Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Howloween!

It's Howloween . . . . . . time to show your vampire fangs!

And if you're a cat, you're hoping for more toys instead of candy!

Get your howl on and shout out Trick or Treat!

Don't forget to carry a cute cat basket to collect all your goodies!

Newman is dressed up as Little Joe from Bonanza! Here he is singing Home on the Range just for you!

Have a not-so-spooky Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jewelry Cabinet Makeover!

When my Mom passed away, I decided to keep this jewelry cabinet that she had. I really didn't like it, but it holds a lot of jewelry.

The top opens and there is a mirror and more storage. It has a cherry finish that is disgusting. For some reason, it won't clean up, and as you can see in the second photo, there were white smudges all over it.

I also don't care for the gold drawer pulls, and don't even get me started on that gross pink felt that lines all the drawers and side cabinets!

There are about a thousand tiny screws that hold all this together. After two weeks of removing all the pink felt, sanding, painting, and getting it all back together, here is what it looks like now!

I used the leftover paint from the end table painting project. It is a soft metallic copper color. I spray painted the gold a gun metal gray.

Because I could not completely remove the paper that the felt was attached to, I decided to cover it in scrapbook paper. Then I bought drawer liner that you use in your kitchen - the rubbery type stuff - and put it in the bottom of each drawer. The jewelry stays in place!

I used fabric as a backing on the two side cabinets.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Shutterfly Free Holiday Cards

I'm a fly girl - Shutterfly, that is! I've been using Shutterfly for years as my go-to place for creating cards, calendars, and photo books. The quality is awesome, and their site is very user friendly - even for those who are technically challenged!

Now is the perfect time to get your holiday cards created. There are so many new designs this year, and you'll love looking through them to find your favorite! Upload your family pictures to an album in your Shutterfly account, and let the fun begin. There are pretty styles to choose from, and your card can be either flat or folded and can contain numerous photos.

As you can see below, I like to create a card for my Etsy customers, and I include my cats' photos on it. This was last year's card.

LinkChristmas photo cards are so easy to create! Pick a favorite photo from a vacation, choose a design, and you can have your cards done in no time!
Here is another card from my collection of Shutterfly creations! The most difficult decision you will have is selecting the design you want to use - there are so many fun ones!
To make your experience even better, you can pre-select the format, size, number of photos, and color that you'd like to use. Then you'll only be looking at the card choices based on your needs.
Of course, you don't have to use Shutterfly only during the holidays. They have greeting cards for all occasions, or you can create a photo card like I did showing Newman and his ferocious tiger bite!

I'm a huge fan of Shutterfly's calendars. I like giving these as gifts because they are unique, fun to create, and beautifully done. I've already done my family calendar for 2012 - yeah, I'm that much on the ball!

If you take a few minutes each month to upload some of your favorite photos to your Shutterfly account, then creating a calendar can be done in an evening. I especially like the calendar feature of being able to list birthdays and other special occasions. The next year, all those events are still in your account, so your creation time is even shorter! You can even put a picture on a particular day. For example, on our anniversary, I have a photo from our wedding day.

There are numerous photo gifts you can make, but my favorite is the photo book! I have created nine Shutterfly photo books. I've made photo books of our vacations, cats, dogs, Susan G. Komen 3-Day event, and even created a photo book as a graduation gift.
Another reason I'm a Shutterfly fan is their specials and freebies! Because I'm on their email list, I get a heads up on special promotions like free shipping, 20% off offers, buy one/get one free offers, and free print offers. I have taken advantage of them all over the years, and as a result I've gotten free calendars, prints, and cards.

Are you a blogger? If you'd like a chance at 25 free cards this holiday season, you can register here!

I also have a promotion code for you for 25 free cards! Enter one of these codes in your Shutterfly account, and you'll receive 25 free cards - what could be better than that as motivation to get your holiday cards done early!


Have fun!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Can't Be Speechless Today!

Today is a special day for two reasons! The most important one is that my handsome hubby is celebrating his birthday. Unfortunately, we aren't celebrating together because he is still back in Kentucky. He went to Ohio for a few days because his Mom got out of rehab after breaking a few ribs in a fall.

When he gets out to Arizona in a couple of weeks, we'll be celebrating not only his birthday, but also the sale of our house! We got an offer yesterday, and the timing couldn't have been better!

I hope the couple and their kids enjoy this house as much as we have. The fifteen years we lived there flew by - I remember seeing that empty lot and trying to envision the house that we were going to build. We have some wonderful memories of holidays shared with family and friends. I'll miss my old Kentucky home . . . . . . .

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Being a Cat

When you're a cat at my house, you have a rough life . . . . . . . . .

There are days I wish I could sleep all day!

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Visitor

One of the most difficult things about leaving Kentucky was not being there for the stray kitties I would feed on the front porch. However, since Ted is still in Kentucky finishing up some work projects and taking care of the yard until the house sells, he is able to feed this visitor that has been around for months.

Several of the cats I took care of, kept, or found homes for belonged to a bad pet owner who lives in the next court over from us. She gets kittens for her kids, and then when they are grown, they are put outside to take care of themselves. I think she has since moved, but her poor decisions have left cats to find food and shelter. It makes me sick!

These two pictures are actually two different cats. Inky, shown below, was one of her cats. I know this because Inky is microchipped, and while she didn't bother to register the cat in her name, I was able to track the chip to the shelter that put it in Inky. They looked through their records and told me who adopted the cat, and yes, it was my lousy neighbor.

Inky is a super friendly cat, and I was able to bring him into our family with no problems. However, the Inky lookalike - whom I'm sure was Inky's sibling - has become feral and won't let us touch him.

Isn't it amazing how much they look alike - down to the black spot on the face! I feel so sorry for our visitor, but I'm glad Ted is able to continue feeding him. I hope when he moves here, one of our neighbors will continue that task. We still have our cat shelter on the woodpile, so when winter arrives, there is a place for the visitor to go.

This is also a good opportunity to remind people to spay and neuter their pets. There are too many stray dogs and cats in this world. Try wrapping your brain around the fact that FOUR MILLION cats and dogs are put down in U.S. shelters each year. FOUR MILLION - one every eight seconds! Such a tragedy, and we can do something about it. Bob Barker told you, and in addition to his message, if you are thinking of getting a pet, adopt one from a local shelter. Let's put the puppy and kitty mills out of business.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking Software Winner!

Gleek was nearby to supervise the drawing for the MyMemories Digital Software giveaway.

Newman said he wanted to pick the winner. He looked over the pile of entries, and decided on this on!

Congratulations, Eva! You are the winner! I will get in touch with you to give you the code to use at checkout!

Not to worry if you didn't win - I still have a deal for you. Using the promo code below, you will receive a $20 value - $10 toward the purchase of the MyMemories Suite v2.0 digital scrapbooking software, and $10 toward the purchase of any item in their shop - scrapbooking kit, etc.

So, jot down this code, and enter it at checkout to receive your $20 deal!

Promo Code: STMMMS97203

Thanks for entering the contest, and thanks to MyMemories for allowing me to test out this digital scrapbooking software!