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Friday, January 9, 2015


I have been working on an interesting site called Crowdtap.  It is a site that takes the temperature of consumers on different brands. It incorporates projects and conversations to see how consumers like or dislike products of all kinds. If you are seriously active, you are given opportunities to try samples and report. Each contribution earns the participant points which are applied to entries for giveaways of giftcards and other prizes. The latest project was to concentration on 2015 Ambitions and blog or vlog about them. This is that blog post about my 2015 Ambition to Launch my site Carpe Diem Seize the Day to Create found at http://www.craftingawwwwe.blogspot.com  I am also launching another blog for teachers at marieslittleredschoolhouse.blogspot.com.  My ambition for these blogs are to publicize, gather followers and eventually monetize my blogs.  Prizes, giveaways and sweepstakes will be announced with prizes. Here's hoping a year from now, finds me with any more followers. How about you, come on over and subscribe to my craft and or teacher blogOr check out Crowdtap at http://www.crowdtap.com http://www.crowdtap.com

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


As of late, I have been involved in a "survey site" that exposes consumers to products and asks them to come to their site daily and answer "quick" questions about how they use products. They send samples for you to try, photograph and report on  http://www.crowdtap.com  Today they asked us to share our inspirational thought for the new year. So lately ithas been "Keep Calmn and Keep Crowdtappin #crowdtap However my best inpiration for this year actually is Snoopy  I'm tempted to take tis and have it blown up into a poster and hung over my desk as a constant reminder.  Here it is:
With that look on Snoopy's face and the words "This year I'm Determined..." that's my inspiration for the  new year! Happy New Year Everyone!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Brookside Chocolate

Though this is not a craft persay, it is something good to eat while crafting!  Brookside Dark Chocolate, Crunchy Clusters!  A very delicious chocolate covering whole grain cereal and fruits such as blueberry, raspberry and berries!. They come in resealable and easy-to-hide packets, for safe keeping. I guarantee, you will have to hide them. They are that good.  Here I am at my desk/craft table/composing/painting/ etc table.

                                     Brookside Dark Chocolate Crunchy Clusters, mmm

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sometimes I Think I Have a Blog Just to Go On Haitis!

It's hard to believe I let so much time go by since I last blogged and promised to stick to it. Well forget it, never gonna happen! What I have been doing is CRAFTING!  Yup and here are some of the things I have been working on. Halloween inspired me all on it's own.

I searched the net to find out how to make a tabletop witch and came up very short of ideas. So pure creativity took over. I work with access to very few supplies, so as always, I ended up using what I have around the house. I used a detergent bottle for the body, covered it with scrap booking paper. For the head, I had a two inch paper mache ornament ball from Michaels. The face was hand formed from Fimo. I had just watched the latest release of OZ and was inspired by the Wicked Witch of the West and let my fingers work the polymer until I was happy. I added plastic eyes. Using purple/grey variegated yarn, I glued strands on the head, long enough to drape down her shoulders.

For the cape I cut a circle out of black felt. To get the sizing correct, make the radius of the circle, the same length as the detergent bottle. Cut a small hole in middle, big enough to slip over the detergent bottle's opening. Before placing the cap, take a 15 inch piece of strong wire and using the middle of the wire, wrap it around the neck of the bottle. I added duct tape to assure it would stay in place. The wires to the left and right become the witches arms. Drape the cape over the wires and bottle.  I cut the felt circle up the front of the bottle to expose the witch's paper dress.

Glue the head on the top of the bottle and let dry.  I also glued a 5x5x 1/4 inch pine board to the bottom of the bottle to give the witch more stability.

For her broom, I used an old paint brush for the handle. For the bristles, I rolled a piece of black construction paper and cut slats into the role. I then wrapped and taped the "bristles" to the paintbrush. To make it more realistic, I also wrapped a small gauge piece of wire around the top of the bristles.

If you look closely, there are small stickers of ghosts, an owl on her shoulder and a voodoo doll in her hand. The frog, well he's a friend I found and bought at a local boutique. The witches' hands were made from green foam leaves with a sticky back that I had laying around the craft room. I also spied a shred of purple tissue paper which made a nice scarf for the witches' neck, to keep her warm on these cold October nights.

Granted, I keep a supply of craft items around, and occasionally I go to Michaels, JoAnn's and other crafts stores. But at the time that I buy items, sometimes I don't even have a plan for what I am buying. Usually it is a whim, that says, yah, I want to try that, or that's cool, maybe I'll find something to use that on. If you have any questions about making this witch, feel free to contact me. (carpediem5790@yahoo.com) Oh and carpe diem! Seize what you have and seize the day to create.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cracker Barrel - summer games

Cracker Barrel has over 100 prizes to give away and a fun little game with which to gain chances to win. Trips to the Grand Canyon, Grand Opry, Gift Cards, Gift Baskets, etc.  Check it out today. http://www.crackerbarrelsummerspin.com

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

$100 Amazon Gift Card Flash Giveaway!! at Coupon Queen that Saves Green

Head over to Coupon Queen that Saves Green and enter the flash giveaway of a $100 Amazon Gift Card or your choice Here's $100 Gift card Flash Giveaway http://bit.ly/KNkB4mhttp://bit.ly/KNkB4m  of some wonderful gifts.

Friday, March 30, 2012


Hurry over to Old House Kitchen to enter the Gooseberry Patch Recipe book giveaway of Meals in Minutes Three simple, but memorable entries to win. Visiting Old House Kitchen is like a having a little miracle happen during your day. Turn on your sound, listen to the sweet music, and read some of the wisdom filled and peacegiving thoughts on this blog from a blessed blogger. Carpe diem, giveaway ends April 7, 2012.  http://www.oldhousekitchen.com/2012/03/meals-in-minutes-gooseberry-patch.html