Thursday, December 4, 2008

Martial Arts Christmas Gift Sets

As the mother in a martial arts family (we all are black belts in taekwondo) I know that buying Martial Arts themed gifts and cards can be difficult. The local card shop and sporting goods store just doesn't carry a big selection of martial arts, karate or taekwondo products.
Because of that, I decided to design my own martial arts t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, mousepads, keychains, greeting cards, congratulations cards, coffee mugs and much much more. I offer these items online through and
These martial arts gift items are suitable to give as belt rank promotion gifts, birthday or Christmas presents. They make unique gifts for master instructors, coaches and athletes.
Just for Christmas I have created a cute martial arts Merry Kick-Mas design. It features a martial artist kicking guy in all the different colored belts. This seasonal design makes a fun Christmas card or stocking stuffer.
What's even better is that on you can create your own special custom gifts and cards with my designs and personalize them as you wish. Add a name, martial art, team or school name.
New at is custom embroidery. I have designed a line of customizable jackets, tote bags and hoodies for the martial arts black belt. Add your name to make it your own.
Make your own gift set when you put a rolled custom martial arts t-shirt in a custom martial arts coffee mug with a custom martial arts keychain from!
No matter what martial art you practice - karate,taekwondo, kung fu or judo; and no matter what belt rank you will find unique gift ideas through Lora Severson Photography.

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Original Nature Photography Christmas Cards

Do you have your Christmas cards yet? Don't delay....check out the nature photography Christmas cards by Lora Severson Photography. While you are there add matching thank you notes for after the holidays. Cards feature high resolution photographs of ice covered pine branches, icy red Christmas berries and childhood snowmen.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Barns and Farm Photography

I am a lover of old barns and farm implements. To me they are a reminder of years gone by and important history of the rural Midwestern United States. So many tall majestic barns have gotten old and have been replaced by subdivisions and strip malls. I love barns so much that my husband and I recently built an addition to our home that is made from recycled barn wood. The wood is from a 100+ year old dairy farm in rural Wisconsin that was being torn down to make way for a new pole barn. The wood has so much character it almost speaks to you of the olden days.
Before our barn was torn down I took several photographs that I have made into a barn and farm photography gallery to share with other barn and farm lovers. These fine photographs are my tribute to the Rural and the Rustic.
I offer my barn and farm fine art prints through is one of the fastest growing online art sites. They offer giclee art prints for all price ranges from over 50,000 talented artists and photographers. If you thought you couldn't afford fine art prints...think again. Their service and quality is impeccable. Choose from a variety of different quality papers and custom frames.
A custom framed barn photograph makes a thoughtful and unique gift for a birthday, anniversary or Christmas. also uses the same high quality photographs and makes greeting cards that are sure to become a keepsake forever.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Save on Kids Clothes Today November 17th!

Save on kids specialty t-shirts, sweatshirts, onesies and bibs. All kids apparel is on sale today only at Save $5.00 on your purchase of $40.00 or more. Use coupon code DEMHOL4 at checkout to receive discount.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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Get unique Christmas and winter themed postage stamps to match your Christmas holiday cards this year. Shop online to beat the crowds and save on gas and save on shipping! is offering free shipping when you buy one or more sheets of qualifying postage. Use coupon code STMPHOLIDAYS to receive the discount. Offer available from October 27, 2008 through December 31, 2008.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

40% OFF 2009 Calendars! is having an Early Bird Calendar sale until October 31, 2008
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Use coupon code CALENDARSAVE at checkout.
Calendars make the perfect Christmas gift because everyone needs one! Buy early and avoid the rush (and enjoy the savings), buy online and avoid the crowds! Choose from thousands of original designs from thousands of talented artists.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Have you seen the new Flip Mino?
Flip Mino and have joined up to offer original one of a kind designs on the tiny flip mino camcorders. These unique designed Flip Minos are not available in stores, they are online only and are created by the thousands of talented artists on
Just in time for Christmas holiday gift giving, these Minos will be a big hit in a stocking on Christmas day!

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sunflower Folklore

Here is a bit of Sunflower Folklore for the sunflower lovers in the world. Just some more reasons to love sunflowers.

Did you know
-that if you grow a sunflower in your yard it will bring you good luck?

-that a sunflower cut at sunset will bring good luck in the next day?

-if you want to know the truth in any situation, sleep with sunflowers under your bed?

-to wear sunflower seeds around your neck to protect against against small pox?

Are you looking for sunflower themed gifts for a sunflower lover in your life for Christmas, a birthday or anniversary? The Sunflower Shop at Lora Severson Photography carries a complete line of sunflower related gifts, greeting cards and apparel. As always at, you can customize and personalize these items to make them a special gift.

A sunflower enthusiast will enjoy sending or receiving these floral greeting cards featuring a perfect yellow sunflower. Be sure to add the matching floral postage stamps.

Perfect Yellow Sunflower card
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Perfect Yellow Sunflower stamp
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A featuring 12 original floral photographs of blooming yellow sunflowers always makes a thoughtful and useful gift.

Sunflowers 2009 calendar

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While you're at the Sunflower Shop, be sure to pick up some stocking stuffers for sunflower lovers this Christmas holiday season. Choose from sunflower magnets, sunflower buttons, sunflower keychains, sunflower stickers and more. There is also a wide variety of hostess gifts for a sunflower fan including sunflower coffee mugs, sunflower tote bags to name a couple.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sweetest Day

What is Sweetest Day?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sweetest Day
Observed by Mostly Midwestern United States
Type Local
Date Third Saturday in October
2008 date October 18
Celebrations Giving small presents such as greeting cards, candy, and flowers to loved ones

"Sweetest Day is an observance celebrated primarily in the Great Lakes region and parts of the Northeast United States on the third Saturday in October. It is described by Retail Confectioners International as an "occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember not only the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed." Sweetest Day has also been referred to as a "concocted promotion" created by the candy industry solely to increase sales of candy."

Whatever the reason for the origin of Sweetest Day, you better be prepared with a nice greeting card on October 18th for your Sweetheart! Let the people in your life know how much you care about them on Sweetest Day and also everyday! I offer a wide variety of real paper greeting cards for any occasion at Lora Severson Photography at Greeting Card Universe. Choose from Thinking of You, Miss You, I Love You as well as anniversary and birthday cards. Add optional personalization and Greeting Card Universe will take care of the rest and mail the card directly to the recipient or to your home. You choose. Cards are professionally printed on high quality paper and delivered with a nice presentation.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner Invitations - Creative Options to Invite Guests

When it come to planning a Thanksgiving party, a large amount of focus is placed on the party itself. While it is important to plan and prepare for your party, there are some party hosts who forget the importance of inviting their guests. While the guests always end up getting invited, it isn't in the manner that they wished to be invited. If you are hosting a Thansgiving party, you are urged to invite your guests with real party invitations; you will find that there are a number of benefits in doing so.

Perhaps, the biggest benefit to inviting your guests to your Thanksgiving party with formal invitations is the fact that your invitation will reflect upon your party. The inv
itation is a lot of times the first indication of the formality or casualness of the event. Let the invitation set the mood for your upcoming event. Also, guests feel more important when invited with a formal invitation. If you took the time to send them a party invitation, they are more likely to make a point of coming to your party.

When it comes to party invitations, you will find that you have a number of different options. The most popular option is using store bought invitations. Store bought invitations are nice and typically come with pre-filled recommendations,
such as the party date, time and place.

r convenient option, especially if you have a hectic schedule, is purchasing your Thanksgiving party invitations online. Stores like Greeting Card Universe offers high quality real paper greeting cards and invitations for every occasion. As the consumer, you are able to add your specific party information directly to the inside of the card. You can also add a personal note if you wish. Greeting Card Universe will also take on the chore of mailing the party invitations to your guests with a good looking presentation.

If you are looking for a way to invite your guests without spending a lot of money, you can easily do this by making your own Thanksgiving party inv
itations. In most party supply stores or craft stores you can find a collection of blank cards or themed papers. Often times your computer will also have card and party templates which you can use.

As previously men
tioned, there are a number of benefits to sending your Thanksgiving party guests real party invitations, whether they are store or internet bought or handmade. Your guests will enjoy they thought and effort that you put into it.

For more cards and invitations that you can customize and personalize please visit my other card gallery on Lora Severson Photography on Zazzle
.com. You will find many card templates that you can use to create any kind of card you need whether it be a birthday card, anniversary card, congratulations or get well card or thank you notes. I am a photographer that has a passion for nature, flowers and martial arts.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Unique Nature Photography Christmas Cards

Get 25% off 10 or more Christmas Holiday cards by Lora Severson Photography at . Check out the original winter scenic nature photography and high quality printing and shipping offered by! All cards, gift tags and envelope seals are customizable - add your personal note or name to create your own custom card! Be sure to pick up matching winter scenic postage stamps while you're there.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fall Planting

Fall Planting by Veracan

Soon it will be time for fall gardening. Removing the spent annuals, pulling the endless weeds, cultivating mulch and planting fall flowers.

Just because mums are available now (in August), does not necessarily mean you should start today. Growers push an early batch because the retailers have been sitting idle for most of July and August. There are early blooming varieties of Mums and Asters, but generally not this early.

Fall gardening is just that. It feels great to get outside when the temperatures are in the mid 70’s instead of the high 90’s. Fall is the best time to do many, many things in your garden.

Mulch - Fall is a great time to cultivate all the mulch in your beds. Over the season the mulch has a tendency to become compacted. The necessary water and air cannot get to the roots of the plants where it is needed. Use a 3 or 4 tined garden Hoe to turn the mulch.

Fertilizer and weed preventer - Once you have cultivated your mulch, a good organic fertilizer and a weed preventer, such as Cockadoodle-doo organic fertilizer and Cockadoodle-Doo corn gluten weed preventer is a great fertilizer for your plants and shrubs and a natural weed preventer to keep those winter weeds away.

Plantings - The fall season is the best time to plant trees and shrubs. As the temperatures are in a cooling pattern, trees and shrubs are less likely to go into shock after transplanting. They take root more easily, because the plant is not working so hard to keep the foliage from becoming stressed due to the heat. Many trees are dug in the fall. To get trees that have been freshly dug, go to your local nursery (not big box store) in October. Ask the nursery salesperson if they are getting any fresh trees for the fall. On the East Coast, trees normally get dug in October, depending on the weather. If all you can find are trees that were dug in the spring, ask for a discount if they are already not on sale. No Nursery wants to keep too much stock over the winter. There is too much loss. When you do plant shrubs and trees in the fall they still require water, mulch and TLC. Plant your fall flowers in mid to late September so the color lasts well into the fall. Plant your bulbs late in the fall, so they don’t start to grow. Tulips and Daffodils not to mention the dozens of other spring blooming bulbs will do best planted in early November once the temps are going to stay cold.

The Lawn - Fall is the absolute best time of year to overhaul the lawn. Get a soil test to check the Ph of the soil. Lime if necessary. Aerating and or thatching are best done in the fall. Aerating is the process of making holes in the lawn, about 2 inches deep, so water and air can get to the roots of the turf. Thatching is the process of getting rid of the “thatch” or dead build up that can choke out the good turf and prevent water and fertilizer from reaching the roots of the turf. Once you aerate or thatch the lawn, I would recommend over seeding and fertilizing. Thatching the lawn will leave bare or thin areas in the lawn, if you do not over seed, the weeds will just take over. Once you have over seeded and fertilized it is a good idea to get that seed covered, to keep it from drying out between watering and from becoming bird food. Straw is a good cover, except you need to pull it up. Peat moss is a good cover and you don’t have to pull it up. A reusable grass germinating mat is also great. The grass germinates faster because it generates warmth and allows water to flow through, yet still protecting it from critters. A good organic fertilizer will get the turf through the winter without becoming stressed.

Fall is also a great time to prune your trees and shrubs. Give them a good haircut so they keep their shape. When they flush out in the spring they will be nice and dense, not stringy.

Take time to enjoy your fall gardening. Working in the yard this time of year will ensure you of a beautiful and lush spring season.

This article may be reproduced and/or distributed for the purpose of education only, and may not be changed in part or whole. This article was written by Vera Pappas, Owner of, suppliers of unique and eco-friendly garden supplies.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Martial Arts Benefits

Benefits of Martial Arts Training For Kids by John Parke

Admit it. When the going gets tough at home, we’ve all plopped the kids in front of the television and breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, we can get started on dinner, maybe check email or sort that massive pile of laundry.
But when your five-year old yells at you “Mom, Kids Rule!” or your ten-year old horrifies you with language that would make a sailor blush, you realize there must be something amiss with what these “family programs” really teach our kids. And sadly, its happening all over the media today, from sports to cartoons, and our children are learning things that we, as parents, vowed we would never teach them. Old fashioned values like respect and self-discipline, seems to have been forgotten, replaced by the dreaded “bling bling” pop culture of today.
Just the thought of your angelic three-year old morphing into a designer-clad, smart-mouthed, money-worshipping, me-obsessed, lay-about is enough to make any parent consider that threatening military school brochure, but there is a solution out there to consider.
Martial Arts Training
From Ninja Turtles to The Karate Kid
You and your kids have all seen the flying kicks, battle cries and mighty chops of their favorite TV characters, as they beat the bad guys to submission – but, you may ask, how on earth can these acts of violence teach my child anything worthwhile?
First, know that what you see on television (save perhaps the Karate Kid) is a far cry from what real martial arts are all about. The fact is, martial arts training is based on non-violence.
Originating in Asia (mainly Japan, China and Korea, although Thailand and Vietnam have their own practices as well), martial arts range from a variety of types and styles, all of which are based on well-rounded, moral teachings. The beauty of learning martial arts is that it encompasses not just the physical aspect of the “sport”, but mental and emotional lessons as well.
Comparing that to other kid’s activities and sports, where fierce competitiveness and “winning at all costs” seems to be the order of the day, it’s not surprising that many children grapple with issues of self-esteem and misplaced aggression.
Now imagine your child actually learning valuable life lessons, skills that he will take throughout life, laying the foundation for a happy, well-adjusted and fulfilled adult life. If only karate for kids was popular in the 70’s, when I was growing up!
The Advantages
• Karate, and other martial arts for kids, builds confidence and self-esteem as well as self-discipline, respect, concentration and courtesy.
• Many martial arts schools also offer leadership courses for kids, in conjunction with their karate for kids programs, or similar lessons.
• Martial Arts is ideal for children who do not do well in team sports, giving them the ability to flourish this activity, while combining physical and mental practices.
• Many do not realize this, but it is a fact that martial arts training are safer than most school sports.
• Children with special needs, such as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), learning difficulties and hyperactivity are often recommended to participate in martial arts for kids because of the clear benefits in its structured training techniques.
Kung-Fu Master or Ninja Warrior?
Before you sign up Junior for the first martial arts class you see, take some time to check out the different methods available, and match it with what you know would suit your child best. This is a good way to avoid any problems that may sprout from a conflict of your child’s personality and the training techniques.
Is your little Zach a sensitive soul? Then maybe a class that doesn’t center on sparring (full-on kicks and punches training) but rather, slower, defensive maneuvers would fare better for him. Kids with an aggressive streak, however, may prefer the more forceful moves and thrive in competitive sparring.
Here’s a quick primer on the kid-friendly martial arts training you’re likely to find:
Martial Arts From Japan
• Uses defensive and aggressive moves
• Centers on building strength and endurance
• Involves chops, punches, kicks, strikes, blocking and sparring
• May use weapons
• Uses defensive and aggressive moves
• Involves lots of sparring
• Teaches a fair amount of weapons training
• Uses a more “spiritual” and harmonious style in redirecting the aggression of the attacker as the form of defense, using throws, pins, rolls etc.
• Taught on the premise of disabling an aggressor without attacking, through your individual inner energy
• Does not involve sparring or competitions
• Uses gentle, “wrestling-like” movements
• Considered one of the safest methods of martial arts
• Emphasizes physical control as well as mental development
• Engages in competitions
Martial Arts From China
• The generic term referring to Chinese martial arts with a variety of styles
• Involves attack movements as well as defensive techniques
• Teaches kicks, punches, chops, throws, falls, grappling, katas, leg sweeps and blows among others.
• Engages in sparring competitions
Martial Arts From Korea
• Competitive in nature, involves techniques using elaborate footwork and unique high kicks.
• Emphasizes strength, force and attack methods.
• Engages in lots of sparring and competitions.
Choosing The Right Instruction
If you have an idea of the type of martial arts class you’d like your child to participate in, the next step would be to find the right school. Finding the right class that not only matches your child’s and your needs, in terms of teachers you feel comfortable with, the price, facilities and so on, are all important factors.
Say you’ve found a local place that specializes in Karate for Kids. What are the things you should look for?
1. Good Instructors
Check out their qualifications, teaching methods and watch carefully how they interact with the other children. It should be a fun learning experience!
2. Space and Safety
Obviously you would want to entrust your child in as establishment that is safe, well-maintained, and clean with ample space as well as decent facilities and equipment.
3. School Values
Different martial arts schools inevitably go by different values, for instance, one kid’s karate class may handle aggression in one way, while a judo class would have a different approach. Take some time to observe which school’s ideals match your family’s principles.
4. Prices and Schedules
Prices for martial arts training can vary according to school and location, so make sure you the instruction you choose represents fair value. Finding the most effective way to fit martial arts training into your family’s lifestyle is also essential, knowing what works best with your schedule and other activities.
Baby Blackbelts
Starting your child young in karate training is ideal (children as young as the age of four are usually accepted, as it is also a good way to hone fine motor skills), and lots of parents have found that in as little as a year, their children who were involved in martial arts had noticeably gained positive traits such as increased self-esteem, respect and overall physical fitness.
Many parents also opt to join a martial arts training program themselves, making it a great bonding experience for the entire family.

For more information, please go to our site: - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Maryland (BJJ) and Muay Thai Boxing Maryland, Virginia and DC’s own Lloyd Irvin is a Brazilan Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (GJJ) and Grappling Hall of Fame Inductee. He is now offering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Maryland and a FREE 30 Day Trial of his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Maryland (BJJ), Thai Kick Boxing , Maryland Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts program.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Turning a Photograph into a Poster

Do you have pictures at home that would make great posters? Because of my passion for martial arts, I have several martial arts themed pictures. These pictures make perfect motivational posters when a border and quote or inspirational phrase is added.
It is simple to do this at home with Photoshop.
First, open the picture to which you would like to add a border. I always make a duplicate copy to work on instead of the original.
Next, under the Image tab at the top click on Canvas Size. You will see what the current size measurements are and a box for the new size. In the new size, increase the width and height by how big you would like the border to be when finished. For example, if a picture is 8 x 10 and I wanted a 2 inch border, I would increase the size to 10 x 12.
You can change the color of the border to whatever compliments the photo and add text if you wish.
I have more examples of Motivational Martial Arts Posters which make perfect gifts for the martial artist. These martial arts posters are great for karate or tae kwon do. I also offer Abstract Fractal Arts Posters at While you are there, be sure to check out my new Earth Day Poster featuring a gorgeous nature photograph taken of the mountains in Lake Tahoe.

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Simple Tips To Keep Your Tulips Looking Gorgeous

Tulips are from Holland, right? Not exactly. Tulips are actually from Turkey. Tulip means Turban in Turkish. Regardless of the origin of Tulips they are a beautiful flower that people of many backgrounds enjoy.

Experts would term tulips as perennials, however they are generally thought of as annuals. They can be termed annuals because of how you take care of them and their blooming cycle. Tulip bulbs should be planted around the end of October and beginning of November as any experienced gardener knows.

What type of soil is best for tulip bulbs? Sandy soil is the best option. Sandy soil helps with drainage from the tulip. Verify that you use a planter properly otherwise your tulips might not drain. If tulips don't drain properly then they can rot more easily.

If you do not have naturally sandy soil in the area where you live, it is fine to just add some sand and a little compost to your soil. Whatever you do, make sure that the soil is fairly dry when digging and planting bulbs.

There is no specific depth that the experts recommend you plant a tulip. This is due in large part to the fact that tulip bulbs come in a wide variety of sizes. For a rough idea of how deep to plant the bulbs, measure the length. Then, multiply that length by three and plant the bulbs at that depth. Although not an ideal solution, this rough idea will net you more tulips in the springtime than simply planting your bulbs at a uniform depth.

Tulips are great at warding off flower disease. However, they are not immune to everything. Usually you will see "tulip fire" which leaves the stems stunted and deformed. Brown patches will surface on the stunted stems and leaves. If this occurs then you need to completely get rid of the tulips and start again.

If you don't want to buy new bulbs every year you can dig up the tulip bulbs each season. Make sure that you keep them in a cool, dry place until you can plant them again. They can rot even when they are not in the ground. Therefore, proper storage is of the utmost importance. You should dig up your bulbs when the leaves and foliage are completely dry.

Tulips are a beautiful addition to any garden and the aroma is wonderful. If you cut tulips to display them make sure to add some sugar to the water. This will let the tulips live another week longer. Whether you enjoy tulips in the garden or on your kitchen table, they are a nice addition to your surroundings.

About the author: Hugo Bolzonello writes exclusively for US Tulips, it's one of the webs most up to date Tulips sites, while you're there sign up for the free newsletter.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Easter White Daffodils

Many think of the Easter Lily when they think of Easter flowers. However, did you know that the Daffodil in springtime actually symbolizes a reawakening and rebirth. For this reason, I think it is a great Mascot of Easter.
When you are bringing flowers to a friend, always bring more than one daffodil; as only one daffodil is said to bring misfortune.
While looking for good fortune, it is also folklore that to avoid trampling on a bed of daffodils will bring good luck.
The date for Easter this year is March 23, 2008. This is calculated by the first full moon on or after March 21 every year.
Be ready with your Easter cards and gifts from Lora Severson Photography. These Easter cards featuring botanical photography all have coordinating postage stamps to create a great set.
This picture of a white daffodil in the morning sun is also available as a Fine Art Print through (without the text) New at Imagekind are greeting cards printed on high quality papers. A thoughtful gift for the flower lover in your life at Easter time!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Spring Tulip Garden

Spring and Easter will be upon us before you know it and with that I am showcasing my Roadside Spring Tulip Garden photograph. This picture of colorful tulips was taken along a rural roadside in Illinois. Every year I looked forward to the spring blooms but sadly, the road expanded this year to make a turning lane and all the tulip bulbs were dug up. Luckily the flower garden will live on in my photos.
I have designed this photograph and others similar to it into beautiful Easter Cards and different All Occasion Greeting Cards.
For the tulip or garden lover, I also offer this as a custom framed and matted Fine Art Print. Great for Mother's Day gifts also.

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Red Bleeding Hearts for Valentine's Day

These little red heart flowers seem to drip off the stem of this Red Bleeding Hearts plant. Forget roses-these little beauties should be the official flower of Valentine's Day! In honor of this holiday of love, I have digitally enhanced this color floral photograph
into this black and white photo with red tinted heart flowers. And I am going to tell you how to do it in Photoshop.

  • I always start by making a copy of my original so in case I make a mistake, I always have a back-up.
  • Next, with the magic wand tool, I outline all the red flowers or whatever I want to tint. Take your time with this part to get all areas you want selected. It can be tedious, but it pays off in the end.
  • Once the flowers are selected, invert the selection and desaturate the background. This will leave the flowers red and turn the background to black and white. If you didn't get your original selection right, then invert again and touch up any areas you need to and repeat process.
The process is really very easy and produces a great effect. But, if you don't want to do it yourself,
I have designed this photograph into Floral Valentine's Day Cards and Gifts
on my store. As always, a complete overview of my photography work can be found at

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