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Thursday, September 22, 2011

My Pet Firefly by Gemmy Industries Giveaway at PDC

I love fireflies. In fact, they are really the only thing I enjoy in the summer. The last 3 summers I lived in Tennessee my daughters and I caught fireflies for a research foundation and made money doing it. Yes, you read that right! Here are some (bad resolution from a really old cell phone) photos of the second summer

Some large fireflies
Checking our collection
Weighing our collection
Writing our check

Dwight posing with our check
Woohoo! Big check!

We had to catch the redheaded fireflies - not the brown headed ones. By the second summer I caught on to that and learned how to tell the difference before we even caught them.  We experimented with catching methods. At first we were just catching them with our hand and putting them in cleaned out plastic jars - we would have to shake the jar or tap the lid a few times to get them down in the bottom before putting a new one in. That was very slow going! Then I found nets at the Dollar Tree and wow, that made a difference! The nets were bug catching nets, sold in the summer for just such a thing. We could catch a lot in a net and hold the net closed while we added them to our jars. Still not effective, so I pondered it and we switched to plastic bags - newspaper bags worked great!  We could hold the bag closed with our left hand, catch with the net in our right hand then transfer them to the bags. We were catching thousands a night sometimes, combined. After we caught our fill for the night we would put our bags in the freezer and the next day we would count  them (very fast so they didn't thaw) and add our total to the "Bug Catching Sheet" I had on the freezer door. That was how we kept track of who caught what and how much money we potentially made. They were worth a certain amount of  money per ounce and it took quite a few to make an ounce! We were the top catchers by the second summer and got our names in the newspaper :o)

When we moved to Louisiana there weren't any fireflies to enjoy and I really missed that. Here in West Virginia we have them and it is just so nice to sit outside at night and watch all the blinking around us, but Dwight of Project Firefly, who collected them for the foundation, doesn't come here so I can't collect them anymore. Not only do I miss running around collecting fireflies, I miss the exercise too LOL! Supposedly the fireflies in TN had bugs with some of the highest concentration of the chemicals that make them light up, which is why he traveled across the state of TN collecting them, and he lived in California! The research foundation used the bugs' chemicals in cancer research, among other things. The chemicals could literally burn up cancer cells from the inside out without burning up the patient. Pretty cooool, huh?  I thought about trying to find out if I could still catch them and send them frozen but haven't found that out yet. I'll post again if I do.

So, what brought this up is that I found a giveaway on Pink Dandy Chatter for a My Pet Firefly by Gemmy Industries.  It looks ADORABLE! I could have a firefly to look at all year long LOL! And it has a smile on its face :o)  It comes in a jar with batteries under the lid (included) and you tap the lid to activate the firefly.

Janae Chang of Pink Dandy says this and has these photos posted:

I was so excited when the My Pet Firefly arrived in the mail. There are actually three different colors to choose from: green, pink and blue. The girls got the green firefly in a jar. It's amazing to watch the little firefly light up in green and fly around the jar. So, how does it work? The underside lid of the jar holds batteries (that are included) and you tap on the lid to activate the firefly.
Inside the jar is a very small firefly that holds a little smile...I think he is happy to have his home in the jar for all the kids to enjoy him. The firefly has a thin, clear string attached to him, which allows him to flutter all around the jar. He flies around and sits down and flies some more...just like a real bug would do. And, of course, the really awesome thing he does is light up. He is fun to watch in the light and in the dark. All he wants is to be watched and no food is required. This is the kind of pets that all parents want their children to have. 

ABOUT GEMMY (from their website):
Gemmy Industries was founded in 1984 in Dallas, Texas. Since then, Gemmy has been a groundbreaker in the fields of novelties and animation. Gemmy’s animation expertise has created such names as Pete the Repeat Parrot, Douglas Fir and, of course, the Big Mouth Billy Bass sensation.
Over the years, Gemmy has been equally successful in the seasonal decorations market, creating new categories and performing brilliantly in others. We were the originators of Airblown® Inflatables, which have since become a staple of holiday decor. Gemmy has also pioneered the way in life-sized figures for Christmas and Halloween, and blazed new trails in lighting solutions and technology – most notably with our LightShow™ brand. Our products have enjoyed time in the limelight, and lodged in pop culture. We’ve appeared in the pages of the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Washington Post and have been featured prominently on The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the Colbert Report.
Gemmy Industries is the premier trendsetter in the areas of entertainment technology, decorating solutions, and animatronics, continuing on in our role as an industry leader and innovator.

Needless to say, Gemmy has some pretty great products, but this one is the one I really want. Really.  My second choice would be the peacock light decoration. I can't say that is a Christmas decoration, it's just a pretty decoration, hehe. So, I'm going back to Pink Dandy and put in my entries for My Pet Firefly. I hope to get it too!  Thanks for stopping by and reading my history. I would have had more pictures but you kinda can't take photos in the pitch dark with flashing fireflies all around while you have a net in one hand and a bag in the other, still I wish I did have some even though I have great memories :o)

Hugs and blessings to you!!   Deborah

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Thinking About My Memories Suite SB Software and PDC Giveaway

  I'm still looking for an affordable, user friendly digital software. I'd love to have PhotoShop but not only is it pricey, I don't want to spend that kind of money when I don't know enough digitally to support the purchase. Eventually I want to design, but right now I just need to learn and make digital layouts quickly and easily. I have been using GIMP which can do almost all that PS does, with some language and sometimes a different process, but it is taking me time to learn it and I want to make pages for challenges faster than I currently am.

 I have seen so many people comment on My Memories so I am going to give it a try. It is affordable at $39.97 and I can use a coupon for $10 off the purchase price and the program comes with a $10 coupon for the store. The coupon code for $10 off  My Memories Suite v2.0 is STMMMS75259 for you to use and share with anyone who wants to try it and purchase it .  The program comes pre-loaded with oodles of pages and digital files but you are not limited to what is there, they have lots of free kits you can download and they have weekly deals, album templates *for the SB newbies like myself* and a Dollar Store that you can use the included coupon for. Basically, you can consider that in the end you are getting the program and extras for only $19.97!! Plus, any digital kits or files you already have or find on the web can be used in the program. I have been building a digi stash for the last month and between free and what I've bought, I am starting to have quite a bit to choose from to work with so I am happy to be able to use them int he program! I have a couple other programs that I purchased in the past that just don't cut it making pages look flat with no shadows or digi files are not interchangeable so they are not a viable option and were a waste of money. Oh! My Memories also  allows you to share an interactive album on a disc (DVD or CD) that will automatically play on a computer (PC or Mac) with options to  turn your scrapbook into a movie to watch on a DVD-or view on an iPod. You can even create and share professionally printed and bound calendars, make posters or trading cards for a sport team or event, and post a movie of your scrapbook on your Facebook page-all with the click of a button.  You can read more about it here in the MM store. I also joined the My Memories Blog/Forum to delve a little deeper into what owners of the program say and do. 

  Then I found an amazing giveaway of My Memories program at Pink Dandy Chatter blog! How sweet is that? There are many ways to enter and the giveaway ends September 25th at noon MST. I would really love to win a copy of the MMSuite! If you would like to enter just follow the link. Pink Dandy Chatter has lots of other giveaways also so you might want to look around.

  Well, that is my blog for now, I guess I will let you go so you can review My Memories too. Please be kind and leave me a comment if you have used the software, I'd really like to know more about it. Some of my favorite designers use My Memories so that has already helped me out. Thanks for reading, I hope you have a very blessed day!!

Love and blessings, Deborah

22Sept - post edit: For anyone who saw this post when half of the text had a white background, I have no idea how it got that way but thank God I know how to read and edit HTML!! It didn't show up that way on the preview or the compose window so I had to go into the Edit HTML mode and read through all the coding to delete all the background coloring codes. Sheesh! I never had that happen on the old Blogger interface. I switched back to it for the new post tonight so I am going to check and make sure it didn't get posted goofy. Not sure I like all the new interface changes Blogger made, I can't find everything. That might be a separate blog post LOL. More hugs and blessings!! Deborah

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What I've been up to

My poor neglected blog!

I was so excited to start a blog and post my cards! I was thrilled to find digital images to color for my cards! THEN I found digital scrap papers and elements! I was clueless about how to use them. The first element I found was a cluster from DigiDesignResort. I asked how to use it and didn't understand well enough so I couldn't enter that challenge. NOW I understand LOL! I am completely AMAZED at the creations I have found in forums, blogs, stores, etc. and have been gathering free clusters, Quick Pages, and more, and even bought some kits. I joined a few forums and read tutorials and downloaded a program to practice digiscrap, but I couldn't get past making the first layer *yes you can laugh with me*. I didn't want to buy a program, not knowing what to buy that would be the best investment for the long run since I want to eventually learn to design. Then I found out that I had Gimp from years ago that I only used to transform image types, but updating it and reading into it I learned that it can be used for making digiscrap pages - yay! Of course, I had to learn how first.  I have been using Microsoft Office Publisher for almost 20 years now so I started practicing in it. I can make all page aspects easily in it but I can't put drop shadows on my elements and found out that it is really important to have them, hehe, or the page looks, well, flat. Still, I entered a forum challenge with a mini kit provided and I created my very first page ever, and I did it digitally in Publisher, and even converted it into my desktop wallpaper!

Be nice, it is "flat" since I have not re-created it in Gimp to have shadows yet, but I wanted to share it with you. What better to scrap my very first page with than a family photo? I hope you like it enough to come back and see what else I learn to do! If you have any help to offer or good Gimp tutorial links, it will be greatly appreciated :o)

My desktop wallpaper

These were done in the Gotta Pixel fourm and are stored in my gallery.  There are many challenges there with great freebie rewards and the ladies are awesome! Come join if you want to learn and be part of a fantastic community of support!

 I will be learning to design and posting freebies as I go along. I pray all of you are kept in God's loving hands. If you have had damage to your homes from flooding or fires, I pray that God is making a way for your shelter, food, clothing and future needs as you give Him praise for every little thing you have left in your life, and even that you have your life, because He loves you so very much!! Been there, done that...

Many Blessings to all of you!  JoyfullyOrange/Deborah

Sunday, September 4, 2011

1000 sheets for A thousand sheets... again!

Amy at A Thousand Sheets Of Paper is giving away another 1000 sheets of paper plus more - She is even including some stamps!  Here is what she says:

That's a lot of paper, huh? Perhaps just a bit much to send all to one person, so I'm breaking it apart into five candies of 200 sheets each. And the fun doesn't stop there! I couldn't celebrate another wonderful, exciting,fantabulous and simply amazing year of stamping and blogging without throwing some stamps into the mix as well! So I have collected stamps from some of my most favorite companies into one MEGA CANDY!
Wanna know what all is included? There is:

  • Tickled Pink Lil Steampunk Lilith and others
  • Kraftin Kimmie Clarabelle, sentiments and others
  • The Emerald Fairies Larakins
  • Some Odd Girl Balloon Kaylee and Mooey
  • My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Book in Hand
  • The Craft's Meow Frieda stamps
  • Stamping Bella Arthur and Annie
  • Unity/Bella Blvd house
  • The Greeting Farm Wild Sprouts that I designed (Stella, Ruby, Chelsea and Gigi)
  • CC Designs Birthday Gretel
  • and a Sweet November stamp from each release of this past year (Raspberry Flitter Friend, Briar and Sonata, Princess Isadora, Splash and Wave, Penelope and Juniper, Gemini, Darby and Dazzle, Milk and Cookies Christmas boy, Neva snowflake fairy, Fairwee Josie, jar and sentiments)
Wondering what you need to do for a chance to win all of these plus some yummy paper? Well, because this is pretty big and I'm pretty excited about it, I really want to spread the word sooooo... in order to be eligible to win the grand prize you have to post about the 1000 sheets blog candy on your own blog (feel free to right click and use the paper photo above), linking directly back to this post. Once you've done that, just leave a comment here and you will be entered... easy peasy! Like always, I will ship anywhere so all are welcome to play! :)

I will leave this candy open through Friday, September 23rd then random generator will pick a winner and I will announce on Saturday, September 24th.

Here are the photos:

I will keep the candy in my sidebar in case this post rolls off, because you have until the 23rd of September to enter the giveaway, and you don't have to have a blog to enter. More details are on her blog. So what are you waiting for??

Many blessings to you!  Deborah 

Friday, September 2, 2011

DMW weekly blog candy

Digi My World is having a weekly blog candy winner! Easy peasy to enter, just follow the link, be a follower, post about the candy and put it in your side bar. Then enter to win! How easy is that?

Good luck! Deborah