Sunday, December 21, 2008

Freebie - Vintage Central Park - Final Parts

Merry Christmas! Here are the last parts of the Vintage Central Park kit. There are two downloads – one with the papers and the other has the rest of the elements. I can’t say enough thank yous for all the wonderful comments you have left about the kit. I am in awe that so many of you took the time to leave comments! You have given me so much encouragement to continue with designing – I just wasn’t sure that it was something I could do with the degree of perfection that I require from myself. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your overwhelming response!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy and Safe New Year. Now, I’m off to New York to see my granddaughter!!!

Click on the titles to download.

Vintage Central Park - Final Papers

Vintage Central Park - Final Elements

Friday, December 19, 2008

Freebie - Vintage Central Park - Part 4

Hi everyone. Here’s the fourth part of Vintage Central Park and it will be followed by some odds and ends that can be used with the kit. I may not have that available to you until Sunday. I’m trying to get my house clean and also pack for our trip to New York for Christmas! We leave Monday!!! I’m getting excited now. I’m planning to take some photos in Central Park to use with the kit – hope the snow is still there – it’s snowing today!

I’m not going to get the snowflake kit done until after the New Year. But it snows in January and February, so you can still use it then.

Also, here’s a beautiful layout that was done by Bobbie Smith. I was so thrilled that she sent it to me. I’d love to see some others and I’ll show them off here if you email them to me.

Here’s Part 4 – click on the title.

Freebie - Vintage Central Park - Part 4

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Stand By Me

I found this link today to an incredible international version of Ben E. King’s song Stand By Me: I have always loved this song – the words are powerful and the tune is beautiful and catching. I’ve always thought that it would be a great piece for an Olympic Ice Skating routine. Wonder why no one has ever used it? Follow the link, click Enter, listen to this amazing song (turn your speakers up LOUD) and then read about the producer and his upcoming DVD Playing for Change

I’ll have the final parts of Vintage Central Park for you tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Vintage Central Park Freebie - Part 3

Digi scrappers must be some of the nicest people in the world! The wonderful comments you’ve been leaving about my Vintage Central Park kit just amaze me. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave comments – I’m so encouraged to make more kits now! In fact The VCP kit has grown, so there will be more coming to you than I first thought. I also have so many gorgeous snowflakes that I’m thinking about doing a snowflake kit. What do you think?

Well, here’s Part 3 for you. And thanks again for the wonderful comments!

Click on the title to download.

Vintage Central Park - Part 3

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Heritage Scrap CT Call

I’m the Creative Team Leader at Heritage Scrap. (Bet you didn’t know that, because I can’t get those crazy little blinkies to work on my blog!) Heritage scrap booking is near and dear to my heart, so I was thrilled when Heritage Scrap opened it’s digital doors. It’s still a very new site. Consequently, our Creative Team has been very small, only 3 of us, and we know there are more of you out there that would be a great asset to us, so why not apply? You get free kits, great friends and a place to show off your work – how can you beat that! Go take a look at the store, see if it’s the kind of place you’d like to hang out and apply if you’re interested.

Tomorrow, I'll have more of the Vintage Central Park kit for you.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Vintage Central Park Freebie - Part 2

Before I go any further with this post, here’s a disclaimer – I LOVE CALIFORNIA and I’m glad I live here. I actually chose to live here, however…

There’s just a lot missing here when it comes to holidays, especially Christmas. I grew up in the South and on the East Coast where there seems to be more Christmas beauty than there is in California. Maybe it’s the weather, but I think there’s more to it.

I love the big cities at Christmas. There’s something so special about Chicago, Philadelphia and New York at Christmas. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend Christmas in each of those cities and it makes the holiday even more special. The street decorations, taxis with Christmas wreaths (they’ll still run over you, but at least they look festive while doing so), the store windows and the energy of it all make Christmas a wonderful time of the year. And if there’s snow, it’s even better.

We are spending the holidays in New York City this year with our youngest daughter and her family. That’s how the Vintage Central Park kit came about. I was thinking about our trip and how much I love NYC at Christmas and how beautiful the park is in the winter with the snow and the lights from the buildings.

Sometimes when I work on things, they just come together like magic. That happened with this kit. I’m so glad you like it and thank you so very, very much for your wonderful comments and encouragement to make more kits. I’ll keep posting more parts of it for the next few days for you.

Clike on the title to download and Enjoy!

Vintage Central Park - Part 2

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas Freebie

I’ve made a kit that I’m giving away as a Freebie. I’m not sure that I should be attempting to make kits, but here it is anyway – at least the first part of it. There are a lot more elements to go with it and a few more papers. So be on the look out for them.

Since 4shared has made it difficult to leave comments, any comments must be left here on my blog if you wish to do so. That’s up to you. I do appreciate the wonderful comments you leave, but I know it takes time to do so. So I understand if you don’t.

Take a look at the wonderful new things at Heritage Scrap. There are some great sales going on also. Vickie at Designs by Vickie is closing out her shop and all her kits are on sale for 70% off. You can’t beat that! In case you weren’t aware, the gallery at Heritage Scrap is open to ALL heritage pages, not just the ones using their products. Just create your album and add your heritage pages.

Now click on the preview title to download my attempt at kit design. Hope you can use it.

Vintage Central Park

Why I've been missing...

November was not a good month for me. It started out fine, but it went downhill quickly. Summer was over, fall was disappearing and winter was just around the corner. That alone is enough to depress me as my poor arthritic back and joints suffer greatly in the winter. Plus, I just really hate the short winter days.

So, that said, we progress to November 14th, a Friday – trash pick up day. We have 3 LARGE trash containers that I haul in from the street to behind the garage every Friday afternoon. I have 2 Labrador Retrievers who have a run and chase game they play with these large containers as I bring them in. Shelby, the youngest and largest of these dogs is 98% blind. However, she doesn’t think it’s a handicap and carries on as if she can see. Yes, she does sometimes run into things, but only if it’s out of it’s regular place.

We had finished putting the containers away and the run and chase game was over – at least I thought it was. The dogs decided to take one final run to the patio. Unfortunately, I was in Shelby’s right-of-way and she hit me at full speed from behind. I hit the sidewalk with equal momentum. OUCH! I knew I was hurt with possible broken bones as I lay there trying to get my wits together. Of course, both dogs, seeing me on the ground, came back to lick me to death since I wasn’t completely done it yet. I managed to get up and to a bench on the patio and took stock of the situation – yes, my right arm was probably broken – it wouldn’t move. The left arm didn’t feel too well either, especially the wrist and my knees hurt. Did I hit my head? I don’t think so, but I actually don’t remember hitting the ground/sidewalk.

I got in the house, called my husband to come home and take me to ER . Three hours later – yes, the radial head in my right elbow is broken clear through, but fortunately didn’t move out of place. Right arm was put in a splint from just under my armpit to my fingertips to keep it from moving. As if I was going to move it!!! Left arm and wrist were badly sprained and wrapped in an ace bandage. I was given good pain pills and sent home. Oh yeah, my knees were just bruised a little and sore.

Now, I have broken the radial head in my LEFT arm twice, yes twice, so I know the routine. It means a week or so with the arm immobile, then begins physical therapy so that the joint doesn’t freeze as it heals. However, that was the left arm both times before and I could still function fairly well. Now it’s the right arm AND the left wrist is sprained! Do you know how many things you can’t do with two injured arms???? Just think about that for a couple of minutes. Think about getting dressed, eating and the bathroom! Life was not good, my friends, not good at all. So, I cried. It didn’t help and I didn’t even feel better afterward, but what else was there left to do?

I tried to use the computer. That didn’t work. Have you ever tried to use the mouse with your left hand? When it’s sprained? I had been sewing, but that certainly was off the to-do list for a while.
Thankfully, we have a lot of books in our house, so I read a lot. I’m not much of a TV watcher.
I’m seeing the orthopedist every week for x-rays to make sure the broken-off bone doesn’t move and doing my arm exercises (which hurt, by the way) and I can finally use the computer again. I didn’t realize what a computer junkie I was until this little escapade. I also wasn’t allowed to drive for 2 weeks until I begged and pleaded to the doctor about it. That was torture. It wasn’t that I needed to go anywhere, it was just the idea that I couldn’t!

And life was improving until I broke my dental bridge this past Sunday night and swallowed the tooth that broke off!!!!! Now I have to walk around in the world with a missing FRONT tooth for 2 weeks until the new bridge is made and delivered to my dentist.

As Roseanne Rosannadanna said, “It’s always something!”

My next post today will have a freebie in it!