This is my first time to participate in the Blue Monday photo meme. It's hosted by Smiling Sally. Check it out and see who else is playing along on Blue Monday.
Today's picture features an image I made of vintage dinnerware and then edited in Photoshop. The dishes are a turquoise Fiesta after dinner coffee server and Harlequin after dinner coffee cups in Fiesta red, turquoise, light green, rose and yellow. When I made this photograph we were homeschooling Abbey (she was either a junior or a senior) and one of the classes I taught her was Photography and Photoshop. I had found an exercise online that showed how to make landscape pictures look like vintage postcards. It was really interesting and I applied that technique to a number of different pictures, including the photo of the after dinner coffee service.
A number of my dish friends fell in love with this image. The HLCCA made cards with this picture on the front and sold them on their website and at their conferences (though I believe they ran out quite some time back). I also printed at least one poster for a dish friend. It's been a while since I have made dish photos and I am anxious to get back to that.
Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
I don't like to say that my kitchen is a religious place, but I would say that if I were a voodoo priestess, I would conduct my rituals there. -- Pearl Bailey Ponder well on this point: the pleasant hours of our life are all connected by a more or less tangible link, with some memory of the table. -- Charles Pierre Monselet, French author (1825-1888).
The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. --Sir Thomas More You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it. --Edith Head A dinner chosen according to one's needs, tastes, and moods, well prepared and well served, is a joy to all senses and an impelling incentive to sound sleep, good health, and long life. Therefore, at least once a day, preferably in the quiet cool of the evening, one should throw all care to the winds, relax completely, and dine leisurely and well. --Count Arnaud Cazenave
Welcome to my blog. I love to cook. I love to garden. I collect art deco. And my camera is like Karl Malden's American Express card. I don't leave home without it. Most of my photographs are of food, dishes, our farm & our travels.
In June of 2005 I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease where the DNA of the bone marrow gets messed up & stops producing blood cells. 18 July 2009 I had a bone marrow transplant. Currently I am still under treatment. I have had some dysplasia show up again in one of my cell lines and have begun a new round of chemotherapy. Mainly I try to focus on the positive.
Blogging lets me keep my family up to date & lets me share recipes, photographs & my love of cooking and dishes. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy posting.