Saturday, July 12, 2008

Second freebie today! :)

Commercial Use
Mystery Overlays I
OK, I'm feeling generous today - and I'm ready to share my next little treat with you.  This is a set of five overlays in grayscale as well as 12 colored papers I made using these overlays.  All were created at 300 ppi, 12x12, and are available for personal or commercial use.    All of these overlays were made from the same scanned image of an item in my house.  It's something I've used many times, though not for several years now.  It was made in 1984, and now it's gone for good.  It might be hard, though not impossible to find another one these days.  Now for the big question...what on earth is it??? I would LOVE to hear your ideas - please leave your guesses in the comments below!
I just love little games - remember that my Shrubbery kit and Hay Day kit both have little games for you, too - only a very few people ever found my "needle in the haystack," but some did, so it IS possible!  Just zoom in a LOT!  I recently saw another "needle in the haystack" promotion (from Sticker Planet), and I laughed at how easy THEIR needle is to find! Here is theirs...

Click HERE to download overlays.
Click HERE to download colored papers part I.
Click HERE to download colored papers part II.

Notes for the day:
Those of you who have been faithful readers of my blog may remember that a few weeks ago, we had a huge allergy scare with my darling daughter, Lydia.  I am very optimistic now, as we have finally decided what to do about it.  We are pulling her out of the public school, since they had way too many close calls last year (sitting kids with peanut butter right next to her, etc.)  We looked into homeschooling and discovered a version that I think will be perfect for us, and more importantly, perfect for Lydia's personality.  It's an actual accredited school, so she'll have her own teacher to grade her work, etc., but it is a distance learning program.  So, I will be the one doing the lessons with her in the safety of our own home.  The school is called Oak Meadow, and uses an interesting education philosophy I hadn't heard of before.  It is "Waldorf-inspired," and as such focuses on building children into creative, inquisitive lifelong learners.  They bring back the basics, with some classic literature, music, art, and even field trips about the local community and natural surroundings, all with a very integrated approach.  Lydia sampled some of their lessons and was SO excited to learn more - she wanted to do more schoolwork instead of playing!  I'm really looking forward to having the opportunity to participate in her learning - I was feeling so disconnected with her education last year, as all we had was one conference with the teacher in the fall.  I'll let you know how this new adventure unfolds!  :)
Hugs to everyone,

I'm back! :)

Commercial Use
Doilies for Elena III
Hi, everyone!  First of all, thank you SO much for all your thoughts and prayers.  I'm sorry that I haven't posted in some time - I have just not been up do doing much since my surgery on Monday.  I have, however, taken advantage of little moments here and there to make up some more CU freebies for you.  So, here's another one - the third in the series of doilies.  Again, created at 300 ppi, in 12 colors (coordinating with my other recent CU items) as well as in light and dark gray for recoloring to your needs.  I hope you enjoy them, and please check back for more goodies soon! :)

Click HERE to download.

My surgery went fine...
I had my hysterectomy and all the associated procedures on Monday.  Thankfully, the frozen section showed no cancer!  Yay!  I only stayed in the hospital two nights, and after being pretty out of it the first night, was feeling pretty good the next night.  I came home on Wednesday, and my mother-in-law has been helping here all week.  I've had some more pain with trying to get up from my chairs and sofa without the benefit of hospital rails, but I'm doing OK.  I think my recovery is going to be pretty uneventful.  A couple of days ago, our foster children came here for a visit, which was WONDERFUL!  We're hoping to see them again tomorrow.  Felt so nice to be together again!  I sure wish I were allowed to post photos of them, but I'm not.  Suffice it to say that they are adorable, sweet children and chock full of personality!  My biological daughters are working very hard to be on their best behavior, and are being incredibly helpful.  My parents are coming tomorrow to take over babysitting me for a while so my mother-in-law can have a well-deserved break!  

My first award!
Last week, the amazingly talented and witty Linda of Bon Scrapatit Designs gave me my first award!  (She also gave one to my daughter Lydia for her blog!)  Thank you SO much, Linda, for this wonderful honor!  
The rules of the award are as follows:
1. The winner can put the award logo on his or her blog.
2. Link the person you received the award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of those you've nominated.
So, the blogs I nominate are:  
1. Digitreats - The ever-so-popular designer of the Skip, Run and Jump ABC kits!  Pamela works very hard to keep us supplied with wonderful freebies and her warm-hearted stories are a joy to read.
2. Curly Wirly Twirly Girlies - Erika is a vibrant lady with a wonderful sense of humor, a lot of heart, and tons of great new ideas.  She has created fantastic freebies, and I'm always so excited to see what she comes up with next.  
3. Sophisticated Scraps - Lisa has gorgeous, unique designs, and many are commercial use freebies.  A great resource, and a really nice lady!
4. Mallu Brasil Designs - If you love sparkle and glitter, this is the place to go!  She has amazingly intricate, ornate designs.  Lots of very versatile swirls, frames, etc.
5. Attic Treasures - Anneli posts gorgeous freebies, very unique, with a Victorian style.  Perfect for vintage layouts!  She's also a fantastic lady!
6. Julie. It is. - Julie's musings on life are full of humor, wisdom and interesting twists.  She has very unique designs, often with very powerful meaning.  Please check out the layout in her July 4th post, "The price of summer."  That picture just seemed to speak volumes to me!
7. Aprilmouse and Hanulienka - These gifted ladies have a bright, fresh, cheerful style.  They clearly put a lot of care into the detail in each kit, and seem to have lots of fun doing it!

Hugs to everyone,

Creations Using My Designs