Monday, December 21, 2009

Countdown to Christmas

Well we are in the final stretch, only a few more days to go. I've decided that whatever I haven't gotten done by now just isn't going to get done. I don't care if all the cookies are made. I won't be sending out Christmas cards this year. Stocking are not going to be over stuffed with little goodies. And most of all, if I haven't bought it by now, it's not going to be under the tree this year.

I decided that I probably stretched out the trivia posts as much as I can and since I haven't shown you a before and after recently of one of my photo edits, I thought that would be a good choice for today.

This is what I started with.


I decided that I wanted to put a nativity scene in the opening at the bottom of the bell. Since I don't have a set of my own I couldn't take a picture of one. I grabbed a picture off of  MorgueFile and did an extraction on it.
Here's what I ended up with.

I used a couple different filters and played around with blending modes a bit to make it look more like a painting than a photo.

Hope everyone is ready for Christmas or at least finding lots of time to do all the last minute things.

17 comments:

PJ said...

that is really a cool edit! i still am saying bah humbug, lol. i don't like being broke at christmas but that is just the way it is this year. at least i have my beautiful grandbaby to make me smile. have a wonderful night...hugz!

Lin said...

Sheesh! You've got time to play with Photoshop????! LOL!

Sandee said...

I'm glad your aren't going to stress over what isn't done. That's a great call. Too many folks get all stressed out during the holidays. I'm with you. Not stressing here either.

I love what you did with the ornament. Now that's downright clever.

Have a terrific day. :)

BeadedTail said...

At this point, it's not worth the stress to get done what isn't done and just enjoy the season. At least that's my theory and I'm trying to remember it every time that feeling of stress arises!

I like your edit. Wish I knew how to do that but maybe next summer I'll finally have time to learn Photoshop.

B Boys Mom said...

I feel the same way. If it's not done already it's not going to happen. I didn't get cards out and I haven't received very many either. I love what you did with the bell. I wish I knew how to edit and play with pictures like that.

gayle said...

Wow that picture is awesome!!

FishHawk said...

Yeah, what Gayle said!

fullet said...

I like it, that's a funny idea, and well executed. I'll buy some little presents this week... I'm a bit tired of it, and I admire your decision!

Jen said...

WOO-Hoo! Girl you are the photo editing queen - nicely done! I can't even remember the last time I sent out Christmas cards, but I think everyone has cut way back (we've only gotten 3 or 4 cards this year, compared to about 30 last year). Remembering the reason for the season (Jesus) and time spent with family and friends are what's most important during the holidays, not how much you got done (and thank goodness for that, right? ;o)

allotments4you.com said...

I love the way you have put the nativity scene in the keyhole....it looks great!!

vickie said...

♪♫ Don't worry ♫ ... be happy ♫♪

It's ok ♥ - cool picture edit!

Me-Me King said...

Love the photo edit - very cool!!! I'm with you, those things I haven't gotten around to will go undone this year and I'm not even feeling guilty....yet.

Grace said...

That's intriguing...

Lenox Knits said...

I love the edit. Such an interesting visual! I'm with you on the being done with holiday prep. I'm wrapping tonight and that's it. Happy holidays if I don't visit again before the end of the week.

Ann said...

PJ I know the feeling but like you said at least you have your granddaughter. Enjoy\

Lin Oh yea, I got lots of time

Sandee been there done that so I changed the plan this year :)

Beaded tail totally agree

BBoysMom the edits are my stress buster

Gayle thank you so much

FishHawk I hate to repeat myself but thank you very much :)

Fullet yes its just turned into a hassle for me it used to be fun

Jen Thank you not many cards here either and you're right, reason for the season :)

allotments4you, thanks I actually had something that I was able to do exactly the way I pictured it...lol

Vickie, oh no, I always used to hate that song...lol

Me-Me thanks. No guilt here either, I'm thinking it's time to pass all the work on to the next generation.

Grace, ty?...lol

LenoxKnits I actually forced myself to do the wrapping the other day so that's done. Happy holidays to you also

Poetic Shutterbug said...

That is a fantastic edit Ann. Very creative. I'm with you, if it hasn't been done by now, it won't be. On that not, enjoy your holiday to the fullest :)

Miawa said...

Very cool! I'm with you on that last minute poo-poo, uh-uh!. I promised myself to be totally chilled this year and so far so good.

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