Linwood Avenue


words and beauty

flowertiffin mills1 Comment

i haven't been feeling very wordy lately... as if you haven't noticed!

i go through ups and downs with my flow of words and right now, i am in a down swing. i am really loving beautiful pictures more than beautiful words at the moment. i guess that also explains my addiction to instagram (@linwoodavenue).

tulips and paint

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yep, i took jenni's paint something workshop AGAIN. i told her that instead of me buying paint, i would just come sit in on her class each time she has it. haha!

the subject this time was a photograph i took of a vase of tulips. i love using my own photos for her classes because it makes the piece more my own. still trying to decide if i will stamp some words in the top left sky. i am having a wrestling match with myself because lately i don't feel like something is finished until it has words on it. i really need to get over that, fast! do you feel the same? any thoughts on adding words to absolutely everything?

hope you are having a great summer filled with beautiful flowers!

blossoms and blooms

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i have been completely obsessed with vases of flowers this year! every single hydrangea blossom in my yard has been cut and brought in side, and when those ran their course, i ventured into my neighbors yard for some of her gardenia blooms. some people think the smell of hydrangea is way too strong, but i say the more the merrier!

a peony and a chuckle

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peonies from my mom's yard graced the yard sale check out table. such a beautiful sight to look at all day.

and i couldn't help remembering when a few weeks earlier, i told my brother i thought my peony was sick because the blooms were infested with ants. i had been going out there everyday for a week and knocking the ants off so that they wouldn't hurt the flower. he chuckled and told me that ants love peonies and in fact help the blooms to open. :) oops - green thumb here, i tell ya!

a walk and some beauty

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i walked around the atlanta botanical gardens last tuesday and of course brought my camera since i am a sucker for flower pics (and anything painted with a child's eye).

i just can't stop snapping because i love capturing their quiet beauty up close. and the colors, oh, the colors!

the gardens have a huge orchid house and these pink beauties were my favorite. each blossom filled with the tiniest orchid blooms you ever did see.

marks and property

business, flowertiffin mills3 Comments
you might have noticed that i started adding a watermark to my images here on the blog. i have been struggling with this for a while now because i feel that they do distract from the image and the extra step of adding one is just another thing to do, but with the arrival of pinterest, it is now needed.

let me first start by saying that i love pinterest - i haven't become obsessed with it like others have, but i definitely see it's worth. for what seems like forever, i have torn pages out of magazines of things that inspire me and i place them in a binder. actually many binders, separated out into different themes such as decorating, kids, craft, food, etc. so for me, pinterest has allowed me to do the same thing, only online which is great because i can stop buying binders.

right now, i don't think of pinterest in terms of social media, i just want a place to store cool stuff. if i had my preference, i would have all my boards be private. i have the "pin it" tab in my internet tool bar and pin when i see something i want to remember. rarely do i search in pinterest to find something. the funny thing is when i speak to people about the site, they have no idea how to pin something on their own or that it is even an option. the site is evolving into a search and repin site which in turn causes images to be taken so far down the road from their original source that no credit can be found. i know that they are working on resolving this, but for me, as someone in a visual business who's images and tutorials drive my business, it is troubling.

all i am saying right now is pinterest has entered very sticky, sticky territory. i honestly don't have an exact clear viewpoint on the subject, i just have uneasy feelings.

my career as a graphic designer has made me very sensitive to image copyrights. taking an image from a site and using it on your own or in a printed piece is simply a no no. it is stealing plain and simple. there are times when i find photos of mine on other peoples blogs and even though they link back to me, i still feel a bit uneasy that i was not contacted for approval. i push this unease down and tell myself that i have to let it happen in order to get my name out there, but really, do i? do i have to succumb to what makes me feel icky in the name of my business? the thing is, i would most likely give my approval 100% of the time if i was asked. do i want people to stop showing my work of talking about my blog? absolutely not, i just want to be kept in the loop.

i feel like this is all a mishmash of thoughts - hopefully it makes some sense.

this is a very interesting article i read last week which has made me reconsider everything. should i delete most of my boards since they are filled with others work that i do not own? am i too in violation of everything i just wrote about because the owners of this work do not know that i pinned them?

sticky, sticky territory i tell you.

but what i most want to hear about are your thoughts on having your OWN work pinned and referenced without proper credit on blogs, etc.