by Janet Blue on March 21, 2015

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.

Cat4Speaking 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



Kitty Cat Chronicles March 23, 2015 at 9:58 am

MOL! That is the best photo of Mau ever. So hilarious. Sorry buddy… we are laughing WITH you, not AT you… 😉
Hope Spring arrives for real very soon!
Sampy sends a zillion kisses to Astrid. Love from all of us.
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Annabelle March 22, 2015 at 1:58 pm

You look fantastic! We love the effects!!!

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The Florida Furkids March 22, 2015 at 8:08 am

One of the things Allie loves about Mau is that he’s such a good sport!!!!

The Florida Furkids with special smoochies to Mau from Allie
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pam (Sidewalk Shoes) March 21, 2015 at 10:18 pm

We don’t have an art blog hop, we just have a Happy Caturday linky party and we would love for you to join us!
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Cathy Keisha March 21, 2015 at 10:17 pm

Yo Mau, nice ha-ha-hat! You can use that on straw hat day.
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Canadian Cats March 21, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Love your hat…suits you my friend.

Kitty Kisses,

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Austin Towers March 21, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Mau, buddy, you look very suave and debonair! *sniggers*
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Sherri-Ellen T-D. March 21, 2015 at 7:33 pm

Dude thee hat..it iss so a hat!!! Oh Mauricio yur so brave wearin a aht an wee appurrsheatess thiss as our spring iss a big bust too!! Cloudy…then snow…then rain…then more clouds an wee are at 28 Fairenhite an windy an gray an PICKERELL when will thiss Spring reelly arrive???
*sighss* Mee iss goin back to sleep…. ))))YAWNSS((((
Yurss Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

The Swiss Cats March 21, 2015 at 6:47 pm

Nice art work and lovely hat ! Purrs
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Melissa & Truffles March 21, 2015 at 6:42 pm

Mauricio, you are pawsitively adorable!!! It doesn’t look or feel much like spring here, either 🙁
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Georgia and Julie March 21, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Awwwwww, that is a fabulous art picture 🙂
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ
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Flynn March 21, 2015 at 4:49 pm

That is a lovely effect.
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Maureen March 21, 2015 at 3:31 pm

LOVE the hat – such an aristocat…
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Ellen Pilch March 21, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Very nice art, that is too funny that Mauricio can hide in the pandas.

Athena March 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm

That’s really great! Love it!

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie
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Penelope March 21, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Aw! Wes thinks he looks like a prince in a fairy tale!
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Gattina March 21, 2015 at 11:41 am

You look quite mysterious !

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Brian March 21, 2015 at 9:52 am

That is some cool hat!!!

The Island Cats March 21, 2015 at 9:13 am

Mau looks great! We’re still waiting for spring to get here. Guess spring didn’t get the memo.
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Honey Sunshine March 21, 2015 at 8:55 am

love da hat!
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Bev Green March 21, 2015 at 7:03 am

Vintage purrfection..what a great effect..Looking good Mau..even if it is a little embarrassing 🙂 big hugs Fozziemum xx
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Cat Scout Charles March 21, 2015 at 6:31 am

Mauricio and mom Janet we love the way the picture turned out. My mom loves old photos and this is beautiful.
Happy Caturday to all and Nose Kisses to me sweetie Ms Lisabeth.

Mariodacat March 21, 2015 at 6:09 am

That is a cool effect. Happy spring pal.

Molly The Wally March 21, 2015 at 5:41 am

Nice one and happy first day of Spring to you too. Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly.
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Summer March 21, 2015 at 2:10 am

That is cool art – it looks like a hand painted black and white photo.
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Lone Star Cats March 21, 2015 at 1:38 am

Happy Spring! Our first day of spring was rainy too.
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Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles March 21, 2015 at 1:21 am

What a lovely…um handsome cat in a spring hat!
That vintage picture turned out great!

Maxwell, Faraday & Allie March 21, 2015 at 1:05 am

We see it! We see it! And now we know your secret weapon, Mau – hiding with the pandas! *giggle!*
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