Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I guess I became aware of this story in August, as other blogs I visit, began reporting this sad story of an AZ couple who was burned in a plane crash. Over the weeks, I have read tidbits, and then today this very comprehensive story. Read it. It is inspiring. And it is sad. You will probably be like me, and have questions and wonder more about them. You can find further updates, and the backstory, here.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
I had a busy, productive week at work, ending today with a Lunch N Learn that was well attended by many interactive attendees. Returning to work part-time has been truly great. I feel like it has rounded out my life perfectly. I am enjoying the challenge of selling, making new contacts and the new era of networking...alot of which can be done, is done, online. A tool I particulary like, and am trying to really expand my use of, is Linked In. You can view my profile here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/tracykuethe. I am always open to adding new contacts so send me a line if you are a member. Pin It
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I am NEARLY finished with my "a week in our life" album. You can view it in progress, in album form, by clicking the link to the right
I am wearing down and want to finish. I have 3 pages to go and then I cannot wait to press print and hold a copy in my hands.Pin It
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I also am a new-ish owner of a salad spinner. I got one at Walmart for $2.97 and it works perfectly. I am not sure how I did without for so long. Goodbye sopping wet papertowels on the counter. I made this salad for lunch: (cannot find the recipe on my computer so here goes)
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. real maple syrup
Whisk together for dressing. Salt and pepper to taste. Add this to spinach or any greens you like, walnuts, extra sharp cheddar cheese cut in chunks and a sliced or diced apple.
Ok, and I just read somewhere about using your waffle iron as a panini press or to cook other things. Has anyone done that?
***edited to add: when I make this at home, I use one packet of artificial sweetener (the Generic by Kroger if you must know). At Starbucks, I get one Splenda for the tall and grande sizes and two Splenda in the Venti. I don't like my tea very sweet so take that into consideration.Pin It
Monday, October 13, 2008
I have a few more pages in the works for my "week" project and hope to get it nearly done this week if I can. I am getting super anxious about uploading it to Shutterfly and having a real book printed. Pin It
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Although I did not take a camera today, my little soccer star scored TWO goals this morning. Go Shelby!Pin It
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Definitely click on the above picture to make it big enough to see, and maybe even read!
I did decide on a few things. One, I changed the font to one much easier to read, per Olivia's suggestion/comment. The rest pretty much mimics the first day, and I went back and changed that font too. I am working now on my first "extra" page which is highlighting the food pics I took during the week.
I have had some serious computer problems again today, making all of this much harder to do. I think the root of the problem is my external hard drive, so I copied and moved around a bunch of files today for safekeeping. I think I will replace it regardless of what my tech friend figures out tomorrow. It is imperative to my digi scrapping!Pin It
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I may tweak this but for now, this is Day 1 of my week :) I created the righthand template and the left template is from Designer Digitals, a Patti Knox freebie. I will probably rotate this to change things up throughout the album. The primary kit I am using is: Sweet September by Jannylynn and Lliella. The overlay which is the very faint border on each side is from foxydesigns. The journal lines are from Weeds and Wildflowers. The date stamp is from Little Dreamer Designs.
I plan to make several pages that simply expand about things that became common in my picture taking such as errands I run/places I go, perhaps a page dedicated to each person in our family or at the very least, each child. Maybe a food page. And I definitely want to create an intro so I can remember the process, why I did it, etc.
Link me to your work if you participated in this. Also, I am now a huge flickr follower, so look for me there too.
Two separate heart stopping moments today. 1) My computer locks up and I cannot reboot, AT ALL. Somehow, that finally works out. 2) I go to email something directly from Picasa, and everything from my external hard drive is missing. I unplug, plug, re-plug and my computer is still not recognizing the HD. TERROR! This has all my photos (of which, some are backed up), all my digi kits, and most recently, all my day in the week photos. Instant indigestion. Finally, what works is unplugging and re-plugging the electrical outlet back in. So now Picasa is working super overtime, adding all those folders back in. Don't tell anyone, but there are 31000+ files in my external hard drive!Pin It
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Only one more day of hard core photo taking and then I move on to creating my scrapbook. It has been a fun and inspiring week. I am glad I forced myself to take notice of the details of our lives.
Shot 1 today is Olivia's baby bedding, circa 2001 that I listed today on Craigs List which is a first for me. Maybe I will earn a little fun money. Shot 2 is from my backyard under our pine tree. I almost NEVER go in my backyard, beyond the confines of the pool. Today I did. Shot 3 is Shelby finding the hidden seeds in a dried out marigold. MaMa showed the girls how to do that. Shot 4 is our pool. Dave poured the antifreeze, pool closing chemicals in and it turned to this shade from sparkling clear. Hmm? It also smells very strongly of bleach. Hope that all works out. Tomorrow we are getting the very squeaky dryer repaired, I cannot handle a pool snafu too.
Today I attempted to salvage my attempt at a gratitude wrap. Love the idea of this and I think when I try again, I will have much better success. This first one will have to remain my own. Tomorrow I will share pics of it, but for now, click on the above link for some really well done ones. I did buy a bias tape maker today at Joanns. Clearly, I need at least a 1" tape to ever successfully fasten it to anything. It worked like a charm.Pin It
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I got a little excited about my general plan for this "week in the life" album. I am only supposed to be in the taking pictures stage but I decided to whip up a quick one page design, featuring one photo with text surrounding that photo. If you have PhotoShop you can download it here, and use it. My sample layout will probably make it into the album. These are kits and items I plan to use throughout the whole thing to keep it consistent, and as simple as possible. Admittedly, things are never really simple for me when it comes to PhotoShop but I'm getting there! Click on the above photos to see them larger...and be able to read my flyer. Also, if you use this in any fashion please let me know by linking it here on my blog, I'd certainly be thrilled. And a disclaimer, this is only my second template ever. I hope it is useful but if I have overlooked some key piece in the puzzle, please accept my apologies!