My new spring Keens. As cute on the outside as the inside. I’m patiently waiting for Keens to find me like a needle in a haystack out here in the blogosphere, realize I’m their biggest fan, and subsequently decide to sponser my next trip abroad. Which is occuring in August. Which will be fabulous. Which I can’t tell you about yet. But soon.
In the meantime I’ll just be out here on the back patio morning, noon, and night. (back here now writing this post!) By the end of the day there are a dozen or so glasses to herd inside. And other stacks of stuff. See that slatted table? found! On a walk. It belonged to a nice young Matt Damon look-a-like who was on his way to Tanzania. Now it lives on my back patio and it’s 459 times better than the old rickety wooden thing that didn’t nearly have enough room for all my stacks.
My extra cute Spanish friend Maria José, came over earlier this week with a bottle of 2007 Castillo Rioja Spanish wine. I went to Fresh & Easy and picked up 3 more bottles this morning. If you live near a F&E and you like red wine I highly recommend. highly.
Flowers continue opening and closing over here at Moss Cottage. My America’s Sweetheart Epi bloomed on Friday and is still open! She’s the first of the season to bloom, but she’s shy. This blossom faces away from the patio. It’s okay. Her back side is every bit as gorgeous as her front. (btw My Nikon is in the shop so I’ve been using my little Fuji point & shoot lately.)
Now for some good old fashioned plant porn… Check out those big lusty Eden buds She’s such a show-off!
A little blurb about this lacy digital frame I made today. You can see the original card it came from in THIS post. Leslie from A Creative Mint uses the sweetest lacy digital frames from time to time. I’ve been wanting to make something similar so when I was in Paris and spotted that card at a flea market I instantly thought: digital frame!
If you have a hankering to make a digital frame from a found treasure, this is my method using Photoshop CS. For further questions on the process I defer to google where the answer to everything in the known universe lies.
- correct color
- select the center and fill with white
- use the magic eraser on the middle part to create a transparent center
- drop your photo on top of frame
- in the layer’s palette drag that photo underneath the frame layer
martha brown says
OMG — the cutest Keens ever. I have 4 pair of their MJs already, but I think that I have to have these too. They’ve just opened a whole Keens store here in Toronto — so I might not even have to wait for shipping! WooHoo!
Corliss (Corky the cat nanny) says
Ever since I spent a fortune on a pair of sandals in Germany never have I coveted such beauteous footwear! And oh my, that bloom and plant porn! Sister’s comment had me rolling on the floor:)
Those shoes are too cute. I am off to the Keen website to poke around. Maybe they will sponsor your next trip if enough of your readers buy new shoes? Do they have a “where did you hear about our shoes?” spot to fill in like the Dentist? haha
Can’t wait to figure out where you are off to next.
Yep, those really are cool shoes!
And thanks for the tip on making the digital frame – I’m going to try that out!
Greetings Moss Cottage, The Shoes are the best will be on the look out for these beauties! Sis note dealing with Migrain and I even mustard up a big smile(Thanks sis I needed this) The flowers have to have one of these also, will they grow here in Pittsburgh?:) this place is still fighting winters going out it does not know what type of weather to have.
Thank you for this,
Jennifer L. says
My husband says I already have two pairs of Keens, and I don’t need a third, but I do, I do, I do!!! I want them! Thanks for instructions on how to do the frames; I love the idea but couldn’t figure out how in the world you did it. Your yard and your wine look so lovely, I think you are going to have a hoard of blog followers at your door very soon wanting in! Happy day!
Melissa S. says
Cute shoes! You could totally be like Dan Price, who was sponsored by the shoe company, Simple, and sketched while traveling. Then they used his handsketches as their catalog backgrounds! (Dan was the inspiration for Danny Gregory…Everyday Matters guy)
Super cute shoes, Mary Ann!
I bought those very same shoes a month ago! They make me happy.
Saucy Chick Sherry says
Your lace frame is very creative, the red wine looks divine, your flowers are gorgeous, the table very practical and a super deal at found price…HOWEVER…it is your shoes I covet! I am so in love with those fun mary janes that I am in lust for your shoes. I do not own any Keens but I can promise I am going to stalk them until I have a pair on my feet. Happy week to you Miss Mary Ann Moss…
P.S. You have my attention on where is your next trip.
laurie b says
i also love keens and red wine – i think we’d make great friends. 🙂
Holey Smokies…Love the shoes, the flowers and the lace frame.
Gina armfield says
I just ordered the sAme shoes and can’t wait to get them! Will have to try that wine 🙂
Judy H. says
Happy faces all over the place:
Love the shoes. I never heard of Keens, but will look them up now. 🙂
OMG! Spec.Tac.U.Lar. Flower! 😀
Envious of your patio. Ours is under renovation, so I hope for it to be photographable in the near future. 🙂
Cute lace frames. Will have to experiment with that technique in Photoshop CS. 🙂
Enjoyed the post. That is all. Peace out. 🙂
susan w says
Did you make your shoes? was the first thing I thought when opening this post. Surely, Keen has been peeping your images and don’t call me Shirley.
They look like a page from an ROD book.
Dude, that patio is a fabulous fabulous creation, outstanding investment!!
Mary Ann Moss says
i dont know why you always have to bring up my gimp leg. you know how sensitive i am about it. go ahead and get the matching shoes, but im drawing the line at matching outfits. except for our swim costumes. those can be the same.
Your sister had me laughing so much I forgot what I was going to post! Anyway, love the really cute shoes and that is truly a good wine! Have a great week.
Sister do you think if I get the EXACT same pair of KEENS and we go on vacation together the KEENS people will sponsor “our” next trip? You are NOT going without me on 2 vacations in a row. Mom said you couldn’t and you know she is still the boss of us.
P.S. Is your left leg getting shorter than your right leg or did you shrink one leg of your pants in the dryer in Paris?
P.P.S Even if the Keens people don’t sponsor the trip I am getting those shoes too! They are insanely CUTE.
P.P.P.S. You do want me to go with you on your next trip don’t you?
julie macneil says
love the shoes and the flowers! unbelievable that you have spring while we are getting 2 inches of snow tonight! enjoy your wonderful weather!