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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Heart Pin
February 14, 2012, Valentine's Day has come and gone. Since not much else was happening that day (yes, I was one of those lonelies looking for something to do other than lamenting my lost roses and chocolates and diamond gifts. I seized that day and spent the time designing a Valentines Day pin, a gift for a friend and something for me to wear next year. I started with a heart cutout and traced it on several sheets of paper, pink, purple and lavender. Second I centered a heart-shaped jewel in the center of those hearts and supported the papers and jewel by pasting it on a cereal box cardboard heart shape cut with a frill scissor. I embellished the pin with glitter puff paints and added feathers. Last I added a self-stick pin to the back. If you like it, leave me a note. If you'd like me to make one for you, leave me a note and I will reply with the cost. If you'd like to make it yourself, go ahead Carpe Diem!!
Carpe diem!! Seize the Day! to visit Faithfulness Farm and enter their giveaway for Gooseberry Patch's Meals In Minutes, tenth anniversay edition. In addition Faithfulness Farm is adding a week's worth of  lovely tea towels and a beautiful apron!  Contest ends March 6, 2012 http://www.faithfullnessfarm.blogspot.com

Monday, February 13, 2012


I started my blog as a way to share my interests and keep a journal of my progress.  My blog was to be a place to save my creations so that I would be able to look back, see my own progress, remind myself to "seize the day", "Carpe Diem!" or at least part of the day to take the time to draw on my left brain, or right brain, which ever it is. As I look my blog, it kind of turned into a place to bolster giveaway entries, which is not a bad thing. I did win quite a few things, neglected to follow up on that, not wanting to brag. Then, I totally neglected to write at all.  What is worse, I neglected to 'Carpe Diem" seize the day to create. While this sounds like a confession of failure, my absence was really getting wrapped up in a way to further my endeavors.

I ran into a site where I can actually earn the money I need to further my pursuits of crafts, photography, jewelry, etc.  The site is called Swagbucks. www.swagbucks.com . By doing what I do every day, search on the net, play games, take surveys, etc. They reward their members 'Swagbucks' of various demoninations.  The Swagbucks can be redeem for various prizes that vary from songs, to electronics to gift cards.  My reward of choice are the Amazon gift cards because they can buy the things I need. My plan is to buy a die cutting/embossing machine which is key in my craft pursuits. In the two months I have been a Swaggernaut, I have saved almost $50 in Amazon Gift Cards. I have not pursued all avenues of earning rewards. I hear that the fastest way to earn Swagbucks is through referrals. If people that I refer join, I will earn the same amount of Swagbucks as they do for my referral at least for awhile.

If you want to join Swagbucks, you can just follow this link http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/carpediem5790. I hope some of you will. It can give  you a nice little pot of gold by doing the same things you do everyday on the internet.  For me, Swagbucks has opened up a whole new world and is making a dream come true.  I can make my crafts by hand, but it will be allot quicker and accurate when I get my die cutting machine. My next step is to expand my Etsy account and begin to sell what I so enjoy creating.  (Etsy is a site where people sell their creations and services for a minimal cost of posting the item.  It like a worldwide consignment shop!! www.etsy.com I will post more on that experience as it happens.

Sooooo, what started out as a confession of where I have been and the failure I was feeling, is a revelation of a necessary step in the progress of realizing my dream.  Seize the day! Carpe Diem some days to access your progress. It's a good thing.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Gooseberry Patch Rush Hour Cookbook

http://www.twoboysonegirlandacrazymom.com are giving away the Gooseberry Patch book, Rush Hour Meals enter via Rafflecopter, its easy. Giveaway closes in five days.  Carpe diem and enter today!