Good evening.  I want to write earnestly, here, if ya’ll don’t mind reading it.  It’s important to me.  Ever since I posted the previous post so prematurely, I have been bothered by it.  It makes me wonder what else I am forgetting or doing wrong.  I mean, I’m serious.  We humans like to think we are normal – okay, so to speak.  If we weren’t, we’d feel ‘wierd’, or awkward.  Few people enjoy being a spectacle, standing out from the rest of the pack in a not-good kind of way.  I know I don’t.  But, yet, no matter how hard I try to blend in and be just like everyone else, go with the flow, I am finding that I haven’t.  I do things, thinking I’m doing everything right and as required or whatever.  Then, afterwards, I learn that I was totally off-base.  Like with that post.  It’s not nice!
 
I know, you’re probably thinking, “big deal!”  Well, no, posting too early isn’t the end of the world, but, as I said earlier, what else have I done erroneously or have forgotten to do.  I feel stupid.  That, is so ironic, too, because I’m not and it is something I feel strongly about.  Not tootin’ my own horn,but, I have an IQ of 148.  That is from a real test, issued by an actual psychologist, in his office, not from Facebook.  LOL  I was always an excellent student, making good grades all my life.  In college I made the Dean’s List, was a member of the honor’s program and graduated with a 3.92GPA.  I love knowledge!  LOL  In a way, I guess, my intelligence has been something that gave me a sense of worth, of value as a person.  I grew up in a college town and all my life we have joked about all the ‘educated idiots’ that live here.  I hate stereo-typing, but, this town is full of folks who have an entire alphabet behind their names, yet, can’t fill out a form right.  I kid you not!  All jokes aside, one must have some ‘common’ sense in order to survive in this world.   
 
I worked in the office where they provide parking decals for the university.  If you want to have your car on campus, at all, it must have a decal and they are issued according to your level, your title, pay scale, and/or residency.  Everyone has to get theirs each year in May.  One of the all-time best permits is an “Official Business” decal.  It allows one to park anywhere except a service zone.  The only people who are eligible for this one are doctors, professor emeritus’, and high-ranking staff.  An elderly gentleman came in, one day, to renew his decal.  He was a Professor Emeritus.  I gave him a card to fill out and seated him at a table in our lobby to fill it out.  I showed him an example taped to the table-top, in the event he had any problems with the form.  He finished up and came back up to the counter.  I looked down at his card and he had filled it in exactly as the example read!  It had, “John Doe, 123 Main Street, Anytown, USA”, word for word, identical to the sample card taped to the table.

SU CheshireCat

New Freebie Collab, Art and Spring Break

(Note:  LOL  I sure got this post up in time!  It isn’t supposed to be up until NEXT Monday!  It isn’t even April, yet!  I don’t know what I was thinking!!  I wasn’t, I guess.  Well, it’s up.  Enjoy it.  I’ll put up something else from the kit next week.  Consider this an early-freebie.  LOL  Sorry, Edna!)

A good Monday, everyone!  I’m not racing the clock this week!  LOL  In fact, I’m putting this post up on Sunday evening, just to be sure I am not late. 

Well, tomorrow is the first day of that incident that happens every year around this time, striking fear in the hearts of parents everywhere – spring break!  LOL  Yeah, the little ones will be around a lot more.  They can still go to day care, though Nicky is outgrowing it for all-day occasions.  He’s almost nine(9).  He goes to after-school care at the same day care as his sister, the one he has attended since birth.  A couple of hours of it aren’t too bad, he says, but, all day, like when public school is closed, is just too much!  LOL  Also, when the children are out of school, they like to get together with their friends and/or cousins.  They really don’t get much chance to do so during school time.  So, tomorrow, two of their cousins are coming for a visit, so, the g-kids will stay home and I’ll have a house full.  The rest of the week is still ‘up in the air’, until we know what activities are offered at the day care center this week.  They try to keep a busy schedule of activities during spring break to make it fun for the children.  They go to the pool or the movies and it breaks up the day for them.  I usually keep them home on the days where they have no activities planned and send them when they do.  This makes for a nice week for both, the children and myself!
Speaking of pools, my daughter got another pool for this summer.  Last year’s was about shot, but, we got a lot of use out of it.  This one is HUGE!
 There ‘s room enough for all the children in this one!  LOL  And, if they are careful, they can even dive, as long as it’s a shallow dive.  Saturday we had family and friends over for a cook-out and the children had a blast in the pool!  When my daughter gets home in the evenings with the children, they love to go for a swim.  This gives mommy a chance to relax for a few minutes, have a cuppa and start dinner.  Swimming also wears the little ones out really good!  They sleep like, well, babies.  LOL
I’ve got another art piece to show you.  The challenge at Digital Whisper called for us to follow a tut for a final image of a ghost in a dark, mysterious place.  Trying to find appropriate images to work with took me off the tutorial and, well, this is what I got.  I want to see if you ‘get it’.  LOL  The topic is “ghost”.
(Credits Available)
 Miss Edna and I are kicking off another monthly freebie kit for you today.  Collaborating together since October 2010, we give away a freebie in three parts each month.  Our freebies come out in six(6) parts, with each of us giving away two(2) parts each of the three weeks.  This week, we give you two(2) ‘quick pages’ for the new kit, “It’s Raining, Duckie Dear!”  It’s spring!  The sweet spring showers are turning everything green, making the flowers bloom.  The spring birth of a new generation of fauna and flora is so rewarding after a dark, cold winter.  Dancing in the first rain of spring is a fun little ritual that a lot of folks I know do.  It’s sort of a “thanks, mother nature, we made it,/ bless the newbies” thing.  Next week, then, the week after that, we’ll give away a total of four(4) more parts each, only, the rest of the freebie is kit parts.  We give you papers and elements and such for you to create your own layouts.  Sound good?  Great! 
Here is a preview for my QP’s.  Click on the image to go to MediaFire to download them as Parts 1 & 2.  Below that is Miss Edna’s QP preview.  Click on it to go to her blog for her two parts.
Miss Edna’s Place Preview:
(Click on preview to go to her blog.)
I’ll see you next Monday, if not sooner.  Have a great Monday!
SMILE!
Hugs,
Su

SU CheshireCat

Final Freebie March Collab Parts & SPRING IS HERE!

Today is the first day of spring, or Ostara!  Today has special significance for me.  When I was pregnant with my third child, I had a lot of problems.  I had pretty much put it in my higher power’s hands.  I went in to hospital with snow on the ground and it was grey and ugly outside.  On the day we were to come home, the snow had all but melted and there were little sprouts of flowers poking their heads up from the earth.  In my eyes, they awoke to come see my miracle baby!  Sarah was actually born on the 22nd, but, it was still such a meaningful time for me.  I changed a lot during this time. To this day, my Sarah is still a bright and sunny child of the earth – my earth.  LOL
 
I made this for the neat poem:
(Click on image to see it larger)
Around two years ago, I expressed my desire to get a tablet, like a Wacom.  I thought it would give me much more control over the details in Photoshop projects.  A friend actually got me one for Christmas that year, not a Wacom, but, one I could certainly use.  Imagine my surprise, then, when I sat down to ‘draw’ something.  Tablets don’t work like that!  LOL  I’ve read tuts, asked questions and pulled a lot of hair, to no avail.  You have to use different keys, along with the pen tool, to get the right results.  Even at Digital Whisper we have worked on this a little.  I put the tablet away and haven’t thought much about it since.  Yesterday, I had an occasion to draw out a curvy line.  Following a tut for a challenge we were doing, I used the pen tool and I DID IT!  I was able to make a somewhat curvy line, then, with the ‘alt’ key, make adjustments and it came out a nice smooth, graceful curve-line.  A tablet works with the pen too, from what I gather.  So, all I need to do is the same thing, only with my tablet’s pen.  I plan to practice, practice, practice.  If anyone knows of any good tablet tuts, do tell.  I would so appreciate it.
Well, I know you are waiting for the final parts of “Cat in a Basket”.  I always threaten(lol) to come back and post after I put my kit parts up and I never make it.  But, I have been poking around the ‘net and have some sites of interest for you.
This is the third, and final, parts to our collaboration with Miss Edna’s Place.  There are two(2) parts with the download links below the preview.  Following that is Miss Edna’s preview, which is linked to her blog, so, you can go get her parts, too, if you haven’t already.
My Preview:
Miss Edna’s Place preview:
(Click preview to go to her blog)
That’s it for now.  Until next time…
Smile!
Hugs,
Su

SU CheshireCat

Some Art, Some Links & Some More Kittie Collab Freebie

I got so homesick, I came home last weekend, a week early!  LOL  My visit with Edna was so pleasant and relaxing.  Saturday night, though, I started feeling melancholy.  I missed my Chelsea and the grandchildren!  I came home on Monday and it was so nice to be here.   The grand-b’s were so delighted to see me, and I, them.  When things settled down and I started getting ready for bed, I missed Chelsea.  This is the first time I have come home from being away and Chelsea was not here to greet me.  I kept looking for her.  Miss Tootsie, Edna’s doggie, was a great diversion, at first.  She got a lot of my affections along with Edna’s.  It held me over until I got home.
While I was gone there were a couple of crisis situations which, for the most part, my daughter handled very well.  No, really!  She did good!  LOL  There was the glass in the storm door thing.  There is someone that is supposed to come out and measure for the new one.  There was the kitchen range, which ‘blew up’.  We have a new one now!  And, the dishwasher incident.  Jaela went and pushed all the buttons, causing it to jam or some crap.  A light was flashing and nothing worked.  After trying to see if she could figure it out, my daughter slapped the dickens out of the front of the darn thing and now it works fine!  LOL  I’m not kidding!
There are two things I would like to share with you all.  They are both for textures, but, hey, one can never have enough textures.  Wanna know how much I love textures?  I have 33.7gigabytes of ’em!  LOL  I was surprised to see how big that folder is.  But, you’ll soon see why.  I’ve written about Caleb Kimbrough before.  Everyone has heard of Caleb, I’m sure.  But, anyway.  He creates the most awesome textures!  You want grunge?  He does grunge, from soft to ridiculous!  He has a hand in a bunch of different projects/sites.  Among some of them are Lost and Taken, Zen Textures, his Flickr account and a regular guest host spot on StockVault’s Blog for a feature called “Free Texture Friday”.  Ya think he’s busy?  LOL  Here is a list of those links for you if you want to check him out.
(There are individual texture downloads in the Gallery.)

M’kay?  Caleb also does guest posting on other blogs from time to time.  His textures are very nice!  But, I also want to tell you about 10 Raven’s.  The textures are not the only thing there is on this site.  There are stock images, as well.  But, the textures and images are good.  It is well worth the visit. 
I haven’t been online much, nor have I really been working on my art.  I did this piece for one of Digital Whisper’s Photo-Manipulation Challenge.  I put it up for revision.  Kimmie is awesome with her tutoring!  She really urges us to push the envelope and she offers some excellent tips on shading and high-lighting, focal points, blending, etc .  We have a new DeviantArt group, now, too.  It is a photo-manip group, with challenges.  Only, we can shove the damned envelope onto the floor over there!  LOL  We’re not that bad!  We all just have a bit of a preference for the ‘dramatic’ when it comes to art.  There!  LOL  Anyway, here’s that recent piece:
I’m extremely late in posting, aren’t I?  Anything that could possibly interrupt me has happened today.  LOL  When I got up this morning, I just had to package this kit up and post it.  HA!  If it wasn’t the phone, it was the door.  Sarah came home for lunch and I had a few calls to make.  But, at last and finally, here are the next two(2) parts of “Cat in a Basket” for you.  The links follow the preview.  Then, go to see Miss Edna for her two(2) parts, if you haven’t already.  Click on her preview to go to her blog.  Next week we will give you the last two(2) parts.  We did the QP’s for the first week, now, these two(2), then, the two(2) next week and you will have a cool new kit!
Miss Edna’s Preview
(Click preview to go to her blog)
There ya go!  I put in a whole bunch of accessories for you to use to decorate your sweet pet’s photos.  And, Miss Edna has put some St Patrick’s Day goodies in hers.  Hope you have a good time with this kit!  Thank you ever so much for coming to visit.
Until next time,
Check out the latest rage in Japan, LED Smiles!  Though, I doubt many are wearing them right now.  Remember our earth-mates in your prayers and thoughts.
I wanted to say a great, big, ol’ Thanks, Ya’ll, for all the sweet messages you sent after losing Chelsea.  It warmed my tired, old heart.  Thank You!
Hugs,
Su

SU CheshireCat

I got so homesick, I came home already!  LOL  My visit with Edna was so pleasant and relaxing.  Saturday night, though, I started feeling melancholy.  I missed my Chelsea and the grandchildren!  I came home on Monday and it is nice to be here. 
While I was gone there were a couple of crisis situations which, for the most part, my daughter handled very well.  No, really!  She did good!  LOL  There was the glass in the storm door thing.  There is someone that is supposed to come out and measure for the new one.  There was the kitchen range, which ‘blew up’.  We have a new one now!  And, the dishwasher incident.  Jaela went and pushed all the buttons, causing it to jam or some crap.  A light was flashing and nothing worked.  After trying to see if she could figure it out, my daughter slapped the dickens out of the front of the darn thing and it works fine!  LOL  I’m not kidding!
There are two things I would like to share with you all.  They are both for textures, but, hey, one can never have enough textures.  Wanna know how much I love textures?  I have 33.7gigabytes of ’em!  LOL  I was surprised to see how big that folder is.  But, you’ll soon see why.  I’ve written about Caleb Kimbrough.  Everyone has heard of Caleb, I’m sure.  But, anyway.  He creates the most awesome textures!  You want grunge?  He does grunge, from soft to ridiculous!  He has a hand in a bunch of different projects/sites.  Among some of them are Lost and Taken, Zen Textures, his Flickr account and a regular guest host spot on StockVault’s Blog for a feature called “Free Texture Friday”.  Ya think he’s busy?  LOL  Here is a list of those links for you if you want to check him out.
(There are individual texture downloads in the Gallery.)

M’kay?  Caleb also does guest posting on other blogs from time to time.  His textures are very nice!  But, I also want to tell you about 10 Raven’s.  The textures are not the only thing there is on this site.  There are stock images, as well.  But, the textures and images are good.  It is well worth the visit. 
I haven’t been online much, nor have I really been working on my art.  I did this piece for one of Digital Whisper’s Photo-Manipulation Challenge tonite.  It is up for revision.  Kimmie is awesome with her tutoring!  She really urges us to push the envelope and she offers some excellent tips on shading and high-lighting.  We have a new DeviantArt group, now, too.  It is a photo-manip group, with challenges, too.  Only, we can shove the damned envelope onto the floor over there!  LOL  We’re not that bad!  We all just have a bit of a preference for the ‘dramatic’ when it comes to art.  There!  LOL  Anyway, here’s tonite’s piece:

This particular challenge is titled, Edible Dwellings at Digital Whispers.  This is where I went with that theme.  LOL  I was in a goofy mood.  I am awaiting response(s) from the others to revise it.  There are several things I didn’t even tackle, like the bike’s tire tracks, but, I’m beat!

SU CheshireCat