Thursday, February 14

Happy Valentine's Day




To everyone.





But especially to anyone who didn't receive a card.

(..... that would include me .....)




And to anyone who didn't send a card.

(..... that would be me too .....)




To anyone who never received a card during their formative years ..... apart from one from their Mum.

(..... umm ..... yep ..... over here .....)



Also to anyone whose Mother-in-Law's birthday is today ..... meaning that Mummy gets a card even though wifey doesn't.

(..... Pick me! Pick me!! ...... not that I'm bitter ..... much)





But it's not all bad. I know someone who did get a card .....






Great! I don't get one, but the monkey does! The smug git.




Many thanks to whoever the secret monkee admirer is ..... I have a sneaking suspicion that it's someone who makes lovely cards and corsages, whose name begins with N, but I could be wrong.



But really, I'm not bitter, and if my MiL is reading this ..... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!



RGH and I haven't done the valentines thing for years now as we like to think we're quite loved up all year round (plus we're too mean to play into the marketing men's hands), but trying to get into the spirit of romance, I wandered round the house yesterday snapping as many love-ly things as I could.

And thanks to RBD2 introducing me to Picasa while we were away, I made this ....


Love-ly Valentine collage





I LOVE Picasa! How come nobody told me about it before? I could possibly be the last person in the world to realise what my photos have been missing. The effects you can achieve are fantastic.


Like this ......




Curious George? Or just Nosey 007 .....









And this .....



RBD2 working on her own arty shot









And this .....



RBD1 yearning for MSN

I think I'm in love ..... with a photo editing application. Now do you see why I didn't get any cards? Happy Valentine's Day, and please expect more doctored photos from me next time .....

28 comments:

Patti said...

Ooh. Thank RBD2 for the picasa tip. I didn't know about this. Hours more time shall be spent ignoring children while mummy plays on the computer.

trashalou said...

Mea Culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa (beats chest a la Roman stylee for emphasis).

I thought everyone was onto Picasa otherwise I would have said something. Assumed you would know all about this being a clever flikr and Moo cards type person.

Again with the apologies (in English this time)but loving the heart collage. Am off to ignore other people's children all morning now to photograph and make collages of Valentinesy things.

word ver: Valentines? More yearning over dearth......

Kitty said...

That hearty collage thing is wonderful ... I'm off to check out Picasa today!

Oh and you're not the only one with no Valentines Card - although No.2 did write on my shopping list 'To Mum, Happ Valentimes xxx' ... does that count?

:-) x

tintocktap said...

Happy Valentine's Day from another no Valentine household (but I think I'll buy my son one later just to confuse him and wind him up).

Now I'm off to discover the delights of Picasa .....

Kitsch n Zinc said...

I didn't know about Picasa either - clearly I'll be wasting many hours there today ;o)

Happy Valentine's :o)

Anonymous said...

TOO funny!

I know the founder/creator of Picasa! His name is Lars. My family and I have been vacationing with him and his family in the Bahamas for years! You may remember the "LCR Honeymoon" post from Little Cotton Rabbit's site. Those photos were taken while we were on vacation with him. He is the NICEST guy ever!

I remember when he told us that he sold the company to GOOGLE! Yeah, and all we got was a lousy T-shirt that said..."my friend just sold his company to Google"!

He is very passionate about Picasa and really put his heart and soul into making it great! I am going to send him the link to this post. He will be very flattered.

Oh, and HP32 will be in the Bahamas this year and will certainly meet Lars when we are there.

Shawn Mary

Grilled Pizza said...

I use picasa and didnt know you could do all that!
Happy Valentines
GP x

Lesley said...

Oh maaaan - lovely Valentine collage MM and I really really don't have time to play today as DH has selfishly offered to buy us a romantical dinner tonight and I'll be expected to talk to him this evening instead of blogging and now all I want to do is play with fancy schmancy photo stuff - oh maaaaan!!!

Happy Valentine's Day :)

xx

Michaela said...

1. Happy Valentines to you
2. I've never even heard of Picassa
3. I can't even work out how to use Flickr
4. Mad Muffin dressed up as a Mushroom arrived today. Wonderful. Thanks!

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

No Valentine's cards/gifts in the Locket household either - although I am meant to be making Mr L a cushion as part of the Loo-sley challenge. I rather spoilt it for him yesterday when I said how naff I thought it was that Asda was smothered in "romantic bouquets" and middle aged men buying the obligatory bunch of flowers - he then said, "well, there's my plan spoilt!" Ooops! Lucy x

Joleo said...

We don't do Valentines either but my builder gave me half a toblerone this morning, and that was after I'd asked him to move the loo 3 inches to the left, so I think that counts.

I've heard of picasa but I'd assumed it was the same thing as flickr. I think there's possibly too much internet for me now.

Jane said...

Happy Valentines MM, didn't know about picasa will have to spend sometime trying it out! Jane x

Gigibird said...

What is Picasa? Can you eat it with chips?
Annoying about you MIL getting all the attention on St Valentines day...

paper-and-string said...

hi :-)
I'm sorry to say newton abbot doesn't have a hobbycraft !! we got there and it turns out they'd seen hobby warehouse ('it's nearly the same isn't it?) which is the david and charles factory shop. It sells craft books and jigsaws and a very teeny tiny amount of craft stuff. I bought nothing!! We did visit a good craft shop on a road near the station (don't know what it's called but there were loads of kebab shops!) and that's well worth a look!!
sorry to get your hopes up there!! i didn't write it on the blog because i think mum was a bit annoyed with herself that it wasn't hobbycraft!!
sarah xx

joanne wardle said...

ooo I've never heard of picasa. oh no! that means something else I want to squeeze into the time I don't have, lol!!

I did make a card for my husband. well I made him one, and then sent it to a stamp company for their gallery (niiiice) but at least I showed him it first, Then I made him one out of a moo card I'd made for a challenge.
I didn't get one, well I don't want a bought one! but he is cooking a neal for me tonight!!

monda-loves said...

Happy valentines day to you too.
I did get a card this year but like you, i don't feel like a need a day to tell Mr monda that i love him. Anyway, OMG how have I missed out on picasa? I knew it existed but i didn't know you could do so much cool stuff with it. I'm definitely checking this out tonight, thnaks for sharing MM :o)

Monda
x

mrspao said...

Happy Valentines Day to you too - a knitted cupcake fell on my doormat this morning :)

Jennie said...

Happy Valentines. Great collage there! Really pretty. I can't wait to see what else you come up with!
Lovely photos!
Lucky Monkey!!!

the vicious chicken said...

Wow, they are some fab pics: I can see why you like picasa so much. And I like the silhouettey one of you and RGH - the work of one of the RBDs? Looks like they've inherited your photography talent, if so :o)
VCx

PS Just read your comment on my blog. You smart arse, you.

;o)

Marianne said...

Here's another Valentineless person calling :-) DH always has the excuse that my birthday is only 4 days later ! Yeah right....

Queen of the froggers said...

I am a recent convert to Picassa too. I love the cimbing monkey!

Sue B said...

Ok, saw this and thought of you and the Monkees!

http://bp1.blogger.com/_5jVMMOasYl8/R7QTEhEZHEI/AAAAAAAAAGc/mydav05Q1X8/s1600-h/piratemonkeyWEB.jpg

Leanne said...

Hubby and I do cards luck him he got one with Mel on it. Picassa is good. Lovely valentines story my 21 year old daughter got flowers sent to her work she works for an ophthalmologist so all the patients are old, she said the waiting room went into melt down with goos and gars. Old ladies giving their poor husbands a really hard time while they waited. They then wanted her to read out the card - she declined.

Kate said...

Muffin accomplished - he arrived this morning.

Katy said...

No card for me (got presents though) and I only got one card in the whole time I was at school (aged 6 - from Jason Watcham, thanks Jase, I will never forget you!!!)

FIL went to buy MIL some roses for Valentines - a dozen for (get this) 89 quid!!!! She got nowt. Blooming rip off!

mushroommeadows said...

I love your photo editing, too! :)

And yes, my sister and I do think a lot alike. :D

(if you want a late valentine's card, just e-mail me your address. ;))

Suzie Sews said...

What editing suit do you use, its cool

lauren said...

oooooooooooh! ok, if you're gonna do artsy EDITING too, my head may essplode from being so jealous! ...well...except...then i couldn't SEE the cool things you do...or the monkees...or the muffins...ok, nevermind, essplosion cancelled. (for NOW!) :)

ps: couldn't agree more re marketing and valentines and year-round loooOOOoooove...but this year jeff & i both (coincidentally) caved; probably b/c he's been away so much and thus we were easy prey for such manouvers (if that's how one SPELLS manouevers...but then i don't think THAT is, either...can we go with MANIPULATION instead? yeah, much better!) ...thus we were easy prey for such manipulation! :)