Archive for July, 2009

Disney Tubes

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Here are some tubes for you that I colored. 

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TOU is in the zip file.

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Teddy Bear Tubes

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Some cute little teddy bears for you

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These teddy bears were created using selection files and colorized by me.  10 PNG files.  See TOU inside zip file.

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River Backgrounds

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

4 river backgrounds to use in DAZ/Poser for renders

 

 

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These backgrounds were created by me in DAZ Studio and rendered from there.  See TOU in zip file.

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Dragon Sighting

Friday, July 17th, 2009

I saw a real live dragon today!

My sister and her family came down to visit this week, and today we drove to tour the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans.  And, they had sea dragons in their exhibit.

Here is a picture of their weedy sea dragon:

The Weedy Sea Dragon, New Orleans Aquarium of the Americas, 2009

The Weedy Sea Dragon, New Orleans Aquarium of the Americas, 2009

And here is a picture of their ribbon sea dragon:

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The Ribbon Sea Dragon, New Orleans Aquarium of the Americas, 2009

The sea dragon can be found in the waters off of Australia.¬† They grow to be 10 – 12 inches, and may live to be about 8 years old.¬† They belong to the same family that sea horses belong to.¬† Like the seahorses, the females lay the eggs on the male’s body and the males carry the eggs around with them until they hatch, about 2 months.¬† Sea dragons are considered a Near Threatened species, and are protected from collection by Australian law.

For more info:

There are only about 50 aquariums that have sea dragons world wide.  In 2008, a sea dragon in the Atlanta aquarium became pregnant for only the third time.  For More Info

For more information on the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans

Dragon Bones

Friday, July 10th, 2009

We discovered dragon bones!

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My daughter bought me this kit for making this dragon.  She and I put it together today.  It took about two hours. 

It was nice building it with her.¬† It’s been a while since my daughter and I have dones something constructive together.¬†¬†¬† Oh, we watch movies together and go shopping together.¬† But we used to do all kinds of crafts things together.¬† Now that she’s growing older, school and work take up our time together.¬† But this was fun, and it was nice to know that my 17-year-old daughter likes doing things with her mom still.

Have It Your Way

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

“Have it your way!”¬†

That’s exactly why I like Burger King burgers.¬† They make them my way.¬† Ever since we moved here, I’ve been Burger King deprived.¬† The BK stores around here are dirty and many serve their food cold.¬† There’s one good store all the way across town near the mall there, but that’s a 30-minute ride to get a burger.

Recently, we found out that a new store opened up near us, just 5 minutes away.¬† It’s a small store, but my husband has been there and says it was clean.¬† He took my daughter there to get an application, and now she works there.¬† My daughter tells us about how clean the store is, and how good the food is.

So tonight my husband and I decided to eat there, so I can have it my way.

My way is a Whopper with cheese, fully dressed.¬† I don’t mind if the lettuce is missing, but it has to have onions.¬† Oh, my mouth watered to finally have a good whopper after 3 years.

I walked up to the register to place my order.¬† The cashier (who was a manager) was on her cell phone!¬† I patiently waited for her to finish her call.¬† However, rather than finish it, she moved the phone away from her mouth and asked to take my order.¬† I told her, “A #1 with cheese, and onion rings”.¬† But on the register I could see that she typed in a “whopper, no onions, med fries, med drink.”¬† I told her, “no, I do not want fries, I want onion rings…” and she cuts in “Ok, but you do not want onions, right?”¬† I tell her, “I want onions, change the fries to onion rings.”¬† She fixes the order, and my hubby orders his special burger — no ketchup.

With only two workers, I’m surprised our order was ready right away, but it was.¬† I bit into that warm burger, and could not taste any onions.¬† Sure enough.¬† There were no onions!¬† I decided that getting a correct burger when there are only 2 workers would be more trouble than it’s worth, so I continued to eat my burger.

My next bite bit into a thick tomato, so I pulled it out.  It turned out to be  the stem-end (usually thrown out) of the tomato.  My husband told me (later confirmed by my daughter) that the process at Burger King is to core the tomato and remove both ends of the tomato.  I did take a picture of it with my cell phone.  

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  Strike Two.

The onion rings were luke warm, like they had been sitting all day on the counter.  Strike Three.

The burger, however, did taste good and was nice and fresh — just not made to my liking.

Burger King has this Transformer contest, where you rub off playing pieces that are on fries/onion rings and drinks.¬† I won a free apple pie, so I sent my husband to go get it before we leave.¬† And wouldn’t you know it!¬† They were out of applie pies, so I had to substitute a butterfinger pie.

So today was not the day to Have it My Way.¬† Perhaps in a few weeks or months this new store will get its act together.¬† But even though it wasn’t My way, that was still the best Whopper I’ve tasted around here.

That Sinking Feeling

Monday, July 6th, 2009

As I sat in my chair drinking my morning coffee, a sinking feeling tugged at me.¬† I felt like there was something I needed to do, but I couldn’t figure out what.¬† I looked around the living room into the shadows of the darkened house.¬† It was early morning, and quiet.¬† Eveyone else was still asleep.¬† I shrugged, and returned to reading my email.¬† I loved the early morning peace and quiet–a time for just me.

Again, that feeling surrounded me and tugged at me.¬† Urgently, it pulled at me, wanting me to get out of that chair.¬† Finally, I stood up and let that feeling pull me to the window.¬† The drapes were still closed, and I hesitated with my hand on the curtain rod.¬† What if, there was someone standing outside that window?¬† I thought about waking my husband for a few seconds, but I didn ‘t.¬† It was silly.¬† At 7 am it would be light enough to see and the house was all locked up.¬† If there were someone outside that window, I’d be safe inside my house, calling the police.

I turned the curtain rod, and the drapes slid open.  Nothing stood outside the window.

It was 7 am and the morning sun was rising above the haze.  It would be another hot day, I could tell.  The haze was already burning off.  A thin specter of the haze drifted in front of the house towards the dark mound of dirt in front of the house.

No!¬† It couldn’t be!

I ran to the door and opened it, staring in disbelief.  Where my 45-foot pine tree should have been was a hole, the size of its trunk.  Movement in the hole caught my attention.  And just as my eyes flew to the center of the hole, I could see part of a pine tree branch descend into the hole.  And then it was gone.  No more 45 foot tree.  Nothing but a hole!

 

Real life tree gnomes.  These members from Oasis Tree Care take down our pine tree.  We wanted it removed because during Hurricane Gustav (September 2008), it bent so much in the wind that we were afraid it would fall onto the house.  So as the new hurricane season comes, we cleared our the tree.  It was a good thing, too.  It's been so dry that some of the tree branches were awfully brittle.  These people were very professional, quick, and clean.  They removed everything, including grinding the stump.  If you're in the Baton Rouge area and need tree removal done, I'd recommend Oasis Tree Care, 225.277.7317

Real life tree gnomes. These members from Oasis Tree Care take down our pine tree. We wanted it removed because during Hurricane Gustav (September 2008), it bent so much in the wind that we were afraid it would fall onto the house. So as the new hurricane season comes, we cleared out the tree. It was a good thing, too. It's been so dry that some of the tree branches were awfully brittle. These people were very professional, quick, and clean. They removed everything, including grinding the stump. If you're in the Baton Rouge area and need tree removal done, I'd recommend Oasis Tree Care, 225.277.7317

Rainbow Bubble Layer Style

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Here is a layer style that creates a rainbow bubble effect, for use in Photoshop:

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Terms of Use:

This layer style was created by me, Dragon’s Breath.¬† You have free use it, just do not claim it as your own.¬† If your group requires a copyright notice (I do not), please write:¬† copyright:¬† Dragon’s Breath.

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Silver Layer Style

Monday, July 6th, 2009

This layer style makes silver text in Photoshop:

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Terms of Use:

This layer style was created by me, Dragon’s Breath.¬† You have free use of it, just do not claim it as your own.¬† If your group requires a copyright notice (I do not), please write:¬† copyright:¬† Dragon’s Breath.

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Beach Baby Tubes

Monday, July 6th, 2009

It’s time for the beach!¬† Here are 3 PNG format tubes of beach baby Sam for use in Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop:

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Terms of Use:

These tubes were created by me, Dragon’s Breath.¬† You have free use of the tube, just do not claim it as your own.¬† If your group requires a copyright notice (I do not), please write:¬† copyright:¬† Dragon’s Breath.

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