Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunny Yellow



Golden forsythia is the first shrub to show colour in our garden. The cloud of yellow in the front yard is a welcome sight. Yellow against the blue sky makes is a stunning colour scheme, one of nature's best. 

 A couple of readers have wondered how to do a mosaic featuring photos superimposed on others. Here's a quick tutorial using the downloaded version of Picasa. For those who know how to do this, skip to the bottom for more sunny yellow.

Select the photos you want to use for your collage and edit them. Select and hold them together. Choose one for the background and one or two others to feature. In the create menu, choose Picture Collage.

Once in Collage, select Picture Pile from the choice of layouts. You will see your photos on a plain background. Click on your background photo, then move your cursor to the Background options on the left, choose Use Photo as Background. You should see the background change to your photo. Then you can remove the small photo (unless you want the same photo superimposed.) 

Now you can work with the photos on top. Adjust the size and angle by clicking on the center of the photo. A wheel will appear which shows the angle of the photo. Expand or contract the size by using your mouse. Using the menu on the left, add a border if you like. 

When you are pleased with the placement of your photos, click Create. Your collage will be created and you can then go back into your Library of photos to add a border to the entire collage, should you so choose. 

 

Lemon Bars are full of sunshiney flavours. Perfect for spring. This is my mother's recipe, a classic, found by clicking over to the link above which will take you to my recipe blog.

Linking to Sunlit Sunday, hosted by Karen of My Little Home and Garden, and to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Mary of the Little Red House.

29 comments:

cucki said...

Sweet sunny yellow..enjoy your day x

Carole said...

Here it doesn't feel like spring yet, and the forsythia buds stay stubbornly shut and the sky is predominantly a dull grey. I start to feel like spring is never going to come !

My Little Home and Garden said...

Good Morning, Lorrie

I was happily looking at your forsythia blooms, thinking that my plans for the day include cutting some of my branches to force inside, when I was distracted by the closeup of the lemon bars! I bet they are delicious.

It was nice of you to include a tutorial for how you create your collages. The technique you use makes for very attractive results.

"Sunlit Sunday" is a little brighter for your yellow flowers and lemony delights. Thank you for participating and Happy St. Patrick's Day.

-Karen

poppilinnstudios said...

Hi Lorrie
I love seeing the forsythia bloom, you know spring has arrived. Always a welcomed sight!
-Lynn

Pondside said...

You are probably a week ahead of us, due to our bit of altitude. I can't wait to see the forsythia out here. Wasn't the sun beautiful yesterday?!

Love, Live and Garden! said...

Beautiful pictures! I love yellow. Thanks also for the tutorial.. so helpful! :)

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful sunshiney pictures Lorrie. I love forsythia. We had a huge bush but had to remove it as it got it's feet wet every spring. I wish we had transplanted it instead of cutting it down and we have never bought a new one. Thanks for the lesson on the photos. I use Picasa all the time but haven't tried this. I will see what I can do with it. Enjoy the day! Blessings, Pamela

A Garden of Threads said...

Pretty yellow shots that just pop against the blue sky. I think yellow is such a happy colour:) Have a wonderful day, Jen

Pamela Gordon said...

Lorrie, I just did a collage with a photo as a background! Thanks for the great tutorial on this. The only difficulty I had was in making the second photo the same size as the first one (I had 2 photos over the background photo). Every time I tried to make it bigger it would make the other one bigger even though I was clicked on the second one. Any way, I got one made, finally! thanks again. Pam

Ruth Kelly said...

My daffodils are a bright yellow and they have finally bloomed. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you. It is too soon for our forsythia bush to bloom.

materfamilias said...

Thanks for the tutorial -- I'll have to bookmark this post for when I have a pocket of play-time.

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

Ahh I love to see forsythias. They are truly the early bird and the real first sign of spring! Those lemon bars look sooo good! I love things made with lemon! I'll check out your recipe!

Snap said...

Beautiful forsythia. I love lemon bars and thank you for the recipe. Everything is brighter with yellow! Happy Spring!

eileeninmd said...

Love your pretty Forsythia mosaic. I am waiting to see ours blooming. And your Lemon Bars look delicious! Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

Leslie's Garden said...

My forsythia is in a shady spot and so blooms later. I see it all around town so hopefully mine will bloom soon. My mouth is watering over those lemon bars!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

The pretty yellow of the forsythia against the bright blue sky is so pretty!! I enjoy playing around with picasa and picmonkey.
Thanks for stopping by - I can't take credit for the glads. those I bought at the farmers' market. I have never tried to grow them myself.
Have a great week.

Vee said...

I'll have to go look for the downloadable Picasa. Thanks for the guidance. Forsythia against a blue, blue sky is gorgeous. I seem to take photos of forsythia that put everyone's eyes out. Something else to think about with my photography. The lemon bars look scrumptious.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Yellow is one of those colours that says fun and sun in one breath. Lovely. Valerie

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful sunny yellow pictures! Our daughter's name is Cynthia and the yellow flower used to bloom around her birthday, so we always called it 'forCynthia' in our family! (It still does bloom around her birthday of course..but now she's a grandmother herself!)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wonderful!! I love and use Picassa collage maker - sometimes I have them printed and then I frame them. I use Snapfish.com for the printing - reasonable, good color and fast shipping.

Cheryl said...

I counted seven tiny yellow flowers on our forsythia on Thursday. Any day now the bushes will be full! Your mosaic is perfectly lovely! (And your lemon bars are too! ~smile~)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I wonder if I'll see forsythia bushes here? There is so much I ahve to learn about what grows here in Colorado. Your Forsythias look so bright and cheerful and your lemon ars look delcious!

ellen b. said...

Oh I'm excited to see if my forsythia has bloomed when I get home. Those bars look delicious!

WendyBee said...

Yes, oh, yes! I am always waiting for my forsythia to burst forth into backyard sunshine! Too early yet, and we have yet another snow storm coming tonight and tomorrow, but I know that this is just winter winding down. Spring will be here, it always comes, as sure as morning follows night! Hope you had a lovely St. Paddy's Day!

Jill said...

Yellow has been my favorite color since I was in high school and painted my bedroom bright yellow. Cheery photos!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your mosaics. I always forget to use a photo for my background but I think it adds such a beautiful touch! Happy Monday!

Rajesh said...

Wonderfully created mosaic.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

So bright & cheery...all that yellow. I still have some lemons in the fridge...and might just try those yummy looking bars.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Lorrie. I just saw a shout out to you from Pamela at playingwithmycamera, and I came over to follow you and find out how to do the mosiacs over pictures. Your's looks so beautiful and what a wonderful photo you could make out of any idea..Thanks for sharing this project..Please come by the Cottage when you have a chance. I don't have any earth shattering projects to teach, but you might enjoy it..Happy Monday..Judy