Ruby Tuesday

Red just pops out at you.  It says boldly, “Here I am!” Perhaps I love ruby red because ruby is my birthstone.  Many advertisers use red in their ads to attraction your attention.  Get you to act on whatever they might be selling.  Here is a little excerpt from about.com of the Meaning of Red…

Nature of Red:

A stimulant, red is the hottest of the warm colors. Studies show that red can have a physical effect, increasing the rate of respiration and raising blood pressure.

The expression seeing red indicates anger and may stem not only from the stimulus of the color but from the natural flush (redness) of the cheeks, a physical reaction to anger, increased blood pressure, or physical exertion.

Culture of Red:

Red is power, hence the red power tie for business people and the red carpet for celebrities and VIPs (very important people).

Flashing red lights denote danger or emergency. Stop signs and stop lights are red to get the drivers’ attention and alert them to the dangers of the intersection.

In some cultures, red denotes purity, joy, and celebration. Red is the color of happiness and prosperity in China and may be used to attract good luck.Red is often the color worn by brides in the East while it is the color of mourning in South Africa. In Russia the Bolsheviks used a red flag when they overthrew the Tsar, thus red became associated with communism. Many national flags use red. The red Ruby is the traditionalFortieth Wedding Anniversary gift.

Using Red:

Use the color red to grab attention and to get people to take action. Use red when you don’t want to sink into the background. Use red to suggest speed combined with confidence and perhaps even a dash of danger. A little bit of red goes a long way. Small doses can often be more effective than large amounts of this strong color. Multiple shades of red and even pink or orange can combine for a cheerful palette.

Look at the use of the Color Red on the Web to find which of the named colors in the red family are the most attention-grabbing, mysterious, friendly, sophisticated, or mentally stimulating.

So when I was passing through the blogosphere and I saw this post about Ruby Tuesday I knew I just had to join in on the fun.

Ruby Tuesday Flower

Ruby Tuesday Flower

Monochrome Weekly

This is my second week participating in the Monochrome Weekly Theme.  I have been purposely shooting some photographs in black and white this past week.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love photographs with colors that just burst out at you.  But there are times when a subject just calls for the dramatic touch of black and white.  The contrast between light and dark.

Sawed Off

Sawed Off

Earlier this past week I was at our local park when I noticed that the maintenance workers had recently sawed off one of this tree’s limbs.  It provided a nice contrast.  And I love the shape of what was left behind.  You can read the age of the limb by the rings left behind.

Have you tried taking photographs in black and white?  And it doesn’t count when you take a color photograph and take away its color.  The true art of black and white photography is when you look for subjects that have those high and low contrast qualities.  So I challenge you to go out and photograph in black and white and share your photographs with the rest of us over at Monochrome Weekly.  I look forward to seeing your images.

i {heart} faces #24 “Let’s Hear It For The Boys!”

No Girls Allowed! At least in the picture.  All you moms out there are more than welcome to read my contribution to this weeks i {heart} faces theme, “Let’s Hear it for the Boys”

Lets hear it for the Boys!

Let's hear it for the Boys!

This wonderful picture was captured last Friday when I traveled to my parents huse to celebrate a belated Happy Mother’s Day and an early Happy Father’s Day!  The kids (my son CJ and daughter’s boyfriend, Ryan) were having a great time in the swimming pool.  I was content to keep myself behind the camera.

So Let’s hear it for the Boys!  Yeah!  Now go on over to iheartfaces.com and leave a Mr. Linky to your favorite boy photos.

{POTD} Preparing for the red, white and blue

Good morning to all of you!  As for me, I have yet to crawl into bed because I am working on some crafts to sell over in my Etsy shop called Crafted by Patty.  I am working on customizing an electric simmer pot with some homemade water slide decals for the Fourth of July.

Current Project

Current Project

Yep, before we know it the next cause for celebration will be upon us.  Seems like just yesterday we had a holiday.  Oh wait we did, it was Father’s Day.  I hope that everyone had a wonderful time celebrating with all the dads in our lives. It was rather quiet around here.  CJ woke me up because he had forgotten where he had placed the Father’s Day card he had made at school.  And of course mommy is the only one who knows where anything is in this household.  I have to say both guys looked really cute in their matching shirts.  CJ’s said “Little Tool Guy” with his name written on a little tool box and then daddy had the big boy version, “Tool Guy” with Chris on the tool box.  Never got a good picture of them wearing them.

Back to my current project.  I have a few more decals {the stars} to place on the simmer pot and then I can seal the decals on so they won’t fade, etc.  I love having simmer pots throughout the house emitting the wonder scents of wax melts (and no open flames).  It’s nice to always have a nice smelling house when unexpected guests arrive.  If you are looking for unique gifts, hop on over to my Etsy shop, this Star Spangled Simmer Pot will be for sale.  Or if your looking for another design, send me an email with you request and I will see what I can do.  Or if you would like to learn how to make your own water slide decals, I wrote an article over at eHow on just this topic.  You can put them on just about anything.  Well I’m off to my crafting corner.  Wishing you all a scent-sational Monday!