Thursday, March 24, 2011

{Madness! Madness, I say!}

Have you ever had a week, or a few weeks or even a month where things were so crazy that you couldn't even believe how crazy it was? That's been me since my last post.

Here is the quick run down of what's been going on:
  • Sprinkler System is leaking...AGAIN. Just found a good handy man.  Will call him later today.
  • Car is leaking fluids... mechanic fixing this weekend
  • Under kitchen sink is leaking... plummer coming tomorrow
  • Tore my living room apart cleaning and organizing and packing
  • Tore my kitchen apart doing the same.
  • Dining room... ditto.
  • Celebrated 17th Wedding Anniversary by going to dinner and seeing the Lion King (This was a good thing!)
  • Ended up in ER with a hurt foot
  • Someone tried to break into our house one morning at 1:30 am. He was caught and arrested. We are all fine except for a little paranoid at noises in the middle of the night.
  • And finally, I am so far behind on just about everything I have wanted to do! °Ü°
I smile, because regardless of all the madness that is our life right now, it is a blessed life and I am grateful for it.

Anyways, I have so many things that I would love to get posted and I clearly don't have time to sit and blog all the live long day (although, that would be a dream right now) so I thought I would share the card I made my hubby for Valentine's Day.

"XOXO" is what I was end my emails, letters or texts with to my sweet Richard.  I thought it only fitting to put it on this card.  I made it using gold shimmer card stock and Making Memories Je t"adore line.
Not the best picture, certainly over exposed and too blue, but you can see the dimension of all the elements.
He absolutely love it.  He keeps it on his dresser.  I made similar ones for our girls, but made the mistake of giving them to them before taking photos.  Goodness only knows where they have stored them, in a journal, box of letters and cards, a drawer...  I certainly am not going to go digging for them!  

Hope you are all having a wonderful week.  Mine is gradually getting better.  I have all these great ideas for crafts for Easter.  I pray I can get to them. 

What about you?  Anything Spring or Easter projects in the works?  Let me know, I would love to hear from ya.


Friday, March 11, 2011

{Making Your Cricut Image Searches Easier}

Generated image

I realized that I posted this on my Facebook page and not here on the blog. Talk about a time saving guide at your finger tips! I feel so bad that I haven't gotten it on here sooner. I use it all the time when searching for a particular image.

How it works: Go to Type the name of the image you are looking for and it will tell you which cartridges you can find it in. In fact, if you put "Flower", it will list all of the Cricut Cartridges you can find flower images on. It's a spectacular resource. Be sure to add it to your favorites because you will use it all the time! °Ü°

Try it and let me know what you think. Everyone I know just loves it!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

{Feeling the L♥VE}

I want to thank each and every person who commented on my post below and who emailed me. My inbox has been bursting at the seams with emails. Thank you! I really do enjoy interacting with each of you. I am a social person and love meeting new and interesting people. Each one of you are that! I have just about worn my French Manicure to the bone writing everyone back and I LOVE it You have all made my week. Thank you!

If you have a craft or photo blog, send me the link! I love reading other's blogs and seeing all the talent out there. I, too, draw inspiration from those around me, so please, share! I will gladly add you to my list of favorite blogs.

I do have some projects that I still need to get up on here. It's just a matter of doing it. I am hoping to find sometime this weekend. I am in the process of painting, organizing and re-doing our lawn. We are hoping sell our home this year and move into a bigger one. Wish us luck! So if you don't see me for a weeks at time, know that I am up to my elbows in paint and boxes. :)

Thanks again, for your support and kind words. It truly warms the heart.

Oh, and Spring has sprung, here in Vegas! We have mid 70's all week long. How about you? What's it like where you are?


Thursday, March 3, 2011

{A Little Blog Etiquette, Please and Thank You}

I have been blogging a few years now. For those of you who blog, you know the work that goes into it. Especially a blog like this. True, I took most of last year off and this year is turning into a repeat of last year, and it's only March, but there is a good reason.

I blog and I blog and hardly anyone comments! For those of you who share the love by leaving me a comment, THANK YOU! You absolutely make my day. With each of your comments, I think, "Yes! Someone is tuning in and it's worth it to keep going." So, again, my deepest appreciation. Seriously, it means the world to me. You keep me sharing this crazy craft with you.

But the fact is... I have 153 followers. I get about 50-75 visits to this blog each day. I'd say 99.9% never leave a comment. You arrive, you read, your are inspired and you leave. :(

I have a feedjit tracker. I can see what you are looking at. I see what pages and posts you read. I see when you single in on a photo and chances are... you are doing the carnal sin of lifting it! Please don't do that. I don't steal from you... please do not steal from me. If you want copies of my photos, write me. I will be glad to send them to you so that you can use them for inspiration.

I was recently contacted by someone who said that someone had stolen some of my Disney pages and was using them on Google Search to link back to THEIR PAGE! It's a business, I guess. I have tried writing and get no response. I have recently contacted a lawyer and he is looking into it for me. I am nice girl, but don't mess with me... and don't steal my work to increase yours.

A friend of mine, Alli, recently posted Blog Etiquette rules on her blog. She got them from another blog, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. I give them both full credit for the rules and the inspiring me to post this. I loved what they wrote. It is exactly what I have been thinking for sometime now, and just haven't known how to put it into the right words. Thank you, Alli and Kristan. You are awesome!

I am going to share these rules with you today. I learned a lot from them and have fixed those things I was doing wrong. I hope you will, too. May we all be better bloggers and readers for it. Oh, and, I hope to hear from more of you, more often. °Ü°

Here we go...

1. Be yourself.

One thing I've learned since I began blogging is that people will love you no matter what, as long as you're honest. Are you a neat freak? Is your house a mess? Do you REALLY like bacon, or are you just a self professed "bacon addict" because it seems cool? In the blogging world, cool is being who you are and loving yourself, perfections AND imperfections included.

2. Be good to your readers. You were one once, too.

I was a blog reader WAY before I was a blog writer, and honestly, I still spend more time on OTHER blogs than I do my own. I cannot stress how important it is to never forget that fact. When my blog was barely a month old (and I had NO CLUE how to take a picture) I sent an email to Bakerella. And she replied!! I cannot even express what that did for my morale. It was like meeting a celebrity, in a way. These days, I get quite a few emails myself and I can only imagine how full her inbox must have been. It makes the fact that she took the time to reply mean that much more.

3. Leave a comment.

Let's face it. Bloggers thrive on comments. Our posts and pictures are the sunshine and water, but comments are the beautiful flowers that sprout up as the result of our hard work. If you have a blog, you know this better than anyone else. So when you visit a blog, do as you would have done unto you and leave a comment. I am very guilty of popping on various blogs and not commenting because I think that the blogger is so fabulous, they don't need to hear from me. But I should know better, and I am making a conscious effort to leave a comment after every visit.

4. Give proper credit.

If you see something on another blog and love it so much that you decide to spend hours of your time recreating, photographing,and writing about it, it deserves more than a footnote at the end of your post and you know it. We all feed off of each other's ideas and inspire one another and that's fine. But when you downright copy something from another blog, repay them for the fabulous idea by throwing a little praise and maybe a new reader or two their way.

5. Do not namedrop.

Just like in the real world, we all have some people we are closer to or relate to more than others. But to use that friendship as a way of impressing people is just tacky. This isn't high school and you weren't invited to hang out with the head cheerleader. We're all adults here, and when you name drop simply for selfish reasons, it's completely obvious to everyone, name drop-ee included.

6. Do not correct a fellow blogger's spelling or grammar in a comment.

For real. If I was talking to you in front of a huge group of people and noticed your fly was down, I wouldn't loudly point it out in front of everyone. I'd find a way to pull you aside and tell you quietly. Same thing here. Send a friendly email, and let them know so they can fix it before anyone else catches it. It's the right thing to do.

7. Never say anything on your blog that you wouldn't say in person.

The only exception to this rule is "LOL" because I realize that no one, (besides my 12 year old stepdaughter and her friends) says that in real life. The Internet is not an invincibility shield. What we say is in print, and can be forwarded and printed out and saved for all eternity. So mean what you say and be willing to stand behind your words.

8. If you feature someone on your blog, let them know.

I can't tell you how many times I've noticed a spike in my traffic, only to find out that I was featured on a blog and not notified. It's like throwing a party in someone's honor and not inviting them. Let them know so they can stop by and read your kind words and all the comments your readers left in response. It really means a lot and can totally make a blogger's day.

9. Promote a blog you like.

Don't be a lurker. If you love a blog, visit it frequently, and know that they could benefit from you letting your readers know, do it. I have gained so many readers from bloggers like Cheryl (TidyMom) and Bridget (Bake at 350) taking the time to retweet my posts and letting their readers know that they like what I'm doing. We could all learn a lesson or two from ladies like them, and they are who I look up to and use as my own example.

10. Never, ever plagiarize.

Our words and pictures are our heart and soul. To steal them is to steal the small piece of our world that says, "this is who I am." Don't do that. It's really unforgivable.

So, there you have it. Rules to Blog by. Let me know what you think?



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