Tuesday, July 29, 2008


"Attention Hasbro/Mattel Executives,
As an avid player of the online game Facebook application Scrabulous, I respectfully request that you please allow users to continue to play the game until an agreement can be reached. It is very frustrating that the new version of the Scrabble game does not work and isn't user friendly. Please allow the fans to play Scrabulous, we love it.

Miserable in Missouri, USA
Nellie Mae Mitchell"

I spend hours a day on the computer and I always click over to check my Scrabulous games on Facebook. My vocabulary and spelling have improved and I have met friends from all over the world. The makers of the board game Scrabble have ordered the makers of the online game to remove it from Facebook for everyone in the USA and Canada. This is very frustrating because I had lots of games going that I really wanted to finish. I have met people from all over the world since I have started playing this game. It is a way for me to relax and still engage my brain. I am very frustrated that the game has been removed...Thanks for listening, I just needed to vent!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Christmas in July Challenge

I just couldn't resist entering a card for the Christmas in July Challenge

I love creating Christmas cards with colors that are non-traditional. Enjoy!

Color Throw Down Challenge, Week 3

My first challenge is for Color Throw Down Week 3!!! I am sooo excited to be a blogger and to submit my card for this challenge. I love creating cards and these challenges are much more inspiring than a birthday or an anniversary...Here are the colors for this challenge.

So anyway.....Here is my card...I hope you like it.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Nellie, you like invented that.....

A few months ago, I told my dad....hey, I think I want to be a consultant for a scrap booking company so that I can make some extra money to help pay for my hobby. His reaction wasn't quite the usual, "Oh, really....hmmmm...." that I am used to receiving whenever I tell him about some new adventure of mine. Instead, he was actually enthusiastic for me.

Dad reminisced, "Back when you was a little girl, Nellie, I remember you used to go through all the pictures and snip 'em up and you were always cutting stuff out of magazines....way back before this scrapbooking even existed, you were already doing it....you like invented it..."

"Haha, Dad, hardly," I replied, "If I were just a few years older, I would have invented it and now I would be rich....my dream job would be designing stickers, stamps, and papers......and I would be on the top of the industry."

He was right. When I was younger I poured over magazines for tiny things to cut out and words and sayings to use that might go along with pictures that I had taken at camp or church conventions. I loved to use memorabilia from everywhere I went in albums, long before it was mainstream to do anything archival safe, I was pasting everything right onto and beside my pictures. I cringe when I look back at my version of 'cropping' and my horrible photography skills...but hey, I WAS only 15, I remind myself.....Here is a sample "layout."

After our conversation, I started thinking....Wow....fancy that....me, the head of some big company....I would love to edit a scrap booking magazine and write product reviews.....imagine all of the freebies I would get to play around with...And other women, from all over the world, would see that little 1" picture of me, editor, executive....and think, wow...She has the life.....she gets to enjoy doing her hobby every day...and make big money for being creative. She probably has the coolest office/crafting area....its probably pink...with lots of patterns and cute little containers...and all of her notions are probably labeled, and organized.....

Don't get me wrong, I do make money using my creative talents every day....and I get to play around with art supplies and influence people....I just do it on a much smaller scale and my pay check and freebie stash isn't quite as impressive as someone at the top of a leading magazine or product line. Being an art teacher isn't quite the life that people dream about and I don't have a fancy office....but scrapbooking is something that I get to do for myself...everyday...and I really enjoy it....after all, I did 'like' invent it....