Solid Color Pet Beds

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I have just recently added solid color pet beds to my Shopify store.  I love these!  As with all my pet beds these are custom, and allow you to choose both the interior and exterior color of the pet bed.  With 32 color choices for the interior minky fabric, and 32 color choices for the exterior cotton fabric, there are a total of 1,024 color combinations!

These solid color pet beds blend beautifully with any decor.  And, since my minky and cotton fabrics are “matched” to each other (they use the same color chart), you can request that the interior minky pet bed sides be the same as the exterior color.  This way only the interior pillow cover is the same or a different color, and can be changed out later to one of many other colors.

This is a great way to change up your pet bed for the season…have a lime green color pillow cover for spring and an orange pillow cover for fall.  I do this myself for my little dog Gracie’s pet bed.  The exterior and interior sides are all an ash gray color, and I change out the pillow cover as I like.   So very versatile!  And yes, I am also now offering replacement/additional pillow covers in my standard pet bed sizes just for this purpose.  Enjoy shopping!

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Sleepy Time

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We had some terrific Texas thunderstorms night before last, and a few again last night.  Short sleep, Gracie was taking full advantage of her comfortable bed this morning!  (You can see why the “bumper” sides are necessary.)  Now this little dog knows how to relax!  Sweet dreams, Gracie.

Does your dog sleep on their back?

Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge-Week 10-Color Splash

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Welcome to Week 10 of the Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge.  Color Splash, or basically a way to bring out a singular color or splash of color in an otherwise black and white photo – is something I have always wanted to learn how to do.  After reading over all the great advice from hosts We Live in a Flat and Firebonnet, I jumped right into this challenge!

Selective color is a post-processing technique where most of a photo is converted to black and white, but some parts are left in color…  The selective color technique emphasizes parts of the photo and draws more attention to the subject.

After reading the post at We Live in a Flat, I checked out the app PicsArt, and found it very easy to use to apply this effect.  The effect can also be applied via Leonardo, but it uses masking and is a little more difficult to apply.  Here is a short video on color splash in the app Leonardo.

After looking at some other color splash examples, I decided to use a photo of my cat Tyler’s eyes.  but with alterations first, of course!

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Original Photo of Tyler

After basic editing in Afterlight, I pulled three photos (Tyler’s eyes, and two quilt photos) into the app Split Pic Pro.  (Hint:  Photograph fabric, walls, floors, anything with texture to save and use in “combined” photos at a later date.)  This app allows you to quickly select several photos to place in a collage, and then blend together.  The blending level is easily done via a slide bar.  Here are the three photos I used in the app, with blending applied.

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And another photo after application of filters to each photo, again easily accomplished directly within the screen you are working on.  Just highlight each separate photo, and a selection of filters will be at the bottom of the screen, as seen here:

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I chose filters that would better highlight my main subject.  Those two quilt photos added some nice texture – abstract art – to my kitty’s face!  Once happy with these additional edits in the Split Pic Pro app, I saved the photo and then pulled it into PicsArt for the final color splash application.  I even tweaked the eye color to make the eyes more blue within the color splash screen.

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Mobile Device: iPhone 4s
Apps Used:  Afterlight, Split Pic Pro, PicsArt

I simply love these photos of my sweet kitty Tyler.  Part cat – part art!!  Meow.

Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge-Week 7-Sketch Effects

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Well, as I was very busy building my new Shopify website, I initially missed weeks 7 thru 10 of the Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge.  But I want my photo grid complete with host We Live in a Flat (and co-host Fire Bonnet), so am going ahead and competing entries for these (and back dating so they are archived in order).

Week 7 Photo Challenge:  Art-Sketch Effects

We Live in a Flat gives a more full description of sketching via Wikipedia:

Sketches can be made in any drawing medium. The term is most often applied to graphic work executed in a dry media such as silverpoint,graphite, pencil, charcoal or pastel. But it may also apply to drawings executed in pen and ink, ballpoint pen, water colour and oil paint. The latter two are generally referred to as “water colour sketches” and “oil sketches”. – wikipedia

And yes it is true that we now digitally have the ability to turn our photos into sketches (and watercolors, and oil paints, etc.).  I really like the look of the Camera360 app that she tested, so added it to my growing group of photo apps on my iPhone.  This one was free!

It took me a minute to figure out where the “sketch” effect was in this app.  You have to select the big + button to enter the effects store.  From there they list the different effects offered; all are free.  Once selected the effects you like are installed onto your main effects screen for use.  A total of nine sketch effects are offered.  I liked “surreal”, “years”, “color”, and “light”.  Did not particularly care for the rest.  And, ways to save are a little odd in that you export to your camera roll, and if not careful with your “finger placement” on your phone screen you will just re-save your original.

Here are the final results.  I used a photo taken of Peyton this morning on a neutral background.

I think I like sketch #3-Color best.  I think a darker subject would have worked out better for this effect, although there is quite a bit of contrast between Peyton and the almost white background.  The “Years” sketch is also nice, although it really just looks like a b&w photo conversion, rather than a sketch.

Pet Pals

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My Dad was recently released from a local hospital after an (almost) two-week stay there following knee replacement surgery. Much of the stay he was on a rehabilitation floor working hard with therapists to make sure (at age 87), that he would do well once he was able to return home. He has, as always, been amazing and is making a great recovery. While on the rehabilitation floor, he was able to meet & greet a couple of the Therapy Pet Pals of Texas certified therapy dogs. I was fortunate enough on one of my visits to see him to be able to meet this sweet bulldog myself. Her name is Breeze. Isn’t she pretty with her sparkling tiara!  Her escort was permitted to take her on her rounds to see patients in a wheelchair, which put her at the perfect height to visit patients in bed.

If you are curious about the photo technique, just follow We Live in a Flat.  We are on a 12 week photography journey learning new ways to use photo apps on our smart phones.  I cover this technique in week 3 – Snappy H’appy – Watercolors.