This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.



Psalm 118:24 - BGlad!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Celebrating America - Be The People

To celebrate our Nation's upcoming patriotic holiday, why not read/share the


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Be The People – A Call to Reclaim America’s Faith and Promise
Carol M. Swain, PhD.

A must-read for all freedom loving Americans

America is changing.
If we wish our country to stay true to its vision of freedom and sovereignty, we must educate ourselves in what makes up its founding documents. We must also look into the beliefs and thought processes of our founding fathers, the writers of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. What made these documents so important to the writers that they agonized over every word and phrase? 

Ms. Swain provides some of the much needed background of the Christian ideals and beliefs our country was founded upon. In this book she also touches on many of the “hot button” topics that threaten to divide and/or change our nation today. 

Several things I appreciated about this book:
v  Annotations and notes - Lots of them, backing up her opinions and insights.
v  Appendix – Included are several important documents all Americans should become more familiar with: The Ten Commandments; The Declaration of Independence; The Bill of Rights; and the Constitution of the United States of America.
v  Action Points – At the end of each chapter there are suggested readings and ways to actively make a difference in our community/country.
v  Study Guide - Questions for each chapter are available at the author’s website http://www.carolmswain.net/books/study-guides/
v  Steps Toward Reclaiming America – Feeling helpless as you see America heading the wrong way? The author suggests a plan of action. 

Some individuals may find the author’s Christian views presented in this book disagreeable. That freedom to express contrasting ideas is exactly what America is all about and THAT is exactly what we need to reclaim and protect.  

I received this book for free through the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze program.
Opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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    Continuing in the patriotic vein, hope you enjoy this Patriotic Hat cutting file. I used it to make my brother's birthday card this year. (Yep, he's just like Yankee Doodle! Nope, that's not his photo!)


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Texture Tuesday - Golden

The challenge today was to use Kim Klaussen's Golden texture file on a photo. I started with this cute little cherub I snapped on a visit to the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville. (Beautiful park - I highly recommend a visit!!)

I used a radial blur on the background and three layers of the Golden texture (color burn, linear burn and hard light) to come up with this. I call him my Golden Boy :)


Thanks Kim for another great texture!
Head on over and see how others have interpreted this challenge!
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer!

While I'm busy in my studio preparing for our Etsy team
"Christmas in July" celebration
Sneak Peek :)

there is
absolutely
no doubt
that
in Middle Tennessee
Summer Has Arrived!!

Anyone needing some new pool toys??
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Happy Summer!!



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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Texture Tuesday - People

This week's photo transformation challenge was to texturize photos including people.
I started with another of our photos from spring break on the Emerald Coast

Before

After
I used two of Kim Klaussens textures - Grannys Cupboard and Stamped Flicker 
Created a totally different mood - don't you think?


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Monday, June 20, 2011

Reader Feature

Take a trip over to Dena's blog
and see the cute Father's Day card
she made using the My Hero file.



Cute blog Dena - and the card turned out great!!
Thanks for sharing.

 


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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Digital Dabblings

I've dabbled in adjusting digital images ever since we got a scanner and basic photo editing software. I've designed a few digital scrapbook pages using pre-made elements and made a few photo invites and collage images for special occassions. I keep thinking digital should be faster - but then I start playing around and refining and moving and layering . . . and even when I'm finished I'm not sure that I'm finished!! Anyone else feel that way??

Anyway - recently I've been introduced to the Kim Klassen Cafe. Kim shares (and sells) textures for your digital images and provides instructions for enhancing your photos with those textures. Oh, Wow! What fun!! Her transformations are amazing!! Along with using the textures, I've picked up some great tips for using my PSElements software.

Here's a photo from spring break that I was playing with today.



And. . .after adding a couple of Kim's textures (Paper Stained Music and Grubbify) and making a few other adjustments - This is the "finished" product



Totally different look - more like a piece of art than a photo!
So, if you are looking for a way to get more from your photo editing software and have some free time this summer I'd encourage you to stop by Kim's blog and pick up a few textures and tips for yourself!! She also hosts a linky party each Tuesday so you can share your creations. Stop on over, say Hi and have FUN!!

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Etsy Treasuries

Etsy treasuries are so much fun! There seems to be an endless variety of creative ideas but Etsy artisans are showcasing so many of them!!

I just curated a treasury featuring several members of teams I belong to



and I feel "treasured" to be featured in a few put together by others.







Etsy is a great place to go when you need a creativity boost!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Party Time!

It is just a surprise a minute around here!!Tuesday morning I looked out my window and spotted a party going on - right in my backyard!
So - I had to grab my camera  . . .
video

I've shared other squirrel antics. But I've never before seen more than two of the furry critters here at the same time. I counted at least 6 of them scurrying around this time!
I didn't capture all the tomfoolery going on, but besides swinging on the birdfeeder and dancing in the herbs they were hopping and bopping up and OVER the birdbath and up and down the nearby trees and hillside as well.

Their little get-together must have lasted 10-15 minutes. Maybe it was the combination of heat and weeks of constant noise of the cicadas driving them a little bonkers?? Don't really know, but I sure enjoyed the show!

Don't know if the squirrels sent out invites for their little shindig, but they inspired this week's cutter file.


Have a fun day!!



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Monday, June 6, 2011

Book Review - The One Day Way

The One Day Way by Chantel Hobbs 


The basics of this book can be summed up in the title of Chapter 7 – It’s all about progress, not perfection. The author encourages you to focus on the 24 hours that are today because today and this moment are what you can control. By making wise choices now, you can put past failures behind you and make a major life change possible. By building on today’s successes you will gain confidence and faith in yourself to make more wise decisions tomorrow.
Hobbs includes some of her personal experiences in her journey of losing 200 pounds (and keeping it off for 9 years and counting); as well as testimonials of others who have followed her techniques. She has designed her own “10 Commandments” for weight loss and for lifetime fitness to serve as tools to build your new life day by day. A basic one week meal plan is included as an example of good food choices for a new way of life. A simple exercise program using an inexpensive weighted ball and resistance bands can start you on your way to achieving your own “something is better than nothing” daily fitness goals.
While the author’s intent is to help you lose weight, by altering your thought processes and living in the present 24 hours you may find your life transformed in other ways as well.

**I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Press in their blogging for books program. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.**

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