I am continuing clean out my email and revisit some sites that I found and blogged about before. I am always so surprised how much I like this site and their products, it is like a little puff of fresh air. Kitausagi photo gallery. I love this clock. This and this are adorable! Hakkadrops postcards.
Have been so busy with holidays then rushing back to work, I have been remiss in mentioning a few wonderful items coming in the mail. First I received the Carved Stamp Swap (hosted by Moki ) package full of wonderful stamp goodies. Here are a few on my inspiration wall. Sorry that I did not take photo of all of them, I did use many on packages. Thankfully, Moki documented the swap here. Thank you everyone, that was much fun!
By Peter Graff December 29, 2005 via boston.com news LONDON (Reuters) - If you have an envious streak, you probably shouldn't read this.
Because chances are, Alex Tew, a 21-year-old student from a small town in England, is cleverer than you. And he is proving it by earning a cool million dollars in four months on the Internet.
Selling porn? Dealing prescription drugs? Nope. All he sells are pixels, the tiny dots on the screen that appear when you call up his home page.
He had the brainstorm for his million dollar home page, called, logically enough, http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/, while lying in bed thinking out how he would pay for university.
The idea: turn his home page into a billboard made up of a million dots, and sell them for a dollar a dot to anyone who wants to put up their logo. A 10 by 10 dot square, roughly the size of a letter of type, costs $100.
He sold a few to his brothers and some friends, and when he had made $1,000, he issued a press release.
That was picked up by the news media, spread around the Internet, and soon advertisers for everything from dating sites to casinos to real estate agents to The Times of London were putting up real cash for pixels, with links to their own sites.
So far they have bought up 911,800 pixels. Tew's home page now looks like an online Times Square, festooned with a multi-colored confetti of ads.
"All the money's kind of sitting in a bank account," Tew told Reuters from his home in Wiltshire, southwest England. "I've treated myself to a car. I've only just passed my driving test so I've bought myself a little black mini."
The site features testimonials from advertisers, some of whom bought spots as a lark, only to discover that they were receiving actual valuable Web hits for a fraction of the cost of traditional Internet advertising.
Meanwhile Tew has had to juggle running the site with his first term at university, where he is studying business.
"It's been quite a difficulty trying to balance going to lectures and doing the site," he said.
But he may not have to study for long. Job offers have been coming in from Internet companies impressed by a young man who managed to figure out an original way to make money online.
"I didn't expect it to happen like that," Tew said. "To have the job offers and approaches from investors -- the whole thing is kind of surreal. I'm still in a state of disbelief."
I found this unique photo display thingie (kind of like this) at Storables. We used it for holding our Christmas Wishes (written on some of Kathleen's wonderful papers). My S-I-L's global wish: DEMOCRATS, DEMOCRATS, DEMOCRATS.
I think I bought my last present today. This has not been a pleasant Holiday. I hate to rush and try to find the 'perfect' present in a rush. Have spent more time trying to FIND a parking place at the mall than spent in the mall finding SOME present. Not how I envision Christmas. Family is here tomorrow and still lots to do. Next year will not be this terrible (wait, didn't I say this last year?)
I knew all of those wine corks would come in handy some day soon. I made some reindeer Chistmas trees ornaments. A favorite is for my neighbor's cork (she gave me that wine and I used the cork). She will love that. Sad to think this is the only 'craft' I have had time for!
1. Drink lots of wine 2. Cut one in half for head 3. make your holes with an ice pick 4. trim off top of toothpick for legs 5. the hardest part is getting the legs right so the litte deer will stand up! 6. cut a little piece of fabric for scarf 7. Cut off red and white pins with a snipper 8. add little eyes with marker.
Mom and I have been busy the last few days trying to get our Christmas presents together. She has been busy making oodles to these chocolate wreaths that she heard about on Oprah. She also made a artichoke/roasted garlic bread dippers. We found some fantastic Califorinia (very plump) grapes, pears, apples, tangerines, wasabi peas (at Mom's favorite local vegetable/fruit stand - Star Market), mom made a infused salad dressing and then added a bottle of good red wine we found on sale, chocolate truffles and my hand-made cork reindeer ornaments. So we decided to put together some baskets for neigbors and co-workers. The putting together of those items is the fun part!
See that sweet child in my avator? Where has he gone? This is what happens when you ask our 14-year-old to stand still for a photo. What happened to that very sweet little boy? BTW, it took him 5 hours to clean his room and another 3 hours to dust four surfaces in the family room. (did not quite get around to vacuuming or putting away his clothes.
Illustration Friday is Imagine. John Lennon and his wonderful song are my first thoughts. Imagine if we lived in real peace and cared about each other, then we could focus on what is really important like global warming, AIDS, hunger, proverty. Just imagine that!
Peeping Friday - a look inside your purse. And my husband will tell you my is always a nightmare. And I carry most of my stuff in my coat pockets. In my pockets I have keys, security card-key for work, 2 thumbdrives, lots of trash, lots of change, money, cell-phone, tissues, receipts from Kinkos. Camilla has lots more links and you can take a peek in hers.
Wallet with lots of receipts I need to throw away, two toothbrushes, powder, pieces of paper with names and phone numbers, notes to myself and to-do list (from last month), two month calendar, two little post-its (why are those in there?). DayQuil (I have been sick), a packet of drawing pens, an old lotto ticket (did I win?), a airline ticket jacket from my trip in October, thumbdrive, those little hand-cleaning thingies (my mother gave them to me), a small japanese note-keeping pad that I keep any ideas I have in, cough drops, a free movie ticket someone gave me (have not used it yet), a little catholic thing my mom gave me, flashlight (really belongs in my car), two used check registers just floating around, a pill box for my vitamins so I can take them at work (I have really been trying to keep up with my vitamins), a little bottle of tylenol, address book, a bag full of change and another little pocket full of change (why do I have two?), a bag full of makeup that I never use and about 7 lipsticks. Now aren't you sorry you looked? I am!!! You now know what most all ready do, I am a out of control mess. LOL. Except, now it is a little cleaner.
Where did I get off the Christmas track? I have taken a couple of days of vacation to get back on. In one short week, my in-laws are here, I must get some presents. So this morning with all my panic buttons pushed, I am in major xmas mode. In 8 hours I will have these trees trimmed and the house decorated! We decided to bring out the big tree this year (so big the top piece will not fit in the room). Some furniture re-arranging had to be done to accomodate.
Mom has finally found time to blog. She posted my favorite meal - Blackened Chicken Recipe. I love it in salad, by itself, in a sandwich. It is great to cook up and take to work the next day, although there is never enough left for that. She also discovered a little trick in the making of Honey-Roasted Almonds. (Mom says she looks like Barbara Bush in that photo...but it the newest one I have, sorry mom.)
It was a year ago when I really started blogging all the fun stuff that I had stored up in my tons of emails to myself - this was from last year at this time 'snowflake maker' thank you, lookandfeel.com for giving us some chilly thrills! You can even save them out as pdf's ... now that is a useful tool! Another joyful ap for creating snowflakes at from Popular Front.
Illustration Friday is surprise. I can remember twirling the little handle on a jack-in-the-box toy as a child. Knowing the jester would pop out but still always being surprised when it did. This is an old illustration from my newspaper days. Santa-In-The-Box is my offering for surprise.
I think this qualifies for Studio Friday's "What was I thinking?" series. I shot my card this year (vs. some art production) but then decided instead of printing the back, I would hand-stamp it! "What was I thinking?" So on top of a little cold, ear ache and trying to get the house holiday-ized...I am spending my time with some stamp pads.