It won’t be long and Valentine’s Day will be upon us. Thoughts of Love will be floating in the air.

This artwork with Hearts floating in the air over a pair of Penguins is a cute representation of a couple in Love.


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Penguin Hearts Sweatshirts

I had fun creating this design with a Vector Graphics program (Inkscape.) Creating the penguins and getting the expressions on their faces was a good exercise in using the drawing tools.

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One of my oldest T-Shirt design ideas is, Visualize Whirled Peas. It’s been a fun design that has done well for me. It is a bit dated, in that I didn’t know all that much about graphics or make it so that it could be enlarged more than so much.

Since opening a shop at Spreadshirt where I can sell T-Shirts that use Flock or Flex printing… I decided to update the design idea so it could be used in my Spreadshirt Store.

Flock printing is:

  • velvety feel, like a thin layer of plush
  • extremely durable
  • up to 3 colors per design

Flex printing is:

  • slightly shiny, smooth surface
  • extremely durable
  • up to 3 colors per design

With the limited colors available for these printing methods I ended up with this design.

Visualize Whirled Peas image

Visualize Whirled Peas design for Flock or Flex printing

Quite different from the original, from way back when… The same idea, nonetheless.

Next, I modified the design for use in my Niftywares Shop that uses a different print method. Colors, shadows, and other effects are not limited there…

Visualize Whirled Peas design in Niftywares Store

Visualize Whirled Peas design for digital printing

As you can see, there are some differences, but still the same basic design. Hopefully the updated design will do well for quite some time.

Are you wondering what the old design looks like? Here it is:

Visualize Whirled Peas design in Niftywares Store

Visualize Whirled Peas design in Niftywares Store

Quite a change from one of my earliest design ideas to now.

Some details of how the update was done, for anyone interested:

The new design was created with Inkscape, a scaleable vector drawing program.

The first thing was to make the ‘Peas’ They started with a simple circle that was duplicated and resized several times to make one arm of a spiral.

Next was making tiled clones of the spiral that rotated around a center point. Lots of trial and error happened here in order to get a pattern that looked halfway decent. There was still a empty center after making the tiled clones, easily fixed by duplicating a few peas and placing them there.

Last was to add the text. For that it was a matter of finding the font and placing the text on a circle.

A little clean up and formatting and there was a finished design for flock or flex print.

Of course it really didn’t go all that quickly or smoothly at times… There was lots of trying different things and backing up to start over from the last save. Especially since I am still fairly new at using Inkscape and am still learning all the features and functions.

For the design to use for digital printing it was a matter of scaling to the proper size and adding some filters to the peas and text to make them look more 3 dimensional. Again some trial and error to get a good result.

There you have it, from start to finish it was around a day’s time. Planning and thinking… Well, that took a while more.

 

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One of the great things about Farmers Market is talking to folks about fruits and veggies. Hearing their favorite ways to cook and prepare stuff. And… Being able to let others know the many tasty ways to use fresh goodies they see at the Market.

Having recipes to share has been a pleasure.

I gathered and organized a bunch of my Favorite Farmers Market Recipes into a cookbook. A Kindle version is now available at Amazon.com.

Favorite Farmers Market Recipes Kindle Book

Recipes go from Apples, Beans, and Cabbage to Potatoes, Tomatoes, and Zucchini, and everything in between. These are simple easy to make recipes you can make with fresh goodies from a Farmers Market.

 

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Last Summer I was lucky enough to get a decent photo of the Cat and Dog sitting on a Hay Bale looking out across the farm fields. It’s a rare day when the critters pose so nicely like they did sitting on the bale out in the Hay field.

This has to be one of my favorite photographs so I picked it for a Canvas Print from Cafepress.

Here’s the print fresh out of the package. It was nicely protected in the box. An inner cardboard protected and separated the foam bagged canvas from the outer box.

Cat and Dog on a Hay Bale Canvas Print

Cat and Dog on a Hay Bale Canvas Print

Here is the canvas print under a couple of 8 1/2 x 11 photo prints I had printed earlier.

Cat and Dog Canvas Print and Photo Prints

Cat and Dog on a Hay Bale Canvas Print and Photo Prints

I’m happy with he way it turned out the colors and detail came out looking like the paper prints I had. The canvas looks good even with the fairly smooth finish, possibly from the UV coating. The framing, and packaging were all done nicely. It proudly hangs on my wall.

Since it turned out so well I have added Cat and Dog on Hay Bale Canvas Wall Art prints of the photo to my Photography By Kent Lorentzen  Cafepress shop.

Cat and Dog on Hay Bale Wall Art Canvas Art

Cat and Dog on Hay Bale Wall Art Canvas Art

The photo is also available on many more products, such as greeting cards, framed tiles, and gifts.

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Here’s a recipe for tasty Onion Pie and some pics to go with it.
It was so tasty, it didn’t last long. Don’t you wish you could have been here to enjoy it too?

3 large onions, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons butter
Pillsbury crescent roll dough
Salt & pepper to taste
1 egg
1/2 cup half & half or 2% milk

Cook onions in butter until golden yellow. Spread roll dough in 10” pie pan. Spread onions over dough. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Beat egg with half & half, pour over onions. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 20 minutes until top is slightly browned. Serves 6.

Pie Crust and Onions Cooking

Pie Crust and Onions Cooking

Onion Pie Fresh from Oven

Onion Pie Fresh from Oven

Partly Eaten Onion Pie

Partly Eaten Onion Pie

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Managed to get a decent close up photo of some Wood Aster Flowers recently. They are pretty wild flowers that survived the frost.

I like it so much I’d like to share it on a Canvas Prints at a Special Price for a limited time.

September Wildflower Blossoms Canvas Print

September Wildflower Blossoms Canvas Print

24.00″ x 20.00″ Stretched Canvas Prints are at the Sale price of $82.00 for a limited time. This special price is limited to copies and will end on 10/10/2011 at 5:00 PM, which ever comes first.

You can also get a Giclee Print in other sizes at:
Photography Prints

Or Greeting Cards

September Wildflower Blossoms Greeting Cards

September Wildflower Blossoms Greeting Cards

What a Beautiful Card to send to your friends and relatives.

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Mississippi River Dawn Light Canvas Print

Mississippi River Dawn Light Canvas Print by Kent Lorentzen

This Beautiful canvas print of the colorful dawn sky reflecting off water in the Mississippi river is available as a 20.00 x 16.00 stretched canvas print for $67.00. Only 15 prints will be sold at this price. The normal price is over $100. Offer expires on 03/16/2011.

I enjoy a morning walk around my farm and along the river with the dog and a camera. The beauty of nature, sunrise, and sights seen are a joy to behold. I love being able to share some of that beauty with a great photo. Mornings like this one on 22 November 2010 really capture Natures majesty!

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This Summer had more mushrooms than usual and gave me something to look for on morning walks. I was luck enough to get some good photos of the Mushrooms. Enough photos to make a Calendar:

I’ve heard that Fairies like to camp out under mushrooms… So, kept looking for them and hoping to capture some in a photo. They must have hidden when I looked… Though, there are some shadows in a couple of photos that could be from fairies.

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A short time ago several truckloads of partly composted cow manure were delivered by a neighbor. Yesterday proved to be a good day to turn and pile the compost. I got the TD-6 international crawler tractor running for the first time this year and got the job done. Took some video of the compost being turned:

After turning a few more times, this should be some great compost to spread in the fall for next years market garden crops.

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Sunrise was beautiful this morning on the first day of Spring. I’ve been taking pictures every day this Winter and Spring. Most days it’s a short walk to the mailbox and along the road, some days it’s a little longer walk along the river bank, and on a few days it was ‘Open the door a crack, stick out the camera and take a picture.’

Here’s one of the photos I took this morning:

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I think it’s one of the best photos I’ve taken these past few months. There were quite a few other good photos too, here’s another one taken of the dawn:

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Of course… The dog really enjoys going for a walk in the mornings. She’s not easy to capture in a photo, just doesn’t stay put for long or hold a pose well. A few times the camera was able to capture her in a good picture. Here’s one of her drinking from water on ice in the Mississippi river a couple of days before the ice went out:

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It’s been fun taking pictures every day even if it’s sometimes hard to pick the best one from a whole lot of good ones. And… There are a few days when it’s just hard to get a good picture. Oh well… That’s just the way it goes sometimes.

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