Happy Hump Day!

I think this will be a short entry today…or like the other day, it will end up being more than one. Last night I finally got a layout done using Scrappin Hillbilly Sweetpea Design’s ‘Fraidy Cat kit. When I first saw this kit, I knew exactly what I wanted to do and write about. But finding the pictures was no easy task. I didn’t realize how many boxes of photos I really had! And I thought they were organized…NOT! So here is the layout…

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Something else I realized as I was looking for the photos…I really didn’t have very many of her through out the years dressed up. I wonder why not? Of course, there were a couple years we went through where every time I went to take a photo of her I got the hand in the face or a goofy face…so I stopped taking so many pictures of her.

That stopped when one time as she was looking at pictures, she wanted to know why there were hardly any of her. When I told her the reason, she stopped doing it, and I was then able to get better photos of her. And of course by now, she is used to having the camera in her face at all times, lol. I still occasionally get THE look in a picture, but for the most part, she is a great sport.

And while I am on the subject of my daughter…have I mentioned that she is engaged?! So, this next year will be busy with all the plans for that, and I am sure this blog will be full of the haps and tons of photos, lol. Oh, I can see her face now as I am snapping away at every conceivable moment through out the process!

Be sure to stop back later for my 3rd Fall Y’all Bloggy Give Away!

It’s a Contest..and other thoughts

OK…so over at Treasures to Scrap, we have a contest starting in November…A full 8 weeks worth of fun and prizes!

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As soon as all the details are posted, I will link it up. But it looks like it is going to be so much fun!

Last Thursday, my sis and her 2 kids and I were driving to meet my other sis and her hubby for dinner, rushing along the MN side of the Mississippi on the Great River Road, and I was seriously trying to get us in an accident with all my watching everywhere except the road in front of me, lol…and here is the reason why….a photo my sis took quickly (out the window of the car, lol) of the awesome sight… HPIM0608 copy

And this was looking out ahead of us pretty much..if you looked back slightly, you could see the full moon out BIG in the sky..turning the water and sky a bluish purple…just awesome! If we weren’t in such a hurry, I would have pulled over and taken some more photos…

So, I was showing this photo to my friend Fantacy..and she says, “that would make an awesome brush.” So I told her to go for it…and she made this paper for me with it…in just minutes! The paper is from her newest kit Feral Fearies at OAKS, which btw, is AWESOME…but check out this paper she did, just for me!shs_feralfordawn_feralfaeries copy Is it awesome or what?! And she used one of my photos! Well, ok, it is my sister’s photo, but if I hadn’t been there to tell her to take it, lol. Thanks so much Fantacy! I can’t wait to use it.

And while you are here, check out the fall give aways I have! Have a great day everyone!

Make me Merry

OK, so in my travels to other sites, I found this one and decided to play along!

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I know this is probably so over done, but what makes me merry is my daughter. But since this is my first time participating, I will allow myself, lol. She is what I live for. I love the things she has accomplished in her life so far, and love to blog about them and about her. I love talking with her and doing things with her, or doing nothing with her, lol. And now she has chosen a man to be with and he is just awesome! I am pretty sure a lot of what I have taught her over the years has sunk in, but I myself learn so much from her too. She is not just my daughter, but my friend too.

Fall Ya’ll Bloggy GiveAway! #1

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Oh, I am excited to be participating in this! So, for my first give away, leave a comment on this post and I will randomly draw a winner on Saturday. Make sure you leave your email so I can contact you if you win! What is it you ask?? It is a $10 gift card to the Treasures to Scrap Digi Store! So leave a comment for your chance to win!

We have a winner! rohal call was the winner of this give away. Congrats! I will be emailing you in the next couple of days with how to claim your prize! thanks to everyone who entered!

Home again, home again…

Sigh….I am finally home in my own house, and nothing planned for a while now. Since August 31, I have felt like I have been on a whirly gig. But things should slow down now, unless of course I decide to move in the next couple of months. I have realized that I don’t like being so far away from Niki. Part of me wants to move NOW, and part of me says, “give it a little time, and see how things are in a couple months.” But that is the sensible part of me, which I don’t always listen to! But I think what I will end up doing, since I lost my job, is to let a new job be the deciding factor in the move. I will apply both here in town and also where I want to move, and see where I get a job and go from there. How is that for sensible?

Anyway, this past month, being mostly up north, in the bluffs has been beautiful. The colors are awesome. Here is a card I made using one of the photos I took.Fall_Card copy Click on the photo to see credits. First time I made a digital card, and sometime this week I am going to print it out and send it to a couple people.

This past weekend I took a ton a photos. Mostly of the views I have been enjoying. The first is one on a cloudy, foggy, misty IMG_3911morning, but I loved the look of the clouds on the bluffs. Of course, once I started taking pics, my nieces wanted to do the same, so I handed the camera to them and let them take a few too. And they got some nice ones too…IMG_3941

Saturday we got to go out on the pontoon boat for one last ride. It was very chilly on the ride out…IMG_3946 IMG_3948 Which you can see by the way everyone is bundled up. But the ride back in was much nicer as the wind was at our backs, and everyone was able to take off hoods.IMG_3982

And I was able to get a few shots of the awesome scenery, or things that caught my eye…IMG_3976

IMG_3979 And this final one I liked of the sun shining on the water…IMG_3980punch I played around a little with this one and punched up the blue a little and lightened it. And now I really should go and put some of these photos into layouts! Specially the ones I got of the dog refusing to get off the boat and having to be carried off…story will be on the layout as to why *G*.

And I almost forgot….I have not been doing well with the self portrait a day. The main reason being I have been having a hard time getting decent photos of myself. I need to go and get new batteries for my remote and see if that helps. I think with that, I don’t have to focus before I go and sit in front of the camera. But we shall see. My niece did get a couple of me from this weekend, so here is one of those…sitting in the car, waiting at the gas station as everyone ran in for a bathroom break. I was ready to head home after the day spent running errands.

A Self Portrait a Day

A week or so ago, I was browsing through some blogs, clicking on links and I came upon Life of Scraps. I love her blog! She has started doing a self portrait a day, and I think I am going to try this myself. Will I do it? I have no idea, but however many days of photos I get taken, will be that many more of myself, who is generally sadly lacking in most photos. I also like her site for the many tuts and ideas on taking and making better photos. Just a fun place to visit and get lost in.

So here is my very first self portrait for this. Now, it is not the best photo, for as you can see, I focused on the wrong thing, lol. But, I decided not to get too caught up in trying to get the perfect shot, and just get them. I could have tried and taken more shots, and taken half my day trying to get the perfect one, but today I decided to just go with it. I was doing my stuff at TTS and posting in the forums and such. I am at my daughter’s house, cat sitting, and I forgot my brush, so since I haven’t been to the store yet today to get one (she lives 4 hours away from my house), my hair is a mess, and I figured out of focus worked just fine, lol. And now, I am off to the store!