Thursday, September 12

Where Has The Time Gone? Galveston, School, CAP, and Angel Flights!

I am so sorry I haven't been here blogging for some time, I have really missed it! We have been busy the last 2 weeks, including a trip to the beach and getting back into school. But things are going great and I plan on getting back to The CoffeeShop!


So what have we been up to lately? Where to start... If you have been following my blog for any time you probably are aware my happy spot is the beach. Galveston Island, TX. We live only 1.5 hours away and I try to get the family out there several times a year. 

This trip we stayed at my parent's timeshare off the seawall. Unfortunately Paul was not able to come, he had to work, but the kids and I made the trip out there with my mom. It was a blissful 5 days and I was sad to come home. Sure, it was hot, but the weather was gorgeous. During the hottest time of the day we were inside reading, another blissful way to spend the day. 

But once late afternoon rolled in we hit the beach. 


We fed the seagulls.


Played in the sand and surf. 



And enjoyed stunning sunsets.

Looking at these photos just makes me want to go back... I am thinking October.





I haven't blogged much lately about our flights in the Gooney Bird. We have had several adventures over the summer and I will write about them later. But today I wanted to tell you about Paul's newest passion, volunteering for Angel Flight. Actually, click on the image above or this YouTube link for him to tell you about it himself!


In a nutshell, pilots volunteer their time and plane to fly patients for treatment. Paul was featured on their site last month, please go read it here or see it above (click on it to see it larger). We live next to one of the best cancer centers in the world (MD Anderson), so many patients need transportation down to Houston. Not only does this save them a long drive, it also keeps them off of commercial flights where they would have to deal with long waits and sitting next to sick people.


Most of the patients he has flown from around Texas and surrounding states needed treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center, but the other week he flew this precious 9 -year-old to the Shriners Hospital for Children Burn Center in Galveston.



I hope the little boy and his mother enjoyed the view on their way there. It was a pretty day.

I am so proud of Paul. His work with Angel Flight combine two of his passions; flying and helping people. What a great way to spend your weekend!


OK, back to the (boring) rest of us. I now am a proud mother of TWO Civil Air Patrol cadets!


Imp is back to making Lego Stop Motion movies. Lately they have been a little political, I should post some of them. He loves to follow the news and apparently is quite opinionated.


And on a final note, while we are at home working hard, my parents are gallivanting around Germany visiting my Dad's relatives. He is from Bremen but also has family in Bremerhaven. My dad texted me this photo of him riding a motorcycle with his little brother. My dad is the one riding on the back, and I don't know if he has ever been on a motorcycle before! It looks like they are having fun while we are housesitting for them and taking care of their neurotic cat. ;-) One of these days I hope to bring the boys to their grandfather's hometown Bremen.

Hope you have a great weekend!!!

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Tuesday, August 27

CoffeeShop "Gently Weathered 2" Fine Art Texture Set!


Today we are officially starting our homeschool year (gulp) and I will post more about that later. I will say I have a high schooler now (9th grade), so it is getting real! Hope your loved ones (and you if it applies!) are finding joy in their new classes this fall. Learning is essential and exciting and it never gets old.





I wanted to share a second set of the Gently Weathered textures. You can grab the first set here.

These are so lovely, I think you will really enjoy using them. Layer them over your images in Photoshop/PSE or use them as simple papers. I have many different texture tutorials posted here on my blog, you can search using the search bar toward the top of my page.

Original images used in this post: (Woman, Rose).

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Wednesday, August 21

CoffeeShop "Gently Weathered" Fine Art Texture Set



Today I have a new set of beautiful fine art textures I call "Gently Weathered". These are lovely subtle painterly textures that look amazing on so many different types of images.

Use these textures in Soft Light, Overlay, Multiply, Screen, or a combo of several different blending modes. You can desaturate them or even change their colors with a simple Hue/Saturation layer.








A special thanks to Lisa Rubel Photography (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for allowing me to use this stunning baby image in my example. You can download the original pink and white flowers used in my ad. You can download this rose here.

Download the CoffeeShop "Gently Weathered" Fine Art Textures.

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Monday, August 19

CoffeeShop "Baby Birthday & Cake Smash" Instagram Stories Templates!


Today I have a freebie for you Instagram users! This is a huge set of Instagram Stories templates for baby birthday/cake smash. 

Open them in Photoshop/PSE and add your images using the clipping masks. Everything is customizable, the colors, texts, words, borders, etc. You can even add pretty background paper.





Isn't this one adorable? A special thanks to Lisa Rubel Photography (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for allowing me to use her stunning images in my example storyboard.

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Friday, August 16

CoffeeShop "White Elephant" Fine Art Texture and Photoshop Tutorial


I just made this new texture and I am in love with it! It can be quite subtle but absolutely gorgeous on the right images. I find myself using it on florals and baby portraits, but you can use it on many other types of images.

A special thanks to Lisa Rubel Photography (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for allowing me to use her stunning baby image in this tutorial. You can find the floral image here.

I wrote a little tutorial on using this texture in Photoshop/PSE on baby portraits. You can download the free "White Elephant" texture towards the bottom of this post.




CoffeeShop "White Elephant" Texture on Baby Portrait Tutorial:




This is the gorgeous original image from Lisa Rubel. 


I added the "White Elephant" texture on top in 100% Soft Light blending mode. I want to remove this texture from her skin while leaving the texture color.

If I added a layer mask and just painted the texture off her skin, she would look too dark against the background.


First step is to select the baby. There are so many ways to do this, but on an image with a simple background like this one there is a clever little tool in Photoshop. 

Turn off the texture layer and click to select the baby image.


Click "W" to grab your magic wand and then look at the selection menubar. Click the "Select Subject" button.


Magically, the baby is selected!


Turn back on the texture layer and make sure it is selected.


Then use the Gaussian Blur filter to smooth out the texture while retaining the pretty ivory color.

If you want to add more texture, simply copy the texture layer and adjust that layer's opacity to taste.


She turned out gorgeous, right? It really brightened her skin and the texture looks so pretty on the background.

I would love to see your own edits using this texture on my Facebook page!

Download the CoffeeShop "White Elephant" Fine Art Texture.

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Wednesday, August 14

Yes, we are alive but MELTING!


How is the end of summer treating you?

We are all alive and well. The heat index has been around 110 each day, it is just miserable. I dragged the boys to the park this morning and really regretted it. You can tell in that photo that they are having a great time... Hee hee!

Every heard of "Hot Yoga"? Well, try "Hot Walking" in Texas. It is free and after a summer walk and cold shower you feel like you just had an intense massage/spa day. Call me crazy, but you feel completely relaxed.

It has been busy here as I am getting everything together for our homeschool year. Duke is going into high school (9th), so it is getting real! I will post later about what classes he is taking. Imp is in 7th grade, so it is going to be easy peasy to teach him.

I am finally recovered from my SINUS INFECTION FROM HELL, we have been flying, we are loving our a/c, and things are basically going great.

I will be back posting editing/design freebies, so keep me bookmarked and let me know what you want to see on my blog!

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Thursday, August 1

CoffeeShop "Impressions" Fine Art Texture Set!


Today I have a brand new fine art texture set! This one includes 5 beautiful textures that you can overlay on images or use alone as digital paper.


I usually like to use them in soft light blending mode, but you can also try screen, overlay, and/or multiple. These are all colored but you can change their colors by adding a Hue Adjustment layer or use them in grayscale.






I hope you enjoy playing with these new textures! Original images used in this post: (Woman, White Flowers 1, Eiffel Tower, White Flowers 2).

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Monday, July 29

CoffeeShop "Soft Romance" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


Sorry I haven't been around much. I have had a sinus infection for a month and just haven't had much energy. But honestly, this was probably the best time of the year to get sick. It is summer, so only light homeschooling, and incredibly hot outside. 



I tried every holistic approach to get well. Neti pot, vinegar vapor breathing, cayenne pepper/honey/cinnamon/vinegar drink (seriously, that one was GROSS), hot showers, a lot of sleep, bone broth, heating pads, etc. After over 2 weeks of feeling miserable I finally went to the doctor. She said I most likely did have an infection, but she thought my body was fighting it and I could wait on antibiotics for now. 


I despise taking any type of meds, especially antibiotics, so I was completely willing to go another week as long as I did not get worse. She told me to take decongestants and Flonase daily, and I decided that at this point of my sickness I was going to embrace the over-the-counter drugs.



And I have been slowly feeling better the last few days! So from my personal experience nothing really helped except time. ;-)

My kids are mowing the lawn/weeding and I get to play on the computer. While I was sick Paul updated my computer with a new drive and more memory. Yay! So to celebrate I finally put together this new action that I have been working on for a while.


This action, called "Soft Romance", brightens and lightens an image and applies a beautiful soft tint. It is completely adjustable and looks gorgeous on so many different types of images. I hope you enjoy using it as much as I do!




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