My daughter’s a creative force in our home. She’s a budding photographer, like her brother, she’s getting to be a fine artist, and she’s a capable decorator too.
A few weeks ago, my beloved and I went to the dollar store to see what we could find to help feed her centerpiece habit. Since last autumn or a bit before, she’s been decorating our coffee table a few times a year with lovely centerpieces, and her blog shows the pictures of her creations.
But this last run, my love hasn’t had a chance to sit and decorate. So, MiniNess decided to help out. She took all the things my wife got at the dollar store and did her own version of the centerpiece.
As it happens, this also gives Daddy an opportunity to go ‘Shopping…PHOTOShop-ping, that is.
She didn’t know to take the tags off the items before using them, bless her heart, but they didn’t really hurt anything anyway, I don’t think. How ‘bout you?
I like the pinkish tones of that last one. I think it adds a sort of Victorian flavor to it. What do you think?
I’m also learning Photoshop’s Camera Raw extension is pretty sweet for doing some of the work before the image is ever opened in Photoshop. It’s what I used to add those nice, fuzzy borders around the images (white in the last two, black in those following).
Her arrangement of the silk flowers (which aren’t silk at all, so I’m not sure why they’re called that) was pretty doggone good considering she’s not even eight years old yet. And I loved the way she arranged them on the charger plate, too. She didn’t let any of the surface come through. It’s like a bed of flowers.
(The light aberration I added to the photo; it’s called a “light leak” and is, apparently, quite popular. Funny, because back when I was a kid, that was considered a bad and/or ruined photograph. Things have certainly changed. Oh, and the colors are deliberately faded to lend a hand to the “vintage” feel of the picture above, too.)
She had a great time creating the centerpiece, and so far, we see no need to take it apart or change it. It looks beautiful. She and I also had fun taking pictures of it, with Dad crawling around trying to get just the the right angle. I took 30 pictures of it from all sides, but haven’t fiddled with the others.
Anyway, I’m very proud of my Pretty Princess and her talents, and I hope you enjoyed today’s photo-essay. Have a good weekend!