Monday, June 20, 2011


Have you heard about Pinterest?  If you haven't, you are missing out on a treasure trove!!!  It is my favorite new addiction, by far..  And when I say "addiction", I mean that I could stay on the website for HOURS!  Let me tell you a little about it so I can get you addicted as well...

Pinterest is like a virtual cork board.  Let me explain.   You know how you go to a website or blog and think "Oh my gosh, I have to save this to my "Favorites" because I want to have access to how to make this recipe at a later date..."?  And at that "later date", you want to make the recipe, but you cannot remember which site in your "Favorites" the recipe is located?  AND, when you save the site into your "Favorites", you save the whole site, not just the individual post where the recipe is located?  It's a virtual nightmare, is it not????

Enter... Pinterest!

Here's how it works.  

  • Click on my link to get to Pinterest.   
  • You either request an "Invite" from an existing member on Pinterest (that's me!), or you "Sign Up" to be a member.   Signing up does take a little bit of time to be approved, so it's quicker if you request an invite from an existing member.   
  • Once you are a member, you create "boards".  This is why I refer to Pinterest as a "virtual cork board".  You can name your boards whatever you like that makes sense to your collection.  For instance, I have "Recipes to Try" and "Books Worth Reading" to name a few. 
  • Start "Pinning"!  If you are surfing the internet and come across something you like and want to remember for later, you "pin" the item to whatever board you want it to go to.  Pinterest gives you a nifty little icon for your bookmarks toolbar that when you click, you can easily pin!  
  • Anyone who is following my boards will see my "pins" and if they like what I've found while "surfing", they can repin from my board!  Likewise, anyone I'm following, I can repin their internet "finds" for me to refer back at a later time.  
If you want an invitation, just let me know and I'll send you one.  Thanks for reading!

Keeping Focused

There are some bloggers who keep their personal lives private, and I do understand that.  However, for me, I enjoy reading blogs about every day occurrences in our lives.   It makes us human.  On that note, lots of positive things have been going on with me in the last month.  

 I've gone back to college.  When I finished my Associate's last December, I had to wait until May due to financial aid to start my Bachelor's.  I started back on May 17th and I can tell you, learning is really fascinating.   I'm still studying Information Technology (since that is where my experience is from) and I hope I can find a job when I'm finished to pay off my loans!  Right now, the only problem I see is it's cutting into my creative time!   I attend the University of Phoenix and I really enjoy going to college from the comfort of my home.  The classes are really fast paced and finish in 5 weeks.  It's quite the whirlwind, I'd say...  But I like the challenge.

I had foot surgery two days ago.  I have been walking around with a sore heel for at least 13 years and decided it was time to fix it!  Cortizone shots were no longer cutting the mustard!  I had plantars fasciitis and my doctor made two incisions on my heel and cut the tendon that was causing me issues.  Right now, it hurts.    But I get to take the boot off tomorrow and try to put a regular shoe on... I'm not sure if I'll be able to walk, but as we all know, time will heal it and I will be better off.  (At least, I'm sticking to that story and hoping for the best!!!)

Next week I'll be going to Wichita, Kansas to get my Intermediate Copic Certified Designer training!  There were no classes in my area until December, so I am visiting my in-laws in Wichita and going to class!  It's a win-win! 

Enough about me....   

For this particular card, I did not use Copics.  I was given the task of creating a card with flowers and watercolors.  I used a gray card stock and a pink card stock which I ran through my Cuttlebug folder.  The stamps are from StampTV.  I used my Stamping Up watercolor crayons to color the image.  Then I used some crocheted flowers that I harvested from a skirt that I purchased from the thrift store!  I added the gray ribbon and a pink button, along with yellow stickles at the center of each flower.  

Have a wonderful week!