Hi!  Welcome back to "This is Your Life...er...Blog".
Today, I'll "showcase" (see?  getting more assertive already!)
some of the crafts and oh, heck, who knows...I may throw some other bits in too!
This is the part where you go get your coffee k?
I'll wait here.

Accessorize Your Pillow!

Take one pillow & make as many embellishments as you can think of
and change it up for the seasons or occasions!

Candlestick Makeover

From yucky brown blahness to shabby chic.

When Worlds Collide

Imagine the possibilities of psychic phenomena and
a personal experience

Le Chien Etape

Elmo's stepstool to the bed.

1971 Photo Art by Elaine Briere

A Canadian Photographer who portrayed fabulous shots
of a couple of my relatives in BC.

Welcoming Christmas At My Front Porch

All the crafting that went into this final presentation...
something I never thought I'd do.
I'd like to thank
Front Porch Ideas and More
for featuring my front porch back in January!
An Honour!

I'll leave you with that for today!

Hopefully, I'll be able to show you our antique chandeliers in our bedroom soon!
We hung one yesterday...It's sooo beautiful!
Dan says it's strong enough to swing on.....if only huh?!
I know...visual....ignore me.

I'm really thinking hard about a giveaway to celebrate my anniversary tomorrow!
I'll let you know what I come up with!


My Six Month Anniversary of Blogging is in two days!
Personally, I can't believe I'm actually still blogging.
I'm usually the type of (Gemini) person to start and stop things rather quickly.
You know the type....that knows a little bit of everything, but not well?

I thought I'd just highlight some of my past postings over the next couple days for those of you who may not have known I even existed and don't have the patience or time to look back at everything I've written or accomplished.

Ghosts In The House

A little story about how the ghosts from the 1800s cemetary
next door have affected our household.

Lavender & Lounging

Tidbits of healthful information
on the healing properties of lavender and how to use it.

Baked Garlic Shrimp

Mop up the delicious broth with french bread.

The Shy Girl

Have hope...Shyness does disappear
if you want it to.

The Tray is Done!

My hellish journey to redo a battered tea tray
and the mistakes I made (like crazy) along the way.

I'll put some more out tomorrow....I know....you can hardly wait right?
(sarcasm...for those of you that don't know me yet...)
I actually do feel a little weird "showcasing" my stuff....but okay....I'm over it!

Many, many years ago my husband, Dan & I purchased this old stool
at some not remembered antique shop.
Maybe 10-15 years ago!
It sat in our old garage at the old home we lived in and had been taken
apart, but never stripped down.
The metal portion had been painted over & over, was rusted and pitted and
the seat was a mess, the step was broken but the pieces were both there.
Sorry!  No BEFORE shots at all!  I know...I forgot!

I guess I've given him some inspiration to finish old projects we'd both
forgotten about, because he worked at this slowly and diligently and now
it is proudly displayed in our kitchen by the stairs
(although I took the photos somewhere else...lighting!)
It's a beautiful old piece and I'll bet some of you remember having one of these
in your family's kitchen at some time or another.
This is kind of a neat stool because you can fold the bottom step into the frame
to keep it out of the way.
It's super sturdy because the legs are iron so it'd be perfect for
using as a guitar stool don't you think?

He did a fantastic job and made it look new, but old, but new....
.....came in the form of a post from
Heather & Vanessa
At The Picket Fence

They did a blog today titled
Big News For Google Friend Connect Users

and as far as I'm concerned...they are my HEROES! 
Yay!  Woot!  Woot!

Please go read their solution if you haven't already.
They, along with some other bloggers, contacted Brent Riggs, the creator of Linky Tools
and came up with this....

See the Follow Me in my side bar?
If you follow me on Google Friends Connect,
I'd love for you to please follow me through this new venue
before March 1, 2012 please!

You can also add this tool to your own sidebar by clicking on
"Get your own Linky Followers" under my widget.

Now, I don't have to change over to Blogger because apparently they are going to phase it out completely even for Blogger bloggers.  Google apparently wants everyone to start using the Google +...and you heard my rant about that.

I'm a happy girl now!
Thanks Vanessa & Heather

Blog Rant

I've really been having quite a problem recently with this whole
Google Friends Connect going defunct for users other than
Blogger bloggers as of March 1, 2012.
I am a Weebly blogger...they are my host...never heard of them...why, I'm shocked?

I know it's not an accurate measurement of your members, because you
can't know the privacy protected members on the RSS feed.
I know it's truly not a reflection of how good your blog is or isn't.
I get that the page views are so much more important than that little box
with the friend counter in it, but lets face it, it's an indication of how well a blog is doing or not doing, isn't it?  When you visit someone's blog who has GFC and you see 900 members and they've only been blogging as long as you and you have 100...you are so impressed right?  Then you start perusing their blog and realize how great it is!  Whereas, you might just pass that blog by unless there was something wondrous on it right?  Seriously....right?
We strive to have all the members someone like Graphics Fairy has...am I right?
Unfortunately, it's become a gauge for bloggers of all types.

My problem is...if I lose this box, will I lose all my members who have subscribed to
my site via GFC?  Will my blog just disappear from their Google Reader or whatever other
venue they subscribed with when my GFC box disappears.  Do I have to start over finding followers again?  Or will they be supportive still?

Primarily, I liked being able to use GFC to contact new people who joined my site
that didn't make a comment, or don't have a blog.
Of course, I just realized that I have to join my own blog (which I thought was rather egotistical) until I found I can't contact them unless I'm a member of my own blog.  When I joined my own site, a message came up stating that as of March 1, GFC would be taken off my blog.

I had some help from Cathy over at My 1929 Charmer (who is a lovely, caring person by the way) and she advised me to sign up for a Blogger blog (which I did), but don't use it...like don't take it to the point of creating an actual blog, but just sign up for it.  I thought I was safe then.  And, it was actually kinda great because I found I could comment on other blogs that I couldn't before without the "Name/Url" option with this Google Account.  But, that is not the account I signed up my GFC with, and therein lies the problem I believe.  I'm still trying to figure out how to switch my GFC over to the account I just added with the link to my website here. 
And you think you're confused reading this?  Really?

Cathy also encouraged me to add Networked Blogs to my account and request people to join that if they are already on my GFC.  That's not going so great, because my friend Maureen tried to join it a couple days ago and she's still not showing up on it.  That's not the 1-2 hours Networked Blogs stated it would take for a friend to show up.....so.....
another glitch...whether it's Weebly or me or Networked Blogs....I'm exhausted trying to sort all this stuff out....I'm getting old you know....almost 50!

I didn't start this blog to be a techno wizard and I'm blown away by the technology required to write a blog.  I'm also extremely frustrated with Google.  I have joined
Google +, only to find I'm not quite sure how to use it properly....circles?  I can't even get the Google + badge onto my website via html!   I guess it's like facebook right?  Help me here please!  It's all so confusing!

And Facebook, well, never mind....wow!  I finally get my page set up, but I can't link it to my website here...same as what happened with the Google +!  And, now because GFC is leaving all of us non-bloggers, does that mean we have to maintain other social pages in order to keep our readers?  All I wanted to do was write a blog about my interests, do some inspiring and inspired crafts and meet new people who were interested in the same.  This is becoming a fulltime job of upkeep and I believe I have a solution, but am not sure how to implement it....

I need to move my website over to Blogger.
But, how, oh how am I to do this?
Can anyone recommend an online blog mover who doesn't cost an arm and a leg
and is reputable?  Do you know anyone who moves blogs in their entirety?
Have you heard from a friend of a friend about a blog mover?
If so.....please comment here or send me an e-mail and I'll be forever in your debt.

but....will I be able to transfer my GFC over with me?
hmmmm.....so many questions, so little time.

Any advise would be so welcomed....please?
Some of you may be wondering
where has she been?
Well, I'll let you in on a little secret....
and lets face it....it's January...cold, snowy and I like to curl up in front of the
fire with a coffee or hot chocolate and READ!

So, you can imagine how excited I was to have the book series I've been
reading recommended to me by not just one, but three people
close to me.  Other avid, ignore the world, readers like myself.

I remember when Dan & I first got together (and bear in mind, I've been a crazy, hide
under the covers with a flashlight reader from the time I was a young child) and
it'd be a nice afternoon outside but,  I'd be snuggled in a big chair reading
the latest suspense novel.  He'd be reading the paper for a bit, then he'd get up and go
do something else to occupy himself....and then he'd just be staring at me.
So, what did I do?
Did I run over and give him a big hug and say, "Let's go for a walk hon!  It's a
beautiful day outside!".  Nope.  I gave him a book to read!
He's almost worse than me now...like talking to a brickwall when he's reading.
I like to talk to him when he only has less than 10 pages left....hahahaha!

This series I've been reading for several weeks now is enthralling to say the least!
A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin

I downloaded the four books in the series to my kindle....

And now...have finished these four, which are 700-1,000 pages each,
only to find that the story continues......
I'm almost done this one....10% more on the kindle to go!
Now, I've found out that two more will be out soon!
This one isn't on my kindle options yet....
...because it's still "forthcoming" along with
"A Dream of Spring" and apparently the author hasn't disclosed yet if there will be an
8th book "forthcoming" as well.

This is one of the best series of books I've read in years!  The Hunger Games were great and Diana Gabaldon's series were wondrous.  These are on a par with those, but if
you love the realm of Kings, Queens, Princes, Dragons, Knights, Sellswords and Castles, you will be hooked on this amazing fantasy adventure.

Here's an excerpt from a review done on Amazon...

George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has become, in many ways, the gold standard for modern epic fantasy. Martin--dubbed the "American Tolkien" by Time magazine--has created a world that is as rich and vital as any piece of historical fiction, set in an age of knights and chivalry and filled with a plethora of fascinating, multidimensional characters that you love, hate to love, or love to hate as they struggle for control of a divided kingdom. It is this very vitality that has led it to be adapted as the HBO miniseries "Game of Thrones."

I'll be buying my copy of the first season series on DVD in March, 2012.
You will ignore the phone, the blog, dinner, laundry and your husband....
like I've been doing.