Check out my newest tutorial for a Minion hair bows. It's quick, easy and you even use recycled denim to create them. These little minions make great gifts for your favorite little girl. You can also attach the minion on gift packages for a fun little addition.
Since the supplies are so inexpensive to make these little guys they would be fantastic for a church group, girl scout troop school craft and more.
Hop on over to Bowdabra blog for the full tutorial!
I admit it. I was stupid. I just kept getting emails that there was a new update to the OS for my Mac. I didn't have a problem the last time I updated so I figured what the hay!
Big mistake. As you all know, I'm an artist, craft designer and more and I use photo editing programs a lot. Unfortunately when I upgraded to El Capitan I can no longer save any edited photos. Cmon now! I've had several Macs, quite a few iPads and an iPhone. I guess you could say I love-d apple products for their reliability and functionality. Now I'm rethinking it all.
When I had a PC (Way back when) they worked ok for a while and then they sometimes crashed. They'd just stare at you and not do anything until you made the three finger salute of ctrl+alt+del. They were slower. The virus protection was wonky.
Then I went to Mac and it was heaven. They never, ever crashed. They were faster and just a joy. No more three fingers salutes. All that changed when El Capitan sailed into my life.
Now everything is a mess and I'm wishing I was still saluting with the 3 fingers on a PC.
Everything works when I edit until I go to save my work. Yes after all the work...you click save and everything freezes!!!! Not just one editing program but all of them.
And the best part it that none of the support for the editors can say anything but to use Chrome (which I hate) or Firefox, until Apple gets on the ball and fixes the bug. I mean it's no longer a beta version, but was released at the end of Septembers. Seriously I don't have time for all of this.
I know, I shouldn't complain, I should have researched a bit better, but even if I did the reviews are all over the place. Some think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. Other's like me are contemplating throwing the Mac against the wall and watching all it's little pieces hit the floor.
And don't even try to send a message to apple. It's impossible. They've gone underground or are in hiding. I can't for the life of me find a way to at least send them all the crash reports I've experienced.
So now I wait, for whatever update they feel like tossing my way.
My fault. I was naive. I just want to warn you all of the pitfalls of El Capitan. Don't update.
So sorry I haven't been keeping up with the blog of late but I've had a lot of stuff on my plate. Last month my beautiful cat Olivia suddenly passed away. Then my daughter's pony from when she was little (Miss patsy lived a good long life and we well over 30) passed on as well. That was a sad time for me. I had another birthday (presents are nice but getting older isn't) and then it rained for an entire week. We are talking torrential rains here where you can't go from you house to your car without getting drenched.
I'm getting ready for a craft show so I've been busy. In addition I am working on two other blogs, Make it easy crafts and Bowdabra blog.
So they say that coloring for adults are very relaxing and relieves stress so although I'm not really into coloring...I am into creating coloring pages. Check out Make it easy crafts for new coloring pages. I am attaching a link (Just click on the photo) to the latest Halloween coloring page titled pumpkin party right here for you download and print out for free.
It's still warm in many parts of the
country but September is here and soon there will be crisp days and cool
nights. In 21 short days, September 23 it will herald the first day of
I'm ready right now. I'm ready
for pumpkin spice everything from coffees to beers. I'm ready for apple
festivals and pies. I'm ready for heirloom apples that you can't buy in
the local grocery store.
I'm ready for the leaves to turn the
beautiful magentas, reds, oranges and golds. I'm ready for majestic blue
ridge mountains to frame these colors with the backdrop mountain pines.
I'm ready for tailgating, football
and warm and spicy, hot and bubbly chili. Craft and Renaissance fairs.
I'm looking forward to apple butter in big outdoor pots and kettle corn
made fresh. I'm ready for weather that begs for warm cozy sweaters and
fires in the fireplace.
You know how makeup companies
sometimes categorize complexions into seasons. Even if they label me a
winter I guess you could say I'm an really an autumn at heart.
I'm not fond of watching commercials on TV. That is usually when I hit the bathroom, grab a snack, or heck, vacuum the family room. Every once in a while I catch a few. Some of them leave me scratching my head and wondering what in the world they were thinking when they filmed this one or that one. And some commercials are just disturbing!
To each his own and I am sure that some of you will think that these commercials are just great, so enjoy if you must or just shake your head go get a snack.
The first on my list is a commercial advertising insurance. It's a giant baby that is supposed to represent your car. It's a little disturbing when you watch the guy trying to catch a runaway shopping cart before it hits this giant baby. The worst part of this commercial, however, is the poor baby crying in front of a fire hydrant. Does that commercial really want to make you jump up and buy insurance? Just weird.
Just wanted to wish all my friends and followers a happy, healthy and safe fourth of July. Remember to use common sense when using fireworks. The tips of sparklers can be extremely hot and cause serious burns, so supervise the kids. Most of the time injuries from fireworks are caused by misuse and malfunctions, so be on the alert.
So don't spend your fourth of July in the emergency room and simply use common sense. Have a wonderful and happy day!
So I have question that I would to pose to you all.How do you feel about websites with
I realize that most bloggers put a lot of time and work into
their blogs and deserve compensation.God knows I do.Honestly though,
it is a labor of love and I never expected to be rolling in dough from my blogs.
Most of the time I’m happy making new friends and receiving comments
and suggestions.And that has
I have to admit that pop-ups are not one of my favorite
things.It’s right up there with
Captcha. It’s bad enough you have to
jump through hoops sometimes just to leave a comment.What makes it worse is trying to navigate your
way through pop up after pop up in order to even read the blog.Sometimes I just give up and leave.Remember those little games you had when you
were a kid that had a little ball that you had to turn in just the right way to
get through the little maze.It’s kind
of like that and I didn’t like those either!
So…I because I don't want to inconvenience my readers, I disabled Captcha and I look over the comments and
delete the spam manually.I also do not
have pop-ups.I’m just happy you’re here
and I don’t want to make it hard to navigate the blog to leave a comment.
Let me mention right off the bat that I don’t speed.I can’t remember the last time I got a ticket
for speeding.Most of the time people
say I drive as if I were a grandma.I
try to go at the speed limit or on some occasions maybe a couple of miles above
When I first learned to drive I learned a very important
thing, to be courteous to other drivers.If someone is coming up behind me going faster than I, and I happen to
be in the left lane then I pull over to the right lane to let him or her
pass.I have a rear view mirror as do
other drivers and I can see what is happening behind me.I am not a policeman and I do not have to
monitor whether they are going at the proper speed or not.It’s not for me to say.
Lately when I am driving I notice that too many drivers just
hang out in the “passing lane”.They are
not turning.They are not passing.They are just Sunday driving usually
alongside someone going the same speed in the right lane, thus setting up a pretty
effective road block.They are always
oblivious to the line of cars that are accumulating behind them.The line adds up to probably 20 or more cars
with the road ahead wide open.
And then a irritated and dangerous driver decides to closely
tailgate, flash their lights or to weave in and out with barely a few inches
between cars trying to get in front this self absorbed slow poke.Now that is an accident waiting to happen,
when all this person had to do was get over into the right lane.
Actually the left lane is “the passing lane”, but drivers
these days don’t view it that way.Makes
me wonder if they ever had any driver’s education.So now in July Indiana will join one other
state that tickets drivers who do not get over for faster moving traffic.For those of you who feel that this law is
not justified, I’m sure glad I’m not driving behind you.
Summer is pretty much in full swing and the sun worshippers
are coming out of their winter doldrums.They are greasing up with oils and lotions and lying out by the
pool.They will have their healthy
bronze bodies throughout the next few months and me… I’ll be vampire white like
Every since I was a teenager I never liked the sizzling
feeling of laying in the sun while my body crisps. While all the other girls my
age mixed concoctions of baby oil and lay out for hours, I’d duck in the shade.
I know a tanned body supposedly looks attractive but I had
my reasons I would avoid the sun.
1.I didn’t care for the odor of suntan oils.Reeking of chocolate and coconut, it seems
more appropriate to be lying on a platter than a towel.
2.I felt like I was on a Bar-B-Que grill, flipping
sides as needed.
3.Judging from some of the older folk residing in
the sunshine state, I didn’t care to look like one of the California raisins’
4.It was boring and unproductive.After about 10 minutes I’d think about all
the things I could be doing instead of just lying there and sizzling.
5.Super hot temperatures make me long for winter.
6.Finally, I don’t tan, I burn, and although red
is one of my favorite colors; it isn’t very attractive on human skin. And
seriously, one should only view peeling skin in horror movies.
Now you may think I am full of beans and that a suntan is
the ultimate beauty goal, but I’ll bet every single dermatologist agrees with
me.So as I exit my home for the next
few weeks I will be slathered in unscented 100+ SPF lotion as I dash to my
air-conditioned car. I will walk on a treadmill and practice yoga in a cool
building.I will wear long sleeves and
sit under an umbrella during the rare times I am at the beach.And, sorry about that, but I will look like
Dracula’s daughter forever.
Not a sun worshipper? Well to quote a popular TV show..."Winter is coming."
It's Iris time here in Virginia and as you can see from last week's photo they are all blooming their little hearts out. Too bad they only last for a little while because they are so beautiful. Do you have Irises where you are?
By the way the hubby is back at work from his long recovery from his post Christmas fall off a ladder. No more ladders for him.
Hopefully will be more normal around here without all the bandages, ice packs, therapy and Doctors!