Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Link Party!

Hi Everyone~

I am having a Link Party beginning this coming Monday on my Whimsical Musings Blog!!! You are welcome to link up a favorite post--If you have a business you'd like to promote, feel free! No need to get dressed up--You can come in sweats and a t-shirt with your hair up in a ponytail~We're just going to have a good time!



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Altered Journals

I design for Shabby Cottage Studio. I just completed this journal using their amazing graphics and products, including the journal cover--These are very fun to make!!

If you click on the links, you will be taken to various products that I used to create this journal.
If you'd like to see a close-up, just click on the image.

Happy Creating!!!!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I've Been Tagged!

I was just tagged by Queenie at Queenie Believe who is an awesome blogger!! That means I needed to answer these questions...so, here goes!!!!

  1. What is your favorite color? Pink and blue

2. What blog do you following that your followers would least expect you to follow? I can’t think of one.

3. What cherished article of clothing (excluding wedding gowns) do you keep even though it may not fit? Baby clothes.

4. Why? (Answer #3) They are my children’s.

5. Are you the one that rides the roller coaster or sits on the bench holding everyone’s packages/purses? Sit on the bench.

6. What was the make and model of your first car? A ’67 Firebird.

7. Did you give your car a name, if so what? (Answer #6) No, I didn’t. I was too busy driving it to the beach!

8. What is your favorite piece of furniture in your home? My white grand piano.

9. Why? (Answer #8) Because it was a dream-come-true from my mom.

10. What is your favorite dinner? Cheese enchiladas at Los Toros in Chatsworth, CA.

11. What creative adventure have you always wanted to try? Make stained glass.

Thank you, Queenie!!!!



Monday, January 23, 2012

Tag Tutorial

I design for Shabby Cottage Studio and just created these decorator tags....

It began this simple project with blue tags, flowers, and seam binding, all available from Shabby Cottage Studio.

First, I stamped the tags with this stamp...(Made by Stampabilities--from my own stash.)

I used this ink to ink the edges of the graphics from Shabby Cottage Studio.

You can catch a glimpse of the edges stamped...

But, my tags weren't done...

I added glue and then "frosted" them with German glitter glass...

Here are my finished tags....

I think you'll have fun making these....

I know that I did....

Thank you for visiting my tutorial...and if you need anything, just hop over to Shabby Cottage Studio!!!


Friday, January 13, 2012

Pampered Chef

If you love cooking and would enjoy getting some amazing free items from Pampered Chef, all you need to do is "host" a party--What does that mean? It simply means handing out a catalogue to your friends and based on what they order, YOU can qualify for free gifts!

Here are some delectable dishes that you can make....

Do they look delicious or what?

Yummy, huh?

My niece Tiffany and her best friend Christina have become independent consultants. You are welcome to email them and they can send you catalogues so that you can start on your way to free products...That's all there is to it!

Happy Cooking!!!


Images Credit: Google

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Blogging: It's a "Woman" Thing

Mixed Media Art

There has just been a brand-new promotion on Amazon for my book, "Blogging: It's a 'Woman' Thing" and emails have been pouring in. I want to thank so many of you who have been so supportive of my books and seminars--This is truly an adventure of a lifetime!!!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Beach Cottage Decor

My book Beach Cottage Decor: Life's Simple Pleasures is available on Amazon. As a mixed media artist, I love creating and also inspiring people to make things for their own homes.

To read more, just click HERE.

I also just created this Old World Style Book. If you would like to make one yourself, just join me at my Tutorial Tuesdays.

I am featuring Tutorial Tuesdays for 3 weeks in January~Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Moving a Blog Button

To move blog buttons around on your blog, it is very simple. Start with your blog page. Go to the top right corner and click "Design."  It will bring you to the template design page that looks similar to the one above.  On the left, you will see "Layout."  Click it.

Now you will be on your Layout page. Drag any of your buttons to where you want them to be placed. Click "Save." All done!!! Any time you need to move them,
now you can do it whenever you need a change!!

I am the author of 3 Amazon books:

The books are non-technical and filled with information about making your blog "come to life" and keeping people engaged and interested in what you want to share.

Happy Blogging!!!


Blogging Women: How to Start a Blog

Blogging is one of THE most exciting online opportunities available to women today. It provides a way for women from all over the world to reach out to others who share similar interests. And yes, it's fun, but it is also advantageous for sharing ideas and networking.

Since writing my 2 ebooks about women's blogging, I have met so many women who are excited about starting their blogs, continuing existing ones, or working toward improving them by taking a proactive approach.

"A successful blog does not happen by accident." If a blog is successful, it is because someone has taken the right steps toward getting it recognized. The person has made friends with other bloggers and visited people when linking up to blog parties. "Successful bloggers are virtual social butterflies." People sense their energies.

So many of us turn on the news and hear so much going on around us that is negative. The stories often resonate with fear.

While bloggers are aware that these events are happening, they focus on the positive and that is something that is so wonderful about the entire blogging experience.

Have you ever sat in a dentist's office and been nervous? Have you then picked up a magazine and begun reading about light-hearted subjects? It automatically begins to put you at ease. There is a shift in your focus.

A blog does that in everyday life. It is uplifting and inspiring. If you create something, you can blog about it. Remember, there is no one else like you and you have much to bring to the world of blogging--so, why not get started?



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Monday, January 2, 2012

Inserting a Blog Header

For purposes of this tutorial, I am using a pic of my blog. Just go to your blog. Up on the top right, click "Design."

You will be taken to your TEMPLATE page.  (As pictured above.)  On the left sidebar, it says LAYOUT.  Click it.

Next, you will see the LAYOUT page.  Near the top, you will see a gadget that has the name of your blog on it.  Click "Edit."

A drop-down menu will appear where you can insert a picture.  It will say CONFIGURE HEADER at the top of it.  You can upload a picture from your desktop. However, if your blog header has writing on it, simply click the circle that says "Instead of Title and Description." The reason is that you do not want to see the name of your blog appearing twice.

Click "apply to blog" and you're done. Easy, peasy!