December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Found a New Tool Thanks to a Cool Blog!

Today I stumbled across a tool that allowed me to make a "header" for this blog out of photographs stored on my computer.  I am not a very techy person and while I don't consider myself decorating challenged, per se, as much as I just haven't paid attention to decorating since 1996 or so, I was skeptical that this tool would be as easy to use as the blogger said it was.  I know what I like - but creating it - another story! 

Here's a great wonderful THANK YOU AND SHOUT OUT to Joy at a Vintage Green for turning me on to iPiccy!

Well, it is fairly easy to use - sort of.  I believe I understand what are some of the basics okay, but there are a lot of bells and whistles that allow one to do all sorts of creative fancy things with photographs and putting them together in a "collage", one of which I used as my new header for this blog.

I'm still experimenting.  For instance, I don't understand how to get that header "centered" on my computer screen in this blog itself.  I looked around inside of my Blogger stuff but couldn't find anything that I thought applied.  So I experimented around some with the relative size of the "header" I created at iPiccy.  One looked too big and overwhelming, one was too small, and if it's not exactly the right size it looks like it's aligned with the left hand margin rather than being centered over the body of the blog.  Driving me crazy but I've got lots yet to do tonight so I'm settling on this look for now.

It is a wonderful tool, and I look forward to experimenting more with it to see what kinds of collages I can create.  I think it would be neat to do a series of season-themed headers/collages at iPiccy to use for this blog.  And, tee hee, now that I know about iPiccy, there's no reason I have to limit myself to this blog.  Nope -- I can finally do a chess and goddess-themed header/collage for Chess, Goddess and Everything.  Mr. Don will be soooo proud of me! 

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