Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Bears and Roses for Simply Neutrals # 14


Happy New Year! I wish you loads of creativity and time to enjoy arty expression and just 'be' in the present moment... that's my New Year's resolution - to be where I am in each present moment and enjoy it.

Here's a little hat I made recently for one of my bears using scraps of doylies, lace, flowers and beading. The band was cut from an op shop top, and the embellishments were hand-stitched in place.

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Here's Edwina in her new hat. The frame is from Angela Wolf of JoesSistah.

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Now for some of my glorious Spring roses. They are mauve, but I've 'neutralised' them with a textured background I purchased from 2 LilOwls.


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I then added a frame from The Coffeeshop Blog

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I added another texture as a frame, too.

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I'll showcase more of my rose photos from this year soon, but for Simply Neutrals, I've played in Photoshop to 'neutralise' the vibrance of their colours, which is subtly beautiful, too. I've used the same Coffee Shop frame with a texture from Jerry Jones. The rose is called 'Climbing Cinderella', one of my favourites.
Jesse Rowan

This next rose is 'Champagner', textured with a texture from Jerry Jones.

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Now for a little mobile phone fun using an app called Kaleidoscope. Watch out, it's addictive! It's a great activity when you are waiting around somewhere or on public transport with kids in tow... It uses a photo on your phone or you can take a shot to play around with.

Jesse Rowan

An inspiring quote for the New Year...
The background texture is from http://farfarhill.blogspot.com.au/

Happy creating!
hugs,

Jesse


Thanks Wen for hosting the Simply Neutrals party. You can see more neutral beauty at AppleApricot .

P.S. A little hint for those new to blogging (like me!), I've noticed that when I return to past Simply Neutrals posts, some of my links didn't link back to the actual #post on Wen's blog, or to my own #post, so make sure you click on the post title to get the specific link address to use, rather than the main address of the blog. Otherwise you have to search manually for it and others who may be browsing our blogs can't easily find the posts.

22 comments:

  1. Oh Jesse I really enjoyed this post! I loved your sweet "Edwina!" and her beautiful hat. And your Spring roses are delightful and so elegant~ Your photo enhancements are amazing! Such gorgeous results; love the 'frames' you created.
    thanks for the hints about clicking on the post title... I always appreciate the help! Have a great week~ Karen O

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    1. Happy New Year Karen. Thanks for your lovely comments. I'm looking forward to visiting everyone's blogs tonight, after I get some work done.
      Hugs,

      Jesse

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  2. Hi Jesse you have done such a great job in embellishing Edwina's new hat. She looks very sophisticated sitting in that frame. Your roses are sooo beautiful - love that mauve one in the Coffeeshop blog frame. I think that one is definitely my fav.
    So nice to have a reprieve from the rain but the garden and roses still are looking a magical picture here! I bet your garden is looking lovely too at the moment!
    Sending some garden hugs to you,
    Suzy

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    1. Hi Suzy, Yes the rain has revived it well. And the weeds are under control (I don't know for how long, though!) Some roses are finished flowering but most are laden. We are in for a hot week next week, it seems. Our beaches are closed because of the brown water flushing out of the rivers and creeks. Hope they clear for the hot weather.
      I can't pick a favourite -each rose has its own qualities. But the amount of roses on one stem is impressive with that mauve one, and it's only been in for 1 year. I hope you'll have some roses in your next garden.
      Hugs,

      Jesse

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  3. Hi Jesse, wow your lovely bear must be so in love with her new hat. What a gorgeous work, you did, it is so beautiful.
    Also love the photos of your wonderful roses, surely funny to play with them on the computer, being able to change and do!!
    The mauve rose is just stunning .
    Dorthe, x

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    1. Hello Dorthe, Thank you. Yes, it is fun to play with Photoshop Elements - but it takes a lot of time away from 'real' creative projects. I get carried away!LOL
      Jesse

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  4. Hi Jesse,
    your Edwina looks absolutely stunning with her gorgeous hat.
    Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful photos of your roses.
    Happy New Year to you, dear Jsse.
    Hugs and love,
    Marie

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    1. Hi Marie, Thank you for visiting. Happy New Year to you as well, one full of creative 'be-ing'!.
      Hugs,
      Jesse

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  5. Absolutely beautiful, love your work and photos. Hugs, Valerie

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  6. Your post is just beautiful. Nice to meet Miss Edwina, her hat is enchanting!
    Best wishes for a super 2016 - with lots of creativity, good health and joy!

    Have a nice weekend!

    Gaby xo

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    1. Thanks for stopping by for a peek, Gaby. I shall have a look at your blog now too...
      Jesse

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  7. Love the beautiful vintage feel and framing you gave to this photo, Lovely!

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  8. HI Jesse, and Happy New Year. The hat is a beauty and so is your darling bear. And I llove what you did with those frames. Stunning! Hugs, Sue

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    1. Thanks, Sue. I'm hooked on frames at the moment. It's fun :)
      Jesse

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  9. One very happy gorgeous bear she is, your Edwina! You made her a gorgeous hat sweetie! The roses, oh my, they're so beautiful... And I LOVE kaleidoscopes! We have a little toy for the kids here, when you look through it you see the world in kaleidoscope, so wonderful. And thank you dear for your hint, it really is a shame to not being able to revisit some of the linked blog posts. I will try to remember to add this information next time too! Sending you hugs xx

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    1. Thanks, Wen. Well, I enjoyed browsing through all the older blog posts, but it's nice to see the one you are aiming at first, isn't it! :) Kaleidoscopes are fascinating, I love them too.
      Hugs,
      Jesse

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  10. Such a glorious bear! Happy New Year to you! I love your frames too!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy, I hope you are feeling better. Happy New Year of healing...

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  11. Such a cute bear! It looks so elegance. I think my friend (she collects different bear toys) would really want this one to her collection and it'll look there very unique and special.

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    1. Thanks - I haven't any for sale at the moment. They take so long to make!
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Thank you so much for your friendly comments. It makes my day to have a response to my artworks.