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Rest in Peace Whitney Houston

 Whitney Houston Rest in Peace.

I was very saddened to learn of Whitney Houston passing away.  In my opinion, she had one of the greatest voices. She completely blew away Madonna, Brittney, and all of the other pop signers.  I am not putting down Madonna or Brittney, I like them also, but in my humble opinion, her Gospel influence along with her range was nothing short of amazing.  Along with her talent was her immense beauty.  I was a fan from the beginning.

My sincerest condolences for her ex-husband, daughter, family, friends, fans and any one else her life has touched.

We will miss you Whitney.

Sorry I disappeared!

I am sorry I disappeared for awhile.  Life, etc., just got in the way and I just didn’t have much to share or had anything that anyone would find interesting!

I will try and find more interesting things!


No post this week

I am very sorry there is no post this week.  Work has been crazzzy and I haven’t felt 100%.  Come back next week!

Free Calendar and Time Management Program

I am hopelessly organized!  I needed a desktop calendar to keep track of all my appointments, bills  and things I need to do.  I did a Google search and found VueMinder Calendar. They have several paid versions, but they also have a free (Download Lite) version that has everything you need! You can find it here. It looks complicated, but it really isn’t at all.


VueMinder Lite Free Calendar program

VueMinder Lite Free Calendar program

I have to say in about an hour, I had everything set up and running and I love it!  You can organize appointments by categories such as Birthdays, etc.   Choose which color text you want all birthdays to be and choose the color for that category, and enter the birthday on the calendar. You then right click and choose category-birthday and it will appear in the color you had chosen for birthday events.  You can set pop up reminders, sound reminders, set up a monthly or yearly recurrence such as birthdays, etc.  You can set a reminder from 1 minute to a year in advance! 

I used Outlook and I have to say that this calendar is awesome and just as good!  They have a very easy to understand help documentation here.

It also shows a small calendar on your desktop if you wish.  You can have it large or small.  I am sure there are many more options and customization I can do, but for the hour I spent, I have to say I have most everything exactly the way I like it.

It has many, many more features, so if you need to keep track of your schedule, bills, appointments, I highly recommend this program!





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If you have left me a comment, I am working on getting it fixed.  For some reason, comments are not showing up.  Very frustrating!!!

Please be patient with me as I am trying everything I know to fix it. :oops:

Craft & Sewing Ribbon storage ideas

What do you do with all your rolls of ribbon?

I have struggled with this myself!  The first storage idea I read on the web was to take an inexpensive paper towel holder and use it for ribbons.  I took a metal paper towel holder and my husband took a dremel tool and modified it for me by cutting one side of the post off:

Paper-towel-holder-for-ribbon-storageThat worked for a while, until as we all do, we buy more ribbon!  I have a very small craft room/office, so space is a huge issue for me. My next idea was to take a 12×12 paper storage box from Michaels, and use it to store my ribbon:


Michaels 12×12 Paper box for ribbon storage



This worked very well because when you open the box and set it down to use, you can see all your ribbon very well and it stored 4 rows of ribbon easily. The boxes are 40%-50% off very often, so wait until they have a sale or you have a 40% or larger coupon or sale.  They hold approximately 48 rolls of ribbon.  I would still be using this system if I hadn’t run across some ribbon storage boxes in the sewing department of Hobby Lobby:

Hobby Lobby ribbon storage box

Hobby Lobby ribbon storage box





















These boxes were $7.99 each, which I thought was a fair price.  There is clear material on the front of the boxes allowing you to easily see the ribbon and it has a slit for the ribbon to slide out the front of the boxes for easy use.  I don’t use the slit personally, so the ribbon doesn’t get dusty hanging out the box. I hate dust LOL.  I LOVE these boxes!  They hold approximately 16 rolls of ribbon and you can see instantly if you have the ribbon you want or need for a project.

What do you think?  Do you have any great storage ideas you want to share?

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July


I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July weekend!  Please stay safe!

The Star Spangled Banner

O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming;
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On that shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam–
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream;
‘Tis the Star-Spangled Banner; O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where are the foes who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave;
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war desolation;
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, “In God is our trust”;
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Francis Scott Key

Francis Scott Key (1780-1843), a native of Maryland, was a lawyer and poet. His patriotic poem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which has become a national song, made him famous.

The incidents referred to in this poem occurred during the War of 1812. In August, 1814, a strong force of British entered Washington and burned the Capitol, the White House, and many other public buildings. On September 13, the British admiral moved his fleet into position to attack Fort McHenry, near Baltimore. The bombardment of the fort lasted all night, but the fort was so bravely defended that the flag was still floating over it when morning came.

Just before the bombardment began, Francis Scott Key was sent to the admiral’s frigate to arrange for an exchange of prisoners, and was told to wait until the bombardment was over. All night he watched the fort, and by the first rays of morning light he saw he Stars and Stripes still waving. Then, in his joy and pride, he wrote the stirring words of the song which is now known and loved by all Americans–”The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Some great free computer programs

Some great free programs to check out:

  • Last Pass: a password manager for all your passwords
  • Roboform: another password manager
  • Xnview: great picture viewer (can’t live without it)
  • Nexus font: A font viewer  (can’t live without it!)
  • Avast Anti-virus: great free anti-virus program
  • ABR view: Awesome! program if you use Photoshop or Photoshop elements-lets you view your brushes (can’t live without it!)
  • WordPress of course!  How I created my blog/website and my store.
  • KeepVid: Lets you save internet videos to your computer

Do you have any free programs that you can’t live without?

Happy Memorial Day

I would like to wish everyone a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend.

Please keep in mind the reason for Memorial Day-remembering the sacrifices of all our military men, women and their families.

Freedom is Not Free

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He’d stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers’ tears?
How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
No, freedom isn’t free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant “Amen,”
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn’t free.

by Kelly Strong

Shopping Cart programs and Store opening soon

I have been spending every free moment for months trying to get my online store up and running.

I am a fairly advanced computer user, but I have to say trying to figure out which shopping cart program to use and understand has been quite a task!  First I tried Zen Cart for a few months, but I didn’t like how the pictures uploaded and the sizes, and after several months, I thought it was just too much work learning and running it-I needed an easier and faster program.

I  tried wp-wcommerce, but had a hard time finding tutorials on how to set up the settings. (Now, I can find a million of them since I have chosen a different shopping cart!) LOL

I was going to use paypal alone, but I wanted something a little better and different.  I had the Crafty Cart theme installed and had it looking the way I wanted, but one area (editing the php files) gave me problems, and when I tried to fix it (I am a novice at php) and I got more errors than I cared for.  So, that is abandoned for now also!

I have finally settled on wp simple paypal plugin, and so far it is fitting my needs.  Remember, I said so far! LOL

Setting up my website and blog was a breeze.  Then I hit the roadblock of shopping carts.  It has taken me away from what I really love…designing!

I do have information and a gallery of some of my products (click on store in the menu) if you would like to take a look.  If you see something you are curious about, email or phone me!

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers!

Things have been crazy here and I have been under the weather. Hopefully things will settle down soon and I will post soon!

Digital Designz is here!

My little corner of the world has arrived.  Items for sale coming soon: single greeting cards, greeting card boxed sets, business cards, and anything you would need designed.  If you need a quote, just email me at digitaldesignz@frontier.com.

You will find Photoshop tips, book reviews, my favorite products, websites, and a whole lot more!