No Regrets?


I was blessed with an amazing husband and a wonderful mother- and father-in-law.  I have known them all since I was seventeen years old (when I started dating my husband), so they watched me "grow-up" and become an adult.

My mother-in-law Rose is a soft-spoken, beautiful woman.  She is also very wise and one of her favorite quotes was "Say nothing and have no regrets".  I don't know if she made this up or read it somewhere, but I honestly didn't get it when I was younger.  I had plenty to say (like most young people) and words would pour out of my big mouth before my brain had time to process them.

Luckily this was before social media so what I said was vocalized on the phone or directly to my poor victims and there was no recorded proof of me repeatedly putting my foot in my mouth.

Then along came the internet.  And email.  And Facebook...

I have a habit of reading my friends and family Facebook posts late at night after a glass of wine.  Funny how wise I get when I am tired and tipsy...

I love to give advice, even when no advice is needed nor wanted.  Especially to my dear "little" sister Heather. Fortunately she loves me very much and realizes that older sisters often feel the need to "rescue" little sisters. So she just lets me blab away.

But my big mouth doesn't just affect my family.  Just last week I was telling my husband that his niece might "unfriend" me because I had annoyed her with one of my comments.  It was one of those times my thoughts did not translate well to the written word and I came off sounding like an idiot. That happens quite a bit.

My husband looked me in the eye and told me that I should do what he does and  "say nothing, and have no regrets".

And I finally got it.  I really, really, really got it.


And if I actually start following Rose's sage advice I might not get this reaction from my friends and family quite as much.

"Say nothing, have no regrets."  Word.

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CoffeeShop "Easter Chicks" Digital Paper Pack


We are on the final countdown to Easter so I wanted to put out at least one more Easter-themed paper pack.  This one has whimsical Easter chicks and would be adorable on your Easter-themed designs.  These papers can be used personally or commercially, just have fun designing with them!

Download the CoffeeShop "Easter Chicks" Digital Paper Pack.  You can also download it here.

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CoffeeShop "Baby's First Year" 8x10 Storyboard


Over the years I have had so many requests for a baby's first year storyboard with clipping masks for 12 small images (one for each month), a large central image, and an adjustable text box.  So this weekend I decided to finally design one.  Of course, this template is not just for babies, use it for any of your images.  It would be really gorgeous for a wedding or travel storyboard or to highlight your favorite children or pet photoshoot.

This storyboard can be printed 8x10 or posted on the web and is completely customizable.  The text box's color and storyboard background can be changed to any color or you can add some pretty digital paper or texture.

I have a free action that simplifies loading these storyboards and a full tutorial on this post.  Also, check out all of my other free storyboards.

 Download the CoffeeShop "Baby's First Year" Storyboard. You can also download it here.

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CoffeeShop "Pink Velvet Luxe" Photoshop/PSE Action!


I love taking and editing images of my boys, but I have to thank Jill Wellington (FacebookBlog) for sending me these beautiful little girl images for my action tutorials.  Some of my actions really don't look great on images of muddy boys.  ;-)

My  newest action is called "Pink Velvet Luxe" and it is fully adjustable and gorgeous on outdoor portraits.  I used some automatic layer masks to quicken your workflow.

CoffeeShop "Pink Velvet Luxe" Action Tutorial:



Run the action on your image.  This is what Jill's image looked like after the action finished. I am going to add a bit more contrast.


I put the Haze layer down to 85% opacity and the Soft Matte layer down to 50% opacity.  I also used a soft black brush and painted over her eyes on the Pink Tint layer mask.

If you want a more dramatic edit I will show you how to add a quick vignette.


Add a level's adjustment layer on top, put it in multiple blending mode (I used 76% opacity), and then brush over your portrait on the layer mask with a soft black brush at 100% opacity.  This "burns" in the background.

I hope you enjoy using "Pink Velvet Luxe" and I would love to see your before and afters on my Facebook page!

Download the CoffeeShop "Pink Velvet Luxe" Photoshop/PSE action.  You can also download it here.

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Our week in review.


Following the current plastic surgery trend, Imp tested out some temporary "Kim Kardashian Style XLB-2015" rear implants.  I found this interesting since he has no idea who she is (lucky boy), yet he realized instinctually that he must stay abreast of the current body-reshaping trends.  

Unfortunately the implant popped shortly thereafter.  

Imp is weird.

 

We are getting so much rain after years of drought and lately I feel that I am getting a "taste of Ireland" as everything is so green and damp.  When the rain lets up we try to get outside.  Here you see Blackberry is giving me her "speed-up slowpoke" look while my husband is riding our seven-year-old's bike.

My husband is weird.


One of the kids' favorite activity is playing in the drainage ditches.  Duke spent an hour throwing clumps of fire ants at the top of the cement ditch and watching them drift down into the drainage hole.  He did get stung a few times but he seemed to think the excitement was worth the pain.

Duke is weird.


Blackberry is smart enough to know that Duke's bed is warm, dry, and cuddly.  Spoiled mutt.  But she isn't weird like my kids, just a normal dog living the life.


Our three rats are spoiled-rotten too.  They started chewing out of their cage a few weeks ago. What idiot designs a rat cage with a plastic bottom?  What idiot buys a rat cage with a plastic bottom? ;-)

Thanks to their natural rat-ways we had to invest in a new all-metal cage.  Believe me, it was worth every penny considering I didn't want three rodents loose in the house.  Loose at least until Blackberry ate them and the boys realize their beloved pets became tasty little chewy dog treats.

We found this amazing sewing site with instructions to sew all types of rat hammocks, bunkbeds, tubes, houses, etc. and the boys and I went to town.  I cut scrap fabric pieces out with my rotary cutter and Duke sewed everything up.  We put grommets on the ends and hung them with large safety pins.  The rats are in heaven.

OK, I am weird too.  When you start sewing things for your pet rats it pretty much shows that you are way past eccentric and headed directly to Crazy Town...


This week we went to a local free nature class on lightening and then went for a walk.  Duke threatened to throw Imp into the snake-infested water (sometimes I hear my husband talking in my head as I type).  Luckily for Imp, Duke is not incredibly strong.

I told them they were weird homeschooled kids and they just shrugged it off.  I guess they figure the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...  Poor kids.

I hope you had a great week in your neck of the woods.  I have tons of new freebies coming out starting this weekend, so be sure to check them out.  Have a great weekend!!!

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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New CoffeeShop Sponsor "Luxe Photoshop Actions": B&W Workflow Set SALE!

Luxe Photoshop Actions is a new sponsor on my site and today I wanted to post about their B&W Workflow Action special. I personally believe you can never have too many actions (you should see my action pane, it is crazy!) so if you have been looking for some additional B&W actions you should check them as this special is only for a limited time.  The actions look gorgeous!

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Create the perfect Black & White conversions with the BRAND NEW "Luxe Black & White Workflow Collection" + BONUS Luxe Color Preview Collection for Photoshop and PSE!

  • 11 B&W Conversion Actions
  • 8 Tints and Toner Actions
  • 11 Workflow Actions
  • 6 Finishing Actions
  • Actions work on RAW and JPEG images
  • Compatible with Photoshop CS2-CS6; Creative Cloud; and PSE 11-13
  • Instruction guides and video tutorial links included in the guides showing how to install the actions
  • Video Tutorial on how to use the Black & White Workflow Collection HERE

Included Actions:
  • Underexposure Fix
  • Overexposure Fix
  • Contrast Boost/De-Haze
  • Recover Shadows
  • Recover Highlights
  • Organic
  • Pretty Light
  • Drama
  • Center Stage
  • Moody
  • Onyx 
  • Dreamy Boost 
  • Dreamy Boost x2
  • Low Key
  • High Key
  • White Cotton
  • Pretty Tints (9 tints grouped in one action)
  • Organic Hazes (5 hazes grouped in one action)
  • Vintage Sepia
  • Deep Rich Matte
  • Creamy Film
  • Soft Film Grain
  • Gritty Grain
  • Choose your Vignette (4 vignettes grouped in one action)
  • Soft Bokeh
  • Paint on Punch
  • Moody Brush
  • Selective Sharpen
  • Contour - Light
  • Countour - Dark
  • Snapshot of Layers
  • Flatten Layers
  • Revert to Original
  • Horizontal Sharpen and Resize
  • Vertical Sharpen and Resize
  • Sharpen for Print

BONUS:  Luxe Color Preview Collection

We are so happy to welcome you to the Luxe Photoshop Actions family, and hope to see you often. As a very special BONUS, we'd like to offer you a fabulous Color Preview Sampler Collection for FREE - how sweet is that!
The Luxe Color Preview includes NINE of our favorite color actions that will be included in our upcoming creative color collections.
The BONUS Luxe Color Preview Includes: 
  • Flawless Base
  • Wowza
  • Tiny Dancer
  • Flowerbed
  • Coffee Bean
  • Corduroy
  • True Love
  • Timeless

Download instructions are available immediately after purchase in your "My Stuff" tab on Photo Deal Cafe {click on the "View Voucher" link to view}


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CoffeeShop Storyboard 17: 12x12 for Print or Web!


I have a new storyboard for you today! This one is a 12 inch by 12 inch .psd storyboard for print or web.  It has four photo cutouts.

I have a free action that simplifies loading these storyboards and a full tutorial on this post.  Also, check out all of my other free storyboards.

I used photos from Jill Wellington's (FacebookBlog) "Vintage Val" series in this example.  

Download the free CoffeeShop Storyboard 17 for Photoshop/PSE. You can also download it here.

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.

For complete info on installing all of my actions, click here.


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