Apr 24, 2014

Butterfly Story

A man found the cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and could go no further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took as pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as we could have been. And we could never fly. So have a nice day... and struggle a little.

New Twitter Profiles

The Twitter profiles have been rolling out for a while now and I've been wondering when mine would get updated. I'm excited to finally get to experience the new Twitter.
Here is the notice I received when I logged into Twitter.
It led me through some helps and one of them that I like a lot is the ability to pin one of the Tweets to my profile page for everyone to see.  Maybe my most current new content could go there.  I'm not sure yet what I'll do with it.

The best part is the new header.  It is to be created 1500 x 500 pixels.  I just used a new photo of mine for now and cropped it after uploading.  Maybe that's what I'll do, change it often, maybe to fit the seasons.

Have I told you lately how much I am loving Twitter more and more?  Don't be afraid to talk to me on Twitter.

Blending Modes with the Gradient Tool

Lesson 32 of the Blending Mode class using this texture and the gradient tool and blending modes to create a cool image as seen below.  See my before and after images on the lesson page, along with the video.  Please remember, you can join the class at any time and it's free.  Stop by the forum and ask.

Waiting on a Different Story

Apr 22, 2014

save trees . . . just digiscrap

save trees . . . just digiscrap . . . happy earth day

Twitter Round-up - April Week 3

April 15 Feeling so sad for family of my nephew's father-in-law who passed away; so glad I took 41 photos of him at the wedding for the family.

April 15 Oh, this shall be annoying to follow: apocalyptic preachers (John Hagee) interpreting blood moons as Joel 2:31 and Revelation 6:12

April 15 Baffled. Brand new chairs out of box are bent metal. Can anything else go wrong?

April 15 Sweet! Can't wait to go home and relax in new comfy kitchen chairs.

April 15 Gone Girl Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GoneGirlMovie and site http://www.findamazingamy.com/

April 15 I'm currently in one of those runs of bad circumstance; #12, yes I'm counting, fell over box and into chair landing on tailbone & neck.

April 15 #13 it's a very long series of unfortunate events and it won't stop

April 15 Or maybe it was #15 or 17 and I just forgot some. I should have blogged this. Unbelievable !!!

April 15 I'm afraid to move. It's going to go wrong. Afraid to touch anything. It's going to go to be unfortunate.

April 15 I feel more beat up than cake mix in a blender and it ain't sweet. It's foul and whipped and puréed. #ohMystopTheTroubles

April 15 I'm short term -- not okay. In long term, will be okay. I hurt. Thanks for asking.

April 16 Just heard: Mother Nature is going through menopause; she's had a heck of a year!! (go away bad weather !!) lol

April 16 My first teapot!! Can you believe it's taken me this long to get one? Hand painted 1978 by Dee (stranger to me) #love

April 16 First Heartbleed hacker arrested ->

April 16 @JeffProbst #survivor When I said 2 more seasons, I meant we'll be shooting 2 more this summer! Not "only" 2 more. U keep watching we keep making 'em!

April 16 So fun! I know one of these couples: FIRST LIPSTICK: http://youtu.be/_NaCRyHJA0E

April 16 Thank you God!! So far there have been no unfortunate events tonight! Is the streak over? Just in time for three day weekend? Please.

April 17 If it's really 63 degrees out here, my oldest son is 94! Brrrrr. But I love the sunshine. #capegirardeau

April 17 Maundy Thursday observance. Luke 32:7-13

April 17 Passover meal -- the Table of The Lord teaches around the world -- breaking bread.

April 17 The dogs poke, I pet. The dogs poke, I pet. When is this ever going to turn around and I get my back scratch?

April 18 My son has the best neighbors. He got egged!!!

April 18 It is really hard living with negative people who say "no" too everything, even before you get three words out of your mouth.

April 18 Enjoying afternoon patio lunch downtown Cape Girardeau with hubby.

April 18 Tea time! I'm not sure I've ever used a fancy teacup and pot before. So much fun.
April 19 We have been busy moving the router to the back of the house; my laptop super fast now! Hoping it does same for patio connection #hardwork

April 19 This is one of those beautiful, ever-so-perfect days that you want every day to be like. God is good! Thankful for time to enjoy it.

April 19 My Saturday was beautiful! Couldn't have a more perfect weather day falling on a day off work.

April 20 You may have not gone where you intended to go, but you will end up where you need to be.

April 20 Really, I know love is a natural thing, but do the birds have to make out on my patio?

April 20 The birds are busy setting up their homes everywhere in my yard.

April 20 Miss Tizzy is watching Mr. Robin and not chasing as usual. They must have a connection. Mr. Robin not scared.

April 20 Hubby brought me afternoon tea. It's a pretty pink Easter-y color.

April 20 What a wonderful telephone chat with our son and video chat with our granddaughter for Easter.

April 21 Thinking about a co-worker and family at #BostonMarathon ; praying safety for all who are there and strength for runners.

April 21 #BostonMarathon Live: http://watchlive.baa.org/ and http://bostonglobe.scribblelive.com/Event/2014_Boston_Marathon_updates?Page=0

April 21 Today I think we all have a little Boston in us! #BostonMarathon

April 21 According to this: http://www.baa.org/individual.html there are 280 #BostonMarathon runners from Missouri.

April 21 Here are two Cape Girardeau & two Jackson runners in #BostonMarathon http://www.baa.org/individual.html

April 21 Cape and Jackson runners - tracking: http://www.baa.org/individual.html Last one just past half way mark. Fun to watch!

April 21 First Cape Girardeau #BostonMarathon runner getting close to the end! Rooting for local Cape/Jackson runners.

April 21 All four Cape/Jackson Mo #BostonMarathon runners have finished. Whoo hooooo!

April 21 How many photos should my template 100 have places for?

April 21 I was so blessed to get to see my young friend from Texas today. @mmea7 Misha We met at Fazolis as she was driving home.

April 21 How cool! My youtube channel is going to reach a half million views sometime this years. (maybe 5 more months) http://www.youtube.com/hummdingertub

April 21 My Wild Sweet William are blooming!! My second favorite flower. Gorgeous.

April 21 @oldguycomedy See you got a huge bath rug instead of a small bath mat. I hope your feet are happy.

April 21 Sitting outside, working on template previews #photoshop - it's raining and so far I'm dry. Air is SO fresh! Love the smell!

April 21 lol I may be dry, but I'm also a little chilled.. brrrrrr! cool soft breeze just enough to make me want to hurry on project!

April 21 Just learned "Craft Cocktail" is the art (craft) of mixing cocktails. ie. mixologist Isn't it a new term for something old?

Apr 21, 2014

Dandelion Christians

Christians should be more like dandelions.

Our sunny yellow faces should be a reminder that simple faith has deep roots that are impossible to dislodge.

Our vast numbers should show the world that even though we are not fancy or pampered, we are evident everywhere, even in the best neighborhoods.

--Janice Kemp in The Women's Devotional Bible

Youtube - How long until 500,000?

It seems I've been closing in on a half million Youtube views for what seems like forever.  I forget to look to see what the current stats are and I'm afraid I'm going to miss it.

I decided to try to calculate a projected date when it might happen.  I am currently 32,083 views away from a half a million, which sounds like a lot to me!

The account is averaging 6,600 views a month.  So, 32,083 divided by 6,600 is 4.86 months from now, or about the first part of September 2014 or the end of August 2014.

Would someone help me watch so we don't miss it?  We might just have to celebrate!

Visit and follow me on Youtube.  I love to read the comments too.

Class Accomplishment

Please help me congratulate Mary Ann (mkiger50) in completing the first set of the Blending Mode Class. That's 20 wonderful and awesome images converted by textures and blending modes. Job well done!

Please leave a comment below.

Template Class Set 3

The Template Class, as in all classes, is divided into sets of 20. Complete all 20 and you are rewarded an icon by your forum name. Set 3 of the Template Class is now available.

Look for the SUBSTANTIAL COUPON on the Template Guide to purchase all four (Sets 9, 10, 11, 12) of Set 3 of the Template Class at a nominal cost. I cannot make it any cheaper or I will be paying costs! Another option it to purchase them individually, 5 templates for $3.

I look forward to seeing you in the forum to see your layouts. Many people have already done these templates and you can see their inspiration in the forum. My samples are on the guide pages.
These templates may be purchased on Etsy:Template Set 12
One of my favorite template packs! It has the Project 365 template, the storyboard template, and the school photos through the years template included!
These templates may be purchased on Etsy:Template Set 11

These templates may be purchased on Etsy:Template Set 10

These templates may be purchased on Etsy:Template Set 9

The Daffodil Principle

Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over." I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead "I will come next Tuesday," I promised a little reluctantly on her third call.

Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and reluctantly I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house I was welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren.

"Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in these clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see badly enough to drive another inch!"

My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time, Mother."

"Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears and then I'm heading for home!" I assured her.

"I was hoping you'd take me over to the garage to pick up my car."

"How far will we have to drive?"

"Oh...just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "But I'll drive. I'm used to this."

After several minutes, I had to ask, "Where are we going? This isn't the way to the garage!"

"We're going to my garage the long way," Carolyn smiled, "by way of the daffodils."

"Carolyn," I said sternly, "please turn around."

"It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience."

After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign with an arrow that read, "Daffodil Garden." We got out of the car, each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, as we turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over the mountain peak and its surrounding slopes.

The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, creamy white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, and saffron and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted in large groups so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.

"Who did this?" I asked Carolyn.

"Just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well kept A-frame house, small and modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house, and on the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking" was the headline.

The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs," it read.

The second answer was, "One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain."

The third answer was, "Began in 1958."

For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time, she had created something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and inspiration.

The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration. That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time--often just one baby-step at time--and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time.

When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world.

"It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!"

My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said. She was right. It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, "How can I put this to use today?"

Use the Daffodil Principle. Stop waiting.....
Until your car or home is paid off
Until you get a new car or home
Until your kids leave the house
Until you go back to school
Until you finish school
Until you clean the house
Until you organize the garage
Until you clean off your desk
Until you lose 10 lbs.
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married
Until you get a divorce
Until you have kids
Until the kids go to school
Until you retire
Until summer
Until spring
Until winter
Until fall
Until you die....
There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So work like you don't need money Love like you've never been hurt, and, Dance like no one's watching. Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day!

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