Spring arrived last night at 6:45 p.m. EDT. We didn’t recognize it. We had a grey and rainy day and the temp was in the low 40s. A few blooming crocuses do not scream, “spring.”

springWith all of that in mind, Mom decided to recycle an old photo of Mauricio that was taken for Cat Scouts. If it screams anything, it is “embarrassment.” But it also makes us think of springtime.

As we are entering Athena and Marie’s Caturday Art Blog Hop, this photo needed some enhancement.

Mom thought the hat had a vintage look and so wanted to give the photo the same look. Using PicMonkey, she used four different effects to create our submission for this week. First she added a paper effect at 94 percent saturation, followed by an edifice effect at 90 percent saturation. The next step was to add a smudge effect at 102 percent saturation and a Plumbe Daguerreotype. Finally she put it on a black background with photo corners as it might have been displayed in an old photo album.

When adding the photo to the post, however, she decided it was too dark and added some fill light in Picasa.




Did you notice Mauricio’s doppelgänger over his left shoulder? It’s one on Mom’s panda stuffies. If Mau wants to hide, he just has to dive into a pile of them. He probably wishes he could do that right now seeing himself in this hat again.

If you would like to join the blog hop or view the other submissions, click on Athena and Marie’s badge. This really is one of our favorite blog hops as it gives us the opportunity to try new things and show our creativity. Consider letting your imagination take over and create something different and interesting to share on the blog hop.

Speaking of blog hops…tomorrow is Sunday. We sure hope y’all have been practicing your selfies and are ready to show yourselves off tomorrow. Giulietta will be representing for us. We were just short of 60 entries again last week. Let’s see if we can get there tomorrow. Until then…Happy Spring with

Purrs and paw-pats , Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo