Jun 30, 2009
see here the winners of the goody giveaway
I have purchased a few products from Allen Designs and they are just so fun and I enjoy decorating my home with them and or giving as gifts. You can enter their current Blog/Studio Goody Giveaway for a chance at owning one of their whimsical designs. Drawing will be held July 3rd.
Have fun exploring all they have to offer for sale too :-)
Designer Michelle Allen is the daughter of another talented Artist : Karla Dornacher Karla sells her artwork at Aimee Asher
Good Luck at Allen Designs and Happy Shopping at their Blog Shop
Jun 26, 2009
digital-photography-school.com is offering some articles all about this FREE program
and the following is an Introduction to it and its features:
GIMP - An Introduction
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**I have downloaded & installed the GIMP program but haven't really explored or played much with it. My program of choice is Microsofts Digital Image and I find I do most of my graphics/photo editing etc. using that program.
Jun 16, 2009
Here's an excerpt from my Virtual University newsletter. VU is one of my favorite online Learning sites. I learned how to make webpages there and lots of other interesting things over the years I been visiting!
Quoted from June 2009 newsletter:
Free Class: "How to Avoid Phishing and
Surf to knowledge this summer with a FREE four-week class on "How to
Avoid Phishing and Identity Theft." The class will be taught online
and begins July 6. This short but indepth course will give you the
knowledge and skills necessary to protect yourself against phishing
and identity theft schemes. Weekly lessons will provide a revealing
glimpse into how phishing works and why it works so well. Techniques
such as and malicious code embedded in web sites
and email will also be examined.
This course is designed for novice users but it is also suitable for
experienced users and those in the corporate workplace. Enrollment
is not required; links to weekly lessons will be provided on your VU
desk. Those who are visiting VU for the first time can create their
own web Desk instantly at "http://vu.org/subscribe.html
There are no prerequisites and everyone is welcome to enroll in this
class. If you have friends or co-workers who could benefit from this
workshop, please encourage them to attend. Further information about
the class can be found at http://vu.org/ksurf/142/free-desc.html
Free Class: "Change Your Life - The Best is Yet to Be!"
A new online learning community - HigherMind.Net - has launched this
summer and is offering a free, four-week class on "Change Your Life:
The Best is Yet to Be!"
Put your life on the road to happiness and discover highly effective
techniques that can be used to change your life for the better based
on positive thinking and insight into your higher mind rather than
impulsive choices. Explore powerful self-healing techniques such as
Affirmations, Rhythm Breathing, Meditation, and Visualization. Learn
how the law of cause and effect has controlled your life since the
day you were born, how to overcome obstacles to your happiness, and
how the power of positive thought can put your life on a gratifying
There are no prerequisites, no textbooks required, and everyone is
welcome to enroll in this class. For further details and to enroll,
Note: To attend this class, you will need to create a new Web Desk
for yourself; simply follow the link provided on the Calendar page.
The procedure for creating a new desk is the same as what you are
accustomed to at VU, and you can probably use the same 6-digit User
ID at both sites.
dedicated to the
helping hand mission of "Empowerment through Knowledge." Over two
million learners from 130 countries have attended online classes at
our global village campus. is a http://www.vu.org
Copyright 2009 Virtual University. This newsletter may be reprinted
in whole or part as long as this copyright notice remains intact.
Jun 14, 2009
Jun 10, 2009
It took the technician about 2 hours to wire me up and he installed a new wireless router (so I still have my original wireless router that I bought new last summer and I will keep it for a spare - for when I move to Florida) - and hooked me up via my network on my laptop too.
I didn't pay anything for the hookup or wireless router , I am paying $80 (plus taxes and other "fees") a month for a fiber optic speed of what they call 20m/5m and their Freedom Essentials Phone Services.
I have noticed a much faster connection and loading of pages. I uploaded 50 photos to Snapfish in about 90 seconds - which was much faster than my DSL line.
I'm having fun speeding around the net tonight....check out your own area to see if the FIOS service is available at:
*no I'm not getting anything for telling you about FIOS - I'm just sharing my bliss of being back online and moving quicker in my old age without sweating or aching muscles.
Jun 5, 2009
I got my first 2 certificates today...and I will sign up for 2 more (the maximum allowed) Read this post to find out more and how you can get up to 4 FREE Chocolate Bars! http://chocolateonthekeyboard.blogspot.com/2009/05/friday-free-chocolate-tgif.html
Jun 4, 2009
June 4th and it's : Hug Your Cat Day!!
graphics credit: Laurie Furnell's graphics collection "Folkart Sampler 2" available at pcCrafter.com
Just in case you need to keep up with what the world is celebrating or observing see these "wacky" links to information
Wacky Fun Holidays Observances
- Brownielocks Goofy Holiday List
- Earth Calendar
- Holiday Insights
- Kidz World Weird and Wacky Holidays
- Legal U.S. Holidays
- My Daily Plan-It
- Weird Holidays
- Zasx Holiday Calendar
find this Printable PDF file for 2009
Printable **note for June on this Printable – they have “February” listed instead but the holidays are for JUNE
Zany Holidays posts
Jun 3, 2009
Here's some online resources for your Summer times - for Gardeners, Travelers with Kids, and Yard Sale Holders - Happy Linking around the net
Graphic credit: c. Carol Halm pcCrafter.com "My Backyard"
The GardenWeb Glossary of Botanical Terms currently contains 4400 terms relating to botany, gardening, horticulture and landscape architecture and is regularly updated. gardening tips
Free printables for gardening planners and/or journals
From Northern Gardening.com
From Garden and Crafts.com
From Homestead Garden.com
From Northern Gardening.com
From the Orlando Sentinal (may require free registration on website)
– Garden Journal printable pages
Printable PDF document
from: Jogena's eBook Directory
For the Birds
A fun ebook with detailed information on attracting and enjoying birdlife in your own backyard. It covers feeders, food, environment, how to squirrel-proof, FAQ's, and lots more.
Printable monthly backgrounds from Hewlett Packard From Hewlett Packard (a.k.a. HP)
Visit the HP Activity center for finding all kinds of wonderful printables and project ideas
Garden Journal Mini Memory Book Learn how to create a colorful garden journal memory book. From "Scrapbooking"
episode SCB-228 http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/sc_techniques/article/0,2025,DIY_14232_2274963,00.html
If you’re in to Digital Scrapbooking or Paper scrapbooking or card making and need some quotes or sayings for your Garden photos take a look at these links
Quotes for Gardeners **note find more "quotes & sayings" resouce links
Flower Possibilities http://www.flowerpossibilities.com/recipe.html
Reference guide http://www.flowerpossibilities.com/ref_guide.html
Water Conservation Tips
Printable Car Games for traveling
Travelin' Kids, the book of travel games, will have the tikes coloring pictures, spotting landmarks, and tons more while you navigate the open roads.
Find downloadable games on this page from Best Western
From Disney – Travel Printables
Free travel guides
Getting rid of your Clutter?
YARD / GARAGE SALES
Need to get rid of your Clutter this Summer
From HP find this:
Free Garage Sale Kit – Printable
Time for a garage sale? We'll help you sell your goodies with style. Our handy kit makes it simple to create attention-getting garage sale signs and tags with attractive, easy-to-use designs. So get the family together, clean the clutter out of those closets, and get ready for the crowds to come calling.
More helpful printables
Use this service to create your own garage sale flyers.
garage sale checklist
garage sale tips
garage sale pricing tips
article: My Junk, Your Treasure
Other sites to visit
Tips for successful garage sale
After the sale – if you’re donating what didn’t sell – here is a value guide from the Salvation Army
and also a printable guide sheet
**copyright graphics credits:
Chair on Patio by Carol Halm / My Backyard pcCrafter.com
Time to get outside do some gardening, walking, taking short trips getting to know your neighborhood again after a long winter (well it was in Northern US anyway) Lots of towns and cities have Free Concerts, and Events or low cost things you and your family can find to do this year - check your newspapers, online and in print...see what's going on.
Need to get in shape - Find a couple of Free Printable Lists - to "help you meet your healthy lifestyle goals"
from this blog: http://bacacreative.blogspot.com/
She has lots of creative ideas - so have fun visiting her blog
*image from the darling "Creatable" Bumbly Bears (copyright) by Laurie Furnell at pcCrafter.com