Cottages — before and after

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It’s interesting how nature is one of the best creators of BEFORE and AFTERS.

While participating in this weeks Metamorphosis Monday with Susan and Mary at Little Red House and her Mosaic Monday, I thought I could actually participate with both showing Mother nature at her best!!

Purple 1 RSx


Many of you may recognise this sweet beauty from a previous post (click here). This was taken in wet early spring.

Purple 2 RS x


Little bit of a different angle…ok I know next time I will be more particular about my positioning… but notice how with a little bit of sunshine and a lot of summer rain, and from the looks of it a care taker who sincerely loves their home, Mother Nature at her best in the AFTER. If you will look VERRRY careful you will see a slumbering white kitty on the porch bench. “shhhh”

In a way, I have always thought myself creative… I don’t know if I would’ve every called myself an artist, but since seeking my true authentic self lately, I do think I have some artistic  flairs. HOWEVER… one thing I have always wanted to be wonderful at and am NOT, is a water color painter.

Well……… I found something to assist my water color adventures.

Pink roof B4 RS

Take one of my favorite Pink roofed cottages….

Water color RS

In Elements, or yes, Photo shop (so I am told because I don’t have this costly beast 😉 you can too be a water color artist.

Just go to Filters Click — Artistic then water color ….and Voila` the Above.

close up water color RS x

Now for a much closer version to show off the water color feature … Dang I even think Susan Rios would be proud!

Enjoy your week– start on your own Dipity Road finding your true authentic self!

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

Met houses collge X RS

I also joined a darling new blog party —It’s Great to Be Home. Stop by and take a fresh look!

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August 16, 2009 at 11:42 pm | cottages | 27 comments


27 responses to “Cottages — before and after”

  1. Riet says:

    LOvely pictures and mosaic. I love what you did with it. Have a nice day

  2. Regina says:

    Hi Claudia.  These are beautiful.
    Great  post.

  3. Kammy says:

    Love those cottages ! The watercolor picture is super !

  4. sharon says:

    Great shots! I love the first cottage with the eyebrow over the door.

  5. suzie says:

    Thanks again for always ‘raising the bar’ you always do a fantastic job! And also thanks for sharing information, I have been enjoying Picnik photo program, because of your recommendation! Have a great day. . .

  6. Those are some very pretty cottages. I also checked out Picnik – now I need to find time to experiment with it.

  7. Queenie says:

    These cottage are so pretty and charming…I love this post and your blog…
    Happy Mosaic Monday!

  8. Pat says:

    Hi Claudia!

    Those cottages are so charming! Almost storybook in quality and I like the special effects that you used on them. I must try Picnik program someday …it looks very interesting.

  9. what adorable cottages

  10. Bonnie says:

    I love these cottages. Just yesterday I passed a beautiful little house, much like these, and wished later that I had turned around to take a photo.

  11. What absolutely adorable little houses!  I could adopt any one of them, and be very happy.

  12. Love these cottages and your blog!  I’m going to have to try out those Photo Shop filters, they look like fun!  Thanks for sharing! 

  13. How fun is that!  And, I do have photoshop— but have never taken the time to see how it makes those watercolors!  The problem is — it is so darn complicated to use!

  14. Sue says:

    Claudia, I always love your photos of houses,  and your playing around with them makes them a little more special. I don’t take the time to play….  need to MAKE the time to do more things….  As I type, a project awaits me on the kitchen table.  Trying to paint a newly acquired junk piece. We’ll  see.   *big grin*

  15. I love the cottage shots. You know, being a photographer often means you get the best of all artistic worlds – what you do with your shots is entirely “you”, and that does make you an artist after all. Even a watercolor artist 😉 Great post – I enjoyed it very much.

  16. Claudie says:

    I want to live there!!! Claudia, seasons have their way of changing the most simple things to magical beauties.
    I’m hoping my gardens will bloom like your picture in time… I’m patiently waiting.. it’s only been a week lol
    Happy MM
    Love to you
    Love Claudie

  17. Those are gorgeous.  they remind me of an area near the Country Club Plaza in Kc, Mo.
    I hope you will come for a visit.
    <a href=””> Its So Very Cheri </a>

  18. I saw a comment you left somewhere and I just had to come and say hi : ). I think your blog name is so beautiful! I just love it. In High school we named our newspaper that: Serendipity. It’s always been one of my favorite words!

    These houses are so pretty, and what a great editor you are. Wow.

  19. I love the water color effect!  Thanks for joining the blog party today!  🙂

  20. What delightful photos of these lovely cottages!  I enjoy experimenting with Photoshop too and enjoyed seeing what YOU did.  Thanks for your visit to Small Reflections yesterday.  After being away from the computer all day, I’m doing what I can to catch up today.  I’ve signed in with one of my other blogs where I’ve share some Photoshop experiments of my own the past few days.  Maybe you’ll find time to check them out too?  Hope you have a wonderful week ;–)
    Hugs and blessings,

  21. Karen Cox says:

    I love how mother nature decorated the cottages.  Ahhh Photoshop my new addition.  I love the watercolor filter and sometimes I wonder why paint at all with the likes of Photoshop.  Your mosaic is lovely,  I love cottages.

  22. mary says:

    Yes, I have to admit that I’m a Photoshop junkie…  😉  What pretty cottages, and a beautiful mosaic!  Thanks for sharing your talent, Claudia!

  23. Sarah @ Thriftydecorchick says:

    These homes are SO SWEET!!! Oh, I would love to walk inside and check them out! Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

  24. Arleen Young says:

    All of your pictures take me to a dream world that someday I hope will become reality. Thank you so much for broadening my horizons with such beauty.

  25. Ashley says:

    I dream of having a pretty little cottage.  Gorgeous homes.

  26. Tootsie says:

    what I would not give for a vine covered cottage!!!

  27. Carol says:

    I love cottages – you have a way of combining words and photos that is just gorgeous, and so moving

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