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Monday
May112009

Blog Give-away...

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{Thanks to everyone who left such kind comments to this post!  I really appreciate it and I am happy to announce the winners of the drawing!  That's right, winners as in plural!  I decided to give-away two sets of cards.  Our winners are Anita and Katelen! Congratulations!  I am not sure why, but we had 38 comments and only 25 are showing on the blog.  I printed the list from my admin page and counted those to get the winners.  Thanks again! :)}

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I'm having a blog give-away!  Win a set of my Rural Sketches Art Print Cards.

Card Size: 7" x 5"
Envelope Size: A-7 (7 1/4" x 5 1/4")
Photograph is 4 x 6 and centered on the card front.

Photo lab printed onto Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper with a gloss finish. Card base is ivory or white smooth finish heavy card stock.

Packaging: Cards are packaged in a cellophane bag with selection card of images. Each package contains two each of the three images.

To enter, leave a comment here and in a few days I will use Random.org to generate a winner!  Good luck!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Friday
May082009

Boetcker Wrote This...

• You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
• You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
• You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
• You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
• You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
• You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
• You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
• You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
• You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence.
• And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

~ William J. H. Boetcker- authorship of a pamphlet entitled The Ten Cannots, published in 1916

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Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Wednesday
May062009

Cool Finds...

Just discovered this really cool site for whimsical gifts called boygirlparty.com. I bought an illustrated journal for a friend and really like it!  I might have to buy another one!  They have tons of interesting things, so check it out!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Main Site

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Treetops Journal I bought.  Visit and click image to view more!

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Thursday
Apr302009

Great View...

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GREAT VIEW Journal Page by Roben-Marie with walnut ink,  glazes, acrylics, watercolors, collage and doodles.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Tuesday
Apr282009

One Second After...

I just finished reading One Second After by William R. Forstchen.  It is a must read!

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Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Friday
Apr242009

Sea Sponges & a Prophecy @ The Lucky Dill

Our first full day at the beach was spent sunning in Clearwater and then driving North of Tarpon Springs to sightsee and look at property.  Hubby is really in his element while tracking down bargains.  Anyway, we stopped for lunch at this New York Style Deli restaurant, and I mean NY style.  If you have ever been to NY and eaten in the restaurants there  you know the tables are "very" close together!  We are so used to our personal space in the south, but there, you might as well be eating with your neighbors.  Which brings me to the prophecy.  There were two ladies seated next to us and during our meal one of them says that God told her to tell us that Bobby, my hubby, is going to experience a job change.  She told us that we were meant to sit beside her at this restaurant so she could deliver that message.  She said more, but that was the gist of the prophecy.  Interesting....

Okay, now to Tarpon Springs, which is known for its sea sponges and Greek population. I'm not sure I can describe its waterfront area except to say that it reminded me of the San Francisco Wharf meets a Greek flea market.  The best in Greek bakeries every other store and lots of shops offering sea sponges and things made with and to go with sea sponges!

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Tuesday
Apr212009

Perspective...

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PERSPECTIVE Journal Page by Roben-Marie

“You must look within for value, but must look beyond for perspective.”  ~ Denis Waitley

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Monday
Apr202009

New Video Tutorial...

Ever wondered how to add those realistic frames to your photos either in your blog post or for the photos you want to use in your scrapping layouts?  Well, if you are interested in how to add realistic frames to your photos, I created a video tutorial showing you how!  You can view it on the Paperbag Studios website and it comes with a free personal use frame. It is called ADDING A FRAME TO A PHOTO and I recorded it in PhotoShop Elements 4. 

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Thursday
Apr162009

Last Day of Boot Camp...

What a wonderful time I have had doing this boot camp endurance and strength training program at my local YMCA!  Yesterday was the last day of the six week session and we had to do a timed obstacle course.  I felt like I was on Survivor!  Only I had a bathroom and cold water to drink!! LOL!  The next session starts in two weeks and I plan to sign up for that one as well!!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Friday
Apr102009

It Took Awhile, But...

Saturday
Apr042009

Untapped Possibilities...

I read this quote the other day and thought I would share:

“Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.”  ~ Dale E. Turner

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More images from my Multiples Series:

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Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Wednesday
Apr012009

Hooverball...

We played Hoover Ball in Boot Camp this morning!  It was awesome!  I never knew I could have so much fun while exercising!  What is Hooverball?   Wikipedia defines it as:

"Hooverball is a medicine ball game invented by President Herbert Hoover's personal physician to help keep then-President Hoover fit. 

In general, the game is played on a volleyball-type court of grass or sand and involves throwing a heavily weighted medicine ball over the net. Officially, in Hooverball, the medicine ball weighs about six pounds and is thrown over an eight-foot volleyball-type net. The game is scored just like tennis. The ball is caught and then thrown back. The weight of the medicine ball can make the sport to be quite physically demanding."

Watch a couple of short videos here and here to see how it works!

We made a few adjustments to our game.  Whenever a team dropped the ball, they dropped down and did 10 push ups!   It was a blast!!  :)

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Tuesday
Mar312009

Identity Theft & Web Finds...

In the summer of 2007 I read an article about "Identity Theft" and then heard Clark Howard, the consumer action expert, discuss it on his show.  It is easy to have a false sense of security, and I was compelled to look into placing a credit freeze on my credit.  Clark Howard defines a credit freeze as:  "...one of the most effective tools against economic ID theft available to consumers. They allow you to seal your credit reports and use a personal identification number (PIN) that only you know and can use to temporarily "thaw" your credit so that legitimate applications for credit and services can be processed. That added layer of security means that thieves can't establish new credit in your name even if they are able to obtain your ID." 

My husband and I took the time that summer to issue the freeze to our credit. 

Why am I mentioning this?  I feel strongly about this topic and debated whether or not to share my story as it is a rather boring topic, but hear me out.  In January of this year, my husband became a victim of identity theft.  We received a letter from Target indicating that he had tried to open a credit card account, but he had not.  Both of our credit card numbers were stolen and I received a call from a police detective that someone had used my husband's driver's license to rent a car.  Someone created a fake license and tried to pass it off as my husband's.  I share this because we are very careful and it still happened to us. 

Read about this security measure here on Clark's website. He explains exactly how to request a credit freeze and even has sample letters to make the whole process easy.

Webfinds

•Have you seen this new web store called Shop Handmade?  Great handmade goodies here!!
•Find some beautiful vintage "pretties" at Pretty Petals!
•I found this site where you can have your own artwork gallery wrapped!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Sunday
Mar222009

I'm in Boot Camp...

Okay, it isn't real boot camp, but it sure feels like it! About a  year ago, I began slacking in my work-out routine.  Where I once would not let more than a week or two go by without working out, soon turned into months.  Life got busy, I got stressed, lazy and a little out of sorts.  I have struggled to get back to the gym after so many years of hard work and commitment.  It has been hard.  Been there?  Then you know what I mean.  Anyway, my former trainer and friend, invited me to join his Boot Camp training a few weeks ago and I agreed.  During the first session, I was mulling over in my mind how I was going to break the news to him that I was a wimp and didn't think I could live through another session.  Thank goodness we had a four day break before session two.  For three of those days,  I could hardly bend my legs and my arms would not bend out straight.  UGH!  This is what I deserved for not keeping in shape.  I discovered, however, in session two that everyone else felt the same!

Enter four sessions later and I am doing better!  I don't feel quite as sore and I am actually having fun.  I didn't realize how much I had been missing the social aspects of working out and I am feeling better mentally and physically as well.

I wasn't sure I wanted to share this because when you put it out there, you are accountable.  I don't talk about riding my bike or boxing or any of that because I haven't been doing it.  I want that to change, so I am sharing that I am working toward changing my mindset and getting back to my commitment to being healthy!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Sunday
Mar152009

Where You Are Standing...

I came across this quote today and wanted to share:

“What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what kind of a person you are."  ~ C.S. Lewis

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Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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