Friday, July 31, 2009

Fit Flop Giveaway at FFF

Feisty, Frugal, and Fabulous has yet another amazing giveaway going on! This one ends shortly, like within a few hours of me posting this so get on over there quick. This one is for a pair of Fit Flops...specifically WALKSTAR III JELLY in your choice of color, subject to color availability. Check it out!

Watermark Help

Hello fellow Bloggers...I have a question for you.

Is there anyone out there who knows what they're doing when creating watermarks for photo's? I can do text no problem, what I'm thinking is some people have cute little images as part of their watermark. For the life of me I can't seem to figure out how to get it to work. So my question, or questions, are these:

I currently only use Gimp and Picasa since they're freeware, someday I'll have photoshop but not yet. Does anyone have a fairly straightforward tutorial on how to make a watermark with an image in either of these programs (Gimp or Picasa)?

Or

Does anyone have any interest, if it isn't too hard or a problem, in creating a cool little watermark for me to use? I'd kind of like something with some simple little stars or something, at least that's what I keep picturing. As for the text with it there are 2 things I want included..."Ello" and below that on a seperate line "FPD". No quotation marks though.

I don't want anyone to go out of there way, just this whole watermark issue is part of what is holding me back from sharing my photo's. And I'm having a heck of a time trying to figure it out. I would love to know how, really I would. So if you have a tutorial that would work with either program that's really preferable but I'd be eternally grateful if someone made one as well or could at least get me going in the right direction.

Okay...that's all for now, thank you for reading. :)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bamboo Sleepwear Giveaway at FFF

Have you ever felt anything (a towel, a sheet, a t-shirt, anything?) made of bamboo cotton? If not, you seriously don't know what you're missing. If you have, you know what I'm talking about. For your chance to win a super-comfy, ultra-heavenly sleepwear set (cami tank top and shorts) head on over to the blog of Feisty, Frugal, and Fabulous and see what you have to do for your chance to win.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Seventh Generation giveaway on Feisty, Frugal, and Fabulous blog

Do you *heart* the environment? Conscious about recycling and chemicals and what-not? Have allergies or sensitivities to chemicals? Have children or pets? Just like a good giveaway? Then head on over to Feisty, Frugal, and Fabulous and see how you can win some great products from Seventh Generation.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

God's Chisel

If you ever take 9 minutes to watch a video, make sure this is the one (at least listen to it). Originally I wasn't going to watch it. 9 minutes is a long time for me to sit and watch a video (yeah I know, kinda pathetic). And for the first couple minutes of it I was skeptical but I'm so glad I hung on and watched the entire video. This carries such an important message and I think, no wait...I'm pretty sure, that at least someone else out there needs to hear it as well.

God doesn't make junk!

Problems with Comments

It's come to my attention on a few occasions now that some people are having problems posting comments to my blog. I'm not sure what the problem is exactly, but have been playing with the settings trying to figure it out. It seems to be working now, *fingers crossed*.

If you have any problems leaving me a comment fire me an email at nbarteaux(at)gmail(dot)com

If you have any ideas or suggestions that will help avoid the posting problems in the future, or what settings are best to use, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Thanks.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Dilemma

I'm wanting to be here so much more then I am. I want to write. Problem is, it seems when I wake I'm too tired, during the day I'm too busy, and by night I'm too tired. How do you all do it? I currently am on disability which means I'm not working and I don't have any kids or pets or a husband and yet I can't manage to post on a semi-regular basis. It's my dilemma. I'll figure it out one of these days if it's meant to be. If it's part of God's will. I'm not feeling overly bad about it, or down on myself or anything, it just really makes me wonder how busy working mothers and wives (fathers and husbands if it so applies) are able to successfully blog.

On the plus side, seeing other blogs has helped motivate me to take more pictures and seek out new sales and discounts. So I guess it's a start. One of these days I'll actually upload some pics and talk about the treasures....or show something of the day. But for now, it's just going to be random thoughts and random posts and with any luck there will actually be some regularity.

Please bear with me.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Kristen's 100th post, Giveaway!

This is a pretty neat giveaway I must admit...and yes I'm turning into quite a sucker for these blog giveaways, they are just so exciting!

What is she giving away you ask? Well, head on over to hear blog here to find out. It's totally awesome and I love it!

Oh, okay, here's a hint...it's a Vera Bradley handbag. Now hurry up and head over to Kristen's blog to see some pic's and find out how to enter this fabulous giveaway!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Enchanting Giveaway!

Have you ever been to the Enchanting Quotes website? If you have you know how awesome their products are. If not, what are you waiting for, go check them out! Hurry!

Did you see?

*picture taken from their website, enchantedquotes.com*


Okay, just in case you were too lazy, tired, busy, etc to go to the site, the above picture is an example of what you might find there. So now that you've seen how cool the vinyl words and pictures are how would you like a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to their store?

Head on over to Feisty, Frugal, and Fabulous' blog to see what you have to do. It's not hard or complicated at all, I promise.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

New Look

I changed the look of my blog, I'm sure if you've been here before you've noticed. I just came across this layout that I really liked at jellypages.com. So, what do you think? I think I like it. :)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Blog Surfing and Art

While reading some of my favorite blogs tonight I came across a neat little application/program. It's called Wordle. Check it out.

I provided a link to my previous blog to see what the image would look like. Here it is:



Something else I've recently discovered is fractal art. It's a type of art using mathematical formula's and it's really interesting. I used a program that already had formula's so I could just play around. Here is a site which tells more about fractal art and has links to some programs you can download if you wish to try it out yourself. The cool thing is these patterns occur in nature, in Creation, naturally. Isn't God an amazing artist! If you get a chance to a google search for fractal art nature images, I'm sure you'll be impressed!

Here is an example of the art I created:




The program saves the images as .bmp files so I had to convert it to .jpg and it's lost a little bit of detail...but you get the idea. I have no idea what mathematical equations I used to get this, I was just playing around but I love the result. It makes me think of wind, earth, water, and fire, but also of an unconditional love and acceptance. I've called it Love Unconditional. I think of it as a representation of God's love for us, His children.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Serenity

I had the chance to reflect on a poem I memorized as a child. It used to hang on a plaque on the wall directly across from the toilet and I'd read it every time I would use the washroom. Little did I know then how much the words, how much that prayer, would help me as a teenager and adult. Even during the days when I wanted nothing to do with the Lord I would say the prayer, omitting the word God from it. And while I left Him out, He was still there to answer my simple prayer in ways I could not, and still don't, understand.

I'm sure you are familiar with it, or at the very least have heard of it.




On the off chance you can't see the image above, I'll type out the words:

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can;

and the wisdom to know the difference.

What I wonder, is if you've ever really thought about those words. Off and on over the years I have. I mean, I know what the words mean, but do I *really* know what the words mean.

There are a few especially important words that really stand out to me in this. Accept. Courage. Change. Wisdom.

Accept - receive willingly something given or offered; tolerate or accommodate oneself to

Courage - a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear

Change - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

Wisdom - the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight

I'm not quite sure where I was going with this post. I do know I recite this often and that it has meant a lot to me over the years. I guess I just wanted to encourage others to think of what this (and other phrases, poems, verses) truly mean to you. Do you just say the words or do they have a deeper meaning. Is there something that you say over and over that helps you that you'd like to share, post it in the comments.

Here's something else I found while looking for the image above:


You should be able to click on the picture to go to a site where you can read it, but just in case you can't I'll type it out below:

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

- Reinhold Niebuhr