Sunday, April 29, 2012

Playing with New Toys






My desktop computer is 7 years old. In technology years my husband says that's about 95. It's been slowing down and having issues, requiring more care to keep it running. So before it completely died, we bought a new one. It's a pretty laptop - so I can blog from anywhere, like the couch, where I am now.

I had to install all my programs on it, and ended up with a new version of Picasa. I use a downloaded version of Picasa for viewing my images and editing them. There are a lot of new features in this version and I've had fun playing with both my new computer and the new editing possibilities.

For this collage, I blurred a photo of rocks to use as the background, put borders on the photos, increased the caption border, and added text underneath.

Last Christmas I gave my husband a coupon book for various outings. One was a walk through the Oak Bay Marina followed by hot chocolate at the coffee shop. A couple of weeks ago, that's what we did on a Sunday afternoon. But the boats were too enthralling - the coffee shop closed before we had our hot chocolate. So of course, we had to go again!

Linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Mary of the Little Red House.

22 comments:

Snap said...

Beautiful walk at the marina. It's fun to play with a new computer and images. Well done!

Vee said...

A unique and hip and happening looking mosaic, Lorrie. Congrats on the new laptop. I know that you'll enjoy it from any location at all...sounds so much better than being tethered to a desktop. I understand that desktops are all being considered dinosaurs now. I just hope that mine doesn't hear of it any time soon.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

You did an amazing job of the mosaic. A marina is a good source for interesting pictures. V

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You did a wonderful job on this mosaic, Lorrie! I have the new version of Picasa but I haven't explored all its new options as yet. Enjoy using your new laptop computer and all it's new features.

Linda said...

Great mosaic. I should download Picasa... I know it's easier than Photoshop Elements!!! I'd use it more!

podso said...

I find photo editing so relaxing. All the better when you can work on photos sitting on the couch with your laptop and your feet up. Wonderful mosaic!

podso said...

I find photo editing so relaxing. All the better when you can work on photos sitting on the couch with your laptop and your feet up. Wonderful mosaic!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I use Picasa all the time and just love it.

Thank you for your kind comments. You are such a blessing to me.

I will be having a Mother's Day giveaway this next Friday with glimpses of whats up for grabs all this week. :)

A Garden of Threads said...

Congrats on the new computer, I love being able to blog anywhere. Beautiful mosaic, have never used Picasa. Enjoy your week:)

Rajesh said...

Beautiful images. You have put them together nicely.

Andrea Dawn said...

Oh fun, a new computer. I will be checking out Picasa more closely on your recommendation. Love the mosaic as always.

Pondside said...

I use Picassa, but it's time for me to download the new version, I think.
The Oak Bay Marina is the start and finish of one of my favourite walks. Oak Bay has so many interesting little alleyways to explore.

Mary said...

Lorrie, congrats. on your new laptop - know you're gonna love it after the behemoth desktop!

I don't use Picasa, instead am loving PicMonkey - fast and easy and gaining strength as they add more features........and the editing program for iPhoto on my Macs works quite well for basics.

Happy week ahead................lucky you having such beautiful places to walk near the water.

Hugs - Mary

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Hmmm...so my 7 year old computer is really 95? That explains why it is quite sluggish these days! Have fun with your new toy!

Great shot of Mt. Baker from your 'neck of the woods'.

My Little Home and Garden said...

It can be quite fun playing with collages. Yours turned out beautifully.

Meri said...

Hi Lorrie - the tulips were pretty much peaking a week ago, at least in Mt. Vernon. But there may still be time! You've got some pretty shots in this mosaic.

forsythea said...

Hi Lorrie,
Thanks for visiting my link and for leaving a comment. We actually looked it up on the internet when that happened and it's the same explanation why it happened! Great collage by the way! Have a good week!

Carol said...

What a beautiful day at the marina, I can see why you'd be there for a while! Great mosaic. Enjoy the new laptop!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Beautiful mosaic! Sounds like the perfect date!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Lorrie, I love how you've edited your photos. I am playing around some and learning how to edit my photos now. Love your blog.

~Emily
The French Hutch

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a beautiful part of the country and great photos. I have a new net book and it sure is nice to sit in my chair with it and blog! Enjoy your new laptop..lots of things are different though! heehee!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

It is so lovely there and the images show off some of the beauty very well~