Saturday, November 2, 2013

Got involved with this new site called CrowdTap. It's a place where you can express your opinion about a number of different products of your choice, and you have the opportunity to win cool prizes, like gift cards for and other online stores. So far, I've won three gift cards, which keeps me in books, and a gift card for Sephora. I'm also participating in a sampling opportunity for Truvia, where you get some free samples of the product, and them make a report on what you did with them. Not sure that there is a prize involved with this, but you do get the free samples of the product.

The Crowdtap program is fairly uninvolved and doesn't require a lot of lengthy surveys, which is what I like about it, and of course, winning prizes is always fun! Try it for yourself; I'm sure you'll like it!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halloween Song Poll

With Halloween a little over two weeks away, I thought I'd add a little haunting fun to the blog by hosting a little Halloween poll to it. If you are unfamiliar with any of the songs in the poll by name, you can listen to a sample of it by going here. All of the ones with the exception of 'The Monster Mash', which I am sure everyone knows is there for you to listen to in advance of making your selection. There will be a small gift for those of you who select the most popular song in the poll, so vote and have fun!

What do you consider the anthem of Halloween songs?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Congress Behaving Badly

I try not to be extremely political as a rule, because along with religion, politics is one of those subjects that can cause folks to lose their religion; however, what is going on with the members of the United States Congress and the shutdown of the government calls for Americans to be outspoken in their opinions of this outrage. Gallup polls show that so many Americans are angry with this situation that they are signing petitions for reduced term limits and severe pay cuts for Congress. I am one of those people. While more than 58 percent of Americans live below poverty levels, members of Congress have an average salary of $174,000 per year, and if you count the $110,000 in taxpayer-funded fringe benefits Members receive (including plush retirement plans, paid time off, and contributions to Social Security and Medicare taxes), they’re earning close to $285,000 per year. I don't know about you, but I would certainly like to be able to live within those standards!

If you are an American voter who is also tired of Congress behaving badly, here are a couple of ways to express your opinion. There is a petition to impose stricter term limits on members of congress here: US Term Limits and one to impose a reduction of pay and benefits for them here: Pay Cuts for Congress. It's time to remind them that they work for us, and we have the right to censure them when they do not. I'm sure our forefathers would be very much disappointed in the fact that what they saw as a public service has become a way for some folks to get rich. Let's get Congress back to the way they intended it to be!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Are YOU a Pinner?

Help! I've fallen into Pinterest and I can't get up! LOL! Seriously, I am completely obsessed with my various boards and I can't stop pinning. I have found this to be a wonderful way to share my very eclectic interests with others, and I know I am not the only one. If you are a pinner and would like to share you boards with me, you can find me at Lady's Boards.  I'll be happy to return your visit... I'm sure we will have something in common!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Halloween is coming up soon (and my birthday, too!) So I thought I would share some really awesome Pinterest Halloween boards with readers to help give them some inspiration for some cool Halloween decorations. Click on the links below to check 'em out! Don't have a Pinterest account? Simple to remedy - just go here to sign up!

My Halloween Board

Kristyn's Halloween Board

Life and Art Collide

Costume Works

Decorative DIY Wreaths

Angie King

Una Volta


One Charming Party

Ashley Davis

Hope that you can find something that goes bump in the night to help make your Halloween one scary day!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Raising Awareness for Children's Health Issues

I recently came across a site asking to help raise awareness for children with heart issues.... on Facebook's game Farmville, of all places! I am an armchair activist -- I want to support causes like this and because I have no money to donate, and am pretty much housebound because of my own health issues, I try to help by doing what I can, such as signing petitions and trying to get information regarding these cause out to others. One thing that touches my heart the most is that of children's health issues. Kids go through enough growing up without having to deal with serious and terminal illnesses. It just doesn't seem fair to me that they should have to go through things like this. Yes, I know that life is not fair, but there are ways to try to help level the playing field with these kind of problems, and getting out the word about organizations like Children's Heartlink is one of the ways to do that. I hope all of my visitors will go by their web site and check to see if there is anything they can do to help. The link is below.

Brightest blessings on those who choose to help!

Children's Heartlink

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Merry Christmas - About Two Weeks Late!

It isn't quite Valentine's Day as I predicted yet, but I did finally get my Christmas scrap done .... hurray! I'm going to try to work on both a New Year's scrap AND a Valentine's scrap, so just maybe I'll be able to have the Valentine's scrap up before the holiday arrives! *laughs*

I'm also working on several everyday scraps that I hope to finish and have available for those who are interested in them.

I am trying to learn how to use Photoshop CS3. I have seen so many beautiful scraps created using this program that I feel I must learn it so that I can produce better looking graphics for my scrap kits... a difficult task for someone who doesn't have an artistic bone in their body! Learning how to mouse draw all the things I have in my kits is a real challenge, especially things like hair... which I haven't mastered yet, by the way. *grin* Hopefully I will learn how to do this soon, and will be able to create better kits to offer.

Okay, so the 'Blue Christmas' preview is below, as is the 4shared link, for anyone who wants it to grab. Please remember to abide by my terms with the kit.... you'll find my TOU in the right sidebar... and enjoy creating your page. In the meanwhile, Happy New Year to all!


Blue Christmas by Blue Nile Scrap Designs