Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A little of This and a Lot of That

The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; 
slow to anger, and of great mercy.
Psalm 145:8

I shared a couple of real photo postcards of children with you the other day.  Here are a couple more I thought you'd enjoy.

Free Vintage Postcard of brothers
Free vintage postcard of sisters
Aren't they adorable?  As an amateur photographer, I love to capture children, especially candid photos.  I found a blog today, with tips for photographing children which might come in handy for you.   Photographer's Tips for Interacting with Children.


I've been having some fun with Pinterest as you can see if you've been looking at any of my boards there.  I found THE most exciting tip there this week.  Now, don't laugh at me, this really worked and I'm happy about it.


I learned that I could free the rollers of my vacuum cleaner with a seam ripper.   It really worked, and I'm thrilled that my vacuum cleaner can now be used for the purpose it was intended.  If you don't have a white long haired dog like my Sadie, you may not need this technique. 

I found a great site called Ministry-To-Children.com where there are tons of ideas for Sunday School, VBS, and at home.  Everything is free - Bible lessons, coloring pages, crafts, games, tons of free things to print off their website.  Lots of ideas for ways to make learning the Bible fun.   It is run by a father of 5 who is a Children's Minister, along with a team of 5 writers.  I spent a lot of time there reviewing the lessons and background and I give them a thumbs up. 

Here's a few Pinterest tips below.
  • Did you know that when you "follow" someone, you can select just specific boards they have that interest you, or select to follow all of them.  You can "unfollow" a board without the "pinner" getting a notification.
  • You can rearrange your boards in the order you want them to appear.
  • When you repin, you can change the comment.
  •  When you are viewing your boards or pins, if you click on the black "pinterest" in the upper left corner, you can view all the new pins of the people you follow.
  • When you pin something from a blog or website, be sure that you link it to the actual post, otherwise others won't be able to easily find the great tutorial you're sharing.  
Okay, moving on to another topic.  I recently discovered Persnickety Prints and placed my first order with them.  They are not your typical photo processing company, but are geared for digital scrappers/artists.  My order came at lightening speed and I was thrilled with the quality and the prices. 


Here's what  I found to be great about their services:

  • They offer scrapbook size prints - 6x6, 8x8, 12x12 and so much more.  You can't see, but I'm doing a happy dance about that
  • You can order 3 1/2" x 5", not many places offer that anymore.  The happy dance continues.
  • You can order matte, glossy or metallic finish which is a little more expensive but gives the print a very unique look.  Also tons of other options such as photo books, cards, postcards and more. 
  • $5.00 flat rate shipping, I got my prints 2 days after I ordered them online.
  • Unlimited photo storage, file sharing, photo editing, free drag and drop templates
  • Low prices compared to other online sites.
  • Persnickety Blog offers free digital downloads and much more.
I highly recommend them.  

Don't forget my 100 follower giveaway which ends Friday, September 30th. 


I'm giving away two batches of goodies similar to what you see below ~ lace, buttons, old Christmas postcards, punches from vintage music, and more.  You can click on the lady in blue above which will take you to the post on how you could win.


That's all I have for you today my friends.  I hope you have a wonderful day. 


    2 comments:

    Kathryn Ross said...

    Super informative and entertaining post today, Abby! Thanks for the tips! Especially on Pinterest. I don't really have a great deal of time to spend there, yet, but hope to learn more about making it useful. How do I save text like recipes or quotes that I find written into an article - or is that just not what Pinterest does? Still trying to figure out how to follow people. Unless I find a button on a blog I can't follow friends.

    On another note - God has gotten me through the work life tunnel of September and I'm happy to report a good conclusion to the administrative upset. I'm working exclusively with the original visionary founder now so everything is back in place and we're creatively moving forward. Still some bumpy spots ahead, but right brain people are heading the arts program - which is as it should be.

    Thanks for your prayers during a very stressful month!
    Joy!
    Kathy

    Jan Marie said...

    Thanks so much for the tips and the generous and precious artwork! Have a blessed week!