Sunday, October 30, 2011

Found Treasures & My Works in Progress. Giveaway ends tomorrow!!

I downloaded some new My Memories Suite layouts today & they are really pretty!  I got some for our son & daughter~in~love's wedding is a secret!!  I thought instead of the usual pics of my newest treasure finds & my work table all messy beautiful, I would make them extra pretty by putting them through the My Memories Suite software & really make them special.  The 1st layout is of all my treasures found last week.  Pic #1 shows a ginger jar that was full of things (some treasures, some not!), Pic #2 are some things I found at thrift stores, Pic #3 are the ornaments that were in the jar in pic #5, & the things in pic #5 came from a vintage/craft show,(more on that in another post).
 The 2nd layout is my craft table all covered with things I'm working on!  It may look messy, but there is a method to my madness....whaaahaha.  Aren't all of us crafters/creators a little messy??  I loved the paper on this one with the vintage feel.  Both backgrounds are from the My Memories design pack "Faerie Holiday Pack."

I want to remind you that the deadline for the My Memories Suite giveaway is tomorrow at midnight.  Click HERE to enter. I will choose a winner on November 1st!  Thanks so much for participating!!  If you want to purchase your own software from My Memories, click on my sidebar for $10 off & use the code listed above the link.

Have a Happy Halloween Everyone and stay safe!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Joyful News, More Layouts, & My Memories Suite Giveaway Deadline Monday!

First, I NEED to share our most exciting news!  I already shared that we are going to be grandparents for the 1st time next May, but we just found out that we are doubly blessed...TWINS!  We are so excited & it looks like they may be identical!  Our son has wanted to have twins since he was a little boy & his best friend was a twin!  God has granted his longtime wish!  

You have a few more days to enter for the My Memories Suite giveaway!  I have enjoyed using the program so much and look forward to creating more.  I made the one above to celebrate our sweet little babies and here's one I just made below.  I got this cute little elf girl from The Graphics Fairy.
The My Memories Suite is such an easy program to use & there are so many different pages that are available, freebies, video tutorials, and much more.  Check out the My Memories website and see what I mean.  I enjoy scrap~booking so much, but it is time consuming & I don't have enough hours in a day to catch up on my boxes of pictures, let alone my computer files full of life's moments I have captured the last few years.  I think this is a way of catching up on some albums that I don't want to personally print and scrapbook the old fashioned way.  Well, enough said!  Click HERE to enter my giveaway, leave me a comment, become a follower, and tell me which scrap~booking pages you like, all for chances to win your own My Memories Suite software.  The deadline to enter is Monday, October 31st midnight pacific time.  Tell your friends!  If you want your own My Memories Suite software, use my access code for $10 off:  STMMMS75665.  I suggest copy & paste for the code, just in case of a mistype.


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My version of a Jack 'o Lantern & a Window Surprise!

I painted a pumpkin yesterday for the front porch & thought I'd share him with you.  I also added some hydrangeas to the planter, since the plant has decided not to bloom anymore.  It had beautiful orange & yellow blossoms.  We'll see if the hydrangeas wilt or dry... 

I'm trying to dry hydrangeas using a technique I found on a blog.  If I like the way they turn out, I will share with a tutorial.  Here they are, the last of my blossoms, all drying on my dining room table...

Last, I will share my living room front window.  Our daughter works in a sign shop & creates vinyl sayings & art for walls, among other things.  She had made two of these & this was the discard.  My hubby suggested that she put it on our window & I was thrilled!  It is special because she made it & I haven't seen anything like it before.  It is sparkly pearl, but see through.  I feel it looks shabby chic.  What do you think?
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!!


I'm linking to:
Savvy Southern Style~Wow Us Wednesdays 

A Diamond in the Stuff~ Time to Shine Tuesdays
Home Decor & Organizing Link Party #24 
Vintage Gwen~Show & Share with Southern Lovely 
Show Me What Ya Got 
Feathered Nest Friday 
Potpourri Party #9 
Inspiration Friday 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Some Fall Decorating and New Layout with My Memories Suite software

I got some fall decorating done on our porch.  I really like scarecrows for the fall season because it can go from September until Thanksgiving.  
I made this many years ago & still love it!  The scarecrow was one of my fav things to paint!
I made this about 3 years ago.  I got the tin basket on clearance.
 I don't think I have shared pictures of our dining room in our new home yet.  The chandelier has got to go!  Still looking for one we really like.  Here is our room all decorated for fall...
Here's our Craigslist table & chairs!  Napkins on the window valance.
The china cabinet that my Dad made my Mom.  The framed prints are now roosters.
The scarf is a Real Deals find ($2.49), as is the plate! The chicken is a clearance item & the teapot, from an antique mall, which I got on my travels in September, with handpainting from a fellow crafter of mine many years ago.
In our family room, we have a double doored cabinet (another Craigslist find) to hold my hubby's many Coke collectibles.  Above it is our family picture wall.
That is the sum of my fall decorating.  I have a plastic bin of fall decor sitting in my garage at this very minute that I can't get to.  So I used what I had & added a couple of discount items.  Now Christmas will be another story!!

I wanted to share another layout I did with the My Memories Suite software.  
Summer fun at the Oregon Coast!

Please don't forget to sign up for the giveaway for the My Memories Suite software.  Use this LINK to go to that post on my blog.  I extended the deadline until October 31st.  If you'd like to order your own, there is a special discount of $10 if you use the code: STMMMS75665.
Can you believe that October is going to be over in a week?  


I'm linking to:

Debbiedoos Blogging & Blabbing Newbie Party
Under the Table & Dreaming~Sunday Showcase Party 
Uncommon Slice of Suburbia~Tuesday's Treasures 

A Creative Princess~It's a Party!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pre~Blogging Creations I Made

I was asked by Laxsupermom to join her linky party:  Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays.
Her blog is "Sugar 'n Spice in the Land of Balls 'n Sticks".  I am suppose to make a post of things I made before my life as a blogger.  I searched & found some items, that I hadn't already saved on disk, from tons of pictures, to share & then add to her linky party.  So here goes...
There were versions of this with angels, reindeer, & moose.
I made tons of all different kinds of ornaments.
This is one of my favorites!
My Mom did the sewing & I put Santa together, painted his face & added all the goodies!
I did several different jars with painted scenes with lighted trees.
I was known years ago for the little black dolls I made.  

These are just a tiny bit of the hundreds of different things I have made over the years.  Crafting is in my heart & soul.  I can't imagine not creating in some capacity.  I used to think that anyone could make what I did just as well, but I learned that isn't true.  We are all gifted with different talents from God & this is one of mine...  What is one of your special gifts?  I would love to hear about yours!

Have a Blessed Day,

I'm linking to:

Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Prayers Please~ Cindy Adkins's

 I wanted to share a prayer request.  Cindy Adkins is a popular blogger that has been so helpful to me in blogging issues & moving ahead with my blog.  She always has a kind word to say & answers my emails quickly.  Sonya, from Counting My Blessings blog, says she doesn't think that Cindy ever sleeps!  Well, I don't know if she does or not, but I just know that many people in blogland love her & she loves them back.  I am asking for prayers for Cindy's husband, Ralph, who is having surgery tomorrow, Friday, October 21st.  You can see her post on her blog about the circumstances:
Whimsical Musings

Cindy & Ralph


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Decorating & Glittering my Bottle Brush Trees!

I have loved doing bottle brush trees for the past couple of years.  I have collected for the past year, all kinds of containers to put them in.  I look for something that is small and dainty, usually teacups, vintage wooden thread spools, and anything that catches my eye.  I also collect vintage ornaments, vintage glass bead garland, and other vintage items to add to the trees.  Here's some of my trees this year.  I am working on a lot more; my craft table is covered with trees, glitter, vintage ornaments, and misc containers & extras.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my trees half as much as I had making them!  Have a wonderful rest of your week!


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2805~Potpourri Friday
French Country Cottage~Feathered Nest Friday

Sunday Blog Love
Transformation Thursday
The Charm of Home~Home Sweet Home # 38

Monday, October 17, 2011

Bottle Brush Trees and more for my Etsy Store and don't forget to sign up for my giveaway!!

I've been busy for two days taking pictures & adding items to my Etsy store.  It takes a long time for me and I'm sure there are some shortcuts I don't know about, but I'm getting it done!  I have a link to my Etsy on my sidebar with some pics but I thought I'd tease you with some on this post!  What you don't see listed yet, will be soon. 

Just a reminder to enter the giveaway I'm hosting for My Memories scrapbooking software.  Click here for the post for your chance to win!  Here's another page I did with the awesome software of our little dog Sophie.  Oops...I just noticed I got the wrong year, but I will fix that easily later.  

Don't forget you can get your own My Memories software for $10 off with the code: 
STMMMS75665.  It is best to copy & paste so you don't mistype.  You can click on the link on my sidebar and then add the code when shopping.  Thank You!


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Sunday, October 16, 2011

New Layout with My Memories Scrapbooking Software & Giveaway!

I made another layout with my new software from My Memories Suite.  I was so happy when they asked me to host a giveaway and gave me the software to try myself.  It is really fun and there is so much you can do with it.  I have only made scrapbooking pages, but would love to work on some gifts for family and friends.  I like to frame special moments for gifts & this software would allow me a lot of flexibility to make unique items. Being able to add words to the pictures is really special.  I want to make some of my ocean pictures with bible verses added.  I have also wanted to make a catalog of jewelry for my daughter.  She makes her own lampwork beads and with the My Memories Suite, I could put together a book much quicker than it will be for her to make the beads!!  
Here's my newest creation:
Don't forget to enter my giveaway!  You can make beautiful pages and gifts too.  Go to my previous post to enter!  Tell your friends that enjoy scrapping and working with pictures!  Don't forget that you can also buy the software for $10 off with the code: STMMMS75665 at My


Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Memories Suite Giveaway! Worthy of my 1st Giveaway as host!!

I am very excited to be hosting my 1st giveaway courtesy of My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking softwareThis giveaway is for the software program My Memories Suite, which is a wonderful, digital scrapbooking computer program that is easy to use, has tons of different papers and embellishments, and many tutorials to help you use the program to it's full potential or just learn the basics.  One YouTube video gives you a look~see at the program itself & what it can do (here).  My Memories Suite was easy and fast.  The 1st layout I did was of my daughter when she was about 2 years old, so the pic is grainy.  But even with that, I loved how the page turned out!
So now...are you interested??  I had a blast putting this page together!  There are special giveaways and promotions that you receive as a member that are great!  Just buying the program (or winning) makes you a member!!  Easy, peasy!  ;-)

So, now for the guidelines to enter:
Please leave a separate comment for each of the following.

Entry #1: Be a follower of Blessings from Cindy, newbies are welcome, and leave a comment saying you have done so.

Entry #2: Go to My Memories website and choose your favorite digital paper pack or layout & leave a comment telling me which one you chose.

Entry #3:  Post about this giveaway for My Memories Suite on your blog with a link to this post and let me know in another comment.  I also have a new blog button you are welcome to use on your blog.

That's it!  

I will accept entries through Monday, October 31st .  I will chose a winner on November 1st.  Be sure and leave a contact email, if you don't have a blog.

As a special for all of my readers, My Memories is giving you the opportunity for a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store - $20 value!)  Just click the link on the upper right side of my blog under my blog name.

I'll be sharing some more layouts I am working on early next week so check back!  Have a wonderful weekend and good luck to everyone!