Thursday, September 18, 2014

Digital Vintage Photo Restoration – Before and Afters



RESTORE us to yourself, Lord,
 that we may return; renew our days as of old -


It’s been a few months since I’ve been able to publish my posts several times a week as I have done for the past several years.  Life has been a bit ‘Complicated,’ to say the least.  I have been very busy, but have not been able to do the creative things I love to do and share them with You.  I did think that I would share some of the projects I have worked on – in between the other necessities of this strange time of life.

One thing I have been able to continue to do is my Digital Vintage Photo Restorations for various clients.  I will share just some of the Many that I have done in the past months here and there.  I use Photoshop Elements 10 - and sometimes I also use Perfect Effects Free and Perfect Effects 4 - to work on the photos after scanning them into my Macbook.  Here are some Before and Afters -  I’d love to restore some for YOU – or someone You might know who needs my services.

(NOTE:  I am quite disgusted with Blogger today.  I have worked for Many hours to make this post and it will not keep things lined up as I have them!  Please excuse the way this post has come out.  I apologize.)

 This was the only photo a friend had of her parents from long ago.  Now she can see them better!
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 This was a very large framed photo from many years ago.  It had darkened considerably with time.
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My Client wanted the  extraneous people taken out of this photo -
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This 8 x 10 photo had been damaged in a flood and was stuck to the broken glass in the ruined frame as you can see here.


 I restored the photo, printed it and the verse that had been at the bottom, and reframed it for my Client.

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 For this one, I removed the legs of the people on the left, cropped and lightened the photo.
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This photo was cropped, restored and made Black and White, as it was originally.


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Some more, restored to the original Black and White.

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My Client wanted her father removed from this group photo.  I cropped him out and repaired and extended the curtain behind him, also removing the people behind him.

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Now you see the Fern...
...now you don't!
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I hope you’ve enjoyed these Before and After photos which are just the ‘tip of the iceberg' of all that I have restored in the past few years.  Please do share my info with anyone that you know who may be in need of my services to restore photos for them.  I love working on Memories…

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B’Bye!  -  Bye!  -  B’Bye – Bye! – B’Bye!
(You can take the Gal out of the Sky, but You can’t take the Sky out of the Gal!)  ;-}


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

My Cookie Lee Jewelry Case Pillows


I’m exhausted. I cannot even speak,
my voice fading as sighs.
    Every day ends in the same place—lying in bed,
covered in tears, my PILLOW wet with sorrow.
Psalm 6:6   (the Voice version)

In looking for a verse to begin this blogpost, as I always do, I didn’t know I’d come across a verse – with the appropriate word ‘pillow’ I it – that would also be so true of my life as it is currently.  It’s not about the pillows that I’ve made and am sharing in this post…  It’s where I am in life that makes ‘my pillow wet with sorrow’ – but that’s not for sharing here.  Just an interesting observation – and how even King David had days – nights – like mine!

This is a departure from my usual Paper-crafting.  I signed up to be a Cookie Lee Jewelry Consultant this past summer.  I often borrow the Loaner Kit from my Director for my Parties until I have more of a selection of items to show and sell.  She has little pillows in the case trays to keep the jewelry from sliding in transport.  I was recently able to purchase a ‘used’ case from someone for me to use, but no pillows were included.  I asked my Director where she had purchased hers.  The woman who had made them for a while in this area has moved away and she mentioned that if anyone sewed, it would be a good ‘service’ to the local Consultants to be able to purchase them.  MY hand is raised!!  I have been sewing since I was 9 years old - back in the Paleolithic Era! - and this would be a fun, additional project to add to my repertoire of ‘things I do to survive’!  So – here is what I’ve come up with recently.  I’ll be sharing them at the 2014 Spring/Summer Launch this coming Saturday, January 11th, at my Director’s home – and hoping that I sell them – and will then make more.

I made several packs of 4 out of various remnant materials that I purchased.  I will see what the reaction is and which types might be better accepted by the Consultants.  I made several for my own Case and am testing to see which materials might work better than others – and it’s also a ‘personal preference’ as far as anyone’s personal style.

Here are the ones I’ve made so far –  Pinks and Grays are the current Cookie Lee Colors!
They are 4 for $20 - 2 for $10 - You can mix and match the sets I make.

Pink silk shantung

Pink Sparkle Corduroy

Pink Fleece

Burgundy Satin

Gray Satin

Gray Tweed Polyester

Gray Fleece

Pink Silk Shantung/Gray Tweed Polyester

Burgundy/Gray Satin

We’ll see how they are ‘received’ on Saturday – and whether I will be going into the Pillow Business, also!  I promise - I haven't cried on any of these!!   Thanks for stopping by – Come again soon!   

Please visit my Cookie Lee Personal Webpage! www.CookieLee.biz/LyndenBlossom    You can see all of the Catalogs and fabulous Jewelry there and then contact me to order for you!  You can have a fun Party, if you are ‘local to me’  - or you can have a Catalog Party and receive the Hostess Credits if you’re not close to me – or you can have a Fundraiser, also!  Let me know if I can help with any of this for you.    
Please visit my Cookie Lee Facebook Page and Pinterest Page, too!

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Check out my Tabs in the Header above to see what else I do and can do for you!  Let me know if you have questions on anything here – or if I can do anything for You!  Have a Great Week!  See you again soon!

B’Bye!  -  Bye!  -  B’Bye – Bye! – B’Bye!
(You can take the Gal out of the Sky, but You can’t take the Sky out of the Gal!)  ;-}

Sunday, December 22, 2013

'Cookie Lee Jewelry' Christmas Gift Exchange Items!



As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their GIFTS into the temple treasury.
He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.
“Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others.
All these people gave their GIFTS out of their wealth;
but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
Luke 21 : 1 – 4

This is merely a reminder that it may not be a lavish gift that we give to someone, but a small ‘gift of the heart,’ if that’s all that we have to offer.  Hopefully, the recipient will see that and accept graciously.  Something to remember at this Gift-giving Holiday Season…of Christmas – as we remember the Greatest Gift we have been given - JESUS!

A while ago, I made a set of Clipboards for me to use in my Cookie Lee Jewelry business when I am at Parties and Events – one large one to hold the Order Form tablet and a smaller one to hold the Guest/Opportunity tablet.   I have enjoyed using them and when it was time for our Cookie Lee Christmas Party last week, I decided to make a set – with some additional items – for the Gift Exchange Game. 

Here is the set I made for myself – (Link to my post is:   http://aneleganttouch-lynden.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-cookie-lee-jewelry-clipboards.html  )  I have actually discovered that by Google-ing  ‘Cookie Lee logo/images’ My Set is shown!!  What a surprise to see that!  Perhaps this New set will end up there, also! 


Here is the New Set – and other accessories – that I made last week –

Large Clipboard

Large Clipboard and Order Form pad

Small Clipboard

Small Clipboard and Opportunity/Info pad

Clipboards - Before!
I first painted the clipboards with Gray paint.  I made my own designs from online images of the New Cookie Lee Logo and optional backgrounds in my SCAL3 program and cut them with my Silhouette CAMEO.  I adhered all of the elements with my ‘homemade Mod-Podge’ – letting it dry between each of several coats.

Memo pad Cover

Memo pad - inside
I made the MemoPad cover and the ‘Thank You’ cards using the ‘negative designs’ from what I cut for the clipboards, adding the words cut with my SCAL3 and CAMEO, using the same font as the logo and then enhancing them with a few ‘gems.’

4 Thank You cards -
I purchased a small file box at Michaels (On Sale! -) that had the ‘Cookie Lee colors’ and stood the elements in it - propped with 'Snow' batting!  I wrapped it in Pink sparkly paper and fashioned a Silver-gray Bow – adding a Silver ornament on it.  It was a fun project to do – (My ‘widow’s mite’ at this time…) – and it seemed to go over well at the game!  (My Director’s husband ‘snagged it’ for her!)  8-]





Merry Christmas, Everyone!!  8-]   - and a Blessed New Year 2014 to You and Yours!!