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Did you know that grown up people quote Winnie the Pooh? And they even have tattoos made with such quotes. So here is a quote from Winnie, since I've always loved him. Or should I say "her"? As we know that the real Winnie, the one that inspired A.A. Milne to write the story, was in fact a "she".

"The things that make me different are the things that make me."

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This was made in Photoshop - used a filter on one of my photos, some brushes, two textures for background, a polaroid frame, some adjustments and text. If you want to know the recipe, just ask!

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Fall Is Here!

Yes, Fall is here...

But no sadness. Because I just love Fall! It is my favorite season.

Here is a flower from my garden /don't know what it's called/ and a sunflower in the background. I textured this with one of my own "texture", an old, weathered board.

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And here you have the original picture:

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See ya! And enjoy Fall!gUrlIZpQf00

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Hi there!

I just popped in to post a picture, one of my favorites.

The original photo is not so spectacular, but I just love the result I obtained in Photoshop.

I like the texture and I love the hint of blue on the right.

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Come closer, I'm gonna tell ya a secret: I'm not sure I could do this again!

I definitely have to name my layers when I work in Photoshop.

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OOB - Out Of Bounds

Have I told you that I'm like a child? I want everything I see!

The last interesting thing I saw was OOB, that is out of bounds photos made in Photoshop. And of course I had to give this a try, too.

So here it is, my first... well, actually second try on this PS effect:

[my first was a real success, too. but it was a kind of family photo, and as you might have noticed, I don't make a habit of posting faces/portraits/people.]

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I love this little fellow! Took this picture last year. Some two years ago we had many little leaf frogs in our garden. Then, I don't know what happened and the following year I only saw 2 or 3... So sad... I miss them.

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I've recently discovered eco painting on different cloth and also on paper and I am totally amazed by this process!

Well, as you can imagine, I had to try this our. Although - again!!! - my "tools" were scarce.

But first let me show you the end result:

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I am quite pleased with it. My cloth was the back pocket from a pair of trousers.  I guess that it have looked better if I had a white piece of cloth.

Second, I didn't have any leaves so I used onion skins, red cabbage and some small fir branches.  You can see the fir in this close-up. O, and I love that alien face right in the middle!!!

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And because I love rust, I also added some wire, two small coins and copper wire. I thought the copper wire would make some beautiful bluish impression, but it didn't... and nor did the coins.

Anyhow, I had some beautiful rust made by the wire - it was a clasp I made some time ago for a necklace - and by the wire I used to tie around the cloth.

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All in all it came out quite well... in my opinion. Now I'm thinking of using it to make the front cover of a journal.

I'll keep you updated!

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The Other Me...

Well, here is the other me... a little bit deviant...

We went for a hike last week and... well... I found a cow!

It was not a living one, just the... you know... bones.

Here are two pictures of it. I used the vintage frames from The CoffeeShop Blog, go over there and you will find tons of tutorials, free stuff like frames, PS actions, storyboards and lot more.

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Ha-ha! Do you know what these are??? The teeth! I like their shape, all those lines and curves and circles.

I took home some teeth and the two horns! I don't have a picture of the horns yet, they are out in the garden, on two poles. I would like to do something with them, don't really know what, maybe try carving or something.

Have a nice week!

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HAPPY 2013!

Well, this is 2013! I spent the last day of the last year out in the nature. We went for a hike and I just want to share some "postcards", snapshots I took.

The lake was frozen and frost was everywhere on the trees, leaves, berries. It was just fairy!

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And here is my new cover photo on Facebook:

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Have a great 2013!

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Haven't been posting for some time... don't really know why. Well, I have a guess or two but let's not talk about this now.

I'd better share my pencil holder which I made from an empty milk carton and one of my paintings!

OMG!!! Did you hear this? - one of my PAINTINGS! The truth is that lately I've been trying my hand at journaling - for me to say ART journal would be way too much.

I had a journal page which was a total mess but as I couldn't just throw it out, and because I discovered a most beautiful blog LIFE IN COLOR [here is the link, I recommend you jump over and take a look!] which taught me "Embrace your mistakes…they can be beautiful if looked at another way!" I simply painted over that page.

Once again, I am not a painter, not even good at it, but... nevertheless, I scanned that page and then cut it in 4 and this is what I came up with:

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Well, I think that this looks somewhat better than the page itself  and I am glad I didn't have the heart to tear it to pieces and... embraced my mistake.

You should try, too. They say that if we are afraid of making mistakes, we'll never do anything.

So get up and do something! Anything. Just DO something.

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My Friends from Kacs

The neighbors next to us in Kacs have a black cat and 2 adorable kittens. They play a lot, and sleep a lot, and eat. In the beginning they were afraid, but last time we were there they just came in and enjoyed the company! I fed them, of course, and after a while we became so very close friends that I ended up with both of them taking a nap in my lap.

These are the pics from the time I could hardly put a finger on either of them:

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The playful one!
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 Still sucking:

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 I've seen the dog!

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 Mummy:

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 Taking a nap.

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 Who's bad???

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See ya!

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Blue Beauties

Here are my beauties:
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They are made from my handmade beads and beautiful oxidized copper.
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The beads are older, at first I didn't like them too much. But that was because I didn't find a proper match for them. Now I think they look nice in combination with the blue oxidized copper and the small beads.
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Well... this is my first try at fold forming.
First take a look at the end product:
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This is not the most amazing fold forming ever... but, taking into consideration this is my first try, and that I don't have any special tools, and that I started from this as raw material...
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I don't think this is bad at all!
Do you happen to know that the raw material is?
Well.... I don't have copper sheets and don't know where to get them from. So I have to use what I have at hand. And that is a piece from the computer cooler!
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Don't worry, it was not from my computer, I mean not from the one that is in use!!!
The bad thing is that I am very limited in what shapes I can make, due to the shape of the copper sheets...
But for the moment this is all that I've got, and I have to work with it or not work at all.
And one other thing - my intention was to make some leaves. But as you see... anything but leaves!
After the first folding and unfolding, when it was obvious I was not making leaves, I decided to fold again and this is what I got:
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I like them! What do you think?
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My super T-shirt

OMG! I've been dying to make this post! Because I am so happy. I've made myself a gorgeous, super cool T-shirt! Just take a look:

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I just can't wait to put it on! But now it's too hot, so I'm waiting for cooler days...

Until then, two more pictures. Here is the front:

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And this one is the back:

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These are my hammered copper earrings.

Needless to say, I like them a lot. Right now they are my favorites.

I took some copper wire, hammered it, drilled the holes and then attached the ear wires. This time I didn't forget to fire the wire to give it a patina! They looked so naked and, I don't know how, had the idea to use these two textured beads I had made and painted earlier. A great idea and an excellent match!

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The beads are not identical, and this is what I like about them the most.

Hope some of you like them, too!

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Meet IGOR!

You saw it before, but let me show you now the REAL Igor! The finished Igor.

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I just love it!

It looks so real. I observed people's reaction when they firs saw it: everybody thought it was a real bird skull!

O how pleased I am! I started making this bead and was not satisfied with its outcome, and started all over again several times. Though, there are two mistakes. The first is a production mistake, or say a design one - the beak is a bit too long... And the second, I glued on the eye pin and forgot to give it a patina before. I don't like that shiny wire too much, but the good thing is that in time it will fade.

It's all handmade, of course: the bead, eye pin, bail, and clasp. And it hangs on a genuine leather cord. Black!

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I'll tell you the story of its name some other time.

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Last week-end we were on a 4-day trip down to the Danube. It was beautiful and awful in the same time. The places we went to see were sometimes breathtaking, but the weather was miserable. It rained every single day, sometimes it poured. And guess what? Always when we were in the most interesting sections of our journey! [phu]
Our first stop was Arad where we went to see the 1849 Monument. Here are just some snapshots:
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And now this one!!!
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O MY GOD, THIS LITTLE GUY IS SOOOOO SWEET!
I'll tell you more about it some other time.

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New Colors

Hi there! As I promised I'm back with new pics.

These are my newest beads, a series I've made with new colors.

I like how they turned out!

For the time being, here are only the beads, they are waiting to be turned into something... they don't know into what, and neither do I quite exactly.

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This is what I posted on my Facebook not so long ago and I think it should go here, too.
"The pervert is back" as Larry Flynt once said! [i love that movie, by the way.]
Here is my new bead.
And bad news - there will be no hearts and flowers anymore. They simply are not my stile. So this is just to let you know that the pervert is back:
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 I'll make this into a necklace soon.
But until then let me show you another bead that I like a lot. I only have to string it on a leather cord!
This picture depicts the raw bead. I stained it with dark brown acrylic paint and now looks just fabulous! Just like the real thing!!!
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I'll take some pictures soon.
Because I also have some new, hot from the oven beads. They are more normal, not so "extreme" like these ones. But nevertheless, no hearts and flowers and things like that! 
So see you soon!

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Garden Snakes

I was walking around in my garden this morning when I spotted this snake!

God, I rushed inside to grab my camera and then back to take some picture of the creature!

O, how I was fast! But IT was even faster. I looked all over but couldn't find it anymore. It was gone!!! [crying...]

So now we have to settle for what we have: that is, last year's pictures.

My brave cat was fighting the snake in the front yard!!! [love her so much!]

... By the way, yesterday she got mad on the dog for whatever reason and started punching it! [have I told you how much I love her?] ...

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These two guys were over in my neighbor's garden.

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And here is my yesterday's visitor! Again, I grabbed my camera and shot it through the kitchen window [it needs a clean-up]. It was one lucky shot, as it took off right after that and I was not given a second chance.

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Coffee Bead

Here is a quick one.

This is one of my latest beads: the coffee bead, and the necklace I've made with it.

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I guess many of you will like this one much more than the pervert bead...

But I'm not giving you too munch of a choice here anymore :D

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Well... I don't have much of an imagination, but what I saw this morning was completely crazy!

First let me show you some spring flowers. O how I love my little garden!!! When everything comes to life after the gray winter, trees bloom, flowers open, bees buzz around.

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We had a small rain last night and my tulips were covered in tiny drops of water

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And now the freaking snail! God, somebody had lots of time and a very relaxed mind to think of painting a snail in blue!!!

It was in our garden this morning. When I first spotted it, I couldn't imagine what that could be - a blue ball-like something in the grass. GOD!!! Poor guy...

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This is real life pals, not Photoshop!
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QR Code

I made a QR Code a couple of days ago!!!

WOOOW, I feel so good when I make something new. And especially when I can keep up with new technologies!

There are lots of  QR code generator sites. I read a little bit about this on the net, and I decided I don't want only text, or only URL. So, I opened an account on SKANZ, where one can make a kind of "site" and choose what information the QR Code should contain, which is URL, text, contact, photo, all in one.

And guess what?!?!? You don't even need an iPhone to scan/read a QR code! I have a Sony Xperia and it reads it! Of course, I had to download an app.

GO AHEAD, make yourself a QR Code if you have something to share! It's easy peasy!!!

OK, now take a look!

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This is MY qr code! I'm happy as a child!
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Instead of beads, I'm back with something sweet I made for Women's Day.

I made the dough for my chocolate cake and baked a cake and some cupcakes from it, too.

Then I made an orange cream and here is the finished orange chocolate cake, decorated of course with orange slices:

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And here is a section just for you!

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I My Sweet God, it was heavenly!!! I love cookies and cakes and sweets!

And I love chocolate!

The cream was so... creamy, with orange juice and zest and pieces of orange and heavy cream in it. And the cake... well... it was made with cocoa and chocolate. Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!

And of course, I made a lot of cream, too much cream. And didn't know what to do with it. So I took some savoiardi, soaked them in coffee and lined them up in a bowl, then covered them in orange cream, took some cupcakes, sliced them up and put them on top of the cream and then decorated with whipped cream and orange slices. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, this was sooooo good, too!

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I don't know about you, but me... I stuff myself at week-ends, and then try to loose that weight during the week. Just to start over again on Fridays!!!

I hope you enjoyed my cakes. I will gladly send you the recipe, should you like to give it a try!

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