Friday, October 19, 2012

And Now...Drumroll Please...A Giveaway!!

I am very excited to be offering my very first giveaway! And it's a good one!

I was recently contacted by a company called My Memories. They offer an award winning digital scrapbook software that is extremely easy to use. They asked me to test it out and then review it on my blog. As a reward, I get to give one copy of the software to one of my readers!

My Memories Suite is rated no. 1 by Amazon and TopTen Reviews. It lets you easily create digital scrapbooks, photobooks, cards, calendars and gifts for very little money.

I started scrapbooking some years ago. I love the idea of telling a colourful story with pictures. However, every time I wanted to work on my scrapbooking, it meant taking out all the supplies like paper, glue, scissors, ruler, markers, ribbons, buttons, glitter and various accessories, etc. and spreading them out on the kitchen table. By the time I had everything selected, cut and ready to assemble, a good chunk of my time was gone and all I produced was one page. Then, there was the cleanup. Putting every bit away and picking up every tiny piece of paper remnants. Not to mention running to the store and buying tons of supplies that I probably won't all use up. I soon got tired of this and you guessed it, the scrapbooking stuff is sitting somewhere in my basement, collecting dust.

With My Memories, I was able to quickly create a few pages in no time and the best part, no mess! This is so much more fun!

I've been wanting to make a photobook of our Paris trip and this program is perfect for it. Here's the cover page for it that I created with My Memories:

I also started an album for the kittens I foster:

This is a very versatile program. You can even make personalized calendars:

You can also create custom made cards, add your own pictures, messages, etc.:

There are literally thousands of elements to choose from. And as if that wasn't enough, you can purchase extra themed packages from their online store and they are very affordable. Some are even free! Really, your imagination is the limit.

You can even create an album with music and videos that you put on DVD to send to family and friends who can view it as a slide show. Weddings, christenings, graduations, birthdays, the possibilities are endless!

So here are the rules to participate in this giveaway to win the software package:

1. You must follow this blog.

2. Go to My Memories' website and choose your favourite digital paper pack or layout, then come back here and leave me a comment telling me which one you chose.

3. For even more chances to win, follow My Memories on their blog, Facebook and Twitter:

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!! Even if you don't win the software, you can still be a winner! You can take advantage of a $10 off discount towards the purchase of My Memories software suite. All you have to do is copy the code on the top right of my blog and go to My Memories's website to apply it to your software purchase.

I will announce the winner next Friday, using's random number generator. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

Note: This is a sponsored giveaway. My Memories compensated me with a software package to review their program,  however my review is completely honest. I do enjoy the software!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Done and Done!

It occurred to me that I never posted about this chair. This post was a long time in the making. 

You see, I bought this chair many years ago at an antique shop. I had it for so long I believe it moved with us twice! It stayed in the basement all that time, waiting to be refinished, along with the numerous U.F.O.'s (Unfinished Objects) collecting dust down there. I believe we all have those?
 She has pretty legs, doesn't she?

As you have probably gathered by now, things happen slowly with me. A few years after I acquired the chair, I finally ordered caning supplies. These only went through one move.

Well, lo and behold, last winter, I said to myself, "Self, it is time." So I taught myself to cane. Yes I did.

Here you have Liz Lemon The Cat supervising. She was totally fascinated with the strands being weaved in and out. Small things.

The pegs help hold the strands in place. It's quite the process, back and forth, left to right, over and under. I made plenty of mistakes. I had to start some rows again. The strands would sometimes break. Gaaah! Definitely an exercise in patience.

And here it is finished! If there are any caners out there, I know it's not perfect, but please be kind. It's my first attempt!

I gave it the ole tush test though and it passed! No small feat with my tush!

It sort of looks like I know what I'm doing, right?

I painted her with Annie Sloan Old White, and did a little distressing, keeping the look simple.

Here she is in all her glory!

And last but not least, I finally took her to Rustic and Refined Interiors to be sold. 

It took many years but I got her done! At looooong last. Which just goes to show you that you should never give up on all those U.F.O.'s. They all get done. Eventually.


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