August

July was a crazy month for me. I began my job as a child protective services assessor for my state. The first 12 weeks of the job are strictly training and shadowing other workers. Plus, a majority of the training is in our state capital in an effort to centralize everything. On the whole the centralization of the training is a good thing, but it means a 3.5 our commute for me and it is becoming harder and harder to remember where I have been and where I am supposed to be!

Of course, this job came at a point where I had made the decision to put social work behind me and move into librarianship, but things seem to be working out the way they should. I am a big believer in things will always work out the way they are supposed to, but the path to get to that point may be hard, frustrating and confusing. That has certainly been true for me in my employment quest since being laid off last October!

I don’t have a lot to blog about since I sit in a classroom for training most of the time, but I thought I better do a check-in for the 3 faithful readers I have. 😉  I started with the easiest section to update: Book Bag and found out I’ve read a total of 39 books already this year! Go me! Here’s what my August looks like:

August 3-7: Training in state capital ALL WEEK

August 3: Started a new class at JessicaSprague.com on using Photoshop brushes. I will be posting my work on my art page.

August 5: Niece’s 4 year birthday. Ahh!

August 6: My parent’s anniversary- they have been married for 32 years and have been great role models for me. It is also my sister-in-law’s birthday.

August 7: Julie & Julia the movie starts! RR – we need to make plans!

August 8-9: Our library is having a book sale M. and I plan to attend. M. is hoping to scope out some cheap war books that he will probably never read. I will just look for some interesting books at a good price.

August 10-14: I get to work in my home county ALL WEEK and sleep in my own bed!

August 17-21: Back up to the state capital <SIGH>

August 17: New season of Flipping Out on Bravo!

August 23: Nephew’s 7th birthday

August 24-28: A mixed week of in county and at state capital

August 31: My little brother’s birthday. Happy Birthday J. Back up in the state capital…
And, just for fun, here’s a photo I took recently. What do you think it is?

Can you guess what this is?

Can you guess what this is?

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Photo Editing: Frame-ups & Special Effects (Days 4,5,6)

Here are the photos I completed for the last few days of the free class I am taking on JessicaSprague.com.

using clipping masks; adding texture and frames

using clipping masks; adding texture and frames

combining techniques

combining techniques

Photo Editing: Frame-ups & Special Effects (Day 2 and 3)

Here are my photos from Day 2 and 3 of the photo editing class I am taking on JessicaSprague.com.

Day 2: using brushes

Day 2: using brushes

Day 3: making vintage photos & hand-tinting

Day 3: making vintage photos & hand-tinting

Project 2: add a frame & stars to day 3 photo

Project 2: add a frame & stars to day 3 photo

Jessica Sprague Photo Editing Class

A friend on FaceBook suggested a free JessicaSprague.com class – Photo Editing: Frame-Ups & Special Effects. The first project was a little basic, but I did learn some important cropping info for CS4. Here’s Clover in my first project for the class.

Lesson1_web

Crafster.org Challenge #40 – Picture This

I finally got around to putting together my project for the Craftster.org challenge “Picture This.” I don’t know if posting it on my blog will disqualify it since the rules say it cannot have been posted elsewhere, so I will wait until after the voting to add it to my art page here. Voting starts tomorrow. My entry is “China Photo Dinner” and can be viewed by clicking here.

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