Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween & The Bad Blogger Hall of Shame

I think it's official. I should be inducted into the Bad Blogger Hall of Shame! My postings are not as fruitful as usual, and I haven't been doing a lot of visiting others. Sometimes life gets in the way and you have to set priorities. Plus, life has just been busy!

I'm still on that big creative streak so I've been doing a LOT of creating in the graphics department and the pattern department. I recently added a whole bunch of clipart, papers, and printable to my graphic shops. I'm actually putting the finishing touches on a pattern that I will be releasing in the next couple of days.

I'm also happy to say that sales at most of my shops have picked up quite a bit so I've been busy trying to get my books organized. I'm also creating a business plan with actual goals and plans. I created some new spreadsheets to help me keep my items organized as far as what shops I've uploaded what items, as well as what items are selling at all the shops combined so I know where to concentrate my efforts. I'm also looking at some new accounting software to start 2013 with. Right now I'm using spread sheets that I created myself.

I'm doing so well on my healthy changes and am proud to announce a 30 pound weight loss! It feels good to be back on track with my healthier (most of the time) eating and my commitment to exercise.

So, I do have more to tell you but I'll save it for another day. I hope you are all having SPOOKY HALLOWEEN!

Images above are from my "Funky Halloween" papers and clipart images that can be found at my Etsy Shop, Website, and Clipart Shop.

Friday, October 26, 2012

FREEBIE November Calendar Page

 Your  November calendar page is ready. Can't believe it's already November! For those on familiar with my monthly freebie, it will print out at 5 x 7 inches, 300 DPI, Where you see my photos will be transparent frames so you can add your own photos. It's a PNG image.

You can pick it up at 4Shared HERE, or on the freebie page of my website HERE.

All images for this page are from my website, clipart site, and Etsy. Links are above and on my About Me page.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Leaving Las Vegas (really!)

Many of my friends are probably wondering where I've been the past several days. Well, I'll tell you! Brian and I just returned home from a well needed vacation in Las Vegas. We had a great time! I won't bore you with photo after photo, but I did make a collage of some of my favorites.

We stayed at the Paris Hotel which was quite nice. Yes, we went inside the M&M store. I was in HEAVEN!!! We saw a great show, had some delicious food, did a TON of walking, and enjoyed ourselves every minute.

We aren't big gamblers so we didn't leave a nice chunk of change behind. I was down a wee bit but decided to play one more time on my favorite slot machine, and won it all back and then some. I cashed out immediately and headed back to our room for some sleep before our early flight. 

I'll be catching up on all my friend's blogs in the next couple of days. See you all soon!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Enjoying the Fall Colors

Is it just me, or are the Fall colors more vivid and beautiful than they've been in years past? My usual 25 minute drive home today took about 45 because I had to keep stopping to take pictures. But I did manage to get these beauties! Oh how I love the Fall! Are you enjoying the beautiful Fall colors in your area?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

FREEBIE - Mini Scrapbooking Kit for Halloween

It just dawned on me that I had planned on putting a freebie mini-kit out for Halloween, and I almost forgot! So here it is. You'll get the four images you see here plus the background paper (3600 x 3600 pixels). There's enough there to make up a cute scrapbook page, or even a greeting card. You can even decorate your blog or website with the images. I just made a cute desktop wallpaper with mine.

You can pick your freebie up at 4-Shared or on the freebie page of my website.

Note: 4-Shared has a bunch of download buttons, make sure you click the right one or you'll be downloading something else. Probably best to just grab it from my website.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Favorite: Goo Gone

It's been a while since I've posted about a favorite. This time I've chosen Goo Gone. It's a product I've been using for many years and it works like a charm every time! Everyone knows that it removes sticky labels from items but it does a whole lot more.

Back when the kids were little my son lost his favorite coat on the little league field. It was a cute coat too. It was blue with red accents. We did find that coat a few weeks later back behind the fenced in field. Unfortunately someone had taken a gigantic wad of purple bubble gum and ground it into the coat. I don't know why I decided to try Goo Gone to remove it, but I did. After I chipped away the big sections, I poured some on the gum area and let it sit. I went back about an hour later and wiped. I repeated this process throughout an entire evening. By the time I was finished (several trips later) there was NO TRACE of the ground in bubble gum.

Last week, after trying everything I could think of to clean my oil bottle, I decided to get out my trusty Goo Gone. Why oh why didn't I do that to begin with? If anyone has ever tried to clean an oil bottle, you know what a job it is. I even googled it and found tons of things people tried, but nothing worked until I got out my Goo Gone. See how sparkly clean it is!

The stuff is cheap, and it doesn't hurt to have some on hand. So pick up a bottle!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Freebie - Witch's Brew Hot Cocoa Printable

It's time or another freebie! Here is a fun printable for you. Just print it out, and tuck in a packet of hot cocoa mix. A cute little gift for you favorite little goblins.

You can pick yours up at 4-Shared HERE, or on the freebie page of my website, HERE.

The images are from my "Trick or Treat Graphic Kits" and my "Funky Halloween" Graphic Kits which can be found at my Website, Clipart Shop, and Etsy. Links at the right.

Friday, October 5, 2012

African Crowned Crane

We have a couple of zoos between here and Chicago. Every time I go to one of them, I always look for my favorite bird, the African Crowned Crane. I'm fascinated by his beautiful crown. Who would have guessed that this very bird would end up as one of our clinic residents. The adult bird in the photo is actually from one of the zoos that I've been to, but he now lives with us. The image on the right is a young crane that we are raising. When he's full grown, he will look like the bird on the left. Doc brought him out today so he can exercise his legs, so I took a few pics and some video. 

One of my favorite things about my job is how I can watch all the babies grow up to be such beautiful birds and animals.
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