Saturday, July 01, 2006


Tell me what is better than a vine-ripened tomato. Or a vine-ripened tomato with fresh basil, fresh mozzarella or chevre ...topped with a drizzle of a high-quality olive oil, sprinkled with a dash of just-grinded sea salt. Heaven help me. And if you happen to have a grilled baguette nearby, all the better.

Between designing a few birth announcements and two wedding announcements today (one will be in Hawaii - I'm jealous!), I did enjoy taking a break, caring for the tomatoes that have begun to turn red. I adore tomatoes! Everything about them. Especially eating them. It was nice to be outside (for a little while), despite the 93 degree weather. Thankfully it isn't very humid today; if it was I would not use the words "nice" and "outside" in the same sentence. I snapped this photo on my back porch -- where I have two "patio" type tomato plants growing. I don't think my pots are large enough though, and I need to buy those tomato tents! I realized the other day my plants were suffering so I grabbed a couple plastic hangers, string, and scissors and got busy. While it seemed to do the trick, I think I hurt the roots when I pushed the hangers down into the soil. But I'm learning. Life is a journey, right? Same thing with gardening. :)

I came across the other garden birth announcement that I mentioned in my previous post, so here that is! In my memory the flowers were roses, but now I see they are not. Some type of flowering shrub? And it looks like someone simply held the baby up to the bush so the flowers were around the baby. I enhanced the colors, took some imperfections off the flowers, cropped the image and blurred the edges to set the stage for the details, written in an elegant font.

Kate is adorable isn't she. And I don't think this announcement would have the presence it does if it had been changed into grayscale or sepia-tone. Perhaps it is because of the gorgeous, saturated colors that I felt to do this photo justice, I simply needed to enhance the colors, and not remove them. That's it for now; back to the designing board!