Princess Rapunzel

Princess Rapunzel

Before starting to pack, I wanted to edit at least one princess photo. I’m so behind with photo edits, both personal and princess.

As mentioned in previous blogs, I’m not a professional and only dip and dabble. I tried editing raw images in GIMP, but having issues. My photo friends, Mitzi and Andrew, of A Day In The Life Photography told me to come by so they can show me some of the ropes with editing raw images. When I get back from vacation, I plan on doing this. I can’t wait. Until then, I’m editing .jpg images for now.

This photo was taken at my daughter’s five-year old family party. For a year she wanted a Rapunzel party so we hired Rapunzel from Ella’s Enchanted Events. They are awesome. Princess Rapunzel was beautiful and had the most awesome singing voice. My daughter and other little girls at the party were amazed and so were most of the adults. This picture was taken after Rapunzel worked on my daughter’s make-up and hair and even crowned her with a beautiful, sparkly crown and gave her a princess certificate. My daughter felt like a true princess.

Princess Rapunzel

Princess Rapunzel from Ella’s Enchanted Events

When we get back from vacation we have a photo shoot with Ella’s Enchanted Events. My daughter is coming along and she will be in awe that entire day getting to meet many princesses at one time. Today, she told me she wants to dress as Cinderella, but on the day of the shoot, it may change. We’ll see.

I’m nervous for the shoot, and hoping I meet the expectations of Ella’s Enchanted Events.


Blast from the past cross stitch

Blast from the past

I was at my parents’ house this past weekend and was in their dining room. While I was there, I decided to take a picture of the very first, large linen piece that I cross stitched. It had a lot of details and I loved it. I entered it into a craft fair contest out in Illinois, but unfortunately lost, but, I still love this cross stitch and look at it every time I walk by it as it hangs on the wall in my parents’ living room.

I stitched this piece when I lived out in Illinois in my early twenties. Illinois, at that time, was awesome for things like cross stitching. The craft stores were incredible. One thing I missed moving back to New York were those little mom and pop shops. They really catered to your needs and just knew what they were talking about. I actually started stitching for them at one point.

On one of my visits to the shop, I asked one of the women who worked on this specific Native American cross stitch that hung in the shop. It was a large, awesome piece. She told me that a man in prison stitched it. I was stunned and impressed and thought, “Wow! What a neat idea.” So, with this, I proceeded to ask her questions about stitching for their displays and that’s how I started. I loved it. Wish I could find something like that today.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the piece I’m sharing with you, as much as I do. It’s one of my treasures.

Blast from the past cross stitch

Victorian Cross Stitch

Close up view

Old Victorian cross stitch close up

May is Melanoma Awareness Month

As a Stage IV, almost three year survivor of Melanoma, I have decided to hold a promotion through my Etsy shop and website for the months of May and June for Melanoma Awareness. Any purchases made during the months of May and June, when using the code word “melanoma” upon inquiry or order, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Melanoma Research Foundation.  They have done and are doing great things for people battling melanoma.

Since I was diagnosed with Stage IV in 2014, so many new treatment therapies, such as immunotherapy, specifically Opdvio, have arisen. I remember my oncologist saying to me upon the start of my treatment with Yervoy in April of 2014, “…the longer we can hold off the disease, the more advances in treatment there will be”….and he was right.

Since my treatment, the combination of these two drugs has also become the bull of treatment for melanoma. As a patient of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC, enjoy this link to an interesting read regarding such treatment. These treatments have given hope and saved the lives of many people with advanced stages of this cancer. People also have to know that melanoma is not just skin cancer. It goes well beyond your skin.  For instance, mine broke my pelvis and hit my hip bone. Cancer is a beast and no one and no piece of your body is invincible to it.

Please visit my website and/or Etsy shop and remember, just because you don’t see something of interest there, I welcome custom orders. Please inquire.


May is Melanoma Awareness Month

Protect the skin you’re in!

Wanting to try my hand at embroidery.

I’ve been cross stitching forever, since I was 10.  I’m now in my mid-40’s. I have been researching things online and through my instagram account continue to see so many works of art completed in hand embroidery. I love the look and the pop of color included in so many of these projects. I have the itch to try it. As I was researching beginner embroidery, I came across the blog below. It seems to be a very helpful blog, filled with information for both the beginner and well-seasoned embroiderer. There are patterns and even tutorials in the shop. I downloaded two of the tutorials. When I am done with my current cross stitching projects I think I am going to take the plunge into the embroidery world. I’ll post when I do, but in the meantime, if you’re looking for some good embroidery info, check out the blog below. I figured my shop is called aRAIofStitches4u, ie. “array”, so why not incorporate as many different stitch type products that I can.

Hello everyone It has been some time since I posted, but that is because I have been very busy working on something on your behalf! Do you dislike tracing your own outlines? That slightly wobbly line that you get no matter which method of tracing you use or how hard you try to keep a […]

via Tracing your own outlines — Trish Burr Embroidery

Editing RAW Images using Gimp


I currently use GIMP as my photo editor program since I only edit photos for fun and cannot afford Photoshop. I’ve never edited a raw image before, but it was suggested to me by a photographer friend at A Day In The Life Photography. The first attempt with taking photos in the raw failed me. I’m not sure what I did, but when transferring these photos from my camera to my computer, I did something to make the transfer process a little crazy. I’m not even sure what I did. So, I tried it again. This time, I only took a few shots and I took them in jpg and raw image format so I could see what was what when I transferred them to my computer.


I opened up Gimp to edit my raw image and oh my God! Gimp looked totally different than I’m used to when editing a jpg formatted photo. I’ve attempted to edit a raw image twice and I think I need to go on youtube and learn this other side of Gimp. I believe it looks more like a Photoshop program when editing raw images. I can’t even explain what I saw. The toolbars are gone and there are just graphs and things. It’s all foreign to me at this point.

So, I sat there and tweaked a photo just playing with different adjustments. I saved the raw image and then opened it but it was completely pixelated and I couldn’t see a thing. I’m wondering if I needed to export it as a jpg before opening it for viewing?! I have no idea, but this will have to be my next venture. Step by step I go. I really want to figure out this raw image editing stuff. Right now, I’m scared of it, but I guess I was scared of Gimp when I initially started using it too.


Any suggestions or insights on raw image editing for beginners is welcome!!!  Please!!!  🙂

Thank you.

Birth Sampler for a girl or a boy, pink or blue

Birth Sampler for a Friend – The Cross Stitch Mounting Process

Today I mounted a completed birth sampler for a friend. It was my first time using a very thin mounting board. To fit in regular, non custom frames, these mounting boards work best in my opinion. I do, however, like the thicker mounting boards better. I feel you get a better stretch on the thicker mounting boards. When you pull the material on the thinner mounting boards, they bend, whereas with the thicker boards, you can stretch the material more removing more of the wrinkles that don’t come out with an iron.

In either case, I do love this birth record and can’t wait for my friend to receive it and to finally see it framed. This piece will make a great addition for a baby boy’s or girl’s nursery. The Dimensions kit comes equipped with dmc floss geared toward either gender.

If you have a newborn or know someone who does, contact me and order a custom birth sampler. They make great gifts and are great keepsakes. My daughter is five and I still have hers hanging in her playroom.


Charliestrong – Wowed Last Night

After putting my daughter to bed last night, I got up out of bed to continue stitching on Charliestrong. After three hours of stitching and getting ready to take a photo of my work in progress, I saw it. I saw Charlie’s hand and wedding band coming through my stitching. I didn’t think I’d start to see much of anything as of yet so I was surprised and pleased with how it is coming out. The likeness of the cross stitch and the actual photo just astonishes me. This is what I love about cross stitching photographs.

Check it out.