I {Heart} Faces Beach Fun.


This week’s I ♥ Faces photo challenge is “Beach Fun.”  We are not beach people.  Well, I’m not a beach or sun person.  Big J grew up in Florida and lived on the beach, but since moving to Texas 24 years ago, he has seen very little salt water.  The nearest beach to us is Galveston but we just don’t go there.  We have good friends in Corpus Christi and see them every year or so, so if we get to a beach, Corpus is our destination.  When I saw this week’s challenge, I knew my photo choices were purty slim.

BUT, I love this picture of Little J as this is his first time playing in the Gulf of Mexico and he was so enjoying racing the waves.  The water may not be as pretty as Florida or the Caribbean, but the smile on his face says it doesn’t matter.

See more beach fun at I ♥ Faces

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Wordless Wednesday. 8-18.


From Answers.com: On Wednesdays all over the internet, bloggers post a photograph with no words to explain it on their blog. Hence the ‘wordless’ title. The idea is that the photo itself says so much that it doesn’t need any description.

Look for more fab Wordless Wednesday posts here:
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Sphere of Color: Purple.


The Verbena pic above is my entry in the Purple Parade in the Sphere of Color at Pixosphere.com.  I took this picture back in the spring when I got to take a solo drive through some beautiful parts of Texas and take pictures of the abundant wildflowers.  Do you have purple you can add to the parade?

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Wordless Wednesday 7-13.


From Answers.com: On Wednesdays all over the internet, bloggers post a photograph with no words to explain it on their blog. Hence the ‘wordless’ title. The idea is that the photo itself says so much that it doesn’t need any description.  (This picture is part of my Texas note cards over at Snail Mail Notes.)

See who else is Wordless this Wednesday.

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Summer Bonding Project with Twitter Moms and Glue Dots


I am a member of TwitterMoms and recently had the chance to get a free selection of Glue Dots Brand Adhesives.

What, you may ask, is Glue Dots.  I’m quoting here:

Glue Dots are a great and safe alternative to typical tapes and glue guns.  They are versatile and work on a variety of surfaces including paper/photos, metal, wood, plastic, textiles and fibers, plastic, foam, and more! Glue Dots are a no-mess solution to all adhesive or glue needs.  Bonding instantly, they require no dry time and provide instant gratification for kids and adults.  Glue Dots provide the strength you need in an adhesive without the mess and dry time of liquid glues.

TwitterMoms and Glue Dots are running a Summer Bonding Project.  Bloggers are asked to use the Glue Dots in all sorts of imaginative ways and creations, and blog about said creations.  Bloggers have posted about making cute note cards, baskets, diaper cakes, foam ornaments, gift boxes, and all sorts of kids crafts (perfect for summer fun).  When I saw the Glue Dots, my mind went to a more practical use: Snail Mail Notes.

My first project was compiling print information about Snail Mail Notes for a blogger who was going to Evo ’10 (social media convention) in Park City, Utah.  I placed a bookmark, gift enclosure card, postcard and postage for the postcard in a cellophane envelope.  I had been puzzling over how to display the postage so that it wouldn’t get lost and cause a little buzz when people saw the envelope.  When my Glue Dots arrived, I found they were perfect for my idea.  I printed business card size cards with my Snail Mail Notes philosophy on one side and all my contact information on the other side.  Then I attached with stamp with a Glue Dot.

I wanted the sample recipients to actually use their postcards and this was an easy way to provide the postage.  The bloggers attending Evo ’10 could mail the postcard while they were at the conference, or get in touch with someone after they returned home.

The second project was something with which I have long struggled.  How to make gift baskets using Snail Mail Notes so that the cards were spaced and displayed, not all clumped together in the bottom of the basket.  I couldn’t use tape or glue, that would ruin the cards or envelopes.  Stuffing some tissue paper in the bottom of the basket and arranging cards around that only goes so far.

So I gave Glue Dots a try.

These particular dots come one per perforated square.  You take one square and pull off the top cover.  (You may wonder why I’m being so explicit….I didn’t read the instructions and was taking the dot off with my fingers and trying to place it flat on the surface.  Was. Not. Working.)

You then place the dot on the paper surface.

Pull the top cover off.


Tah-dah.  The dot is where you want it to be.  No muss, no fuss.


You can now arrange the basket as you like, and it might look as fab as mine!


I am totally sold on Glue Dots (I’m a Facebook fan) and thank TwitterMoms for making them available for me to try.  I am now working on samples for BlogHer ’10 and am excited that I already know how I will be making a look great presentation.


I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Glue Dots blogging contest to be eligible to receive a $30 gift card.  For more information on how you can participate, click here.  And P.S. to TwitterMoms.  My free WordPress blog will not support the widget designed for this contest since it has Javascript or Flash in it.  I designed my own widget.  Hope that’s ok.
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I {Heart} Faces. 7-9-10 Fix-It Friday #61


The photography website I♥Faces encourages and advises all levels of photographers. Amateur and Professional photographers come together to give advice, compliment, teach and promote photography. Early in the week they host a theme challenge. This week it was “Pet Challenge” and I entered this picture. On Fridays they host Fix-It-Friday. They provide a photo that you can edit and link back to the photo. I think it is fascinating to see the multitude of fixes, all different and creative. If you have an interest in photography, this website is for you.

Here is my fix:

And here is the original:

Other bloggers are playing with this same Fix-It Friday photo.  Go see I ♥ Faces to see what was in their imaginations.

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Wordless Wednesday 7-7.


From Answers.com: On Wednesdays all over the internet, bloggers post a photograph with no words to explain it on their blog. Hence the ‘wordless’ title. The idea is that the photo itself says so much that it doesn’t need any description.

Leave a caption in your comment!

Lots of other people are Wordless.

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