May 28, 2009

More FUN with Photos

I think I "may" have posted these links previously - but just recently I came across a new site that I have had "fun-ia" with!
Took photo of my granddaughter and the site uses "face" recognition to render its output - thought this looked good of her - an artist rendering a "sketch"

And here is one of my dd, which shows a photo of her ripping out our old fruit cellar in the basement - I love the duct tape elements
Here is the listing and links I have to some threads over at pcCrafter's messageboard with my own examples of Photo Fun

Also there are FREE Online Photo Editors - take a look at and others
Here's one that I did a animated reflection on using the online editor
This is a photo of the boat house of the Buffalo Canoe Club located at Point Abino, Ontario Canada, of which I am a member - my dad and late husband raced their Lightning class sailboats out of this venue for many yrs.

Fun with Photos online editing and photo creating

Make your own Photo - Rubik’s cube

Don't forget to check out the other fun things you can do with photos there as well:
Sketch - makes a b&w pencil sketch from a photo - results will vary depending on the actual photo

Easter Egg

Puzzle - just puts puzzle pieces overlay on a photo

Amazing Circles - kinda smooshes and swooshes your images

This one I like : Museumr

see my own examples in this pccrafter thread

Glass Giant

see my own examples in this pccrafter thread

Fun with Text **note – text generators not working as of May 28, 2009 – but site owner say’s he’s working on re-writing codes – so keep checking back on this fun site

More fun things to do with photos and/or text

read this thread

May 21, 2009

Wonderful FREE Printables for Gift Giving

There are lots of places online that offer FREEBIES for Crafters and Digital Scrapbookers (and crafters can use DigiScrapbook elements too in their crafting as well) - but the other day I came across a new site for me anyway - and I thought I would share -
Here are some links to some delightful FREE printables to help with quick easy crafting for gift giving - all year long - be sure to click on all past pages of the website to see all that's available from the site:

Free Crafting Printables from: Happy Birds Crafting Haven


FREE Printable "Miracle Cream" Label and Recipe!

FREE Printable "Buttermint Coffee Mix" Labels and Tags~Nice Mother's Day Gift!

FREE Printable Quart-Size Baggie Topper for Crustless Apple Pie

FREE Printable Gingerbread Coffee Baggie Topper with Recipe

FREE Printable Cowboy Cookies Topper!~Fits 4 Inch Wide Craft Baggie

Visit & Bookmark: for more crafting ideas and recipes.

Happy Printing and Crafting

May 19, 2009

Today is My Birthday!!

I had looked forward to this milestone for a couple of years - turning 62 knowing I would be able to start collecting my very own Social Security check. My husband and I looked at this money as our "traveling" funds - we were going to go more places, do more eating out, etc. etc.
But alas...some things just aren't meant to be. My dear sweet Paul - passed away in April 2008 - and I am fortunate to be collecting Social Security checks based on his income. But its just a single check coming in now and that combined with his own invested retirement funds that I take a draw on each month - that's my "fixed" income that I have to live on "ALONE"

I am in the midst of getting our home that we've owned for 37 yrs ready to put up for sale later this summer. Home was built "homemade" - in 1925 - For SALE - one well used and loved home
I will be moving to Florida to be near my older dd and the grandkids. Even though I think I am making the right choices - its still hard looking forward to my life ahead - with out Paul in it and all the plans we had talked and dreamed about.

But - My blessings are many as I celebrate this Birthday and for that I am most grateful. Life is GOOD!!
My youngest daughter was here for the past 2 weeks doing literally a TON plus of work. She did all kinds of odd jobs around the house, from plumbing, to tearing down the old fruit cellar in the basement and cleaning out all the "stuff" that my husband had been hoarding all for "future" projects. He had a "metal" storehouse of things. She took 3500+ pounds (more than a TON) of metal parts out of the basement and to a scrapyard. Got it all out by herself and a little help from a friend. I had a "honey do list" for her before she came, and she got the majority of it done. She'll be back later in the summer.
And my older daughter is coming too in August, and she'll be holding the "yard" sale of all my stuff, that I've decided to give up and not take with me to sunny Florida.
Boy have I got STUFF!!

My younger daughter gave me a combo gift for Mothers Day and My Birthday - an afternoon at a Spa - got a Full Body Massage and Facial - then we went out to a delightful dinner by a creek and waterfall - an absolutely delightful day
Here we are...all relaxed
To any of you celebrating a May 19th Birthday - I wish you a Very Happy one and a super year ahead. To everyone else a Very Happy Un-Birthday to YOU!!

Friday I am going out to Lunch with 2 dear friends. Birthdays are truly a day worth remembering - of our own individual unique "creation" and "birth" of "us". I was lucky enough to be born to amazing parents and have loving siblings. LIFE in general has been very good to me. I've found and experienced LOVE, Adventure, and Surprises all around me.

My new normal is waiting somewhere ahead of me...I'll get there. My sweet Paul is with me always and I cherish the memories of our wonderful life and see him in our beautiful (inside and out) daughters & grandkids - every day!

Enjoy your Life - its precious and you have the freedom to make it the best it can be.

May 12, 2009

Celebrate ---theres always something going on!!

SWEET & DELICIOUS HOLIDAYS - **excerpts quoted directly from websites:

Candy Holidays

Need a reason to celebrate your favorite candy item? Check out this list of fun candy holidays.

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sept | Oct | Nov | Dec

More about special observance days


  • 3rd – National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
  • 8th – National English Toffee Day
  • 26th – National Peanut Brittle Day


  • 15th – National Gum Drop Day
  • 19th – Chocolate Mint Day


  • 3rd week – American Chocolate Week
  • 19th – National Chocolate Caramel Day
  • 24th – National Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day


  • 12th – National Licorice Day
  • 21st – National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day
  • 22nd – National Jelly Bean Day


  • 12th – National Nutty Fudge Day
  • 15th – National Chocolate Chip Day
  • 23rd – National Taffy Day


  • National Candy Month
  • 16th – Fudge Day


  • 7th – Chocolate Day
  • 15th – Gummi Worm Day
  • 20th – National Lollipop Day
  • 28th – National Milk Chocolate Day


  • 4th – National Chocolate Chip Day
  • 10th – S’mores Day
  • 30th – National Toasted Marshmallow Day


  • 13th – International Chocolate Day
  • 22nd – National White Chocolate Day


  • National Caramel Month
  • 28th – National Chocolate Day
  • 30th – National Candy Corn Day
  • 31st – National Caramel Apple Day


  • 7th – National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day


  • 7th – National Cotton Candy Day
  • 16th – National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
  • 26th – National Candy Cane Day
  • 28th – National Chocolate Day
  • 29th – National Chocolate Day

Other listings for Holidays or Observances

Chase's Calendar of Events

Find out what's going on any day of the year, anywhere across the globe! Chase's Calendar of Events is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference available on special events, worldwide holidays and festivals, civic observances, historic anniversaries, famous birthdays and much more.

The Earth Calendar

The Earth Calendar is a daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world.For the purpose of this web site a "holiday"is any day that recognizes a cultural event,and not necessarily a day when businesses are closed.

Daily Celebrations

Holiday Smart Year 2009 Calendar of Holidays, Events and Observances

Year 2010

BrownieLocks: Daily, Monthly, Weekly holidays, observances, awareness days, theme days etc.

National Health Observances

The Hippy Calendar for Hippies Young and Old

Surf the Net - observances

May 2009

June 2009


August See remaining months links at bottom of listings 0n each page

Floral Holiday Calendar

United Kingdom – special dates

Floral Holiday Observances etc. – Click on Months on left hand side for information about month, quotes, etc.

example – July information

Holiday – Fathers Day quotes

On This Day

Today in History – Those were the days

also of interest

Time and


The World Clock

Free 2009 Calendar Pages 2009 Holiday Calendars to Print and Make

May 6, 2009

Cool Grandkids attend Cool Schools

My grandkids in Florida had their schools named Cool School's of the week on their local FOX TV channel. My grandson's school Trinity Elementary won for April 28th and my granddaughters' school is Cool School this week May 5th.

Video link for Seven Springs Middle School
Cool School of the Week - May 5th

Grandson's school was also a Cool School of the Week April 28
Trinity Elementary – there is a brief shot of him sitting at a table in beginning of video in his school he is in blue shirt

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