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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Shutterfly Christmas cards and photoboooks.

I bought a Groupon for and 8x8 photo book from Shutterfly. I figured it would be a great opportunity to finally, after 4 years, put my wedding pictures into an album. We used a family friend for our photography needs and unfortunately the images were all upside down and too small to use on the disc. I was disheartened and sad that they weren't the perfect photos. Alas we also moved from Texas to Vegas to Seattle all in the span of the last four years and the negatives were lost along the way. I was heartbroken.
These pictures were to fill our walls and be put on Christmas cards to share with family and they were just gone. Then much to my amazement I looked in a box that had junk in it and there they were! In an envelope that had nothing to do with photos. I rushed to my local camera store to have them properly put on a disc so that I could use the Groupon before its expiration date. I got my disc and was so happy to finally put them in an album. I easily downloaded them to Shutterfly and realized I had way to many to put in an 8x8 so I upgraded to a 12x12 to give them their due space.
 It was during those few days of editing and placing that shutterfly offered 1 free Christmas card of my own design. I figured a sample in hand was the perfect way to show the husband and get his approval. He hates getting his picture taken and also hates all pictures taken of him. So I received the sample and after his input was able to design a card to his liking. I was even able to change the simple greeting to a whimsy one with my own sentiments in my own humor. Thanks Shutterfly!

Since buying the groupon I have ordered 3 photo books from Shutterfly and designed 3 Christmas cards. Its so easy and the designs are great.
·         holiday photo cards to
·         upload pictures to
·         calendar to  
·         personalized mug to
·         Choose your own card/invitation and URL from our Cards & Stationery page

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sammy my foster ferret

I love my fosters and most recently Sammy has really endeared himself to me. He's the one on the left, his buddy is Syd. He is a silver, blind oldster. He goes about the ferret room running into things and he LOVES his soup. I believe that the soup is what has extended his life. That and being in a home environment instead of the shelter I use a version of this Soup recipe and I add carnivore care brewers yeast, chicken baby food and nutrical. I prepare my chicken in the crock pot and use the remaining broth to reconstitute the dry kibble. I have also added chicken hearts but my local store does not carry them.
The other day I went to my basement ferret room with the soup for Sammy and after he ate and wiped his face on my pants he climbed up into my lap and proceeded to make himself at home. He nuzzled my arm and gave arm kisses. I held protective hands around him so he wouldn't roll off, he is blind after all, and he just stayed there. I had a lot of things to do including litter boxes and food and water refills but Sammy made me stay there and enjoy his company for a while. It was bliss. Thanks little dude.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The ferret Giving tree
Its that time of year again to make a fuzzies christmas. Send toys!! bedding food All things ferrety Even a gift card to Target

Halloween 2010

This year I flew to L.A. to be with friends and family for Halloween. Leaving my grumpy Halloween hating husband at home to mope by himself. Luckily I can rely on him to feed, water and give meds to the ferrets.
My idea for a costume was inspired by its a lot of tulle. I tried one on at a costume shop and was shocked at the price tag, $90-$140. Tulle is less than $2 a yard so off I went on a mission to make it. I bought $19 worth of tulle and cut it into 7 pieces. Laying them flat and stacked on top of one another I made a hood with a ribbon sewing all 7 pieces together.ghost tutorial.

I put it on and looked spooky and frothy from the front and sides but rather weak in the back. Hmm. I checked the magazine article and noticed online a big difference in fabric size. I bought 54" and Martha uses specialty store 108". That's a huge difference. I wasn't going to let that stop me so I just made it work. I tore up the top two layers for a ragged effect. The night before Halloween I wore my costume in the Seattle rain to a house party and 2 bars. I figured any distressing would only add to the whole effect.

I rolled up my cloak and put it in my carry on and off to L.A. I went. Once in Hermosa beach I changed into my costume out of the trunk of my rental car and was ready to party. I got to wear it all day and took every opportunity to act spooky much to my brothers chagrin. I even painted my teeth green and reddened the skin around my eyes. I left my travel straggly hair alone as it fit the costume.

I had lunch at Henneseys in Hermosa then handed out candy in El Segundo at Joaquin and Cheselys house. The night took us to Gassers Lounge for an art show but the red lighting sorta prevented us from viewing the art. My friend Rob was a ghastly site in full makeup with contacts and prosthetic facial features. He looked awesome. See Above.

Alas the trip had to end 48 hours after I got there and I just didn't feel like carrying back that huge white torn up pile of material. Amber gave it to the dog to tear up.

My trip was short but sweet. It was good to see Amber, Rob, the other Rob and Candy his baby mama, Joaquin, Ches, Brody, Michelle, Ryan, Marcus, Jess, Eric, Joe, Jennifer my sister, Stella, Jaliza, brother Kyle and his new lady friend who is way cute.

Oh I almost forgot I coined a new term. Its DTMH for Don't Tell my Husband. I got a new tattoo. Its inspired by this years costume and and all Halloweens past and future. Spooookyyy. Original art by Jennifer Sutton, my sister. She kicks major ass.