Archive for January, 2008

Some freebies and some tips…

January 22, 2008

Just in case you were wondering…only 3 weeks until Valentine’s Day (so start dropping those hints now to your sweetie)!   To me, Valentine’s Day isn’t just for sweethearts…it’s also a time to tell our friends and family how much they mean to us.  There is a quote that I love that goes “Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget” and another quote that really defines a good friend… “It’s the friends you can call up at 4am that matter”.   I hope that I’m that kind of friend!

In honor of Valentine’s Day (and my friends) Taylor & I have created a new mini-kit for you!  It’s called “Hugs and Kisses” and we hope you like it.  There will be more to follow, but this first set includes 4 papers, 5 buttons & 1 clip.  Coming soon are more papers, some ribbon & wire word art.  Thanks to Stephanie at for the heart brushes!  Just click on the 4shared link below to start your downloading fun!

 Now for the Photoshop tips…did you know that to zoom in you can use Ctrl+ and to zoom out you can use the Ctrl-(minus) keys?!!  If you zoom out too much, you can press Ctrl zero(0)  to fit the image back into the screen.  Also, a cool trick to try when you are using the Type Tool and you want to  reposition your text… simply move your cursor away from your words and the cursor will switch to the Move Tool.  After you’ve placed the words in their new position just click back in the text to continue writing.  Give it a try…it’s really pretty neat! 



Tag…I’m it!

January 12, 2008

Thanks to SusanD & Boston Dawn, two of my friends over at Jessica Sprague, I need to put my thinking cap on (hopefully it still fits) and be a little creative!  You see…they “tagged” me today.  I, like Susan, had seen this on other blogs, but never really knew what it entailed.  Well, now I know (LOL)! 

So, this is the way you play this version of tag:

  (1) Link to the person that tagged you & post the rules on your blog   (2) Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog  (3) Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include the links to their blog  (4) Let each person know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. 

Without further ado, here we go…

(1) On my list of things to do in this lifetime are swim with the dolphins & go up in a hot air balloon.

(2) I played on my college tennis team (I didn’t win alot, but I had fun)!  I was also a cheerleader in high school and I can still do a cartwheel…not so sure about a split though, I might not be able to get back up. 

3) I love to read mysteries, which probably stems from  devouring Nancy Drew books when I was younger.

(4) I almost never get my nails done (maybe once a year for a special occasion) And I’ve never had my hair colored…of course that may change when I start seeing a little gray starting to creep in!

(5) When my daughter was born, I arrived at the hospital at 3:30am and she was born 2 hours later (with no epidural, thank you very much)!  Oh, did I mention she was 13 days early.

(6) I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 21…and, like Boston Dawn, I didn’t get my drivers license until I was in my early 20’s (I guess you could say I was a late bloomer…LOL)

(7) My grandfather (Pop-pop) had flower nicknames for all of his granddaughters.  I was Lilac Girl because I was born in May and my sisters were Tiger Lily & Cala Lily.  My cousins all had flower nicknames too! I had a decorative painter do a backsplash painting of my sisters & I:


Now, for the lucky 7 ladies who I’m tagging…have fun girls!

JanieJulie L,  LaurieLisa (Lexicam)Lisa, Tori….and Jessica (sorry Jess, you really don’t have to play along…just wanted to let you see what your NWRers are up too while we wait for DID)! 

A paler shade of green…

January 6, 2008

I have a confession to make…I’m not very “green” (except maybe on St. Patty’s Day).  I guess I’m what you’d call light green.  We recycle, but only our newspapers.  We use the compact fluorescent lightbulbs, but not in all of our lamps.   We try to turn off lights in rooms that we’re not using, but sometimes we forget.  You get the picture.

Anyway, I watched part of Oprah the other day (it was a re-run) and her show was about simple things you can do to help the environment.  I thought there were a couple of things that I just might be able to do!   One easy suggestion (and I’m all about easy) is  to use just 1 less napkin per day.  I can do that!  Another was to forgo getting your ATM receipts.  I can do that too…as long as I remember to put the withdrawal in the checkbook!  They talked about a “Smart” Power Strip that you plug your electronic devices into and it conserves energy and saves you $ (it’s available at Bed, Bath & Beyond, so use your coupon)…I think I can do that too!

I was in Target the other day (I love Target) and noticed they were carrying a new product line called “Care Mail” that was made from recycled materials.  It included items such as packing tape, mailing envelopes, and the like.  I thought it was a great idea and I would definitely buy them if I needed to mail anything! 

Now I’m not going to get all fanatical about this.  I’m not going to rush out and watch “An Inconvenient Truth” or start quoting Matt Damon or anything like that.   Still, I think that there are some relatively painless things that I can do to now to help the earth later!   Maybe Kermit meant to sing “It’s easy being Green”…