Monday, October 26, 2009

I won a Blog giveaway!!

I am so excited! I actually won a blog giveaway at Tumblefish Studio. Marsha Jorgensen is the absolute greatest and I've sung her praises before. Here's the excerpt from the Marsha's announcement at her blog explaining the prize:

"There are more winners! For the rest of you, I have drawn six other names to complete my part of two very special prizes I won earlier this year. One from Terri of Pringle Hill and one from Cathy of Reflections of a Ramblin' Girl. Both of these talented ladies had a drawing to win a surprise piece of art sometime in the year after the drawing. The recipients of the prizes had to also promise to pay it forward and send three more pieces of art to three other people. So, the six of you listed below need to send me your addresses as well so that I can truly surprise you sometime in the next 12 months with a piece of art from little ol' me. You may receive a set of limited edition prints, several ATC's or a larger original piece - time will tell and you will just have to wait and see. I may contact you just before mailing so you know to look for it in your mailbox. Now, you were not given the opportunity to enter into this drawing and may not wish to participate by sending on three pieces yourself. In this case, I say you can fudge if you promise to do three random acts of kindness in whatever way you can, whether it is sending art or doing something special for someone who needs it. I leave it up to you."

Isn't that the coolest?! It's just what my motivation and inspiration needed; to be asked to 'pay it forward' by giving away 3 pieces of art or doing a random act of kindness for someone who needs it. I can hardly wait.

I'll soon have my 100th blog post and in blogland, that is a big deal. I'd been wondering how to mark the event and now I know. I'll come up with some way to choose a winner and be thinking of some sort of prize that will be worth winning. Maybe a collage or maybe a few vintage images from my stash. I'll try to think of what I'd like to be surprised with and do something along those lines.

It will be an honor to participate in my own giveaway; I've had so much help from selfless souls who have been so patient with my questions. If I can brighten someone's day for even 5 minutes I'll be delighted knowing I did even that. My family and I have been so blessed with good health and loyal family and friends; it's truly a privilege to simply be able to 'be nice' to someone just because I want to.

DH has 'the crud'. That's what we've always called it in our house; it covers a cold, flu, bronchitis, whatever we happen to have. This is his 2nd round with it and I certainly hope he kicks it soon. AND I hope I don't get it again; I'm getting over my mild case finally. I'm trying to stay away from him but that's kinda tough to do.

Well, I'm off to think of what I can do for my 1st giveaway and to mark my 100th blog post coming up very soon. Happy Tuesday!!

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Not exactly a race fan yet, but...

I did enjoy going to the race and having that experience. I may never do it again but I did have a good time. I really felt crappy the entire trip there; this cold that's hanging on. I was afraid a couple of times I was going to have to ask DH to stop and pull over for a while. I made it though and after getting outside and walking around some I felt alot better.

The race was loud, colorful, fast, dull at times, filled with a lot of wrecks, oh, did I saw LOUD!! I had earmuff type ear protectors and they helped a lot. Truth is, they were off more than on. Every 10 or so laps there would be a wreck so the next few laps would be fairly slow til they got the track cleaned off. DH's man, Kyle Busch, came in 2nd place and he was fairly happy with that. We didn't stay for the Bucky Covington concert afterward but headed on home.

Of course, I HAD to get him to take me to the bookstore when we went thru Southaven and just HAD to get two of my favorite Stampington magazines; got the newest Digital Studio and the latest Somerset Memories. I get Somerset Studio by subscription now so I got out of there with only two. I wanted to buy a couple more but held myself back. I wish we had a big bookstore in town but it may be a good thing that we don't. I probably couldn't resist.

DH is getting a cold now and I'm not totally over mine yet. I'm saying it's a cold because I don't want to call it the flu. I did miss work Wednesday and am definitely better but not well yet. Of course, sitting out in the grandstands at the race in the heat and then walking in a cool wind about a mile back to the vehicle probably didn't help. Ah well, we only live once. At least my back and fibro have been better.

Happy week!!

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week 58 Crowabout challenge

My 1st entry in Crowabout's Weekly Challenge at This is my first time to join a challenge group and I thought about a lot of them before deciding I'd like this one. I've admired many of the artists who already participate for a long time. I hope I learn a lot just by being in closer proximity to these wonderful creative souls. My greatest wish is to grow and learn and create more and more and at a much more frequent pace.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A giveaway from Collage Visions

If you like collage sheets then you've gotta check out this blog:

She has an Etsy shop with some fantastic digital collage sheets and she's got a contest going with the grand prize of 5 free collage sheets. I love looking at her blog and her sheets. Very inspiring. Check out this generous offer for yourself; good luck!!

Husband and I are going to the NASCAR race in Memphis tomorrow. It's a Nationwide series race (whatever that means). My first race and he is so excited about us going. I'm happy to be going to something that makes him happy; we'll leave it at that LOL!

Happy weekend!!

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Party update

The anniversary party was a big success; a good time was had by all. We had between 70 and 80 people and ALOT of food. I took over 100 pictures and DH got quite a few on his camera too. I did end up with a family photo; Mom and Dad and their 3 kids. I'm the oldest with a sister younger by 3 years and a brother 7 years younger than me.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sisters - free for personal use vintage photo

Here's a vintage photo from my personal collection. This is my sister and I. Photo taken around 1966, '67 or so. Free for personal use only; please do not add to a free or for-profit collage sheet and please do not offer 'as is'. A link back to me is appreciated. I'd love to see how you use it if you choose to.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend; I'm working on photos for the anniversary party for Mom and Dad that's coming up next Saturday. I can hardly believe it's only a week away now! Everything is pretty much set other than printing out photos to use for decorations on the tables. And of course, I've got to cook/assemble whatever food items I'm contributing to the feast. DH is a good cook and I may put my delegating hat on along with 'that look' and a big fat 'Please, baby' :-) Works almost every time LOL!

Have a blessed and safe Sunday!!

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Freebie vintage image

Second image of Martha Vance. Apparently she was not the owner of the old photo album I bought but she must have known the owner quite well. Enjoy this image with my compliments. I'd appreciate acknowledgment as the owner and would love to see how it's used. Have a great Tuesday!!

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Free to use vintage image

I bought an old photo album at a local antique/junk shop and it had several photos in it. I'll scan and share them here. This image is free to use in your art in any way you see fit. The note with the image states that her name is Martha Vance and it was taken in 1945. I'd appreciate credit for the image if used and I'd love to see what you do with it.

I cleaned and rearranged in my craft room all day today. It's finally to a point that I can actually work in there. I have way too much stuff. I'm tossing a bunch of stuff in a box that I plan to get rid of in one way or another.

Enjoy the image! God Bless You :-)

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