills (or, under the dining room table.) Tanner was wagging his tail at me, ready for more photos. He is the perfect little model. 🙂 <3 Of course, I praised Tanner and laughed at Max and he came running out to greet me. No more photo shoots for the day.

Have a fun Sunday. I’m off to write some more.

Terry

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Yikes, I Didn’t Post! ‘Tis the Season to Get Overwhelmed!

christmas-brunchmimosaWe had our last Christmas party with one of the groups I belong to. I really love it here. When I lived in Crawford, there were no groups to belong to. The wild cornfield group. The roadrunner group. Well, that meant the cornfields and me…and the roadrunner and me. Oh, and the snake watcher’s group. I had more snakes than I could count.

We had free mimosas at the restaurant because of the holidays. So much fun! I wrote 2,000 words before I went, got some Christmas cinnamon candles at half off, and will scent the house with the candles for the holidays. So I walked all over the mall, and then the parking lot, looking for my car and got my exercise in too. Win-win!

My daughter has the winter break from school, so we’re spending the day out shopping and having lunch out. My son arrives on Thursday. So Friday, we’ll be running and doing something. We’ll be seeing the new Star Trek movie this weekend too.

I meant to finish Loving the White Bear before all the holidaying began. So that means Tuesday and Wednesday, no more goofing off. I did spend the evening editing 20 pages…. 🙂

puppies-and-lights-tanner-yawning-900-003Okay, I get it. I’m boring you. Get the picture taking over, already. 🙂 <3

It went from 80 to a wind chill of 22. I know that’s not that cold for our northern cousins, but, that much of a drop for us is a LOT.  Eighty is not normal for us either. It’s very cold again today. It’s supposed to warm up after this. The puppies love the cold though. They have been having a ball running in it, and then when they come in, Max curls up on my lap to get warm, and warm me.

polar-bear-900-in-water-water-from-mouth-1950I feel like I need a polar bear coat.

Well, before I am off and running again, I’ve got to get back to writing.

Enjoy your Monday!!

Terry Spear

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Creating Magical Christmas Photos with Pretty Actions Magic

jenn-where-the-wild-things-are-sparkles-25-weeks-fireplace-900-055If you notice, the stockings are Star Wars in the background. I kept seeing cute pictures of magical sparkles and a light beam coming from a book kids were reading on the Pretty Actions FB page. I don’t have any little kids now. So how do I do this?

First, I used a photo sent to me by a fan of her cat, Merlin, reading one of my books. You see the jaguar print bedspread? He fantasizes that he is a hot jaguar too.

merlin-jaguar-hunt-sparkles-2I added the bokeh to blur out the background, and the sparkles and light. Sparkles and light are from Pretty Actions Magic in all these pictures.

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This was the first picture I worked using a book, and I didn’t have the technique down very well. The one of my daughter is much better. That’s the last one I used the sparkles on. I’ve been taking her weekly pregnancy photos, and she’s at 25 weeks. So I wanted to do something different, and I told her about the book and the magic light. She wanted to use Where the Wild Things Are, one of her favorite stories growing up as a child. And throughout all our moves, we kept that and a few others that she wanted to read to her first child, when she had one.

The baby kicks like a wild thing, so it seemed appropriate. Of course, a big Christmas book would be fun too, but we didn’t have one. I used her cell light on the book to illuminate her. And only the fireplace was on, and no lights in the living room. I used a smaller brush to have more control over the curling sparkles in her picture, then used a wider brush to go back over the first line to give it more width and magic. It was hot, and she was sitting by the fire so she wore a short sleeved shirt. Texas, you know. But I’m thinking if she wore a long-sleeved shirt, maybe in green or red, that would have been even better. I don’t know if she has one, but maybe we can get a big Christmas book for baby and retake it for her 26th week.

fairy-reading-with-lights-900-006-recoveredMy second picture, I set up two nets of Christmas lights behind the fairy writing in a book. I actually have a little battery run candle on top of her lap, and the little lamp post also has a battery run light. I turned both on, then added a light from the Pretty Actions Magic to create the illusion of more light, sprinkled some sparklers throughout the Christmas lights, and added the magic dust. To get the blurred effect on the lights, I pulled her to the end of the kitchen counter to create more of a bokeh effect.

santa-mailbox-christmas-snow-and-sparkle-900This was my first use of the Pretty Actions Magic. I was trying to think of how to create something to use it with before I thought of how I could do one with a book. I also used Pretty Actions Snow Overlay, and it’s really great for making a Texas scene where it was cold and wet that day to a perfectly magical snowy instead. Also, I added a glowing light in the slot for the mailbox. I love the picture of the mailbox, but it’s so inanimate, until I used the snow and magic to make it appear to have movement.

I want to do one with my puppies reading a book, but I haven’t figured out how I am going to do it yet.

Another idea is to have a special box that seems to have magic inside it. So I want to try that too. 🙂  But this goes to show you that you don’t have to have a child reading a book to have some Christmas magic fun. Just anything will do.

Just have fun!

Back to writing Loving the White Bear! 11,000 words to go.

Have a great one!

Terry Spear

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Fall is Finally Here for Christmas

fall-neighbors-lights-crepe-myrtle-900-019Magical.

And some freebies from Floating Lights Photography!! The snow actions for Photoshop and the globe are so much fun. 🙂

http://www.floatinglightsphoto.com/5-days-giveaways/

Renee has wonderful free tips on all kinds of Photoshop magic–working with curves and such. Her actions are great and I use them in a lot of my work. 🙂

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Have a lovely day!

Terry Spear

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Christmas Lights in Omaha

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Aren’t they magical?

Have a wonderful day!

Terry Spear

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Brrrr…Getting Cold Here!

green-bear-red-snowman-sweater-900-007Yes, even the bears are putting on snowman sweaters. 🙂  It’s all relative. It drops to 40’s for us and that’s COLD.  And it’s good for me while I’m writing Loving the White Bear!

Hope you are enjoying the brace of cold weather for all those hot folks in the south. For the north, not so much so, I’m sure. I wanted a fireplace, but this home didn’t have one, so this time of year, it would be so nice to have a gas fireplace.

Have a lovely day!

Terry Spear

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Let Me In!–And Taking Pictures of Christmas Lights!

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Mohair Santa with mohair beard and antique quilt cloak.

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Okay, so this morning I started a load of wash and I forgot to add some things to the really light load. I love my new machine. Really I do. BUT…there’s no adding clothes to the machine after it starts. Oh, sure, it says hold this button for 3 seconds and then it will unlock it so you can add something. HA!!

I took the puppies out in the dark, and saw green fireflies all over my neighbor’s trees. They were running all over them!

Nope, he’s got some kind of lights that are going 100 feet high. Now how cool is that?

green-lights-900-001I’m off like a herd of turtles to get a million things done. I got my Christmas tree up, the garlands up, and a few other things set up the way I want. Everything else is just sitting all over the dining room table, kitchen counter, and is a mess.

white-bear-colorful-lights-tiny-900-003New white bear. I wanted to try capturing Christmas Tree lights, this was before the ornaments were put on. The tree has only white lights, so I wanted to add a string of lights just for the photo. The background is blurred, bear sitting away from the tree, but still close enough that the lights bokeh is small.

white-bear-colorful-lights-soco-009The bear is closer to me, farther from the tree, and though you can see a couple of colorful lights–red in a couple of spots, they look mostly beige.

white-bear-colorful-lights-more-colorful-900-009Here is the same picture, cropped, bear lightened a bit, and this time I added some color to the lights–I used Curves adjustment–use the colors–Blue, Green, Red, and I used hue. I made layer masks, inverted them, and then brushed over the colors I wanted. 🙂 <3  And there you have it! Colorful bokeh Christmas lights!

Okay, back to the book! Loving the White Bear!

Have a great one!

Terry Spear

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