Monday, May 30, 2011

Another Picnik

Hello, Dear Ones! Let's have another Picnik.
Have you tried the free photo editing software Picnik?
Well, it's wonderful!
There is an option you can choose and it cost around $25 a year and you get so much more to play with.
Let me show you.


This snap is from one of my previous post.
I played and fiddled and did this!
Cool, huh? Textures and such.


This is my little grand daughter, Carter, taken in March during her birthday time.
I think she's gorgeous and I decided I'l fiddle with her little snap too!


Ta Dah!! I made her gorgeous blue peepers bluer.
I airbrushed her creamy little complexion.
I added a bit of blush to those little apple cheeks!
Gave her a little lipstick - don't think her Daddy would like that! :)
Pinked the tip of her little button nose.
Fun, fun!


Here's another snap.
Just my precious baby.


Oh, but look at this!
I turned the snap to black and white and just blued her little eyes.
Airbrushed her sweet little face and even took away her baby wrinkles on her little neck.
I love this, don't you?

Well, I couldn't stop with Carter. I had to fiddle with my snaps too.


Look at me!
I'll bet you didn't think gorgeousness could be helped, did you?
Please know I'm teasing! :)
Look at me in the after.
I blued my eyes, darked my mascasra, airbrushed my most creamy complexion and even gave myself a little suntan.
Whitened my most pearly whites and added blush and lipstick!
I added a little more color to my hair!


Then I wondered what I would look like with green peepers!
Now I know!
Reddened my locks
Of course I airbrushed my face and took away all the wrinkle I could!


Then I tried brown eyes, and dark hair.
I don't think this is a good look for me, but I was playing.



Chloe Dawn was getting jealous so I had to Picnik her little snap too.
She wanted to be a blonde with purpley highlights and green eyes.
I pinked her little nose a bit and darked her eyelashes.
Voila!


Just playing and hope you'll go and check Picnik out! As if I have time to play in one more area! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~


Kodachrome

When I think back
On all the ___ I learned in high school
It's a wonder
I can think at all
And though my lack of education
Hasn't hurt me none
I can read the writing on the wall

Kodachrome
You give us those nice bright colors
You give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah!
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away

If you took all the girls I knew
When I was single
And brought them all together for one night
I know they'd never match
My sweet imagination
And everything looks worse in black and white

Kodachrome
You give us those nice bright colors
You give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah!
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away
~ sung by Paul Simon


Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Birthday, Pink Saturday!

Hello, Dear Ones! We're having a wonderful celebration today! It's Pink Saturday's 3rd birthday!

our hostess for this most wonderful Pink day.
So all of us Pinkies are coming to the party!

Happy Birthday, Pink Saturday!

Now, there are always preparations to get ready for a party...

First, we've all selected our Pink dresses to wear.
As we shopped, we all agreed Our Pink Beverly would wear the one in the center.
Perfect!

We can't forget the perfect shoes either.
This is such a special occasion, so we all decided to really dress up.


Now that we've selected our dress and shoes, it's makeup time!
Oh, only the pinkest of blush and nail polish will do for this festivity!
Of course we all have fabulously long and strong nails. :)


The finishing touch to a most gorgeous Pink face ~ Pink lipstick!
We're looking good, Pink girlfriends.


As we walk in to the Pink Party house, the decorations are so beautiful!
Pink, of course.
Beautiful Pink tables are set with wondrous Pink accessories.
There are hats, banners, paper flower poofs,
and
even Pink eyelashes for us to put on!
Man, we're all so Pinkaliciously gorgeous.


Balloons! Pink balloons are everywhere!

Our Dear Pink Beverly loves roses and grows some beautiful ones in her garden.
The Pink Party house is filled with the smell of roses!
Pink Heavenly scent!



Oh, my...Pink cakes and Pink goodies are everywhere!


Oh, and Dear Pink Ones, the drinks...every kind of Pink drink you would ever want is here.
Would you like to wet your Pink whistle? :)


We have all brought Pink packages wrapped up with Pink bows to bestow on Our Dear Pink Beverly!




Be a bunch of Pink sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~


Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday Dear Pink Saturday
Hostessed by Our Dear Pink Beverly,
Happy Birthday to you.




Update!! Blogger Problems!

Dear Ones, I've decided to share with you how you can back up your blog, just in case Blogger should decide to delete it!

After you're signed in to your blog, go to where you make your new posts and you'll see all of the tabs at the top. Click on "Settings". You'll be directed to another page and on the left it says "Blog Tools". To the right of these words are these three options:

Import Blog Export Blog Delete Blog

Now you just need to click on "Export Blog" to back up your blog posts. You may be asked where you want to save it, like My Documents or Desktop. Click 'save'. Make sure you choose
Export Blog and not Delete Blog or it's all over but the shouting!

This is really very simple and I don't know how to use this if Blogger should delete my blog but I'm sure someone knows how to do it. But I've got my blog saved to my hard drive and I'm armed! I do this every couple of weeks or so. Hope this will help someone.


Oh, Dear Ones! I'm so distressed this morning! I've had a few emails from some of you saying you can't comment on my blog! I've lost all of my followers! I've been using Google Chrome and when I log on to my blog there's a funny heading with the sign in and when I type in my password - it doesn't take it. Also when I click on one of you who've commented to me it takes me right back to the sign in place and won't except my password! UGH!! When I go back to Firefox I can get into my blog but there are still no followers. I had changed to Google Chrome for a while because Firefox was acting up with me.

Is anyone else having problems? I have learned how to back up my blog and did that last night just in case Blogger decided to eat all of it. I wish they would get things straight! Should I change to Type Pad?

Help me!! Help me!! Blogging is so important to me and I just don't like these mess ups!!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :(

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Indoor Picnic


Oh, Dear Ones! I've lost my followers!! I've heard from some of you that you've lost yours too!
Well, as bad as I hate that ~ I'm glad it wasn't my blog!!


Hello, Dear Ones! I'd like to share with you today an indoor picnic our women's ministry recently had at our church.

First I'll tell you a little story and you know how I love to tell you little stories. Our women's ministry at my little church has been on hold for a few years since Hurricane Ike hit our little island. We lost many members and we have been busy just getting the church up and running again.This ministry has laid heavily on my tiny heart that we should get it up and going again. So I gathered our little bunch of women together, we met, elected officers, decided the ministries and projects we would take on and guess what? I was elected the leader! Can you believe it? Me in all of my silliness! Well, I don't like to preach on my blog but I am totally sold out to Jesus Christ and believe we women can make a difference in our churches and in our communities. We're doing the ministry and outreach during the week and once a month we have a fellowship luncheon. So...

I get to decorate!! WooHooness! So I decided we would have an indoor picnic. I took some of my vintage tablecloths and faux flowers and fruits and went to town. Above is the centerpiece I put together for our food table. I took all of the snaps before the gals got there, so we're minus the food, as everyone pitches in and brings the goodies.

A few closeups of the centerpiece. That ole picnic basket has been in my home for over 20 years and I believe it was last year, I got inspired by Our Dear BJ at Sweet Nothings by a turquoise picnic basket she had. Well, that's all I needed. I got out my spray paint and went to town. I love it this color!

Since we're a small group, I set up three round tables and flung on my vintage tablecloths and of course each table had to have a centerpiece of its own. Found three of those little baskets at the dollar store, tossed in a simple tea towel to hang over the side, poked in a piece of faux fruit and some plastic utensils rolled up in a napkin tied with a ribbon. I threw in some wooden spoons too.

Inside of each basket I put a little jar filled with my fauxs!
Oh, I took some green paper, ran it through the shredder and took it out!
I had some faux green grass to poke down into each jar.
I'm so clever like this! Can you believe it! :)

Can you see the little jars?

Here's a little close up! I used little relish jars and washed them carefully to keep the label on them. I just loved this look and thought it would work great with the indoor picnic! I washed a little too good on my smallest jar and washed off the label. Oops! :)

Here's a closeup of the four tablecloths I used. I was feeling a little like Our Dear Candy at The Little Round Table - if you haven't been to her blog, you must go! She has the most vintage tablecloths of anyone in the world and the Fiesta Ware dishes to go with them. I know I only stand in her shadow, but hey...maybe some of her tablescaping shadowness will rub off on me! :)
I sat the tables with brightly colored plastic plates I found at Walmart and we'll use these again.

Gotta love ole Walmart!
I found this darling turquoise tub for under $5
and it just happens to match
my spray painted turquoise picnic basket.

Popped in some ice, cokes and diet cokes and what a pretty sight.
Is your tiny mouth beginning to water?
Gotta love The Real Thing - and I do - but my favorite is Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper!
Not as many folks like Dr. Pepper like I do.
Something must be wrong with them! :)
I will be in prayer for their taste tiny buds! :)

While I was cruising the aisles of Walmart looking for indoor picnic supplies,
my most gorgeous peepers spied these little canning jars!
Glasses!
Just perfect for our drinks!

Aren't they the cutest little things?
I poked in some straws and they were all set to be filled with sodas
or
Peach tea!
Now I love me some peach tea and drink it every day!
Or course along with my drinking of my cherry diet doctor pepper
I keep the bathroom pretty busy! :) Did I just say that?

Sorry this snap is a bit blurry.
I think I was just getting so excited and was wiggling!
I also found at Walmart this precious polka dotted drink dispenser.
You can't see the dots too well, but they are purple and turquoise.
The lid and spout (I don't know what you call this little thingy)
are turquiose just like my little tub and picnic basket!
I love this!!

Now I always like to have a few door prizes for the ladies
and we drew for two pretty journals and a box of note cards.

But just for fun, and because I'm such a silly,
I poked in the little baskets on each table, a jar of mustard and mayonaise.
You know the gals were more excited about winning the condiments
as they were the beautifully wrapped treasures.
What can I say! :)

We all had a wonderful time and I can be serious at times,
but I believe making our luncheons fun and festive is a great way to
keep the girls coming back and hopefully bring a friend or two.
And hey, since I am such a silly, they never know what to expect.
They know me and seem to love me anyway! :)



Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Shout To The Lord


My Jesus, my Saviour
Lord there is none like You
All of my days I want to praise
The wonders of Your mighty love

My comfort, my shelter
Tower of refuge and strength
Let every breath, all that I am
Never cease to worship You

Shout to the Lord
All the Earth, let us sing
Power and majesty
Praise to the King
Mountains bow down
And the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name

I sing for joy at the work
Of Your hands
Forever I'll love You
Forever I'll stand
Nothing compares
To the promise I have
In You
~ sung by Darlene Zschech

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tiny Muffins




Hello, Dear Ones! I got up early this morning to bake my favorite little tiny muffins.


Lemon poppy seed tiny muffins.


Did I make these from scratch? Shoot no!
I just buy the little packages and add 1/2 cup of milk. Easy Peasy!!


Sometimes I will bake them in a regular sized muffin pan but not today, Dear Ones.
I baked these little tiny muffins in my little tiny muffin pan.


Wanna know why?


You can eat fours times more of them! :)
Go ahead help yourself!



Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Three Little Words

Do I love you yes a thousand times and lately I been going out of my mind
I get the feeling you're pulling away it's gonna hurt me if you won't stay
Can't stand the thought of being alone you need to be there when I get home
If you could tell me just one more time it would surely ease my mind
Three little words would be fine

I love you I love you
I need to know that you're still mine
Three little words would be fine

It's gotten crazy I don't understand how can love get so out of hand
I've never been so uncertain before is there someone behind another door
I've got to know if I'm right or wrong with mixed emotions I can't go on
I've got to know that I'm not blind just lay it on the line
Three little words would be fine

I love you I love you...

Can't stand the thought of being alone...
I love you I love you...
I love you I love you I love you
~ sung by Frank Sinatra


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spring Mantlefestation

Hello, Dear Ones! Everyone is changing their decor to a more springy sunny palette and I didn't want to be left out. So I've messed with my mantle. I've created a sunny mantlefestation! :) What is a mantlefestation? Well, Dear Ones, I'm so glad you asked!

mantlefestation:

Main Entry:
man·tle·fes·ta·tion
Pronunciation:
\ˌman-tel-fə-ˈstā-shən,
Function:
noun
1 a: the act, process, or an instance of manifesting b (1): something that manifests or is manifest (2): a perceptible, outward, or visible expression

ALSO ~

Did you know you can spell mantle two ways? Yes, ma'am you can! Either mantle or mantel is correct. I always choose to use the spelling ~ 'mantle'. I thought you might want to know that! :)

Okay, enough of my book smarts :) and on with the show!

Here's my mantlefestation.
I think it's a little springy sunny look.


Lots of sunny springyness going on up there.
See, the sun is shining!

I just can't seem to take down my book page wreath.
If you'd like you can read about my making it, you can go HERE.

I brought out my little sunny urns with topiaries I made years ago.
I had a tea here at my house last month
and tied little ribbons between the poofs and they're still tied tight!


Our sunny mantle clock seems to love it up here also, so here it sits.


Since I live a couple of blocks from the beach,
my little sunny starfish is always in view somewhere.
Peek a boo ~ we see you! :) I'm such a silly.


I've brought out some of my thrifted sunny dishes
and popped them up on up the mantle.
Here's the right side...birdie, plate and cups.


Sweet little stacked up sunny cups!


Here's the left side ~ baby birds, a platter and dessert plate. Sunny!


I know many of you have these little sunny white breezy birds and I just love them.
Can you love little sunny white breezy birds?
Why, you bet your little sunny tweetie tweet tweets you can! :)

Well, Dear Ones, there you have my springyness sunny mantlefestation!
Hope you like it and have lots of sunnyness going on at your home.

Uh oh...I see I still have some Easter bunnies sitting on the hearth!
I'd better hop to it and put them away! :)
Shoot! No no Nannette! I'm going to enjoy the sunshine today!

I'm joining Our Dear Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase,
Our Dear Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday,
Our Dear Wendy at The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday,
Our Dear Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday,


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Here Comes the Sun


Here comes the sun, doo doo doo doo
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's alright

Little darling
It's been a long, cold, lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's alright

Little darling
The smiles returning to the faces
Little darling
It seems like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's alright

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling
I see the ice is slowly melting
Little darling
It seems like years since it's been clear

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and i say,
It's alright
~ sung by The Beatles