This has been a strange winter . . . we didn’t have very much really cold weather, just a bit of ice and snow, quite a bit of fog, but mostly just gray, dreary, gloomy days that kept everyone miserable. So many families around here have been struggling with the flu, and bronchitis, colds, sore throats, sinus infections, and ear aches, that we just all kind of stayed in our own little corner of the world for the past several weeks. I even know some families from church who have had pneumonia, and we even had a week of strep throat. So, all in all, we are weary of winter!
It didn’t help, either, that a couple of weeks ago we had really nice, spring-like weather – in February. It was the perfect weather for getting out in the yard and garden and begin the annual spring clean-up. Except that I forgot that it was, well . . . only February. So I diligently cleaned out some of the flowerbeds, uncovering the tiny green shoots just popping out of the ground. OOPS! Then it snowed again. Fortunately, it didn’t snow very much, and it didn’t last very long, but my little tiny sprouts were shivering in the late winter winds, that’s for sure!
And then we got the wind. I know March is the month for flying kites, I’m guessing because March is typically a windy month. But this was amazing! In some places roofs were blown off of buildings, trash cans were scattered across the fields, and branches went zooming by the living room window. All of which has made my task of making stuff and taking photographs a bit challenging the past couple of days. I did, however, manage to make this fun “Hello Spring” wreath and write up the tutorial – but it was not without a bit of a headache, trying to get good photos.
It was WAY too windy to take pictures outside in the natural light, and pictures inside always seem to have a yellowish tint. So I opened the door to the deck to let in some natural light and took pictures on the door to my studio. It is painted white, and it really looks quite nice in daylight, but when I took the pictures of the wreath on the white door, it just looked all washed out. After trying to get it looking like it really looks, in real life, my teenage daughter finally announced to me that I could fix that problem with the Picmonkey photo editing program.
Well, I’ve used that photo editing program before but I didn’t realize that I could “clean up” the yellow tint from the background of my picture. So after another couple of hours playing around with editing tools, I think I am finally happy with the result. One of the benefits of having this challenge today – I learned a new photo editing skill! The tutorial is complete and is available HERE if you would like to make your own “Hello Spring” wreath. I would love to see what you come up with! In the meantime, please join us this week for the Favorite Things and Blog Hop. Hope to catch up with you again soon!
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