Friday, July 31, 2009

Quote of the Day...

Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about.

– Author Unknown

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Quote of the Day...

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

- Allan K. Chalmers

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I'm taking a small break...but I won't be THAT gone!!

I've got some big happenings going on right now, in work and home lives - so I am going to take a small break for a couple weeks - don't worry - I've got plenty of posts set up to keep you all in the quotes and sketches!! :-) Keep the comments coming - I respond to everyone's comments! :-)


I'm up to 21 members! I feel so popular!! (Yes - I get excited about small accomplishments!) :-)

I love this...

I am in a promoting mood, so I thought that I would just send out some love to an unsuspecting etsyian! :-)

This beautiful necklace is by organikx at

I have several items hearted in this shop! I just wanted to give them a shout-out! Take a look and see what you think! Megan :-)

New Tip of the Week - Back to School!

Top 10 things that must be done before school starts in a few weeks!

1. Buy all the school supplies on "the list" - get "the list" from your local store or school
2. Get all the schedules that you will need for the 1st month of school; Lunch menus, PTA meetings, picture day, class schedule, etc.
3. Fund your child's lunch account and/or make 10 lunches to freeze and have on hand (Yes - PB&J freezes well!)
4. Did someone say "New Clothes for School" Take advantage of sales and stock up now!
5. Set bedtimes and start setting the alarm clock for your child now, the 1st week or two won't be so bad getting them up on time!
6. Take your child to the school open house to meet the teacher and find the classroom (good night to get all of the schedules that you will need!)
7. Get sports or extra circular schedules also - find out sign up deadlines and purchase equipment, uniforms, supplies, etc.
8. Determine after school routines; daycare, carpools, bus schedules, etc.
9. Get emergency plan in place for things like "Snow Days", early dismissals, etc.
10. Purchase a teacher's appreciation gift for this year's new teacher or the wonderful teacher from last year!


Quote of the Day...

Friendship Wish
May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your window pane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

--Author Unknown

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Quote of the Day...

There is no such thing as no chance.

- Henry Ford

Monday, July 27, 2009

Quote of the Day...

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.

- Mary Engelbreit

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sketch of the Week

New Sketch Challenge of the Week - Let's see the creations! :-)

Here's my version of the layout. I am creating a special gift for my SIL who is getting married next month. What do you think of my layout?

Scrapbooking Supply Swap Anyone?

I've decided to host a swap for scrapbooking supplies, in several categories. The swap will close on August 1st, 2009. Swappers can participate in as many categories as they would like. Here are the categories...

Scrap paper (No larger than 8.5 x 11)
Markers and Pens

Swappers will be responsible for their own postage paid return envelope. Please send your swaps together, but seperated (ie: ziplock bags) with your name and address on each category.

To particiapte, leave a comment on this post and I will send you the address in which to mail your swap items!

Let's have some swapping fun! Yeah - I'm excited! :-)

Quote of the Day...

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

- Chinese Proverb

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Quote of the Day...

Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.

- Chinese proverb

Friday, July 24, 2009

Quote of the Day...

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

- Albert Einstein

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Quote of the Day...

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.

- Rabbi Harold Kushner

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Quote of the Day...

“Ordinary people dream extraordinary things.”

~ Barack Obama

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Too Cute....

Some times a photo just needs to be shared.. I got this in an email - TOO Cute! :-)

Quote of the Day...

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

- Joseph Addison

Monday, July 20, 2009

New listings added to my etsy page...

Check out these great new items that I listed on my etsy site:

Un-Tamed Scrapbook Premade pages

Recycled business cards + paper and ink = Matchbook notepad!

Quote of the Day...

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

- Frank Outlaw

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sketch of the Week

New Sketch! Make sure to show us all your design!

Quote of the Day...

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.

~Jonathan Kozel

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Extra Quotes for today...

1. My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn't.
2. I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.
3. Some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them.
4. I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
5. Don't take life too seriously; No one gets out alive.
6. You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me
7. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
8. Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.
9. I'm not a complete idiot -- Some parts are just missing.
10. Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.

These would make some great funky cards - wouldn't they! HA!

Quote of the Day...

Laziness will cause you pain.

~Slogan on T-shirt worn at the Vee Arnis Jitsu School of Self-Defense

Friday, July 17, 2009

Just had to share!

Pink Nickels: BLOG CANDY ALERT!!!!#links

Check out this great drawing for some Blog Candy! What Fun! :-)

Pink Nickels: BLOG CANDY ALERT!!!!#links

Quote of the Day...

You will turn over many a futile new leaf till you learn we must all write on scratched-out pages.

~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Quote of the Day...

See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little.

~Pope John XXIII

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Quote of the Day...

Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It happens every day.

~Albert Camus, The Fall, 1956

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Going through photos tonight...

And I just had to show you all this picture of my Rugger! Isn't he cute?! I keep telling him that curiosity killed the cat, but he just looks at me and I can almost hear him respond, "There are cats!?!"

Quote of the Day...

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be,
since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.

~Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ, c.1420

Monday, July 13, 2009

Quote of the Day...

A real friend is someone who would feel loss if you jumped on a train, or in front of one.

~Author Unknown

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Quote of the Day...

There are big ships and small ships.
But the best ship of all is friendship.

~Author Unknown

Saturday, July 11, 2009

New! Sketch of the Week! CHALLENGE!

Ok - Here's my first try at Sketches. Let's see your variations of these 3 sketches on the same layout. 1 sketch for a scrapbook page, 1 for a card, and finally 1 for a tag!

Here is my version of the card...

Quote of the Day...

Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer.

~Author Unknown

Friday, July 10, 2009

Quote of the Day...

But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.

~William Shakespeare

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Quote of the Day

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.

~Elisabeth Foley

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Quote of the Day...

A good friend is cheaper than therapy.

~Author Unknown

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tip of the Week - Going "Green"

Green Tips!!!

Are we using more resources than we need at work or at home. How "green" are you?
Going green is vital in the 21st century. We can save money too by going green.
Twenty ideas for going green:

1. Purchase local products and produce. Determine fruits and vegetables that are in
season, select recipes that highlight those seasonal picks. Even better grow a garden.

2. Prepare boxed lunches at home using washable, reusable containers.

3. Purchase and use reusable shopping bags rather than paper or plastic. Some grocery
stores give you fives credit on your bill for each reusable bag you use.

4. Use recycled paper, reuse old paper and gift wrap. Use electronic reminders when
possible thus using no paper.

5. Use small appliances like slow cooker (crock-pot) or toaster oven or microwave oven
rather than the electric range or electric oven for meal preparation. For a meal that
requires one hour to cook an electric oven uses 2.7 pounds of CO2, crock-pot uses .9
pounds of CO2 for seven hours, toaster oven uses 1.3 pounds of CO2 for 50 minutes and
microwave uses .5 pounds of CO2.

6. Turn off the lights and reduce direct lighting energy by 45%. Stop using heat-producing
halogen lamps (they can be a fire hazard). Install motion sensors on outdoor lights.

7. Initiate a walking school bus program (or bicycle train program) in your area to promote
child-safe, environment and neighborhood friendly ways to get children to nearby schools.
This helps reduce obesity too.

8. Turn down the heat (each degree down saves 3% in heating costs). Open curtains
during the day on sunny days in cold weather as this reduces heating costs and close cutrains
at night to keep heat in.. Turn up the thermostat when air conditioning (each degree raised
saves 3-4% of cooling costs). Close curtains during the day in summer to reduce heat and
save on cooling costs. A programmable thermostat is a good way to control temperature.

9. Check and change furnance filters monthly. Be sure return air grills are not blocked.
Close fireplace damper when not using fireplace.

10. Say "no" when asked if you want an ATM receipt. Do this at gas stations too.

11. Use laptop instead of desktop computer (this will cut three-quarters off of electrical use).
Turn off laptop at the end of the day.

12. Drink tap water instead of purchasing bottled water. Fill a reusable bottle with tap water.

13. Shop in bulk rather than purchasing individually wrapped servings.

14. Walk or ride a bicycle rather than choosing to drive. Saves fuel and money. Increases
Vitamin D exposure (on sunny days) and promotes heart health (think aerobics rather than
strolling). Plus you will have fun.

15. Wash laundry in cold water and save 80% on your energy bill and hang close our to dry.
Run clothes washer and dishwashers only when full (save 100 gallons a month). Clean out lint
trap of dryer.

16. Wrap your water heater in and insulation black and save 1,000 pounds of CO2 per year.
Insulate hot water pipes for more cost savings.

17. Become a water miser. Water lawns before 8am (up 30% of water is lost to evaporation
if watering is completed later in the day). Turn off water when lathering your hair during
shampooing (save up to 50 gallons of water a week). Turn off water while brushing your
teeth for two minutes (save 4 gallons of water per minute). Fix leaking faucets or hoses.
Limit shower to 5 minutes or less.

18. Use power trips to cut phatom loads. Plug electonics into a power strip so you can turn
them off all at once. Common gadgets that draw phantom power are cell phone charger,
TV's, computer monitors, DVD players, etc. Shut power strip off at night, when you at not
in a room, going out of your home.

19. Recycle clothes. Cut and use old towels for dishclothes and rugs for cleaning (thus
using fewer paper towels).

20. Seal cracks around windows and doors to keep heat in and cold out. Insulate wall plug
and switches and check for adequate insulation in ceilng and walls.

( Courtesy of the SD Dept. of Health )

Quote of the Day...

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.

~Sicilian Proverb

Monday, July 6, 2009

Quote of the Day...

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.

~Douglas Pagels

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Quote of the Day...

And So the lion fell in love with the lamb. What a stupid lamb. What a sick masochistic lion.

-Edward & Bella

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

May your day be filled with happy celebrations with plenty of family and friends! Enjoy this day and don't forget to take lots of photos to scrapbook!! :-)

Quote of the Day...

‘You know, you haven't stopped talking since I came here? You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle.'

---Duck Soup

Friday, July 3, 2009

Quote of the Day...

"I guess sometime there just aren't enough rocks."

-- Forrest Gump

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A little something for someone else

Check out this link! I think its great when a company does what it can to help those in need! Remember to bookmark it and click once a day! Thanks!

Quote of the Day...& Giveaway!!

Friends are like butt cheeks.
Crap might separate them,
But they always come back together.
---Unknown Author
I want to see cards using this saying! I will send a gift bag of created tags and stickers to the best card using this saying! Its just too cute not to pass up! Let's see 'em!!

Quote of the Day...

"Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary."

-- The Dead Poets Society

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Quote of the day...

"You are everything I never knew I always wanted."

-- Fools Rush In