I have a new obsession. Pinterest. It is a social network of sorts. I seriously LOVE IT! It makes me happy in ways I can't fully explain. Facebook has been the front runner when it comes to social networks and probably will be for some time, but I never really got into it. It's nice to keep in touch with some friends and if you're bored to see what people are up to, but for the most part I don't really care what my friends are doing and if they wanted me to know a specific event about thier life that is important, they'd call me. I usually just hang out on it to chat with one particular friend that lives far away (love you Breton!) Pinterest is completely different. It is full of visuals...photos that make my soul jump out of my body and do a little dance. Recipes, party ideas, crafts, and you can organize your favorites into groups. As soon as I found this site I was hooked. Beyond hooked...Obsessed really. If you get a change check out my boards and if you'd like an invite (can join by invite only) let me know and I'll send one your way!
You know when you meet someone and you just know that they are a wonderful person? That is exactly how I felt when I met Jess. She is the beautiful and excited bride-to-be that I've had the pleasure to work with lately. Jess needed some wedding programs for her up coming nuptuials and I was only too happy to help out! I too was once in her shoes and planning a wedding in a short period of time. I love themes and Autumn so naturally I had an Autumn wedding. I had little leaves on my invites, and pumpkins on my cake. I tried tying everything to Fall, and I had the perfect wedding...and then I saw what Jess has up her sleeve for her Autumn wedding and now I feel like I have to do it all over again and steal some of her ideas...ugh, can you say vow renewal? LOL. Okay, but in all seriousness, I am so excited for Jess to have her dream wedding this weekend. She has worked hard and everything is beyond beautiful. I am so honored she choose me to design her programs. I can tell Jess is head-over-heels in love and I wish nothing but the absolute best for thier wedding this weekend and beyond that, thier lifetime together. Take a peak at the cover and I'll try posting some of the complete programs after her wedding. (I don't want to ruin any suprises!)
I've been crazy busy and I haven't had much time to blog but I thought it was time for one. I can't believe that there is only one and a half weeks of September left. I seriously don't know where the time is going. I've had a lot of projects going on and recently I did a photo restoration and a custom sign. Although the restoration is complete, it is not delivered yet, so I would like to share my custom sign.
This sign was created to be used for a birthday gift. I was able to personalize it with the special Grandma's name and a picture of all of her grandchildren. I used neutral colors to go with any decor and went with a country-ish theme.
It is interesting to me that while browsing at Harvestfest in Cedarburg, WI; I saw a woman selling a sign similar to the one I got the idea from. She was charging $35.00 a piece for a generic sign. The sign I created was quite a bit less than that...and it is customized to the recipient! I love saving people money and being able to provide someone with something meaningful at the same time. Yay!
Ten years ago on this date, the world came to a stop.
Looking back, I absolutely cannot believe it has been ten years. In some ways it feels like just yesterday and in other ways it feels as if it never even happened.
I have a horrible memory. It's bad really, but even with a horrible memory I still will never forget my experience that dreadful day. I was living with my parents and I woke up and began my day like any other. I was getting ready for my college class and eating breakfast in the living room when the news came through. I don't think I finished my cereal as I starred a the TV in horror. How could this be happening? What was happening? Was this an accident? I watched live as the second plane hit the second tower.
No, not an accident. Sick to my stomach and scared to death I watched helplessly.
After many hugs and kisses to my mother, I left for school.
In class, we watched on the projection screen as the towers burned. After about an hour of "class" my Instructor told us all to go home to our families.
I don't remember where I was when the towers fell. As I said, my memory isn't the greatest, but I don't blame that. I tend to block out traumatic events and I think that is one moment of my life I've blocked.
I can't imagine the pain people felt being there that day. I wonder what was going though the people's minds as they jumped to thier death or felt the heat of the flames. It is unreal. Still is ten years later.
My prayers go out to everyone who specifically lost someone that tragic day and everyone who has been haunted by the event every day for ten years.
I remember after this happened that the USA was an amazing place to be a part of. Everyone cared all of a sudden and every where you looked there were American flags. It was a beautiful thing that came out of such a horrible situation.
This is my account and rememberance of 9/11, thank you for letting me share it with you. I hope that everyone lives each day to thier fullest, because you never know when it will be your last.
Oh my, Summer is winding down and as each day goes by, my "to do" list is getting longer and longer. I can not believe how fast time is going in my little world and I am constantly trying to think of ways to slow it down. It's impossible I suppose, but a girl can dream.
I have been so unbelievably busy lately, and I haven't slept in what seems like forever. Combination of late night working and then a poorly-sleep trained toddler that won't sleep unless he's in Mommy's bed. There are projects everywhere I turn and although it may seem like I'm complaining and completely overwhelmed, I am actually impressing myself with my super graphic abilities. Let me tell you my little story...
This month my church is celebrating 150 years of Christian Ministry and I have been put in charge of layout and design of the service program and history booklet. Now I haven't done any layout (with the exception of my own wedding programs) in a long time. The last time I laid out anything, it was in Quark, and I've been told that Quark is now pretty much obsolete, so yeah, it's been a while. I decided that since I don't have Quark and I couldn't find any Photoshop templates that let you create a booklet, I'd use Microsoft Word 10. I've NEVER in my life used this version of Word and it's been at least ten years since I've used any version of Word. (I prefer FREE alternatives, let me know if you are interested and I'll let you on the free-be links)
So here I am having to design a booklet with a software I've never used before and I was stumped. I am normally the one people call for these type of issues, I figure things out that I previously never knew because I enjoy helping people out. I am a go-getter. I get things done. So you can imagine how overwhelmed and disappointed I was as I searched my phone for someone, anyone that could help...me. My sister was the only one I could think of and she was vacationing up north. Great. So I resorted to calling Office Max's printing department for a little help. They told me they could print out a sample and help me from there. When I went it to get the sample and found it to be so completely wrong, I asked the guy what I can to do fix it. He had no clue. He actually had no clue how to even navigate in Word 10. Perfect, I just started using it, and I knew more than him. I took a look at the sample and decided I may have my booklet settings wrong, I made one tiny adjustment and voila! Perfect little booklet. Ah, I'm a genius. Ok, not really, but at that moment I was super proud of myself and all the frustration I felt previously faded as I beamed from ear to ear with my achievement! Yes, I still have it.
Have a peak at the cover of our Service program and please, feel free to stop in on Sunday, September 18th to join us for a our anniversary service at 3 p.m. Everyone is always welcome at my church.
I'm an open book. I can be too honest for my own good. Maybe a blog isn't the best idea for a person like me, but I can be quite entertaining at times. Plus, a blog is good for search engine rankings...lol, I'm such a nerd!
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