Vintage mood

Hello dear friends !

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the beginning of spring !  It has barely just begun here, so I still have some time to play with my photos before I have to turn my attention to the garden.

I like playing with my photos. I can spend many hours trying different effects, textures, filters and all sorts of adjustments.  I work with Corel PaintShop Pro X4 and it’s amazing all the things I can do with it.  In our digital age, photo editors have become the new dark-room.  For these photos I decided to give them a vintage mood.  I know…..vintage again !  But you know how I love everything old and shabby 🙂  All these wonderful old things, whether it be a piece of furniture, some fabrics, an heirloom dish or an old barn, they are all part of our history and heritage and that is what I wanted to celebrate.  What got me started in doing these vintage mood photos is my new dining set.  It is an antique reproduction and it really gives the room a sense of warmth and an inviting atmosphere.

This barn is located in St-Georges, it’s a beautiful old barn, just how I like them.  The winter scenery is at our local cross-country ski trails, the old wheel is on a yard in my neighborhood and the chair and oil lamp were photographed at my boyfriend’s cousin’s sugar shack (This gives you a hint of my next post 😉  I included the before photos (always the 1st photo) so you can see the difference.

With spring and summer coming our way I won’t have as much time as now to play with my photos.  My priorities will be outdoor activities like gardening, kayaking, painting the picket fence, going on bike rides and day trips and relaxing in the spa.  But I love to play with my photos, so you can bet you will see more of these !

I finally found a font I like for signing my photos.  I think it’s lovely and so flamboyant !  There are many fonts you can download for free on dafont website, but you have to verify the terms of use with the creator of each font before using them.

Have a fun week, and keep smiling, it’s spring !

Happy Easter !

Jocelyne

I’m joining Mary at the Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

Kim Klassen’s textures were used on some of these photos.

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Photos inspirations from by-gone days

Hello my friends !

I had another nice surprise last week when Crabtree & Evelyn’s public relations and marketing specialist in Connecticut sent me an e-mail to thank me for a post I made featuring their products.  She said their products blended beautifully well with my photos and she really liked that post.  How cool is that ?  🙂  I’m glad my post could reach her.  The same day, I had 13 views on this post, probably other employees from the same office.  It’s very kind of her to have sent me this e-mail, Thank you !

When I finish a post, most of the time I don’t know what I’m going to show and talk about in the next.  I have a few ideas I save in case I really don’t know what to post, but surprisingly something always comes up to spark my interest or creativity and that’s when the inspiration begins.  It could be something I saw on TV or the internet, heard on the radio, and sometimes it can be just a glimpse of an image I saw.  When that happens it’s as if all my creativity is suddenly awakened and from there I can start working on a new post.  Two weeks ago I received an interesting e-mail from my aunt  about some vintage 1930 catalog images from Montgomery Ward. 

Looking at these images I had the idea of creating vintage style photos.  I had much fun taking these photos and creating collages.  Also, I finally learnt to work with layers and textures with my photo editor Corel Paint Shop Pro X4.  I must admit I was intimidated at first , layers seemed so complicated to me, but it turned out to be not so complicated at all and now I really love working with them.  I like to give an artistic touch to some of my photos and for these one I used textures from Kim Klassen and Sarah Gardner.

I hope you enjoyed these photos, and until inspiration strikes again for my next post I’m wishing you a nice sunny week !

I’m linking to The Little Red House for Mosaic Monday and

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday