I LOVE this!!!

I quickly want to post this.....
I created this page for a contest on Pen Scrappers  . Voting isnt until January. I have to say that most of the contests I participate in remind me of High School popularity contests. Its all in who & how many people you know. So I lose, plus I even feel 16 again- YUCK! LOL And this one is the same. I will announce when you can vote, or you can sign up for the Pen Scrappers newsletter, but I NEVER expect to win. LOL Now if they draw a name out of the hat, or its being judged by people I dont know, I would stand a better chance, as a matter of fact I believe that is the only way I have won.
That being said- its a good thing I do them just for the challenge. I am in love with the scrapping challenge's. I am a winner for just doing the challenge & then posting them. There was a time I NEVER would haave shared online. So I have come a long way Baby.
I hope you like this, please leave me a comment if you have a minute.
Thanks for listening.



 
All of the elements & papers came from the "Winter Delight Kit", free at  Pen Scrappers  . The "Snow Clad" overlay is by Mary Applebaum at Sweet Maple Designs, & the "Happy Holidays" WordArt Overlay by Kim Liddiard, & the Santa hats are also from Kim Liddiard. Thanks to all of you!!

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Been busy around here...

Just a quick update!! LOL  I went Black Friday Cyber shopping- what an adventure!!!! I NEED a better system. LOL  But I managed to order a lot- but exactly what? I am not sure. I did print the orders but I haven't taken the time to figure it out. I think I did them all.
On the scrapping front- I did a few pages on my DSP "Book of Me-Mories"!!! Yea!! I am so far behind on that & DSP Sunday scrappers, I thought I would try & do some catching up. I also started participating in DSP's "sketch" challenge. I have done 2 so far. I really want to get more involved with DSP!!  I also made 6 cards for the "Scrappers Give Back" charity. That was interesting as that was a first for me. And I am still trying to follow Susan around to Speed Scraps when I can. Hee heee... I am a Susan Young groupie. I also follow some of the challenges in Digi Scrap Drive-In, since I hope to be going to the Digi Scrap Retreat they are having in May.
I also have progress to report on the painting front... I HAVE started painting again--- whoopee!! I have 2 or 3 or more projects to finish up. I even went to my DSP chapter meeting this month! Now that's progress since I haven't been in months!
And I even made a pillowcase style dress for Bella!! We wont discuss how long it took me to get started. I didnt have a pattern so I was really intimidated to get started. So she wore her fall dress on Thanksgiving for a few hours. LOL
Most of our family has been sick with something for a couple of weeks. I have had sinus problems.
Ok- that's about it for my quick update.
Have a great day!!!

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A really cool scrap challenge

Yep- I have found yet another scrap site w/ challenges I like. Jen Reed's blog. What really appealed to me about this is that it is so low key. There aren't a lot of rules to follow. LOL They provide a template & you play with it!
I used a kit that I have wanted to use for ages, finished it & realized that the new family pictures we just had made, didn't match. If you know me, you know I am matching obsessed. That's ok, now I have a page with a cool layout waiting for the perfect photo :)
This is version # 2. I LOVE it... except for the fireplace. Honestly- do you think it is noticeable??? I do!!! I am always trying to learn, so if you have some CC feel free to leave me some :D

Shining Moments Page Kit created by Tina Chambers
Stockings Page Kit Created by Lauren Bavin
Template by Jen Reed Designs


As long as I'm bragging- here is the mousepad I painted with Mary in Pa.
Design by Susan Kelley

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Where I Have Been...

Hi. Been a while, I know. Since I posted last I have been to Pa. & met my longtime online &painting friend Mary, & also some other painting buddys. It was so wonderful!

The only bad thing is Mary got very sick toward the end of my visit. But she is better now. We had so much fun & silliness while I was there. And the cold weather that they have up north was so nice & beautiful, hmmm, seemed a lot like our weather down in the south.




Then I had a few days at home & Mike had a last  minute business trip to Orlando, so I grabbed the chance to go & visit my niece &nephew & their families. I didnt realize I wouldnt have a car- hee hee- so the visits were very short, but very sweet. I love those kids <3

My Niece Lisa's 3 kids.....



My Nephew Richies Kids



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UGH

I just have to say that I can tell I did that page in a bug hurry, Yuck- it does not do justice to the bra I painted. LOL I am saving it to work on while I am sitting in a airport between flights.

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Quick SS

Need to make some adjustments later...
Yes i painted the bra for a fundraiser....

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I recently posted a picture of a apple gourd I painted on one of the greatest sites ever... ToleTown. If you have any desire to learn to paint- these teachers can do it! Honest- & you do not have to draw a straight line- thats what rulers are for. LOL

This is a apple gourd that I bought off Ebay!! Every since I saw the apple size gourds, I wanted to try this. Finally I got some of the gourds, I have 2 left.


The apple base color was not a pattern, I wung, wing, winged ?? it. I taped the stem so paint would not get on it- it was pretty as it was. I based the apple with a red & then blended in, using a wisp brush with watery paint, to add in yellows, dark reds & greens. I just had fun playing- which is what I LOVE to do. I just tried to make it look like a real apple.

For the caramel- I picked a paint color & loosely used Anne Cahills Pudding tag instructions (a donated ToleTown pattern) using colors that I thought would work with the caramel color. I think when I added a white on top of the cream color it may have brightened that part to much. LOL But I liked it & didn’t want to redo it. Lazy

Yep- I sealed it with Triple Thick sealer spray- I LOVE that stuff. After the triple thick dried I added glitter as Anne suggested. I even thought about taking some of those paint beads (the stuff in little tubs that is glue & beads) & adding that after sealing to look like the candy pieces some caramel apples have. But I LOVED it like it was.



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Blog Help

Yea- I finally got the main page set up correctly. Took a while & some smart help- Thank You!
Now onto new questions.

I am using third party templates from B templates

I have tried to find answers to my questions about how to modify the page links on this page, on Blogger & B templates, & the page creator.

I created 2 more pages in blogger that I would like to use as a photo gallery type page, using the tabs above the posts.  However- from blogger-  they show up w/ the same template, & if I try to edit or change templates it always goes to my main page & wants to edit it. Can I change the template on these pages? Can I use a new BT template, or one from Blogger? How can I add a page like" about me" using the original twitter right tabs.

How do I link the gallery page to these tabs? I tried replacing the html- nope- but I am not at all sure I know what I am doing. You will see I did add actual links (I think) to the pages, but I want them to be attached to a tab- even using the ones at the top if necessary. I have no preference which tab is where. I think I should have all the album pages on top come to think of it.

How do I link any blog pages to the tabs on this template? Note to BT- it would be nice to add this in the "how to use" link, and add English version of the DL.

And my last thought is- if I cant add a new template to the new pages-  can I edit the new pages with original template to basically leave nothing but the template & blog links, as in the tabs & page credits? Then add photos as posts?

I didnt think this would be so complicated LOL Thank You very much!!!!

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WHY ME????

All I want to do is have a cute blog.... as usual. LOL  And now I cant get rid of an old BG with a new template. Grrrrr.............

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I need your VOTE!!!

HI. Please visit the OTT FB page & *like* it... then click on the *like* hand under my scrap page that is on the scrapbooking contest album on OTT.
Those of you that voted before may need to vote again. OH- & feel free to foward to your friends! I need a... new OTT light, I took my painting one for the computer, and blew a bulb in my other one :(  LOL Besides- we all know Bella is the cutest!!!! The photo with the most Facebook "likes" will win. Thanks Yall!!!!See More


2010 Summer Scrapbooking Contest

Contestant #3: Robin Tomlin Rakes

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What led me to Digi Scrap

Hi. I added this to a post in a new site for all artists, crafters, or wanna-be's, on *The Hive*, in a group for digi scrappers. I wanted to blog it as well, for my pitiful memory, as well as cheap entertainment for you. LOL

What led you to your interest in this medium? Any plans for your future in digi scrap?

For me- it was the impending arrival of our first grandchild. I had seen some digi scrap photos online, but I didn't know what it was called. All I knew was I liked it, but had no reason to add another art medium to my list of crafts I did for a few years & never touched again. Plus at that time- I was actually making decent money as a decorative painter, & my time was devoted to that. Business slowed down, due a lot to me. So- then grandchild news arrived & what better motivator is there for a new craft medium??? But could I afford it? I had already sunk a small fortune into painting. Well- I discovered that other than investment in software (& there are a few freebies you can use, depending on how involved you get), & printing costs, that's about it. There are so many freebies in cyber space, you don't need to pay a penny if you dont want too. YOu can find free tuts & info online as well on how to do anything with your program. If you get/buy a digi kit- you can use it over & over again. You have it forever!!! And no MESS!!!! That really appealed to me LOL I have too much mess as it is. LOL Everything is contained on YOUR computer.
So- i decided to do this craft a little dif than my norm- I research it, & research it some more, & never did anything. I usually jump in with 2 feet & then look back to see what I am doing. By this time we now know our grand will be a girl- & if I want to do any pages I better put this into practice. So I hooked up with one site that had some wonderful programs for beginners... free again! And that was the start of my love affair with digi scrapping. You can see my beginning pages on Digital Scrapbook Place, under the name alarmrx2. I have progressed a lot, with lots of help- but I have a long way to go.
Hubby bought PSE 8 for my photo software, it is more than enough for me to handle. I did learn that this stuff can take LOTS of room on your computer, so I got a External Hard drive. I have learned an extremely valuable lesson- back those files & pages up!!!!!!!
As for the future- I *hope* to attend a digital crop in NC next spring. We'll see about that one. LOL And I want to keep learning. Right now I am learning about actions. I finally know what they are after a year! Brushes might be next.
The only thing about digi sites- is adding the credits. I want to add credits, but digi sites are kinda possessive about what can can be posted on each site. And when I started out- I wasnt good at saving the freebie designers. I'm still not if its a individual element. I understand why... but I am not used to that, I don't remember ever seeing that on painting sites. Maybe because most ptg artists use a generic site to save there stuff. Gee- another thing to try to remember. LOL
Hope you enjoyed my story, or put you to sleep for a nap. LOL

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The Hive..... hmmmmm....

The Hive  (using my link)

I have just discovered a new online resource that some of my crafty friends might enjoy. There seems to be a LOT of resources here... everything from craft business to organizing your craft space. Guess which one I need. And of course deco painting, & a few more.
It is called The Hive (use the link above to join or visit, I get credit), & it is free. It is a social + more (I did see some freebie stuff mentioned) site to provide a home for all crafting of any type. If its not there- it will be created. And I cannot BELIEVE that the deco painting doesn’t have more members. LOL
Also- I did not see a separate category for digital scrap booking- unless it is called digital collage in another country. So I will be starting one. So be sure & sign up for that one :)
I know- I said the same thing- I do not want another site to keep up with- but once I get everything figured out, it will work into my lack of schedule just fine. LOL

So come join me!
 

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More Digi Sites

As I visit different digi scrapping sites I do just what those blinkies are there for.... I click & find more sites, some that I just "click" with. I had recently decided to try & stick with 3 main sites, & of course, DSP being my favorite one. After all- they are my digi home, the site that is always there for me & taught me the most. But I wanted to participate in more challenges, & I can barely keep up with one site, but I wanted to broaden my digi virgin wings. OMG- therre are so many out there! I sure am glad I don't want to be a designer!!! LOL
My recent discovery-------- Digi Scraps Drive-In------ what nice people! Of course I started out right- I wasn't thinking & copied my pers site links from my email, to include another site where I have my DS gallery. I do know better BTW. In digi land, that is a no-no. (I don't think I ever saw that in painting land). I received the nicest message about it, & removed the link. I wanted to do a speed scrap with them that night, so I jumped in, & felt right at home <3 This was it...


Now the reason I went to this site in the first place was because I saw a blurb about a digital scrap retreat... maybe I saw it on FB, maybe I googled, I don't know. All I know is I was thrilled when I found one in the area where I grew up- one of the MOST beautiful places on Earth- Asheville NC!!! Don't argue with me- it truly is magnificent there. Too bad I didn't know how special it was while growing up there. :) Anyway- this is a sign (yep, I do believe in them) that I do need to be at this retreat! And when I felt so welcomed by DSDI- that was the convincing factor. LOL And I will be able to visit all of my scattered family after, or before, whatever. Of course. like everything, all this takes is money. Ha haaaa..... I keep forgetting to tell Mike that I want to do this. Especially since I/we have spent more money this year than we probably do in 3 years on fun stuff. Oh well- this doesn't happen til next year, but I do need to send in my registration to be sure I have a spot.
Well- my bedtime alarm just went off, & i think I should be headed that way. I usually turn it off & keep on going, yeah, it does a lot of good. But Bella is peacefully sleeping in her bed with us tonight, & somehow I don't think she will be letting me sleep til 10 or later in the morning. She is such a blessing to us, and I LOVE that little Brad looking face. And she has her Mommy & Daddy's sweet nature. And she is JUST like Uncle David in her activities! Go go go! Just like David- she started walking at just over 10 months. I think she has the best of all three of my children. Technically- Kelsey is a DIL, but to me she is my daughter, with a heart kinder than most, & filled with love.
Well- I could go on & on- but I need to head for bed. I blogged instead of watching Army wives, I'll see it later. Love those DVR's! Thought blogging would be faster... didn't know I was going to go on & On like some batteries. Good Night All!!!

Sweets for the night- Sweet dreams of ice cream, candy, cake, pies, & kissies from loved ones.

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Speed Scrap following Ivory Keyes around the web V2

I putzed around a bit more.... also- I have no clue where ahy of the elements came from. So if you created any of these, please let us know by claiming it. Sorry- I didnt keep up w/ individual pieces very good.
Click on the photo to enlarge.

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Speed Scrap following Ivory Keyes around the web

I really don't know where to post my speed scrap from today, so I'll post it here :) 
This is David when he was a baby, the top photo is my brother Tommy holding him. middle- Mike & I (badly needed a hair dye), last one was my Dad holding him.
I want to tint the photo's, but I cant remember how- so I'll have to look it up. LOL 
I think this is a *happy* for this post.

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What A day Today Is... or was... almost

I just wanted to say that today has been one of those days where you have done stuff all day, but I don't think anything got accomplished! LOL
I started out with plans to return to my studio & keep organizing, but got sidetracked looking at info on pillowcase type dresses for Bella. That should be interesting- I haven't sewed much in years!!!
Then somehow I wandered over to the new scanner that I haven't touched, & thought I would try scanning some old Christmas photos of me for a future digi page. Well- that was sooooo easy I just kept going- until I realized- wow- this scanner not only separated the pics, it will auto straighten. Amazing!!! And it will also auto lighten, adjust, do all kinds of things, but that is why I have PSE 8 to fix photos- so auto straighten  is enough for me. Scan a few more... OMGOSH... what about resolution!!! I suddenly remember others telling me to scan in a good resolution. Oh no- whats good???? So I start out high when I finally found the settings, set it up, scanned & waited... & waited... & waited... and thought I broke it! I finally set it on 600dpi, & while that takes a bit of time, they should do okay for scrapping. So I worked on that all afternoon until SCRAP CHAT time @ 9. Had a nice visit & we talked about all kinds of things & now I am here when I should be in the shower.
I also made reservations to go to Orange Beach, Al for a few days of sun & shopping with Brad, Kelsey, & Bella.
OH- for those of you that know I have a problem these days going to bed- I made myself a nightly reminder at 1AM to go to bed, or take meds then, depending on how tired I am. I love my reminder program. GRIN
One day I will have to share some of the awesome programs I have discovered.

Funny for the Day
I have a question

A father and son went fishing one day. While they were out in the boat, the boy suddenly became curious about the world around him. He asked his father, "How does this boat float?
The father replied, "Don't rightly know son." A little later, the boy looked at his father and asked, "How do fish breath underwater?"
Once again the father replied, "Don't rightly know son." A little later the boy asked his father, "Why is the sky blue?"
Again, the father replied. "Don't rightly know son." Finally, the boy asked his father, "Dad, do you mind my asking you all of these questions?"
The father replied, "Of course not, you don't ask questions, you never learn nothin'."
ha haa haaaaa

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BOOTCAMP- Day 12 I will finish

Day 12 journal word was "dreams". I dont have that many dreams for myself. My life is blessed, my dreams have come true for the most part. Love from certain people is the only thing I am insecure about.
But I have lots of dreams & hopes for my loved ones!!! That doesnt mean I want them to live my dreams, they have their own dreams. As long as they are happy- that is my dream come true!
Now if they happen to give me a bunch more grandchildren, that would be okay with me.  GRIN  Ms Bella has shown me a whole new type of love.

*Day 12's prompt word was "smooth". I had to do a little digging on this one, the obvious was too "obvious". Then I saw smooth jazz... I like smooth jazz & I like smooth music. It is very calming to me & my soul.



My funny for this post....
Attitude



A young couple, just married, were in their honeymoon suite on their wedding night. As they were undressing for bed, the husband -- who was a big burly man -- tossed his trousers to his bride and said, "Here, put these on."
She put them on and the waist was twice the size of her body. "I cant wear your trousers," she said.
"That's right, said the husband, "and don't you ever forget it. I'm the man who wears the pants in this family."
With that she flipped him her panties and said, "Try these on."
He tried them on and found he could only get them on as far as his kneecaps. "Hell," he said. I cant get into your panties!"
She replied, "That's right, and that's the way its going to stay until your attitude changes."

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Prettier?????

I am trying... but as it has probably become clear to you by now... as you look around.... I cant quite figure it out. Like how to move those top boxes to the center (which drives OCD'ers crazy) and how to lose the border on them!!!!

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A Pretty Blog????

WELL . . . YOU'LL LOVE THIS ONE.


MY NAME IS ALICE , AND I WAS SITTING IN THE WAITING ROOM FOR MY FIRST APPOINTMENT WITH A NEW DENTIST. I NOTICED HIS DDS DIPLOMA ON THE WALL, WHICH BORE HIS FULL NAME. SUDDENLY, I REMEMBERED A TALL, HANDSOME, DARK-HAIRED BOY WITH THE SAME NAME HAD BEEN IN MY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS SOME 30-ODD YEARS AGO.
COULD HE BE THE SAME GUY THAT I HAD A SECRET CRUSH ON, WAY BACK THEN?
UPON SEEING HIM, HOWEVER, I QUICKLY DISCARDED ANY SUCH THOUGHT.
THIS BALDING, GRAY-HAIRED MAN WITH THE DEEPLY LINED FACE WAS WAY TOO OLD TO HAVE BEEN MY CLASSMATE.
AFTER HE EXAMINED MY TEETH, I ASKED HIM IF HE HAD ATTENDED MORGAN PARK HIGH SCHOOL ...
'YES. YES, I DID. I'M A MUSTANG,' HE GLEAMED WITH PRIDE...
WHEN DID YOU GRADUATE?' I ASKED.
HE ANSWERED, 'IN 1975. WHY DO YOU ASK?'
YOU WERE IN MY CLASS!', I EXCLAIMED.
HE LOOKED AT ME CLOSELY.
THEN, THAT UGLY, OLD,





BALD,





WRINKLED FACED,





FAT-ASSED,






GRAY-HAIRED,






DECREPIT





SON-OF-A-BITCH





ASKED,




'WHAT DID YOU TEACH???

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I Feel A Great Friend Would...

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:

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BOOTCAMP- Day 11 *surprise*

Remember better late than never???? Well this is it! I am going to finish this. I guess I thought it had a lot more days to finish than 3. LOL I can be so silly at times. So here is Day 11...


Journal Prompt:  Briefly map out a timeline of your life up until this point. (Why would I want to do that????)
I was born, then a spoiled toddler (the last & only girl), grew up, learned a few things, did a bit if college, moved to Key West to get away from rotten ex BF (gag- where were my brains), met & married a army man- Mike. We had 2 children who are now grown, learned a whole lot more, I was & am always crafting & creating something, and in my 40's I discovered I could paint, thanks to Donna Dewberry & QVC. LOL  Who knew- NOT ME!!!!
Since then, Mike & I have moved to the country, our dream place, and my son & his wife have given us the most fascinating little Granddaughter- Bella. You may have read about her ;)  And;;; in the last year I have been learning Digital Scrapbooking.
I love my comp & I love all the friends I have made from all over the world... & I am still learning.
Was that brief enough??? SICLOL (sitting in chair laughing out loud)

Random Word Prompt: “Hush”
This is a painting I did in a class at Tole Town. And then I applied a few techniques I am trying to learn in digi scrappin.

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More of Bellas video...



video

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Creative Nature

Sometimes we become so entangled in the mundane facts of  our lives that we forget about our creative nature, until it starts nagging us with reminders of its needs, or until we feel so fractured we know something is wrong.
 ~ Anne Hazard Aldrich, Notes From Myself, 1998

I saw this recently posted on a friends facebook page. After I thought about it & figured out what it was saying, I said to myself ~ Self- this is you!~
That is what I was taught, & have thought all my life, the family & house stuff always come first. My art I have always treated like it was a kind of reward I earned after I did the mundane life stuff.
For the past few (or more) months I have lost the urge to do any of my creative outlets. And I miss the feeling of doing something creative & being so proud of it. And I just figured that out when I read the quote.
Of course, I can blame myself for a lot of it- I love playing on the computer. Or doing nothing. Or spending time with family & friends. I am about as motivated to clean, cook, laundry, as to be creative... maybe less. LOL
I have been looking for a wordart that I used to have- that would have fit in RIGHT NOW perfectly. But alas, it is one of those missing files that disappeared. I've searched the web- but of course I cant remember the phrase. Something like dont underestimate the value of resting, laziness, something like that.


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Bellas getting bigger... & more active!

video

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Dad- why did you do this to me????

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What a Day!

Any of you plan your day & it just never happens? I thought I would get to cleaning my studio today, but it didnt happen. I didnt accomplish a whole lot today. I did get the little chat box thingie to load on the page... not to sure if its working though.
I received some very sad news earlier, a very dear friend lost her beloved today. He was her rock, anchor, & any other positive word you can think off. I met her online & she has become one of the dearest friends I have, & I wish I could be there beside her during this sad time.
He was a hoot- when my GF & I talked on the phone or used the webcam, he always had something funny to say to me. He told me one time that if I came to visit I had to sleep outside, so it became a running joke with us. I told him last night on web cam that he had a sexy leg & how did it get there???  Turns out it was his arm. We got a good chuckle out of that!
I'm going to miss you Jerry!!!!

Hmm- how do you add a happy after that?
Easy- I am so glad that I knew him, even if it was through the web.

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Yall wont believe this...

I am so proud of myself, I have to brag.
Those of you that know me KNOW I am a MAJOR procrastinator.
My late GF's daughter is getting married on a tight budget. As a wedding gift to them, & because I know my GF would want me to, after all... if she were still with us we would have been doing both weddings.  Anyway- I bought the artificial flowers & said I would do the wedding bouquets & boutonnieres. I have NEVER done anything like this, but I figured I could wing it at the last second as usual.
I am FINISHED woo hoo happy dance oh happy time... & early also. She isn't picking them up til Friday!!! I am so proud of myself!!! And they are beautiful!!! OMG- I did it!! I will get pictures before she picks them up.
I do know I could never be a florist!! I am too much of a perfectionist & like to play way too much!

Also last week I actually cleaned my living room up really well! I moved tons of stuff in the dining room to sort & figure out where to put it. I am Bellaising room by room. That was the first room I did, Ill get to another one soon, move all the extra stuff to the dining room.
OMG- I WROTE this down- that means someone might read this & I will HAVE to do it! Eeekkkkssssss

OK- My happy item for today is a digi scrap page i did of who else.... Bella.

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I just read this poem on Positive Thoughts.

LET GO by Louise Hay

To "let go" does not mean to stop caring, it means I can’t do it for someone else.

To "let go" is not to cut myself off, it’s the realization I can’t control another.
To "let go" is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To "let go" is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To "let go" is not to try to change or blame another, it is to make the most of myself.
To "let go" is not to care for, but to care about.
To "let go" is not to fix, but to be supportive.

To "let go" is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.
To "let go" is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own destinies.
To "let go" is not to be protective, it is to permit another to face reality.
To "let go" is not to deny, but to accept.
To "let go" is not to nag, scold or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
To "let go" is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it.
To "let go" is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.
To "let go" is to fear less and love more.

This *hits* the spot sometimes, doesn't it! Sometimes it just better for a person to*let go*, even though that can be very hard sometimes. I have learned that in the end- each person needs to do what it best themselves. And the only persons opinion that matters to you- should be Your God & you, & your significant other. You can listen to everyones opinions, but follow what you feel is best for YOU!

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Catching up when you are behind.... impossible??

Hi my friends. I am now SERIOUSLY behind on my projects. Why cant I get a plan & stick with it??? Why, why, why??? LOL My Photo First Aid? I am ashamed to admit I haven't really taken the time to do anything with it. :(  And if you look- you will see I wiped out at Boot Camp around day 10, which is really dumb because I only had a few more days! I am going to try & get caught up with both of them, along with some other projects. And the house- gag, don't know where those magic cleaning fairies are that everyone talks about on FaceBook. I know they haven't come here!
This cats claws are killing me. She is laying on my chest & shoulder.
Mike told me tonight I ought to dump my scrapping files & start over. I think I may do *almost* that. LOL I'll keep what I have left after pitching the bits & pieces, & also copy to a disk. Thank goodness most of my spending has been at one place, & Scrap stores are WONDERFUL at letting you get the stuff again if you lose them. I am tired of fooling around & I don't think I am getting anywhere!
Mike & I are trying to figure out WHY a folder that I haven't touched, would keep making copies in it. I had 8 copies of each element in one folder, & I REALLY did NOT do it!!! We are thinking maybe the temp DL does it every time it updates my BU? I really don't think that makes much sense though, cus that one folder was bought a year ago. LOL And all of them are doing it. Almost enough to make me ill.
I am going to start figuring out how to add some stuff to this blog, like some of the cool sites I visit.
In spite of all my whining (no I do not want any cheese), I have had a WONDERFUL day!!! I had lunch with a very dear friend who I dont see often enough. She took me out for a early birthday lunch. I do not know why we dont get together more ofton. It must be the distance, as we both live out in the middle of nowhere... about 3 miles apart. LMBBO!!! Love Ya Keri :)
Ok- may have to throw the cat down & take a shower.

Oh- I should add a happy thing.... how about a picture of.... Bella????


Yep- this should work. Smile :-)

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WHERE does the time go????????

As usual, I am behind on most of my "scheduled" activities. I am behind a few days on the Creativity Boot camp. I am seriously behind on my Photo First Aid class.... weeks behind :( .... which was a Birthday Gift to me from me!!!! HOW can I do that???
We wont talk about the house, laundry, or any other *home* things I should be doing.
I am slowly making headway of finding all the kits that are missing pieces or all of the kits that were on my EHD. I wish I understood how that happened. And I recently figured out my extra fonts are gone also!!
I tell you, I am possessed with something (maybe a special zing in my fingers) that can tell a computer or printer to mess with my little brain!!! And- they are all BRAND new!!! Not my fingers, they are old.
I did accomplish one thing- I found out how I managed to constantly copy files, to the point I would have 5 copies of the same element or whatever. When I would try to delete multiple files, I clicked to fast, & that would somehow create a copy.
Ouch- this is getting depressing fast! So I need to add a happy something.

An older blond woman heard through a friend that taking a milk bath is good for the skin, will cure stretch marks and make her beautiful again. So she left a note for her milkman to leave 15 gallons of milk instead of the usual amount.


When the milkman arrived, and read the note, he felt there must be a mistake. He thought she probably meant 1.5 gallons so he knocked on her door to clarify the point. The woman came to the door, and the milkman said, "Yes ma'am, I found your note to leave 15 gallons of milk. Did you mean 1.5 gallons?"


The blond said, "I want 15 gallons. I'm going to fill my bathtub up with milk and take a milk bath."


The milkman asked, "Do you want it Pasteurized?"


The blond replied, "Nope, just up to my boobs, I can splash it in my eyes."

Sorry to the blonds out there....

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Day 10: Full Bodied


OK- so I immediatly thought of beer. Not that I really know what a *full-bodied* beer tastes like, since I drink light. But it sure does make this body feel full after a few. LOl

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Day 9: Drizzle ... in the works

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Day 8: word prompt- ornament

Did you know that ornament means grace & beauty? I didn't. I thought it was a decorative item. LOL Which is it, but I have to say that some of mine are not graceful or beautiful.

I saw this one though & knew it fit the description.

Page Elements: http://mh-mixes.blogspot.com/search/label/Lace Mary's Mixes

Ornament: http://http://sabresquillandparchment.blogspot.com/

The journal prompt for a few days has been to randomly write for 45 minutes a day on paper & then throw it away. I can randomly *think* or *talk* easily for 45 minutes, but not write. So I think I am doing the prompt, just in a different medium. LOL

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Day 7: prompt word- FLY

I am not sure if this is cheating- I started this page soon after our first grandchild was born Bella. But it didnt take long to figure out I was in over my head since I was & still am learning digital scrapbooking. I have played with it on & off every since Oct, never being satisfyed.

When i saw the word prompt FLY- that was a sign to finish this, as my little grandangel's wings needed repair & then she could fly when she wakes up.

Bella is the most precious little girl, & she does make my heart fly!

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Day 6: rules I follow when crafting
I have only one rule, & it is a new one this year. Have fun no matter what I am doing. If I am not enjoying it, I am not going to do it.
Short & sweet.

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Day 6: word prompt- fluid


Which made me think of water, of course.

Recently, our home was the site of a wedding reception. My family worked for months making it look really nice, well... aalmost all of it. One the wedding day... guess what? IT RAINED! We still had it at the house, but I don't think anyone really noticed the surroundings. LOL

A few days later I took some photos for our memory, and this is a photo of the ponds in back. Mike worked so hard on them.

So now- I will share them in cyber space so the world (hee hee) will enjoy our efforts!

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Day 5: word prompt- grow


Grow- so many ways you can go with this word. But I chose a simple one, as there was something about this photo & the way the ferns looked that I liked. Not quite what I thought I saw, but I like it.

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Day 5: Journal- this prompt sucks! It is- my hopes & dreams from when I was young while listening to music from that time period. Don't get me wrong, I like the music from the 70's. I loved soft rock at that time. Still like it.
But hopes & dreams? Did I have em? I didn't know I was supposed to have them. Maybe that someday I will look my age? That I would feel like I fit in somewhere? My friends today would not know this, but I was very shy & quiet. Yep- me. LOL And I did not have a lot of confidence in myself. But to this day, I STILL do not know what I want to be when I grow up, other than creative.
Once I left high school though I started learning what confidence is, & finding my place in the world. It wasn't always easy, but I have ended up exactly where I am supposed to be.

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Day 4: prompt- heavy metal, seek inspiration

I didn't know what to think when I saw Heavy Metal other than Ozzy or The Rolling Stones. Then I thought of metal that was heavy. I did as suggested & went through what few pics of I have on my computer. I saw this one of a girlfriends son, & instantly I knew- there is no heavier metal than this GUN!


Right now I wish I was a writer, I am horrible at it. I want to express strongly why I feel that this gun is such a heavy metal (I know, a lot of it is probably plastic).


Think about what this gun is responsible for... the safety of this young man, the safety of others, the giving, & taking of life if needed. It has to be cleaned & taken care of more tenderly than a soldier holds a baby, this mans life depends on this piece of metal.


If that is not the heaviest of metals to carry, I don't know what else is.


Scrap Kit by Scrapkitty Design @ http://www.scrappersworkshop.com/blog

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Day 3: prompt- multilayer
I know that there are many thoughts about multilayer- but my first thought was layers of paper. Maybe it is because I am am artist in painting & digital scrapbooking is why that first came came to mind.

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Oops- wrong

Too heavy for Mike & I. LOL So i am stuck for now with the smaller one that I have to lean forward to see the good stuff. What a rough life huh.... LOL

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Day 2: Prompt- Picnic, & learn to call yourself an artist.


Day 2- Artist. I am an artist, and I have no trouble saying this. Describing my art is the difficult part.
I am a decorative painting artist, in the past this was a part time job, & I dabble in many other mediums. I am a digital scrap booking artist who is constantly searching for more ways to learn & use this medium. Digital scrapping has lead me to wanting to learn more about photography- but I again have no hesitation saying I am NOT a photographer! And I also consider myself a crafter... not necessarily an artist in this area, depends on the project.
This is my PICNIC! The sun is shining, birds are chirping, & the temp & humidity is perfect!!! Some of my family are here & there, eating & playing. I am standing with a brush in one hand, & a beer bottle in the other, playing with paint on this bear (which is on a easel), with food & paint scattered around. My granddaughter is laughing & having a great time with her Mom, Dad, & PawPaw.
I have family, talent, hope, & friends, who cares if I did laundry or not! I don’t.

I can say- this days challenge has been more of a challenge than I thought! When I went to look for my digi scrap files- I discovered to my horror that there are missing than I thought! Many of the ones I have purchased, as well as many freebies I have collected. And of course- among them my art kits, with easels & paint & all KINDS of painting goodies.

So that is where your imagination is put to the creativity test!!! If you can read the text on this project you will see what I mean.

Oh, and I did try to copy & paste the text for you, guess what? It didn't work!!!! Oh- I did it!!! Wooo Hoooooooo Now how did I do it??? Note to self- paste into Word Pad & copy that to use on here. Hee heee

Throw in the phone, enternet repair man, TV repair man, & running up & down the stairs from one to the other, no wonder I am a bit frazzled tonight.

And now my friends- it is time for a big event- putting the TV that I can SEE back on the mantle!! So have a good night.

Word Art- http://majortiggerscraps.blogspot.com/

Quick Page- JDP

Embellishments-http://www.scrapgirls.com

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VENT/ Grrrrrrrrrr.............

The more I look into my digital files that are kept on a EHD, the more files I see missing. Where the heck did they go?????
I did try the Windows live photo Gallery, maybe it stole them???? I wanted to organise my Digi Files & that was a recommendation from a reliable friend. Of course, I probably screwed it up some way.... cause that was the start of disappearing files.
Ok- I vented- but I dont feel much better! Gotta laugh though... me & computers! Just ask my hubby one day

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Creativity Boot Camp
Day 1: prompt- ivory



My thought of Ivory is probably different than most. I immediately thought of Ivory soap, & then when I saw the old timey Ivory soap clip art it brought back memories.

QP- http://auntiemdesigns.blogspot.com/

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OK- it looks like I will have to have a blog so I can share any online projects. So here I go....

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