Pick A Palette for Your Picture Perfect Project


I’m thrilled to find this collection of landscape style palettes that really helps to convey what you want to your designer or contractor. Take a look at these selections and download them to your wish book for a current project or one you plan in the future. Why reinvent the wheel when it’s already done for you here
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Save Money With Summer Garden Photos


Your awesome photos of flowers and gardens can save you big money come holiday season.  The trick is to know how to get started turning a so-so photo into a fine work of art.  The image below of a stunning cottage garden has long been one of my favorites for making cards.  I did a few simple tricks with Photoshop Limited Edition that are easy for anyone to do just as well. Below is the original photo from which this art image was created.  Here’s what I did: Crop into a long, wide format like a painter would use.  I also cropped out all but the best flowering plants. Increase the color intensity so the flowers pop out. Increase the brightness so there’s not so much dark range as the original shot taken on on a cloudy day so the colors won’t bleach out and few shadows are visible. Use the “Ink Outline” filter in Photoshop to give it the hand-painted look without sacrificing the crispness of a photo. I like to print this one onto canvas sheets you can buy for your printer.  I cut out the images and tack them onto a blank card so they can be removed by the recipient to use in other ways.  Our just frame yourself and give for pennies compared to buying something for the art and flower lover in your world.

Backyard Wedding Makeovers FREE download eBook


There’s only 120 days until peak wedding season 2010!  If you’re planning to tie the knot at home, download a copy of my FREE full color eBook Backyard Wedding Makeovers at http://bit.ly/BackyardWedding This easy to apply guide is designed for cash strapped homeowners, renters and gardeners who want to get hitched at home or have the reception there. Plus, it’s equally good for rehabilitating the backyard for a party or special event of any kind. Tips tell you how to disguise eyesores. Find out how to arrange elements for optimal visibility. Discover flowers in keeping with your wedding color scheme so everything is coordinated. And say your vows under a beautiful flower decked arbor for picture perfect wedding photos.