Friday Feature – Free Downloads 9.26.08

26 09 2008

Okay folks, you know how much I LOVE free downloads. Here are a few I’m sure you will love too.


A fellow graphic designer, Jackie at Wee Life has the cutest scavenger hunt photo lists. Great for small children who can’t read yet. Jackie was kind enough to let me put her park design on my site for you all to download. Visit Wee Life to see the entire collection of urban, beach, forest and park lists… they are so much fun!!

Download Park Scavenger Hunt



Briar Press has some great free ornaments to download.  Go check out their fun designs for non-commercial use.

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I also wanted to make sure you check out Martha Stewart’s Blog Studio. Yes… she has a studio just for blogging! Cool huh? As you know, I’m a big time Martha fan and am loving seeing this personal side of her.

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Halloween Blog Party

3 09 2008

Do you love Halloween? It’s only September, but it’s never too early to think scary thoughts!

I’m excited to announce I’m hosting a Halloween Blog Party!

October 19 – October 31, 2008

I go all out for Halloween! I couldn’t wait to show you some of my decorations and ideas. Then I thought… why don’t I host a blog party and see all of your ideas too! Starting October 19th, for 13 spooky days, I’ll feature blogs and anyone with photos who want to join the party and show off their Halloween spirit! Then on October 31st, I’ll give away prizes!!! It’s not a party without prizes right? You have plenty of time to think of something original or find old photos from Halloween past. I hope to see lots of spooktacular ideas!

Contest Categories

  • Best Original Costume FYI: I’m a sucker for family themes and funny pet costumes!
  • Creepiest Yard Decor Does not have to be yours, take a photo of your neighbor’s yard if it’s good!
  • Most Creative Party Idea This includes recipes, decor, games and crafts.
  • Most BOOtiful Halloween Design This includes party invitations, cards and scrapbook pages.
  • Most Bewitching Halloween Photo As long as it’s Halloween themed… anything goes!

Contest Rules: All entries must be something you produced, not a photo from a magazine or book. Family friendly entries only.

**Check back next week to see the prizes you could win! If you have a fun product you would like to donate, please contact me.

Details on how to participate:

1. If you’re brave enough to participate, please leave a comment on this post so I can get a general idea of who will be partying.

2. Download my party image above and invite your friends and readers to join the party! Make sure to tell them all about it and link back to this web page for more details. The more people who party, the more fun it will be!

To add this small invite to your sidebar, copy and paste this code:

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3. E-mail a link of your Halloween post to me at Please title the subject “Halloween”.

Try to publish it and send to me on or before Oct. 20th. (the earlier, the better:-) Please provide the link to your actual post, not your home page. I will have to send Dracula to bite your neck if I have to go searching through your site for it. **You can still participate even if you don’t have a web site, just email me your photos and contact info.

4. Be sure to link back to my blog so your readers can get in on this spooktacular event!!

***This is a “FAMILY FRIENDLY” Party***

Please contact me with questions. I’m excited to see your creative ideas!!! I hope a lot of you participate. If not, I guess I get to keep the prizes!! Come back often to get some inspiration.

– Amy

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Friday Feature- Favorite Artists – 8.29.08

29 08 2008

One of my dreams is to paint. I used to paint, many, many moons ago. Maybe when the kids are older and say, “Oh mom, you’re so old and embarrassing!” Then I’ll have a reason to poor out my old, withered soul in a painting. Since I don’t have any (good) paintings of my own, I’d like to feature a few artists who will provide you something beautiful to look at today!

Amanda Dunbar is one of my favorite artists. You can view her work here.

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I first saw Amanda on Oprah when she was 13 years old on one of those amazing kid episodes. She had a great story about taking an art class and amazing her teacher and parents with her gift. Apparently Amanda had never painted before, but was able to create an impressionistic painting on her first attempt. She says she was guided by angels. I was excited to find out this little girl lived in my home town! We eventually ended up buying several of her paintings and enjoy them very much. I used to see her at Blockbuster and even took a hip hop dance class with her at the gym. That was so strange, shaking it next to a girl who’s been compared to Monet and Renoir! I wonder if Claude ever busta move? 

Amanda’s latest project is creating Swarovski Crystal encrusted guitars called Precious Rebels. These playable works of art sell from $15,000 to $75,000. Aren’t these awesome? I wish I played guitar. I wish I had $15,000+ lying around too! 

Copywright 2008 Amanda Dunbar, LLC    Photos via ABC News and Amanda Dunbar, LLC




A fun artist I discovered through blogging is Fifi at Fifi Flowers Design.

She can create a whimsical original painting from any photo. I would love for her to paint my house or garden. Or maybe one of my favorite vacation pics from Italy or Paris? Oh, I could decorate my daughter’s big girl room with some paintings! Fifi, I’m contacting you when I finally figure out what I want you to paint. It might be a while though, I have a hard time making decisions! ugh. 

Copywright 2008 Fifi Flower Designs 

If you have a favorite artist, leave a comment and let me know. As I’m held up in my home with preschoolers and in need of some culture!

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Strange Houses

20 08 2008

I love artists, they create beautiful and sometimes really strange things. Check out these strange houses!

Life Sized Dollhouse

Canadian artist Heather Benning transformed an abandoned farmhouse into a life sized dollhouse. Situated in a Saskatchewan field, the artist replaced the back of the house with Plexiglass, allowing for a typical dollhouse viewing. Inside, Benning had redecorated the abandoned house with furniture of the 1960s, when the house was left empty. 

How fun! I wish I had this much time on my hands. She needs some gigantic Barbies playing house inside. 


Cacilo Bottle House

This one story building approximately 12×12 is made almost entirely of glass bottles. Apparently bottle houses weren’t that unusual for prospective prospectors trying to cash in on the silver rush during the late 1800’s in the Calico Mining District outside of Yermo, Ca.

I really love this bottle house. It would be a pain to dust though!


Daniel Czapiewski’s Upside-Down House in Poland

A Polish businessman and philanthropist says he has built this upside down house to remind people of wrong doings against humanity. The house has been attracting thousands of tourists. People visiting the house start to feel sea-sick once they are inside. “Mankind spoiling this world, and only mankind can fix it…”, the owner of this new wonder said. The house took 5 times longer to build than a normal house.

Okay, if this was in the U.S, I doubt this would attract thousands of tourists! But that’s just my thinking. 


Toilet Shaped House in South Korea

This toilet house was built by Sim Jae-duck, chairman of the organizing committee of the Inaugural General Assembly of the World Toilet Association to mark the association’s first general assembly in November.

The house is named Haewoojae, which signifies in Korean “a place of sanctuary where one can solve one’s worries”. 

Mmmm… I wonder what it smells like inside???

Stories and photos via Weird Us, World Architecture News, ReutersArt MoCo & CBC News