Thursday, January 16

CoffeeShop "Worn Marble" Fine Art Texture Set!


It has been busy at the CoffeeShop house. This year I am homeschooling a 7th and 9th grader, so it is more school and more work. Thankfully both boys also can work on their own independently for much of their school, but I need to make sure they have everything available and be there for questions. Next year Duke is going to our local college just down the road to start classes and get  dual high school/college credit. I am excited for him! They have cheap tuition for homeschoolers and he will start getting college credit at 15 or 16, depending on when he starts. 

I am going to post about our homeschooling curriculum soon, there are some things I am just so happy about using. And I still love having the kids at home. On most days. Ha ha!


Today I wanted to post another fine art texture set called "Worn Marble". I LOVE these textures, they are so gorgeous on still life images. I am going to post a tutorial on using different actions with this texture on some image later this week. I was going back through my actions and I forgot how many of them I find so beautiful. I used one on the image above, it really enhanced the original image. I also love the yellow flower version.

Use these layered on images in soft light, overlay, multiply, or screen blending modes. Or even alone as papers. 

I am also going to work on updating my website this month, making sure you can easily find all of my newest actions/tutorials/textures/designs. 



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Friday, January 10

CoffeeShop "Sweet Chaos" Fine Art Texture Set!


I am BACK!!! It feels so nice to start designing again. Don't get me wrong, I loved the break, but I also miss my creative outlet.

We had a great three weeks off. Visited friends and family, hiked, played games inside and out, celebrated the holidays, ate plenty of yummy food, flew some, and watched all of the Star Wars movies before seeing the newest one Monday.


I was really happy with the final Star Wars. I have always been a fan of the original three, but after watching them all over again, in Star Wars chronological order, I have a new appreciation of the series. We also signed up for Disney+ for the free trial to watch the Mandalorian. I wasn't sure I would like it but it was great! However, I have seen enough Baby Yoda memes to hold me for the next ten years.

I didn't want to pay for another streaming service so I canceled Disney on the final free day. One question they asked me was why I was canceling, and one of the answers to check was "I only signed up for the free trial". I guess I am not alone in my cheapness. Ha ha!


Today I have a new set of fine art textures. These are really gorgeous. You can use them layered on photos in soft light, multiply, overlay, or screen blending mode. They also make gorgeous frames and digital papers.

Original images used in this post: (Pink Flowers, Yellow Flower, White Flower, Beach).

Download the CoffeeShop "Sweet Chaos" Fine Art Texture Pack!

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Thursday, January 2

Happy "Year of the Optometrist"


So my 12-year-old made this meme and sent it to my phone yesterday morning. He was sitting right next to me on the couch at the time. He has a very old iPhone 4s that only works on wi-fi and doesn't have Safari. He uses it to make stop motion lego films, text me from the couch, and make custom memes (without spellcheck).

I hope everyone is enjoying the "Year of the Optometrist". Well, that is what my husband calls it and he happens to be an optometrist. Anyway, I hope everyone's year has started off wonderfully and will continue that way!

Today it is rainy so I am stuck inside. With a good book. And some camomile tea. And two quiet boys reading books in their rooms. We are enjoying this last week off before we start school again. Well, it isn't always quiet. We got the kids a 2/3 size ping pong table and they love it! But I am having to get used to listening to the pinging balls throughout the day from upstairs. But it is such a happy sound.

I have many things planned to post here, so keep on visiting! And Happy New Year!!!

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Tuesday, December 24

Merry Christmas!!!



I want to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas! We have family in town (my sister Heather and her three kids) and the weather is gorgeous (60-70's and sunny). It is going to be a wonderful week!!!

The presents were finally wrapped yesterday, and I have been cleaning house this morning. Paul and the boys are blowing leaves on the driveway, it is a mess. It is still fall according to our trees. I don't know who has to do more work, the guys picking up leaves or me hunting down dog hairs... ;-)

This evening our family is coming over and we are having a wonderful Christmas dinner. Tomorrow we go to my parents for Christmas lunch. And I am sure we will find time to open a few presents too.

Merry Christmas!!! I will be back later this week with some new freebies, so check it out!!!

PS: That image is from Jill Wellington. I love her work.

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Tuesday, December 10

CoffeeShop "Light and Bright" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


Exactly two weeks until Christmas Eve, can you believe it? Where does the time go? I have done most of my shopping. It is much more difficult to buy gifts for 12- and 15-year-old boys than younger children.  Before I could just get Lego kits and stuffed animals and they were ecstatic. They still love Legos and build their own creations, but easy gifts like stuffed penguins won't cut it anymore.

I think I did pretty well, but I won't share until after Christmas. I stayed under my budget AND purchased gifts that they will continue to play with/use. I did threaten socks, but the Star Wars ones I wanted to purchase aren't available anymore! Yes, my family loves Star Wars (the original movies are favorites), so it is all about Star Wars this December. We have been watching all of the Star War movies once again, in order, to prepare for the new one. A few of them were very difficult to watch! I hope they don't mess up this new movie too much... 



Today I wanted to share a new Photoshop/PSE Action with you. This one is a very popular look and adds adjustable lightness/brightness and sharpens your images. I also added three optional layers to remove blue/yellow/red tints which is great for those yellow or blue inside shots. 

This action is beautiful on portraits, still life, and landscape images. A common problem is dark and dreary snow shots, and this action fixes that! If you want to sell your house, this action will make your interior shots beautiful and bright and remove strange color casts. This action would also be perfect for product photos for on-line stores like Etsy. 

You can download the free action toward the bottom of this post. I have posted a tutorial below. And if you have purchased my action or megapack within the last two years and want my newest updated one, email me! Address is on my order site. 

Images used in this post: (Purple Flowers, Cat, Woman, White Flowers, Bedroom, Kitchen).

Coffeeshop "Light and Bright" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial: 



This image is too dark and there is a blue tint. 

Run the CoffeeShop "Light and Bright" action.


This is the image after the action finishes running, no adjustments made.

I have two Bright layers, Bright and Bright Extreme. Try both and see which one looks better. 


In this example, Bright Extreme looks the best. You can also adjust the Light and Define layers and turn on Increase Shadows if you find your darks are not dark enough. Play with each layer's opacity and paint on the layer masks if necessary.


You can see the distracting blue tint.


Turn on Reduce Blues and adjust the opacity. 

I think this image looks great!

I hope you have fun playing with my newest action. 


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Wednesday, December 4

The Saga of The Christmas Lights



We are finally getting around to decorating for Christmas. Which means we pulled out the tree from the attic and Paul and the boys set it up. And plugged it in. And unfortunately realized that several sections of the lights were burned out! Not only were they burned out, but the bulbs were blackened. Apparently our fake tree was now a fire hazard.

We have had the tree for 6 years, and it was a cheap pre-lit Walmart one, so it is not completely surprising that the lights burned out. But it is a pain in the rear. We considered buying a new tree, but didn't want to spend $150-$200 so close to Christmas when we had a perfectly good tree that just needed some new lights.

So I decided to go and buy some lights from Walmart. Not wonderful timing since there wasn't a huge selection since people in our area start decorating for Christmas the day after Halloween. I went with the fancy LED lights this time, they were $17/box and I only needed two boxes. I made sure to pick out the warm white lights, I really dislike the bluish bright white lights. Actually dislike is not strong enough of a word, I despise the cool bright white lights with a passion.


So I got home and the boys made sure all of the lights were working and put them on our tall 9.5 foot tree and plugged them in.

I came down to admire our beautiful tree when I noticed something was wrong. The top of the tree had beautiful warm lights, the bottom had cold scary bright white lights. The boys looked at me sheepishly, but it wasn't their fault. It was probably just an isolated incident. Maybe someone had returned the bright white lights and accidentally put the lights in the wrong box.

So the boys, who were being incredibly patient, wrapped up the lights best they could and I brought the box back to Walmart and exchanged it for a new box of warm white lights. Then I went home and plugged them in before putting them on the tree. 

Guess, what, they were also cold bright white!

By this time I was getting very frustrated. It had been two days and not only was our tree not decorated, it only was half-lit! So I called Paul and asked if he could pop over to his Walmart after work and see if they had any warm white light boxes. There was no way I was buying any more of them from my Walmart since they obviously had a bad batch.

Paul HATES going to Walmart. With a passion. But since he is a great guy and loves me he stopped by after a long day of work. And then texted me that they were sold out of all of the warm white lights. I told him to hang on and I went on online trying to find another Walmart that stocked these lights. They were in stock all over town, but then I noticed the reviews.



Interesting, why such low reviews? Let me read a few.




So my issue was not an isolated issue. The manufacturers back in China had no quality control and apparently packed the wrong color white lights in these boxes randomly.  ARGGGGGG.

We had already visited Walmart three times for our tree-lighting ceremony. And now I had one box of warm white lights and one box of cold white lights and a sad-looking undecorated tree. 

Giving up on getting any decent lights at Walmart,  Paul and I went to Target and bought some packs of incandescent warm white lights that not only looked gorgeous, but flicker! And they were on sale. YAY!

I told the boys to box up the Walmart lights, they were going back. As you can see it is impossible to put 300 lights back into that small box. But honesty I didn't care, we had already had to go to the store four times to get lights for our tree, thanks to Walmart's manufacture screw-up! They would have to send them back anyway since they couldn't resale them since the lights did not match the box. 



This morning was our fifth and final trip dealing with Christmas lights. The boys did a great job putting the new ones from Target on the tree. See how warm they look, like little tiny candles. I even have a spare box just in case. Now we can finally put on the ornaments and get out our Christmas village. 

It is starting to feel a lot like Christmas!!! 


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Wednesday, November 27

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful day planned with loved ones. It is going to be pretty quiet here as both of my sisters are out-of-town this year. Heather not by choice, her entire family is sick with a cold. But I get to spend the day with Paul, the boys, and my parents so it is going to be nice.

My action and design packs are on sale this weekend, check them out! These packs allow me to post freebies on my blog, so thank you for supporting a small woman-own business. 

I haven't been around much since we have been trying to stay caught up with school before Christmas and we took a little trip to Fredericksburg, TX.  My mom traveled with us and Paul met us for two days. It is a four hour drive to get there, but worth it since it is such a beautiful part of Texas.


We hiked at Pedernales Falls.


The boys had a blast climbing all of the rocks and skipping stones in the water.


It couldn't have been a more beautiful day.


We went to a Pacific War re-enactment. This is the flamethrower guy.


And yes, his flamethrower is real! If you ever get a chance to go to Fredericksburg, be sure to also check out the Pacific War museum, it is incredible. 


I had a romantic date with Paul at Signor Vineyards


Well, my mother and boys were there also. I LOVE this photo! We were playing gin and my mom is happy as always, Paul is hilarious and a complete hottie, Duke is embarrassed, and Imp is trying not to laugh. Every time we go out we try to pack some cards or dominoes. 

I can't believe how many wineries are in this area.  There are over 50, many built just the last few years. Every time we go there we see several new ones. We are light-weights so we can only go to one winery a weekend. ;-) 

Our hotel, the Inn at Barron's Creek, has a parking lot where the wine buses shuttle people to the wineries. I was thinking this was such a great idea so no one drinks and drives, until I saw them drop all of the inebriated people off in the evening and the ones not staying locally stumbled off to their cars to drive home. People, don't drink and drive!!!

Of course we went hiking at my favorite park, Enchanted Rock.

Imp was having a blast, but for some reason his photo-face always looks constipated.


It was cool and the fall colors were spectacular. And we didn't see one snake, so Paul was happy.


And we took our traditional Turkey Pass Trail photo. For some reason Paul loves to have his photo taken here, go figure. 


I didn't want to leave! But no worries, I am sure we will go back soon. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and long weekend!!!

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Thursday, November 21

CoffeeShop "Thankful" Social Media Storyboard Set!


Oh my gosh, where has the time gone? We have resisted Christmas decorating so far (and never got around to carving our pumpkins), but plan on putting up the tree this weekend. My sister Heather and her kids are coming to spend Thanksgiving with our parents and my family, so I am really excited about next week.

This year we are going to break tradition and not serve a turkey. Paul is going to make bbq chicken thighs and Chappell Hill link sausage on the grill. Carving the turkey is always such a hassle and I always get stuck with a lot of white meat, my least favorite part of the turkey. So this year we are going to go crazy and cook meats that everyone likes.

Today I wanted to share some social media square photo templates for Thanksgiving. These are for Photoshop/PSE, so simply add your photos using the clipping masks. You can adjust the text and text color to taste. I love the free fonts on Font Squirrel if you want to use some special fonts. 

These would be perfect for posting on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or even your website or text to your parents!

A special thanks to Lisa Rubel Photography (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for allowing me to use her stunning images in my example storyboard.

Download the CoffeeShop "Thankful" Storyboard Set!

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