Welcome to my blog. Stick around and read a few posts.

I would like to thank everyone that uses my Theme designs and Wallpapers.

A special thank you to all of you that take the time that to write or post comments on my designs at: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/user/MaDonna/

I hope you become a follower and check in every once in awhile. I am trying a bit harder to update more often.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Almost Christmas

Fog on the Dike

Hello all...I wanted to post this photo my husband took with my old camera last week. I wish I could say I took it but I was home working on Persona designs while he enjoyed the last day of hunting season.  The iGoogle theme is available, too and called Early Morning Fog by MaDonna.

We did our Christmas decorating over the week end. Instead of lots of tinsel and shiny things we chose to do a more natural look. So we went out and cut holly, western red cedar, Alaska yellow cedar, noble fir and pine boughs from our trees. We put them on the hearth and coffee table. The smell is wonderful and all the little cones on the boughs are so pretty. I had some left over boughs, so I filled a big clear glass vase with greenery for the dining room table and a smaller clear glass vase for the kitchen table where all the food will be. Of course we put up some of the old standards, mainly items my wonderful Mother made over the years. So we are pretty much ready for Christmas Eve. That will be our main celebration this year. All three of our children, and 6 out of the 7 grand kids will be here. One grandson can't get too far from home as his son is due any day and may even be here by Christmas.  One great grandson will be joining us on his very first Christmas. The food is figured out. We don't cook a big Christmas eve dinner, so a lot of snacking is in order. My daughter is making her super potato salad that my Mom taught her how to make. We will have sandwich makings and I HAVE to cook the chicken wings! The kids and grandsons love them so I will make 10# again this year. I thought I might share the recipe with you. This recipe is for 3# as most people won't want 10#!

3# chicken wing pieces placed singly in large cookie pans with sides
(I use jelly roll pans)

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder

Heat the above just until steaming and pour over the chicken wings. 

Cook at 300 to 325 degrees for 3 hours. Turn 3 times.

The kids usually take turns turning them as it takes me quite awhile to turn 10#.

If you decide to make them, let me know how you like them.

I want to wish you all a wonderful, happy Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate. Take time to write or phone loved ones that can't share the holiday with you. You never know if they will be around next Christmas or not. My wonderful husband turned 75 last week and I will be 72 in a few months so at our ages we want to let our family know how proud we are of them and how very much we love each and every one of them.

I also want to thank all the people that are using my designs and have written to tell me how much they enjoy them.  Thank you.

And to all a good night!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Family Values

Family Values
I was so surprised this morning when I checked the Up and Coming Persona's to see that one I made just for my own enjoyment was gaining popularity. These are cherished family photos. My parents wedding picture, my Dad in his Army uniform and with the car he was so proud of, my beautiful Grandmother and the Great Grandparents I never got to meet.

This will be short and sweet but I was so happy to see others actually using this specific design when everyone is busy and thinking about the holidays that I just had to post this. It made my day. Thanks to all who are using it and now you will know a bit about my history and how much I value my family.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

December, December

December Sunset Barn

December Sunset
December is here and time to start thinking of Christmas decorations. Time to take the fall decoration off the door and put the reindeer on.

The latest news is I got a new camera and haven't really learned how to use it and all of its settings yet. Probably never will. It has an automatic setting and I am sure that is what I will use most. I did use the sunset setting the other night so I could try it out. The December Sunset Barn shot turned out really well and the December Sunset Persona turned out clearer than my old camera, so that is good.

I discovered that a bunch more of my designs are on iGoogle now. Took a long time for them to show up and in the mean time I gave up and threw the paper away with the names of the designs on.!  I use iGoogle as my home page and am really happy with it. You can set it up to your liking and that is why I like it so well. Anyway,  if you use iGoogle and want to use any of my designs, you can go to where it says Change Theme from.....and when the search page comes up, put MaDonna in the search and some of my designs will come up. Winter Snowman by MaDonna is the one I am using now. It goes with the Persona called Winter Snowman Collage. So now that I know it, I am going to be adding some more to the iGoogle site. I will just be patient and wait till they show up.

The new venture I wrote about several months ago turned out to be a dud. The fellow that brought it to my attention and asked me to help design got too impatient because things weren't selling right away. So I am no longer involved with him or his sites.

I also found out that Persona's can be rated. I didn't know anything about this as I don't do a lot of surfing. I just work on designs and screening. But I noticed someone had mentioned it. So I clicked on the link. I honestly don't know how you go about rating them, but you can go to:   https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/personas/ and rate designs. Looks like you have to sign in to do it, but if you have time and want to try rating designs, let us know how it works out. Mozilla hasn't done a very good job of making people aware of this feature, so it isn't very popular yet. Let me know if you figure it out.

Today is Pearl Harbor Day so think about all of our men that lost their lives on this day many years ago. And hope something like that never happens again. If we could only have peace all over and not have things like today to have to remember!

Hope you all have a good week and don't get too tired and busy to let your loved ones know you love them. 

Till next time!

Monday, November 29, 2010


As you can see I managed to change my blog header picture from the sunset photo to a photo I took Thanksgiving Day of our barn while it was snowing. I will probably go back to the sunset at some point but wanted my blog to look a bit more like Christmas. I am thinking of using this as our Christmas card this year. I always make our Christmas cards as I like them to be personal. Hope you like the change.

On To Christmas


Thanksgiving is over and it was a wonderful day with family. We had a snowy Thanksgiving day this year. It was beautiful but it made getting around hard for people and many didn't get to be with family they had planned on. We had family together for dinner and it was great. Our youngest great grandson got to be with us and he is growing too fast. What a joy they can bring. There is no way you can not feel good about everything when they bless you with a dimpled smile.

I am working hard  on Christmas Personas right now. I have way too many finished so should really quit but have many ideas. I have made some collage themes using old wallpapers of Christmas houses all decked out with decorations and lights.I love the old homestead, farmhouse pictures because I think that is when Christmas was celebrated the  way it should be. Today Christmas is so commercialized it really upsets me. Seeing Christmas advertisements before Halloween is ridiculous.

I am trying to re-do my blog and actually add a snowy picture but to be honest I forgot how to put the photo in! It was easy when I first designed it, but apparently I am trying to skip a step or something as I am ending up with the same sunset photo., which is OK, but....I wanted to change it.

I hope you all have a great week and I will continue to work on the blog and get it up to date. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Waiting for Santa
I decided to re-work my blog "look" last night. I will change it to a winter design around Christmas, I hope. The forecast is for snow tomorrow and over the week end, so I may even replace my sunset photo if I can get a good shot of the fresh snow.
The Persona I am showing today is a picture of my 2 oldest kids sitting on the stair steps. I put it on our Christmas cards in the late 1950's. They aren't  cute chubby faced kids anymore, but have grown into wonderful, caring adults and have children and one has grandchildren. I am very proud of my family as you can probably tell. I have Personas with my parents and some of my grandparents in designs. I am even making designs with some of the family dogs! 
I am really missing my desktop and Photoshop. I have a file all ready to work on when my grandson brings it back. It needed a turbo boost to be able to keep up with me.
For all of you that have Firefox they are getting ready to introduce Firefox 4 to the public soon. I am looking forward to it in one way and another not. Sometimes the changes that are made are something I wouldn't really like, but you get used to it in time and I am sure they will have all kinds of new features to it.

Woke up with a headache this morning and that scared me because I was afraid I was getting the really bad ones back, but it has slowly faded into the background enough that I can tell it is still there but not enough to  keep me from working.

This will be the 52nd Thanksgiving dinner I have cooked! There will be fewer here, but we will be thinking about the others.

I probably won't be able to get back to posting here until after Thanksgiving so I want to wish you all a wonderful, warm Thanksgiving and I hope you can have family with you.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Christmas Chickadees and Thoughts!!!

Christmas Chickadees 2
Well, I finally got back to my blog. I have been very lax on posting again. I just get so busy with work and life that I fail to get on like I should. But then again, I think I warned everyone in the beginning I might not keep this up like I should

I have been very busy with designs. Making many, many in advance. I have started putting on Thanksgiving and Christmas designs. Even a few spring ones. I am ready for spring already and we haven't even had our first frost here. I had to let my grandson (computer genius that actually made my desktop) take it home with him to update it. The hardware is getting a bit tired and this last week Explorer started crashing. I know I work too fast, copying and moving files around, but that is me. I just work fast. My husbands favorite words are "Slow down!" But if I slow down, I am afraid I might not start up again! I am always finding bruises and can't even remember hitting myself or running into something! So maybe my memory is going also! Oh, well. On to the next thing to do. 

I don't have  Photoshop in my laptop so won't be making any designs this week so by the time I get the desktop back my head will be so full of ideas and scratch pads filled with my scratchings that  I probably can't read them. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just go in and get some new hardware for ourselves? When you are my age that sounds like a really good idea.

Never fear, I have whole USB drive full of designs ready to submit this week so you will still find new designs at my design page.

My favorite birds are chickadees so thought I would share one of my Christmas Chickadee designs with you. I just submitted it today so hope everyone will like it.

I have received some wonderful letters this week from people and I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to write. Magda from Australia wrote me the most wonderful letter this week. She has a way with words that make you think of beauty. Thank you, Magda, I appreciate you sharing your thoughts with me on my designs. And I am glad you are using them. If people don't use them, I would quit and find something else to do.

I have finally started feeling like my old energetic self and the horrible head aches have quit. Hopefully I will be better about getting on the blog and writing.  

You all have a great week end and enjoy life.

Friday, November 5, 2010

My Reasons

Brother and Sister
The above Persona is made from a photo in an album my Grandmother gave me when I was 6. And that was a long time ago! It is a photo of my Mother and her brother in a field at the family farm in Iowa. I think it is a very sweet photo and hope others will enjoy it also. 

I am sorry I haven't posted for awhile, but I actually have a good reason this time. I ended up in the hospital for a couple days. I still don't know what the problem was for sure, but they seem to think it is cluster headaches. It is a headache you never want to have as you can not function with it. So, I just could not get on and post anything and try to sound up-beat.

Needless to say I haven't been working as hard on designs this past week, but I have lots of them already finished and ready to submit, so if I don't do anything today or tomorrow I have a back log to use. I want to start working on Christmas designs. And will try to do that next week. It is hard to believe it is holiday season already, but TV started advertising Christmas before Halloween was over. That is a bit too soon for me.
I hope you all have a wonderful week end. And I will get back to you next week if I can.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Beautiful Double Rainbow

Last night I went to pull the shade and there was the most beautiful rainbow I have ever seen and it was a double! It was raining and I had my pajamas on (again) but I ran out and took a bunch of photos. This one is one of the best, but my camera doesn't do it justice.  

Double Rainbow by MaDonna
Of course, I had to submit a Persona to match! The problem with Personas is there is not enough room to show much of a design. So, this was the best I could do. Hope you all like it. Personally I think it was worth getting sopping wet to get the shot.
Last week was a pretty good week. Our great grandson got to spend Friday with us the whole day. You can imagine how active a 5 1/2 year old can be. He loves bull riding, and since we don't have a real bull, he gets to "ride" the foot stool we inherited from my Mom. Needless to say, it is not in the excellent condition it was when we bought it home.  I hope she doesn't mind! He has been riding it since he was under 2 and has way outgrown it, but I am not going to tell him he can't ride it anymore. It is always Great Grandma that ends up with the injuries, though! His bony elbow hit my bony hand so I have a big bruise on the back of my left hand. You see, I have to hold him when he is in the "chute" so the "bull" doesn't get out of control! But it was great fun.

Fall has definitely set in as you can see by the color of our trees. And it is snowing in the mountains. I am hoping I can get some snow photos this year, but I don't want to take them at our house! The Farmers Almanac says we are in for a hard winter and we get northeasters blowing out of the Frasier River Valley that are so bad!  So I am hoping they are wrong.

Back to work, so hope you all have a super week and enjoy the colors of fall. The leaves will be gone soon and the dreariness of winter will set in.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wednesday Morning Horses

Wednesday Morning Horses
I decided to post a design I put on this morning. On my way home from getting groceries yesterday morning (I do my shopping very early) the horses were standing in the sunshine enjoying the early morning quiet. I swear they were posing for me! I also put a desktop wallpaper on line (the link is under the details on the Persona site). In the far background if you look real closely you can see the Canadian Mountains. There was frost in the shade at the lower part of the design as the sun hadn't hit that part of the pasture yet.

It is so funny how or why some designs get popular and others just sit there. I can make one that I think turns out great and a few people will use it. Then I can put one on I am not real happy with and it will get used.  So I guess I am not a very good judge of nature. 
I got a pretty good shot of a sunset a couple nights ago. I went out in the pasture in my pajamas but it was too pretty not to take advantage of it. So will post it, too. 

October Sunset

We are getting a lot of new designers that are submitting and some are so talented. Then I start feeling inferior and get mad at myself that there are certain things I want to learn how to do in Photo Shop and I just can't figure out how to do it. And I probably never will get it. Then I will get a great email from someone like I did this morning from Shelly and I start feeling better.  Or the comment from Susan. I really appreciate people actually taking time out of their busy day to say thanks. So, now it is my turn to say thanks....to all of you that are using my designs.  Thank you. And have a great week end.

Monday, October 18, 2010

By The River

By The River
This is one of my favorite fall designs. I had it on last year but smaller. This one makes it so you can see more of the river.
I haven't checked in for awhile and to  my followers I am sorry. I just get so involved in life and everything else I just didn't take the time. I know everyone says it, but I swear the older you get, the faster the time goes by. I wish I had the energy to get up real early every day and start doing what I want to do. But, I don't. The things I HAVE to do get in the way! And there really is only so much time in a day. 

I have been working on a few holiday designs but nothing really exciting. Anyway, I don't think so. Every year it gets harder to get in a holiday mood. Families get older and everyone has obligations.  Family get-to-gathers get harder to arrange so the most can attend. Sometimes I feel like chucking it! I won't but sometimes I feel that way.
We went out on a photo shoot (as I call them because it sounds professional!) yesterday. But there was nothing that really came out. Everywhere we went there were too many people or too many houses. I really don't want people or houses (unless they are old and abandoned) in my work. We tried to get to a spot on the bay because I wanted to get some water photos, but rich people have built their big, fancy houses and put up gates, so that idea was shot. So I came home pretty empty handed.

Wow, I sound down in the dumps today and maybe I am. 

So, rather than get anyone else down, I think I will just sign off for today and get back on when I feel a bit cheerier. 

You all have a good week. And thanks for accepting my work and using it.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Sunset Photo Shoot

Sunset Fishing
Well, we went on the photo shoot I had been thinking about all year and it was kind of like everything you think about for a long time. It is always better in your mind than the actual thing! All year long I could remember this beautiful sunset shot I didn't get. But last year there were more clouds in the sky so the sun had more light to reflect off. Needless to say I was very disappointed in what I got a photo of, but thought I would post it anyway. The guy fishing in the middle of the river was having a good time, though. He will never know he had his photo taken.
 Fog in the Pasture
I did get a shot that I really liked on the way home though and I will post it as a Persona. There is a field at the bottom of a hill and the cattle were grazing by the pond and the fog was just forming. I thought it turned out great.  If you like it, the link to the wallpaper is posted with the details of the Persona design.  For some reason, fog fascinates me. I think it is beautiful in photography, but no fun to drive in.

Last time I posted I was worried about my grandson. He is home and doing well.  He has a flu like inflammation around his heart, which can be dangerous, but he is "hopefully" taking care of himself and not working too hard.  Of course he is back at work already. He is from a family of over achieving-hard workers, so what else can we expect?

I am very proud of myself and actually got on here twice this week to post. My super sister manages to do it every day!

Monday, October 4, 2010

New Week

Signs of Autumn

The start of the new week and I have been busy working away. I made this design this morning and was very pleased with how it turned out. I also have the wallpaper on line at:  http://nature.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/467769/  It looks great on the screen. Very bright and colorful. 

I spent most of the week end working. It is funny, sometimes my head is full of ideas and then once in awhile, there is nothing! But last night a couple ideas popped into my head. When that happens I grab a tablet and kind of draw it out or at my age, I will forget! Half the time, the idea won't turn out, but once in awhile it does...

Right now I am concerned about our oldest grandson who was taken to the hospital this morning with chest pains. I am hoping it is just stress since they have a new baby and he just started his own business and is very busy. Please God, let that be it. He is a wonderful, strong man with too much energy. I am thinking good thoughts for him.

My husband and I went in and got our flu shots this morning. I would recommend that everyone get one, so if you are thinking about it, DO IT!!!

Till next time...thank you all for dropping by.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Photo Shoot

Mount Shuksan and  Image Lake

We got to go on a photo shoot yesterday. We went to Artist Point and Twin Lakes. I was amazed at the beautiful colors already. They were so vibrant, but alas, my poor digital camera is not up to the fantastic beauty of the Pacific Northwest. But I try!!! The photo I added today is of Mount Shuksan and the lake below that some call Mirror Lake and some call Image Lake. It is a favorite spot for photos and photo takers. You have a hard time getting a shot without people in it!

I loved getting away for the day and going to one of our favorite places, the mountains. We drive the many mountain roads and  I take tons of pictures, but I usually get one or two (if I am lucky) that actually turn out. But being together, enjoying the sites and one another is better than going to some fancy hotel or spa for us! We would feel like total outcasts. About 20 years ago, my sister was in a play at a theater in Seattle and we went there to see it. We got a fantastic price at a fancy hotel, which we would never have stayed at normally. It had the turning  glass doors. and we got the suitcase caught in it!  So we ended up going around several times and got to laughing so hard! The country bumpkins in the Big City! What a great memory, though. We still laugh about it every once in awhile. So, it is the mountains for us!

I have been very busy this week so haven't had time to get on here and write anything.

News on the puppy with no name. He now has a name of Cooper.

The Persona site is getting very busy and over loaded with designs. We have a very hard time trying to keep up with the input. I don't help matters any as I submit quite a few. 

Enough for today. I wish you all a great week end and do something you really like to do with the one you want to be with.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Surprise Visit!

Puppy with No Name

I got a surprise visit from my sister this week and she brought her brand new puppy. As of right now it has no name, so that is what I called the Persona I made for her. He looks just like the dog we had for a long time and was so very much loved. I still miss him and just can't find it in my heart to get a new "best friend". It just hurts me too much to lose something I love and just can not go through that again. But I can enjoy her puppy and know it has a wonderful home and will be loved by a good family.

My sister is a very creative person and her head is full of ideas for "things", too. She has a blog you might be interested in reading. She challenges other creative people and is much better at writing every day than I am. You can check it out at:   http://asafeplacetocreate.blogspot.com/

I have done a lot of designs this past week, many of them fall oriented. I guess it is because of the beautiful warm colors it brings into our lives. Also some desktop wallpapers that turned out pretty good.

An old friend (that actually gave me my first computer) sent me some of his beautiful photos from Alaska and Puget Sound. He is a fisherman so gets to see the fantastic sunsets we get. And thankfully he takes photos and now more people can enjoy them. He sent some of Grizzly bears that I can't wait to get started on. They are like something you see in National Geographic. So thanks, Dylan.

Now I will get back to work. Have a good week end and stop by soon. I love hearing from you.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Rays of Beauty
As you can see I am not very good at signing in and posting, but I see I have more followers so thank you all.  I hope I don't disappoint you.
This is one of my favorites that I have made lately in Photoshop. I have a desktop wallpaper to match it and have that link posted with the Persona. It is a kind of between summer and fall theme I guess you would call it.

If you read my blog last week I was hoping to get a sunset shot of the river. Well, it didn't happen. I was wrong on the month. It was early October of last year when I saw it, so have to wait and hope there is sunshine during that week!

 Firefox Personas is getting very popular. There are almost 200,000 designs on line. When I first became a part of Personas group I had an idea in mind of what I hoped it would be. I wanted it to be a place where you could individualize your Firefox with class. I am a bit disappointed with some of the "stuff" that is available to use, but I guess if that is what you want to see on your browser that is OK. I don't have to look at it,  right? But I am trying to make designs that are pretty much family oriented. that won't shock your child or grandmother if she saw it!

So I hope you all have a good week and I will get back to work designing.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Seasons in Order

I am in kind of a funky mood today. This is the first day in ages where I haven't even "tried" to work on a design. Which is ok as I have many ready to submit. The above design is one I submitted today. It is a collage of the 4 different seasons. Wouldn't it be great if the seasons were actually like that? Beautiful and colorful! 

We are in the in-between seasons here in the Pacific Northwest. Which is about all the time, actually. Today the sun is supposed to come out, but so far it has kept itself hidden. I found a spot on the river last fall about this time of year where a beautiful sunset picture could be taken, so I am hoping the sun comes out so I can actually get that shot! If I do and if it turns out, you will see it, either as a Persona or desktop wallpaper and if it turns out really good, both. But you can take 100 photos of 1 thing and sometimes, if you are real lucky, you may get one good one.  Anyway with my inexpensive digital camera that is how it seems.

Another thing I am finding very funny. I can make a design that I think is just perfect and really like it, but it won't catch on. Then I can submit one that is so-so and people seem to like it. So I never know if what I submit is going to be one users will like or not. It is kind of fun to see what happens. And I do like requests from people. I am not up on the "what is hot" TV and movies, so when someone asks me to make something for them I always try. So, if you have any requests, please ask and I will see what I can do. 

Well, I just thought I would check in so hope all is well for everyone and have a great week. If the sun is shining where you are, enjoy it for me!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Missing Mom

Dolphin Dance

This is the  latest design I have on line. I made a wallpaper that matches it using Photoshop.  Using the layering is a challenge for me. I don't think I am using it correctly, but it seems to work out in the end, although sometimes it takes me twice as long.

This is a sad week for me. Eight years ago this week my Mother passed away. I just read my sisters blog and she is feeling it also. Our Mother was someone everyone loved. You didn't meet her and not love her. I wish I were more like her, but I am afraid I have a lot of my Dad's traits. Stubbornness for one. My wanting to create things came from my Mom, though. She was always doing craft work or sewing. Always! Up until the very end she was having me help her put things together. As I was dusting our bedroom today I dusted 3 different things that I helped her make. One should be thrown out because it is getting very discolored, but I have a hard time doing that. I will have to, though, soon.

When I started writing today I had no intentions of being all blubbery. But that is what is on my mind today.

All in all I have had  a good week  though. I have made some pretty good Persona designs and since I try to make a wallpaper to go along with it, it takes me a lot longer. You can check out some of my wallpapers at:  http://my.desktopnexus.com/MaDonnas/uploads/

I also did some sewing this week which I dearly loved doing. Since we have one new great grandson and another one on the way in December, I made some tiny little tee shirts and sweatshirts. I used to sew constantly for my grandkids, 6 boys and 1 girl. But because of Fibromyalgia I had to quit. I am not one that can do something half way. If I start doing something, I do I want to work on it all the time.

I want to thank my followers of both Personas and wallpapers. Because you use them I create them!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today. I actually feel better now, getting some stuff out!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Trees of Winter
Today is an absolutely beautiful autumn day, but we all know what comes after the fall. Winter!!  I don't care much for winter as my body doesn't like the cold, but I am submitting some winter Personas because when winter is in full bloom with snow, it is beautiful.
I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day week end and enjoy the last summer holiday.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Fall in Love

I can't believe it has been so long since I checked this blog. I knew I wouldn't have a lot of time to keep it up, and I feel bad about that! (If anyone out there actually reads it.)  
I had the idea for this Persona over the weekend. I saw the words fall in love and thought, "what a neat idea for a design!"  My head is so full of ideas of things I want to do, but then there are things I have to do so the things I want to do, don't get done! But that is life. We have responsibilities and we should be glad we do, I guess. But I did take the time to work on this design this morning. And I am proud of the way it turned out. 

I will try, (I said "try") to check in at least once a week and I thank all of the people that support my Persona designs and wallpapers. And I wish you all a good week. Enjoy the last days of summer because winter is just around the corner.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Greeting the Sun
I really like this Persona design.  I have always loved anything Native American and am working on a few more designs.
When I was a little girl, my brother and I would play "Cowboys and Indians", and I was always the Indian. A few years ago I got into working on our family genealogy and found out I actually have Native American blood in my veins. So, maybe it comes naturally.

We have been having abnormally hot weather, but today you can start to feel the nip in the air in the morning. Fall is coming quickly.

I am proud to say we have a new member in our family.  Our second great grandson, William Michael was born this week and we welcome him into our family with open arms.

You all have a good week and I will check in soon.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Fun with Photoshop!

Tropical Colors
     Wow, but I have been having so much fun working with Photoshop. I think I may be finally getting it down. Well, part of the time. There are still a lot of things I don't know how to do. But I have been working on desktop wallpapers and Persona's to match. This one is very popular. If you want to use the desktop wallpaper you can find it at: http://nature.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/425381/
       I have some more ideas so going to get back to work. Have a great week end and thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mothers Birthday

     Today is my Mom's birthday. She died in 2002 of ovarian cancer.  I made a Persona in support of the research to find a cure for this horrible disease. 
     So, today is a sad day for me because I still miss her so much. Happy Birthday Mom, and no more suffering. 

If you would like to use this Persona you can find it at:

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sunsets Reflection
     It is beginning to look like fall here. Gives me an excuse to work on the computer more. I submitted this Persona today. As you can probably tell, I love sunsets. I think they are calming and serene. What could be more romantic than sitting in front of a bonfire with the one you love, watching a sunset? I have been married for 53 years, which to most of you is more than your lifetime, but he is still the one I want to be looking at sunsets with.
      I hope you all have a wonderful week. I am sure I will. Thanks for stopping in.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Christmas Persona

Its a Wonderful Life   
     I thought it was time I made a Christmas design Persona so I made a collage of Its a Wonderful Life photos. This is my daughter's favorite movie and she watches it all year long. 
     I have been very busy making themes for my other project and it is going very well. Now, if we can just sell a few it would make some of the time I spend here worth while. 
     I still enjoy designing the Personas, though and will keep at it as long as people use and enjoy them.
     Am loving the warm summer weather. Y'all have a great week end. 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Autumn on its way

 I call this Persona Autumn Images. I have a desktop wallpaper that matches and you can find it at:  http://nature.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/413954/
It is hard to believe it is August already and the leaves will be changing into their beautiful colors. I think fall is the prettiest time of year but it means the cold weather is on it way and I don't like that very well.  I hope you all have a beautiful Sunday. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Aquarium Collage

This design turned out very well and I hope you all like it.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Just and update!

I decided to put on a winter design today. 
I said I would check on the iGoogle Themes I have on line and they are, Framed Sunset, Butterfly Abstract, and My Universe (which is really nice) Have a great day.

Monday, July 26, 2010

iGoogle Themes

I have made a few iGoogle themes to match some of the Persona's and Wallpapers. Some people like everything to match so this works out great. It takes quite awhile for the iGoogle themes to become available for some reason. But if you like my Sunset Over Water Persona, the iGoogle theme to match is called Framed Sunset.  I will get a list of them soon and post them here.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


I am totally new at this "blogging" stuff so you will all have to have patience with it.  I probably won't have time to check in every day, but will when I can. I spend most of my computer time designing.

I am working with someone on another project also and as soon as it has become  available I will post the web site here.