Friday, September 23, 2016

{CoffeeShop Family Flying Circus Adventures} Chapter 6: "Messina Hoff at Aggieland!"

Interested to read more of the {CoffeeShop Family Flying Circus Adventures}?

PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3,  Chapter 4, Chapter 5Entire series (newest posts first)

A special thanks to my husband Paul who flies the plane and edits all our videos. Please subscribe to his Texas Gooney Bird YouTube channel if you are interested in following our adventures. It would make his day!

Paul's video of our adventure is embedded at the bottom of this post or you can view it directly on YouTube. :-)

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So a few months ago it was a gorgeous day and not too hot, so we decided to fly to our old stomping ground of AggieLand and visit the Messina Hof winery.


Our home airport at Hooks was hosting the Commemorative Air  Force and we were able to see some amazing warbirds as we taxied to the runway.


Our local B-17, the Texas Raiders, was also there. It is one of only eleven B-17's that is still flying in the world and you can even purchase tickets to ride in it! That is on Paul's and Duke's bucket list.


Imp and I were living it up in the back seat.


And enjoying our amazing view. We might not have a/c, food and drink service, or a bathroom, but every seat on our plane is first class.


Duke, the co-pilot of our adventure, was also taking it all in.


I love when we are flying low, about to land. Everything looks so cute when you are looking down from a thousand feet up in the air. I love the tiny houses, horses, cows and barns.

I also love seeing lots of open fields just in case we have to have an emergency landing. ;-)


Here we are!


Coulter Field at Texas A&M. Paul last flew here 30 years ago, which is weird since he is only 29 years old. ;-)

Unfortunately we arrived too late to borrow the courtesy car, but Messina Hoff is only a mile or two away and we love a good walk.


It was nice walking on the taxi-way. Pretty views.


But then we arrived on the country road. High weeds, fire ants, and crazy fast trucks were a few of the local attractions.

For a small country road there was quite a bit of traffic. I guess people really needed their Saturday glass of wine.


We were getting close!

Pant, pant.


Walking, walking, walking.

Wow, it is getting a little hot. As we got closer I did see a few other couples walking on the side of the street toward the winery.

What is going on?


After what seemed to be ten miles of walking, we finally made it and found out that Messina Hof was hosting a music festival! That explained all of the traffic.


It was a perfect day for an outdoor concert.


Paul and I enjoyed the music and the view and the kids fed the turtles.


Then we ordered a cheese plate and a bottle of their finest white unfermented wine. OK, I guess it technically was not wine, but rather a bottle of their finest white non-alcoholic grape juice.

Paul legally can't drink and fly and I didn't want to make him jealous, so we all had grape juice. And it was pretty darn good!



Wow, this is a fun day!


After our snacks we walked around listening to the music and visiting some of the booths. The kids were sipping on their last glass of grape juice. I think they felt very grown-up walking around with a wine glass.


But all good things come to an end and the sun started going down and we headed to the airport.


On our way back we found out there was a gate at the end of the airport which would have saved us a few minutes of walking.

Next time!


It was a gorgeous evening.


And we weren't the only ones out there enjoying it.  Well, we didn't see anyone else walking but we did see some people flying.


Better get home, the sun is going down!


Home sweet home. What a great adventure!

Please check out Paul's video below. I seriously had no idea that this nerdy math-loving guy I married had such an artistic side to him. 


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Thursday, September 22, 2016

CoffeeShop Storyboard Set #10: Four 8x10 Professional Photographer Storyboards!


I am finishing up a new fall action, so today I decided to release my newest professional photographer 8x10 storyboard set.  This set contains four storyboards (with and without borders) and can be resized to a different size (before adding your images). You can also change the color of the borders.

The storyboards are psd files so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action).

For my example above I used images from this still set and this fashion set. If you haven't checked out Unsplash you are missing out. The images are amazing and FREE!

Download the CoffeeShop "Storyboard Set #10". You can also download it here.

All of the colors can be easily changed to match your own images.Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures. 

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

CoffeeShop "Facebook Fall Mini Session Cover"!


I am finishing up two new actions and hope to have one of them up here by this week. One of them is a fall-inspired action. :-) It is still hot here, but I am getting so excited about the changing of the season! If there is anything you want me to create for your fall designs, please leave a comment. I am always looking for new ideas and love to create custom designs that you can actually use!

Today I have a really nice Fall/Autumn Mini Session Facebook cover. You can adjust the text and all of the colors, and even add some pretty paper behind the images if you want! I think these papers would be lovely as a background. The leaves are moveable/removable. The cover is a psd file so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action).

I cutout the leaves from this design.

I want to thank Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebookBlogYouTube VideosPixabay) for allowing me to use her images in my example above.

Download the CoffeeShop "Facebook Fall Mini Session Cover". You can also download it here.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CoffeeShop "Facebook Cover Set #26"!


Today I have a brand new set of two Facebook covers/headers with optional borders/logo box.  The Facebook covers are psd files so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action). All of the colors can be easily changed to match your own images.

These would be perfect for digital designers who want to show off their logos or digital papers.

I want to thank Sam of Bloom for allowing me to use her gorgeous images in my examples above.

Download the CoffeeShop "Facebook Cover Set #26". You can also download it here.
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Monday, September 19, 2016

CoffeeShop "Crackle Paint" Fine Art Texture Set!



Today I have a new Fine Art Texture set called "Crackle". These textures look really nice on still life images, but you can also use them on portraits or landscapes.

I made both of these by scratch using the Topaz Impression Photoshop/PSE plug-in (app). And you can use them in your commercial work, no attribution necessary. :-)


I used a gorgeous image by Bloom in my example today. This is the final edit.


I started with this already perfect image.


I ran my "Secret Garden" action on the image and changed "Sweet Honey" to 70%, "Brighten" to 60%, and turned off "Add Contrast".


Then I added the brown "Fine Art Crackle" texture twice on top, one layer in Overlay (100%), the other in Soft Light (38%).

Download the CoffeeShop "Crackle" Fine Art Texture Set. You can also download it here.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

{Friday Photo Bliss}: Piper's First Trip To The Beach!

On Fridays I like to post snapshots from my week that make me happy. Unfortunately Imp is sick with a nasty throw-up virus (his temperature shot up over 104F and completely freaked me out), so I haven't had much sleep the last few nights and I am late with my post.

Last Sunday afternoon we decided at the last minute to go bring Piper to the beach. We are very spontaneous that way (for middle-aged people) and I LOVE the beach. :-) If you follow my blog you probably have figured out that Piper the Puppy is our youngest son, and I had been really looking forward to bringing him to the Gulf for his first time. 

We live only 1.5 hours drive from Galveston Island, so when Sunday ended up being sunny and not too hot, we decided to take a short trip just for the evening and see what Piper would think about the Gulf of Mexico.


My boys couldn't wait to get in the water. The non-furry kids and I had spent one night in Galveston last month, but the horrible flooding in Louisiana made many of the beaches in our area unsafe to swim due to high bacteria count.

But today the water was safe and clear, calm, and warm as a bath.


Piper was extremely excited since he loves to swim, and he dragged Paul into the surf. Literally because this dog is a small horse...

The dumb dog kept on drinking the salty water, but I had brought a gallon of fresh water for him to wash the saltiness out of his mouth.


After Piper got used to the waves and endless "pond", we let him run around without a leash and he did great!

I decided to do my best "Baywatch" imitation by running back and forth on the beach in front of Paul.

Sexy, right? If you have a glass or two of wine, take off your eye-glasses and squint really hard you can almost see how much I resemble Pamela Anderson at her prime.


Piper did great off-leash until a couple rode by on horses. That really freaked him out (giant hairy centaurs, OMGosh!) and we had to put him on the leash until the horses were out of sight.

But that was ok, he needed fresh water and a little R&R.

I love how he crosses his little (well, giant) paws.


The boys were having such a great time swimming and building sand castles. Anything that involves water and sand/mud is grand entertainment.


I sat there by my sometimes-favorite-child Piper and admired the gorgeous evening.

If you ever get a chance to visit Galveston, go hang out at the Pocket Park 2 on the West side of the island. Off-season parking is free and there are showers and bathrooms. Plus the beaches are huge, not close to the road, clean, and lined with very expensive homes. This area is so much nicer than the Sea Wall.

 

If I were rich and wasn't scared to death of hurricanes I would have a beach house on this part of the island.


Piper had a bit of a rest and was ready to hit the water again. He was absolutely fearless and drunk on the thrill of this endless salty swimming pool, and a few times he swam so far out that I had to call him back in for fear of riptides or sharks.

I couldn't decide what was more tasty to a shark, furry or non-furry kids. And I knew if he got into a riptide we would all try to rescue him and then float out to sea with him and look like complete idiots.


After a few minutes of swimming around, trying to drown his weak no-fur brothers, he would shake off and run as fast as he could back to to his daddy.


Piper loves me, but he worships Paul.

And Paul actually admitted that Piper is the best dog he has ever had. This is a huge deal since Paul is not a dog person. But this 80-pound puppy has won all of our hearts.


The sun started to go down and Paul and I were ready for dinner. We also knew we had a long drive back home so I had to reluctantly call in the boys.


Time to go home kids.

I hate leaving the beach.

But my fear of hurricanes, riptides, sharks, and flesh-eating bacteria help make it a little easier.

Have a great weekend!

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