One of my favorite pastimes is taking pictures. Even before digital cameras I took boatloads of pictures. That was sort of expensive. The beauty of digital cameras is that you can take several shots in hopes of getting the right one. And I do. Rarely is my first shot a keeper. I've been taking photos for what seems like forever.  But if you were to look through my photo files you won't see lots of pictures of people.  That is one area I need improve my skills.  Taking photos of people is different than snapping shots of nature.  That's one area I need to improve for … [Read more...]

It's so good to have you join us for this week's party! I was seriously amazed by the creativity brought to last week's party.  Let's just say, you made it super challenging to choose features.  There were so many great ideas... I wish there was room for all. Thanks for coming by today.  I hope you can make time to stick around to get inspired and maybe even make a new friend or two when you "meet and greet." Just in case you missed all the extraordinary goodness from this past week... Hanging Mason Jar Posies for Mother's Day and Giveaway   Is it Possible to have True Joy and … [Read more...]

  You might roll your eyes at this super easy tip.  It's like, Duh! Ah... but don't be so quick. I didn't learn this tip until I'd been keeping house for close to ten years. One day I was in the office and a volunteer popped in.  She said she was off to clean someone's house.  It wasn't something she usually did, but the pay was amazing and the job was easy.  She went on to say that the lady of the house evidently wiped down her bathroom sinks every day, so they were quick to clean. I'm sure you wipe down your bathroom sinks every day.  Right? Well, that wasn't the case at my house. My … [Read more...]

Did you miss the DIY Ultimate Bundle when I shared it with you back in January? If you were kicking yourself for not purchasing it... here's your chance!!   This bundle includes nearly $1200 worth of DIY-themed ebooks, ecourses, and bonuses for just $34.95. Hurry!  This 48 hour flash sale goes away forever in just a few hours.  Go here for all the details.   Just in case you missed all the extraordinary goodness from this past week... How to Glorify God with Butterfly Wings |JoyDay!   Be Inspired by this 10 Minute Easter Vignette Plus...Project Inspire{d} Link Party … [Read more...]

This post contains affiliate links. Having lunch or a day of shopping with a good friend is pretty special.  But, those few hours go by too quickly.  How many times do you wish for some extended times without an agenda? Last week I went out-of-town to I spent some time with one of my favorite friends.  We've been wanting to get together for quite a while.  Finally, it was the right time for both of us.  And though I could have driven back and forth any number of times, she invited me to be her house guest for most of the week.  And it was wonderful.     Mary Beth and I worked together … [Read more...]

Last year I made a layer cake and decorated it under the guidance of an experienced cake decorator. This post contains affiliate links. Most or us don't have an experienced cake decorator at our disposal.  But, one thing we do have... is Craftsy. As an introduction to their new eGuides, and for a limited time, you can download a FREE Craftsy eGuide on a variety of topics.  I'm pretty sure, you'll want to download this Cake eGuide: "Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas." Most of us like to dabble in a variety of areas, so feel free to check out these FREE eGuides as well: Photography eGuide: … [Read more...]

The clocking is ticking down! If you've been thinking about purchasing the fabulous Ultimate DIY Bundle for the crazy low price of $34.95 for 76 different eBook and eCourses... don't wait any longer!!  The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26. Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here. I really believe this is an extraordinary opportunity for everyone with a creative bent. Whether you're a dabbler or are serious about DIYing, there's nothing like having this incredible library at your fingertips.  Plus the FREE bonuses are the icing … [Read more...]

Happy Monday! Remember the Ultimate DIY Bundle I've been talking about for the last several days? Today is the last day to get it.  I know how it is.  If you're like me you're constantly buzzing and zooming around and you tell yourself... tomorrow.  I'll do it tomorrow.  Tomorrow is here!!     If you've been debating about whether you should order the Ultimate DIY Bundle, wondering if it really is worth the money.  It is!!!  Seriously it's an amazing bargain.  I talked about how just one eCourse makes the whole bundle a deal here.   I often hear readers and other bloggers talk … [Read more...]

I'm super excited about this week's features!  But, before we check them out, I want to remind you to check out the fabulous.... As a gal who loves to create, I think The Ultimate DIY Bundle is a truly fabulous library of eBooks & eCourses for anyone who wants to dabble or get serious with sewing, photography, baking, painting, doodling, home decor, writing, and more.  Plus... you must check out all the FREE bonuses.      This amazing deal ends in just… Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.   Now on to our features! This week there were lots of … [Read more...]

Download your Free 8x10 Creativity Quote HERE. You can't use up creativity. The more you use the more you have. Maya Angelou     It's really true, too!  When I get on a creative flow, the ideas come more quickly, and I seem to improve my craft with everything I attempt.  It also inspires me to want to try new things and express myself in new ways.... like creating more printables such as the creativity quote I made for you. Would you like to be a better photographer... or maybe get ideas to jump start your art? Would you like to create some beauty for your home, but aren't quite sure how to … [Read more...]

Did you know that I'm a DIY blogger? Well, for some reason I didn't.  I've been sharing stuff I made and even tutorials, but never thought to categorize myself that way. Today I decided to see which posts have been the most read over the two and a half years I've been blogging.  Thanks to you... reading, pinning, and sharing my posts (You do, do that don't you?  Because that is one of the nicest things you can do.  It's like giving me a box of chocolates... only I won't gain a pound from a lovely share.), and lots of people searching the internet and Pinterest, some posts have been seen, a lot! Out of … [Read more...]

Are you always on the look out for great graphics? Especially at Christmas time? Today I have some Free Printable Graphics for you... and a terrific tutorial! It's been a long time since I've shared any printable graphics with you, so I decided to take some time and create a few graphics in PicMonkey. And then, I thought I'd show you... How to Create Your Own Christmas Graphics in PicMonkey This isn't going to be a full-blown tutorial with screen shots and such.   But it will be a very detailed tutorial for the novice or newbie. It was easy for me to create this graphic and the others that follow. … [Read more...]

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated through your purchase at these links.  Raise your hand if you're a huge fan of red, white, and blue, and all things patriotic. Image From Memorial Day through the Fourth of July, I love accenting my home with stars and stripes. This sweet kitchen sets the stage beautifully for Christmas decorating, fall decor, or yes....a spectacular Fourth of July. It's so easy to do with the addition of a mason jar filled with American flags, a collection of bowls or containers in any combination of reds, whites, and blues.  And of course table runners, … [Read more...]