Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A winner!

I am happy to announce that Lisa is the winner of the My Memories Suite scrap booking software!  I hope she enjoys it and it will be great to see what ideas she comes up with for the software.  Lisa is a photographer in British Columbia, Canada her website is here. I will be emailing her shortly for info and she can collect her prize and get started!!

On the sewing front I have been crazy busy with Annie.  Here is an "action shot" of three of the dresses I made.  This is at the dress rehearsal.  There was also an incredible number of costumes to alter or make, I am so thankful that I was not alone in this endeavour!  There was a fabulous costuming director and a great team of worker bees.  All in all a great experience.
The Boylan Sisters

Moo made a great orphan!

Bean was backstage every night taking care of "Sandy" when he wasn't acting.
It was fun but thoroughly exhausting!  We must have done well though because the show was a sell out and it ran for five shows.  I also have been asked to assist with the next production that runs next week called the King and I.  Yikes!  I still have Christmas sewing to do!
See ya soon.

Monday, November 14, 2011

A new trick! And a GIVE AWAY!

Hi there, it has been a little while since I've posted anything creative but it is not because I haven't been busy!  I have been very busy sewing lots of costumes for the production of Annie that my daughter is in, but I have also had a new toy.

My Memories contacted me a while ago to see if I wanted to try their digital scrap booking products.  I had to think about it for a little while because I am not very well versed in computer software programs and I knew I would be very busy at this time of year.  What I also discovered is that I will ALWAYS be busy and they have a great customer service line!!  I used to scrap book with my film printed pictures before I had children, but now that all my pictures are on my computer....A). I NEVER get to see them and B). they NEVER get a journal log or shared.  What is the purpose of taking pictures if they only live in the computer and no one ever sees them?  And what if the unthinkable happens and your computer hard drive fries? (Like mine did this summer???)  What happens with all of those fabulous memories you downloaded to the computer for "someday".  Well, I decided that I should at least try a digital scrap booking method. So I decided to go ahead with My Memories offer.  They allowed me to download the My Memories Suite software for free to try it out.  Let me just say it is VERY comprehensive!  I LOVED all the options for backgrounds and papers.  They basically have a layout for every imaginable event, season or Holiday.  I really appreciated the pre-organized pages that allowed me to drag and drop my pictures into a fully designed layout.  I am a busy Mamma and I don't have the time to dream up beautiful page designs!  However, if you do, they have options for you as well. Pick your own papers and accents and design away!

Now for the really fabulous part!  They very generously offered me the opportunity to do a give away for you guys, so you can have your own My Memories Suite software download!  The ideas for this are endless.  Of course for you scrap bookers, there is and endless array of digital scrap booking options, but for you sewers and quilters out there, I am envisioning a whole new level to memory quilting!  No more just printing plan old photos onto transfer fabric, now we can make a whole story unfold on the page with test included and print it out onto the transfer paper ready to incorporate into our projects!!  Yippee!  The page above is just a quick layout I picked but I hope to be able to do some really fun pages and get some printed on fabric for Christmas gifts.  I just knew that I couldn't wait until all of that was done if I wanted one of you to be able to have some fun before Christmas too!

So, to enter the draw, please go see the My Memories website and let me know you did in a comment below.
If you would like to have more chances to win you can chose any or all of the following options! If you check them out on Facebook you can leave another comment and if you become a follower or post this on your blog/FB leave me a third and fourth comment and I will make the draw November 30th.

Please make sure I have a way to contact you!  Leave me your email in the comments if you are not a blogger or if you are a "no-reply" blogger!

They have also offered a promo code to anyone who doesn't win, which will give you $10.00 off the software and $10.00 to spend in the shop which is a $20.00 value and actually buys a lot in the shop! Just enter this code (probably best to copy and paste it to be sure!): STMMMS21894

FULL DISCLOSURE:  Please also be aware that I do get a benefit when this code is used. Please don't feel you need to buy anything you wouldn't have purchased without knowing this. Please shop responsibly! 

Good Luck to everyone!

Have a great day!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank You

Our Remembrance Day started like this.
It has been a long and thoughtful Remembrance Day for my family.  My nephew, my brother's son, is serving in Afghanistan and that frightens me.  I am here and cannot do much to keep him safe but pray and "remember".  With her cousin in mind, my daughter, who has always wanted to be a singer finally won a solo part in the choirs performance at the Remembrance Day service today.  She was nervous and excited but determined to sing her gratitude.  I am so proud of her and so thankful and proud of my nephew as well.  I hope that you all were able to take a minute today and be grateful for our freedom.

Sorry apparently this link won't work.  If I figure it out I will edit again! 

It takes a long time to load and is almost 4 minutes long.

On a sewing note, I have been sewing like a fool for the production of Annie and hope to take some pictures soon!  I seriously need to be done so I can start Christmas!!