I just LOVE Photoshop :)

There is this beautiful tree that I always pass on while dropping my kids off to school. In the Fall, the leaves turn a stunning yellow which contrasts so nicely against the nearly black trunk and branches (especially after the rain). I tried to capture this with my not-so-fancy-digital camera but the results never came close to how the tree looked in person.

So, I played around with it in Photoshop last night and these colors much better represent how beautiful that tree looked. The colors may look exaggerated in the "after" vs. the "before" but the colors were really that vibrant!

I just love Photoshop :)


My "Latte-Factor"...1 month Credit Card Challange!

Ever hear of the "latte factor?" It's basically how little charges everyday can add up to a lot at the end of the month. $4 a day on a latte on the way to work each morning doesn't seem like much but it adds up to $120 by the end of the month. Although I don't drink latte, I have found that my "latte-factor" is a combination of arts & craft items, home decor, fun creations on Etsy (gotta support those great artists ;) and little things here and there for the kids. Anyway, a little charge here and there for these items has been adding up.

In order to lower my charges I have made a conscious effort to find out when exactly my new credit card cycle begins and have vowed to not charge a thing unless it's food, dry-cleaning or gym. Food, diapers, etc. will be paid for with cash.

Today is day 4 and so far so good. I actually went into Hobby Lobby today and kept my wallet hidden in the car and just walked around. There were a handful of supplies & decor I would have bought but I held on.

No more frivolous charges this month!

This month I will be a "window-shopper."


Sock Monkey Couple...So in love :)

Been on ETSY way too much lately! I cannot help but browse the wonderful creations!

I just sold & relisted my Girl Sock Monkey label set and finally posted my Sock Monkey Couple for the first time. Enjoy!


Bring on 2010!

I hope everyone's celebrations were fantastic! I feel terrible that I did not send any cards out this year...not to family, friends, companies :( Things get so busy and when you combine watching 3 young kids, full-filling orders, completing editorial illustrations along with...uh...MY BRAIN... then some things slide. Since I will not let watching the kids slide or my business slide then I had to let other things slide...this year, it was sending out cards. But, I was thinking of everyone and hoping everyone was having a fun & warm holiday........Ugh! Gotta go again...Kiddies need me :)

Happy New Year Everyone!