Sunday, December 13, 2015

Poinsettias

The poinsettia plant strikes me as a mid-century icon of Christmas - I see lots of vintage table clothes and paper goods (and aprons!) from 1950's and even earlier. So it's fun to see how plant breeders are recreating this iconic Christmas plant.
Poinsettia variety Ice Punch
"Ice Punch" Poinsettia
This year, the Milwaukee Domes featured new twists on the classic poinsettia in it's latest Christmas show.
(The Domes, also known as the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory is Milwaukee's unique version of a glass conservatory.  This description doesn't do it justice, but my post is on poinsettias, not the Domes.)

Poinsettia Ice Punch by Jeanne Selep
"Ice Punch" Poinsettia
The Christmas show had hundreds (or thousands?) of poinsettia plants... 
 
Poinsettia Ice Punch by Jeanne Selep
"Monet" Poinsettia

...glowing with jewel-like beauty in the sun.

Poinsettia variety Monet
"Monet" Poinsettia in sunlight

I was told that what we consider petals are actually just colored leaf foliage, the true "flower" of a poinsettia is in the center.

Poinsettia center by Jeanne Selep
Poinsettia flower, the big red things are really just leaves
I'll show you one image from the Domes 2015 Christmas show dome, where all the poinsettias are.  It's just a fraction of the many views I could show you, but I want to publish this post.

Milwaukee Domes Christmas Show Dome 2015
2015 Christmas Display in the Show Dome
Milwaukee Mitchell Park Conservatory
Poinsettias line the pond and multiple walkways...
Merry Christmas to everyone one in blogland!  May you have Happy Holidays filled with Peace and Love.

 
Click on the images to see them enlarged.

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I am linking to these parties:
IShould: Inspiration Mon (Entry 421)
Create with Joy: Inspire Me Mon 206 (Entry 87)
Dwellings: Amaze me Monday 141 (Entry 55)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday (Entry x63 ) *
Karensuponthehill: Something to talk about (Entry 279)
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues 292 (Entry 1)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 296 (Entry 47)
Macro: Macro Monday (Entry 25) 
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Monday 90 (Entry 89) 
Its Overflowing: Count your Blessings (Entry 12)
Cozy House: Tweak It Tuesday 171 (Entry 108)
Our World: Our World (Entry 58)
Cupcakes: Project inspired 149 (Entry 119) 
Rambling Woods: Nature Notes (Entry 8)
Thoughts from Alice: Sun At Home 29 (Entry 146)
Love of Home: Sun at Home 87 (Entry 146)
Dedicted House: Christmas Around the World (Entry 61)
Snap: Show and Tell Wed 133 (Entry 392) 
Carolyn: The Inspiration Board (Entry 242)
Ivy and Elephants: Whats it Wed 196 (Entry 94) 
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 252 (Entry 263)
Gingersnapcrafts: Wow me Wednesday 236 (Entry x2)
DIY dreamer: Let's Share 197 (Entry 321)
Creative Princess: Party 241 (Entry 44)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 177 (Entry 50)
A Delight: Home and Garden Thur 127 (Entry 10) 
From my Porch: Treasure Hunt Thur 233 (Entry 35) 
Katherines corner: Thurs favorite things 219 (Entry 87)

Bloomdesignsonline: Lovely Link Party 56 (Entry 11) 
Northern Nesting: Share your Style 44 (Entry 303)
Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 251 (Entry 14) *
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 82) *

A Glimpse Inside: Handmade Hangout (Entry 87 of 321)
Craftberry Bush: Inspiration Gallery (Entry 341 of 495) *

Romantic Home: Show and Tell (Entry ) * t6
Chic: Flaunt it Friday 225 (Entry )  t11
Shabby Nest: Frugal Friday (Entry ) t10

Tatertots: Weekend Wrap Up (Entry )


Southern Hospitality: Christmas Trees

Casual Christmas Home Tours
Cool Christmas Home Tours

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Grayscale and Color Screen Test

Getting your photos to glow with the colors you want isn't always easy, especially when different screens, monitors, TV's and phones can display the exact same image with different color casts.  

Color Strip and Gray Scale by Jeanne Selep

The image above has three horizontal stripes.  The top two stripes have 15 different shades of gray between pure black and pure white, one running left to right, the other running right to left.  The bottom stripe has Pure Black, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green and White. 

If your monitor doesn't distinguish between the shades of gray, or has a color cast to the colors, you may want to try and adjust your screen's setting to achieve better color. In either case, you have an image you can compare on multiple screens, which is the reason I created this post.


I have found many screen display the dark grays as black.  If too many of the dark grays are displaying black, you are loosing details in the shadows.  

Just for fun, compare your phone to your PC monitor!


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Easter Egg Surprise in New York

Last year my children and I went to New York City for spring break.  We packed many activities into a few short days - Grand Central Station - the NY Public Library - the Empire State Building - Shows at the Lincoln Center - Times Square in the day and at night - the Metropolitan Museum - the Cloisters - the Frick Museum - the Whitney Museum - the Guggenheim Museum - Central Park - the Rockefeller Center and the Top of the Rock viewing deck - multiple taxi rides - one long Bus ride - multiple subway rides and a boat trip around Manhattan Island near the Statue of Liberty.  We ate out.  We got lost. We found unexpected surprises.  We had fun.
Easter Egg hunt 2014 Faberge New York City NYC Egg Hunt
Faberge New York City Egg Hunt - Painted Eggs

One serendipitous find was the 2014 Big Egg Hunt New York display, sponsored by Faberge.  The Big Egg hunt consisted of approximately 235 large (3 foot high) eggs decorated by designers and artists then hidden all over the city.  Near Easter, the eggs were gathered and displayed in and around the Rockefeller Center Plaza.  We "found" the eggs on display there when we went to the Lego store at the Rockefeller Center.

Easter Egg hunt 2014 Faberge New York City NYC Egg Hunt
Faberge New York City Egg Hunt - Eggs and surface detail
I loved everything about the egg collection.  Experiencing the creativity of 100's of artists decorating the same 3D object - "an egg" - can be an inspirational exercise. More then half of the eggs were painted - with with vastly different results - showing a gamut of painting techniques and finishes.
2014 Faberge New York City NYC Easter Egg Hunt
Faberge New York City Egg Hunt - Mosaic Eggs
Other eggs had shells, button, fabric and decoupage treatments.  The textures and colors fascinated the eye, and the bending surface of the egg shape adds to the delight.  There were so many beautiful surface decorating techniques.  Some of my favorite eggs featured mosaics.  Not surprising since I make mosaics, but can many resist this age old technique?
2014 Faberge New York City NYC Easter Egg Hunt
Faberge New York City Egg Hunt - Sculptural Eggs
A variety of eggs were "sculptural", and some artists created abstract sculptural eggs as well.  

Some of these eggs didn't photograph well.   The metal egg in the photo above contains an iridescent sphere in the middle surrounded by people shapes, and looked more impressive in real life.  In fact, most of the eggs appeared more stunning in person.  Reflective surfaces, crowds and little time prevented me from getting better photos.  (Even seeing 200+ eggs in less then 2 hours was a challenge - not surprisingly, I wished I could spend more time.)

abalone Free desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Abalone - Free desktop background 1280 x 1024 pixels
The materials in many of the surface decorations delighted me.  I am including a handful free desktop background images I made from the eggs displayed.  You can download and save these as a computer desktop background.  (I find myself changing desktop backgrounds almost weekly - does anyone else do that?)

Rhinestones Free desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Rhinestones - Free desktop background 1280 x 1024 pixels
Eventually the Eggs were auctioned off for charity, and this once in a lifetime exhibit has now disappeared.  Once home I discovered that Faberge sponsored this hunt once in London in 2012 and once in 2014 in New York.  I feel lucky I "found" these eggs when I did, and I hoped you enjoyed the images.


pearls free desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Pearls - Free desktop background 1280 x 1024 pixels

Once home I discovered that Faberge sponsored this hunt once in London in 2012 and once in 2014 in New York.  I feel lucky I "found" these eggs when I did, and I hoped you enjoyed the images.

Here is an official site showing each egg from New York.

Click on the images to see them enlarged.

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I am linking up to these parties:

Mariaelenas: Tues at our home 104 (Entry 90 of 97.)
* Mod Vintage Life: Mod Mix Mon 185 (Entry 49 of 52.)
* Coastal Charm: Show and Share (Entry 4 of 170)
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Mon 54 (Entry 52 of 314.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 263 (Entry 71 of 317)
Cedarhill Ranch: The Scoop 165 (Entry 89 of 295)
Carolyns Homework: Inspiration Board (Entry 125 of 147.) *
Dwellings: Amaze Me Mon 103 (Entry 141 of 145.)

Cozy little house: Tweak it Tue 134 (Entry 154 of 161.)
Upcycled Treasures: Makers link Party 58 (Entry 206 of 247.)
Bddesignblog: Outside the Box 28 (Entry 24? of ~56.)
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 214 (Entry 93 of 309.) *
Someday Crafts: Whatever goes Wed 262 (Entry 78 of 350.)
Gingersnap crafts:Wow me Wed 198 (Entry ? of ~568.)

Ivy and Elephants: Whats it Wed 159 (Entry 61 of 152.)
My Salvaged Treasure: Vint Inspiration 182 (Entry 11 of 114.)

Rooted in Thyme: Simple and Sweet (Entry 1 of 119.)
Style Sisters: Wednesday Spring Party (Entry 13 of 67.)
Posed Perfection: Creative Ways 46 (Entry 83 of 178.)

Southern daydreamer: Outdoor Wed 324 (Entry 1 of 49.)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 142 (Entry 10 of 149.)
Creative Princess: Its a Party 203 (Entry 16 of 112.)
I Gotta create: Wildly original 148 (Entry 49 of 382.)

Katherine: Thurs Favorite Things 182 (Entry 146 of 513.)
From my Porch: Treasure Hunt Thur 198 (Entry 8 of 136.)
Delightsome Life: Home and Garden Thurs 91 (Entry 15 of 140.) 
Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 213 (Entry 24 of 135.)
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 30 of 259.)
* Romantic Home: Show and Tell (Entry 68 of 248.)

Craftberry Bush: The Inspiration Gallery (Entry 135 of 366.)
Chic on a Shoestring: Flaunt it Friday (Entry 90 of 235.)
Life as We Know: Weekend party 129 (Entry 22 of 175.)
Bloom Designs: Lovely Little Link Party (Entry 172 of 355.)
My Repurposed Life: Catch as Catch Can 206 (Entry 17 of 41.)
Simple nature: Fab Friday (Entry 79 of 96.)

Pieced Pastimes.gr: Saturday Sparks 108 (Entry 24 of 149.)
Mstoodygooshoes: Best of week 97 (Entry 225 of 501.)
Its Overflowing: Count your Blessings (Entry 5 of 48)
Lakeshore Drive: Bouquet of Talent (Entry 2 of 340.)
Jembellish: A Round Tuit 236 (Entry 31 of 221.)

Boogie Board: Masterpiece Mon  (Entry 19 of 55)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday (Entry ? of 151?)
Silver pennies: Silver Pennies Sun 114 (Entry 35 of 74.)

Karens Hill: Something to talk about 11 (Entry 20 of 167.)
Glimpse inside: Handmade Hangout 41 (Entry 40 of 366.)
Enchanting Rose: Inspiration 12 (Entry 75 of 96.) 
Shabby Nest: Frugal Friday (Entry 29 of 163.)
Marcela Cavaglieri: Finde Frugal 69 (Entry )
Maleviks Rosentradgard: Saturday Show Off (Entry 19 of 45.)
Classy yet Trendy: Mix it up Fri (Entry 23 of 29.)   I was featured!


Tatertots: Party Palooza (Entry 63 of 633.)
Whats on the list.net: GDay Fun Party (Entry 3 of 67.)
Funky Junk: Salvaged Junk (Entry 14 of 60.)

Girlish Whims: Whims Wednesday 207 (Entry 63)
Green willow: What We Did Wed 68 (gone?)
Cupcakes and Crinoline: Project Party 97 (Entry --)
Elizabeth.gr: Be Inspired 143 (Entry skip) *
Stone Cottage: Tue with a Twist (Entry 86)


Diydreamer: Share inspiring Projects 148 (Entry ) 
* Stephanielynn:b Sunday Showcase 277 (gone?)
Imparting Grace: Grace at Home Thur 145 (Entry )
Bellarosa: Lets Talk Vintage 22 (Entry ) 
Uncommon designs: Monday Funday (Entry skip)
Thoughts from Alice: Sun At Home 41 (Entry skip)

Snap: Show and Tell 146 (Entry --) 
 
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Spring Paper Tag Project

Scrapbook tag frame project by Jeanne Selep
Framed tag holder with Spring tags

While waiting for spring to appear in Wisconsin, I recently started and completed the "framed paper tag holder" project above.  It was a fast and fun project that allowed me to play with and combine many of my loves - a vintage frame find, vintage linens, buttons, photography, and scrap booking papers and supplies. 

Spring scrapbook paper gift tags by Jeanne Selep
Madonna and Child stained glass window detail
I started with a fantastic frame purchased at an estate sale that I have been wanting to use for a long time.  I used a section of a stained vintage tablecloth for background fabric, and attached vintage clam shell buttons in rows as shown.  (I had purchased the bag of shell buttons some time ago and had never used even one of the buttons.)

Framed gift tag holder project
The Framed tag holder without tags
Then came the fun part.  Creating a spring set of paper tags with my stash of scrap booking supplies, buttons and vintage linens and lace. 

Creating paper gift tags
Playing with supplies while creating tags

I wanted my paper tags to use my photographs, since I take many photos and can't display most of them.  Using small bits of existing photos reminds me of some of my favorites. 

paper gift tags with buttons by Jeanne Selep
Spring tags

Using the bright colored photography in the tags definitely makes the tags seem contemporary, so I interspersed the tags with lace, buttons and stitchery.

Scrapbook Spring tags by Jeanne Selep
Spring tag details

The great thing about this project is that I can create so many seasonal sets of tags and change them out throughout the year.  I am already envisioning a set of beach tags, birthday tags, autumn tags, and of course Christmas and Valentines tag sets.  I also want to create sets of travel tags from France and other places I have been.  A set of family tags for Thanksgiving might also be lovely, and could feature vintage black and white photos as well.

Scrapbook tag frame project by Jeanne Selep
Alternate tag ideas

The different tag sets and colors will result in a changing work of art throughout the year.

I hope you enjoyed the results of my project.  If you have made one of these holders, link it in the comments section below to share it with others.  

I was inspired by Rebecca Sower's project and her tag sets.  She gave instructions for her tag holder here in June 2008.  She posted her fantastic Christmas tag collection from December 2014 here, and an Autumn tag collection from September 2011 is shown here.  An ancestors tag collection from February 2007 is shown here.  I am inspired by her designs and indebted to her for her inspiration.  Some day I hope to meet her.

Click on the images to see them enlarged.

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I am linking up to these parties:

* Coastal Charm: Show and Share (Entry 29 of 171.)

* Mod Vintage Life: Mod Mix Mon (Entry 45 of 55.)
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Monday 50 (Entry 11 of 388.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 259 (Entry 11 of 249.)
Cedarhill Ranch: The Scoop 161 (Entry 31 of 323.) t*
* Homework:b The Inspiration Board (Entry 1 of 150.)
Elizabeth.gr: Be Inspired 155 (Entry 32 of 99.) *
Cozy little house: Tweak it Tue 132 (Entry 65 of 161.)
Ms Moozy.com:s Tue with a Twist 101 (Entry 10 of 119.)
Upcycled Treasures: Makers link Party 56 (Entry 73 of 308.)
Whats for dinner: Thrifter Share (Entry 7 of 12.)
Woman in real life: Vintage Bliss (Entry 11 of 21.)
Bellarosa: Lets Talk Vintage 22 (Entry 28 of 50.)
Mariaelenas: Tues at our home 103 (Entry 77 of 87.)
Girlish Whims: Whims Wednesday 203 (Entry 59 of 345.)
Ivy and Elephants: Whats it Wed 157 (Entry 36 of 153.)
* My Salvaged Treasures: Vintage Inspiration 180 (Entry 50 of 100.)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 140 (Entry 19 of 136.)

Imparting Grace: Grace at Home 145 (Entry 59 of 84.)
Creative Princess: Its a Party 201 (Entry 14 of 96.)
Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 211 (Entry 21 of 144.)
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 28 of 264.)
A Glimpse Inside: Handmade Hangout 39 (Entry 17 of 420.)
* Romantic Home: Show and Tell (Entry 30 of 218.)
From my Porch: Treasure Hunt Thur 196 (Entry 66 of 140.)
Craftberry Bush: The Inspiration Gallery (Entry 31 of 373.)
Shabby Nest: Frugal Friday (Entry 19 of 170.)
Life as we know it: Weekend party 127 (Entry 98 of 172.)
Marcela Cavaglieri: Finde Frugal 69 (Entry 3 of 41.) t*
Chic: Flaunt it Friday 248 (Entry 13 of 192.)
Delightsome Life: Home and Garden Thurs 89 (Entry 8 of 132.)
Rooted in Thyme: Simple and Sweet (Entry 39 of 114.)
Style Sisters: Wednesday Spring Party (Entry 65 of 73?)
Posed Perfection: Creative Ways 44 * (Entry 123 of 148.)
Bloom Designs: Lovely Little Link Party (Entry 331 of 379.)
My Repurposed Life: Catch as Catch Can 204 * (Entry 5 of 51.)

Tatertots: Party Palooza (Entry 82 of 715.)
* Funky Junk: UpCycled Link Party (Entry 56 of 79.)
Maleviks Rosentradgard: Saturday Show Off (Entry 2 of 50)
Pieced Pastimes.gr: Saturday Sparks 106 * (Entry 84 of 128.)
Classy yet Trendy: Mix it up Fri * (Entry 32 of 36.)
Its Overflowing: Count your Blessings (Entry 3 of 134.)
Lakeshore Drive: Bouquet of Talent (Entry 126 of 436.)
Jembellish: A Round Tuit 249 s (Entry 59 of 256.)
Uncommon designs:s Monday Funday (Entry 24 of 586.)
Thoughts from Alice: Sun At Home 50 (Entry 14 of 102.)
Boogie Board: Masterpiece Mon 219 (Entry 11 of 67.)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 320 (Entry x of 153.) t*
Silver pennies: Silver Pennies Sun 111 s (Entry 36 of 101.)

** Stephanielynn:b Sunday Showcase 277 (Entry 71 of 291.)
* Dwellings: Amaze Me Mon 102 (Entry 66 of 129.)

Karens Hill: Something to talk about 8 (Entry 22 of 208.)
Bddesignblog.com: Outside the Box (Entry x of 74.) 
Green willow pond: We Accomplished Wed 74 (Entry 19 of 71.)
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 213 (Entry 171 of 289.) t*
Gingersnap crafts: Wow Me Wed 197 (Entry x of lots.)

Crafts ala Mode: What to do weekends 117 (Entry 78)
City of Creative Dreams: City of links 66 (Entry 28)
Simple Nature: Fabulous Fri 28 (Entry 56) missing
Someday Crafts: Whatever goes Wed 260 (Entry 1 of 371.) links gone  


Indulge yourshelf: Whats-on-my-worktable is gift tag inspiring!

Christmas tags from Trader Joe
 
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