Sunday, September 27, 2009

Mosaic Monday for Fall

Well it’s Monday again.  So let’s head over to Mary’s at Little Red House. Mary graciously hosts this event every Monday. Stop by and see what everyone has done!
The time just flies by and soon we will be flying back to Florida. It is raining today and chilly and damp but it could be that white stuff. We had guests from England and we have spent the last 4 days seeing the sights and the weather was beautiful. The foliage has started but just a hint of what is to come.
Next week is the Fryeburg Fair. We will go and take lots of pictures. I love the animals and the food!
Today’s mosaic is pictures from a farm stand in Conway that grows lots of pumpkins and squash. The first is done with PhotoScape and the last two with Picasa 3.

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I am still having trouble making mosaics with the Mac… I really like the options in PhotoScape but I don’t think the program is for the Mac. So I will keep looking and experimenting. If any one has a solution, please share.
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Have a great week.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Pink Saturday

Another Pink Saturday at Beverly’s How Sweet the Sound! And this will be the last of my summer flowers.

Last Saturday I visited  Teresa at Marigold Manor for the first time. I spent some time there and will go back.
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Have a wonderful Pink Saturday!

Finishing up Camden for now.....

I still have more pictures but I'm sure everyone has had almost enough!

I am going to make a few more mosaics. I have a MacPro now and I am nervous about not having PhotoScape for the wonderful frames for my mosaics.

Anyone out there have any suggestions for Macs and mosaics?

The mosaic above includes pictures from walking around Camden and Wiscasett. Maggie, Hawthorn Inn is in there, too.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday in Camden

Please join Susan at a Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.

No I am not done with Camden  yet! We look forward to it all year and each year we seem to enjoy it even more. We are both creatures of habit so we stay in the same inn in the same room and eat at the same restaurants. Each year we venture a little further and this year we made some wonderful discoveries. The Lord Camden Inn is right in the middle of town so we park our car in their lot and walk everywhere.
The Camden Deli is right across the street for breakfast.
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After breakfast we wander around the harbor area.

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Then we get in the car and take a field trip.
We always take a drive to Lincolnville home of  Cellardoor Winery. They have a new wine. Yes, it is called Serendipity!

And this is the description!
Say no more…..
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We tasted the wines and brought some back to the cabin. We were also delighted to find out that the wines can be shipped to some states – Florida being one of them. Yeah! We will take some Maine to Florida with us.
Rockport is just outside of Camden. There is a lovely little harbor which was the home of Andre the seal and there is wonderful farm home to Belted Galloway cattle. Last year we drove all over – not a cow in sight. This year there they were. They must have known I had a new camera.

Just love these oreo cookie cows.
So then on this day of doing things just a little differently, we found a new place for lunch. We had seen this little restaurant but it was not open when we were there. Well it was this time. Wow!


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The name of the restaurant is Paolina’s Way and it was wonderful. We had an antipasto, fish soup, bread and pizza and I had gelato for dessert.L1010349

Raspberry, Coconut, and Chocolate Gelato sprinkled with cocoa  powder and served with a big spoonful of Nutella on a square of pastry. There wasn’t much left.
I am still not done with Camden. I think some mosaics are in order. Have a wonderful Outdoor Wednesday.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mosaic Monday

It’s another Mosaic Monday at Mary’s Little Red House. Be sure to drop by and see all the beautiful examples.
Mosaics are my favorites.  I like making them and I love seeing what others have done. The possibilities are endless!

Picasa sky mosaic
The skies have been absolutely beautiful recently. Then look down and see what’s on the ground!

Mushroom mosaic
Have a great day!

Answering some questions or at least trying to…..

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I want to thank all of you who have been so kind to leave comments on my blog. I read them all and make every effort to visit back and say hi to you. I am most appreciative of those who have become followers.
I am by no means an expert on any of this. As you can see I only began blogging in May. However, I am persistent and truly enjoy the challenge of the “techie” world whether it be a sewing machine, kitchen appliance, or computer. Before I joined any of the events, I studied all of the bloggers on this list starting with Big Black Dogs and Between Naps on the Porch. I found both of these by accident and I was hooked. And of course one blog leads to another…..
I have always loved taking pictures but never really did anything with them. Now with digital the possibilities are endless. The shoe box is out!
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So to answer some questions…
I did not buy the pink vase. I am trying to be good. I am trying to tell myself that just because I take a picture of something doesn’t mean I have to buy it. This works about 25% of the time – up from 5%!
I trudged all over Camden and did find the Hawthorn Inn for Maggie B at Normandy Life! I used to walk quickly but now I trudge! I will do another Camden post over the weekend.
Mary at Little Red House has now introduced me to Florabella Textures. I will prevail – hasn’t happened yet but……Mary, I have not found a tutorial and now I have a Mac and Live Writer and PhotoScape probably won’t work!

Live Writer questions….
I really like using this program. Inserting the pictures is speedy and they go where you tell them to almost all of the time.  When your picture is uploaded you have more control of the size and some options such watermark and tilting. You can crop and rotate in Live Writer as well. The text wrapping feature is very user friendly. I find the preview is more accurate. There is a selection of borders to add to your photos as well. I wish that there was a program that would let you have more control the side bar.
There is an option for adding a plug-in but I don’t know what a plug- in is yet!
Depending on the mosaic I am making, I use PhotoScape or Picasa 3. Mary from Across the Pond told me about PhotoScape after I asked her about the treatment of one of her pictures. I found this program just a little glommy at first but now I am getting used to it. Jackie of Jackie’s Life in Surry uses Picnik which I have taken a quick look at but have not played around with.
Again, I am not an expert on these programs by any means. I experiment and play with them. And as I have said before, this is just too much fun.
I am working on another post about Camden. I think today is just going to be a lazy autumn day – tomato soup and grilled cheese sounds good.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Pink Saturday

It is Pink Saturday at Beverly’s How Sweet the Sound.
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This mosaic combines many shades of pink! I love how the Kaffe Fassett quilt matches the collection of pink wines!
Now it is time to go see what others have done. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

imagePlease join Susan at  A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday. I was outside but then went inside. Hope nobody minds!
On the way to Camden, we stopped in Wiscasset, ME known as the prettiest village in Maine. It certainly is right at the top of the list. We parked a little bit away from our destination so I could take pictures and  window shop. We had some time before the restaurant opened and we went into a wonderful wine and stuff store called TREATS.
The walk to the store was really pretty. The last of the summer in Maine.
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Now, I know it’s Outdoor Wednesday but you know when I can see Emma Bridgewater Pottery through the window, we’re going in! The selection of pottery was wonderful – beautifully arranged I wanted one of each. Someday. We looked around and took some pictures.  I will go back. L1010043

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A few more pictures then off to Sarah’s for Lobster Quesadilla!
On the way to Sarah’s Red’s Eats is across the street. Red’s has been featured on PBS and their lobster roll is the best I have ever had. However, a few years ago I was introduced to Sarah’s.
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Stay tuned for more!


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