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Creative Fridays: Pimpify your Profile Pic

30 Jul

I just stumbled upon this site the other day. It is so simple to use. You can take any picture and turn it into art. Here’s what they say:

Anyone can be an artist

BeFunky Photo Effects allow everyday people to easily create photographically rich and artistic results from their digital images without the need for any technical knowledge. These “one-click” photo effect options produce desired results effortlessly and each effect comes with the option to make simple adjustments.

So I experimented with some of the effects. I think it’s an awesome way to spiff up a profile picture.{Here’s my boring profile picture}
{now with the Warholizer}
{this is the Charcola effect}
{Inkify}
{I really like this one: Sunburst}
{Patriotic}
{I think this is my favorite one of all: Cartoonizer}

There are also different effects that you can add to your picture like frames, graphics, shapes and text. All in all — a fun and easy way to do something different to your pictures. Also, it’s FREE!

And thanks to everyone who has entered my Blogoversary Giveaway! If you would like to enter, click HERE. It ends Tuesday night.

Have a Fantastic Friday!
XOXO
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My First Blogoversary: Favorite Things Giveaway

29 Jul

It’s been a year since I started this blog. I started it on a whim one day last summer as I was feeling down. I wanted a place to record my thoughts, feelings and hopes. That day I never could have imagined what this blogging world would give to me: so much inspiration, ideas, advice and most of all wonderful friendships. I have met the most amazing, strong, supportive, kind and wonderful friends through our blogs. I love you all!

And so to celebrate, I have compiled a few of my favorite things to give away!

First of all, my favorite book, Gone With The Wind. I love this book. I read it for the first time when I was 15 and have read it since many, many times.

Also, my favorite lip gloss. Guaranteed to add some shine and pizazz to your day.

My favorite primer/makeup. This is a great product. A primer you can use under your makeup or alone as clear makeup. Smooths everything out.
And finally, one of my new resin metal pendants, custom made with YOUR initial.

To enter my giveaway, leave me a comment on this post. If you want another entry:

  • Become a follower. I would love to get to know you! All of my followers will automatically get entered.
  • And you can get one more entry by blogging or tweeting about my giveaway – just leave me another comment telling me that you did.

This giveaway will end in one week: Tuesday, August 4th at midnight EST.

Thank you for your friendship over this past year. It means so much to me!
XOXO
PS – You don’t have to have a blog to win!!! Just leave me a comment with an email address or some way to get in touch with you if you win.

Simple Woman’s Daybook for July 27, 2009

27 Jul

FOR TODAY, July 27th, 2009 …

  • Outside My Window…It is hot and sunny. I just got back from the pool with my youngest daughter and her little friend. Out neighbor is out of town for a couple of weeks and said that we can use their pool – yay! So nice and refreshing.
  • I am thinking…Of my friend Susan. I was thinking about Susan and her family all weekend – hoping that things were improving. Jeff talked to Elden (her husband) today and things are not good. He is having a hard time (understandably) and feeling overwhelmed with all of the details of things. She is sleeping about 22 hours a day and when she is awake she isn’t very aware of her surroundings. It is all so heartbreaking.
  • I am thankful for…I am so thankful for my belief that there is a life after this life. It is so hard to see someone who is so good go through such a horrific time, at such a young age and with young children. It would be so unbearable to me if I didn’t know that she and her family will be reunited again. That there is a plan.
  • From the kitchen…It has been so hot. I haven’t been very motivated to make much in the kitchen lately. We have been grilling a lot and having salads and fresh fruit. I love my garden. It is so nice to go out and get some fresh lettuce for the salad or some fresh herbs. I am waiting anxiously for my tomatoes to get ripe. I LOVE fresh tomatoes!
  • I am wearing…A t-shirt and a skirt. I have found that skirts are so much cooler in the summer.
  • I am creating…I am still working on my resin projects. I am getting ready to make a fresh batch of necklaces. I am still perfecting the resin timing to get it just right. But it is really fun to experiment!
  • I am going…I am going to go a few places to finish getting the things for my Blogoversary: Favorite Things Giveaway. It is going to be so fun. Here is a sneak peek at something that is going to be in the giveaway:

This is a wonderful product. It’s a face primer and clear makeup. Very cool stuff!

  • I am reading…
  • I am reading Something Dangerous by Penny Vincenzi. It’s a sequel to No Angel. They are family saga historical fiction books set in England from the 1900 through the 1970’s. It covers the first and second world wars shown through the eyes of a hugely entertaining family that runs a publishing empire in Britian.
  • I am hearing…The sounds of my children playing. My 10 year old daughter is off in Idaho visiting her cousins. She is having a fabulous time, but I am missing her so much. This is the longest time that she has ever been away. So the house is a little quieter here without her.

(photo by Wenderful: isn’t she talented???)
  • Around the house…I found the cutest birdcage wall hangings when I was at TJ Maxx last week. They were such a great deal. I couldn’t pass them up. I am trying to decide where to put them. I think they would be cute on the same wall, the larger one slightly higher and than the other. What do you think?

  • One of my favorite things…Is spending time with my kids. It’s so nice in the summer when they are at home to do special things with them that we are too busy to do during the school year. I love summer!
  • A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…I have been doing my trail each morning. I am still loving it. On Wednesday we are having a little group of women meet and walk the trail together. When we are half way done we are going to stop and have muffins and juice. I think it will be really fun!

Here is picture thought I am sharing… Last night after dinner we went up the canyon to escape the heat and go on a little hike. We came across this dry creekbed. The kids had a great time looking at all of the different rocks and imagining where they came from.


Have a wonderful Monday!

XOXO

Goodbye Cricket – we miss you already!

24 Jul

My son Nick’s friend Cricket has been in town from Vermont for the past week. We had a wonderful time spending time with her and showing her some sights.







Thank you all for your sweet comments and prayers for my friend Susan. Yesterday was my blogoversary, but with concern about Susan and her family, I didn’t feel like celebrating. I am putting together some of my FAVORITE THINGS for my giveaway. I will let you know about it on Monday.

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Have a wonderful Weekend and appreciate every moment!
XOXO